Our History

Soletanche Bachy Canada is proud to represent over 180 years of collective experience providing innovative geotechnical solutions across North America. Our motto “Build On Us” is shared with our Soletanche Bachy family and represents our commitment being our clients’ trusted partner in overcoming geotechnical challenges.

As two long-standing and industry-leading innovators, AGRA Foundations and Bermingham Foundation Solutions have been part of the Soletanche Bachy family for nearly a decade. The integration of these two firms will establish Soletanche Bachy Canada as one of Canada’s largest geotechnical contractors and the North American leader in Soletanche Bachy’s worldwide network of subsidiaries and partners based in over 50 countries.

Soletanche Bachy was formed by the merger of Soletanche and Bachy in 1997, consolidating their leadership in the discipline of geotechnics: the scientific expression of the age-old art of foundation building first developed in the 1920s. Founded in 1947 and 1927 respectively, these firms were the pioneers of this new discipline. In nearly a century of operations they have perfected most of the innovations that have revolutionized soil technologies.

Bermingham was founded in 1897 in Ontario by William Bermingham, who was succeeded by three further generations of Berminghams at the helm. The company started by building the foundation of Canada’s infrastructure and has continued that role into its second century of operations.

Always innovative, Bermingham brought the first diesel impact hammer to North America in the early 1950’s and started developing their own line of foundation specialty equipment in the late 1960’s. Aptly called, the Berminghammer trade name has become synonymous with leading-edge technology around the world.

Bermingham’s advantage as a foundation equipment manufacturer is that it is also a geotechnical contractor. This synergy has allowed Bermingham to test and adapt new equipment and procedures in the field, relaying those experiences back to the manufacturer in a perpetual mode of continuous learning, improvement and innovation. Bermingham joined the Soletanche Bachy group of companies in 2011.

AGRA Foundations’ history began in 1956 when Ben Torchinsky, civil engineer and avid entrepreneur, founded Western Boring and Foundations in Saskatchewan. Operated by graduate professional engineers specialized in soil mechanics and foundations engineering, the company rapidly expanded throughout North America, establishing itself as a leader in the design and construction of foundations.

Shortly after establishing headquarters in Saskatoon, a second branch was opened in Regina. The company reached Alberta in 1959 and Manitoba in 1960. Rebranded as Western Caissons Limited in 1960, it expanded to Ontario and Quebec in the mid-sixties and the United States in the early 1980s. In 1995 Western Caissons became AGRA Foundations. AGRA Foundations joined the Soletanche Bachy group of companies in 2010.

AGRA and Bermingham proudly bring their long-standing histories and knowledgeable teams to this union. Together as Soletanche Bachy Canada, we will continue build on our shared traditions of applying established techniques and emerging technologies to deliver

Our Values

SAFETY

Our employees are our most valuable assets, and we are committed to protecting those assets – Safety is our core value at Solentanche Bachy Canada. Safety in our workplace is not only vital to the protection of the health and wellness of our employees, but of our company and industry stakeholders as well. Success in safety is success for us all. Our workplace safety approach is founded on a positive and proactive safety culture which is embodied by a commitment that we require of every individual in the company. The commitment is simple: to work safely every day by taking responsibility for our own safety and the safety of others. Our work requires the rigorous application of management tools to address the inherent risks of heavy civil construction. Our safety management system is built on the application of continuous improvement and best practices. Through the analysis of key performance indicators, ongoing hazard assessment and control, training and education, two-way communication, and positive staff engagement, we equip our team with the skills to safely and successfully manage and execute our work. Our entire team actively participates in an Annual Safety Pledge, starting with our CEO, as a personal commitment to upholding our core value of safety. Our program is further driven by defined annual goals which have led to our continued excellence in Health, Safety and Environmental performance. THE SAFE WAY IS THE ONLY WAY.

TEAMWORK AND PARTNERING

Trust, respect, honesty and communication form the pillars of our approach to effective teamwork and partnering. This holds true for our internal and external relationships; from our leadership and management teams to our “boots on the ground” staff, to our valued vendors and clients.

We embrace every new challenge as an opportunity to apply our wealth of knowledge and depth of experience. We work closely with our partners to tackle each new project with a shared goal of project success that we define together and reflects on us all. We believe that everyone thrives when we put our collective resources together in a positive and collaborative way to achieve a mutual objective.

LISTENING TO STAKEHOLDERS

At Soletanche Bachy Canada we appreciate the importance of listening to our stakeholders. We also recognize that stakeholders include our internal teams in addition to the external parties connected to our projects. Through two-way communication we provide the opportunity for our stakeholders to share their objectives and concerns with us. With understanding of each unique perspective, we strive to establish shared goals that mitigate concerns and define project success.

RESPECT AND INTEGRITY

To us, it’s simple. Do the right thing. Be honest. Be sincere. Be consistent. These attributes are part of the fabric of who we are and how we got here. We established ourselves as leaders in our industry by staying true to our values, holding ourselves to high standards of professional and personal integrity, and treating everyone with respect.

INNOVATION AND LEARNING

Geotechnical technologies have evolved over thousands of years, yet we never stop learning. We have been at the forefront of the industry for over a century, developing, testing and adapting techniques to solve geotechnical challenges that sometimes seemed unsolvable. The reason we have been able do this for so long is because innovation is what drives us. We hire the best and brightest people and we expect the utmost from them. We provide our people with an inclusive environment where they feel safe, supported and encouraged to share their insight and contribute their ideas. By cultivating a culture of continuous learning and creative problem solving, we develop leaders and innovators that will carry our achievements to new levels.