Bob founded Centron in 1984 after serving for 13 years as Vice President and General Manager with Charter Construction Limited. Through diversified experience and vision Bob has built Centron into a leading Western Canadian Developer and Builder of fine Commercial and Residential projects
For over 32 years, Centron has been a renowned builder and developer of prime real estate properties across Western Canada. Built on a foundation of trust and integrity, our core values are at the heart of everything we do.
Entrepreneurs at heart and experts at our craft, we strive to build strong relationships with our clients through transparent and reliable processes.
At our core, we still remain a family business who care about our community and value our friends & colleagues. We are locally owned and operated and have built our business on drive and integrity. We aim to provide exceptional quality and value on all projects in a timely manner and have fun while doing it.
Our reputation is built on a foundation of principle values:
- Results driven and always improving
- Passionate in getting the job done
- Long term relationships and integrity
- Giving back to our community
- Safety in action
- Having fun
Executive & Management Team
We know that each and every member is essential to our organization and that we are part of a family that achieves together. We treat our team members fair and in return they reward us with their loyalty and hard work. Centron’s management team offers decades of experience in all aspects of real estate, investment, development, management and finance. Specifically, the team has specialized knowledge of the Western Canadian market and understand first-hand the particular challenges and unique opportunities that work in a resource based market create.
As a leader in the company, Cole’s focus is on implementing strategy and direction for Centron, from day to day operations to its long-term future vision. Cole has been a part of the company since its beginning, working his way up from laborer and carpenter helper, to estimator and project manager, up to vice president and now president and COO. Cole graduated from University of Lethbridge transferring from Mount Royal University. Cole contributes a strong business background plus a comprehensive knowledge of the building and development industry. An ambitious, colorful and creative business leader, Cole also enjoys using his talents to give back to the community, providing both time and support to a variety of local charities. He is a post member of the Board of Directors for Mount Royal University from 2009-2015, has sat on the board for DDRC and the Safe Haven Foundation. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Alberta Chapter and was on the Board of Directors (2010-2015). Cole has been with Centron since 1984 working through school until starting full time in Jan 1993.
Wayne has worked at Centron since 1987. With more than 35 year’s experience in the Calgary construction industry holding positions ranging from carpenter to project manager to president, Wayne is a steady and conscientious professional who leads by example – providing experience and insight into all aspects of construction projects and operations.
A dedicated and hardworking member of Centron since 1994, Richard has more than 35 years of construction experience working as an engineer, site coordinator and project manager for Centron as well as one of the largest construction companies in Canada.
A chartered accountant since 1980, Don has extensive financial experience working for a variety of companies involved in the areas of construction, real estate and property management. Patient, focused and responsive.
With over 27 years of commercial real estate experience, including 12 years of commercial brokerage, large institutional and regional landlord positions, Michael brings a broad depth of experience to the company.
David has over 30 yrs of real estate development and construction experience with regional and national developers. David is a professional engineer and brings to Centron a diverse wealth of experience to ensure successful development projects.
With over 20 years experience in residential and commercial real estate, Allison has had the opportunity to be involved in a full spectrum of developments from acquisitions through to disposition and beyond. With her education in Marketing Management through the University of Calgary, Allison’s foundation in real estate was built with one of the largest Alberta Homebuilders for over eight years, before moving into multifamily developments with Centron Group of Companies. For the past 11 years with Centron, Allison has engaged in all aspects of development management, sales and leasing.
Brian Bec has over 35 years of construction experience working with single family custom homes, multifamily projects and commercial developments. Starting from the ground up as a red seal journeyman carpenter, Brian is now a Professional Gold Seal Project Manager and has attained the AGC Certificate of Management-Lean Construction.
Working with Centron since 2003, Brian has moved up the ranks within the company from Project Manager to VP of Construction. With a hands approach, based on the belief that leading by example is the only way to have full team buy-in and successful project collaboration, Brian enjoys building and working in team environments. His focus is on exceeding project goals and delivering client satisfaction, all while having fun in the process.
Kelly started at the grass roots level working his way through the carpentry apprenticeship program through SAIT and obtained his Red Seal Journeyman Certification with Centron. He furthered his education through the University of Calgary Construction Management Program and is Level II Safety Codes Officer. Kelly is a professional gold seal project manager though CCA and also has a project management professional designation through PMI.
He initiated the lean principles on Centron projects reducing waste and increasing productivity and has recently obtained a Construction Management Lean designation through the American General Contractors Association.
Kelly has a proven track record with 35 years of industry experience and has managed a variety of highly successful multi-million dollar projects throughout Alberta.
