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Brief History

The Past in Perspective

Our past plays an integral part in how we approach the future, and the common thread that weaves through McDougall Energy’s storied history is family.

The McDougall name is the face of our business. We are dedicated to maintaining the same excellence in service and customer satisfaction that three generations of family have built since 1949.

We look forward to a future full of new possibilities where our values continue to reflect our history.

The timeline below illustrates the journey that marks where we are today. Building trusted relationships have been the foundation of our success from the very beginning. Each acquisition, maneuver, or strategy was a decision made with integrity and our Core Values in mind.

1945

Allan McDougall began working for Imperial Oil, based in Timmins, Ontario.

1949

Allan and Lucy relocated their family to Thessalon, Ontario.  Allan became the regional Esso™ agent.

1968 

Bryan, Allan and Lucy's son, became a burner service agent and an Esso associate, introducing Home Heating into the McDougall family repertoire.

1972

Allan McDougall retired after 23 years of service in the industry, leaving his son Bryan and Bryan's wife, Joy, to run the McDougall Fuels business.

1973

Bryan and Joy expanded the business by amalgamating with the Blind River operation, doubling the size of McDougall Fuels.

1987

McDougall Fuels became an Esso-branded reseller, purchasing existing agencies along the north shore and Sault Ste. Marie from Imperial Oil.

1989

The Esso agency in Elliot Lake was purchased from Imperial Oil.

1990

The Texaco Home Comfort business in Sault Ste. Marie was amalgamated into McDougall Fuels.

1994

The Esso agency in Chapleau was purchased from Imperial Oil.

1996

O'Riley Fuels in Chapleau was purchased and amalgamated with the existing McDougall Fuels Chapleau agency.

1998

The McDougall Energy business transitioned into its third-generation of family ownership, purchased by Darren, Jennifer, and Chris McDougall, the children of Bryan and Joy.

McLeod Fuels was purchased and amalgamated into our Sault Ste. Marie operations.

1999

Rankin Fuels in Thessalon was purchased. Also, ICG Propane, Blind River, was purchased, adding propane as another business line for McDougall Fuels.

2005

McDougall Energy evolved by immersing itself in the Retail Auto and convenience store business.

Started operating a corporate-owned Esso gas and convenience location on Truck Rd. in Sault Ste. Marie.

2006

King Propane was acquired adding to our growing propane business line.

Started operating two corporate owned Esso gas and convenience locations in Thunder Bay.

2007

Operations in Red Lake, British Columbia and Timmins/Cochrane were purchased, and a new office was established in Little Current serving Manitoulin Island.

Opened a corporate owned Esso gas and convenience location in Elliot Lake.

2008

We changed our corporate name to McDougall Energy Inc. to reflect who we are today and the direction we will take in the future.
We began our Home Heat operations in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and established an office/warehouse for this region. Also, added territory to our Auto Market in British Columbia.

2009

In early 2009, we began operations of our Can-Op and Swipe Pay-and-Go auto retailers in Northwest and Central Ontario.
In August, we introduced fuels, lubricant, and specialty product lines under our GTA business market.

2011

In November, we entered into an agreement with Imperial Oil to purchase its Heating Oil and Commercial Fuels Agency businesses located in south and southwestern Ontario (St. Catharines and St. George).  

In December, we entered into an agreement with Imperial Oil to purchase its Heating Oil and Commercial Fuels Agency businesses located north and east of Toronto (Newmarket and Bowmanville).   

McDougall Energy enhanced its value proposition for commercial businesses by entering the wheel-to-wheel customer segment through the acquisition of Iberic Oil Fuels located in Concord, Ontario.

McDougall Energy was named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies for the first time, demonstrating a commitment to strategy, capability and sustainable growth.

2012

In February and March, we entered into agreements with Imperial Oil to purchase its Heating Oil and Commercial Fuels Agency businesses in Wawa, Sudbury, and North Bay.

In October, we purchased Wardlaw Fuels (Algoma) Inc.'s fuel and lubricant delivery business in Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma region. The acquisition included a retail gas bar and convenience store. 

