Dechant Construction Ltd.

Started by Alphonse Dechant in 1976, Dechant Construction Ltd. is an independent provider of highway, water & sewer and oilfield construction. Since Alphonse’s retirement the company has been run by his sons and a management team that has continued the quality and client expectations that Alphonse started. Operating across northern Alberta and north-eastern British Columbia, we have become one of the largest heavy civil construction contractors in these areas.

From small roadway projects to large heavy civil sites and highway construction, Dechant Construction Ltd. provides the service and the professionalism that the industry demands. We pride ourselves in our ability to provide cost-effective and personal service to all our customers, regardless of project size.

Safety is the First Item of Business

Dechant Construction maintains a Certificate Of Recognition (COR) with both the ACSA and Worksafe BC.

We continue to work at maintaining a safe work environment which is reflected in good grades across all third party safety management evaluation programs - ISNetworld, Comply Works and CanQual.


Heavy Civil Construction

Dechant Construction has been providing Towns, Municipalities, Cities, Alberta Transportation and the Government of British Columbia with heavy civil services for over three decades. We specialize in large transportation projects such as twinning and widening highways, service road builds and subdivision road development. As a full phase contractor we manage Traffic Accommodation and Environmental Construction Operation plans as well as Sedimentation Avoidance Strategies. Recognized as a leader - we continue to work closely with paving and asphalt companies to provide turnkey services to our clients.

Oil Field Development

We were founded in oil field development. With much of the early development in North western Alberta on the back of our company we have maintained through much of our history the same clients year after year after year. We are safe, efficient and committed to owner schedules. Our company has developed thousands of kilometres of oil field roads, thousands of leases and opened thousands of kilometres of winter access. We have equal experience in conventional oil, shale gas development and oil sands projects.

Underground Utilities

Our Underground Utilities division was established over 15 years ago and has garnered extensive experience working on small million dollar projects to underground jobs in excess of $15MM that take many years to complete. We specialize in subdivision development and our clients continue to use us time and time again. Our underground utilities division are also responsible for culvert, bridge file and pipe installs throughout our company.

First Nation Partnerships

Some of our most successful civil and oil field projects have been in partnership with First Nation groups. Our focus in each of these partnerships is slightly different and normally defined by our partners requirements. Recent successes have been in adding capacity to First Nation run projects, managing large oil field and clearing projects alongside our partners as well providing in the field training and meaningful work to First Nation community members. We respect the relationship and work with Chief and Council, Nation leadership and community members in developing long term mutually beneficial business arrangements that work for everyone.


ROW Clearing for ATCO Electric - Ring Border, Alberta to Rainbow Lake, Alberta. - Jan 2011

10 km High Grade Oil Field Road Development for Apache Energy - Fort Nelson, British Columbia. - March 2011

Underground Utility installation for the Town of Rainbow Lake - Rainbow Lake, Alberta. - April 2011

Service Road Development alongside Sturgeon Lake First Nation in the Valleyview Region. - May 2011

KM 69 HIllcut on the Komie for Encana Energy - Fort Nelson, British Columbia. - July 2011

Hwy 58 Widening for Alberta Transportation - High Level , Alberta. - July 2011


Heavy Civil

Ainsworth Lumber
Alberta Infrastructure
ATCO Electric
Boyer River First Nation
CCS Energy
County of Grande Prairie
County of Saddle Hills
Crystal Lake Developers
Daytona Land
Dene Tha First Nation
Footner Forest Products
Government of Canada
Government of NWT
High Level Land & Housing
Ledcor Industries Ltd
Wembly Developments
Manning Div. Forest Prod
Mackenzie County
McKenzie Northern
M.D. of East Peace
M.D. of Fairview
M.D. of Northern Lights
Northern Rockies Reg. District
Sturgeon Lake Cree Nation
Tallcree First Nation
Tolko Industries
Town of Fort Nelson
Town of Fort Vermilion
Town of High Level
Town of La Crete
Town of Manning
Town of Rainbow Lake
Yellowhead County


Aduro/Tri Star Res
Advantage Energy
Aguila Exploration
Alberta Energy Corp
Apache Canada
Bearspaw Petroleum
Blizzard Energy
BP Canada Energy
British Petroleum
Burlington Resources
Canadian Natural Resources
Canterra Energy
Compton Petroleum
Conoco Phillips
Cyries Energy
Devon Canada
Western Canadian Coal
Enbridge Pipelines Inc
Husky Oil
Imperial Oil
Innova Exploration
Nexen Petroleum
Paramount Resources
Pennine Petro
Pennwest Petroleum
Petro Canada
Saddle Resources
Samson Energy
Shell Canada
Talisman Resources


Daniel Dechant – President

Danny Dechant started his career with Dechant Construction Ltd. operating equipment for his father. He has since attended NAIT where he earned his CET and completed numerous projects for Dechant Construction as a surveyor. Danny now oversees the estimating and costing operations of the company. Danny models his management style after his father Alphonse. Danny’s dedication to professionalism, honesty and fairness has brought Dechant Construction Ltd. to where it is today.

