Winner: Morgan Construction & Environmental
CEO: Pete Kiss
Head Office: Edmonton
When Pete Kiss purchased Morgan Construction & Environmental from his parents in 1999, it was a small business with 15 employees. Almost two decades later, Kiss oversees 300 full-time employees as CEO of the multi-million-dollar company. Morgan operates across Canada, and sometimes Kiss is monitoring projects in as many as four provinces. The company’s head office is located in Edmonton with branch offices in Acheson, Calgary, Cold Lake, Fort McMurray and Fort St. John. Kiss spends a lot of his time between offices, staying connected with his teams.
After taking over in 1999, Morgan began to grow quickly. The company had to adapt swiftly and efficiently. “We innovated a lot of systems around cost control, reporting and billing,” says Kiss. “It works to the advantage of our clients.” Kiss also made sure that employees maintained a strong sense of company values in spite of rapid growth. Safety, integrity and professionalism remain a vital part of the business to this day.
Though often thought of as an oilfield construction company, Morgan offers a broad range of services from mine development to bridges to tailings pond management. Many of these projects take place in remote, northern communities. The company is proactive about employing locals, hiring local contractors and using local products. Consequently, Morgan has worked on many projects in partnership with First Nations communities, organizations and businesses. The company maintains a long-term affiliation with the Northern Alberta Aboriginal Business Association.
“We spend a lot of time trying to set ourselves apart from our competitors,” says Kiss. “We try to find a different way of doing things to give us an edge and provide solutions to our clients.”
At the end of the day, Kiss wants Morgan to be seen as a “solution provider, not just a dirt mover.”
Coal trail gravel pit at Lafarge in 2015
Borger Group of Companies
CEO: William Borger, Edmonton
Borger Group of Companies began as a family business in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1919. Since 1949, the company has been a vital component of Alberta’s construction sector. Today, Borger is a $110-million company and has won multiple awards for innovation, safety and environmental principles. Currently, the company is completing work on Edmonton’s ICE District – a new entertainment and shopping area in Edmonton’s downtown core. Borger takes great pride in its employees, many of whom have been with the company for decades. These employees are protected by intense safety policies that have resulted in a time-loss-accident free environment for more than three years.