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Tarpon Acquires AKME Controls Ltd.

Tarpon is excited to announce on November 21 the company acquired AKME Controls Ltd. We are excited about this acquisition as it broadens Tarpon’s Saskatchewan geographic footprint into Weyburn and Redvers, and adds to our existing operations in Estevan. Our two companies have many synergies: solid safety and quality cultures, superior customer service and ambitiously passionate employees.

AKME Controls, an electrical and instrumentation provider, was purchased from Eric Kesslering, Matt Axten, Jordan Kawecki and Tyler Greenwald. We are pleased to welcome these gentlemen as well as AKME Controls’ talented and experienced workforce to our organization. This transaction will add 21 talented people whose strong qualifications and experience will complement our highly skilled workforce.

For the past six years, AKME Controls has been providing electrical and instrumentation services to the local industrial and commercial sectors in Weyburn, Redvers and Estevan.

The company offers a diverse range of instrumentation, electrical and upstream measurement and meter proving services.


“We’re excited to join a strong and growing company in the electrical, instrumentation and controls market space,” said Eric Kesslering and Matt Axten. “Tarpon’s leadership team is very passionate about growing the business while still recognizing that the employees are the most valuable asset they have. Tarpon has a vast resource pool to draw from which is important for both our employees and our customers. Using these resources will help us to concentrate our efforts on growing Tarpon in our area.”

Join us at the Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show

Don’t miss Tarpon at the upcoming Lloydminster Heavy Oil Show – Sept 14 and 15 – Booth #37/38.

Our team is eager to listen to your challenges within the industry, and demonstrate the value we can bring to your projects. We will have a team of experts on site with various backgrounds and specialties, including:

You can register right at the show grounds. We look forward to seeing you!

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Where is the Newest Branch of Pacific Northwest E&C?

We are pleased to announce that effective April 1, 2016, The Electrician transitioned its brand and became the second branch of Pacific Northwest Electric & Controls Ltd. Formed in January 2016, Pacific Northwest E&C opened its first branch in Kitimat, British Columbia, and is a subsidiary of Tarpon Energy Services Ltd.

“We are thrilled to roll The Electrician into the Pacific Northwest E&C brand. After nearly 60 years of operation in the Prince Rupert area, The Electrician has built significant brand recognition and a loyal customer base,” says Rick Wickland, President, Tarpon Energy Services Ltd. “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to add so many talented people whose strong qualifications and valuable expertise will complement the existing Pacific Northwest E&C business.”

Richard Wright and Sandy Giordano will continue as the Managers of Pacific Northwest E&C in Prince Rupert. “Throughout 2016, the ultimate goal is to grow this company to be a recognizable and dependable brand throughout northwest British Columbia,” Richard says. “We look forward to working alongside Glen Jackson in Kitimat and our team is eager to serve new and existing clients with the highest level of service and satisfaction.”

With complementary values and high standards for safety, quality and service, both branches of the company are poised for success. “The brand is reflective of the region in which we operate – northwest BC,” says Wickland. “The Orca is in recognition of our indigenous partners and our need to preserve and protect the pristine environment in which we operate.”

Throughout the coming months, The Electrician will gradually begin to take on the new look. “Although our brand may be changing, it will still be the same people operating the business with the same values as when we first opened,” says Wright. “Only now, we will have the opportunity to leverage resources in Kitimat – ultimately resulting in a broader service offering with the ability to take on larger, more varied projects.”

Tarpon Maintains Platinum Club Status for Fourth Consecutive Year with Canada’s Best Managed Companies Program

Dedication to its core values, ability to be flexible in a changing marketplace and sheer determination are some of the many reasons why Tarpon Energy Services Ltd. was awarded Platinum Club member status with Canada’s Best Managed Companies for the fourth year in a row. Platinum Club membership is achieved by companies that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years. 2016 marks the 10th year since Tarpon was first inducted into the prestigious Best Managed program.

