Charlie Bennett Inducted into the HHCA Hall of Fame


On February 23, 2017 the Hamilton-Halton Construction Association posthumously inducted Charlie Bennett of the Bennett Group of Companies into the HHCA Hall of Fame at their 97th Annual General Meeting and Dinner.

Mr. Bennett was recognized for his contributions to the regional and national construction industry and his well-known zest for life. The presentation included a number of colorful stories, descriptions of some of his most challenging projects and photos highlighting both his professional career and personal life.

Charlie Bennett was a larger than life character who left the family farm to become a plumber, first working with the Adam Clark Company Ltd in Hamilton. In the mid 1970s he founded Bear Construction, building his business in Northern Ontario where he was able to indulge his love of the great outdoors. In 1981, in order to grow, Bear Construction transitioned to the Bennett Group of Companies and moved south into the Halton and Peel regions. Both companies focused on water and wastewater projects.

Mr. Bennett had a builder’s mind and a designer’s imagination. He developed solutions to problems that no one else could find – inventing the solution when necessary. He and Jeff Wood established B.N.W. Valve Manufacturing Limited in 1983 and notably designed rugged stainless steel slide and sluice gates that are used in water and wastewater facilities throughout North America. His passion and ingenuity weren’t confined to his business, Charlie Bennett also designed and built boats.

Mr. Bennett’s sons Colin and Adam accepted the award on their father’s behalf.

Source: Hamilton-Halton Construction Association

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