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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


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.


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.


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 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.

Executive Vice President

Hiroaki is from the Yamanashi Prefecture near Mount Fuji in Japan. He attended Waseda University in Tokyo and earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Engineering finishing in 2003. He started his professional career with SAP and then joined Metal One in 2006.

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During his tenure at Metal One Hiroaki has been stationed in Beijing, Tokyo and now Calgary. Hiroaki started at Cantak as EVP in September 2020 bringing his experience in energy products to guide the company forward. In his spare time he enjoys practicing karate and spending time with his wife and daughter.

Chief Financial Officer

Peter grew up on a farm near Whitelaw in the Peace Country region of Northern Alberta. After finishing his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 1992 he started his professional career. During this time, he received his CPA and worked in a variety of different industries, both domestically and internationally, from pipe coating to forestry.

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Peter joined Cantak in January 2020 bringing 25 years of accounting and financial experience to the company. In applying his previous experience, from both senior management roles and as a CFO, he is benefitting Cantak greatly. During his spare time Peter enjoys many outdoor activities and spending time with his family.

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.

GM Linepipe

Kate’s tenure with Cantak is approaching 15 years with most of her experience focused on the Line Pipe side of the business. Highlights of her career include managing numerous large diameter transmission pipeline projects, successfully marketing steam pipe and mid-diameter pipe solutions, as well as expanding Cantak’s Line Pipe network by building quality relationships with key customers, mill sources and domestic service providers.

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Kate is from Coldstream, BC, graduated from University of Victoria with distinction and now calls Calgary home with her husband, son and dog.

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