SCSA Welcomes Two New Board Members
From the Desk of the SCSA Board Chair
On behalf of the SCSA Board of Directors, I would like to welcome Karen Low of Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan and Aaron Yohnke of PCL Construction Management Inc. to the Board. The SCSA Board is excited about the strength of experience, and influence that Karen and Aaron bring to the industry. In order to fill existing vacancies on our Board, their appointments take effect immediately and will be ratified, at the 2019 AGM. Thank you Karen and Aaron for your commitment to safety and we look forward to working together as leaders.
– Ryan Smotra
For more information regarding the SCSA Board, please visit our website www.scsaonline.ca/about-us/Governance-Commitee
Karen Low is the President of Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan. Based in Prince Albert, Merit Saskatchewan provides a variety of services to the open shop construction sector, which comprises 85% of the contractors currently operating in the province. Merit’s suite of services include premium benefit plans designed for construction employees, apprenticeship bursaries, industry training, and open shop advocacy.
Born, raised and life-long resident of Saskatchewan, there is no doubting Karen’s commitment to and passion for our province. Graduating from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce (Finance major), she continued her learning with a diploma in credit management, and certification in logistics management. Karen has taken on a variety of challenges over her career, including Assistant Director of a provincially-funded commercial lending program for northern Saskatchewan, Program Head of the province’s first full time training program for entrepreneurs through Sask Polytechnic, and small business consultant. Perhaps most challenging, however, is her role as co-owner of a plumbing and heating contracting business in Prince Albert.
Karen’s association with Merit started in 2000 when she and her husband became association members. She took on the role of Merit Saskatchewan‘s President in 2009. She has established deep roots in the construction community as both of her children are also in the engineering field. Her dedication to both Merit and the construction industry is evident in the many roles she’s taken on in advocating for contactors, including a member of the Federal Minster’s Committee on the Underground Economy, and Director for the Canadian Labour Watch Association.
As district manager, Aaron is responsible for PCL Construction Management Inc. (Saskatoon) operations in Central and Northern Saskatchewan. For more than 15 years, Aaron has contributed to the success of construction teams and projects in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, and Ontario. He has experience in delivering traditional bid-build, design-build, P3, GMP, and CM-type agreements. Aaron brings a diversified background to his role, having previously held positions as estimator, project manager, special projects manager, construction manager, and operations manager. Aaron’s cross-sector experience covers such areas as health-care, commercial, institutional construction, civil infrastructure, pre-engineered buildings, retail, water treatment, interior renovation, and light industrial, and varies in scope from smaller, unique projects to mega developments. Aaron is Gold Seal certified in project management by the Canadian Construction Association. Born and raised in Saskatoon, Aaron is active in the community, participating in industry and charitable associations. Aaron is passionate about health, safety and the environment as well as generally augmenting the culture that exists across all projects and sites in Saskatchewan.