JEN COL President & CEO selected as Top 20 Business Leader

We’re proud to announce Cory Jodoin, JEN COL President & CEO, is a recipient of this year’s Top 20 Business Leaders award from Business in Edmonton.

Business Leaders stand out in our community through their personal integrity, values, business initiatives, community involvement, innovation and philanthropy.

“I really like building teams and empowering teams with the goals we set out and go forward with. A lot of the work we do is in rural Alberta and most of our projects are larger dollar-value projects and have a huge economic impact in the community. Most companies can build a building but it’s how you go about engaging in the community and working within the community.”

– Cory Jodoin, JEN COL Construction

Thank you to Business in Edmonton and congratulations to all of this year’s Business Leaders award recipients and nominees who contribute to Edmonton and area’s thriving business community.

JEN COL Celebrates 45th Anniversary

How to Build a Better Future: JEN COL Leads The Way.

This year marks a milestone of 45 years in business for JEN COL. Our journey began with a small project for a friend, and over the years, we have completed a wide range of projects, from building Tim Hortons to water treatment plants.

Throughout our journey, our core values have been a driving force behind our success. By putting our clients first, going above and beyond, and building strong relationships based on trust and collaboration, we’ve built a reputation for delivering the unrivaled project experience. Our commitment to embracing challenges, paying meticulous attention to details, and exceeding expectations has made us leaders in the industry. As we celebrate this milestone, we’re grateful for the opportunity to continue delivering value beyond price for our clients.

We’ve achieved many noteworthy accomplishments along the way, including:

  • More than 700 projects completed to date
  • Over 70 Indigenous projects
  • Construction of over 200 school projects in western Canada
  • Completion of more than 30 LEED-certified projects since 2004
  • Contribution to Alberta’s first-ever LEED-certified renovation project at Spruce Grove City Hall

As we reflect on our legacy, we’re grateful for the support of our team and the clients who have trusted us with their projects. We look forward to many more years of growth, innovation and excellence in building a better future.

Thank you to Business in Edmonton for featuring our 45th anniversary in their magazine. And a very special thank you to our external partners for your support and acknowledgement.

Celebrating Women in Construction Week & International Women’s Day

In celebration of Women in Construction Week and International Women’s Day, we are highlighting a few of the awesome women here at JEN COL. We asked each of them to share their thoughts on women’s roles in construction.

Vicky Reeder
Project Manager

Vicky recently joined JEN COL as a Project Manager and has been in the construction industry for over 20 years.

What makes you proud of working in the construction industry?
When I can drive around and point at buildings and say “I was part of that build”. To know that you started with a blank slate and created something that people are using daily.

What’s the best part of your job?
When we reach a scheduled milestone and everyone from subtrades, consultants and owners feel the pride of having reached an important accomplishment. Everyone has that feeling of teamwork and it keeps the project moving forward with a positive feeling.

How do you think construction can attract more female candidates?
Construction can be a tough industry to work in as a female, I have been fortunate to have had some great mentors in my career to help me navigate through some difficult situations. I think if more women who are in the industry mentored younger women (like a buddy system) who are interested it would help them in what can sometimes be a bit scary in a male dominated industry.

Who inspires you?
Men, women, children. Anyone who is always trying to better themselves or their community. Those feel good stories always inspire me to try to be a better person personally and professionally.

Chloe Hopton
First Year Apprentice

Chloe is a First Year Apprentice who is doing great things at our Quesnel Junior School project site in Quesnel, BC.

What makes you proud of working in the construction industry?
It’s great to see more women coming into the industry and showing that women are equal to men in construction.

What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is finishing a hard task, Successfully!

How do you think construction can attract more female candidates?
I think women deserve to be in construction just as much as men do and by me being here and other women doing it too is just proving that.

Who inspires you?
My Papa inspires me!

Shawna Bala
Human Resources Specialist

Shawna is JEN COL’s Human Resources Specialist who supports all functions of the HR department, including recruitment and onboarding, training and development, employee relations and performance management.

What makes you proud of working in the construction industry?
As a previously under-represented demographic, it’s nice to see the growth of a strong female presence in the industry. It’s also wonderful to work for a company that promotes this growth.

