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An Unwavering Commitment to Our Customers

Ontario Excavac strives to meet our customers’ evolving needs by delivering the highest quality services in hydro excavation at the lowest overall cost. Our success lies in our customers’ success. We value the trust they place in us.  We listen to our customers and respond promptly and effectively.

“Prior to my recent retirement, I worked as a Supervisor and Contract Administrator for City of Toronto Water. I worked closely with Ontario Excavac for a number of years in their capacity as a contractor to the city. I found them a great pleasure to work with because:

  • They did what they said they would do
  • Work was performed well, with attention to detail and done properly
  • Work was completed on schedule
  • They handled emergencies in timely fashion 24/7
  • Work and traffic control was performed safely
  • Project management, including arranging subcontractors, was well executed
  • Ontario Excavac are very good at problem solving, complex problems, etc.

In summary, Ontario Excavac was one of the top performing contractors I have worked with in my over 25 year career with the city.”

Randy Smith, C.E.T.

“My last position at Enbridge was Operations Manager for Mississauga, Brampton, Barrie and all surrounding areas where we used Ontario Excavac exclusively. Listed below are the highlights: 1.  Excellent service, Ontario Excavac responded to all Enbridge requests 24/7 including all emergencies and continues to do so 2. Continuous Leadership in safety and environmental areas, far ahead of other Hydro-vac companies in this regard 3. Values of Management instilled in Field staff always made for a great working relationship with all levels at Enbridge 4. The Field staff understood and followed all Ministry of Labour and Enbridge Policies and Procedures 5. Zero damages on tens of thousands of excavations a year 6. Ontario Excavac currently recycles all slurry for re-use.”
Bill Elliott


Advancing Best Practices in Hydro Excavation

As a leading provider of hydro excavation services, we have a responsibility to our customers, our industry and our community to continue to innovate all aspects of hydro excavation while never compromising on safety and always respecting the environment in which we live and work.

We are active members of:

  • Hydrovac Alliance of Ontario (HVAO) (Founding member)
  • Infrastructure Health & Safety Association (IHSA)
  • Ontario Region Common Ground Alliance (ORCGA) (Silver level member)
  • Utility Contractors’ Association (UCA)
  • Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors’ Association (GTSWCA)

“We consider Ontario Excavac to be an outstanding company that provides exceptional service to us in the safety-sensitive industry in which we operate. Ontario Excavac’s office and field staff are hard-working, safety conscious, well-trained, top-performing customer service professionals.”
Major electrical industry contractor.


Environmental Stewardship

Ontario Excavac is a leader in operational and equipment innovation that help lessen our industry’s environmental impact. From reducing noise and air pollution, to limiting our carbon footprint, we commit to sustainable and cost-effective operations that fully comply with environmental regulations.

We are proud to be the only hydro excavator in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with a state-of-the-art soil processing and recycling facility. New in 2017, this facility reduces our carbon footprint and costs to customers by cutting long-distance driving to dispose of excavated materials.

Today, all businesses need to think about their impact on the environment but also take action to reduce it.  Ontario Excavac continually impresses us with their focus on innovations that lead to industry best practices.  Their onsite soil processing and recycling facility is just one more example of Ontario Excavac’s commitment to excellence.”
Major Utility Company


Community Engagement

Ontario Excavac is an active member of the Vaughan community where its corporate head office is located.

OE continues to be a major sponsor and supporter of the Mackenzie Health Foundation through annual support of the Foundation’s fund-raising campaigns including the Annual Gala.

OE continues to be a major sponsor and supporter of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.


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Leadership Team

Barry Wood, Chief Executive Officer

In 2013, Barry joined Ontario Excavac (“OE”) as an investor and CEO.

With a successful background in businesses ranging from manufacturing to distribution and services, finance and acquisitions, Barry is a recognized leader in implementing continuous improvement (“CI”) and lean enterprise practices. Working with OE personnel, Barry has introduced a number of CI initiatives focused on delivering enhanced services to OE customers. Always putting customers first, Barry has grown key relationships in the business and also introduced cutting edge technologies focused on new lines of business.

An innovator by nature, Barry spearheaded the launch of the first and only hydrovac slurry processing and recycling facility in Ontario, located right on OE’s premises. This state-of-the-art facility reduces environmental impact, promotes sustainable development while generating considerable cost savings for customers.

Barry recognizes that his employees are the driving force behind Ontario Excavac’s continued success. His mentorship and commitment to a high-performance culture and continuous learning ensures that customers have the most dedicated, highly trained and responsive team working for them.

Malcolm Robertson, Senior Manager, Strategic and Key Accounts

Since 2010, Malcolm Robertson has dedicated his role at Ontario Excavac to continually exceeding customer expectations. Tasked with the responsibility to effectively plan, organize and schedule client projects, Malcolm ensures that the strictest safety standards are a top priority, that work is executed effectively and completely, and that OE customers are happy with the results.

Malcolm ensures that the OE Health and Safety Plan is fully complied with, including compliance with Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Ministry of Labour and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Brett Tye, Senior Manager, Operations

Brett joined Ontario Excavac shortly after graduating from Loyola College in 1997. Now, with twenty years of experience, Brett is one of our young industry’s most experienced individuals. Brett has spent many years working in the field. He is a natural problem solver for customers and can get even the most difficult jobs done efficiently and cost-effectively. Brett has custom-designed OE’s hydrovacs, making them safer and easier to operate in winter conditions. In addition, he has enhanced the hydrovacs’ operating effectiveness and speed, while at the same time, lowered noise and exhaust emissions.

Brett is committed to making all of our customers’ experience exceed their expectations!