“Achieving Best Managed status for 10 consecutive years is a testament of the hard work, enthusiasm and true grit of our team,” said Rick Wickland, president, Tarpon Energy Services Ltd. “It has been an extremely difficult year for those in the Canadian energy industry and like many, Tarpon has been put to the test; I am tremendously proud of our team and am confident our resilience will prove to be the key to our success story.”

Established in 1993, Canada’s Best Managed Companies is one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel on overall business performance, including leadership, strategy, core competencies, cross-functional collaboration throughout organization, and talent.

“Companies that earn Platinum Club status in the Canada’s Best Managed program are true leaders in the Canadian marketplace,” said Jon Hountalas, Executive Vice-President, Business and Corporate Banking, CIBC. “They exemplify strong vision and leadership, a sustained commitment to growth and innovation, and dedication to their values.”

About Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $10 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on flve levels: 1) Best Managed winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Requalified member (repeat winners retain the Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (After three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully reapplied for the designation. 4) Gold Requalified member (Gold Standard winners may requalify for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 5) Platinum Club member (winners that maintain Best Managed status for a minimum of six consecutive years). Program sponsors are Deloitte, CIBC, National Post, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. For further information, visit


Tarpon Wins PMI-SAC Project of The Year: Engineering & Construction

On Friday, March 4, the Project Management Institute – Southern Alberta Chapter (PMI-SAC) announced their 2016 Project Management Excellence and Achievement Award Winners. Our team is extremely proud to announce that we won the esteemed award for Project of the Year – Engineering & Construction.

Tarpon’s Modular E-houses and Remote Instrument Building Project was nominated because of our ability to manage a multifaceted scope and various geographical and cultural challenges. Located in Seoul, Korea, our client was due to execute their first-ever project for a major player within Alberta’s oil sands. By utilizing Tarpon’s unique Project Management system, our team identified the constraints to success, built a solid execution plan and controlled the project seamlessly.

Of the 30 nominations received, the PMI-SAC shortlisted 13 finalists in five different categories. “We were excited and honoured to be among the Finalists of this award. The caliber of every project was outstanding,” said D’Arcy Sullivan, Senior Project Manager – Major Projects. “We truly felt we were among a group of companies committed to project management excellence. Then, to learn that our project was chosen as the winner in our category, we couldn’t have been more proud.”

Joleen Burnett, General Manager – Modular Solutions, and Tarpon’s Sponsor for all modular projects, couldn’t agree more. “This particular project required Tarpon to acquire additional laydown property, nearly double our workforce in a span of only 6 weeks, and learn to effectively navigate the behaviourisms of the Korean business culture,” she says. “Hundreds of hands went into the success of this project – and I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every employee who supported us along the way. This award demonstrates our team’s ability to execute with excellence. It affirms that we have the right processes in place, and the best team available to provide real solutions for our clients.”

Tarpon would like to extend our appreciation to the PMI-SAC committee, and congratulations to all of our fellow PMI-SAC Finalists in 2016.

To learn more about this project, CLICK HERE.

Tarpon Wins Electrical Safety Champion Award

Tarpon is thrilled to become an ‘Electrical Safety Champion’ as awarded by Electrical Business (EB) Magazine. EB recognizes Canadian companies and individuals who are passionate about promoting the health and safety of Canadian electrical workers. Here are our top 3 principles that have formed our quality process:

1) Together – we are better.
No one person knows it all, but collectively there is nothing we cannot accomplish; we are only as good as the team that supports us. Communication amongst our team is essential to our success.

2) 3 P’s – Patience, Participation and Perseverance!
At Tarpon, we have built our QA/QC electrical program on past successes – and failures. We work hard to strengthen areas requiring more focus and re-communicate revisions throughout our workforce. The result is often a lower injury rate, more knowledgeable tradesmen and improved training to ensure continual improvement.

3) See the big picture.
It’s about working hard and working smart. We continually strive to foster a positive attitude towards quality. This is possible by encouraging input from all levels of the organization – everyone is an important part of the solution. We all thrive on a challenge.

Read more about Tarpon and all of EB Magazine’s Electrical Safety Champions here –