Our history begins in 1966 when two land surveyors – Monty Exton and Gord McLaren – quit their jobs, moved to the pioneer town of Williams Lake, and opened their own firm.
In 1972, Monty met Doug Dodge as teammates on the local fastball team. At the time, Doug was pursuing education to become a Math teacher, when Monty “pitched” the idea of a career where Doug could work outside and own his own business. Hooked, Doug quickly changed his focus to land surveying, joining the firm as a partner in 1977, laying the foundation for the company, Exton and Dodge. Shortly after, the two partners restored a house dating from the 1930s into their new office receiving a Heritage Award from Parks Canada for transforming it into a functional office that is still thriving to this day.
True trailblazers, Monty and Doug’s early escapades included surveying amid rugged mountains often accessed via Monty’s floatplane, and managing several large subdivision surveys that greatly expanded the then boom-town of Williams Lake. After more than five decades of continuous operation, we pride ourselves on the caliber of our staff and delivering exceptional surveys to our valued clients.
"Gifted Pilot, Retired Surveyor, Great Friend,
Full-time Handy Man, Bullshitter Extraordinaire. Gone to fly the high skies" -Monty's 2012 obituary
We are a small, close-knit firm. Many of our employees have worked for Exton and Dodge for a long time –with careers spanning two to three to even four decades! All of this experience translates to a wealth of knowledge that aides surveys to be done on time and on budget.
Another advantage of the small firm is that the land surveyors enjoy a boots-to-suits work environment. The land surveyor that you met during an office consultation will often be the first person greeting you when the survey crew arrives.
In 2018, we became certified as an Aboriginal business through the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB).
Meet the Team
Veronica began her career in surveying when she enrolled in the BCIT Geomatics Engineering Technology Program. The following summer, Doug hired her as a summer student. She was drawn to the adventure of working out in the bush retracing old boundaries, thus planting the seed to pursue a career in land surveying. Upon completing her Bachelor’s Degree, Veronica worked in the hustle-and-bustle Oil and Gas industry of northeastern BC for a few years before returning to her hometown of Williams Lake. After articling to Doug for a couple of years, she received her Commission as a British Columbia Land Surveyor (BCLS) in 2016. In 2018, she became a partner in the firm and in 2019 she received her Commission as a Canada Lands Surveyor (CLS). Veronica currently serves as Chair of the Northern Group of BC Land Surveyors.
Doug Dodge is a Canada Lands Surveyor (CLS) and a British Columbia Land Surveyor (BCLS). He was commissioned as a BCLS in 1976 and a CLS in 1982. He has been a principal partner of Exton and Dodge Land Surveying since 1977 where he has had the opportunity to work on projects throughout British Columbia specializing in rural land and resource development and surveys on First Nation Reserves.
For the past 20 years Doug has also shared his time and expertise with the profession in roles such as serving on the Board of Management of the Association of BC Land Surveyors (ABCLS) and Council of the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors (ACLS) not to mention many committees and task forces for both organizations. For his services to the profession, Doug has received several awards and Life Membership to the ABCLS in 2015.