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Fausto Finelli, founder and former president of Pacific Paving Limited (Pacific), emigrated from Italy to Canada in 1954 with his whole life packed up in one suitcase. Fausto had refined a skill set in construction, however, and started his own company in just four years.

Over the last 50...

Fausto Finelli, founder and former president of Pacific Paving Limited (Pacific), emigrated from Italy to Canada in 1954 with his whole life packed up in one suitcase. Fausto had refined a skill set in construction, however, and started his own company in just four years.

Over the last 50...

The pride Patterned Concrete Mississauga Inc. (Patterned Concrete) puts into each project is as apparent as the careful ridges and grooves that line the team’s finished handiwork. Patterned Concrete has been pouring and stamping concrete since 1990 when Dino Padula, vice president of PCM, his...

More than 30 years ago, Ernie and Gladys Penner established Penn-Lite Electrical as a small electrical construction and service company in Steinbach, Manitoba. In 2008, Ernie and Gladys retired and decided to sell the business. Wilfried “Wilf” Sawatzky and a partner purchased the company and...

PF Custom Countertops (PFC) has been creating stunning surfaces since 1969, when Otto Holzapfel established the business. Otto came to Edmonton, Alberta, as an immigrant and began working at Clark Lumber in the city. The business inspired him to learn about a new product on the market, post-form...

As one of several well-integrated companies within the Atis Group Inc., a leading manufacturer/marketer of windows and doors, Phoenix Glass Inc. fabricates and installs architectural glass and aluminum products for residential high-rise developments, commercial buildings and retail properties...

Mark Fournier, president of Piscines Bonaventure Inc. (PBI), grew up in the pool business. His maternal grandfather owned a company at which Mark’s father, Claude, began working at in 1957. It wasn’t until 1989 that Claude founded Quebec-based PBI as his own venture, of which Mark is the sole...

PJ Dick is part of a tight-knit family of companies, including Trumbull and Lindy Paving, and has operated with honesty and integrity on over 100 construction and renovation projects from its Pittsburgh, Pa., office over the past 40 years.

The PJ Dick team’s experience and commitment to...

Toronto-based planning and design firm planningAlliance (pA) has helped clients to plan, design and construct communities large and small in more than 50 countries since 1978. The pA team – which includes 75...

Canadian design business, planningAlliance (pA) has been around in one form or another since 1977, when renowned architect John van...

Points Athabasca Contracting LP (Points Athabasca) is deeply rooted in its community and heritage. The Saskatchewan-based industrial contractor, which specializes in mining operations, proudly originates from the untouched wilderness of the Athabasca region inhabited by Canada’s First Nation...

Marco Romero founded Polaris Minerals Corporation (Polaris) in 2000 as a construction aggregates owner with majority ownership in three growing quarry operations and distribution locations across western North America. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Polaris holds 88 percent ownership in...

Premier Siding and Window Sales (Premier) is a growing exterior supplier and installer based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Gord Andrews, owner and president of Premier, purchased the company in 2011 after successfully operating a similar business for six years prior. “Premier was my main...

The Priestly family roots in construction go back to 1971, the year Vic Priestly founded Vic Priestly Contracting Ltd. a site work and landscaping company in Ontario. In 1993 the demolition division of this site works company became a separate company and Priestly Demolition Inc. (PDI) was born...

After working in the construction business for 20 years, Andre Hebert decided to purchase what was then known as Roy Robichaud Construction. Renaming the business Pro Construction Inc., the company quickly grew into a...

It’s no small feat to keep a company growing for over 100 years, but the Prosperi family makes it seem easy. This is due to the Prosperi’s recipe for success: equal part teamwork, an uncompromising eye for quality craftsmanship and a love of family. This combination has helped Prosperi Co. Ltd...

David O’Sullivan founded PW Trenchless Ltd. (PWT) in 2000 as a specialty service construction firm in Surrey, British Columbia. “I studied engineering in Ireland in the 70s,” he recounts. “I worked in consulting for about six years, managed a construction company from 1986 to 2000, when I...