Company History

Company HistoryThe Cruickshank story began in 1956, when Les Cruickshank purchased his first grader and helped to build the St. Lawrence Seaway, considered one of the most outstanding engineering feats of the 20th century.

Once the Seaway was completed, Les took advantage of the economic boom of the times to build the company, working with Ontario Hydro and for Bell Telephone, laying underground cable. Over time, he added quarry and asphalt operations, allowing Cruickshank to become a full-service road building company. In 1965, the company earned its first contract with the then Department of Highways of Ontario (now the Ontario Ministry of Transportation) and in 1969, was successful in bidding on winter maintenance work for the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto. Both remain clients today.

In 2000, Les Cruickshank passed on ownership of the company to his son Steve Cruickshank, who has continued to seek out new opportunities for growth. Under Steve’s leadership, the company has acquired and expanded operations in Ontario and Alberta; was a winner of Canada's Best Managed Companies program in 2011 and became a Gold Requalified member in 2017, ranked three times as one of the Top Fifty Best Small and Medium Employers in Canada and been named one of Canada’s most environmentally-conscious companies by Maclean’s magazine (The Green 30). In 2007, Les Cruickshank was inducted into the Ontario Road Builders Association Hall of Fame.

Today, Cruickshank still builds roads – but we also build bridges, maintain highways, provide aggregate materials, work in the oil fields, provide infrastructure services and help to protect our fragile shorelines. Over the years, we’ve grown to over 500 employees and serve clients across Canada and into the United States.

“We do our level best” was painted on the very first grader that Les Cruickshank purchased at the beginning of his career. Today, that motto continues to inspire our team on every project – reminding us of the foundational principles that Les Cruickshank instilled in the company to get the job done right – every time.