March 2015 marks a first for Anibal Valente, corporate vice president with PCL Construction, as he takes on the role of Chair of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). After more than 35 years at PCL, such milestones would seem increasingly hard to come by, but even a quick glance at his career shows that a drive to achieve new things is nothing new for Valente.
After 35 years in the construction
industry, Anibal Valente is bringing his
considerable experience to his role as
Chair of the CCA.
The CCA is the national voice of the construction
industry in Canada.
“I always had an interest in the construction industry,” said Valente. “I spent many days on construction sites as a teenager working with my father, but it wasn’t until I started with PCL’s Vancouver office right out of university that I cemented my love of bringing a project to life.”
Building a career and an industry
Valente would go on to contribute to the construction of several Lower Mainland landmarks, including Cathedral Place and the Pan Pacific Hotel. In 1995, Valente moved to Regina where he would spend six years running PCL’s Saskatchewan operations. While in the province, Anibal served as Chair of the Saskatchewan Construction Association, helping to advocate on behalf of Saskatchewan’s construction industry. In 2001, Valente returned to Vancouver as vice president and district manager for PCL’s BC Region, where he continued to contribute to the construction industry as Chair of the British Columbia Construction Association.
You give what you get
Among Valente’s most remarkable achievements is his promotion of the construction trades across Canada as an attractive career option for all—including young people, new immigrants, and indigenous people, alike. “I’m really proud of being a founding board member on the VanAsep Training Society,” Valente said. “In the lead up to the 2010 Olympic games in Vancouver, we matched hundreds of Aboriginal workers with construction industry jobs.”
In recognition of his contributions to the construction industry in Canada, Valente was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2014, he was named CCA General Contractor of the Year, the same year in which Valente would celebrate his 35th anniversary with PCL. But all of this success has not quelled Valente’s determination to continue building the construction industry in Canada as he takes on the role of CCA Chair for a period of one year on March 26, 2015. Valente will be representing more than 20,000 members. The CCA is the national voice of the construction industry in Canada—surely a role where Valente will be able to apply his vast experience and considerable knowledge of the construction industry.
“I’m honored to sit as chair of the Canadian Construction Association,” said Valente. “It is a privilege to serve the construction industry and I am very proud and humbled to be appointed to this important position. I look forward to the year ahead.”