VP, southern Alberta, PCL Construction Management Inc., Calgary
In the fall of 2006, Blaine Maciborsky was content as construction manager for PCL in Ottawa, an operation he'd help grow from start-up to one of the company's most successful districts.
Then he got the call.
Paul Douglas, now COO of Canadian operations, wanted Maciborsky, who spent the first seven years of his career in PCL's Edmonton buildings office, back in Alberta.
"He spoke about the heated market and unprecedented growth in Alberta and the challenges that were ahead of us," Maciborsky recalls. "I felt the move would not only benefit the company but would re-challenge me in my career."
And challenge him it did. Initially district manager, he was promoted in 2008 to VP of PCL Construction Management Inc., Calgary, in charge of PCL's buildings and civil operations in southern Alberta, a busy division that shows no signs of slowing.
Maciborsky's experience helps him deal with the many challenges of leading a growing operation in one of North America's most vibrant construction markets.
He has ample experience. He's worked on the $122-million Scotia Bank Place and $243-million Air Canada Centre in Ottawa and was honoured to lead his team on the $104-million Canadian War Museum.
Love for the business since childhood also plays a role in his success.
"I would marvel over seeing a high-rise building come out of the ground to rise to be a magnificent structure," he says. "It always intrigued me as to how this was all orchestrated and how it seemed so effortless."
As he rattles off a list of existing projects-such as the $350-million Centennial Place office building and the $190-million Chinook Centre Expansion, and throws in a list of government-funded projects he'll be going after in the coming year, including the $700-million West LRT Expansion, $300-million SAIT Trades and Technology Centre, and projects at the University of Calgary and Mount Royal College-Maciborsky makes his job seem effortless too.