Outstanding Philanthropist

Congratulations to our 2019 Outstanding Philanthropist, Paul McLellan

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            Paul McLellan was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and has contributed to the success of the construction industry in this province for over forty years.  Paul attended elementary and secondary school in Regina, followed by obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Saskatchewan and a Bachelor of Administration degree at the University of Regina.  He began working at Sun Electric attaining his Journeyman Electrician status, mastering the art of estimating and project management. He also returned to the University of Regina and accomplished a Masters of Business Administration degree. Paul is currently the CEO of Alliance Energy Ltd., representing the largest electrical contractor in Saskatchewan.

            Paul is a leader in his company, the construction industry and the community.  He has developed mutually respectful working relationships with colleagues, competitors, suppliers and customers.  He is an active, expressive and energetic individual who always remains optimistic and open to change.  He has a very high standard of excellence and passion to empower others to do their best.  He leads by example, putting a strong emphasis on team work, creating relationships which foster team cohesiveness.  Paul’s success in envisioning the future, generating values in work and adaptation to change have been achieved through his integrity and reputation of social awareness, positive ethics and generally elevating industry standards of quality. 

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            Paul’s intuitiveness combined with his strong work ethic has shaped the development of the company he manages.  As the largest electrical contractor in Saskatchewan, Alliance Energy Ltd. have a decisive strategy that distinguishes it from its competition; possessing the necessary strengths for continued customer satisfaction and growth.  Through rapid changes in technology and the electrical industry’s exploration of new directions, Alliance Energy has been innovative in the process, developing many solutions to fit its customers’ needs. The company has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed companies, Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year 2013, Regina Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year,  the Saskatchewan Construction Association’s awards of Community Builder, twice, and Industry Builder, and the Merit Contractors Association Community Builder.   It holds memberships in over twenty-five associations from the construction industry to arts and culture.  The company is a generous supporter of numerous charities and non-profit organizations throughout its community.  Alliance has contributed to the success of the Hospitals of Regina Foundation, the Saskatoon Hospital Foundation, the University of Regina and University of Saskatchewan fundraising programs, the United Ways of Regina and Saskatoon, the Canadian Cancer Society, North Central Family Centre, Care and Share, among many others.

            As the industry grows, Alliance remains adaptable and continues to professionalize its infrastructure to match the business’ growth.  The organizational structure and resources necessary to succeed are apparent in the qualitative factors such as a defined vision, values and goals and the quantitative factors of positive results and profitability.   The company has operated in Saskatchewan for more than one hundred years, proudly involved in building the skylines of Regina, Saskatoon and many other cities and town. Over the last ten years the company’s sales have escalated significantly with their highest gross sales reported to date at $134 million in 2014, while maintaining positive profit margins in each year of growth.  Alliance Energy employs the largest number of electricians in the province, paying attention to organizational culture and the professional development of its human resources, particularly in the challenges facing apprenticeship in the skilled trades. The company has an admirable reputation for maintaining many long term employees, committed to the work they do.  Through strong leadership Alliance continues to make its business vision a reality by confronting change, planning transition and envisioning new possibilities and opportunities.  Managing an effective and efficient business has differentiated Alliance Energy from others in today’s fast paced world of competition.   

            Paul has embraced the opportunities in the construction industry locally, provincially and nationally.  As his business has grown, Paul has also spent countless hours focusing on the industry and the community he lives in.  He believes in contributing to the betterment of the industry environment and working towards common goals, as well as giving back to the place where he lives.  Paul’s involvement in the construction industry includes:

President of the Regina Construction Association

President of the Saskatchewan Construction Association

Chairman of the Canadian Construction Association

Founding Chair of the COOLNET Committee

Chair of the Taskforce on CCA Committee Structure

President of the Electrical Contractors Association of Saskatchewan

President of the Saskatchewan Bid Depository Institute

Member of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Labour Force Development Board

Member of the Board of Directors of the Electrical Trade Advisory Committee

Member of the Board of Directors of the Industry Construction Panel

Chairman of the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission (since 2001)

Member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Construction Sector Council

Member of the Saskatchewan Construction Association Advisory Council

Member of the Canadian Construction Association Human Resource Committee

Founding member of the Saskatchewan Youth Apprenticeship scholarship committee

 

Paul’s activities in the community include:

 

Chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Regina

Member of the Board of SIAST

Assistant Vice-President on Canada Summer Games 2005 – Legacy committee and On-field Sport committee

Member of the Board of Directors of Globe Theatre

Vice-President Grey Cup 1995

University of Regina Alumni Association

University of Regina Senate

 President of the Wascana Country Club

Hockey Regina – Coach and Manager

 

Paul has received the following recognition for his many volunteer endeavors:

 

Person of the Year Canadian Construction Association

Honourary Life Member of the Canadian Construction Association

Person of the Year Saskatchewan Construction Association

Honourary Life Member of the Saskatchewan Construction Association

Artisan Award from the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission

The Darryl Cruickshank Memorial Award from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Honourary Diploma in Electrical Technology from SIAST

Honourary Life Member of Regina Construction Association

Saskatchewan Construction Association member of the Hall of Fame


            Paul possesses the personal traits that make him a leader in his company, in the community and in the construction industry.  He has a personal orientation towards a vision that alters the way people think about what is desirable, possible and necessary.  He builds trust from his employees and colleagues who appreciate his honesty, professionalism and passion that he brings to the organizations and associations he deals with.