We’re taking on the world
By every measure − safety record, performance, experience and geographic reach and growth − Canadian Helicopters is worlds apart in the helicopter services industry.
We are the largest helicopter transportation services company operating in Canada with a network of 25 strategically located bases providing operations in every geographical region in the country.
Under the Canadian Helicopters banner, we are taking on the world, providing helicopter transportation services to a diverse array of clients including oil & gas, mineral exploration, military support, hydro/utilities, forest management, construction, air ambulance, and search & rescue. We also provide international helicopter support to military programs.
Canadian Helicopters operates 89 light, medium, and heavy lift helicopters and is authorized for both visual (VFR) and instrument (IFR) flight operations. In addition to charter services, we provide flight training and helicopter repair and maintenance services.
Canadian Helicopters is an integral part of the HNZ Group of Companies, which collectively provides transportation services on the international level.
Diversified Transportation Ltd. provides employee transportation services in northern Alberta, with facilities in both Edmonton and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo which includes Fort McMurray. With a fleet of modern highway motorcoaches, site service vehicles and shuttles – all uniquely equipped to handle our extreme northern weather conditions – Diversified transports workers to and from worksites, using optimized routing systems designed with client requirements in mind.
Right from the beginning, these fellows concentrated on meeting and exceeding their customers’ expectations. Service, selection, quality and integrity were all part of the DRIVING FORCE formula for creating long-term relationships with companies and individuals looking for something more from their rental, purchase or lease experience.
In short, DRIVING FORCE has always made the customer the focus – making it easy for them to come back again and again for their van, pickup, SUV, minivan and car needs, and to recommend us to their friends and family. We serve a wide range of customers including small business, large corporate clients, business professionals and individuals.
Commercial customers are happy to have our industry professionals ensuring that their vehicle orders include everything they’ll need for off-road applications, mine site work or other situation requiring specific equipment. They know that their trucks will be fitted with the buggy whips, first aid kits, fire extinguishers, industrial-rated tires or anything else they’ll need to be fully compliant on the job site.
Today we have a team of over 500 professionals working in 28 DRIVING FORCE locations from Langley B.C. east to Ontario and north to Iqaluit, Nunavut. In each location we serve, we become a part of the community by supporting the initiatives that mean the most to our customers. After, they’re our neighbours, not just our customers!
Our years of experience helps us meet customer needs quickly, easily and specifically. Let us be YOUR transportation solution.
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Building Your Gateway to the North
We call ourselves “Your Gateway to the North” because that very statement defines the foundation that Grimshaw Trucking was built on.
From our modest beginnings in 1948, we have delivered on our commitment of providing reliable transportation services to northern communities and businesses in Western Canada.
Grimshaw Trucking provided transportation services in the early days to the north when you had to forge creeks on log bridges that were chopped and engineered from the sides of the road. There were large tracks of these roads that were still muskeg and the only way through was a tow from a Bombardier or a Bulldozer if they were available.
In the early 1950’s, Grimshaw Trucking mainly serviced the area north of Grimshaw, Alberta hauling product from the rail head and returning with fish and other local products.
The late 1950’s and early 1960’s saw an increase in demand for reliable transportation service into the north and Grimshaw expanded to new communities. We began service to Grande Prairie, Calgary, Slave Lake and High Prairie through our purchase of numerous local transportation companies. A big milestone came in the winter of 1967 when Grimshaw played an instrumental role in building a road into Waterways, Alberta, now known as Fort McMurray. The importance of opening up this corner of Alberta as well as the economic benefits it has provided not only for Alberta, but for the rest of Canada, can not be overstated.
The next ten years saw Grimshaw Trucking expand into Edson, Valleyview, Fox Creek, Hinton and various other northern communities through acquisition of small competitors.
In 1995 Grimshaw Trucking was purchased by the current owners, Mullen Group Ltd. from Northern Transportation Co. Ltd. Mullen’s core values and commitment to quality have contributed to our continued growth and focus on striving for excellence.
Canada’s northern frontier is vast. It is characterized by its harsh climate and many of the communities by today’s standards are still remote and isolated making the delivery of goods to these locations difficult. The geographic area Grimshaw Trucking services is also rich in natural resources and a key factor in the successful exploration and development of these resources is dependable transportation.
Grimshaw Trucking is proud to provide an essential service that has contributed to the prosperity and development of the north for the past 64 years. We have been recognized for our innovation, dependability and superior customer service making us a leader in the transportation Industry.
We will continue to take pride in our people, safety standards, commitment to reducing our impact on the environment and providing excellent service to the more than 300 communities we service …
… Because we live here!
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