Leadership

As an employee-owned company, we’re passionate about every project.

Grant Beck

PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

"The most rewarding part of my position is seeing individuals come together as a team. It's exciting to see the team's combined capability exceed the sum of each individual's strength. That's genuine synergy."

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Grant was named President and Chief Executive Officer of GGL as of May 18, 2012 and became a Trustee in August, 2012. Grant began his career as a labourer and carpenter before obtaining a civil engineering degree. Joining Graham in 1990, Grant advanced steadily by taking on a number of different roles and increasing responsibilities ranging from Senior Project Manager, Construction Manager and District Manager to Divisional Vice-President. In these roles, he successfully completed projects across Canada in civil, industrial, multi unit, institutional and social infrastructure markets. Grant’s strong and compelling leadership, strategic thinking, attention to detail and natural gift of problem-solving combined with his extensive knowledge and understanding of all aspects of the construction industry will contribute to the success and continued growth of the Trust.

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Kim Johnson

CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, BUILDINGS & SHARED SERVICES

"At Graham we enjoy solving the really tough problems, doing things differently, finding a better way. And we’re interested in business partners and prospective employees who think like this too."

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Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President, Buildings & Shared Services since January 2013. Kim oversees the Buildings Division at Graham as well as several corporate departments, including Estimating, Project Controls, Business Development, Purchasing, Communications, and Information Technology. Kim holds a Masters in Global Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, an MBA from the Kelley School of Business, and an MSc in Software Engineering from the University of Calgary. Kim joined Graham in 1994.

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Jeff Schippmann

CHIEF PEOPLE OFFICER AND SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, HUMAN RESOURCES

"My commitment is to help the great people at Graham have every opportunity to raise their own game, and encourage each team member to find ways to improve the level of play of everyone around them."

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Since September, 2013 Jeff has been Graham’s Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief People Officer. Jeff was Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Talent Officer for Balfour Beatty Construction in Dallas, Texas from 2008 to 2013 and was Vice President of Global Talent Management for the Hess Corporation, where he was responsible for succession planning, performance management, talent assessment, management development and training activities. Previously, he was the Director of Organization and Management Development for PepsiCo. In this role he was responsible for a broad range of talent management programs and initiatives, including significant work to refocus managers on people-development activities and on restructuring the Pepsi “employment deal”. Jeff has consulted to major corporations including Texas Instruments, Bank One, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, American Express, Boeing and Ford, focusing on selection and staffing solutions, executive assessment and development, assessment centres and competency modeling. He received his Ph.D. in industrial-organizational psychology at the University of Memphis in 1987 and is the author of two books and numerous book chapters and articles, including work appearing in the Journal of Applied Psychology and Personnel Psychology.

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Tim Heavenor

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

"Our teams have the expertise to plan, design, build, maintain and finance infrastructure and major facilities. Our people take responsibility so that our clients receive a reliable solution."

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Tim Heavenor has been Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer since December 2014. He has been Senior Vice-President, Development and Strategic Investing since July, 2013 and President of Graham subsidiary, Gracorp Capital Advisors Ltd., since 2007. Tim contributes nearly 30 years of experience in major project development, team building, strategic planning, private equity, business development and corporate finance. Tim is also a founding Director of the Connor Clark & Lunn GVest Traditional Infrastructure LP and the GVest Private Equity LP. Gracorp-managed funds have attracted investment commitments from over 300 employees of Graham as well as Canadian institutional asset management firms. Previously, Tim was one of three executives that led Manvest Inc., a private investment company, to top-quartile returns over a 10-year period. In that capacity, Tim served on numerous private company boards, including roles as chair, and on audit and compensation committees. Tim also has investment and commercial banking experience.

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John Connolly

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INFRASTRUCTURE

"A career with Graham offers the opportunity to realize and even exceed our personal and professional goals, while contributing to the community in which we live."

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Appointed Senior Vice President Infrastructure in 2012, John is a long-term employee who joined Graham as a Project Engineer in 1981, and has over 35 years’ experience in the construction industry. John progressed from project management at Graham to senior roles in regional management and divisional management. He is responsible for Infrastructure Operations, focusing on the procurement and delivery of Civil and Heavy Civil projects across all of Graham’s operating areas. Under John’s leadership, Graham has become a major participant in civil construction projects: his team-building expertise ensures Graham’s continued growth in this sector of the construction industry.

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Mike Senger

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, INDUSTRIAL AND EQUIPMENT, SHOPS & YARDS

"Safety and achievement are Graham's focus – zero incidents the objective while providing best value to our client’s projects. Everyone leaves work unharmed and proud of the day's accomplishments."

