Get Ready for our 2018 Event!

If you’re interested in learning about strategies to boost your employee ownership culture or if you’d like to learn how equity sharing can help you grow or exit your business, this is the conference to attend. The ESOP Association Canada’s 2018 Canadian Employee Ownership Conference will feature insights from some of Canada’s leading employee owned companies, as well as advisors and experts who can demystify the process.

June 4-6, 2018

Fantasyland Hotel West Edmonton Mall. Edmonton, AB

Who should attend?

This conference is for anyone interested or involved in equity sharing as an effective tool for business growth and exit planning. We’re anticipating an influential cross-sector participant group including business owners and CEOs of small and medium sized privately-held companies, employee-owners, executive leaders from large and medium public companies, co-op directors, and professional advisors.

Take a look at who's speaking.

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Tom Redl

CHANDOS Construction Ltd. CEO

“Building and Managing Boards in an ESOP Company”

Tom is CEO of CHANDOS Construction Ltd., a market leader in the provision of value-added construction solutions that has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, an Alberta Top Employer and is Certified as a B Corporation. Tom has held this position since 2001. During his time as CEO, CHANDOS has experienced significant growth and positive change.

An entrepreneur and strategic visionary, Tom is a highly collaborative leader and this is one reason behind his success at CHANDOS. Internally, his focus is on the continuous improvement of the company’s business model and ensuring that people come first. Externally, he is focused on developing long-term strategic relationships with key business partners. This dual focus serves a single purpose – to ensure value is constantly being created for CHANDOS’ clients.

Tom truly believes in giving back to the community. He is a dedicated volunteer and member of many Boards which serve the Edmonton community and is heavily involved with advancing Corporate Social Responsibility. In 2015, he personally created a scholarship fund at CHANDOS entitled the “Amisk Award.”

Tom holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an instructor in both the ICD Director Education program as well as the U of A Small and Medium Enterprise Governance program. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topics of governance, employee ownership and corporate social responsibility.

Picture of Gord Lozeman, President (left); Shawn Birch, VP Finance & Projects (right, taking the ‘selfie’); Guys in the Middle, VP Ops and VP Sales & Mktg

Gord Lozeman and Shawn Birch

Banff Lodging Co. President & CEO and VP Finance & Projects

“Keeping Banff in Banff” – ESOP as a Succession Plan

Banff Lodging Co. is a division of Banff Caribou Properties Ltd., an innovative and progressive hospitality and real estate company with approximately 900 employees. The Employee Stock Ownership Program (ESOP) was launched in 2008, motivated in large part by the founding shareholder’s vision both to create a meaningful investment opportunity for employees, and to perpetuate local ownership and “keep Banff in Banff”. The company is now up to almost 200 employee owners who live in the community.

Gord Lozeman (left in picture) joined the company in 1999 as the Founding Owner’s “little helper” (his words). Since that time, he has guided the company from its entrepreneurial real-estate roots to a modern, diverse, professionally run hospitality company – and a leader in the tourism industry. When not looking after all things corporate, Gord can be found coaching minor hockey, or stopping to say ‘hello’ at one of Caribou’s many hotels and restaurants while out for a run.

Shawn Birch (right in picture) joined the company in 2002 as an Accounts Payable Clerk, and now oversees all things Finance. He also heads up the company’s Construction Division (“Caribou Contracting”), through which his in-house ‘Projects Team’ executes all of Caribou’s development and renovation projects (including the newly constructed Moose Hotel & Suites, which opened in 2016). Shawn is renowned for his ability to take on any challenge, work or play! (Guys in the middle of picture, VP Ops and VP Sales & Mktg)

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Gordon Panas

PCL Construction Chief Financial Officer

“The PCL Story”

PCL is a group of independent construction companies owned by employee shareholders across the United States, Canada, and Australia.

As chief financial officer, Gordon is responsible for all the financial operations of the PCL family of companies. Gordon is a member of PCL’s Office of the CEO, a group that includes the top senior executive management and leadership of PCL. He began his PCL career in Edmonton as accounting manager, followed by stints as administration manager in Winnipeg and Toronto. He left PCL in 1997 to work as chief financial officer for another contractor, ultimately becoming that contractor’s chief executive officer in 2006 and taking the company public in 2007. That company was sold in 2009 and Gordon returned to PCL.

Gordon is a chartered accountant and holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of Alberta.

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