About Big Dog Containers

Big Dog Containers is an Western Canadian Company that sells and rents Shipping Containers since 2007 (that’s more than 70 years in Dog years!) Some of the team members have been working on this industry for many years and all the team combined offer you more than 50 years of experience. Big Dog Containers has yards in Alberta and Vancouver and can serve clients throughout both provinces and surround areas.

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Meet Our Team

Big Dog Containers is made up of a dedicated, bright and enthusiastic group of individuals who have been together as a team for almost 20 years. (That is a lot in dog years!) There is not much we haven’t seen when it comes to containers; and we are up for all challenges, big or small.

Whether you need a new or an used Sea-Can Container, whether you are looking to purchase, rent or even if you need specific modifications made to your C-Can, rest assured that Big Dog Containers team will be able to find the best deal for you and deliver the product on a timely and cost-efficient manner while providing you with an enjoyable business experience. We are proud of our very friendly and personalized problem-solving approach to each client’s inquiry.

John | President of Big Dog Containers Inc.

John is the president of Big Dog Containers Inc. offering an extensive experience of over 25 years working in this industry. He and his business partner Roger Cook, CFO, started the company in 2007 (that’s over 77 in dog years!) They saw a need for a company that could supply good used and new containers at fair prices and supply the type of service that they would expect themselves. So, service is the order of the day! “We pride ourselves in looking after our customers’ needs first” – John says.

He is originally from Winnipeg and first started at his dad’s trucking business at a young age, eventually moving on to work for Soo Security Motorways. Motorways unofficial mascot was the Mack Truck Bull Dog which later inspired Big Dog’s mascot. John spent over 20 years in the transportation industry holding positions in Traffic, Sales, Marketing, Operations and Logistics. His last position in this industry was Division Manager of White Pass Transportation Marine Division, which led him to the container industry where he spent the last 25 years. He knows all the corners of the container business and you could not find a better partner to help you find a solution for your needs. What he likes most is to solve the logistics puzzles to deliver the best container at the best price in the shortest time possible to each customer. Give him a call and a challenge and you will be glad that you did.

John also added: “You will notice that we have a bulldog on all our correspondence. That is because we think the bulldog is a great representative of the principles that guide our decisions: loyalty, trustworthiness, and being protective. We have included protection as we do protect our clients. We will not sell or rent a container if it does not fit the needs of our customers. Trust is the basis of any long-term relationship. We back up everything we say; we are here for the long-term.”

Brooke | Sales & Service

Brooke is originally from Vancouver BC, where she grew up around containers as her father worked for one of the big container terminals in Vancouver. Her first job in transportation was with a local container cartage company. In 2001 she started in container sales with John, and in 2011 she moved to Edmonton to look after the growing needs of Big Dog Containers in Alberta. With her many years of knowledge and experience regarding containers, she is up to any challenge.

Mackenzie | Finance & Accounting

Mackenzie joined Big Dog Containers in February of 2016 primarily as Financial Officer. He will take care of all the details related to the areas of Finance, Special Projects, Communications and Systems assuring that Big Dog’s stakeholders will get the best business experience with our company.

Mackenzie He is a proud holder of Bachelor of International Business degree with a minor in Spanish from Carleton University. He is also a lover of music from all styles including jazz, salsa, reggae, hip hop, and many more, and plays guitar and bass guitar.

Meet Our Mascot

Our Big Dog mascot is the symbol of integrity, loyalty, trustworthiness, and being protective. It is meant to remind us of business rules basics and always bring us back to what is most important to us as professionals: to SERVE our customers with fairness, dedication and kindness and to offer each one of them a pleasant and memorable custom service experience. Our bulldog is also playful, reminding us that we can have fun while providing our customers with an excellent service and product.


Big Dog Containers Inc. is one of the just over 20 companies in Canada with a registered prefix for cargo containers. The official registration of a BIC-code include that “Each container marked with a code “- – – U” is officially and worldwide known to be owned – or operated – by the code holder as recorded in BIC Register, with all the related responsibility (legal, commercial, damage, insurance, etc…) of such ownership.”

Big Dog Containers has its own Owner Code (“DOG”) issued by the Bureau of International des Containers, according to ISO Standard 6346 (Freight Containers-coding, identification and marking.) You can check our registration here.

Big Dog Containers is also a member of the National Portable Storage Association.