Our company

Who we are?

First developed in 1998, in Victoriaville, Canada, MegaSecur Inc. is the main manufacturer and distributor of Water-Gate barriers: the fastest and most flexible emergency response equipment for water-based incidents on the market. Our head office is located in Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada.

The Water-Gate barrier is designed for a wide‑ranging clientele, including clients in the industrial, commercial, medical, municipal, government, airport, military, and recreational industries. It is also quick and easy to deploy, cost-effective, and can be reused hundreds of times. Nothing else compares!

 

Global success

Water-Gate barriers are used in over 37 countries in the world, including Canada, United-State, France, Mexico, Peru, Chile, Belgium, China, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Panama and other.

Our distribution network gives us proximity to our clients, which offers a customer service that will fit their needs.

 

Much more than a flood protection solution

The Water-Gate barrier is a turnkey solution, which is designed to provide a rapid, reliable and safe solution in an emergency situation. It is lightweight, eco-friendly and can easily be transported.

So, it is not surprising that many countries around the world use the Water-Gate barriers to control flooding, work in submerged areas, put in water‑intake structures to fight fires, contain pollutants released by toxic spills or drain branches of rivers.  On average, the time required to install a medium-sized barrier is less than five minutes.

 

Manufacturing

Water-Gate systems are high-end equipment, manufactured by dedicated and passionate employees. All our products are made from industrial designs, thus guaranteeing their uniformity.

After the manufacturing step, each barrier is individually and strictly inspected before shipment. Your security is our number one priority. We are proud to say we’ve been helping keep people and communities safe both near and far for twenty years now!

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How it works

Water-Gate water barriers are made of polymer canvas and designed so that water collects inside the pockets. The barriers automatically open as they fill with water.

The concept is simple: The weight of the water keeps the barrier in place, just as air pressure holds a parachute open.

 

WATER HOLDING BACK WATER

The Water‑Gate flood dam has four times more ground surface than the water being retained, thus four times more vertical thrust (across the ground) than the horizontal thrust for proper adhesion. For the water to hold back the water on most surfaces such as asphalt or grass, a 2½‑to‑1 ratio is usually sufficient for safe installation. The Water‑Gate flood dam’s 4‑to‑1 ratio is therefore much safer and the risk of slippage is unlikely. The wider the barrier, the lower the risk of slippage. The Water‑Gate™ flood dam is 33% safer than required.

 

flood protection solution - instant dam

 

Modular and self-locking water dams

Steps to follow

  1. Water infiltrates and collects inside the barrier.
  2. The water pressure helps the barrier unfold competely.
  3. The integrated floater allows the top part of the dam to float and absorb the motion of incoming waves.
  4. The accumulated water pressure stabilizes the barrier and keeps it in place regardless of the terrain beneath.

No need to pump water inside.

The inventor

The Water-Gate water barrier was invented by Daniel Dery on January 1, 1998. An industrial designer by training, Daniel is a visionary who is passionate about innovation and industrial design.

The idea came to him on New Year’s Eve. He was sitting in his living room, eyes glued to the television, watching a rundown of the top stories of 1997. One of the year’s biggest headlines was Manitoba’s Red River flood (one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history). As he watched hundreds of soldiers and civilians filling and stacking an astronomical number of sandbags to block the threatening waters, a light bulb went off. There had to be a better way.

He thought of fastening long plastic tubes together and attaching them to a giant float. The water would flow into the tubes, fill them, and create a flood barrier out of water instead of sand. This would eliminate the need for thousands of sandbags in addition to freeing up valuable time, energy, and resources.

 

The beginning

Driven by determination and the desire to create a product with the potential to help thousands of people, Daniel made his first prototype that very day. With the vision of his project growing ever clearer, he put together a makeshift model in his kitchen sink. The tests were conclusive enough for him to carry on his work. Given the magnitude of the project, he decided to devote himself entirely to this new challenge, his ultimate goal being to develop water barriers that would be distributed worldwide to combat one of Earth’s most destructive natural disasters—floods.

Needing a name for his invention, Daniel went the simple route and dubbed his work the Water‑Gate water barrier.

Daniel Dery - the beginning of the watergate flood protection dam

 

The beginning

1998

  • For the first eight years after the founding of MegaSecur, the manufacturing of Water-Gate is outsourced to Mégatex.
  • The first river test is a success as far as the notion of water stopping water, but a failure as far as design. Since the tubes are stacked on top of one another, they start sliding around as soon as the barrier approaches full capacity.
  • Daniel Dery megasecur water-gate flooding protection barrier

 

  • After a lengthy process of trial and error and major improvements in design, the Water Gate water barrier is fully operational. An official version sees the light of day in September 1998 and is immediately launched on the market.
  • Daniel Dery - megasecur watergate flooding barrier - instant dam

 

  • To ensure the barrier stands out, its color is changed from black to yellow.
  • A true believer in his product, Daniel Déry makes numerous presentations to municipal authorities and is ultimately rewarded for his efforts.
  • watergate demonstration by Daniel dDery - first responders, municipalities, firefighters, public workers

 

2000

  • Gold, Grands prix québécois de l’invention 2000 (Montreal, Canada)
  • Technological Innovation Award, Salon des technologies environnementales du Québec (Canada)

 

2001

  • Grand Prix of the Institut de design Montréal (Canada)
  • Canada Award, Institut de design Montréal (Canada)
  • Fire and Emergency Services Award, International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Gold, International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • Industrial Design Award, International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva (Switzerland)
  • After winning numerous international awards, MegaSecur begins receiving commissions from around the world.
  • Daniel Dery - demonstration of the watergate flood barrier around the world - the barrier is used worldwide

