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1950

C.T. Takahashi opens an office in Vancouver to gain access to the Canadian market, first business to import Japanese OCTG in to Canada

In 1950 C.T. Takahashi Inc., an import-export company based in Seattle and Tokyo, opened an office in Vancouver to gain access to the Canadian market. The office was managed by Roger Cheng and by 1953 C.T. Takahashi Inc. entered the pipe sector as the first business to import Japanese OCTG..Read More

1976

Canadian Takahashi opens an office in Calgary, Roger Cheng becomes sole owner

C. T. Takahashi opened the Calgary office in 1960 and the following year Roger Cheng purchased a minority share in the company. In 1976 Mr. Cheng purchased 100% of the company which was then going by Canadian Takahashi Ltd.

1992

Allan Cheng takes over as president; company re-branded as Cantak Corporation

Allan Cheng takes over as president; company re-branded as Cantak Corporation

Roger’s son Allan moved to Calgary to be involved in the business and after 8 years took the over as president in 1988. Roger passed away in 1990 but the company remained with the Cheng family. In 1992 the company was re-branded to Cantak Corporation.

2014

Majority Share sold to Metal One

Majority Share sold to Metal One

In 2014 a majority share of Cantak was sold to the Japanese steel trading house Metal One which is part of the Mitsubishi group of businesses. With the new financing opportunities along with Metal One’s proprietary connections and mill access Cantak is looking forward to thriving and growing in the..Read More

MATT STEWART
President

Matt has more that 20 years experience in the oilfield service business, primarily in the Pipe Coating industry. His latest position was as Senior Vice President, with Bayou Perma-Pipe, with responsibility for their business and operations in both the USA and Canada.

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Matt took over as the president of Cantak Tubulars in 2017.

HIROSHI KAWAISHI
Executive Vice President

After graduating from the TOKYO University of Foreign Studies in 1993, Hiroshi joined the Mitsubishi/Metal One group. In his 25 years in the steel pipe business he has managed offices in Japan and Russia. When Cantak was purchased by Metal One, Hiroshi moved to Calgary to help with the transition.

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Hiroshi is very active in the Japanese community and is currently one of directors of the Japanese School in Calgary. He is also an avid trail marathon runner – most recently completing an 60km in Kananaskis.

SCOTT HADERER
GM Operations

After graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary, Scott joined Cantak in 1990. In his 29 years with the company he has worked his way up to General Manager of OCTG and using his wealth of experience he has guided the company forward within the market.

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Highlights of his career include managing the Talisman/Repsol contract from 2010-2015. Outside of being the go-to OCTG guru in the office Scott is an avid golfer and enjoys spending time with his family.

JIM MITCHELL
Vice President, BD

Jim is a Metallurgical Engineer and holds his MBA with both degrees from Queen’s University. Through his years of experience at Evraz he has held a Quality Assurance role, Technical Sales role, various management roles looking after OCTG and Line Pipe

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and has dealt with end users, managed pipeline projects and managed distribution customers. At Hallmark he was heavily involved in managing and promoting their Nisku (HITS) pipe yard as well as their Field Services division. Aside from standard steel pipe he is familiar with coil and plate, as well as VIT and Piling Pipe.

SCOTT GERLA
Chief Financial Officer

After graduating from the University of Regina, Scott obtained his Chartered Accountant designation while articling with Ernst & Young. Scott was employed with Ernst & Young from 1987 to 1998, rising to the level of Senior Audit Manager.

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He moved on to become Vice-President of Financial Reporting and Compliance with Inter Pipeline Fund until 2008, when he took on the role of Chief Financial Officer for Altus Energy Services Ltd. Scott joined Cantak Corporation in September of 2012 as Chief Financial Officer.

CHAD KOZAK
Vice President, Operations

Being born and raised in Fort McMurray, Alberta — Chad has the oil and gas industry in his DNA. After graduating from UofA with a Mechanical Engineering degree, Chad got his start in the steel tubulars business with Vallourec. In 2008, Chad left Vallourec 

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to take on the challenge of overseeing a large transmission line project that Cantak had been awarded. Today, he works on the technical side of OCTG for Cantak as well as working in business development for the line pipe division.

Cantak strives to be a quality leader in the OCTG distribution industry by consistently providing a high quality product to its customers in a timely manner and with superior customer service. The foundation for this has been effective communication, continual improvement, cooperation, and innovation at all levels.

Cantak ISO 9001:2015

 

We go above and beyond the industry standards to ensure a safe work environment for our employees. We provide extensive education and training which is reinforced by frequent safety meetings. At Cantak, it is everyone's responsibility to prevent all losses and we hold all the subcontractors we work with to the same high standards.

COR Certificate