John Bockstael

President and Chief Executive Officer, Bockstael Construction Ltd.

John Bockstael joined Bockstael Construction Ltd. in 1985 and has worked in all areas of the family-owned company that was started by his grandfather in 1912. As an engineer, John strengthened the technical expertise of the company and has made it his mission to make education and training in construction technology and project management available to all employees.

John has held the position of president of the Manitoba Chapter of the American Concrete. He was a director of the Winnipeg Construction Association 1997 – 2009 and president in 2006 – 2007. John has served on the CCA board since 2005, first as provincial vice-chair and currently as a member of the executive and chair of the Standard Practices Committee. John is also vice-chair of CCInnovations which provides leadership in research and innovation for the Canadian construction industry. As a founding member and first chair of the Friends of Engineering of the University of Manitoba, John is committed to excellence in engineering education.

08:00 — Making the Business Case for Women in Construction

John Bockstael
Raymond Brunet
Henry Borger
Stephen Coote
Christine Lithgow
Martha George – Moderator

Theatre – Conference Center 1

Discover why it is important to drive diversity and increase the number of women in construction and leadership roles.

13:00 — Not Your Father’s Construction Company: Taking over as the Next Generation Owner

John Bockstael
Nick Bockstael
Randy Clegg
Katy Fairley
Teri Urban

Theatre – Conference Center 1

It’s bound to be tough, no doubt about it. Hear about the common challenges and strategies to make the transition smooth as well as the considerations to ensure the continuity and prosperity of the business.