Backwoods Energy Services

In continuous operation since 1986, Backwoods began as a tree planting contractor in the interior of British Columbia. Backwoods began to diversify into other forestry related services and, in the early 2000’s, transitioned focus to the North Western Albertan energy industry. In 2021, the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation acquired 100% ownership in Backwoods Energy Services.

Backwoods has since grown tenfold and and has become a leading supplier of access and matting solutions, civil and forestry services, pipeline maintenance and security services in Western Canada. We have been able to attract best-in-class management and operators from across the industry, allowing us to successfully complete some of the largest midstream and utility projects in Alberta. Moreover, we have become the largest employer of Alexis band members, the largest independent source of income in the community, and have increased Backwoods asset value by over 600%.

Today, Backwoods Energy Services is 100% Indigenous Community-Owned and one of the largest Indigenous-Community owned companies in Canada.

Backwoods Mission: Drive economic opportunity by empowering Indigenous people and communities.


Pipeline, Facility and Maintenance

  • Pipeline Maintenance
  • Facility Installation
  • Turnarounds
  • Integrity and Repair Solutions

Access Solutions


  • Pre-Access Matting Assessments And Layouts

  • Mobilization/Demobilization

  • Installation and Removal
  • Transportation
  • Storage
  • Logistics
  • Cleaning/washing and repaiM

Security Services

Pressure & Vacuum

  • Stationary Uniformed Guards
  • Mobile Patrols (Right of Way Patrols & Private Road Monitoring)
  • Access/Egress Control & Proximity Card Systems
  • Traffic Control
  • Mobile Surveillance Units
  • Workforce Camp & Parking Lot Patrols
  • Emergency Response (Site Wide/Accident Scene/Crowd Control)

Licensing and Certifications

  • Alberta Security Guard License
  • Standard First Aid with CPR/AED
  • H2S Alive/H2S Awareness
  • Construction Safety Training System (CSTS-09) or Equivalent
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG)
  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System 2015 (WHMIS 2015)
  • Alberta Basic Security Training (ABST)

Environmental Services

  • Wellsite
  • Pipeline and Facility Abandonment and Decommissioning
  • Facility Reclamation
  • Remediation
  • Logistics
  • Environmental Consulting

Equipment Fleet

  • Excavators
  • Loaders
  • Compactors
  • Tampers
  • Padfoot Packers
  • Pipe Equipment
  • Rollers
  • Crane
  • Dozers
  • Cultivator
  • Mulcher
  • Feller Buncher

Civil and Reclamation

  • Earthworks/Excavation
  • Vegetation Management
  • Spill Recovery & Disaster/Emergency Response
  • Site Assessments/Program Management
  • Lease Abandonments
  • Pond Construction
  • Deep Underground Utilities
  • Traditional Land Use

Forestry Solutions

  • Clearing Pipeline and Powerline Right Of Ways
  • Well and Lease Pads, Or Seismic Lines
  • Timber Salvage
  • Grubbing, Mulching, Burning and Log Haul
  • Skidding, Horticulture and Silviculture


Safety Performance and Culture

Dedication to Health and  Safety

  • Fully Certified With ComplyWorks
  • Alberta Occupational Health and Safety Certificate of Recognition (COR)
  • ISNetworld, Avetta (formerly PICS)

Robust Quality Assurance and Quality Control
A program with a record of setting our quality objectives to target ZERO rework

We are a company that will go that extra step to protect your property, assets, and people.

Indigenous Opportunities
Indigenous & Local Recruiting, Indigenous Career Advancement Program, Indigenous Home Ownership Program


Commitment to the RMWB Community

Willow Lake Métis Group, an Alberta-based group of strategic Indigenous industry partners created to explore partnerships and business ventures on behalf of the Willow Lake Métis Group and Backwoods Energy Services have entered into an unprecedented Limited Partnership Agreement.

Backwoods Energy Services is committed to partnering with our local communities to build long-term sustainable relationships. This partnership with the Willow Lake Métis Group will provide customers in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Cold Lake regions a local Indigenous option. The vision behind the partnership is to have a long and successful relationship that combines Backwoods Energy Services’ operational expertise and resources with Willow Lake Métis Group’s contracting capabilities to provide an extensive suite of services in the region.

Backwoods Energy Services believes in supporting communities in the areas in which we work. Working alongside Willow Lake Métis Group helps fulfill this important corporate value. Together these entities strive to ensure a healthy and profitable Indigenous workforce in the region. Fueled by the expertise of a trusted industry business. This partnership will open the door for Willow Lake Métis Group in a significant way; through the partnership they will be positioned as the only Indigenous player providing these services.

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