CCI Paper is Published in 2020 Edition of GLSA Trenchless Journal

We are pleased to announce that in the 2020 edition of the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence & Atlantic Trenchless Journal, CCI’s Sam Wilson and Jeff Miller along with Adam Van Nood from Marathon Underground had their paper “Shore Approach Horizontal Directional Drill Crossings into the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick” published. Way to go guys!

Shore Approach Horizontal Directional Drill Crossings into the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswuick

Sam Wilson P.Eng, CCI Inc, Edmonton, Alberta
Jeff Miller E.I.T., CCI Inc, Edmonton, Alberta
Adam Van Nood, Marathon Underground, Ottawa, Ontario

New Brunswick Power Transmission Corporation (NB Power) is constructing the Fundy Isles Transmission Power Line Project which consists of 69 kV Submarine Cables from Deer Island, NB to Campobello Island, NB and from Campobello Island to Grand Manan Island, NB. This project will provide electricity to the islands and will replace existing cables installed in 1978 and nearing the end of their service life.

NB Power requested that the connection between the submarine and the land-based sections of the project be completed utilizing the Horizontal Directional Drill (HOD) methodology to mitigate any concerns of future exposure due to erosion from the large tidal action within the bay. The HOD crossings were to include the installation of three HOPE conduits, one 16-inch 0.0. HOPE conduit along with two spare 3.5-inch HOPE conduits for future corrosion protection measures inside a 24″ common borehole. The project included four shore approach crossings, designed to be progressed through 0-50% ROD Mafic Tuft, Shale bedrock, and overburden materials.

Marathon Underground (Marathon) was successful in the tendering process for the project. CCI Inc. (CCI) was subcontracted to assist with production of feasible designs and provide HOD construction experience and support.

The unique nature of the shore approach methodologies, space constraints, marine activities, and difficult ground conditions at the crossing locations culminated in complicated conditions for HOD installations.

Through comprehensive engineering design, significant combined HOD experience, and Marathon’s ability to adapt to onsite conditions, two of the four crossings were successfully completed by HOD methods and two were completed with open cut methodologies with all completion dates meeting the required in-service date.

This article will discuss the challenges faced during both the design and construction phases of the shore approach crossings.

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CCI and Geoterra Announce Merger

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CCI and Geoterra are proud to announce that we have merged our two companies and now have an even greater presence in British Columbia.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be working hard to integrate the Geoterra and CCI families and support each other,  while growing together in BC. With the new merger, we have more exposure with Geoterrra’s offices in Vancouver, Prince George and Fort Nelson, thus offering local and immediate services to our clients.

Geoterra’s line of business is mainly focused on their 25 years of forestry consulting and land management services in BC. However, in the past 10 years, they have diversified more into the Oil & Gas industry offering timber assessments, clearing supervision, Indigenous consultation, Indigenous liaisons, Indigenous capacity support, line locating and many other consulting services.

For more information on the services Geoterra currently provides visit

CCI Inc. Named One of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.

Toronto, ON – March 5, 2020 – CCI Inc. was recognized for overall business performance and sustained growth with the prestigious Canada’s Best Managed Companies designation. The 2020 Best Managed program award winners are amongst the best-in-class of Canadian owned and managed companies with revenues over $25 million demonstrating investment in talent and technology, innovation in a competitive environment, and an increased focus on global competition. Now in its 27th year, Canada’s Best Managed Companies remains one of the country’s leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Every year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies compete for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates the calibre of their management abilities and practices.

Since 2004, CCI Inc. has provided services to the North American oil and gas and municipal infrastructure industries. We initially specialized in designing, building and maintaining trenchless crossings, typically the highest risk part of a crossings project, but have now expanded our services into many other aspects of the work. The company has had great success, for 16 consecutive years, of ensuring Forestry, Geotech, Trenchless and Open Cut Crossings, Pipelines and Construction Monitoring are sound by taking a detailed approach to every project. CCI’s multi-disciplinary team focuses on the overall project with engineers, geologists, geotechnical specialists, construction experts, foresters, biologists, project managers, writers, geomatics and GIS specialists.

“Best Managed Platinum Club winners are resilient. They have been consistent in successfully adapting to change throughout the years and overcoming economic challenges. These companies truly impact how Canada is viewed on the world stage when it comes to the success of private business,” said Kari Lockhart, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program.”

Applicants are evaluated by an independent judging panel comprised of representatives from program sponsors in addition to special guest judges. 2020 Best Managed companies share commonalities that include (but are not limited to) a clear and concise strategy, capability to invest in R&D, tools and proprietary equipment, and a strong emphasis on corporate social responsibility.

“CCI Inc is tremendously proud to continue to be among such a worthy field of Canadian business success stories,” said David Dupuis, Chief Operating Officer at CCI Inc. “We credit our talented pool of highly qualified technical people as the key to being able to deliver stellar results, project after project.”

“Businesses today are faced with many challenges and must stay focused and agile in order to sustain and drive growth. They need to demonstrate resilience and commitment to their people, their purpose and their competitive position in the Canadian business world and this year’s Best Managed winners are doing just that,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “These companies can celebrate their accomplishments today, and should be excited for tomorrow.”

2020 winners of the Canada’s Best Managed Companies award will be honoured at the annual Canada’s Best Managed Companies gala in Toronto on April 1, 2020.  On the same date, the Best Managed symposium will address leading-edge business issues that are key to the success of today’s business leaders.

