About Cansel Survey Supplies & Autodesk BIM - Vancouver, Canada

About us, our history and our timeline

About Us

For over 50 years Cansel has helped organizations in the engineering, surveying, construction, mining, architecture, manufacturing, printing, utilities, forestry, and government sectors measure, analyze, design, and build more efficiently and profitably. Cansel's national team of professionals combine software, hardware and services to provide tailored solutions to improve your workflow, from field to finish.


Cansel was founded in 1966, as Canadian Survey Equipment Ltd., by Stan Jackson and Albert Weiss. With no customers and few contracts in the Vancouver market, they rented a shop in Burnaby, BC, bought a lathe for $2,000 and first made their mark in the business by repairing equipment faster than anyone else. The young company managed to generate about $100 in total revenues in its first month of business.

We've changed a lot since then. We are now the largest distributor of land-based positioning systems in North America with multiple locations across Canada, and over 350 employees.

Our timeline


Cansel Survey Equipment Ltd. is founded by Stan Jackson and Albert Weiss in Burnaby, BC


Cansel opens an office in Calgary


Cansel opens an office in Edmonton


Rapid expansion in Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec


Cansel branches nationwide through the opening of an office in the Maritimes


The company name is legally changed to Cansel Survey Equipment Inc.


Cansel acquires Global CADD Systems, specialists in CADD systems integration


Global CADD Systems, a division of Cansel, acquires Microtek, Autodesk reseller in Atlantic Canada


Cansel acquires Autodraft, making Cansel the only Autodesk Gold reseller in Western Canada and expanding training expertise through Authorized Autodesk Training Centers


Cansel acquires Wade Atlantic, a market leader in printing and reproduction services, and engineering supplies


July: Cansel acquires software division of Onix, an Autodesk value-added reseller (VAR) located in Ottawa, Ontario


August: Cansel acquires First Order, an Edmonton based supplier of optical total stations, data collection hardware, field and office software, and construction tools


October: Cansel acquires Le Groupe BusCom, specialists in Autodesk software and training in Quebec, making Cansel the largest Autodesk reseller in Canada


February: Cansel acquires Capital Cad Supplies, expanding our presence in the wide format business in the Maritimes


May: Cansel enhances its wide format business with the acquisition of NDS West Micro Systems Inc.


June: Cansel enhances its print capabilities with the acquisition of Maritime Digital Colour Inc. in Dartmouth, NS


June: Cansel announces the acquisition of Phoenix Media Direct Inc. a large format printing company, based in Burnaby, BC


October: Cansel acquires Phoenix Imaging Calgary, a leader in wide format paper supplies and large format equipment


February: Cansel acquires CAD Worx Warehouse Inc., one of Western Canada's largest authorized sales and service provider of HP and KIP printing equipment


March: Cansel acquires Bob's Copy Centre, a leading reprographic company based in Moncton, New Brunswick


May: Cansel acquires the Drawing Centre, a major provider of printing, reproduction and finishing services, as well as wide format printers and paper converting services


May: Cansel receives Autodesk's coveted Platinum Award for the highest growth for new sales in Canada


May: Cansel and ClearEdge3D announce a reseller partnership


June: Cansel acquires Copie Tech, a leading reprographic company based in Val-d'Or, Québec


July: Cansel enhances its Autodesk manufacturing business with the acquisition of Solid Engineering Solutions Inc.


July: Cansel earns Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Specialization


July: Cansel acquires Robert Steltman Inc., an Autodesk Authorized Developer based in Toronto, Ontario


June: Cansel recognized by HP for growth and service in Canada


October: Cansel partners with Global eTraining to deliver comprehensive Autodesk training solutions across Canada


December: Cansel expands into Wide Format market in Quebec through the acquisition of Dutech Matériel D'Art Appliqué Inc.


December: Cansel increases its paper converting services through the acquisition of Canadian Paper and Film Converters (CPFC) in Ontario


February: Cansel achieves Autodesk Platinum Reseller Status, Autodesk's Highest Tier for VARs


April: Cansel expands their authorized reseller agreement with Canon Canada to achieve national distributor status


May: Cansel expands their authorized reseller agreement with BlueCielo ECM Solutions to achieve national partner status


July: Cansel expands its wide format offering, and adds flexo packaging and commercial offset to its portfolio through acquiring Ernest Green & Son


July: Cansel merges its Ontario Autodesk business unit into SolidCAD Solutions and takes an equity stake in the joint organization


December: Cansel creates BuildingPoint Canada Inc. and acquires Dowco Technology Services, the Tekla reseller for Canada


March: Cansel celebrates 50th anniversary


May: Cansel expands both its portfolio and presence in the Quebec graphics marketplace by acquiring PMP Media


September: Cansel expands its engineering bond paper converting operations in Eastern Canada


March: Cansel/SolidCAD expands its presence in Québec with the acquisition of IRISCO's Autodesk business unit


March: Cansel announces the acquisition of Midland Paper Packaging & Supplies' Canadian wide format printing supplies division


May: Cansel/SolidCAD expands its presence in Atlantic Canada with the acquisition of Atlantic CAD Solutions Inc.


July: SolidCAD earns Autodesk Construction Specialization


August: Cansel merges their national Autodesk business operations into SolidCAD forming the largest Autodesk Platinum Partner in Canada


November: SolidCAD continues to strengthen its presence in the Quebec market with the acquisition of Consortech's Autodesk business unit


December: Cansel announces the acquisition of Ernest-Joubert Inc. in Quebec


January: Cansel announces the acquisition of BD Art & Drafting Supplies Ltd. in Calgary