What more means for our customers

While we strive to leave every site and experience better than how we found it, it’s our customers who ultimately decide whether we’ve exceeded their expectations.  We are pleased to announce new locations to serve our customers in the Hamilton and Barrie areas.

“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.

No job is too big or too small when it comes to applying LEAN thinking.  We standardize safe work procedures to make projects flow cost-effectively.  Standard work sets the foundation for continuous improvement.  We strive to eliminate the causes of wasteful activity to save our customers time and money.

We are active members of:

“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.

Eliminating unnecessary travel is just one of the ways our customers get more out of our LEAN thinking approach to the services we provide.  The result is significantly improved productivity – all to save you time and money.

“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 strives to positively impact the lives of people, every day and is a major supporter of the Mackenzie Health Foundation, SickKids Foundation, St. Joseph’s Health Centre Foundation and Canada’s Great Kitchen Party.

OE is a VIP sponsor of the Enbridge United Way Golf Tournament and continues to be a major sponsor and supporter of the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer.

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Ontario Excavac leadership team
From left to right: Chris, Grace, Barry, Malcolm, Ken, Brett and Richard

Leadership Team

Barry Wood, Chief Executive Officer

In 2013, Barry joined Ontario Excavac 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 Ontario Excavac personnel, Barry has introduced a number of CI initiatives focused on delivering enhanced services to 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.

Barry and his family of outdoor enthusiasts enjoy skiing, cycling, wake surfing, hiking….pretty much all things that are sporty.  Barry is also a Masters Ontario competitive swimmer.

Brett Tye, Senior Manager, Operations

Brett joined Ontario Excavac shortly after graduating from St. Lawrence. 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.

Brett enjoys fishing and skiing with his family.

As a member of our leadership team, Brett is trained in LEAN thinking.

Grace Meade, Senior Manager, Human Resources and Health & Safety

Grace Meade joined Ontario Excavac in 2017 with an expressed purpose to enhance the employee experience.  Grace is focused on strengthening a company culture of highly engaged, forward-thinking, and enthusiastic employees who are committed to providing exceptional service to our progressive underground utility customers.

With a focus on people, learning, and development, Grace ensures that all health, safety, and wellness plans are up to date, understood and complied with according to the Ministry of Labour and the Occupational Health and Safety Act. She is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and earned a Human Resources Management Certificate from Humber College. Grace is also certified through IHSA as a COR Internal Auditor.  Grace is an avid reader, loves to explore the countryside and is a volunteer with the Air Cadets.

As a member of our leadership team, Grace is trained in LEAN thinking.

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 the Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Ministry of Labour and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

A family man, Malcolm keeps in shape by chasing after three young children.  When time permits, you can often find Malcolm working on cars for fun.

As a member of our leadership team, Malcolm is trained in LEAN thinking.

Richard Rulli, Controller

Since 2017, Richard Rulli has been a member of the finance team, managing the day to day financial operations at Ontario Excavac.  With 15 years of industry-related experience, Richard is responsible for producing timely and accurate financial information and reporting for Ontario Excavac and its stakeholders.  Richards holds a CPA CGA designation.

In his spare time, Richard loves to spend time with his family, enjoys watching football and playing the drums.

As a member of our leadership team, Richard is trained in LEAN thinking.

Chris Penic, Manager, Customer Relationships

Since 2006, Chris has advanced his career with Ontario Excavac holding progressively senior positions with the company.  Specializing in water and gas services, Chris is committed to working with customers to find the most cost-effective solution for their projects.   His deep experience in the field enables him to plan a workflow that maximizes the time spent on a productive job site.

Chris holds a diploma from Humber College in Business Management, Financial Services and has continued his education in construction project management, procurement, zoning, and building regulations.  Chris also holds certificates of training from CATT – Center for the Advancement of Trenchless Technologies in; Watermain Defect Coding, Condition Grading and Renovation and, Condition Assessment & Rehab of Asbestos Cement Pipelines. He is certified and trained to install Primus Line Low Pressure, Medium Pressure and High Pressure systems for gas, oil and water applications.

As parents of two young children, Chris and his wife love to spend time outdoors playing with the kids, going camping or just hanging out at the beach.

As a member of our leadership team, Chris is trained in LEAN thinking.

Ken Ripley, Manager, Special Projects

Ken joined Ontario Excavac in 2018 bringing more than twenty years of experience working on water main projects with several municipalities across Ontario.  At OE, Ken is focused on managing water-based projects for ClearLine, OE’s exclusive water main condition assessment and renewal technology.

Ken is no stranger to working with the most advanced technology and hydrovac equipment available and he is committed to helping municipalities solve their water issues with the appropriate use of new technologies.

Raised in Peterborough Ontario, Ken graduated from Trent University in Business Administration and has completed his NACE, Corrosion Technologist Certification.  He is also certified through IHSA as a COR Internal Auditor.  In his free time, Ken can be found enjoying the outdoors with his friends and family.

As a member of our leadership team, Ken is trained in LEAN thinking.