2013

In August, Imperial Oil named McDougall Energy Inc. the exclusive Mobil Branded Distributor in Sudbury, North Bay, Barrie and the surrounding area.

In December, we purchased the Doug Chalmers Inc. (Chalmers Fuels) fuel (excluding propane), service and lubricant delivery business in Georgetown/Halton Hills, Peel region west of Toronto.

Office opens in Mississauga and is home to one of McDougall Energy's largest distribution and warehouse networks, offering a wide range of products and services to municipalities in the GTA.

Opened a new Esso gas and convenience location on Bruce St. in Sault Ste. Marie.

2014

Began operating two Shell gas and convenience sites in Sault Ste. Marie.

2015

Opened four new Esso gas and convenience locations in Blind River, Nairn Centre, Thunder Bay and Carleton Place.

2016

McDougall Energy becomes Corporate Partners with the national Aboriginal Business Match, enabling opportunities to expand our Aboriginal alliance in the communities we serve.

McDougall Energy acquires the Esso-branded retail site in Carleton Place, Ontario, the first retail site for McDougall Energy in South East Ontario.

2017

McDougall Energy acquires Davis Fuels, a highly successful family-owned and operated business for more than 60 years, based out of Burford (Ontario), servicing Brantford, Brant County, Simcoe, London, Hagersville, Tillsonburg, and Woodstock.

McDougall Energy acquires Pepco Corp. in Owen Sound, including a secondary bulk terminal and cardlock, expanding the geographic footprint of McDougall Energy.

McDougall signed a Broker Sales Agreement with Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc. ("ACT") allowing it to carry the internationally recognized Circle K convenience store brand for development and expansion within McDougall's dealer owned network of gasoline retailers, as well as its company owned gasoline retail outlets in northern and eastern Ontario.

2018

McDougall Energy acquires Superior Petro Fuels and its home heating oil, commercial fuel, and lubricant business based out of St. Catharines, Ontario. This acquisition extends McDougall's coverage from Mississauga south into the Niagara escarpment. It will aid in generating continuous improvement measures through linkage to McDougall's already established business in St. George and recently acquired Davis Fuels business.

McDougall Energy announced that it has entered into a Branded Wholesaler Agreement with Husky Energy, giving it the right to sell Husky branded retail petroleum products and proprietary brand convenience store products from ON to BC.

McDougall Energy was named one of Canada's Best Managed Companies for the 7th consecutive year, achieving Platinum Member designation.

2019

McDougall Energy's retail team expands into Alberta to help customers build and sustain a prosperous fuel and convenience retailing business by choosing McDougall Energy as their trusted Esso-Branded Wholesaler.

We received over 200 requests in 2019 through the Community Investment Program for funding and goodwill donation requests to support community initiatives and organizations.

The McDougall Family was honoured by Algoma University for their community contribution at the annual John R. Rhodes gala.

2020

McDougall Energy moved its Sudbury operations facility and office to a new location in Lively, Ontario, with nearly double the space and added convenience, benefiting customers and partners.

Awarded Business of the Year from the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce.

McDougall Energy finalized an agreement that welcomes Edward Fuels Limited ("Edward Fuels") and associated companies, including Manitoulin Fuels and Petroline Petroleums ("Petroline") to the family. Edward Fuels is a multi-channel distributor and marketer of Shell™ branded products, and a Shell Branded Wholesaler with the ability to offer the Shell brand to third party Retail sites.

2021

McDougall Energy is named one of Canada's Top Managed Companies for the tenth consecutive year, a milestone and achievement that recognizes consistent overall business performance, sustained growth, and commitment to strategy, capability, and customer experience.

McDougall Energy reaches deal to acquire Rosen Energy Group Inc. of Kingston, Ontario, expanding its footprint in this new region for home heat and business customers, including Kingston, Gananoque, Greater Napanee and the surrounding area. Rosen Energy now operates under the McDougall Energy brand as its Kingston office.

 

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