Our culture at Kelson is a direct reflection of our values. We commit ourselves – to the work we do, the collaborative relationships we build with clients, and the career opportunities we offer our people.


Collaboration can be defined very simply: people working together to create something. But true collaboration goes much deeper.

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True collaboration happens when stakeholders bring their unique interests and goals to the table and find the alignment. They put the project first. That’s not always easy, but we know from experience it delivers powerful results. Aligning objectives generates accountability, which motivates our team to evolve the most innovative, satisfying, and efficient processes and outcomes.

Collaboration is key to building meaningful professional relationships. We become a partner to our clients not just at a touchpoint or for the duration of a project, but for the long term – it’s the DNA of our corporate culture.


At Kelson our emphasis on safety flows naturally from our core values – our recognition that success is ultimately measured in human terms.

Implementing world-class safety systems and best practices enables us to focus on leading safety indicators that drive improvements. We consistently receive awards and recognition for our safety programs, and as our company grows we continue to enhance our protocols and diligence. 

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In plain language, it comes down to this: All of us at Kelson are accountable for health and safety. All injuries are preventable. Safety isn’t a program, it’s a way of life.

  • 2013 Zero Lost Time Injuries
  • 2010 MCAT Award of Merit
  • 2008 CCA National Safety Award
  • 2007 MCAT Safety Award for 50,000 + Man Hours
  • 2006 MCAT Safety Award for 50,000 + Man Hours
  • 2006 John M. Beck Award for our project-based Joint Health And Safety Committee at the William Osler Health Centre in Brampton
  • 2005 MCAA Certificate of Commendation for Achieving Safety Excellence


By every measure we’re a successful company. We’ve been in business 70 years and we’ve grown from a two-person startup to an industry leader. How?

We choose excellence over profit.

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Yes, money is important for both short- and long-term survival. But we believe that companies are better served by striving for excellence rather than cutting corners to boost profitability. Excellence takes time to achieve but builds a truly sustainable business and creates a wide circle of value.

We set our standards high, we relish hard work, and we bring exactitude to everything we do. Everyone benefits – our clients, our team, and all the others we connect with. 

  • 2015 Best Employers in Canada
  • 2014 Best Employers in Canada
  • 2014 Canada’s Best Managed Companies – Platinum - one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2007
  • 2013Best Employers in Canada
  • 201250 Best Small and Medium-Size Employers in the Greater Toronto Area
  • 201150 Best Small and Medium Size Employers in the Greater Toronto Area
  • 2011TCA Best of the Best Award for Sunnybrook Health SciencesCentre M-Wing
  • 2008TCA Best of the Best Award for the Art Gallery of Ontario
  • 2007The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce Extraordinary Large Business of the Year Award
  • 2005TCA Best of the Best Award for TD Bank College Park
  • 2005TCA Best of the Best Award for Yorkdale Shopping Centre Renovation
  • 2005TCA Best of the Best Award for National Ballet School
Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies 2014 Best Employers in Canada


There is always the possibility of a better way.

That’s the attitude we bring to every aspect of our business and all the projects we work on. Whether it’s creative design solutions for meeting strict energy targets, packaging entire mechanical rooms to fit restrictive space allotments or timelines, or using field management software to increase efficiencies, we lead our industry in innovation.

That’s not an accident. Innovation is entrenched in Kelson’s culture. Our company-wide Innovation Program encourages every employee to think creatively and share ideas for improving what we do. We reward proactive problem solving and then share the advantages with our clients.

Risk Management

Construction is inherently risky. We reduce those risks for our clients in a variety of crucial ways.

We anticipate trouble spots and resolve them before they happen. Using BIM to precisely map out how mechanical systems interact and connect is one example. Exemplary documentation, attention to detail, and expertise in project management are a few of the others.