The Construction Source

All the best, The Editorial Team We will keep adding business units that enhance our offering and separate us from our competition. “ ” Editor From The Dear Reader, Welcome to the latest issue of Construction Source Canada, the magazine that highlights the best in building and building products across the country. In this edition, we’ve taken a look at a variety of companies across the industry – from designers and architects, to builders and contractors, to building suppliers. We found out how they became leaders in their fields, and how they are still striving to get better. A-1 Cement, for example, is a specialist in the management and installation of concrete flatworks. They are an Alberta- based family business that dates back to the 1950s, and they have been evolving and improving with every passing year. The current generation of the family – including Russell VanderVeen, President, and Travis VanderVeen, Sales Manager – is especially committed to improvement. We spoke with them about the measures they have taken to upgrade the company and how their clients have positive responded. Ontario’s TJI Multi-Trade Contractors has a similar story – their history dates back to the 1970s, but in recent years they have also taken significant leaps. Under the leadership of President Anthony Tofano, the company – once solely electrical instrumentation services provider, but nowaprovider ofmultiple trades – has heavily invested in modernizing their operation, becoming safer, more efficient and more client-focused with every passing day. We spoke to Anthony about that process, and the massive growth it has helped them achieve Then there’s Zak’s Building Group, a Saskatchewan-based company that designs and builds residential, agricultural and commercial buildings, while also operating a pair of retail hardware stores. Brothers Lance, Chad and Wyatt Zacharias are the second-generation leaders of the company, and under their direction the business has significantly grown, evolved, and diversified – while still maintaining a “small-town, family-run” feel. We spoke to Lance about that growth, what’s powered it, and how they intend to keep it going. For more on those companies – and many others like them, from across the construction spectrum – just keep reading.