Clary Gatien begins a career as an electrical apprentice. His older brother, Rene was a big influence on him.
Clary started a sole proprietorship company called Central Canada Construction.
Over the years, PowerTel has always maintained a fleet of vehicles to provide high voltage services required.
Rene Gatien creates the beginnings of PowerTel in a meeting with Clary Gatien and Herb Krueger.
Clary moves from Port William to Iroquois Falls.
Clary and Herb partner on a new venture they call Power and Telephone Constructors Canada Inc.
Clary & Herb incorporate the business and rename it PowerTel Utilities Contractors Limited, in North Bay, Ontario.
Clary and Herb move the business to North Bay, Ontario.
PowerTel is moved to Whitefish, Ontario, to better access the booming Sudbury area mining economy.
PowerTel moves its operations from Copper Cliff to the new and current facility in Whitefish, Ontario.
PowerTel constructs the 115 kV transmission line to power Detour Lake mine for the first time.
Clary retires from PowerTel and he starts up NOPC.
Wayne and Dean become Herb’s partners in PowerTel.
PowerTel is the general contractor for the construction of the Ragged Chute HEP for Cobalt Power Company Inc.
PowerTel constructs 230 kV steel pole transmission line for Ontario Hydro from Timmins to Iroquois Falls.
Construction of 69 kV substation at INCO Ltd.’s big Eddy Generating Station at High Falls, Ontario.
Construct 115 kV transmission line and 10 MVA substation for the INCO Ltd. – Victor Mine site in Skead, Ontario.
PowerTel executes an EPC contract for the installation of 70 kms – 115 kV transmission line and 10 MVA substation for North American Palladium.
PowerTel supports Niagara Mohawk and New York State Electric with repairs to damage caused by the Ice Storm.
PowerTel is awarded the contract to construct the Five Nations Energy Ommushkego Ishkotayo project, a transmission line and stations that brought grid-connection to 3 remote diesel-generation communities. It was PowerTel ’s biggest project to date, and was completed on time and under budget.
Five Nations Energy Inc. – Western James Bay Grid Extension energized.
Herb Krueger retires.
Mike and Chris Krueger buy Herb’s share of the company and become Wayne and Dean’s partners. Mike becomes Director of Operations, Chris becomes Director of Business Development.
GLPT – Sault #3 – 115 kV Restructuring and P21G 230 kV Reconstruction work.
PowerTel is awarded EPC project for installation of Erie Shore’s 115 kV transmission line, from Black and McDonald, for the wind energy project.
PowerTel installs the substation for DaBeers – Victor mine, west of Attawapiskat, Ontario.
PowerTel begins construction on the 180km 230 kV transmission line to power Detour Gold for the second time.
PowerTel completes 230 kV line construction for the Enbridge – Greenwich wind project for RES Canada.
PowerTel is awarded the EPC contract for the 230 kV transmission line for Pattern/Samsung – South Kent wind project, by RES Canada.
PowerTel installs the 115 kV transmission line and interconnection for McClean’s Mountain wind project for HB White.
John Risley purchases PowerTel.
PowerTel installs the 230 kV transmission line for the Dufferin Wind project for Longyuan Power at Shelbourne, Ontario.
PowerTel installs 115 kV powerlines for the Bluewater, Jericho and Goshen wind projects; part of the Nextera Six Pack.
Complete substations at the LMRP project in Kapuskasing, Ontario for Kiewit.
PowerTel begins NSPNL Maritime Link project, installing 180 kms of 230 kV transmission line and 70 kms of DC Grounding line.