Doug Dechant – General Manager

Doug Dechant has done it all for Dechant Construction over the years. Doug started out hauling groceries to remote construction camps, then moved on to surveying and equipment operation. Doug also developed and implemented the Company Safety Policy and was instrumental in getting our Certificates of Recognition from the Alberta Construction Safety Association and Enform. Doug now runs the day to day operations of the company as the company’s General Manager.

Wayne Dechant – Expenditure Officer

Wayne Dechant started with Dechant Construction operating equipment. As time went on, Wayne moved more toward our Logging Operations Company at the time – Garden River Logging. Wayne started and implemented a quality control program for GRL and monitored logging production until the company was sold in 2005. Wayne is now the expenditure officer for Dechant Construction Ltd. and oversees the financials of the company.

Aaron Lambie - Assistant General Manager

Aaron started with Dechant Construction 5 years ago providing support in New Business development. Most recently he serves as the Assistant General Manager with oversight on client relations, development of the strategic vision, management of third party claims, JV and partnership development and is the primary contact on all legal, contracts and agreement matters. University educated in industrial forest management - his experience in operational, strategic and long term planning as well as his keen sense of entrepreneurialism makes him ideal for the roles he serves.

Cameron Demkiw - Accountant

Cameron received his Bachelor of Commerce degree, with a major in Accounting, in the year 2000 from the University of Alberta. He has lived and worked in northern Alberta since 2002, and came to work at Dechant Construction in July of 2007 as our Accountant. Cam oversees the day to day financials and leads our head office staff. With his drive, determination, and financial know how, Cameron has proved to be an invaluable asset to our team.

Shannon Abbott - Hiring, Resources and Safety Manager

Shannon started with Dechant 4 years ago and has moved quickly throughout the organization. Starting in Accounts Payable and working closely with senior management on operational tasks she was offered the Hiring, Resources and Safety Management position and quickly made it her own. Her management style works well in this challenging portfolio. She is task focused and can work on multiple projects with a high degree of success.

Health, Safety & the Environment

Dechant Construction Ltd. endorses worker safety and accident prevention in all projects which are undertaken. As a start to strengthening the company commitment to safety recognition, the company was accredited as a “Partner in Injury Reduction” in 1991.

Since then Dechant Construction has developed an extensive Health and Safety Program to provide personnel with the fundamental information needed to conduct day to day operations while safeguarding employees, the general public, property and the environment. All employees are required to complete and extensive safety training program as outlined in our safety manual. This manual explains in detail the various safety policies, codes of practice, safety rules, safe operating procedures, and responsibilities of both the employee and the supervisor.

The company is affiliated with ACSA and Enform, and is registered in the Partners for Injury Reduction (PIR) program. Both Dechant Construction and Dechant Construction (Western) hold Certificates of Recognition for this program. Dechant Construction is also a proud member of the following Health and

Safety Management Programs:

ISN Networld
Comply Works
By being members of these programs, Dechant Construction ensures that our safety systems exceeds the requirements and standards of what is currently expected in our industry.

Dechant Construction has the unique opportunity of providing its own in house orientation and training programs. All personnel must undergo drug testing, safety orientation and/or capability assessments, and are expected to have a minimum valid certification in First Aid/CPR, WHMIS, H2S Alive, and TDG.


Dechant maintains a fleet of late model Caterpillar construction machinery which is maintained in our own shops. Reliability and exceptional equipment up-time are achieved and continue to be very high corporate priorities.

Dozing Equipment

  • D8R’s
  • D6T's
  • D6R’s
  • D6N’s
  • D6M’S
  • Rippers
  • Rakes

Road Maintenance Equipment

  • 14H Graders
  • 14M Graders
  • 160H Graders
  • 160M Graders
  • 815B Compactors
  • 815F Compactors
  • 563 Compactors
  • 14H Snow Wings
  • 160H Snow Wing

Excavation Equipment

  • 365 CL’s
  • 330 CL’s
  • 330 DL’s
  • 324's
  • 312's
  • 330 Twist Bucket
  • 330 Chuck Blade
  • 330 Hoe Pack
  • 330 Rake with thumb
  • 330 Mulcher

Earthmoving Equipment

  • 627G Scrapers
  • 621G Scrapers
  • 730 Rock Trucks

Vehicles, Trailers, Assorted Equipment

  • Tandem Winch Tractors
  • Tri-Drive Lowbed Tractors
  • Bombardier Snow Cats
  • Challengers, Tractors
  • Skid Steers, Fork Lifts, Front End Loaders
  • Assorted Trailer Attachments
  • Portable Camps
  • Pilot Vehicles, ATV’s, Argo, Snowmobiles, Service Trucks
  • Mechanic Trucks


Dechant is always in the search for dozing, scraper, rock truck, packer, excavator, grader operators, flaggers and foreman. There is not anytime during the year where we are at full capacity. If you are interested in applying please send a resume attention Shannon Abbott to or fax to
(780) 926-4415.

Along with your resume please include a list of valid work references, recent projects you were involved with and list of current tickets.

We work from Fort McMurray, Alberta to Fort Nelson, British Columbia and nearly anywhere in between. Our projects are primarily camp work.

For most of our clients at a minimum you need:

Standard First Aid
H2S Alive
Ground Disturbance