About COAA

Since 1973, COAA has worked to make construction in Alberta safer and more efficient.

Collective excellence in delivery of world-class capital assets

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Owner leadership to foster collaborative progress

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Value Proposition

Alberta and Albertans realize value as our sector is adding to Alberta’s competitiveness in attracting capital investments

COAA Member companies realize value as they are engaging with a collaborative community for the common good

Alberta Value Proposition 2020+

COAA provides value for Alberta and Albertans as our sector adds to Alberta’s competitiveness in attracting capital investments to sustainably grow our economy.

  • Heavy industrial plants and developments are enabling assets which add to provincial GDP for decades
  • While construction activities add an immediate boost to employment, plant operations also provide trades, engineering and scientific careers for generations
  • There are many facets to jurisdictional competitiveness: safe, productive, reliable asset delivery is the one facet which COAA and Members can affect directly.

Member Value Proposition 2020+

 – COAA Member companies realize value by engaging with a collaborative community for the common good –

  • A unique and reputable forum that brings together owners, engineers, contactors and labour providers to share learnings and distil them into best practices. Members and key staff who are active on committees have the opportunity to help shape new best practices to meet their needs as well to understand perspectives of other stakeholders.
  • Networking with peers and industry experts through task groups, committees or the board to learn about implementing best practices. Members can shorten their organizational learning curve for competitive advantage, while their rising stars hone leadership skills and develop industry-wide networks.
  • A vehicle to lead industry improvements with critical mass and a credible track record to drive progress by aligning around a common vision and voice. Members have a framework for collective progress toward a better future for our industry generally and their own organizations specifically.

Executive Committee

Executive Officers

  • Scott Maguire President Manager, Construction and Commissioning, Cenovus Energy Inc.
  • Steve Owens Treasurer Vice President, Construction & Pre-Operations, Capital Power Corporation
  • Mark Mackay Past President Managing Director, Construction & Engineering, TransAlta Corporation
  • Ryan Jackson Vice President & Best Practices Committee Chair GM Construction and Field Technical, Suncor Energy Inc.
  • Neil Shelly Executive Director Construction Owners Association of Alberta


  • Kyle Keith Director, Facilities Implementation, Canada Gas, TransCanada Pipelines Ltd.
  • Steven Peplinski Projects & Turnaround Manager, Shell Scotford Complex, Shell Canada Energy
  • Jerry McPherson Vice President, Maintenance and Projects, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
  • Mike Gordon Vice President, Supply Chain Management, North West Redwater Partnership
  • Mark Banham Canadian Capital Projects Manager, ConocoPhillips Canada Resources Corp.
  • Katherine Blaschuk Sub-Project Manager (Field and Offsites), Imperial Oil
  • Patrick McKenna Director, Project Delivery, Altalink
  • Bruno Lavoie Director, Growth Projects, NOVA Chemicals Corp.
  • Tom Hodges Director, Core Project Construction, Enbridge Pipelines Inc.
  • Darcee Adam Director of Project Services, Husky Energy Inc.

Guest Directors

  • Mark Brown Vice President & General Manager, Fluor Canada Ltd.
  • Jeff Watt President Ledcor Energy, Mining, Infrastructure

Our Committees

Future Leaders Of Industrial Construction

Searching for the industry’s best & brightest employees in their early to mid-careers with the drive and energy to make change

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Construction Performance

Developing the next-generation of tools for improving productivity

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Enhancing contracting strategies and tools to improve efficiency and performance for all parties

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Developing leading philosophies, practices and tools to improve safety performance

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Workforce Development

Building a workforce with the right skills, at the right time, in the right numbers

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COAA members are the companies and organizations in the heavy industrial construction industry. Membership has its benefits:

  • Network with industry peers
  • Contribute to committees and best practices for the industry
  • Annual General Meeting and other events and workshops offered through the COAA
  • Attend the annual Best Practices Conference
  • Access COAA initiatives


Meet our members

Our Initiatives

Best Practices

We offer free-of-charge Best Practices and information in the areas of safety, construction performance, workforce development and contracting, to help Alberta’s construction industry become safer, more efficient and more productive.

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COVID-19 Response – Working Through the Challenges

Dealing with a pandemic is a new challenge for most of us; our industry is learning on the fly. This page provides examples, procedures and web links so companies in the heavy industrial construction sector can learn how their peers are evaluating and addressing the risks, and to keep abreast of the rapidly-evolving situation.

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COAA 2020 Best Practices Conference Postponed

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Best Practices Awards

The Construction Owners Association of Alberta Best Practices Awards recognize companies and organizations which have provided outstanding leadership in developing, implementing and improving industry best practices, which have led to measurable advances in project, company or industry performance. Presented annually at the Best Practices Conference, the awards celebrate industry leaders, and provide inspiring role models for COAA Members and the industry at large.

The awards rotate between three themes: Construction Performance, Safety Leadership and Workforce Development, to provide focus and sufficient time for organizations to make substantive progress from one cycle to the next. Two categories for each award accommodate large and small organizations.

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