Who We Are

Fourth generation builders, first generation values.

A Family Tradition

For over 100 years the Bockstael name has been synonymous with construction in Manitoba. From the humble beginnings of a Belgian carpenter, to the fourth generation of family ownership, building is in our blood. We pride ourselves on world-class innovation and a client-first approach to doing business. This is our commitment to serving the province we choose to call home for the next 100 years — and beyond..

Our History

Theodore Bockstael, a Belgian carpenter migrated to Canada in 1907. His first job was to help complete the roof of the St. Boniface Cathedrale and he soon established a reputation as a craftsman and a builder.

1910
The Beginning
In 1910, Belgian farmers in and around Fort Whyte, asked Theo to build milk houses, granaries and barns. Business surged and in 1912 Bockstael Construction Limited was born.
1935
Persistence Amongst Adversity
Not long after, Bockstael Construction began its storied history with schools, building King George V School in 1913 followed by Ecole Provencher. Bockstael’s first foray into Lean Construction was in 1934 (although Lean was decades away from being invented) when the Whittier Park Stables were reconstructed in 12 days after a fire destroyed them. Theodore’s core values of integrity, honesty and quality work are still Bockstael’s core values today.
1947
Robert takes the reins
In 1944, upon his return from serving in the Air Force, Robert Bockstael joined his father. At that point in time, Bockstael Construction had persevered through two World Wars and the Great Depression. Resilience was in the DNA. Robert assumed full leadership of the company in 1951. The Sisters of the Cross Residence, the Heather Curling Club, the Fort Garry, O’Keefe and Carling Breweries, Manitoba Telephone System switching stations and the foundations of C-block at St. Boniface Hospital, are just a few of the noteworthy projects of his time.
1968
Creating an icon
Among the most notable projects completed under Robert’s leadership was Precious Blood Church, widely recognized as an architectural icon. Robert’s legacy extends well beyond buildings and infrastructure. He was elected to School Board, Municipal Council and later served Canada as a Member of Parliament. Robert engrained in his family that commitment to the broader community within which we live is an obligation. To this day, it is one of Bockstael Construction’s core values.
1980
The Third Generation
The story of the third generation at Bockstael begins when Larry Bockstael joined his father in 1971. David Bockstael joined in 1978 and in 1979 he and Larry purchased the company. Under Larry and David’s joint leadership, the company grew quickly and they invited John to join them in 1985. During this time, Bockstael Construction grew tenfold and entered the top tier of Manitoba contractors from a volume perspective. Larry and David left the company well-positioned to compete into the future through a well implemented strategy of growth and diversification.
2000
A New Era is Defined
Subsequent to Larry’s retirement in 2012, John Bockstael became President and CEO, a position he continues to occupy today. John knew that to compete in the top tier required continual improvement and skills enhancement and made this a top priority. At the same time, John devoted considerable time and effort to improving the overall construction industry, serving in leadership positions at the Winnipeg Construction Association, the Canadian Construction Association (he is currently second Vice Chair ), and is Chair of Canadian Construction Innovation. Under John’s leadership, the company continued to grow and diversify amidst a changing economic landscape.
2010
A Growing Team
In 2016, John was joined by Carmine Militano, Nick Bockstael, and Dan Bockstael as Partners, bringing the fourth generation of the Bockstael family into leadership positions within the company. That the company continues to thrive through four generations is proof positive that thinking in generations, and not in quarters, is a key to sustainability. Today, Bockstael Construction is a leader in Lean Construction and is continuously advancing innovative project delivery practices through the Bockstael Operating System, its proprietary framework for project delivery.
Today

Who We Are Today

Together, our operations combine for over 100 employees with unique expertise

John Bockstael, P.Eng., GSC

President and CEO

John Bockstael is the President and CEO and is the last member of the third ...

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John Bockstael, P.Eng., GSC

President and CEO

jbockstael@bockstael.com
John Bockstael is the President and CEO and is the last member of the third generation to lead the company forward. John started his construction apprenticeship at the age of 15 working in the field every summer through high school and university. He graduated university as a Civil Engineer, worked for Dominion Bridge Co., and joined the company in 1985. John strengthened the technical expertise of the company, and continually reinforces Bockstael’s belief in education and training in construction technology and project management. He has worked in all areas of business and now maintains his focus on customer satisfaction, collaboration with the design community and the implementation of industry best practices. John is a former President of the Winnipeg Construction Association and the American Concrete Institute Manitoba Chapter, and has served on the national Board of the Canadian Construction Association since 2005. He is currently the Chair of Canadian Construction Innovations , an organization formed in 2014 to drive research work for innovation in the industry. With an interest in developing the next generation of engineers, he was instrumental in the formation of the Friends of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. John’s considerable contributions to the community were recognized through the receipt of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. John also received the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014 for service to the University and the Sovereigns Medal for Volunteers presented by the Governor General in 2015.

Carmine Militano, P.Eng.

Senior Vice President

Carmine Militano is a Principal and the Senior Vice President. He brings a “360 degree ...

