Sanexen Services Environnementaux inc. About us

Sanexen Environmental Services inc. is a contractor and consultant in contaminated site remediation and Water Main Rehabilitation.

Our team of scientists also performs studies and assessments related to other environmental issues. Over the past 30 years, the company has completed contracts totalling more than a billion Canadian dollars in the environmental and water main rehabilitation fields. The company has developed a profound expertise as well as technologies adapted to the needs of private corporations and public organizations facing various environmental issues. The company relies on the knowledge and experience of a team of more than 400 employees.

In 2009, the company expanded its service offerings following the acquisition of Niedner, a century-old manufacturing plant. Niedner’s products include Aqua-Pipe®, a water main liner designed and developed by Sanexen.

In 2015, Sanexen also acquired Excava-Tech who, for 15 years, was our excavation and civil engineering subcontractor for our water main lining work. In 2016, we purchased the Rouyn-Noranda firm Regénération, specializing in the revegetation of mining sites. Both companies merged with Sanexen at the end of 2016.

On July 6, 2017, we acquired 51% of the Toronto firm  Fer-Pal, who, since 2001, has been our Aqua-Pipe licensee in Ontario and 7 American states. Through this transaction, Sanexen’s territory now covers all of North America.

Sanexen also owns 49% of Qikiqtaaluk Environmental (QE), an Inuit company based in Iqaluit (Nunavut). This partnership has positioned Sanexen to offer its expertise in all areas of Canada’s North. Sanexen is also in partnership with Avataani, a company serving the region of Nunavik.

Focusing on the future, the company offers its clients a unique expertise in the field and a team that is dedicated to solving their issues.

Sanexen’s Beginnings

Beginning as a division of Groupe Sanivan, a firm specialized in industrial cleaning services, Sanexen was established in 1985. In 1991, a group of employees, led by Alain Sauriol, acquired Sanexen. Shortly after, Logistec, a marine transportation service provider, became the majority shareholder in the company, while management personnel retained 30% of shares. In 2016, Logistec acquired the remaining shares held by a group of 12 company executives giving them 100% of Sanexen’s shares.

 

Notre président

Expertise 

Alain Sauriol has been the President of Sanexen since 1991. Beginning with the company in 1985 as a Project Manager for contaminated site remediations, Alain worked his way up over the next 6 years holding various positions, notably the management of sociopolitical issues concerning the implementation of a waste incinerator in Quebec. In spite of the project failure, Alain learned from this “Not in my backyard” phenomena which made him more aware of social acceptability aspects of industrial projects.

In 1991, Alain and a group of company executives acquired Sanexen. Desperately in need of financing, he sold 70% of shares to Logistec Corporation in 1992. Under his leadership for the past 30 years, Sanexen has grown remarkably, from $4M to over $150M in sales in 2015.

In 2016, Alain was very pleased when Logistec acquired 100% of Sanexen, because he became a Logistec shareholder.

Academic Training

Alain holds a Bachelor of Physical Geography from the Université de Montréal and a Master of Environmental Sciences. His Master's thesis, co-written by the Ecologist Pierre Dansereau was named “Les fluorures d’origine industrielle dans l’environnement québecois” translated as The industrial origin of fluorides in the Quebec environment.

About Alain 

Born in Montreal in 1958 to a French-Canadian family, Alain is the second oldest of a family of four children. His father worked as a labourer at a printing plant and his mother ran the household.  He has spent the past 30 years with Agathe, with whom he has two children in their twenties, Catherine and Thomas. In addition to his passion for hockey, which he continues to play today and regularly refers to in his daily management of the company, he also enjoys playing tennis and golf. Beginning with his studies in geography, he has maintained a passion for travel. He has visited more then 60 countries across 5 continents. As a food and wine connoisseur, Alain knows all of Montreal’s best eateries and has a knack for finding great new places during his travels.

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