Eric Auger & Sons Contracting has over 25 years of experience in oilfield services. “We have grown alongside Canadian Natural over the years,” explains son and current business partner, Dennis Auger. The working relationship between this construction and energy services company and Canadian Natural dates back 20 years, and continues to play a big role in the development of Canadian Natural’s Pelican Lake operations.
Eric Auger started his own logging company back in the late 70’s. “It was all manual labour back then,” says Dennis. Guided by Eric’s work ethic, the business developed and expanded over the years, as did involvement from other family members. According to Dennis, this inclusionary approach is traditional; for example, even his mom is involved as she caters food for all the workers.
After learning the skills to operate mechanical equipment, the transition into oilfield services and construction was a natural progression for this family business. Today the company is employing the third generation of family and workers from within their local community. As part of the Bigstone First Nation, Eric Auger & Sons Contracting is a vital source of community-based skills training, investment and prosperity.
With a vision for the future, this family-led business also runs ACES, a piping construction company. This business division was started to meet rising industry demand while securing additional employment opportunities for the increasingly skilled local workforce. The Auger family places great emphasis on education and training. Dennis says, “This is where ACES comes in. We are here to stay. I can’t imagine my family being anywhere else.”