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 23 locations across Canada and over 400 employees.
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
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
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 acquires Robert Steltman Inc., an Autodesk Authorized Developer based in Toronto, Ontario
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