Success breeds success for Mike Graham

May 2015 - Stratford, ON

As Culliton’s Manager Construction for all things mechanical, Mike Graham has got to be a superb juggler.

“At the moment I’m overseeing 13 job sites, making sure all these projects are completed on time and on budget,” says Mike, who started with Culliton as a college student back in 1986 and worked his way up through the ranks.

While all 13 job sites have foremen who deal with day-to-day operations, it’s Mike’s responsibility to stay informed and to get directly involved whenever significant issues or unforeseen challenges threaten to throw a project off target.

“The challenge is you can’t be everywhere at once, so you need to have the experience and the discipline to define the priorities and stick to them – and to ensure you always have clear communications,” he explains. “It’s also important for us to have good foremen and to keep them so we’re all on the same page about Culliton practices and processes.”

Some of the major projects Mike is currently overseeing include Wilfrid Laurier’s Global Innovation Exchange building, Waterloo’s new light rail transit (WLRT) and the expansion of the University of Western Ontario’s Music Hall.

The greatest job satisfaction for Mike comes from “seeing a job done well and done profitably,” but also to watch younger employees move up through the ranks the way he did.

“It’s great to see some guys you’ve groomed assume leadership roles. Some of them have grown into our best leaders here at Culliton.”

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