On-Site Magazine

PCL Construction promotes pair

By Adam Freill   

Construction Leadership

Major Canadian construction firm announces leadership team advancements as part of its enterprise-wide succession planning.

The PCL family of companies has made a pair of changes to its senior leadership team. Chris Gower has been appointed deputy chief executive officer and Todd Craigen has been named COO and president of corporate services.

Chris Gower has been named deputy CEO. (Photo courtesy of PCL)

Gower has been with PCL for 28 years and previously led the organization’s buildings division in Canada, the United States and Australia. As a member of PCL’s Office of the CEO and board of directors, he led PCL’s entrance into the solar business and has provided leadership over many iconic projects across North America.

Gower completed the executive program at Stanford University and is an alumnus of Fanshawe College. He is a CCA Gold Seal certified estimator and project manager and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 leaders.

Todd Craigen is PCL’s new COO and president of corporate services. (Photo courtesy of PCL)

Craigen has been with PCL for 27 years, most recently serving as president for Eastern Canada. In his new role, he will continue to oversee the Toronto and Solar districts and take on responsibility for corporate services departments including business technology, human resources, professional development, integrated construction services, and marketing and communications.


Craigen studied architectural engineering at the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology and is Gold Seal certified in project management by the CCA.

“A thoughtful approach to succession at all levels in our company continues to be a key strength at PCL, supporting our ability to carry out our purpose to build a better future together and deliver strong results,” said president and CEO Dave Filipchuk. “Our strong emphasis on succession planning ensures that we maintain business continuity while evolving when needed to align with our future strategic goals. We are very excited about the leadership that Chris and Todd will bring in their new roles as we plan for continued growth and success at PCL.”

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that operates throughout Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Australia.




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