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Mike was appointed the Senior Vice President of the Graham Industrial Division and a member of the Executive Committee in July 2012. Mike joined Graham in 1982 with a career path that began as a Project Manager/Estimator, progressing to roles as a Senior Project Manager, Branch Manager and Division Vice President prior to his current appointment. As SVP of the Industrial Business Unit and of the Corporate Asset Management and Labour Relations expertise groups, Mike is responsible for business activities from project procurement through to project execution and client relations. Mike combines analytical thinking, problem-solving and decision-making abilities with a “prairies” work ethic. He earns strong respect from his team and from industry stakeholders. Mike’s 30 years’ experience in construction gives him valuable knowledge and experience that make a valuable contribution to Graham’s performance.

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Buildings


Dave Corcoran

VP Construction Major Buildings, Calgary


Colin Anderson

VP Construction Buildings, Prairie


Colin Aitken

VP Construction Buildings, BC and Alberta


Chris Webber

VP Construction Buildings, Ontario

Industrial


June Verhelst

VP Construction Industrial Civil, Saskatoon


Aaron Marlatt

VP Construction Industrial, Mechanical/Electrical, Edmonton

Infrastructure


Cecil Dawe

VP, Infrastructure, Energy and Environment


Andy Trewick

VP Construction Infrastructure General, Calgary


Ian Dickinson

Vice President, Preconstruction Services

Areas of Expertise


Frank Kato

VP, Equipment, Shops and Yards


Patrick Schmidtz

VP Labour and Compensation


Mike Court

VP Health, Safety, Environment & Quality


Matt Dekkers

VP Concessions


Mark Frezell

VP Human Resources


Lisa Kissick

VP Information Technology & Enterprise Applications


Kees Cusveller

VP Alternative Project Delivery


Glen Phelps

VP Corporate Development


Brian Janzen

VP Finance


Bob Hildenbrandt

VP Business Development


Adam Burk

VP Infrastructure Finance


Adrian Davies

VP Supply Chain

David Sutherland

ONTARIO, CANADA, CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Mr. Sutherland was elected Chairman of the Board of Trustees effective May 20, 2015 and a trustee the Board since September 2011. David was the former President and CEO of IPSCO Inc. from 2002 to 2007, a Regina-based steel and pipe company acquired by SSAB. He joined the company in 1977 and became CEO in 2002, retiring in 2007 after 20 years with IPSCO. He is currently Chairman of United States Steel Corporation, a Director of GATX Corporation and Imperial Oil Limited, and is a past member of the Board of Governors of the University of Saskatchewan.

Grant Beck

ALBERTA, CANADA, TRUSTEE, PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

With over 35 years of experience in the general contracting business, Mr. Beck has successfully completed projects across Canada in civil, industrial, multi-unit, institutional and social infrastructure. Grant joined Graham in 1990 and was appointed as a Director and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Group Ltd. effective May 18, 2012. Grant has been a trustee on the Board since June 2012.

Peter Sharpe

ONTARIO, CANADA, TRUSTEE

From 2000 to 2010, Mr. Sharpe was President and CEO of Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited, one of Canada’s largest investors, owners and managers of commercial real estate. Peter had held senior executive positions with Cadillac Fairview since 1984. He served as Global Chairman of the International Council of Shopping Centres (ICSC) in 2008 and 2009. In 2010, Peter was the recipient of the Building Owners and Managers Association Canada (BOMA) Chairman’s Awards and recently received a Lifetime Achievement award from NAIOP. Peter serves on several Boards including Postmedia Network Canada Corp., First Industrial Realty Trust, Inc., Multiplan Empreendimentos Imobiliarios S.A., Brazil, Allied Properties REIT and Morguard Corporation. Peter became a trustee of Graham in September 2011.

Terry Freeman

ALBERTA, CANADA, TRUSTEE

Mr. Freeman is the former Managing Director of Northern Plains Capital, where he was responsible for sourcing investments and investors, driving strategy, value creation and eventual exits for investments and corporate governance. Previously CFO of Flint Energy Services, Terry managed the financial and administrative operations of the company, including acting as Corporate Secretary. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Corrosion and Abrasion Solutions Ltd., a corrosion prevention services company. Terry has also served on the Board of Directors of numerous public and privately held companies. He joined the Board at Graham in April 2014.

Stuart O’Connor

ALBERTA, CANADA, TRUSTEE

Mr. O’Connor is the President of Timber Ridge Capital Ltd., a private holding and investment company. He is a former Partner at the law firm of Bennett Jones, a national law firm, the former Chairman of the Board of Flint Energy Services Ltd., a public oilfield service company, the former President and CEO of Merak Projects Ltd., an international software company. He has also co-founded and served in various capacities with companies in the oil and gas, financing, real estate and technology industries. Mr. O’Connor is also active in the community and currently serves on the Board of Governors of Hull Services and on various committees with the Calgary Stampede including having served as the Co-chair of the Centennial Committee celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Calgary Stampede. Stuart joined the Board at Graham in July, 2015.