Top 10 industry-leading businesses


Ontario Construction Report special feature

The assignment: Select the Top 10 architectural, engineering and construction leading businesses exhibiting at the 2018 Buildings Show/Construct Canada. The selection process, frankly, was easier said than done. There are hundreds of exhibitors in the expanded show, encompassing both the North and South Buildings of the Metropolitan Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). The solution: We looked at history, relationships, connections and industry contributions to create this list. If your business is not on it, then it isn’t necessarily because it doesn’t deserve a spot. And if you are on the list, it isn’t a hierarchical rating – every business within the Top 10 belongs here, so the companies are listed in alphabetical order.


BASF says it is a global leader of chemical solutions for new construction, maintenance, repair and restoration of structures. “Through our Master Builders Solutions and Watson Bowman Acme brands, we offer products, solutions and expertise that improve durability, water resistance, energy efficiency, safety, and aesthetics. From concrete admixtures to concrete repair and protection, to expansion control systems, our product portfolio helps solve even the most complex construction challenges.”

Enbridge Gas Distribution

After more than 165 years, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. is Canada’s largest natural gas distribution company, serving more than 100 communities in Ontario with energy efficiency programs. Free services and financial incentives save money for affordable housing developers, as well as industrial and commercial businesses. For more information, see or

Derusha Supply

This business has been around for four decades, providing tools, products, equipment and professional services for the stone industry since 1978. Ontario sales manager Matthew Davis will present a session about selecting the proper adhesive for stone projects in the North Building on Nov. 29 from 11:30 to noon. “We will cover many key considerations that are often over-looked, such as the type of stone or compact material being bonded, structural or aesthetic purposes, indoor or outdoor use, drying time and the temperature during application,” Derusha says.

Leland Industries Inc.

Leland Industries Ltd. competitively manufacturers its extensive line of fastener products in North America, ensuring high quality and timely delivery. Based in the GTA, the company established in 1984 uses only domestic steel and labour and now has eight sales branches and warehouses in Canada and the U.S.


The well-recognized German automaker also produces high-quality vans ideal for trades and service contractors, available at retail stores through the GTA. For more information see


PlanGrid’s construction productivity software has been built for general contractors, subtrades, owners and architects to work and build off the most current data set. The software can be used by field and office workers for common tasks including sheet distribution and versioning, punch lists and tasks, field and daily reports, safety and quality, progress photos, RFIs and more. PlanGrid customer advocate Josh Progar will speak about “transforming construction productivity” on the South Building show floor, Thursday, Nov. 29, from 12:30 to 1:00 p.m.

Reliance Home Comfort You’ll find the Reliance Home Comfort representatives at the PM Expo area. The company has been around for more than 50 years, delivering home comfort to more than 1.7 million customers, and it works with property managers as well as individual consumers with service and support, streamlined management solutions, incentives and buy-back programs and annual maintenance and protection plans.


Soprema’s leadership with building envelope/roof options is worthy of recognition. A company representative will describe some of its product lines at the show, including SOPRA XPS extruded polystyrene insulation panels, with waterproofing and drainage for protected membrane roof systems and terrace roofs, among others. “With its low water absorption extruded polystyrene insulation can isolate roof and below-grade walls while effectively maintaining water resistance,” the company says. Soprema’s representative will present details on the South Building show floor from 11:30 a.m. to noon on Nov. 29.

Thames Valley Brick

Thames Valley brick and Tile leads the way in providing technical support and guidance to architects, engineers and specification writes. It recommends the most appropriate brick and tile options and supports relevant associations and organizations with both financial and personnel resources. The company provides an incredible selection of more than 1,500 brick colours, textures, sizes and profiles. It has been in business since 1970.

YOW Canada Inc.

YOW Canada provides a diversity of courses and materials to help Canadians with occupational health and safety compliance. It has two flagship programs: WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems) and TDG (Transportation of Dangerous Goods), and has added additional programs including Workplace Violence and Harassment and Working at Heights in Ontario.



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