Working with Centron since 2004, Rio has over 40yrs experience with single family custom homes, multifamily residential and various types of commercial projects. His vast knowledge of the construction industry starts with his roots as a carpenter to becoming a project manager with Centron. Working within a team environment, Rio has an extremely great sense of humor, wit and his fun demeanor charms all the various people he comes in contact with.
Brian Howarth has over 11 years of experience in the commercial construction industry. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management in 2007, Brian started his career as a Project Coordinator working on major projects with two of Canada’s largest commercial contractors. Brian became a Project Manager in early 2012 and has since lead projects of varying size from conception to completion. His scope of work ranges from large scale commercial projects to smaller tenant renovations and improvements. Brian also has a solid foundation in construction estimating as he worked as a Commercial Estimator and was successful in leading project tenders from budgeting to completion.
Brian started his career with Centron at the beginning of 2019. His approach to client and trade collaboration ensures a strong team that can lead projects through the construction process in an effective way. Brian enjoys collaborating with others to deliver successful projects to clients.
Awards & Innovation
Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute Real Estate Development Award of Excellence
Awarded to Centron for vision, leadership and the innovative use of precast concrete in addressing a diversity of construction challenges
Award Category: Lifetime Achievement Award
William Roper Hull Community Leadership Award
Awarded to Bob Harris
Award Category: To recognize a Calgarian with a similar social vision as William Roper Hull and sense of social responsibility
Awards of Excellence in Concrete
Awarded to Centron for Centre 10 in Calgary, Alberta
Award Category: For using cast in place concrete for the major building structure
The Alberta Masonry Council
Awarded to Centron for Blackfoot Point in Calgary, Alberta
Award Category: Merit for stunning exterior brickwork
Alberta Construction Magazine Top Project
Awarded to Centron for Centre 10 in Calgary, Alberta
Award Category: Commercial Project Award Over $50 million
American Concrete Institute and Precast Institute of North America
Awarded to Centron & Gibbs Gage Architects for Eagle Ridge Development in Fort McMurray
Award Category: Innovative and effective use of concrete to create superior building of lasting value
Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award
Awarded to Centron for Eagle Ridge Development in Fort McMurray
Chevron Business Leaders Award
Awarded to Centron
Award Category: Volunteer Calgary/Chevron Leaders in Business - Gold
We believe in giving back, that it is an honour to help those in need. This is not something we do – it’s who we are. This commitment to the community is about more than giving money. It's about leadership.
Many Centron team members dedicate hours of their time to support worthy causes such as Right to Play, 100 Women Who Care, Meals on Wheels, Canadian Cancer Society & The Canadian Diabetes Association.
In 2001, Centron was the winner of Volunteer Calgary/Chevron Leaders in Business Gold Award.
In addition to our Centron Cares program, just a few of the key organizations Centron supports are:
- EvenStart For Children Foundation of Calgary
- Foothills Academy
- Mustard Seed
- Hull Services
- Calgary Womens Shelter
- Resolve / Accessible Housing
- Big Brothers and Sisters Calgary and Area
- Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta
- Calgary Health Trust
- Inn from the Cold
- Wellspring Calgary
Plus many more organizations
As a leading development and construction company in Western Canada, we know how important using the newest and most innovative products is for our clients. We also know just how important our environment is in combination with being efficient in keeping costs down for business and individuals. Wherever possible, we encourage smart building practices throughout our organization and promote the use of sustainable building materials. We continue to improve our construction processes, such as recycling materials on our job sites and aim to design product in consideration of reducing any negative impacts on our environment. At Centron we always consider smart decisions that make a meaningful difference for everyone involved.
Centron has completed LEED TI projects and have designed several LEED CORE/SHELL compliant buildings that are designed to comply with LEED Certification, including the latest Energy Modeling requirements. Centron is actively developing Place 10 as a "LEED Canada Candidate Project." Recently the implementation of LEAN construction practices has helped to reduce waste on job sites significantly.
Centron is also in compliance with the latest American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Condition Engineers Codes to ensure energy efficiency in design of mechanical and electrical systems.
The Centron Group of Companies is committed to a strong safety program that protects its staff, property and the public from accidents.
An injury and accident free workplace is our goal. Through continuous safety and loss control effort, this can be accomplished.
Centron was one of the founding members of Calgary On-Site Construction Safety Committee, which produced the On-Site Construction Safety Best Practices Guide.
The Best Practices Guide was developed to raise awareness of the hazards and conditions at and adjacent to construction sites.
The Committee continues to review and recommend Safe Work Practices, and several of these initiatives have resulted in Directives being issued by the City such as establishment of the Site Safety Plan.
This Committee also initiated the Advanced Wind Forecasting System, whereby the sites are notified of expected high wind gusts. This has become a requirement of the Building Permit process.
Centron maintains Certificate of Recognition for Safety as issued by the Alberta Government.
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