PAUL DOUGLAS BUILDS HIS CAREER // COVER
Builds his Car THE CEO OF PCL CONSTRUCTION TALKS ABOUT HIS LIFE IN THE INDUSTRY, AND HOW HE’S CARRYING ON FOUNDER ERNEST POOLE’S LEGACY.
BY NERISSA MCNAUGHTON
n 1906, Ernest Poole started a construction company in Saskatchewan called Poole Construction Ltd. (later to become PCL). In 1922, the branch office in Edmonton opened. In 1932 Poole moved the headquarters to Edmonton – in the middle of the Depression. Undaunted, Poole forged ahead with a contract to reconstruct TransCanada highway, which was the old CalgaryBanff highway at the time. In 1977 the shareholder model switched to employee owned, and in 1979 the company adopted the now familiar name, PCL Construction. Every step of the way PCL has attracted impressive contracts and outstanding leaders. Today, president and CEO Paul Douglas guides the company, and he is just as interesting and impressive as PCL itself. “I started in the ’80s in Edmonton as construction manager,” Douglas explains his career at PCL. “That was for a year and a half. Then I transferred to Calgary as construction manager where I spent another year and a half. In Calgary, I moved into business development and was promoted to corporate business development manager – and that brought me back to head office in Edmonton. I was here for six months and then was made the district manager of the Saskatchewan branch.”
RIGHT: PAUL DOUGLAS. PHOTO SOURCE: EPIC PHOTOGRAPHY INC.
SEPTEMBER 2015 // BUSINESS IN EDMONTON // BUSINESSINEDMONTON.COM