What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is the people. In the roles that I have had, it always comes back to having that touch-point with people in a very personal way.

How do you think construction can attract more female candidates?
There are some good foundations being set through different groups to attract female talent. It’s just a matter of finding means to communicating them out. For example, making the groups visible within high schools.

Who inspires you?
My HR mentor inspires me. We met while working together at a previous job. She has worked her way up the HR ladder and is now a successfully self-employed consultant. She shows me that you never stop growing and achieving in an area that you are passionate about.

Phoenix Knauf
First Year Apprentice

Phoenix is a First Year Apprentice making her mark at our Quesnel Junior School project site in Quesnel, BC.

What makes you proud of working in the construction industry?
It feels great making something permanent; just like this school we’re building in Quesnel – knowing that it’s going to be part of the community forever.

What’s the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is learning new things and seeing the progress of my work!

Who inspires you?
My auntie inspires me. She’s a boiler maker!

JEN COL Construction Welcomes New Partners to the Ownership Group

JEN COL New Partners 2022 Ownership Group

Acheson, AB (January 19, 2022) – It’s an exciting start to the new year for JEN COL as we celebrate six new partners invited to the ownership group. These leaders are pillars in their teams, bring fresh perspectives and are highly regarded by their peers for their expertise, management styles and team spirit. They each model JEN COL’s core values daily and provide support and mentorship within the firm; while their hard work, commitment and contribution is shown by the impact they have made on our clients, colleagues and communities we operate.

It is with great pride that we announce our newest owners:

  • Falko Bittner, Superintendent
  • Ben Jorgenson, Project Manager
  • George Legault, Information Technology
  • Ed Mah, Marketing & Communications
  • Darryl Podlosky, Project Director
  • Matt Udholm, Superintendent

JEN COL’s vision from the outset has been to build an enduring organization for generations to come; leaving a lasting legacy of expertly executed projects built by a team that passionately cares about every facet of the business. The first step towards becoming an employee-owned construction services firm began in 2013 with the transfer of ownership from Ron and Yvonne Jodoin to Cory Jodoin (President & CEO), then again with the addition of five new owners in 2019 and it continues with today’s announcement.

This addition to the ownership group further strengthens JEN COL’s commitment to our internal partners by preserving our employee-centric culture and by moving towards our goal of being an employee-owned, board-run company. Shared ownership promotes a positive organizational culture that will lead to the ongoing success of JEN COL by ensuring we continue to serve our clients in the best way possible while supporting the sustainability of our company.

About JEN COL

At JEN COL Construction, we don’t just build buildings, we’re Building a Better Future – for our customers, our consultants, our trades and our people. Whether constructing an office building, fire station, school, assisted living facility, restaurant or health clinic, this belief defines how we conduct our business, who we partner with and what projects we pursue. Throughout our 43-year history in western Canada, our objective has been to make construction an enjoyable and positive process in our effort to deliver the Unrivaled Project Experience. Promise, Delivered.

Quesnel Junior School featured in NorthWORKS magazine

Quesnel Junior School architect rendering

Our Senior Project Manager, Renee McKenzie, was recently interviewed by NorthWORKS magazine about some of JEN COL’s innovative construction practices at our Quesnel Junior School project. Thank you to the Northern Regional Construction Association (NRCA) for featuring this fantastic project in Quesnel, BC.

The school is a 6,300m2, two-storey facility for students in grades 8 and 9. It features numerous wood products throughout the school to represent the Quesnel area. There are exposed Glulam beams in the gym, wood columns around the building exterior, exposed wooden stairs, wood benches, wood slatted walls, wood ceiling slats and wood signage. The school offers numerous learning studios, wood shop, science labs, economics lab and robotics labs. There are several collaboration spaces which include two sunken stairs and a feature staircase for access as well as seating for the drama area. A daycare and Kindergarten space is available for public use, as well as a smudge room and a state-of-the-art gymnasium that can facilitate numerous sporting events.

Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack…

The Edmonton Construction Association has just released a special edition of their Breaking Ground magazine to celebrate their 90th anniversary. In it you’ll find a great feature on the Edmonton Prospects’ new ballpark in Spruce Grove which JEN COL is proud to be a part of. Take a look.

