Our Story

In March of 1995, Major Drilling Group International Inc. undertook its initial public offering, listing shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.  However, our story begins 15 years before that…

1980 Company Founded

Formed with the acquisition of Ideal Drilling (1980) Ltd., based in Bathurst, New Brunswick.

1981 Acquired Dominik Drilling

Acquired Dominik Drilling (1981) Inc., based in Val d’Or, Québec.

1984 Hosking Diamond Drilling

Acquired Hosking Diamond Drilling Ltd., located in Rouyn, Québec.

1984 New Affiliates Joined

Kennebec Drilling Ltd. and its wholly-owned subsidiary, Maine Diamond Drilling, Inc., became affiliates of the Company.

1992 Venezuela

Incorporated Majortec Perforaciones S.A. in Venezuela.

1993 Mexico

Established Major Drilling de Mexico S.A. de C.V.

1995 South America

Incorporated in the Guyana Shield Region of South America.

1996 Argentina

Incorporated in Argentina.

Expanding Canadian Operations

Beginning in 1997, our focus turned to expanding our Canadian operations beyond Eastern Canada and also looked to Australia, with its strong tradition in the mining sector.

1997 Acquired J.T. Thomas

Acquired the J.T. Thomas group of companies, which operated primarily in British Columbia and the Northwest Territories.

1997 Acquired Pontil Pty. Limited

Acquired the Australian-based mineral exploration drilling company Pontil Pty. Limited. This company, through a subsidiary, also carried on business in Indonesia.

1997 Acquired UDR Group Limited

Entered the manufacturing and distribution business after acquiring control of UDR Group Limited.

1998 Drilling in Chile

Commenced drilling operations in Chile.

1998 Acquired Midwest

Completed the acquisition of the Midwest group of companies in Canada.

1999 Opened Operations in Tanzania

Acquired a Tanzanian company.

2001 Acquired Ausdrill Limited’s Eastern Australian Drilling Division

Acquired, from Ausdrill Limited, certain drilling assets and contracts located in Eastern Australia and New Zealand.

2002 Opened Operations in Mongolia

Incorporated a subsidiary in Mongolia, Major Drilling Mongolia XXK.

2004 Acquired Raematt Drilling

Acquired the drill rigs, related equipment, inventory and drilling contracts of Raematt Drilling Pty. Ltd. in Australia.

2005 Acquired Dynatec Corporation’s Western US Drilling Division

Acquired the drill rigs, related equipment, inventory and drilling contracts of Dynatec Corporation Drilling Service, in the Western United States. This acquisition has allowed the Company to establish a presence in a large and important North American mining region.

2006 Acquired Longstaff in Southern Africa

Expanded its presence in Southern Africa by acquiring the Longstaff group in Southern Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

2007 Added to the S&P/TSX Composite Index

Standard & Poor’s Canadian Index Operation added Major Drilling to the S&P/TSX Composite Index.

2007 Expanded Chilean Operations

Company’s Chilean subsidiary purchased an exploration drilling company, Harris y Cia Ltda.

2007 Expanded Ecuador Operations

Acquired the assets of Paragon del Ecuador S.A.

2008 Acquired Forage à Diamant Benoit Ltée

Acquired Forage à Diamant Benoit Ltée based in Val d’Or, Québec.

2010 Began Environmental Drilling Services

Entered the environmental drilling services sector by acquiring SMD services of Huntsville, Alabama.

2010 Acquired North Star Drilling LLC

Acquired North Star Drilling LLC.

2011 Acquired Bradley Group

Acquired Bradley Group Limited based in Rouyn Noranda, Quebec.

2014 Acquired Assets of Taurus Drilling

Acquired the assets of Taurus Drilling located in Canada and the USA, representing the company’s entry into the underground percussive market.

2019 Acquired Norex Drilling Limited

Acquired Norex Drilling Limited located in Timmins, Ontario.

2021 Acquired McKay Drilling

Acquired McKay Drilling located in Perth, Australia.