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What does CWB certification mean?

Fortis Corporation is proud to be a part of CWB, the Canadian Welding Bureau. They are an industry-supported private sector organization providing welding certification, management systems registration, and training services to over 7600 companies in 48 countries. The CWB was formed over 70 years ago to administer Canada’s national welding standards, which are in the national building code as well as other industry-specific documents. While companies operating in the structural and erecting industries are required to be CWB certified, other companies can seek credentials as the CWB is the only nationally recognized credential. 


Unlike some other qualifications in the field, being CWB certified ensures any work done is to the highest standard possible. To hold this certification the individual must conform to specific testing and procedures that are monitored on an ongoing basis. This means that all elements of our operation are independently verified by the Canadian Welding Bureau regularly. Fortis goes above and beyond to maintain this standard so we know the work being done in our shop is of top quality and has the certification behind it. 

Fortis is certified in steel and stainless steel as well as having level 1 weld inspectors on site. Our team of welders and fabricators can take on any job from small D-plates to full mine refurbishment jobs. For more information on past projects check out: or contact us at

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Fortis Installs New Water Safety Boom for E.B. Campbell Dam

Fortis was contracted by SaskPower for the removal of an existing safety boom and the supply and installation of a new water safety boom system for E.B. Campbell Dam. As General Contractor, Fortis constructed a laydown area along the South shore of the spillway and set sail to a month-long project alongside several subcontractors. Early milestone tasks consisted of placing large, floating barge sections into the water and building an access platform for a 55T RT Crane to be positioned onto the H-Barge.

The new safety boom system consisted of 20,000 lb. 5’x5’ concrete anchor blocks placed underwater via the 55T RT Crane atop the floating barges and a diving crew for safe handling/lowering and rigging.  These concrete anchors were the foundation for the 24” diameter x 20’ & 40’ steel pipe pontoons (painted to spec and filled with EPS Foam for floatation) positioned and anchored across the water from South shore to North shore, near the E.B. Campbell Spillway.  A 24” x 30’ vertical steel pile was driven into the ground along the North dam and utilized as tie-off/anchorage for the steel safety pontoons. 

Project Subcontractors:

- Dominion Diving (Diving Crew; Barge sections and Water Vessel Supply) 

- Prairie Crane (Operator w/ 100T and 55T RT Cranes for project)

- Saskatchewan River Business Corporation (Local labourer assistance)

- Gary Taylor Trenching (Excavating and earthworks)

- Dart Services (Vertical Pile supply and installation)

Major Suppliers:

- Fortis Mfg. (Steel pontoons and floats fabrication/supply)

- Northern Strands (All permanent chain, wire rope and rigging materials)

- Pre-Con (concrete anchor blocks)

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