PCL Construction is excited and honored to once again be recognized as one of Canada’s Greenest Employers for 2023 for efforts to build sustainable futures in communities.
This distinction is a testament to the innovative thinking of PCL employees and a commitment to making a positive environmental impact for future generations. This was demonstrated this past year through the creation of the new solar district and the release of PCL’s second Corporate Social Responsibility report, among other initiatives.
“At PCL, we’ve made a conscious effort to put sustainability at the forefront with our employees, who can then take that mindset into planning meetings with clients and into project execution,” says Mike Wieninger, chief operating officer, Canadian operations. “Being named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers is a huge recognition of that effort, which ultimately leads to better, greener futures for the communities in which we work.”
PCL is constantly finding new ways to divert construction waste from landfills and build innovative sustainability solutions into projects. The company has more than 270 LEED-credentialed staff and has constructed nearly 250 LEED-certified buildings — 22 of which have achieved LEED Platinum status. PCL has also completed renewable energy projects across North America and Australia valued at more than $3 billion.
PCL uses its buying power to partner with suppliers to look at more environmentally friendly options. As Scott Sharun, senior manager, procurement and equipment with PCL’s Edmonton Industrial office notes in a feature article on the Canada’s Greenest Employers website, companies the size of PCL can have a big influence on reducing carbon footprints throughout the supply chain: “Having the biggest construction company in Canada say to a large multinational, ‘I can’t use your products because we have to throw away all the packaging they come wrapped in,’ that has an effect.”
PCL Construction is also pleased to announce that its President and CEO, Dave Filipchuk, has been presented the Canadian Business Leader Award from the University of Alberta.
“This is a tremendous honour, and very humbling given the many excellent leaders in our business community. It feels even more special for me to receive this award as an alumnus of the University of Alberta,” says Filipchuk. “I would like to thank the U of A Business Advisory Council and of course the many employees both past and current that make up our strong PCL team who have all made our company successful and who make my job a lot easier. We are all living our purpose, Building a Better Future, Together.”
“We’re excited to celebrate Dave’s achievements as the 2023 CBLA recipient,” says Elan MacDonald, vice president of external relations at the University of Alberta. “PCL has long been a pillar of Alberta’s economy and with his innovative leadership and commitment to the community, it will continue to make positive impacts in our province and beyond.”