Design Group Staffing Inc. Celebrates 40th Anniversary

In the early 1970s, Mike Duff came to Canada on a one year working holiday after graduating from a technical college in Sydney, Australia with a degree in electrical engineering. Within months, he was offered an assignment by a staffing company to work in a steel mill in Edmonton, Alberta. Surrounded by a booming economy, and with a knack for matching people with opportunities and a dream to work for himself, Duff founded the company that today celebrates 40 years in business.

Originally focusing on technical and engineering roles, Design Group Staffing Inc. (DGSI) has developed into a company that provides a wide range of staffing solutions to its Canadian clients. Duff attributes DGSI’s success to the company’s ability to continuously improve its value to customers, along with the caliber of its internal staff. The company carefully selects, trains, and supports staff, creating an environment that recruitment professionals aspire to, leading to an enviable retention rate—a key asset for both the company and its customers.

“I am very proud to be celebrating 40 years in business,” said Duff. “Many of our clients, internal staff, and contract employees have been working together for decades.”

During the past 40 years, DGSI has built a tradition of excellence in providing its customers with innovative staffing solutions for a variety of industries, including: engineering, construction, technical, technical sales roles in construction, EPCM, manufacturing, mining, oil & gas, renewable & alternative energy, and architecture & design through the Design Group Staffing brand.

The Inteqna brand services all industries and clients requiring information technology professionals. In addition, Talentcor places professionals working in administration, light industrial, customer service, accounting, sales & marketing, skilled trades, and procurement, as well as specialist roles in property development and property management across all industries in Canada. DGSI and its brands continue to work closely with customers to help identify and develop workforce management solutions to meet today’s unique and demanding business requirements.

In an industry where change is a constant, DGSI stands out by the tenure of its internal staff and long-term clients. The principles that were important in 1976 still guide the company today: To create business excellence and enrich the lives of people.

About DGSI:

DGSI enjoys a strong reputation in the industry through a number of awards and recognition.  DGSI has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies each year since 1999 and has held Platinum Status since 2005. As a company, DGSI maintains ISO 9001 certification, a series of five international standards that guide the development and implementation of an effective quality management system. COR is awarded to employers who develop and maintain a health and safety management system that meets and exceeds established industry standards. DGSI has achieved and maintained COR since 2004. Staffing Industry Analysts ranks DGSI as Canada’s 6th largest staffing firm in 2016, and the company has ranked in Alberta’s Venture 250 and Venture 100 rankings. More information is available at

Source: Design Group Staffing Inc.