Our History & Leadership

Our History

Over 40 years ago, in 1971, Vic Priestly officially incorporated Vic Priestly Contracting Limited, initiating the evolution of Priestly. More than 20 years later, in 1993, Priestly Demolition Inc. was incorporated as a unionized company with 10 employees, many of whom continue to work with Priestly today, more than 20 years later. Since that time, we have provided demolition, excavation, remediation, hazardous material abatement, and salvage services to the commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors of the construction industry in Ontario.

Our Founder

As founder of Priestly Demolition Inc., Vic Priestly brought a vast knowledge of diverse industries including contracting, demolition, real estate, salvageable materials, and even antiques. He has led the company with sheer determination and a “don’t give up” attitude that is infectious, allowing him to adapt as situations and industries change. He understands the value of surrounding himself with trusted peers, continuously working to build a solid team. If he doesn’t know how to do something, he finds someone who does. He also demonstrates to his entire team the importance of compassion and community. He continues to provide inspiration and mentorship to the next generation of the business leadership, his children Ryan and Robin Priestly.

 

Ryan Priestly, President

As president of Priestly, Ryan manages the field operations and equipment. He has shown a single-minded dedication to the family business since he was very young, always wanting to be out on a machine and working with his dad. That commitment and passion have helped him to build his knowledge and expertise, and they are the driving force behind Priestly's innovations in demolition techniques. Under Ryan's leadership, Priestly has grown in its position as one of the largest and most respected demolition companies in Canada.

The Evolution of Priestly Demolition

For an in-depth look at the history of Priestly, we invite you to view our 20th-anniversary video, produced in 2013:

Our Legacy

Whether we talk about the last 40 years or the last 20 years, the message remains the same. We work hard every day, persevere through the tough times, and surround ourselves with loyal, skilled, and hard-working individuals in order to provide the highest quality demolition services to our clients.

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