Friday January 21, 2011



The Little Company That Could

Chilliwack company hosts Geosynthetics and Civil Engineering Summit in Kelowna Jan. 31

Submitted by Brad Stuart, Checkmate Geosynthetics



heckmate Geosynthetics is headquartered in Downtown Chilliwack but has offices and distributors around the planet. Checkmate was founded in 2003 and since has been one of Canada's fastest growing companies.


With a small staff of only three who actually live in Chilliwack, Checkmate utilizes technology to pull it's far flung staff together everywhere from Vancouver to Toronto and Hong Kong to Mainland China. Even with it's diminutive contingent, Checkmate has had a a major impact on the local Chilliwack market.


Staff, distributors, engineers and customers from around the world come to meet them here at their office on Mill Street contributing to the local hotel and restaurant businesses. Checkmate's distribution of it's FlexGrid line in BC is handled by Canex Building Supplies, therefore bringing even more jobs and money into the local economy.


The company has completed many projects around the world and right here in our own back yard during the last eight-years. Currently, Checkmate has projects in development throughout North America, Kuwait, Columbia, Puerto Rico, Ireland and India.


This month Checkmate is coordinating the Geosynthetics and Civil Engineering Summit 2011 in Kelowna on Monday Jan. 31st and in Surrey and Wednesday Feb. 2nd.


The day-long event will have expert speakers coming from throughout North America to speak to engineers on a wide range of geosynthetic solutions including landfill, transportation infrastructure, sediment and runoff control, slope stabilization and new green retaining wall options.


The company's long-term vision for the summit is to eventually hold it in Chilliwack where Checkmate can showcase their talent pool of world class distributors and industry experts for the three-day event.


For more information Checkmate and the Summit lecture series see their website at




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