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by Vince Versace

Two weeks remain for the construction industry to nominate who they think are the leaders in Canadian construction for 2012.
Last chance to nominate a Leader

Two weeks remain for the construction industry to nominate who they think are the leaders in Canadian construction for 2012.

Reed Construction Data opened nominations just over a month and a half ago looking for industry input on who should be featured in the 2012 edition of The Leaders.

As we said a month ago, who best to tell us who should be featured as Canadian construction industry leaders than the industry itself?

The nominations have been rolling in since mid-March and there’s still time to nominate others.

Tell us who you think are the leaders in Canadian construction when it comes to innovation and execution in areas like project delivery, internal culture building, collaboration, technology, business expansion, skills development and good old-fashioned bricks and mortar building.

In 2011, we featured Maple Reinders as our national leader based on their drive for excellence both internally and in projects while expanding their business footprint with a focus on four streamlined values: excellence, trust, improvement and growth. This $300 million construction company’s varied portfolio illustrated this drive for excellence and growth.

“It all comes down to how our people are engaged in our company,” Mike Reinders, Maple Reinders president, told us in 2011.

“This company is all about people and people are what drive us. We have a high level of engagement, values, honesty and values.”

In 2010, Graham Group was featured as our national leader thanks to its continuing pursuit of perfection in all aspects of construction.

The company’s “Graham Values” – commitment, integrity and reliability, found their beginnings in 1926 in Moose Jaw, Sask. as P.W. Graham & Sons Construction.

“You need to continually improve and we put that out in front of our people,” explained Bill Flaig, Graham Group president.

“Whether you start at estimating, project management or accounting, there are components of this business you should learn.”

In 2009 Aecon Group Inc. was our national leader thanks to its attempts to paint Canada in “Aecon red”.

“We strive for excellence and innovation and are always thinking of doing things better and in a more creative way. You are always building on the experience,” said John Beck, Aecon’s chairman and chief executive officer.

In 2008 the PCL family of companies received the nod as our national leader.

The company holds to its core Poole’s Rules, a set of 11 points about the business of construction, created by the company’s founding father Ernest Poole.

“We are recognized as a sophisticated contractor and we joke that we do not get the easy jobs,” explained Peter Stalenhoef, PCL Heavy Industrial president and CEO told us then.

“We always seem to get the ones that are challenging and tough. We have the ability to do it and that is why.”

Our 2007 edition of The Leaders featured EllisDon as our top national contractor. The company’s progressive leadership and belief in giving employees autonomy were recognized as markers of its success.

Geoff Smith, EllisDon president and CEO, explained to us that by giving employees autonomy “you offer your clients immediate custom-made service: and, hopefully, you attract employees because they get more freedom and authority.”

So, who will we feature in 2012 both nationally and regionally? Let us know by either scanning the QR code or emailing us at editor@journalofcommerce.com or editor@dailycommercialnews.com

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