Originally from Gaspesie, Donat Element moved to Val-d’Or in 1965 with his wife and 14 children. Working in the field of construction, Donat Element founded his own company in Val-d’Or in 1971. At the beginning, Donat Element & Fils acts mainly as a forest and construction contractor.

Over time, the company is gaining experience and developing expertise in different areas and its reputation is spreading beyond the province. In 1989, Donat Élément & Fils was awarded the INNOVAT 89 Award for excellence in business.

Jacques Element, the son of Donat Element, acquired knowledge and experience within the family business. Following his father business, Jacques Element started in the forestry sector by creating in 1980 Les Abatteurs Jacques Element Inc., a company of forest roads construction.

In 1988, Jacques Élément acquired Hydraulique Val d’Or. Two years later he built his third company of the Element Group, Foresco, which is specialized in machinery manufacturing and repairing.

Technologies Element PSW Inc. is a division recently created by the Group Element. By uniting their strengths, the companies of the Group Element became first-line players in the region and in the province.