1946

Clary Gatien begins a career as an electrical apprentice through his older brother Rene.

1946

1953

Clary and Rene Gatien open a company called Central Canada Construction Limited.

1953

1960

Over the years, PowerTel has changed the look and feel of the vehicles we use to provide High Voltage services:

 

1960

1966

Clary and Herb Krueger partner on a new venture they call Power and Telephone Constructors Canada Limited.

1966

1968

Clary & Herb incorporate PowerTel Utilities Contractors Limited.

1968

1970

PowerTel is moved to Whitefish, Ontario, to better access the booming Sudbury area mining economy.

1970

1982

PowerTel constructs the transmission line to power Detour Gold mining operations for the first time.

1982

1988

1988 — Wayne and Dean Gatien buy Clary’s share of the company and become Herb’s partners. Wayne becomes president, Dean becomes vice-president.

1988

1999

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.

1999

2000

2000

2002

Detour Lake Gold Mine transmission line is decommissioned and torn down when the mine closes as a result of low gold prices and inefficient processes.

2002

2003

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.

2003

2011

PowerTel begins construction on the 180km 230kV transmission line to power Detour Gold for the second time.

2011