Aecon Group Inc. founder, president and chief executive officer John Beck, second from left, in the Calgary office with executive assistant Kimmy Higgs, human resources vice-president Lance Livingston and legal counsel Ernest Chan, right. Photo by Wil Andruschak

Aecon is an icon.

That’s a term not to be taken lightly.

But when a business encompasses almost two dozen highly successful companies and subsidiaries, boasts almost 140 years of experience, and has worked on significant Canadian landmarks such as the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Seaway and Vancouver SkyTrain, what else does one call it?

Here in Alberta, Aecon Group Inc. proudly maintains a head office in Calgary that works in tandem with another head
office in Toronto. The company has helped shape Alberta for close to 119 years, and its leaders are currently focusing on growth areas in Western Canada such as major pipeline, mining and infrastructure projects.

Over the years, the Calgary Economic Development partner has been involved in the construction of many major Calgary projects, including the Petro-Canada Centre (now Suncor Energy Centre), the South Calgary Health Campus and the Stoney Trail/Crowchild Trail interchange. 

Aecon opened its Calgary headquarters in 2011.

“We made a very conscious decision to be a national company — not just with offices in the West, but with equal representation in the West,” says John Beck, founder, president and chief executive
officer of Aecon.

“Our sales volume, activity and investment in employees reflect that we are keeping our focus centred both in eastern and western Canada. We have one leg in the East and one in the West, and that allows us to be a national company that is locally relevant and knowledgeable.”

This balance has also helped Aecon, which has been in existence in one form or another since 1877, in part through acquisition, become resilient and strong, he says.

“As the industries we support cycle up and down, we are able to shift people and resources back and forth between the West and the East without losing talent or assets,” says Beck.

“Given Aecon’s diverse portfolio of work, we have been able to significantly reduce the impact of the downturn in the energy industry by mobilizing our employees to other opportunities in Alberta and Western Canada, as well as to Eastern Canada, to support various projects that have significantly high labour demands. This gives us a great deal of flexibility we would not otherwise enjoy.”

Aecon recently announced that it was awarded a master services agreement by Spectra Energy as well as a multi services agreement by a major oil producer in Alberta.

The scope of work for Aecon’s energy segment under the Spectra Energy agreement includes planning, construction, equipment, labour, materials and supplies related to shutdown services on natural gas processing facilities in British Columbia.

For Aecon’s mining segment, the multi services agreement work
involves reclamation, overburden removal, mine support services and civil construction activities supporting all of the client’s current and future sites in the oilsands.

“These recurring revenue agreements provide a predictable revenue stream and added stability for both our energy and mining segments,” says Beck.

“Our continued partnerships with our valued clients are a testament to our reputation as being a trusted partner of choice in an increasingly competitive market in Western Canada.”

As a leading construction and infrastructure development company in Canada, Aecon safely, profitably and sustainably delivers best-in-class integrated services, products and solutions to meet its clients’ needs.

“We believe our role in the industry in Western Canada and Alberta is going to continue to be an important part of our future,” says Beck.

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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