ATCO Structures and Logistics Ltd. president Adam Beattie. Wil Andruschak © Postmedia Network Inc.
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ATCO is one of Calgary’s largest employers, with a big global footprint.
But its impact goes beyond the energy, logistics and construction solutions it provides. It also makes lives better and reduces the effects of climate change.
The firm, which manages $22 billion in assets while employing more than 600 people in Calgary and 6,000 worldwide, strives to give back to the communities in which it operates.
“Everything we do touches the community on some level,” says Adam Beattie, president of ATCO Structures and Logistics Ltd.
He points to ATCO’s growing modular construction business, which reduces waste by making reusable and recyclable materials that also shorten the timelines of major projects.
“Modular building is one of the most sustainable forms of construction in the world,” he says, adding that its expertise in this area is valuable when assisting non-profit projects with in-kind materials, expertise and labour.
Beattie points to a social housing project in Vernon, B.C., where components for the building were manufactured in Calgary.
And here in Calgary, ATCO recently built the ‘tiny home’ units for the Homes for Heroes Foundation.
“Homes for Heroes is a really innovative project because it’s really leveraging this concept of ‘tiny homes.’ ”
These cutting-edge dwellings put a roof over the heads of military veterans facing housing insecurity, he says.
The innovative homes, which are both energy efficient and cost efficient, highlight ATCO’s ability to think outside the box when developing solutions for problems facing communities around the world.
Additionally, its workforce is committed to working in communities, volunteering several hours with local charities while also raising money through its ATCO EPIC (Employees Participating in Communities) initiative.
“In 2018, for example, we raised $2.6 million to give to more than 500 charities,” Beattie says, adding the campaign has raised more than $41 million since 2006.
Giving back is second nature at ATCO, he says.
“It’s really part of our corporate culture to be a good neighbour,” Beattie says. “We’re always looking at ways to give back and add value to the communities where we live and operate.”
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