It’s an exciting start to the new year for JEN COL as we celebrate six new partners invited to the ownership group. They each model JEN COL’s core values daily and provide support and mentorship within the firm; while their hard work, commitment and contribution is shown by the impact they have made on our clients, colleagues and communities we operate.
It is with great pride that we announce our newest owners:
- Falko Bittner, Superintendent
- Ben Jorgenson, Project Manager
- George Legault, IT Manager
- Ed Mah, Marketing Manager
- Darryl Podlosky, Project Director
- Matt Udholm, Superintendent
The first step towards becoming an employee-owned construction services firm began in 2013 with the transfer of ownership from Ron and Yvonne Jodoin to Cory Jodoin (President & CEO), then again with the addition of five new owners in 2019. This addition to the ownership group further strengthens JEN COL’s commitment to our internal partners by preserving our employee-centric culture and by moving towards our goal of being an employee-owned, board-run company. Shared ownership promotes a positive organizational culture that will lead to the ongoing success of JEN COL by ensuring we continue to serve our clients in the best way possible while supporting the sustainability of our company.
In other exciting news, JEN COL was honored to accept not one, but two Business Awards of Distinction from the Greater Parkland Regional Chamber. JEN COL received awards for 2021 Business of the Year and 2021 Large Business Award of Excellence.
These awards acknowledge not just business excellence but have a particular emphasis on an organization’s community involvement and their environmental, social and governance (ESG) performance. JEN COL was recognized for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which focuses on three pillars: education, waste reduction and mental health. As a prominent builder of education facilities and learning institutions, JEN COL regularly provides scholarship dollars to schools they have built as a thank-you to the community.
From a waste reduction perspective, JEN COL takes the proper steps to ensure they are minimizing their carbon footprint on all their sites by using appropriately sized equipment to help reduce air pollution, diverting as much construction debris from landfills as possible and choosing sustainable materials. But they also look at waste reduction and sustainability from a community involvement perspective by partnering with organizations like Edmonton’s CapitalCare Foundation on resident engagement and fundraising projects using recycled materials.
JEN COL’s third CSR initiative involves mental health, where the company’s staff have helped raise awareness and dollars throughout the year by actively participating in and supporting mental health initiatives such as Bell Let’s Talk Day, Mental Health Week, Rotary Run for Life, Mental Illness Awareness Week and Movember. It is important to note that all initiatives are employee led, and it is this passion for CSR that permeates throughout the organization that is a true testament to the culture of giving back to the communities at JEN COL.