In addition to Aecon’s Executive Committee members, the Executive Management Team is comprised of the following:
John Almeida is Senior Vice President, Aecon Transportation East, responsible for Aecon Construction and Materials Limited (ACML), Karson, Aecon Materials Engineering (AME) and Yellowline Asphalt Products Ltd. Mr. Almeida brings over 30 years of experience in the civil construction industry and over 19 years of experience in the supervision and management of civil structure projects.
Mr. Almeida is a highly experienced value engineering practitioner with demonstrated experience in complex foundation work, formwork innovation and concrete construction quality advancements. In 1998, he was instrumental in introducing a new concrete pour procedure that has now been adopted by the Ministry of Transportation in Ontario.
Mr. Almeida holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and Engineering from the University of Toronto.
Mike Archambault is Senior Vice President and Chief Safety Officer and is responsible for the development, implementation and administration of all Health and Safety and Insurance matters at Aecon. Additionally he assists the various business units with Labour Relations.
Prior to joining Aecon in 1996, Mr. Archambault worked approximately 20 years with the Ontario Ministry of Labour as a Health and Safety Inspector, Manager and Mediator/Advisor. He holds two professional designations (CRSP and CHRP).
Mr. Archambault is involved with many Industry Associations and Chairs the Workers Compensation Committee for the Council of Construction Associations of Ontario.
Blair Brandon is Senior Vice President, Major Projects West, and is responsible for leading the successful pursuit and execution of major projects in western Canada and the Pacific region, as well as oversight for existing major projects in the west.
Mr. Brandon brings over 35 years of experience in the construction industry to Aecon, including extensive success in the Public-Private Partnership (P3) market. Prior to joining Aecon in 2015, he held various leadership roles with organizations such as Matthews Group Ltd., Sureway Construction and PCL Constructors Northern. Mr. Brandon also spent a number of years working in the United States, managing major design build projects for Flatiron, prior to successfully leading Flatiron’s Canadian Operations, based in Vancouver, B.C.
Mr. Brandon is a graduate of Fanshawe College, with a degree in Construction Management, Construction Engineering Technology.
Don Brophy is Senior Vice President, Aecon Constructors and joined Aecon in 1977 after graduating from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Civil Engineering. He has held the positions of Project Engineer, Project Manager, Contracts Manager and Vice President of Estimating and Operations.
Mr. Brophy has extensive experience as Senior Estimator/Manager, bidding and executing heavy civil construction projects in the domestic market as well as internationally. Mr. Brophy has worked on major projects such as the Highway 407 Express Toll Route (407 ETR) and the Toronto Airport Terminal Development projects in Canada, and the Nathpa Jhakri Hydroelectric Power project in India. He is currently responsible for overseeing the execution of all heavy civil projects under Aecon Constructors.
Michael Derksen is the Senior Vice President of Aecon Transportation West responsible for expanding Aecon’s western transportation business, enhancing vertical integration opportunities, and leveraging proven Foundations expertise in western Canada. He joined Aecon in 2014.
Mr. Derksen has over 30 years of extensive experience working on large-scale transportation and transit projects, and has spent his entire career managing and executing Public-Private Partnership, design-build, and traditional bid-build projects both in Canada and the United States.
Prior to joining Aecon, Mr. Derksen worked for Granite Construction Company, one of the largest construction and materials companies in the United States. During his 26-year career at Granite, Mr. Derksen held positions of increasing levels of responsibility in operations and management.
Mr. Derksen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary.
Amy FitzPatrick joined Aecon in May 2016 as Senior Vice President, People. She is accountable for leading the HR function in the development and execution of our talent strategy and HR functional strategies, ensuring overall alignment with Aecon’s corporate strategic objectives.
Ms. FitzPatrick is an international Human Resources Leader with significant experience in virtually every aspect of the HR portfolio, within both the energy and financial services industries. A versatile leader backed by more than 23 years of experience, she has demonstrated expertise in tackling and delivering challenging assignments in the U.S., U.K. and India with a variety of organizations, including BP, UBS, Enron, and Capital One Financial.
Ms. FitzPatrick has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Delaware.
Yonni Fushman is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Aecon. He is responsible for managing Aecon’s national legal department and is involved with all legal and risk aspects of the business. Mr. Fushman is also chair of Aecon’s Commercial Risk Committee, an initiative he championed and which Canadian Lawyer Magazine recognized as the Innovation of the Year in 2016, and chair of Aecon’s Ethics & Compliance Committee.
Prior to joining Aecon in 2005, Mr. Fushman practiced law in the United States. Mr. Fushman earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, in Economics from the University of Southern California in 1997 and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Boston University School of Law in 2001.
