20 years ago Sutherland Excavating Ltd. was formed with only four employees. Today, President, Blake Sutherland and Office Manager Stacey Sutherland work together along with 25 employees to provide services such as Petroleum Tank Installation, Oil Spill Response, Contaminated Site Clean Up, and Heavy Equipment Services. As Terminal Operator for the Port of Belledune Oil Handling Facility, Sutherland's receive, store and export oil via ships for contract customers. Sutherlands are one of the few firms equipped to handle oil spills on both land and water. They have responded to gasoline tanker rollovers and also spills from ocean tankers. Training is of upmost importance and practice sessions are a regular occurrence.