Our History

Celebrating Over One Hundred Years of Serving Manitoba

Barnes & Duncan Surveying, Geomatics & Engineering has operated as a land surveying firm under various names dating back to 1906, when the company was first established under the direction of G.B. McColl.

Today, Barnes & Duncan is an amalgamation of five surveying firms being: Barnes & Duncan, Atkinson Surveys, W.A. Beattie & Associates, Michalenko Surveys, and Wilson & Neal. As a result of this amalgamation there is a tremendous amount knowledge and experience within the firm.

Over the past century, Barnes & Duncan has grown into a truly multidisciplinary firm specializing in land surveying, construction surveying, geomatics, engineering, and geographical information systems (GIS).

Barnes & Duncan History Timeline

The company was first established under the direction of G.B. McColl.


G.B. McColl retired and sold the company to K.D. Barnes who renamed it to “K.D. Barnes Land Surveyor.”

K.D. Barnes took on a partner, C.N. Duncan, and renamed the firm “Barnes & Duncan” to reflect the new partnership.


K.D. Barnes passed away prematurely from an accident and C.N. Duncan was left to carry on the business alone.

C.N. Duncan retired from the firm in 1998 and the firm was taken over by its current owner, Christian Korell.


Barnes & Duncan amalgamated with Atkinson Surveys.

Barnes & Duncan amalgamated with Beattie & Associates.


Barnes & Duncan amalgamated with Wilson & Neal and Ray Michalenko of Michalenko Surveys joined Barnes & Duncan.

Barnes and Duncan diversified with the establishment of a Civil Engineering department.


The Geographical Information Systems (GIS) department was established.

Employee Tricia Christie became the first female land surveyor in the 131 year history of the Association of Manitoba Land Surveyors.


Barnes & Duncan relocate their head office to 6 Donald Street, Winnipeg.

Daniel Gautron obtains his commission to practice land surveying in Ontario.

Jason Crossley, Manitoba Land Surveyor joins the firm.


Land Surveyors Les McLaughlin, James Bailie, Vince Sward, Ian Baldwin and Scott Dunphy join Barnes & Duncan.

Planning Department started under the direction of Jennifer Lim.