Our History

It is said that the most successful companies are born in the most challenging times. Bantrel was born at such a timeā€¦

37 Years of History

Bantrel was founded in 1983 as a small engineering company with its eyes on challenging projects. Today, the company is one of Canada’s largest and most respected engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies, executing some of the biggest and most challenging projects in the country, including multi-billion dollar facilities and facility modification projects in Alberta’s oilsands. We are backed by the 115-year legacy of Bechtel Corporation, a top-ranking global EPC company, and McCaig Investments, a Calgary-based holding company with longstanding ties to the local business community.

Our original shareholders built a company committed to strong customer relationships and the highest standards for safety, quality and performance. Through the decades, these core values have endured. Looking back, our track record of growth and achievement provides ample inspiration for the future ahead. In the years to come, look for Bantrel to continue leading the charge - designing and building complex projects, expanding further into other markets, and continually improving the way we do business.


  • 1983
    • Bantrel Engineering and Contractors was founded Nov. 1, 1983
    • Mandate was to focus on frontier areas in the Maritimes and the Canadian Artic, oilsands development, and heavy oil projects
    • Original Shareholders include Bannister Pipelines, Trimac, Bechtel, BAE Group, and Scotia Energy
    • Staff count at year-end totals five
  • 1985
    • Corporate name changes to Bantrel Group Engineers Ltd.
    • Bantrel assumes oilsands responsibilities from Bechtel
    • Staff count at year-end totals 37
  • 1987

    Paul Lovell appointed President and CEO

    • Awarded Syncrude Expansion study
  • 1988
    • Bantrel posts first annual profit
    • Staff count at year-end totals 200
  • 1989
    • Corporate name change to Bantrel Inc.
    • Awarded Husky Bi-Provincial Upgrader hydrotreater and U&O scope
    • Awarded Shell Scotford Upgrader Study
  • 1991
  • 1994

    Bantrel becomes first EPC company in Canada to earn ISO 9001: 1994 certification

  • 1995
    • Bantrel moves corporate headquarters to Bantrel Tower
    • Awarded Suncor Upgrader Expansion Project—Plant 25
    • Staff count at year-end totals 265
  • 1997
  • 1998
    • Bantrel becomes first EPC company to earn the Quality Award from the Quality Council of Alberta
  • 1999
    • Bantrel’s Toronto operations open for business
    • Awarded FEED through EPCM services for Shell Gasoline Hydrotreater
    • Paul Lovell is appointed Chairman and CEO
  • 2001
    • Bechtel increases its interest in Bantrel to 89%. McCaig Investments secures the other 11
  • 2003
  • 2005
  • 2006

    Bantrel’s Toronto office participates in the company’s first multi-national project, the Reliance Jamnagar Refinery

  • 2007
  • 2008
    • Bantrel's 25th Anniversary
    • John McVey Appointed President
  • 2010
  • 2011
    • Darrell Donly is appointed President of Bantrel Co.
    • BCC Awarded Iron Ore Company Contract
    • Awarded Husky Sunrise Energy Phase 2 Project a 60,000 bpd SAGD facility
  • 2012

      Bantrel Management Services (BMSC) created

  • 2013

      Bemac Construction Group created

  • 2014
  • 2018
    • Bantrel’s 35th Anniversary
    • Darren Curran is appointed President of Bantrel Co.
  • 2017
    • Brian Cole is appointed President of BMSC
    • Bantrel Management Services Co. becomes a member of the Canadian Council of Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
    • Awarded BHP Billiton Jansen Project  an EPCM contract to a joint venture between Hatch and Bantrel at the Jansen Potash Mine
  • 2015
    •  EPC Contract signed with Imperial Oil Strathcona Refinery a first of it's kind EPC model that combines sustaining capital and portfolio management
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