Tervita's Story

We began as a one-rig operation known as Concord Well Servicing in 1979.  In 1984, Canadian Crude Separators was formed to treat oil waste with one operating facility in La Glace, Alberta. Today, Tervita is a leading waste management and environmental solutions provider with 40 years of experience meeting the needs of our customers.

Key Milestones


Co-founders David Werklund and Gordon Vivian purchase a single service rig, forming Concord Well Servicing in Valleyview, Alberta.


Canadian Crude Separators is formed to treat oil waste with one operating facility in La Glace, Alberta.


Don Friesen and John Thompson create HAZCO, a predecessor company of Tervita, with environmental construction, environmental technologies, site remediation, emergency response, waste services and bioremediation as key business units.


Canadian Crude Separators (CCS) becomes a publicly traded company.


HAZCO acquires Beck Drilling and Environmental Services, adding their geotechnical, environmental and geological coring services expertise to the company.


CCS pioneers cavern waste disposal in Canada by starting operations with the Mitsue Engineered Landfill near Slave Lake, Alberta.


CCS develops Gravity Compression System technology.


HAZCO acquires AXIS.


HAZCO acquires ERE.


CCS converts into the CCS Income Trust and acquires Prodrill Fluid Technologies, a supplier of drilling fluids and engineering services.


CCS opens Hardisty Caverns, an oil storage cavern business.


CCS Energy Marketing is formed. Later in 2004, CCS acquires HAZCO -
the largest acquisition to date.


Concord acquires HIALTA Energy Services, a provider of rental equipment for well workovers and completions.

That same year, NORMCAN, a leader in providing safe management of Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM) is acquired.


ETT and ARKLA are the first acquisitions of the year.

Grizzly/Hi-West & Poncho Well Servicing are also acquired, increasing the service fleet to more than 140 rigs and making CCS Canada's third-largest well servicing company.

CCS acquires HMI, Alberta's leading metal recycling company, and Lionhead Engineering, an innovative regulatory compliance solutions provider for managing the final stages of oilfield asset lifecycles.

HAZCO makes strategic acquisitions in Ontario.


On Nov. 14, CCS converts to a private corporation and is re-named CCS Corporation.


Maxen begins operations as a transportation manager and logistics optimizer for the oil and gas industry, while HAZCO acquires Peninsula Waste Water Services, a marine waste management specialist.

HAZCO also purchases Newalta's Filter Bins, Rig Bins & Lugger Bins.


CCS Corporation's U.S. Operation is created to offer the CCS portfolio of services to the American oil and gas industry.

CCS Midstream Services opens the Buck Creek TRD, bringing the company network of TRDs, landfills and caverns to approximately 55.


Team HAZCO transitions into HAZCO Emergency Response and acts as the primary chemical spill response contractor for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

HAZCO acquires Complete Environmental in Dawson Creek, British Columbia.

New President & CEO John Gibson is appointed.
Dave Werklund retains chairmanship of the CCS Board.


CCS Corporation and the 12 related companies come together as Tervita to better serve customers as a leading provider of environmental and energy services in North America.


Tervita sells the majority of its U.S. based operations to Republic Services.


Chris Synek appointed President & CEO.


Tervita completes a recapitalization transaction.

With a stronger balance sheet, new owners and Board, the company is positioned to compete in the current economic environment. 


John Cooper appointed President and CEO.

Tervita acquires Columbia Recycle (2008) - a full-service scrap yard located in Kimberley B.C. and Columbia Recycle (1996)- a full-service scrap yard located in Trail B.C.

Tervita also acquires 3K Oil Services Ltd., an oilfield services provider to heavy oil markets located in the west central region of Saskatchewan, northeast of Lloydminster.


Tervita announces the successful close of its merger transaction with Newalta, creating one of the leading energy-focused waste and environmental services companies in Canada.

Tervita closes on an asset purchase of Southwest Salvage (Alberta) Ltd.


  Tervita celebrates 40 years as an industry leader.

Tervita announces long-term commercial agreement with a senior E&P producer to develop a pipeline connected dedicated disposal infrastructure project


Tervita acquires Main Line Industries (1997) - leaders in trenchless services, rail services, hauling heavy equipment and aggregate, and excavation located in Winnipeg, MB.