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

  • Ryan Jackson COAA President, General Manager, Project Execution, Suncor Energy Services
  • Kyle Keith COAA Vice President, Director, Facility Implementation, Canada Gas, TC Energy
  • Steve Owens COAA Treasurer, Vice President, Construction, Pre-Operations & Supply Chain Management, Capital Power Corporation
  • Scott Maguire COAA Past President, Manager, Upstream Supply Chain, Cenovus Energy Inc.


  • Steve Peplinski Projects Manager, Scotford Complex, Shell Canada Energy
  • Dan Williams Manager, Construction Management, Enbridge Pipelines
  • Katherine Blaschuk Regional Projects – Project Execution Manager, Imperial Oil Resources
  • Lindsey Hinther Director, Projects, AltaLink
  • Blake Ronellenfitch Projects Manager, ConocoPhillips Canada
  • Ross Piche Vice President, Projects and Construction, TransAlta Corporation
  • Trevor Elliot Director Construction & Project Services, Keyera Corp.
  • Darren Seleshanko Leader, Mid-Size Projects, NOVA Chemicals Corporation

Guest Directors

  • Frank DeLuca Vice President Business Development, Bird Construction
  • Ryan Hodgson SVP, Industrial, Ledcor Constructors Inc.

Our Committees

Canadian Model Committee

Mandated by COAA and with support from Energy Safety Canada, this Committee stewards the updating and evolution of the Canadian Model (alcohol and drug guidelines and work rule) for the heavy industrial construction and turnaround sector, plus the energy operating and maintenance sectors.

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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


We welcome members from outside Alberta. The best practices we develop are tailored to Alberta construction, but the principles are universally applicable.  Any company that believes in and wishes to contribute to excellence in heavy industrial construction is welcome.

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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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Collaborative Contracting

Successful Collaborative Contracting puts special consideration on the people, their processes and how they interact. It is dynamic, collaborative and responsive and puts new consideration to things such as: sharing of risk, the approach to communication, issue resolution and the enforcement of promises.

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 Best Practices Conference 2022

May 10 & 11, 2022

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Sponsorships available!


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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