People Moves: December 2023

Check out all the major career moves in Canadian construction that happened this month.

Joe Geluch, president CEO of Naikoon Contracting, has been recognized by Building Transformations with a 2023 Professional Achievement Award.

Rav Dhariwal is Lark Group’s new estimating manager. Dhariwal previously held similar positions at Kindred Construction and Chandos Construction

Cesar Boccardo, Bird Construction’s senior digital construction coordinator, has received the Digitalization Strategy Award by Building Transformations. Boccardo said the award holds a special place in his heart, and receiving it feels like a dream come true.

Jeffrey Busby has been named TransLink’s new COO. Busby has led the crown corporation’s engineering team for the past few years. 

Jeffrey Busby

Kent Ferguson is Suncor Energy’s new senior vice president of strategy, sustainability and corporate development after spending 23 years at RBC

Novy Cheema is the new president and CEO of the University of Calgary Properties Group.  Cheema has over 15 years of experience in real estate and development, including helping lead Gracorp.

I would like to thank everyone for the kind words and warm wishes as I embark on a new journey in my professional career. I look forward to working with the UCPG board and the entire UCPG team to build on the success that has been University District and help bring University Innovation Quarter to life.

Novy Cheema, president and CEO, University of Calgary Properties Group

Austin Lee has started a new position as operations manager at Industra Construction. Lee will work closely with the vice president of operations, all project managers and all superintendents on a routine basis, bridging the gap between management and field operations.

Balraj Mann, president of BM Group of Companies, has been named the H.D. Stafford Good Citizen of the Year by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce for his philanthropic efforts.

Balraj Mann, BM Group President, attends a fundraiser for Langley Memorial Hospital. – Langley Memorial Hospital Foundation

This recognition, presented annually by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce, is a reflection of your exceptional efforts and the positive influence you’ve had on Langley. Congratulations on this well-deserved honour, and thank you for your continued contributions to the community.

BM Group of Companies

Troy Farmer is celebrating 25 years with Bosa Construction where he works as a finishing carpenter foreman. Bosa used these words to describe him: loyalty. results. mentorship. Grit.

 He does things the right way, without cutting corners. He goes above and beyond to ensure the product is installed above quality standards. He truly lives and breathes carpentry and is always willing to teach.

Troy Farmer’s team

Matthew McGee has joined Environ-Ex Contracting as vice president of strategic partnerships and client success. He brings with him a wealth of experience in managing large-scale construction projects. The company says he will be at the forefront of expansion efforts.

Gregg Lintern, Toronto’s chief planner, is leaving city hall this month. His colleagues say he will be remembered as one of the most transformative people in the role, helping champion efforts to increase housing density. 

Warren Singh is the Alberta Construction Association’s new executive director following Ken Gibson’s retirement after 20 years in the role.

Warren Singh, centre, meets with government officials and other leaders in his first few weeks as executive director of the Alberta Construction Association. – Alberta Construction Association

Cheyanne Hammell, PCL’s special projects manager, has been awarded the 2023 Premier’s Award for Technology.

Doug Porozni has announced he will retire at the end of the year as chairman of Ronmore Developers. Doug thanked his partners at Ronmor for their 25+ years of support and providing the opportunity to participate in a variety of development projects in Western Canada.

During his incredible career with Ronmor, Doug transformed the company as we know it today. His keen understanding of the real estate ‘deal’ and his unwavering work ethic allowed Ronmor to grow in unimaginable areas. He truly became the face of Ronmor. It will be a face we will continue to see, but one that we will miss at Ronmor.

Lorne Paperny and Mark Zivot, Ronmor Developers

Jessica Jiang has joined Infrastructure BC as a senior associate.

Craig Larkins has been promoted to director of advocacy & engagement and Cecile Lopez has been promoted to director of operations at the Vancouver Regional Construction Association.

Jennifer Podmore Russell is Nch’ḵaỷ Development Corporation’s new executive vice president of real estate and development.

Kim Corea has been promoted to chief financial officer at Ecora.

Congratulations to Kim Corea on her well-deserved promotion to CFO at Ecora! Starting as our Director of Finance, Kim has consistently showcased exceptional talent and dedication, playing a pivotal role in steering our financial strategies.

Kelly Sherman, principal and founder, Ecora Group of Companies

Tim Visscher is celebrating 15 years with Wesgroup Properties. Visscher joined Wesgroup in 2008 as a project manager and now works as construction manager.

As we celebrate this milestone in Tim’s career, we extend our deepest appreciation for his unwavering dedication, leadership, and the positive impact he has had on our organization.

Wesgroup Properties

Julia DeVries has started a new position as the Ottawa Construction Association’s career program coordinator.


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