The Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada’s construction industry. Our member companies employ more than 25,000 skilled construction workers across Canada, represented primarily by CLAC.
PCA provides advocacy, labour-management advice, networking opportunities,
and organizational services to its member community.
Since our founding in 2000, PCA has worked to ensure fair access to work opportunities for our members by promoting a legislative framework and industry practices that establish a level playing field for all construction industry participants.
The innovative partnership that exists between our member companies and their CLAC employees is founded on a mutual respect dedicated to achieving a fair outcome for all parties, maximizing productivity in the relationship between labour and management, and a commitment to safety that is second to none.
As such, our member companies tend to enjoy a highly-cooperative and productive relationship with their CLAC employees compared to that which exists between other employers and the craft unions, such as the Building Trades Council (BTC). The uniqueness of our labour model – both worker to worker, and worker to employer – means that there are no jurisdictional disputes, and we are united in our focus on building a high-productivity, high-performance business and a culture around construction.
And, unlike non-unionized construction firms, our unique labour-management model ensures a strong voice for employees, enabling better dialogue between employer and employees, improved workforce management capabilities, and a cohesive culture. As opposed to many in the non-unionized construction sector, we believe that there can be a role for progressive unionization in our industry.
Fundamentally, Canada’s construction industry should be one that allows for fair and open competition of companies reflecting various labour models; in which no sector is given artificial and unfair advantage over another on the basis of union affiliation or lack thereof.
Simply put, PCA is not anti-union, we are anti-monopoly.
People of PCA
Paul De Jong
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Paul has an extensive background over the last 25 years in strategic management, government relations, business development, and labour relations.
Active in a variety of industry initiatives and forums, he has previously served on the Alberta Construction Safety Association (ACSA) Board of Directors, co-chair of the Constructions Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Respect in Workplace Committee, CLAC Health & Welfare Board of Trustees, and as a Board Member with the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB).
Paul currently serves as chair of the Management Advisory Committee of the University of Alberta Industrial Research Chair (IRC) in Strategic Construction Modeling & Delivery; and, on the BuildForce Board of Directors.
Vice President & Regional Director, Ontario
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Sean has worked for 19 years with senior business and government leaders in the research, development and communication of public policy and strategy. Prior to joining PCA, Sean served as Senior Researcher at Cardus, a leading Canadian public policy firm in the area of construction labour and industrial relations.
In his career, Sean has also served as principal speechwriter and communications advisor to a senior Federal cabinet minister and as a communications consultant for several Canadian cabinet ministers and legislators.
Vice President, Public Affairs
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Darrel has a deep mix of training and experience that will add depth and breadth to our team and help us expand our policy, advocacy, and government relations – with a special focus upon strengthening our presence and service in the western provinces.
Most recently, Darrel served as GM, Sustainable Development for Upstream Americas at Shell. (Non-technical risk and Aboriginal relations for North, Central and South America, Gulf of Mexico and Deep Water.)
From 2010 – 2012 he was VP of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, a conservative and free market-oriented think tank in Calgary.
Darrel brings a wealth of experience in government and public policy. He has served Canada’s federal government as Policy Director and Deputy Chief of Staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Chief of Staff to Ministers Rona Ambrose and Jason Kenney. During the Reform years he was Chief of Staff for Preston Manning, Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition.
He holds the degrees of M.A. (Toronto), M.L.S. (Library Science, Toronto) and Ph.D. (Queen’s) and is an Executive Fellow at the School of Public Policy, University of Calgary.
Keri Salvisburg Miller
Vice President, Member Services
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Keri Salvisburg Miller is an accomplished Human Resources and Labour Relations professional. Keri’s experience as an Executive in the construction industry saw her leading the full spectrum of human resources and labour relations functions across Canada making her one of the industry’s most well versed in the country’s varied laws, regulations, union environments and giving her a broad understanding of the global construction climate.
Keri is a former member of the Aboriginal Human Resource Council’s Leadership Circle, and has sat on various boards and committees with the Construction Sector Council, Skills Canada, WSIB, and the Employer’s Advocacy Council.
Prior to joining PCA, Keri was the national Head of Human Resources for North America Construction (1993) Ltd (NAC).
Rieghardt van Enter
Regional Director, British Columbia
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Rieghardt has been working in the utility, engineering & construction sectors for the past fifteen years in areas of finance, project-, program-, and contract management, safety, labor relations, business development and executive management. Having been Chair of the Industry Training Authority’s Construction Sector Advisory Group, Board Member of the Council of Construction Associations, President of Line Contractors Association of BC, and other trades industry associations, Rieghardt is familiar with the climate of construction in BC.
Rieghardt originally hails from Plettenberg Bay, South Africa but now resides in Langley BC where he earned his Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.
Director, Public Affairs (Western Canada)
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Mike Martens brings to PCA a wealth of experience in public affairs, advocacy, government and stakeholder relations, communications and event planning.
Most recently, Mike served as Director of the Manning School of Practical Politics based at the Manning Centre in Calgary, Alberta. During his tenure as Director he taught over 2,000 people via webinars and on-line sessions, and in person events across Canada and at the state-of-the-art Manning Training Centre in Calgary.
He developed these skills serving in a number of different roles for various political candidates and Members of Parliament in BC’s Lower Mainland, and as a senior regional organizer for the Conservative Party of Canada.
Mike holds the degrees of BA and MA, both obtained at Trinity Western University.
He lives in Calgary with his two daughters.
Director, Finance & Administration
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Raheel Virani brings 12 years of cumulative experience in customer service, sales, accounting, payroll, HR, financial reporting, and budgeting/forecasting. Originally from Vancouver, Raheel obtained his BBA degree from Simon Fraser University and subsequently acquired a CMA designation in 2011.
As a professional accountant, Raheel enjoys financial analysis but also appreciates interacting with people. He has a team-first approach and is a big believer in process-improvement and efficiency. He is also a moderator and a marker for CMA and enjoys mentoring candidates.
Manager, Member Services
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Sarah Lockwood is an experienced Human Resources professional with over 15 years in Alberta’s Oil and Gas and construction industries. Sarah’s experience as both a generalist and recruiter in these areas gave her an excellent knowledge base of human resources and labour relations functions.
Originally from eastern Canada, Sarah has graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick and a Masters in Public Relations and Human Resources from McGill University.
Sarah has lived all over Alberta, including Calgary, Fort McMurray, and now Edmonton, which she’s called home for many years. She is a advocate for simpler living and enjoys her tiny home with her husband, two dogs, and a cat.
Prior to joining PCA, Sarah was an HR professional who specialized in site based contracts.
Senior Manager, Public Affairs
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Karen has extensive experience in both public policy and construction fields. Prior to joining PCA, Karen served as the Director of Government Relations for the Ontario Road Builders’ Association as well as the VP of Policy and Government Relations for the Council of Ontario Construction Associations. She brings a wealth of knowledge in government procurement practices, as well as issues such as skills training and health & safety.
Karen started her journey in the public affairs arena as an advisor to campaigns and legislators in Michigan.
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Juanita joins our team at PCA with extensive administrative experience in both the construction industry and not for profit organizations. Juanita has focused her last 18 years of her career in events management and administration.
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Alex Doran comes to us with years of communications experience across various industries. She has worked with multiple clients to solidify their message and to help improve their overall communications strategies.
Graduating in 2014 with a double major in Public Relations and Advertising, Alex is happy to provide PCA with the tools to improve communication and engagement among current and prospective members.
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