In 1924 Kenneth Colin Irving from Bouctouche, New Brunswick founded Irving Oil Limited. He built the company by giving good service to his customers and by showing respect to his employees.
K.C. Irving’s leadership qualities, along with his vision and entrepreneurial spirit, continue to inspire and guide us today. Under his direction, the company expanded from a single service station in Bouctouche, New Brunswick to a retail and terminal network spanning from Montreal to St. John’s. Working closely with his sons, Arthur and Jack, K.C. Irving also built the foundation of our company’s operations – our Saint John Refinery and Irving Canaport, the first deep water terminal in the Western Hemisphere. K.C. Irving was widely recognized for his significant business achievements. He was one of the first inductees to the Canadian Business Hall of Fame and was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada.
Over the past number of decades, Arthur has led our company’s growth through expanding refining capacity and geographic reach into New England, while retaining a strong customer focus and emphasis on long-term relationships. Jack oversaw the construction of much of Irving Oil’s infrastructure, as well as developing regional steel and architectural concrete companies, Ocean Steel and Strescon.
Throughout their careers, both have championed innovation and environmental responsibility by becoming early adopters of world-class processes, practices and technologies. Their commitment to the people working at Irving Oil and their commitment to the community have been unwavering.
Today, our leadership team continues this storied tradition of commitment to our people and the communities where we live and work.