04.18.17 / Community

Local vendors invited to meet shortlisted contractors

Relationship building has its benefits

We’re replacing sections of our natural gas lines in Vancouver, Burnaby and Coquitlam to ensure the continued safe, reliable delivery of natural gas to our customers.

Pre-construction activities on the Vancouver to Coquitlam Upgrade project have already started, with construction getting underway later this year.

To date, $13.2 million has been spent on the project with local vendors and suppliers. We estimate the overall capital cost of the project will be $255 million.

We want to maximize the benefits of our projects in the community. One of the ways we do that is by hiring local and Aboriginal businesses. We also hold networking events to provide businesses with opportunities to meet, and build relationships, with our shortlisted construction contractors.

The Vancouver to Coquitlam business-to-business (B2B) networking event is May 8.

B2B event May 8

If you own a business in BC that provides goods or services we may need for one of our projects (see list below), please complete our contractors and vendors form online.

If you’d like to attend our B2B networking event, please register now. For more information about this event, email

Vancouver to Coquitlam Upgrade project B2B networking event

Monday, May 8, 2017

8 a.m. to noon

Executive Inn: 4201 Lougheed Highway, Burnaby

Registration is required by April 26 for this invitation-only event. Space is limited, so register early.

Last year’s B2B event for the Surrey to Coquitlam Upgrade project was a great success. More than 100 people came out to network, with business representatives lining up to speak with the shortlisted general contractors. When the contractors were ready to hire, they had a list of potential local sub-contractors to call.


The feedback from last year’s event was overwhelmingly positive and everyone appreciated the opportunity to learn about our project.

Ian Miki Surrey to Coquitlam Upgrade project director

Gord Schoberg, FortisBC’s senior manager, community & Aboriginal relations, says it’s helpful for the shortlisted general contractors to get to know us, and other contractors, personally. “This is a big, $255-million dollar project, but at the end of the day it’s individual people working together to get the job done.”

Here is a partial list of industries/services the construction contractor will require for the Vancouver to Coquitlam gas line replacement project:

  • aggregate supplies
  • contaminated spoil and soil haul
  • crane rental/trucking
  • cranes and trucking
  • dewatering
  • excavating and digging
  • FBE coating
  • foreign utility
  • garbage disposal
  • gravel and spoil haul
  • heavy equipment movers
  • hydrovac
  • non-destructive testing
  • pavement and saw cutting
  • portable facilities
  • rental companies
  • safety supply
  • sandblasting
  • security
  • steel driven piles/sheet piling
  • surveying and staking
  • temporary fencing
  • traffic control
  • welding

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