Indigenous Business

Vacu-Man is not just a furnace cleaning business; it’s a symbol of community, growth and empowerment. With a 45-year legacy, this family-operated business takes immense pride in employing and assisting Indigenous staff. Partly owned by an Indigenous female, Vacu-Man is more than a business; it’s a mission.

The 45-Year Legacy of Vacu-Man

Vacu-Man’s rich history began with its founding by Stephen Oldfield, a visionary who laid the groundwork for a business that would become synonymous with community and empowerment. The torch was later passed to his son, Adam Oldfield, who, along with his Indigenous wife, Michelle Oldfield, took the company to new heights. Michelle, a proud member of the Mohawk Bay of Quinte, brought a unique perspective and passion to the business, reinforcing Vacu-Man’s commitment to Indigenous values and community. Together, Adam and Michelle have continued to build on Stephen’s legacy, making Vacu-Man a beacon for Indigenous businesses and a model for others to follow.

Employment of Indigenous Staff

Vacu-Man’s dedication to employing Indigenous staff has not only provided opportunities but also fostered a sense of belonging and growth within the community.

Education and Advancement of Native Individuals

Community Engagement

Through continuous community engagement, Vacu-Man has been educating and advancing native individuals for the past five years. The focus is not just on employment but on personal and professional growth.

Growth in the HVAC Industry

The Indigenous people hired by Vacu-Man have shown remarkable growth in the HVAC industry. They have not only advanced in their careers but have become an integral part of the industry’s future.

Success Stories

Vacu-Man’s success stories are a testament to its commitment to the community. The Indigenous staff members have not only succeeded in their roles but have become role models for others.  


Four years ago, Matthew embarked on his journey with Vacu-Man as a part-time helper. His dedication and hard work have seen him grow within the company and he now holds the position of “lead,” responsible for ensuring that dryer vents, furnaces and air ducts are cleaned to the highest standards, guaranteeing client satisfaction. As a proud Indigenous man, Matt’s tireless efforts serve as an inspiring example to other staff at Vacu-Man, embodying the company’s values and commitment to excellence.


Dawson’s journey with Vacu-Man began as a Helper, a role that allowed him to learn the ropes and demonstrate his potential. His dedication and skill didn’t go unnoticed and by 2022, he had grown into the position of “Lead,” responsible for cleaning commercial and residential HVAC units. As an Indigenous man, Dawson’s rise within the company is not just a personal success story; it’s a symbol of Vacu-Man’s commitment to nurturing talent and promoting diversity. His leadership and expertise are now vital to the team, reflecting the value he brings to the company and the industry as a whole. His story is an inspiring example of how hard work and determination can lead to growth and success.

Future Plans

With a vision for the future, Vacu-Man continues to work with partners within the community to ensure that the growth and empowerment of Indigenous people remains a priority.

Indigenous businesses like Vacu-Man play a vital role in the economy, creating jobs and contributing to growth.

Cultural Significance

The cultural significance of Indigenous businesses extends beyond economics. They preserve and promote Indigenous values and traditions, strengthening the community’s identity.

Vacu-Man’s 45-year journey is a shining example of how a business can be a force for good. By focusing on Indigenous employment, education and community engagement, Vacu-Man has become a beacon of hope and empowerment.