Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Prairie Crane’s management team has over 45 years combined experience in the crane industry. The diversity of Prairie Crane’s fleet has provided a wide range of experience for all Prairie Crane personnel. With this, Prairie Crane is able to provide all customers with an efficient and safe experience.

Don Hnatuk – President

Don has been involved in the crane industry for over 30 years, following growing up on a family farm and working in various industries throughout the province. Throughout this time, his knowledge of what it takes to provide customers with an optimal service has continuously grown. His experience in the crane industry has defined Prairie Crane’s core values – Respect for our customers, employees, environment, and community are values held by the entire team at Prairie Crane.

Kathy Ursel-Hnatuk – President

Kathy’s involvement in the construction industry began at an early age as she grew up around a family business, thus establishing the fundamentals of operating a local business. Her father introduced herself and Don to the crane industry, something they quickly became involved in themselves. She has an accounting background from the University of Waterloo and is still involved in the financial side of the business.

Matthew Hnatuk – General Manager  |  306-261-8380

Matthew was originally interested in becoming a heavy duty mechanic but quickly changed paths after running a crane, and joined the family business after high school. He began his career at Prairie Crane by working in the shop, rigging for cranes, and learning the equipment; he eventually managed his first projects at the Kerrobert gas plants following the receival of his Proficiency Crane Operator Ticket in 2012.

Matthew’s leadership skills have developed by working on a wide range of jobs and equipment, as well as being involved with organizations such as the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Board. He has worked on a variety of projects from residential and commercial construction to more complex projects such as: train derailments, short span bridges, Saskatoon North Commuter and Traffic Bridge Projects, the shaft sinking and largest camp build in Saskatchewan at BHP Jansen, the PCS Allan headframe upgrade, North Battleford Energy Centre, underground crane assemblies at PCS Cory and Mosaic Colonsay, Cargill canola oil expansions and more.

Matthew ensures that Prairie Crane never falls behind with changes in the industry, keeping the crane fleet meeting industry demands and updating company requirements where necessary.

Stephanie Hnatuk – Operations Manager  |  306-262-7507

Prairie Crane’s newest management member joined the family team permanently in 2016 after completing an Environmental Engineering Degree at the University of Regina.

Stephanie began working at Prairie Crane shortly after high school. This involved office administration work and later led to working in the back shop fulfilling tasks such as delivering rigging and cleaning the shop. Following the completion of her degree, she decided to join the family at Prairie Crane working closely with her brother, Matthew, learning the equipment and organizing day-to-day operations. Since then, Stephanie has moved into an Operations Manager position which has expanded her role while continuing to manage day-to-day operations.