Woodworking has always been a passion of mine. Receiving several high school awards for woodworking and mathematics the pairing made a logical decision for me to choose the Faculty of Engineering for my university studies. After the first year, I was employed by PCL with my first construction job. Even though I very much enjoyed the hands on experience I chose to not continue with engineering the following year and explored Science and Management courses while my primary focus was still pursuing my hockey career.
Before completing my Science degree from the U of M there was a huge boom in poker popularity. A friend suggested we build a table. It turned out really nice so I donated a second to a close friends wedding social. Someone attending requested another and an entrepreneur was born. I started advertising them on Kijiji and the next thing I knew I was using a printing company to produce the cloths and manufacturing them for Winnipeg’s Major sports teams. Their players autographed them in order to be auctioned off at their fundraisers. The Winnipeg Firefighters raised almost $20,000 with theirs. I was lucky to make a little bit of money building them as I certainly didnt make any by playing on them!
The Next Step
Throughout university I continued a friendship with a group of engineering students. We all came from different high schools, and had our own previous groups of friends, but it didn’t long until we all got to know each other our network grew. These in fact are the original Squirrels. The name dates back to before I had met them.. but was always the name chosen for our rec hockey team in the winter and slo-pitch team in the summer.. as well as just a general term for the group of friends it encompassed. As demand for my services grew, several of them took turns helping out with projects, and collectively we became “Squirrel” Construction!
Our Commitment to Excellence
I have always taken pride in the work we produce. It was never just building poker tables or decks and fences. It has always been about building a reputation for quality craftsmanship. After all these years, we have it down to a science, and we haven’t lost sight of our goals. We are still dedicated to offering exceptional quality and extraordinary customer service while maintaining competitive prices.