Mr. Fushman is Vice Chair of the Ontario Bar Association’s Construction and Infrastructure Law section, a co-founder of the Construction Sector In-House Counsel Forum, a co-director of Osgoode Hall’s Construction Law Certificate program, a member of the Ontario General Contractors Association’s Lien Act Review Task Force, and a member of the Board of Directors of North York Arts. Mr. Fushman writes and speaks regularly on various topics related to construction law and serves as a mentor for the Ontario Bar Association’s young lawyer mentoring program.
Marty Harris is Senior Vice President of Major Projects East responsible for the successful pursuit and execution of major projects in central and eastern Canada, as well as executive oversight for existing major projects within this geography. Over the span of his 20-year career, Mr. Harris has held numerous positions with increased responsibility in highway and heavy civil construction including quality control, engineering and project management prior to moving into estimating, general management and executive management.
Mr. Harris received his Bachelor of Engineering Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1996, and is a licensed engineer in Ontario, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. He is also a current member of the Ontario Road Builders Board of Directors and a previous Board member of the Nova Scotia Road Builders.
Roger Howarth is Senior Vice President, Project Controls and has overall governance responsibility with respect to project controls, cost management and planning for all projects within Aecon Group Inc. and its subsidiaries and sponsored Joint Ventures.
With more than 30 years of construction and management experience, Mr. Howarth has worked around the world for a number of leading construction firms including Balfour Beatty and Bovis Construction.
Prior to joining Aecon in 2013, he held the position of Executive Vice President for Acciona Infrastructure Canada Inc. and was responsible for the establishment and development of Acciona’s infrastructure business in Canada.
Mr. Howarth has a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Bradford in England. He is a registered Charted Civil Engineer (UK) and is member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK).
Mathew Kattapuram is Senior Vice President, Strategic Business Development, with oversight of the Strategic Business Development, Corporate Affairs and Marketing groups at Aecon.
Prior to joining Aecon, Mr. Kattapuram was with Infrastructure Ontario as Senior Vice President, Civil Infrastructure, and was responsible for the delivery of Public-Private Partnership projects. During his tenure at Infrastructure Ontario, he was responsible for building the civil and transit delivery teams and the successful procurement of the Herb Gray Parkway and the Highway 407 East, both DBFM projects, as well as the Union Pearson Express project.
With nearly 35 years of construction and management experience, Mr. Kattapuram has worked for leading construction firms across Canada including Carillion.
Mr. Kattapuram received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and completed an executive management program at Aston University, Birmingham, UK.
Alistair MacCallum is Senior Vice President, Finance, Aecon Group Inc. and is responsible for treasury, tax, internal audit, consolidated internal and external reporting, and consolidated planning and forecasting functions, as well as related process improvements, team development and change management.
Mr. MacCallum comes to Aecon with 20 years of finance and management experience, specializing in heavy industry. For the past 10 years, Alistair has worked with Catalyst Paper, a publicly traded pulp and paper company located in Vancouver, B.C. Most recently, Alistair held the position of Vice President, Treasurer and Controller. Prior to joining Catalyst Paper, he worked as a strategy and process improvement consultant for IBM/PricewaterhouseCoopers.
He is a Certified General Accountant and received his Bachelor of Arts, History degree from the University of British Columbia and his Masters of Business Administration from the University of Georgia.
Steven N. Nackan is President of Aecon Concessions and is responsible for Aecon’s infrastructure development and concession management activities.
Prior to joining Aecon in 2002, Mr. Nackan worked for the global law firm of White & Case LLP, advising government agencies, banks and industry in the development, implementation and financing of major international infrastructure projects. Mr. Nackan studied in Boston where he gained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from Boston College Law School.
As Senior Vice President of Major Projects, Social Infrastructure, Mr. Pigott is responsible for the successful pursuit and execution of projects in areas integral to the social fabric of the country, as well as internationally including business development and operations teams for Aecon’s national Buildings group, as well as Aecon’s Water Infrastructure team. Throughout his career, Mr. Pigott has gained an in-depth understanding of the general contracting business and extensive expertise in both fostering working partnerships and refining systems and processes.
Mr. Pigott has held progressively senior field and executive positions with several national construction companies including, Bird Construction, Price-Costco and Kenaidan Contracting Ltd., where for eight years he held the position of Vice President, Field Operations, before bringing his leadership skills to Aecon. Mr. Pigott is a Gold Seal Certified Project Manager and is a member of the multi-generational Pigott Construction family, where he held the role of Superintendent over two decades ago.
Mr. Pigott is a graduate of McMaster University and holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.