The Best Managed program is sponsored by Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group.

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 $25 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 four levels: 1) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their 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 retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group. For more information, visit

About CCI Inc.

CCI Inc. has been and is the leading expert in Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD), Open-Cut and Micro-Tunneling methods. Since 2004, we have established ourselves as a driving force in the continued advancement of trenchless pipeline systems and employed proven methods for tackling difficult river crossings. CCI provides award winning, highly technical services to the pipeline, oil and gas and municipal infrastructure sectors including: Engineering Solutions, Construction Management, Environmental and Geotechnical Services, and Forestry Planning and Reclamation Services

By using a proven engineering design processes, with our in-house team of professionals, CCI’s 360-degree approach and our commitment to collaborate and innovate continues to be the catalyst to the products and services we provide. This approach has proven to be the “go-to” attraction for organizations that seek not only a successful, cost effective project, but a proven method to build and continue their goal of performance with stakeholders.

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CCI Group of Companies Welcomes Denis Pellerin as Managing Director

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Welcome to the CCI Group of Companies Denis Pellerin, Managing Director for CCI Inc.

Mr. Denis Pellerin’s role will be to develop CCI’s Engineering and EPC capabilities outside the North American market. He will be based out of Paris, France.

Denis Pellerin is a Civil Engineer from Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées (1983) and has received his MBA from INSEAD (1990). He has 35 years of experience in the trenchless crossings industry.

In 1985, he joined the start-up company, HDI, as a field engineer. HDI became one of the world’s foremost HDD contractors, introducing Horizontal Directional Drilling into Europe, Australia and several countries in Africa, South East Asia and South America. During those pioneering years, Denis and his HDI colleagues introduced new HDD technics, such as buoyancy control systems for large diameter pipelines, entry casings for pilot holes and gravel shield reamers.

After serving as Site Engineer, Project Manager, Operations Manager and Commercial Manager, Denis was appointed Managing Director of HDI SA in 1991.

Throughout his career, Denis has implemented Horizontal Directional Drilling, Direct Pipe®, Microtunneling, Pipe Ramming and Auger Drilling technologies, sometimes combining technics in order to gain optimal efficiency.

His career with HDI has taken him on more than 2200 trenchless crossings projects, spanning more than 40 different countries worldwide, all safely concluded.

Together with HDI, Denis received several industry recognitions, in Australia (1987), USA (1999), Europe (2011) and France (2012, 2015 and 2018), for innovative HDD projects onshore, as well as marine based. He was a founding member and the first treasurer of the professional organization DCA Europe in 1994 and served as its Vice-President from 2008 to 2016.

The CCI Group of Companies are pleased to have Denis join our team.

Major Alberta Energy Regulator Contract Awarded to CCI

At CCI, our forestry professionals understand the importance of a well-executed plan done in a professional, time efficient, cost effective and safe manner, while always keeping the environmental commitments for the client’s social responsibility in mind. Our forestry personnel are the most experienced and qualified people in the industry and continue to provide a service that is second to none.

Recently, CCI was awarded a major contract from the Alberta Energy Regulator to restore and reclaim linear disturbances within the Richardson Caribou Range in the regional municipality of Wood Buffalo. This is all based on an RFP designed by our very talented Environmental and Forestry teams.

The objective of the work is to reduce or eliminate the anthropogenic linear disturbances that exist between the two major fires that burned in the area over the last 10 years, thus, creating a contiguous forest area over time.

Some of the benefits of the program will include:

These professionals help control the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of the forests to meet diverse needs and values for a multitude of industries.

The silviculture group develops and implements long term strategic 20-year plans to effectively manage renewable resources for countless companies including the oil and gas industry.

This is only one of many restoration projects that CCI Inc. is working on and we are proud to be a part of the ongoing efforts throughout the Caribou Zones in both Alberta and British Columbia.



Major Alberta Energy Regulator Contract Awarded to CCI

CCI & Associates Welcomes Neil Smith as Managing Director

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Welcome to the CCI Group of Companies Neil Smith, Managing Director for CCI & Associates Inc.

Mr. Neil Smith’s role will be to further develop CCI & Associates Engineering and EPC capabilities for specialized projects. He will be based out of our Houston office.

Neil graduated, with honors, with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Manchester in 1983. He is a Chartered Engineer and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

Neil brings, to CCI & Associates and its clients, 30 years’ HDD experience in complex, long and large diameter Horizontal Directional Drilling (HDD) crossings using steel, HDPE and FPVC pipe, at environmentally sensitive sites, in rural and congested urban areas, for shore landings and offshore in open waters. He has been instrumental in enabling the advancement of trenchless technology to benefit the industry and enable optimum project solutions.

Neil has over 30 years’ experience in leading international HDD contracting companies. Before assuming executive management roles, he gained experience in the HDD sector as project engineer, site manager, project manager and general manager. Neil’s accomplishments include building world class companies, delivering many challenging and significant projects (several recognized with industry awards) and the development of niche businesses in marine based HDD crossings (shore approaches and water-to-water crossings).

Neil has won multiple awards for his work with trenchless technology groups. In years past, he has been active in trade specific professional organizations and served as the President of the Directional Crossing Contractors Association.

The CCI Group of Companies are pleased to have Neil join our team.