When West Vancouver’s scenic North Shore was developed, access to it was limited. “In the 1950s, the Guinness family from England had bought a sizable amount of property on the North Shore in West Vancouver,” relates Dave Wylie, project superintendent for B.A. Blacktop Ltd. “So they built a toll bridge to get access to the properties.”

For more than 35 years, Wilco Marsh Buggies & Draglines Inc. has been building itself as one of the foremost leaders in soft terrain, amphibious equipment. Whether manufacturing, renting or acting as contractors, Wilco is able to provide. Field Superintendent John Ritter explains that Wilco started small but has grown to be a top-tier manufacturer. “We started off building one [machine] at a time,” he says. “Our manufacturing division is now set up to build multiple units at one time, sort of like an assembly line.”

Rainy Lake Tribal Contracting is building lucrative partnerships and taking on big projects after only its first year of business. The Fort Francis, Ontario-based contractor was formed in April 2009 as a partnership between Rainy Lake Tribal Development Corp. and local contractor and company General Manager Larry George. The Rainy Lake Tribal Development Corp. is comprised of six of the Rainy River District area First Nations: Couchiching, Rainy River, Naicatchewenin, Seine River, Nigigoon-siminikaaning and Mitaanjigamiing.

The word “plenary” means complete and absolute, so it’s fitting that the principals of Plenary Group chose it to describe their new firm. As a leading investor, developer and operator of public-private partnership (P3) projects throughout Canada, Australia and Singapore, Plenary Group exemplifies a plenary approach to infrastructure development. President of Plenary Group Canada Paul Dunstan says P3 has become more than a curiosity in the in­fra­structure market and has developed into a full-fledged movement hailed by governments and builders around the world as an effective method of project delivery.

As one of the world’s most popular destinations, the commonwealth of the Bahamas is known for world-class hotels and attractions. Within the next few years, the islands’ largest airport will match these attractions in quality and become even more of an extension of the hospitality the area is known for.

It has been 100 years since land sur­v­eyor and engineer William Gordon McElhanney started his company with a one-room office in Vancouver. A lot has changed, both in western Canada and the rest of the world, but McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. continues to provide extensive mapping, surveying and engineering design and project work.

For a business that began in 1897, McCarthy Improvement Co. is doing very well. The company specializes in concrete paving services but offers its clients much more. “Like any other operation, we had to diversify to stay in business,” claims Ron Sines, executive vice president. “There really isn’t much we don’t do.”

As the economy rebounds, LMS Reinforcing Steel Group already is in an ideal position as the largest independent reinforced steel fabricator and installer in western Canada. How­ever, the Surrey, British Columbia-based company plans to increase its presence in the prov­inces of Saskatchewan and Manitoba by capitalizing on its unique competitive advantages and continuing to provide exceptional customer service in a diverse range of construction sectors.

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