COVID-19 Update
The services Midwest Surveys provides are considered an essential service, therefore we are still open and operating. The majority of our employees who work out of our 11 offices are now working remotely from home, while our field staff have been provided with safe work protocols and checklists outlining responsible social distancing, personal hygiene, and cleaning measures. We will continue to adhere by the Federal, Provincial, and Municipal government’s guidelines to ensure we can continue to carry out services, while maintaining the protection of our employees, clients, and members of the communities in which we live and work.

In 1949 J.J. Simpson started Simpson Elevation Company Limited. This was a subscriber service aimed at providing the Alberta petroleum industry with reliable ground and Kelly Bushing Elevations for wellsites. As the oil industry grew and demanded new services, the company began performing wellsite and access road surveys. Subsequently, these services and pipeline right-of-way surveys became one of the company’s key areas of expertise.

As the company grew and established a strong presence in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Midwest also embraced the geomatics technologies of the future. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff and strategically located offices and crews are essential to Midwest’s key business cornerstone: to provide consistent premium service to all of our clients.

Between the mid-1950s and 1999 Midwest Surveys grew exponentially, first forming a Saskatchewan division, with offices in Regina and Estevan; then an Edmonton office was opened to serve northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories; later the Lloydminster office was opened, the Medicine Hat office was established and the Maple Creek office opened. Just before the turn of the century, Midwest added an office in Grande Prairie, one in Peace River, and finally in 2007 Midwest’s tenth office opened in Fort St. John, British Columbia.

As the company grew and established a strong presence in Alberta, British Columbia and Saskatchewan, Midwest also embraced the geomatics technologies of the future. Our experienced, knowledgeable staff and strategically located offices and crews are essential to Midwest’s key business cornerstone: to provide consistent premium service to all of our clients.

Company Accolades

50 Best Employers and Best Small & Medium Employer 

Ranked as one of the 50 Best Employers in Canada 5 of 5 years we participated (2005 – 2008) and named a Best Small & Medium Employer (BSME) in 2014.

Alberta’s Top Employers

Ranked as one of Alberta’s Top Employer’s (2006 – 2010).

Canada’s Best Employers for Recent Grads

A sub-category under the Top 100 Employers Survey, Midwest received this recognition 3 years in a row (2010 – 2013).

30 Best Pension & Benefits Plan

Midwest recognized nationally in 2009. Flexibility in structure and “thinking outside the box” helped us to achieve this recognition.

Safety Awards

2011 – Cenovus Energy Safety & Environmental Stewardship Award. WCB’s Top Industry Performer in AB, BC, SK

2008 – Alberta’s Best Workplaces for Health & Safety (Alberta Venture Magazine).

Office Managers

CALGARY

Jerry Simpson
Ken Moore
Bill Turner
John Schmidt
Jim Halliday
Dode Berry
Jim Sharpe
Jay Abbey
Scott Boulanger

EDMONTON

Hal Falkenburg
Stan Rudovics
Len Leiman
Doug Krempien
Kevin Swabey
Ralph Bode
Mark Knott

REGINA

Gordon Goldsworthy
Bruno Hoever
Larry McLeod
Garnet Garner

ESTEVAN

Gordon Goldsworthy
Bruno Hoever
Bruce Morrow
Lyle Ford
David Quirk
Steven Drew

LLOYDMINSTER

Henry Knitter
Barry Clarkson
Brad Pollard
Matt Ward

LLOYDMINSTER

Henry Knitter
Barry Clarkson
Brad Pollard
Matt Ward

MEDICINE HAT

Don Wong
Gordie Repp
Lloyd Cridland
Tim Martin

MAPLE CREEK

Roger Morrow
Brian Burridge
Curtis Galecki

GRAND PRAIRIE

John Engleberts
Don Begg

PEACE RIVER

Ross Metcalfe
Don Begg

FORT ST. JOHN

Earl Little
Neil Bennett
Rich Nixon
Jerry Mullin

Department Managers

GIS

Pearson Farnsworth
Brian Waller
Scott Boulanger
Michael Vogel

HR

Elizabeth Disman
Brent Gordon
Kelsey Poxon

IT

Vince Orme
Jaci Da Silva
Don Owen

PCIS

Dode Berry
Andy Sytsema
Steve Card

PIPELINE INTEGRITY

Jeff Main

MMP
(Calgary Opps.)

Jay Abbey
Scott Boulanger

SAFETY

Ken Wesen
Tim Schmidek
Paul Maron

CLIENT RELATIONS & MARKETING

Victor Hut
Derek Feener
Jill Burridge
Kevin Swabey *Vacant*

Company Presidents

Jerry Simpson
1949

Bill Turner
1979

Len Leiman
1982

Jim Halliday
1997

Kevin Swabey
2008

History of the Brand

Company Letterhead

Taglines and Logos

Then & Now

Tools & Technology

65 Years

Jaren Norcutt

“Could you write us a poem?” Kevin asked with a grin, “I guess I could try though I’m not sure where to begin.

My husband said this sounds like something your mom did, and it’s true, she’s the poet, I’m just her kid.

So I’ll give it a go, sit back, have a drink and listen to the history of Midwest Surveys Inc.

Simpson Elevation Company is how we were known, 1949 to now, just look at how we’ve grown.

In 1953 a Saskatchewan division was formed, then in 1955 the Edmonton office was born.

In 1956, they changed the name once more, Simpson Surveys we were called and the shareholders
numbered 4.

Somewhere down the line they settled on Midwest, we did the work the clients needed, our field crews were the best.

Through the years we’ve expanded, Estevan and GP, Medicine Hat, Lloydminster, and Ft. St. John, BC.

Regina, Maple Creek & Peace River to name them all, each one a stepping stone to great things big and small.

Celebration in ’99, we made it to 50 years, 47 shareholders clinked glasses and said cheers!

Ups and downs we’ve had them all but here’s what sets us apart, we’ve got the perfect mixture of work ethic and heart.

It’s like a family business without your family near, but then I got to thinking there’s more family here than peers.

The Berry’s and the Farrant’s, the Halliday’s and Ward’s, one or two have walked these halls in some cases even more.

The Hoever’s and the Sears’ and a Leiman or three or four, some would call it nepostism, I call it good rapport.

So here we are in 2014, look what 65 brings, 119 shareholders celebrating at the Banff Springs.

So whether you’re new or been around for a few, or retired or just starting out you all played a part, make sure to take heart …you’re what Midwest Surveys is all about.

Thank the ones around you, a handshake or clink of the cup. We’ve come a long, long way my friends and there’s no place to go but up.

65 years has snuck up on us and we all deserve a hand So raise a glass, say congrats and strike up the band.

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