Top-quality gear for the mining industry, camping and more since 1983

In 1983, Porcupine Canvas established itself in Timmins, Ontario, and started manufacturing products for the mining industry and more. In 2009, Brenda Hagerty joined the team. With decades of success under our tool belt and Brenda’s arrival, Porcupine Canvas’ catapulted to new heights. Her hands-on approach to product development, customer service, and top-notch attention to detail makes all the difference! Our showroom and head office are now located in the welcoming town of Boucherville, Quebec.



As a young adult, Brenda’s favourite hobby was -and still is- sewing. Joining Porcupine Canvas, she quickly made headway  as a salesperson with her superior dedication to customer satisfaction. So much so that she is known for wearing products and testing them out in the field. She truly wants to understand how clients require comfortable, lightweight, and functional gear in the most demanding surroundings. She remains passionate about their needs and often travels to mining regions across Canada. Indeed, for her, products are Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), not just bags and cases. That is why Porcupine Canvas’ products stand out with features like reflective visibility striping, colour and dye selection, and lightweight specifications.

With her Business Partner Dan Villgren, she evolved the Timmins-based small business to an award-winning enterprise in Boucherville, Quebec. In their dedication, the both of them encourage product knowledge and proper use by regularly visiting the regions where mining communities are situated. They also source equitable materials and manage supply chains and distribution effectively. In doing so, they wish to ensure fair pricing and to make sure product information is always top of mind. Porcupine Canvas’ success and its many business awards are proof that they are right to put quality and customers first.






Porcupine Canvas settles in Timmins, Ontario, and begins supplying customers with quality canvas equipment for the mining industry.

From 1983 to 2008, Porcupine Canvas expands into a leading supplier of canvas bags, gear, and equipment across Canada.

Brenda Hagerty joins Porcupine Canvas as a salesperson.

Amid massive business growth, Porcupine Canvas adds Distribution Sales to meet supply demands and adds luxury tents to product options.

Brenda meets her soon-to-be business partner Dan Villgren at a trade show in Vancouver.

Brenda Hagerty and Dan Villgren bring Porcupine Canvas and Tenting in Luxury together to supply the mining, exploration, and camping industries.

Our Awards & Publications


Northern Ontario Business Award (NOBA) Judges Choice Award


Timmins, Ontario Chamber of Commerce Nova Award


Featured on the cover of Cottage Country Connection June issue


Featured in Specialty Fabrics Review July issue

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