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Filipchuk named future PCL President, CEO


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Dave Filipchuk has been named the next President and Chief Executive Officer for PCL family of companies.

Dave Filipchuk has been named PCL's incoming President, CEO“Succession planning is all about having the right people in the right place at the right time,” said PCL President and CEO Paul 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 seventh CEO of this great company in November 2016.”

PCL first unveiled its “Office of the CEO” structure, consisting of eight senior executives, in 2013. Douglas took over the lead position from Ross Grieve in 2009 and knows how crucial it is for an organization to have an effective succession plan. PCL has a successful and proven track record in implementing this process.


Paul Douglas will step aside as PCL President and CEO in November 2016During his 30 years with PCL so far, and besides leading PCL to some of its most successful years to date, Douglas has been recognized with numerous accolades. The latest is being named to Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People List by Alberta Venture magazine. 

It is intended that this new Office of the CEO structure will remain in place until November 1, 2016, at which time Filipchuk will succeed Douglas as President and CEO. At that time Douglas will assume the role of Executive Chairman, working full time in transition with the new President and CEO until February 1, 2017, at which time he will become Chairman, and his full-time responsibilities will cease. 

All changes are effective November 1, 2015. Highlights of the succession announcement are as follows: 

    • Dave Filipchuk, President and COO, Canadian and Australian Operations, will become Deputy CEO. Filipchuk has been with PCL for 31 years and possesses a wealth of knowledge of both the company and the construction industry.
    • Rob Holmberg will assume the role of President and COO, Canadian and Australian operations. Holmberg has been with PCL for 28 years.
    • Chris Gower will take on the position of COO, Buildings. Gower has been with PCL for 20 years.
    • Gordon Panas remains as CFO.
    • Steve Richards remains as General Counsel.
    • Shaun Yancey remains as President and COO, US Operations.
    • Ian Johnston remains as COO, Heavy Industrial.
    • Luis Ventoza remains as COO, Civil Infrastructure.

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 centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of $8 billion, making PCL the largest contracting organization in Canada and one of the largest in North America. 


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