The refreshed look of JEN COL Construction

In the Spring of 2020 we made a decision to refresh and re-establish the JEN COL Construction brand. What an amazing experience and we’re proud to share a bit of our rebranding story in the latest issue (May 2021) of Business in Edmonton magazine.

Click image to go to story in Business in Edmonton magazine.

JEN COL Construction Moves Towards 100% Employee Ownership

JEN COL Expanded Ownership Group

Acheson, AB (November 10, 2020) – JEN COL Construction is excited to announce their next phase of growth. As the western Canada-based construction company enters its forty-third year of operations, President & CEO, Cory Jodoin initiated the process of transferring ownership to employees.

The first step towards JEN COL’s goal of an employee owned construction services firm started with the addition of five long-standing JEN COL employees to the ownership group:

• Kyla Schultz, Chief Financial Officer
• Keith Golinsky, Chief Business Development Officer
• Sheldon Lee, Chief Operating Officer
• Rene Dubeau, Project Director
• Scott Solez, Estimating Manager

Shared ownership promotes a positive organizational culture that will lead to the ongoing success of JEN COL. Employee-owners are more engaged and this empowers our internal partners to continue providing exceptional service along with innovative, collaborative and forward-thinking solutions which positively impact our clients and partners.

Coupled with a complete refresh of the JEN COL brand this year, expanded ownership is the first step in creating an enduring organization for generations to come, which has been the company’s vision from day one. The goal is to transition to 100% employee ownership ensuring continued success for JEN COL.

About JEN COL
At JEN COL Construction, we don’t just build buildings, we’re building a better future – for our customers, our consultants, our trades and our people. Whether constructing an office building, a fire station, a school, a restaurant or a health clinic, this belief defines how we conduct our business, who we partner with and what projects we pursue. Throughout our 42-year history in western Canada, our objective has been to make construction an enjoyable and positive process in our effort to deliver the unrivaled project experience. Promise, Delivered.

Contact Information:
JEN COL Construction
Ed Mah
Marketing Manager
P 780-571-8507
C 780-292-0128
E emah@jen-col.com

JEN COL Construction launches reinvigorated brand

JEN COL Construction Building Sign

Acheson, AB (October 26, 2020) – Cory Jodoin, President & CEO of JEN COL Construction, announced today the launch of the company’s new corporate brand identity, redesigned logo and website. These changes come at a time when JEN COL is evolving and expanding its reach across western Canada.

“It’s an exciting, more relevant brand for a company that’s growing. I’m proud of the work we’ve done as an organization, especially during these challenging times with the pandemic and our economy,” said Jodoin. “As a team, we’ve looked forward, not backwards; and we’ve used this time to really try to do something different with our company.”

Along with the company rebranding, the ownership group has expanded to include five long-term JEN COL employees, plus Jodoin – a commitment to building an enduring, sustainable company. And while the logo and website have changed, the company’s focus on delivering the unrivaled project experience has not. Collaboration, caring and culture remain cornerstones of JEN COL’s philosophy.

“With the evolution of our brand, we’ve really stayed true to our culture and values,” explained Jodoin “Our brand promise – Promise, Delivered. – captures our six core values in two simple, but powerful words that reflect how we treat people; because our business has always been about people.”

JEN COL’s reimagined website, www.jen-col.com, also highlights the company’s culture and values while showcasing its expertise in construction. “We’ve taken a clean, modern approach to the website’s design and user experience. We purposefully set out to create a unique experience for visitors. This redesign reflects that.”

About JEN COL
At JEN COL Construction, we don’t just build buildings, we’re building a better future – for our customers, our consultants, our trades and our people. Whether constructing an office building, a fire station, a school, a restaurant or a health clinic, this belief defines how we conduct our business, who we partner with and what projects we pursue. Throughout our 42-year history in western Canada, our objective has been to make construction an enjoyable and positive process in our effort to deliver the unrivaled project experience. Promise, Delivered.

Contact Information:
JEN COL Construction
Ed Mah
Marketing Manager
P 780-571-8507
C 780-292-0128
E emah@jen-col.com