PCL Construction Legend Bob Stollery Passes Away

    EDMONTON, March 14 /CNW/ - The PCL family of companies regrets to
announce that former company president, chief executive officer and chairman
Bob Stollery passed away in Edmonton today after a lengthy battle with cancer.
His family was by his side.
    Bob Stollery began his illustrious career with Poole Construction in 1949
as a site engineer. His business savvy, dedication and leadership helped him
become the Poole brothers most trusted advisor. Bob became president of Poole
Construction in 1969. He is most recognized at PCL as being the key person who
led the management buy-out of Poole Construction in 1977. The employee
ownership model in the PCL family of companies today is regarded as one of the
best in North America. Bob continued to have an active role in the
organization until he was appointed to the honourary position of Director
Emeritus on the PCL Construction Group Inc. Board in 2000.
    Bob was also very well known in the communities he touched for his
philanthropic efforts. Along with his wife Shirley, Bob was instrumental in
forming the Stollery Children's Hospital in Edmonton. This healthcare facility
is known across the country for leading-edge treatment of sick children. The
Stollery Executive Development Centre (University of Alberta School of
Business) was made possible by a gift from Bob and Shirley in honour of the
pioneer Stollery family. These are just two of the many generous endeavours
the Stollerys have led in the Edmonton community.
    "We are saddened today by the passing of our friend and the visionary
behind what the PCL family of companies is today. Bob's foresight, generosity
and commitment to sharing paved the way for our employee ownership model that
we believe makes us so successful," said Ross Grieve, president and chief
executive officer of the PCL family of companies. "He was also a
quintessential business leader and generous community person. All of us at PCL
who had the honour of working with him, meeting him or hearing him speak know
how special he was. Bob Stollery was a great leader and builder."
    Bob was a director on many boards and was bestowed several awards during
his life. Amongst the many forms of recognition that he received are honourary
doctorates from four post-secondary institutions, the 1993 Canadian Business
Leader of the Year, and a Paul Harris Fellow recognition from Rotary
International. In 2001, Bob received the prestigious Order of Canada.
    In recognition of the lifetime contributions of Robert (Bob) Stollery to
the development of the PCL family of companies and his many contributions to
the broader community, PCL Construction Group Inc. has endowed two perpetual
scholarship programs in his honour at the University of Alberta: the Robert
Stollery Academic Excellence Scholarships in Engineering in the Faculty of
Engineering and the Robert Stollery Awards in Social Entrepreneurship in the
Faculty of Business.

    Donations in memory of Bob Stollery can be made to:

        Stollery Children's Hospital Foundation
        No. 8401, 4th Floor Aberhart Centre
        11402 University Ave
        Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2J3

    For more information on Mr. Stollery's PCL career and community service,
please visit www.pcl.com

    The PCL family of companies is the largest contracting organization in
Canada and the tenth largest in the United States. The PCL family has major
offices in twenty-seven locations across continental North America, the
Hawaiian Islands and the Bahamas.

For further information:

For further information: Wade Wilson, Communications Specialist, PCL
Constructors Inc., Phone: (780) 435-9750 or (780) 686-9915, Email:

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