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Carmine Militano, P.Eng.

Senior Vice President

cmilitano@bockstael.com
Carmine Militano is a Principal and the Senior Vice President. He brings a “360 degree perspective” to the Bockstael team with more than 36 years’ experience across the entire design-construct life cycle, including consulting engineering, construction, and manufacturing. Prior to joining Bockstael, Carmine held leadership positions with some of the largest engineering consulting firms in Canada. He is an acknowledged specialist in business development, project management, strategic business planning and facilitation. Carmine is focused on the continued growth of Bockstael Construction and the enhancement of Bockstael’s services through innovation. Carmine has always believed in making a contribution to the community in which we live. He is currently on the Executive of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation Board; the Holy Names House of Peace Board (President); the Green Manitoba Advisory Board; and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board. He is also the Chair of the Advisory Committee for the Paul Charette Manitoba Research Chair in Sustainable Construction at Red River College. Carmine has been a guest lecturer at the University of Manitoba and Red River College and has presented at numerous conferences.

Dan Bockstael, P.Eng., M.Eng.

Director of Pre-Construction Services

Dan Bockstael is Principal and the Director of Pre-Construction Services. Dan is part of the ...

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Dan Bockstael, P.Eng., M.Eng.

Director of Pre-Construction Services

dbockstael@bockstael.com
Dan Bockstael is Principal and the Director of Pre-Construction Services. Dan is part of the fourth generation leading Bockstael Construction, and his experience with the company dates back to 2000 when he was employed in the field. Since then, Dan has expanded his experience to include site supervision, project administration, and project management. Upon graduation, Dan was employed by one of Manitoba’s leading consulting engineering firms, rejoining Bockstael in 2010 where he resumed his career in Estimating and Pre-Construction. As Director of Pre-Construction Services, Dan has continued to enhance Bockstael’s delivery of pre-construction services through the integration of best-in-class processes and technologies such as Total Cost Management and Building Information Modelling (BIM). Dan is involved in several industry and community endeavours. He is currently on the Board of the Winnipeg Construction Association, as well as the Manitoba Section of the Association of the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI). He is actively engaged in the professional engineering community through Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba and participates in the Young Construction Leaders of Manitoba. Dan has been a guest lecturer at the Winnipeg Construction Association.

Nick Bockstael, P.Eng.

Director of Project Delivery

Nick Bockstael is a Principal and the Director of Project Delivery. He is part of ...

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Nick Bockstael, P.Eng.

Director of Project Delivery

nbockstael@bockstael.com
Nick Bockstael is a Principal and the Director of Project Delivery. He is part of the fourth generation leading Bockstael Construction, and his experience includes hands-on building in the field at an early age, through to Estimating, Project Management and Operations Management. His construction experience is complemented by three years of consulting design engineering experience with Stantec. He is focussed on enhancing client value through the continuous improvement of project delivery. He is leading Bockstael’s journey through Lean Construction and has made numerous presentations to the industry. Through his efforts, Bockstael has emerged as a leader in Lean Construction in Manitoba. Nick has been instrumental in building Bockstael’s capacity and capabilities in high-rise construction and industrial installations. Nick is involved in several industry committees, giving time back to the community and learning from the community. He is currently the Chair of the Young Construction Leaders of Manitoba at the Winnipeg Construction Association and a board member with the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council.

We Give Where We Live

  • Bockstael has begun construction of a new poolhouse at the St. Amant Centre, utilizing volunteer labour from our staff members.
  • Bockstael is the title sponsor of the St. Boniface Hospital Foundation’s Health Report Radio program.
  • Bockstael has fulfilled substantial pledges towards the creation of the new Red River College Skilled Trades and Technology Centre to train our future workforce.
  • A fixed percentage of profits are donated annually to several charities, including the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Assiniboine Park Conservatory, St. Amant, and several of our city’s Hospital Foundations.
  • Bockstael has supported the Seven Oaks School Division Wayfinders program through its golf tournament and gala for the last several years.
  • From 2013 to 2016, Bockstael employees raised over $20,000 for the Alzheimer Society of Manitoba through their participation in the Memory Walk charity event.
  • Bockstael Construction is a founding member of the Friends of Engineering industry advisory group to the University of Manitoba Engineering Faculty. John Bockstael is the current Chair.
  • Bockstael was engaged as the volunteer Construction Manager on the Gonzaga Middle School project, which now provides enhanced education opportunities to residents of the Point Douglas and North East Downtown neighbourhoods.

Protecting Our Resources

We are committed to protecting our scarce and valuable resources. We have extensive experience in the successful delivery of LEED accredited buildings, including only the second school in Canada to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Beyond the construction of green buildings, we actively participate in a number of organizations devoted to sustainability including The Manitoba Green Building Council, the Paul Charette Manitoba Chair for Sustainable Construction, and Green Manitoba.

Professional & Community Engagement

At Bockstael, we consider giving back to our community as well as working to improve our industry to be an obligation. The logos below represent just some of the organizations on which we actively participate.

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