Our Team

About PCA

Our Board

Chair:

Denis Dubord | Vice President & General Manager | PCL Energy

Past-Chair:

Al Rozak | President | Integral Energy

Vice-Chairperson:

Alex Saltarelli | Vice President | Kiewit Energy

Independent Director:

Bob Cochrane

Secretary-Treasurer:

Scott Taylor | Owner & President | McLean Taylor Construction Ltd. & Stone Town Construction Ltd.

Board Members:

Todd Neilson | Owner | Optimum Mechanical Solutions Inc.

Sheridon Taylor | Senior Vice President | Primoris Canada

Anthony Assaly | President | ASCO Construction

Henry Schilthuis| President | Schilthuis Construction

Quentin Huillery | COO, Civil, Mining & Infrastructure | Ledcor

Trevor Smith | Vice President, Corporate Development | NAC

Aaron Marlatt | Vice President, Construction | Graham

People of PCA

President & CEO

Paul de Jong

Paul has an extensive background over the last two decades 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, Ontario

Karen Renkema

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.

Vice President, Public Affairs

Darrel Reid

Darrel has a deep mix of training and experience that allows PCA to 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.

Vice President, Member Engagement & Labour Relations, National

Keri Salvisburg

Keri 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 Chair of the Industry Training Authority’s Construction Sector Advisory Group, 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 & Labour Relations for North America Construction (1993) Ltd (NAC).

Director, Finance & Administration

Raheel Virani

Raheel brings over a decade of accounting, financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting experience.  Originally from Vancouver, Raheel obtained his Bachelors in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and subsequently acquired a Chartered Professional Accounting Designation in 2011. 

Raheel has a team-first approach and is a strong believer in process-improvement and efficiency.

Corporate Communications Manager, National

Alex Knight

Alex comes to us with years of communications experience across various industries. Alex’s background includes a double major in Public Relations and Advertising, as well as experience managing communications strategies and campaigns for multiple clients.

Alex now leads PCA’s member communications portfolio, developing tools to improve communication and engagement among our current and prospective members.

Director of Public Relations, Ontario

Stephen Hamilton

Stephen has a deep understanding of the construction industry and the public policy regime in Ontario.  Prior to joining PCA, Stephen served as a Senior Policy Advisor on municipal and planning issues at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing working on many sensitive and critical legislative and regulatory matters.  

In addition, Stephen also has over a decade of experience in stakeholder and government relations at the Ontario Home Builders’ Association, serving on a number of health and safety and training committees as well as member engagement across the province.

Stephen has a BA from Queens University and MA from Dalhousie in Public Policy.

Regional Director, British Columbia

Dan Baxter

Prior to joining the PCA, Dan has spent nearly a decade in the BC Chamber network between the Richmond Chamber of Commerce (as President and CEO) and the BC Chamber of Commerce (as Director of Policy Development, Government and Stakeholder Relations including 6 months as the interim CEO of the organization).

 Prior to that, Dan also spent three years with the federal government, two of those years in Ottawa. He worked for the Honourable Ed Fast, then Minister of International Trade and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, where he led the Minister’s Asia-Pacific Gateway file.

Dan lives in Delta, BC, and resides in the Ladner area. He and his wife, Verena, have two sons and two daughters. When Dan isn’t working, you’ll find him on baseball diamond coaching his three oldest children or umpiring a game as the Ladner Minor Baseball Association’s Umpire-in-Chief.

Association Development Coordinator

Natasha Wetmore – de Jong

Receiving her BA in Psychology from the University of Calgary, Natasha enjoys applying her learnings in her everyday life. This is especially true in the areas of customer service and satisfaction, relationship building, and interpersonal communication. She also brings a unique and creative eye to event planning and execution.  Based in Calgary, AB, Natasha loves to read, travel, and experience new cultures in her free time.