Our History

We’re proud of our beginnings.

Rich in heritage, strong in relationships, and always preparing for the future with new and daring concepts. You’ve shared your milestones with us for decades, now it’s time for us to share ours with you.

Scroll through the timeline below to get to know us better:

Timeline
1606
The first recorded road in Canada is built by Champlain crossing the sixteen miles between Chambly and Montreal.
1837
John Louden McAdam invents the macadam hard-surfacing technique.
1856
The first railroad was built in Canada.
1896
First automobile appeared in Canada.
1910
The first truck was introduced to Canada.
1921
Ontario and Quebec drivers were the first to make long distance moves between major cities.
1927
Conrad M. Gentry and Don F. Kenworthy founded Mayflower Transit Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1943
Two Toronto movers, Chuck Fraser and Weldon Clark, Members of United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., are the first to ‘go west’.
1946
Committee for Preservation of Carrier Rights was formed by U.S operators who wanted to remain independent of van line controls.
1947
United Van Lines Inc. was created in the U.S. as a small new style van line.
1947
First Canadian Member and stockholder in United Van Lines Inc. was W. Sparks and Son Limited from Ottawa and operated as an international shipper.
1951
United Van Lines Inc. had 15 Canadian agents.
1951
The first Canadian dispatch office is opened in Toronto as a part of the American operation.
1953
Missouri United Van Lines was formed in Canada with three Canadians on the seven Member Board of Directors.
1955
The Canadian company is granted the rights to change the name to United Van lines (Canada) Ltd.
1955
The Calgary dispatch office opened to service western weight.
1955
The company’s first Canadian convention was held in Niagara Falls.
1956
The Canadian company adopted the ‘eye’ trademark from the U.S and Canadianized it with a maple leaf.
1961
The Canadian operation grew to 21 full-time employees, what eventually would become MoverOne Group.
1962
W. Charles Martin becomes the new Executive Vice-President and General Manager of United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd.
1969
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. marks its first million dollar month in volume.
1970
Dispatch and revenue systems at the head office are computerized.
1972
Univan Leasing Ltd. began to lease and sell custom built solutions and Kentucky trailers.
1974
The Domestic Container Operation is introduced.
1977
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. reveals a new corporate logo.
1980
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. started a logistics division for special products known today as MoverOne Logistics.
1982
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is a founding member of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).
1992
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is one of the first seven partners to first join AIR MILES.
1999
Anne Martin becomes President of United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd., the only female van line leader in Canada.
2000
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. becomes 100% Canadian owned, operated and controlled.
2000
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. joins the Canadian Association of Movers (CAM).
2001
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is listed with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).
2003
The international moving and relocation division, UTS Canada, opened, today MoverOne International.
2003
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. celebrated its 50th year of operation. 
2005
Mayflower Canada opened in Canada.
2005
MoverOne Group is introduced as the corporate brand company. 
2009
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies.
2009
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is recognized as an Accredited Business with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) with an A+ rating.
2010
President Anne Martin is recognized as Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 by WXN Canada.
2014
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. qualifies as a Gold Best Managed Company.
2016
Unigroup Worldwide rebranded to MoverOne International.
2016
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is designated Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Platinum Distinction.  
2016
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. is the first mover in Canada to earn more than 50% of the Federal Government business through a strong value index score and commitment to service.
2017
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. received the Canadian Business Excellence Award for Private Business.
2017

Anne Martin, President of MoverOne Group, retires after a distinguished 35 year career with the company. She served 18 years as President.

2018
United Van Lines (Canada) Ltd. celebrates its 65th year of service to Canadians. 
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