Mike Anderson’s air quality and hazardous materials company is expanding thanks to a post-war construction boom that happened in the middle of the twentieth century. As those buildings begin their second life today through renovation, Anderson’s Squareone Consulting monitors and tests air quality while aiding contractors through the asbestos removal process.
While working for a similar company in Lethbridge, Anderson noticed an uptick in business from the Medicine Hat area. His employer had little interest in expanding so Anderson – a Medicine Hat College grad – returned to Canada’s Sunniest City in 2013 and seized the opportunity for himself.
Anderson’s laid-back demeanour belies a keen entrepreneurial sense and ability to act quickly. Recognizing the perfect storm in Saskatoon and Regina’s own post-war buildings, lack of established competitors and developing asbestos regulations, Anderson took Squareone’s Medicine Hat experience and applied it to Saskatoon and Regina.
“As Saskatchewan regulations come into place, we will be ready to hit the ground running,” says Anderson of the opportunity waiting in the walls and ceilings of Saskatchewan’s post-war buildings.
Indeed, even with air quality regulations lagging those of Alberta, Squareone has established a foothold with representatives already operating in both prairie cities. Early results have been promising and has given the Medicine Hat-headquartered company a head start on its competitors.
“Medicine Hat’s construction sector has a well-earned reputation for quality,” says Invest Medicine Hat President Ryan Jackson. “Trades operating in the city hold themselves to a high standard, making companies like Squareone an important asset.”
Noticing an opportunity in Medicine Hat led Anderson and his young family to the city four years ago. With his instincts proven correct, Squareone is now poised to do it again in Saskatchewan.