CALGARY, ALTA. – Graham Construction announced last week that its president and CEO, Grant Beck, died suddenly.
“With heavy hearts, the employees and leadership team of Graham Group Ltd. are letting our partners, clients and stakeholders know of the sudden passing of Grant Beck, Graham’s President and Chief Executive Officer,” reads a statement from the company. “Grant has served as Graham’s President since 2012 and has been with the company 29 years. He is survived by his wife, Mavis, and their children, Stewart, Jason and Christine.”
According to Graham, Beck spent more than 40 years working in construction, obtaining broad operational experience in civil industrial, multi-unit, institutional and social infrastructure. He was instrumental in completing projects across Canada and the United States.
The company added that his professional expertise spanned all contract sizes and methods from small fixed price contracts and construction management to complex multi-billion-dollar, design-build-finance and maintain P3 projects.
“The Alberta Construction Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Grant Beck, a leader in our industry and champion for construction and for Alberta,” said Alberta Construction Association executive director Ken Gibson. “Our condolences go to Mavis and Grant’s family.”
Beck obtained his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan in 1977 and achieved his professional engineering status in 1979. He was a member of the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) Association in the United States and a board member for Graham Group Ltd. He also served on many community boards.
Prior to his death, Beck had announced his retirement as president which would have taken effect in 2020. Graham has announced that Andy Trewick will take over as president and CEO.
Trewick is Graham’s chief operating officer but started at the company leading the Infrastructure division.
“With full support of Graham’s executive leadership and our board, the transition of Grant’s role to Andy will take effect immediately,” reads a statement from the company.
The company added that in the coming days, it will be paying tribute to Grant’s exceptional career and many accomplishments.
“We will provide opportunities for his many friends and colleagues to participate or express their own sense of loss,” reads the statement. “Grant loved Graham. He believed strongly in the resilience and longevity of Graham’s 93-year-old, employee-owned business model. Graham will continue to demonstrate the commitment, integrity and reliability that Grant demonstrated and instilled in all of us while serving as our leader.”