PCL has announced that Dave Filipchuk has taken the helm as the corporate group’s president and chief executive officer. Paul Douglas, meanwhile, has become the business’s board chair.
Filipchuk is PCL’s eighth president in the company’s 110-year history. He previously was the deputy CEO, and before that was president and chief operating officer (COO), Canadian and Australian Operations, with responsibility for the performance of PCL’s Buildings and Civil Infrastructure divisions.
Filipchuk has a BSc degree in civil engineering from the University of Alberta and attended the Ivey Executive program at the University of Western Ontario. He is Gold Seal certified and a member of APEGA. Filipchuk has been with PCL for 32 years and possesses a wealth of knowledge of both the company and the construction industry, having lived and worked in both Canada and the United States in PCL’s buildings and civil infrastructure sectors.
“I am extremely proud and excited to assume the position of President and CEO at PCL,” Filipchuk said in a statement. “Guiding a company with such a storied and successful history is an opportunity I look forward to enjoying well into the future. I would like to thank Paul Douglas for his tireless work and dedication in leading PCL for the past seven years, and I congratulate him on an amazing career in construction and on his new role with our company.”
Douglas assumes the role of chairman with PCL Construction’s Board of Directors.
“Succession planning is all about having the right people in the right place at the right time,” said Douglas in talking about handing over the reins to Filipchuk. “We take succession seriously at all levels of our organization and make sure an appropriate amount of time is provided for a seamless transition to preserve continuity in our business. Dave Filipchuk has my, and the entire board of directors’, full support in officially becoming the eighth CEO of this great company.”
PCL says in its statement that during his 31 years with PCL, and apart from leading PCL to some of its most successful years to date, Douglas has received numerous accolades.
Among those are recognition as Alberta’s 2015 Business Person of the Year and inclusion on the list of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People for the past two years.
Employee-owned PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centres. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $8.5 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. The corporate headquarters are in Edmonton.