Mark Rivett joined Aecon as Senior Vice President of Aecon Construction and Materials Limited in 2009, bringing with him 27 years of construction, engineering and materials experience. He has executive responsibility for Aecon’s Transportation activities including Aecon Construction and Materials Limited, Miwel Construction; Southrock, ACMI and Aecon Materials Engineering.
He has been involved in the road building and related materials industry since 1982, holding increasing levels of responsibility in operations, estimating and management for a large public construction company.
Mr. Rivett graduated as a professional engineer from The University of Waterloo in 1982 and holds a Masters in Business Administration from McMaster University. He previously served as President of both the Ontario Road Builders Association and Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association. He was a board member for CCPAT at the University of Waterloo.
As Senior Advisor, Frank Ross supports infrastructure projects across Aecon Group Inc. Mr. Ross was previously President of Aecon Buildings Group, and has also led Aecon Atlantic Group and Aecon Fabco in Halifax, N.S., both divisions of Aecon.
An active member of the construction community for over 40 years, Mr. Ross has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Construction Association, the Ontario General Contractors Association, and the Board of Directors for the Toronto Construction Association. He also served as a Trustee of the Labourers’ International Union of North America – Local 615 Health and Welfare Program, and as a Board of Directors member for the NS Construction Labour Relations Association.
Mr. Ross is a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and the Design and Construction Institute of Nova Scotia.
With more than 30 years of experience at Aecon and its predecessor companies Adam Clark and Lockerbie and Hole, John Salter currently holds the position of Senior Vice President, AMCS, with oversight of all Construction, Estimating, Project Controls, Purchasing and Business Development accountabilities for AMCS.
Over his tenure, Mr. Salter has progressed through the operational ranks, fulfilling every major role from Project Coordinator through to Senior Project Manager. For the past five years, Mr. Salter has served as Vice President, Construction. Under his leadership, AMCS has delivered some of Aecon’s most successful projects to date, including the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan (PCS) Picadilly project, Thompson Creek Mining Endako project, PCS Rocanville project and K+S Potash Canada Legacy projects.
Mark Scherer is Executive Vice President of Aecon Energy, where he has overall executive responsibility for Energy West, Energy East and Aecon Utilities. He is also responsible for Aecon’s fabrication and modularization facilities across Canada, including specialized industrial marine services in Maritime Canada.
Mr. Scherer has over 30 years of experience that ranges from the front line, through lower, middle, and upper management. His in-depth knowledge of the industry from the ground up along with outstanding people skills have elevated Mark into an executive leadership position at Aecon.
A leader within the industry, Mark is also President of the Pipe Line Contractor Association of Canada (PLCAC). Both Aecon and PLCAC benefit greatly from his knowledge and leadership.
John Singleton, Senior Vice President Aecon Industrial Western is responsible for both the Energy and Mining segments in western Canada including leading Aecon Industrial West and Aecon Industrial Management Corp. Mr. Singleton joined Aecon’s Ontario business in 2004 and is now based in Edmonton, Alberta, having relocated there in 2006 to start a western based civil business for Aecon. With more than 25 years of construction and mining project and operations experience, Mr. Singleton is a professional engineer and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland. He currently serves as a Director of the Alberta Chamber of Resources.
As Senior Vice President of Energy East, responsible for the oversight of Aecon Industrial Central and Aecon Atlantic, Ian Turnbull has been with Aecon since 1994. He has held a number of progressively senior management positions within Aecon, gaining extensive construction experience in many sectors including the Energy (nuclear and conventional), Petrochemical, Iron and Steel and Automotive sectors. Prior to joining Aecon he gained valuable industry experience in the consulting and equipment manufacturing fields.
Mr. Turnbull is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) and is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a degree in Geotechnical Engineering. He is a past Director of the Mechanical Contractors Association of Hamilton, and continues to support the role the Association plays in providing continuing education and skills training to the construction community.
Phil Ward is Executive Vice President of Aecon Mining, with all executive management responsibility for one of Aecon’s four key operating segments. Mr. Ward is responsible for executive strategy, business development and operations associated with Aecon’s mine construction services, and all contract mining in Canada’s oil sands. He has executive responsibility for the execution of projects (some valued above $1 billion), and the health and safety of thousands of project employees under his care.
With over 40 years of experience in the mining, oil and gas, and manufacturing industries Mr. Ward brings a broad range of experience from the front line, to project management, to the role of President and Chief Operating Officer of Aecon’s predecessor company Lockerbie & Hole (formerly Adam Clark Company Ltd.).
Mr. Ward’s experience and grass roots leadership style have earned him industry-wide respect throughout Canada, the United States, and internationally, as well as the loyalty and respect of all those who have worked for him and with him.
Mr. Ward is a longtime member of the Association of Millwrighting Contractors of Ontario (AMCO) and respected member of the Canadian Safety Association of Ontario.