CEO: Tom Redl
Head Office: Edmonton

Tom Redl has been CEO of Chandos since 2001, and he’s seen massive growth during his time in charge. Revenues hit more than $350 million in 2015, and Redl projects that this year’s ­figure will exceed that amount. He’s quick to credit that success to all the people who work at Chandos as well as the companies and communities they partner with. “We are big on ­collaboration and the benefits of collaboration,” Redl says. Chandos has recently worked with the province, MacEwan ­University, the University of ­Alberta and many of the province’s biggest developers.

The company has been employee-owned since its inception in 1980. “It’s really built into our DNA and it forms a lot of our identity as a company that is owned by people in our own community,” Redl says. The company employs more than 350 people and is hiring, an impressive feat during a rough economic time. But the company has work to get done and a bad economy isn’t slowing it down. “We can’t look at our company as the four corners of Chandos,” Redl says. “We have to look at our role and our relationship with our society and our industry.”

Currently, Chandos is comp­leting the first phase of Botanica, a Boudreau Development condo complex. Redl is quick to admit that it’s “a challenging site” due to the fact that the project is being built on the old Hole’s Greenhouse land. But he believes the project has immense value for the community. “It’s going to be a beautiful home for a lot of people when it’s finished,” he says.

Redl is particularly proud of one of Chandos’s most ­innovative projects, the Mosaic Centre, which was completed in January 2015. The building is the first net-zero office building in ­Alberta, which means all the energy the building needs is produced on site. This is the kind of project that makes Chandos stand out. The company combines innovation with the high-quality practices it has ­maintained since day one. “We’re here to stay,” Redl says. “We’re built to last.”

Finalists

PCL Construction
CEO: Paul Douglas
Head Office: Edmonton

Founded in 1906, PCL Construction has spent the last decade becoming the largest general contracting company in Canada. With 31 offices across North America and beyond, the company is involved in multiple major projects in its home province, ­including the Rogers Place arena in downtown Edmonton and the recently completed Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie. Through these significant projects, PCL is not only defining the standard of excellence in construction but also preserving and defining the culture of Alberta for years to come.

Graham Construction
CEO: Grant Beck
Head Office: Calgary

Graham has been a staple of Canadian construction since 1926. Today, the company has branches in Edmonton, Fort McMurray, ­Vancouver, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Toronto, Winnipeg and throughout the U.S. With more than 1,300 employees and revenues over $2 billion, Graham is one of the largest construction companies in the country. Graham remains on the cutting edge of sustainable construction practices, taking pride in its green initiatives.