The team at Aecon includes, clockwise from front left, Cara Singleton, chief estimator Industrial West, Michael Derksen, senior vice-president executive lead Civil West, Blair Brandon, senior vice-president major projects Civil West, John Singleton, senior vice-president Industrial and Jean-Louis Servranckx, president and chief executive officer. Wil Andrushak © Postmedia Network Inc.
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It’s a big Canadian construction firm with an equally big impact in Alberta. Aecon Group is one of Canada’s largest firms when it comes to building major infrastructure projects.
“Our ambition is to be the No. 1 Canadian infrastructure company — the preferred contractor for our clients and the top employer for our people,” says Jean-Louis Servranckx, Aecon’s president and chief executive officer.
“And Aecon’s success in Western Canada plays a key role in achieving this.”
For more than 140 years, the infrastructure construction company has helped build Canada, having a hand in the development of several iconic Canadian projects such as the CN Tower and the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Aecon has also long been a cornerstone in Alberta’s construction industry. Since the early 1900s the company has expanded its presence here, initially through acquisitions such as the purchase of Banister Pipelines, a leading Canadian mainline service contractor and Lockerbie & Hole (now known as Aecon Water), both based in Edmonton. The acquisition of South Rock, based in Medicine Hat, was completed in 2009 (now known as Aecon Civil West).
More recently, Aecon has been a leader in major projects across Alberta including the construction of Edmonton’s Northeast Anthony Henday Drive ring road and its current Peace River Bridge twinning project.
Calgary is central to Aecon’s presence in the province, serving as home to its western Canadian headquarters. What’s more, the firm is involved in several large infrastructure projects in Calgary, including the Bow River Bridge twinning project.
“This project will be a key component in the completion of the Calgary ring road and will provide vital transportation infrastructure for growing communities in the Greater Calgary Area,” Servranckx says.
Aecon’s body of work on various projects in the city speaks for itself: from runway lighting installation at the Calgary International Airport, to the luge track at Winsport, the Stoney Trail/Crowchild Trail Interchange, the Suncor Energy Centre and electrical work at the South Health Campus — to name just a few.
Additionally, Aecon is committed to building communities in other ways, including its Indigenous Engagement Program focused on apprenticeships, employment, training, sustainability and business development for First Nations in the region.
Aecon employees give back to local charities throughout the year and the company is involved in numerous local events including annual sponsorship of the Calgary Women in Energy Charity Golf Tournament.
Of course, Aecon’s biggest impact in Calgary is doing what it does best: construction. And it is continually upping its game. A key industry player in road construction, for example, Aecon is set to open a state-of- the-art asphalt plant in Balzac that will include concrete and asphalt recycling capabilities.
More broadly, Aecon’s growth and future are deeply tied to Calgary, as the firm helps the city build a bright future, Servranckx says.
“Our work in Calgary and Western Canada has been a key factor in our success, and will continue to be,” he explains.
This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.