Carlson Construction Group announces new CEO – Carlo Marengo

Carlson Construction Group (Carlson) announced the appointment of Carlo Marengo as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Marengo assumed responsibilities on April 11, succeeding interim CEO Gary Herman who returns to Carlson’s Advisory Board.

Marengo is a senior construction executive with over 25 years of experience in project construction management, specializing in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance projects spanning business development through commissioning and turnover within the energy and chemicals, infrastructure, mining and minerals and power sectors. Marengo spent the last six years with Fluor Canada, Ltd., based in Calgary, most recently in the position of regional director of construction and fabrication. Prior to Fluor Canada, Ltd., Marengo was the regional operations director for Group Five Oil & Gas (South Africa) with focus on construction, maintenance and turnaround projects; as well, as the global business unit executive of Kentz Group, which was one of the world’s top oil and gas service providers prior to being acquired by SNC-Lavalin in 2014. Marengo is a professional engineer who holds a bachelor of science in engineering (mechanical) with honours from University of Witwatersrand (South Africa).

“We are so excited to have [Marengo] join our group of companies. He is the right leader to take Carlson and its hundreds of employees forward into its next 50 years of success,” said Gord Carlson, founder and chairman. “[Marengo] is a proven project leader in the management of construction, fabrication, modularization, commissioning through all project phases including EPC. His extensive project and construction experience will strengthen the organization and its people to position us for our planned future growth.”


Keller announces recent changes

Keller announced the following staffing changes in North America in February.

Brent Byford has been promoted to vice president operations for Keller in North America. Byford holds a B.Sc. in civil engineering from Purdue University. He has been with Keller since 2007 as project manager, operations manager, vice president of operations for Hayward Baker (before becoming Keller) and director of equipment. Byford has been part of the construction industry since 2001. Before joining Keller, he worked for a heavy civil general contractor. Byford is a licensed professional engineer in the State of Indiana.

Leon Sampson joins Keller as a vice president of the Prairie Region in Canada. Starting his career in geotechnical and materials testing, Sampson held positions from field engineer, project engineer to project manager. Later, he progressed to general management and leadership roles for teams within Western Canada. For the last 10 years, he has focused on improving health, safety, environment and quality performance, strategy and organization development, operational efficiency, and merger and acquisition opportunities.

George Power has been promoted to operations manager, Keller Canada. With over 20 years in the geotechnical industry, Power began his career with Keller in 2000. He held various positions, including site superintendent, project manager, senior project manager and operations manager for the Prairie Region.

Anthony Passaro has been promoted to project executive focusing on business development in the Mid-Atlantic. With over 30 years of experience in the construction industry, Passaro started at Keller in 2001 as a project manager. In 2013, he became an operations manager for the Southeast area.

Karine Anderson joins Keller as a business development coordinator in the Southeast. With almost 20 years in the industry, Anderson previously worked for Hayward Baker (before becoming Keller) as a project manager assistant and marketing coordinator, and Earth Tech, LLC, as a business development manager.


CCA welcomes Brendan Nobes as chair of its 2022–23 Board of Directors

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) announced in March that Brendan Nobes is the chair of the 2022-23 Board of Directors. CCA sincerely thanks outgoing chair, Ray Bassett, for his dedicated leadership.

Nobes is the director of major projects for RCS Construction, a general contracting firm building landmark projects throughout Atlantic Canada, where he exemplifies the RCS client-centric approach, providing comprehensive services to customers on major builds – from conception to completion.

A 35-year veteran of the construction industry, Nobes has worked as a site superintendent, senior estimator, senior project manager and project manager representing the owner. Working at all levels in construction – from design review and document preparation to scheduling, budgeting, cost forecasting and tender package preparation – Nobes has adopted a “cradle to grave” approach to construction management.

The Mount Allison University graduate and Gold Seal Certified project manager and estimator is active in several industry associations. He is CCA’s representative to the Canadian Construction Documents Committee. He is also past chair of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia. Nobes was also the 2017 recipient of the CCA Robert Saunders Trophy for his commitment and dedication to the industry, particularly to the general contractors’ sector.

In his address to members at CCA’s Annual General Meeting, Nobes discussed his focus for the association over the next year, “I know the last two years have tested us all and presented us with great uncertainty, but it truly feels like a tide is turning for the better. This is the year to capitalize on the advancements made in technology, make our corporate cultures more inclusive and put Canada on the path to green.”

In addition to delivering a refreshed strategic plan, Nobes looks forward to advancing three initiatives during his tenure including expanding CCA’s engagement with members, in person in their hometowns; launching new services to elevate best practices in project delivery; and strengthening the bonds between CCA and its partner associations.

Joining Nobes on CCA’s 2022-23 Board of Directors are:

  • Charles Caza (1st vice-chair), Ontario – Central Canada
  • Francis Roy (2nd vice-chair), Quebec – Central Canada
  • Jean François Arbour, Quebec – Central Canada
  • Andrew Arnill, Alberta – Western Canada
  • David Bowcott, Ontario – Central Canada
  • Nicole Chabot, Manitoba – Western Canada
  • Leslie Doka, Saskatchewan – Western Canada
  • Trevor Doucette, Alberta – Western Canada
  • Steve Drummond, B.C. – Western Canada
  • Wayne Ferguson, Ontario – Central Canada
  • Nadine Fullarton, New Brunswick – Eastern Canada
  • Eric Gaulin, Quebec – Central Canada
  • Peter Grose, Manitoba – Western Canada
  • Quentin Huillery, Alberta – Western Canada
  • Branden Kotyk, B.C. – Western Canada
  • Patrick Lafrenière, Newfoundland and Labrador – Eastern Canada
  • John Mollenhauer, Ontario – Central Canada
  • Cory Richter, Saskatchewan – Western Canada
  • Brad Scott, Nova Scotia – Eastern Canada


CCA thanks these leaders for their generous commitment to the industry and to advancing our united vision to Build a Better Canada.


CZM Foundation Equipment announces partnership with PACO

In March, CZM Foundation Equipment, a manufacturer of foundation, utility, piling and landfill drilling equipment, announced a new partnership with West Coast rental house PACO Construction Equipment. The new partnership allows CZM to serve the U.S. West Coast and Western Canada better.

PACO will feature the CZM Long Reach series of machines, with a variety of models available for rent. “We are excited to further support our West Coast clients with this new partnership, offering more options from the CZM line and expanding our superior service network,” said Giuliano Clo, CZM’s CEO.

Since 1955, PACO Construction Equipment has served the North American foundation, marine and construction industry as one of the pioneer companies to enter the Western U.S. and Canadian rental, sales and service market.

CZM is a family owned and operated company with its main operation and headquarters in Savannah, Ga. They are a leading foundation equipment manufacturer in North and South America. For more information, visit www.czm-us.com. 



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