Seven Decades of Energy

Discover our key milestones

1951

TransCanada founded to develop the TransCanada Pipeline (now known as the Canadian Mainline) to supply Eastern Canadian markets with natural gas produced in the West.

1956

Construction begins on the Canadian Mainline at Burstall, Sask.

1958

Canadian Mainline completed with the final weld on the pipeline at Kapuskasing, Ont.

1964

The company introduces the Rolls-Royce turbojet turbine for natural gas pipelines.

1970s

Use of high-strength X70 steel incorporated into pipeline project construction, which subsequently is adopted as the industry standard. TransCanada continues to invest in R&D related to high-strength steel technology.

1980s

The company’s international expansion includes development of pipelines in Argentina and Chile and acquisitions in Malaysia.

1990

TransCanada enters power-generation business with partial ownership of US Ocean State Power facility in Rhode Island.

1992

TransCanada begins partnership with Nature Conservancy of Canada – the company’s longest ongoing non-profit partnership.

1998

TransCanada merges with NOVA, creating the fourth-largest gas pipeline company in North America.

1999

Our employees shout their $1.25-million United Way campaign success from the half-built rooftop of the company’s new tower in downtown Calgary.

2000

TransCanada embarks on a new strategic direction, focusing on North American pipeline and power generation. More than $2 billion in international assets in Africa, Europe and South America are divested.

2002

TransCanada begins ongoing support for Foothills Research Institute study on grizzly bears and their interactions with linear features, such as pipeline right of ways. Continuous commitment recently extended to 2018.

2002

TransCanada earns spot on Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the first time, a position we still maintain on the Index to date.

2003

The company acquires partial ownership of Bruce Power in Ontario, Canada's first privately owned nuclear power plant.

2004

TransCanada enters US natural gas pipelines market with acquisition of Gas Transmission Northwest (GTN) and North Baja pipeline systems.

2005

TransCanada enters renewable power-generation sector with acquisition of US hydro power assets in New England.

2005

TransCanada earns position on Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index – the first year of its launch.

2006

Natural gas pipeline operations in Mexico begins, with the company’s completion of the Tamazunchale Pipeline.

2006

TransCanada enters the wind-power business in Canada with construction of Cartier Wind in Quebec.

2007

ANR Pipeline acquired by TransCanada in the US.

2008

CEO Hal Kvisle named Canada’s Outstanding CEO of the Year.

2008

TransCanada signs technology licence agreement for commercialization of supersonic ejector technology, invented by the company, and applies for Canadian, US and global patents.

2010

TransCanada enters oil pipeline business with the completion of phase one of the Keystone Pipeline System, from Hardisty, Alta., to Wood River and Patoka, Ill.

2010

CEO Hal Kvisle retires on July 1, the first day of operation of the Keystone Pipeline. Russ Girling becomes President and CEO.

2010

The company is named Official Supplier of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

2010

TransCanada creates one of North America’s largest operations control centres, which monitors 43,000 km (26,7189 miles) of combined natural gas and oil pipelines, 24/7.

2011

TransCanada and our employees awarded the ‘Embracing United Way’ award, recognizing more than 50 years of commitment.

2011

TransCanada enters Canadian solar power-generation business with development of eight solar power facilities in Ontario.

2012

The company is named to Canada’s Climate Disclosure Leadership Index by CDP for corporate action on climate change.

2013

TransCanada signs a unique Joint Industry Partnership with Enbridge to collaborate on R&D into pipeline leak detection.

2013

Energy East Pipeline project announced to move more than 1 million barrels per day of crude oil from Western Canada to refineries and port terminals in Quebec and New Brunswick.

2014

Keystone Pipeline System begins delivering crude oil to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas, with completion of the Gulf Coast pipeline project.

2014

We raise $500,000 and log 2,700 volunteer hours in 30 days during Get Empowered month, TransCanada’s first employee giving and volunteering campaign – now an annual event.

2014

Our team utilizes first micro-tunnel technique for pipeline development, during construction in Mexico.

2015

TransCanada assets produce record cash flow of $4.5 billion (dividends continue to grow at an average annual rate of eight to 10% through 2020).

2016

TransCanada named to Canada’s Top 100 Corporate R&D Spenders list for third year in a row.

2016

RobecoSAM recognizes TransCanada with a gold class distinction – along with Industry Leader and Industry Mover awards for corporate sustainability performance in the Sustainability Yearbook 2016 publication.

2016

TransCanada enters shale gas market in the US northeast with the acquisition of Columbia Pipeline Group. The company’s employee base in the United States surpasses Canada for the first time.