 

2002

  • Gold Medal, Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), 2002 (Virginia, USA)

 

2004

  • A model of the Water-Gate barrier is displayed at the Montreal Science Centre in an exhibition featuring twenty-six Canadian inventors.
  • the Water-Gate flood dam model exposed to centre-des-sciences-de-Montréal

 

2005

  • A vast distributor network is developed and the Water-Gate water barrier is now available all over the world. Installations are set up at the Tokyo airport and in China, Malaysia, Singapore, Switzerland, England, Australia, the United States, and many other countries.
  • MegaSecur WaterGate instant flood dam in newspaper in FINLANDE

 

2007

  • To keep up with the growing demand, Daniel Déry launches Vitex Industry, a subsidiary of MegaSecur, to manufacture Water‑Gate barriers. The name Vitex is a reference to the town of Victoriaville (Vi) and the textile industry (Tex).
  • To better serve clients around the world, VitexIndustry and Mégatex double production by joining forces.
  • Before long, VitexIndustry parts ways with Mégatex and becomes the sole manufacturer.
  • Using cutting-edge equipment and procedures, Vitex Industry oversees the entire manufacturing process, including printing and cutting.
  • Always responsive to client feedback, MegaSecur develops rapid‑deployment crates that make it possible to transport the Water‑Gate water barriers over long distances quickly.
  • Flash flooding equipment - WaterGate MegaSecur fast deployment crate - for long distance flood protection

 

2011

  • MegaSecur Europe (the official Water-Gate water barrier distributor in Europe, Africa, and the Middle East) is launched.

 

2015

  • The Water-Gate water barrier is certified by FM Approvals. This certification is obtained in collaboration with the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM), the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), and FM Approvals.

Flexible and self-locking flood protection barrier - instant dam - high security - superior quality

  • Our FM Approved certification attests to our commitment to design and distribute top‑quality products.

The rigorous resistance tests involved in the FM Approvals certification program make this one of the toughest certifications to obtain. The Water-Gate water barrier has undergone intensive testing to assess deployment speed, resilience, watertightness, and resistance to waves.  The WL Series (WL-39… | WL-50… | WL-60…) has been tested and approved by FM Global.

2016

  • With nineteen years of experience, more than 125 miles of barriers sold in thirty‑six countries, and 100 percent customer satisfaction, the easy‑to‑install and always reliable Water‑Gate water barrier now figures in several technical handbooks. Exceptionally eco‑friendly, Water-Gate becomes the number one choice among engineers, contractors, decision-makers, and emergency responders.

 

2017

  • Today, MegaSecurboasts an enviable reputation and is considered an international leader in flexible and self-locking barriers.

Our mission

OUR MISSION: Offer superior products and services to our clients by providing a simple and environmentally friendly solution for problems associated with flooding, toxic spills and cofferdams. Serve all our markets in a way that ensures sustainable growth and respect for the environment. 

OUR CORPORATE VISION: Be and remain the global leader in environmental security. Our ultimate goal is to actively contribute to the safety and protection of individuals and communities both near and far.

OUR VALUES: At MegaSecur, our top priority is the quality and safety of our products. Our success hinges on client satisfaction—that’s why we’re committed to providing products that meet or even surpass our clients’ needs in terms of durability and efficiency. MegaSecur’s key values include respect, innovation, integrity, and trust.

Sustainable development

Sustainable development is at the very heart of our corporate vision. As green companies, MegaSecur and Vitex Industry design all products and operations to have minimal impact on the environment.

Water-Gate barriers are 100 percent recyclable, and we strongly recommend that they be repurposed after their service life (twenty to twenty-five years). Furthermore, during the manufacture of Water-Gate water barriers, all waste and residual materials are donated to a non‑profit organization so that they may be repurposed.

watergate flood dams gives a second life to manufacturing wastewatergate flood dams - ecofriendly flood protection system

Meet our team


Julie Theberge General Manager Post: 227
Stephane Turcotte Sales Representative Post: 226
Jean-Francois Jutras Marketing and Business Development Director Post: 225
Julie Boutin Financial & Purchasing Director Post: 222
Celeste Boivin Customer Service Agent Post: 224
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Daniel Dery Founding President

Creative since my childhood, I have evolved as a self-employed person throughout my whole career. This gave me the opportunity to carry out numerous projects which not only were dear to my heart, but also part of my job as an industrial designer. For more than 20 years, I am completely devoted to the development, manufacture, and sale of  Water-Gate barriers. Today, I strive to make my company the world leader in large-scale flood control.

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Carole Pelletier Vice President

Since my early age, I am absolutely convinced that each of us can make a difference to improve the lot of humanity, even more today with all the challenges we face. So I decided to bring my own and humble contribution every day, the best I can. Even if sometimes I feel awkward and not as effective as I would like, I do not give up. I simply proceed at my own pace while trying to climb to the top of a mountain.

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David Paquet - Représentant MegaSecur - Water-Gate - Victoriaville - Canada
David Paquet Representative

Father of two kids (Jade and Gabriel), I love spending my time doing family activities. As a big workouts fan, I have been active in this sport for about the last 26 years! So when I am not at home, there’s a good chance you can find me in the gym. I played Hockey for a long time as a goalkeeper. I also took part in Strongman amateur competitions. Can’t wait to see you!

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