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Company History

CANA’s strong leadership under the Simpson family has led to continued success.

1942

Burnes and Dutton Concrete and Construction Company founded by Red Duton, Reg Jennings, and Bob Burns.

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1949

Company hires Jack Simpson as chief engineer. Time Magazine had proclaimed Jack to be a “brilliant young engineer”.

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1950

Burns and Dutton pour almost every sidewalk in Calgary at a rate of one mile per day.

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1962

Negotiations to have the three former owners relinquish ownership to five of the company’s executives: Jack Simpson, Irv Thomas, Bob Burns, Herb Auck, and Walt Hillier.

1970

Burns and Dutton becomes CANA Construction Co Ltd.

Late 1970

Jack is the majority stakeholder with Irv Thomas appointed as president and Jack as chairman. As chairman, Jack solidified CANA’s reputation through successful bids and overseeing construction projects to completion.

1987

CANA acquires ACE Construction. 
Jack Simpson honored with the Jack Simpson Gymnasium 

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2002

CANA is first award the honour of being one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

2008

CANA becomes a Platinum Club member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

2012

CANA Constuction Co. Ltd., ACE Construction, and High Time Industries come under the CANA banner.

2013

CANA gets a new head office, located on the original CANA site purchased in 1958

2018

John Simpson retires as president and his son, Luke Simpson, takes over. John remains chairman. 
CANA Utilities and CANA High Voltage rebrand to become CANA Energy. 
CANA develops the ReNew group to focus on renovation and tenant improvement projects.

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