PCL Construction Donates $150,000 to Military Transition to Work Program

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Ottawa – Buildings & Civil Construction

OTTAWA, ON (April 18, 2013) – The PCL family of companies is developing a partnership with the Helmet to Hardhats program that will assist Canadian Forces veterans in transitioning to available careers in the construction industry. 
Helmets to Hardhats 
“PCL is proud to support the H2H program in Ontario because we recognize the valuable contribution that members of the Canadian Forces have made to our country and can make to our industry,” said Kevin Skinner, vice president and district manager for PCL’s Ottawa operations. “We have former members of the military on our staff. They have told us how the program can help them and we know how these skilled and motivated employees benefit our organization.”
There is an increasing demand for skilled labour across the nation. This demand is not limited to the trades themselves, but extends to leadership positions and specialty fields such as project management, accounting, estimating, purchasing, and administration that are integral to the building and construction industry.
Regardless of military occupation, an individual may chose to pursue any field within the industry, and the H2H program will provide full training as required. PCL’s financial support for the H2H program will alleviate some of the costs and the burden on military personnel who need to develop new skills.  
"We commend PCL for their efforts to become a key corporate sponsor for this important organization designed to assist military Vets to secure great careers in the building and construction industry in Canada," said Brigadier-General (Ret'd) Gregory Matte, Executive Director for Helmets to Hardhats Canada.  “Not only has PCL made an important financial contribution, but they've committed to hiring Vets who are beginning their apprenticeship in the various trades, thereby contributing positively to workforce development in Canada.”
Parliamentary Secretary Eve Adams commended PCL for its generous contribution to the Helmets to Hardhats program. “Your significant donation indicates a dedicated commitment to Canada’s Veterans and helps to ensure the development of employment opportunities for transitioning Veterans,” said Ms. Adams. “I extend my congratulations to PCL for this donation, and look forward to the results this donation will produce for our Veterans.”
Helmets to Hardhats Canada (H2H) has been incorporated in Canada as a Not for Profit Organization that is designed to provide an opportunity in Canada for anyone who has served (or is currently serving and looking to transition to a civilian career) in either the Regular or Reserve Force Components of the Canadian Forces.

About the PCL family of companies

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in the civil infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centers. Together, these companies have an annual construction volume of more than $6 billion, making PCL one of the largest contracting organizations in North America. Watch us build at PCL.com.   
For media inquiries, please contact:
Christine MacCormack
Communications Specialist
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
613 228-5373
Greg Matte
Executive Director
Helmets to Hardhats
613 238-2301