It began in fall 2014 – Evan, his buddy Joe, a pickup truck and a few hand tools.
Evan described his vision of becoming a bridge “doctor”, where he’d offer his clients practical and innovative treatments for their bridge woes. “Do you know how many bridges get ripped out on the prairies,” Evan would say, with frustruation, “when you could just replace a rotten pile?! It’s absurd.”
Or “You wouldn’t believe how rare it is for RMs to get practical bridge guidance they can act on – they are often just given technical reports full of jargon.”
Evan grew up on a chicken-beef-dairy-vegetable hobby farm and entrepreneurial-inventor testing ground just outside of Saskatoon. In 2003, Evan got his feet wet in the bridge world. He worked for Saskatchewan Highways’ Municipal Bridge Branch, as a part of his University of Saskatchewan civil engineering degree. After a stint with an engineering consulting company and a chicken farming venture, Evan started his first bridge consulting business in 2009. He provided cost-effective construction inspection and contract administrative services to municipalities.
After going on to work with bridge and culvert construction companies, Evan’s entrepreneurial ventures stepped it up to a new level. He observed a need for enhanced services to municipalities, where clients’ needs were prioritized and tax-payers’ dollars were optimized. Evan realized he could uniquely accomplish this by providing services spanning both engineering and construction disciplines.
And so Pier Solutions was born. Evan’s multi-faceted self – hard-working farming, optimistic entrepreneurial, technically grounded, practically minded, and relationally motivated – coalesced into a unique company.
Today, Pier Solutions proudly serves clients across rural Saskatchewan and Manitoba, working on vehicular, pedestrian and short line rail bridges. We love our work – helping our clients in new and innovative ways is our passion!