"There is value in doing your best every day."
Henry’s sons and the next gen. Grew up digging pits by hand, wheeling concrete, sweeping up the job site. Today, Tim has his business degree and can make anyone feel comfortable with a single conversation. Phil likes to put his head down and work hard—but never forgets to show compassion. Aaron is always looking for a new challenge. All of them feel proud to see the family name on a project.
"Everything we have is a gift to share with others."
Our success isn’t ours alone: it’s something we share with the communities we’re a part of. Schilthuis donates time, expertise, materials and dollars to schools, churches and non-profit organizations, including Mission Services, Lynwood Charlton Centre, Neighbour to Neighbour Centre, Redeemer University College and children’s sports teams. We believe in chipping in, sharing the wealth and offering a hand up, whether it’s helping a struggling employee, hosting monthly barbecues at the food bank or gathering carloads of toys for kids at Christmas.
"We're all pulling together on the same rope."
Construction shouldn’t be about litigation or labour disruption. We work together to resolve conflict, whether it’s with project owners or our own employees—a principle we put on paper when we helped form the Christian Trade Union of Canada in 1960 (now the Christian Labour Association of Canada). To this day, our employees and many of our subtrades are members of CLAC. Our negotiations are based on the principles of integrity, fairness, trust and working together, and bargaining takes place in the board room, not the job site.
Good work gets recognized
- 2014 - Business Excellence Award, Haldimand County
- 2013 - Harm Schilthuis inducted into the Hamilton Halton Construction Association Hall of Fame
- 2013 - OGCA Distinguished Achievement in Health and Safety
- 2012 - Ontario Builder Awards, Honourable Mention – Category 1 – Buildings for the Dunnville Memorial Arena.
- 2011 - Urban Design and Architecture Award
- 2011 - Hamilton Heritage Recognition Award
- 2006 - Ontario Concrete Award
Projects close to our hearts
- Hester Street arena (Hamilton's first indoor arena)
- St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Stoney Creek (turned 50 in 2008)
- Columbia College residence, Sanitorium Road, Hamilton
- Downsview Arena, Toronto
- Arena and library complex, Beamsville
- Firehall and EMS stations, Cayuga and Hagersville