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Lorin Robar - webLorin Robar

Regional Manager, Atlantic Canada
Pomerleau


This month we talked to Lorin Robar, Regional Manager – Atlantic Canada at Pomerleau. Pomerleau is a large-scale general contractor with business operations from coast to coast.

 

 

Tell us about Pomerleau and the greatest opportunities/challenges that lie ahead?

“Pomerleau is consistently one of Canada’s top 10 contractors in terms of revenue. We’ve been active within the Atlantic Region for over 20 years with our office in Bedford. I’ve been with Pomerleau since 2006 in a variety of roles before assuming my most recent position in January. In terms of opportunities, there is huge potential for upcoming hospital work — an area in which we have a great deal of experience. We hope to continue our growth in the residential apartment market as we see no signs of that market slowing down. In terms of challenges, with such a large volume of construction happening within the city, it is a constant challenge to find enough trades and management staff who can execute the upcoming volume of work. We will need to continually adapt and stay ahead of the curve in order to be successful.”

 

What do you see as the greatest advantages of operating a business in Halifax? 

“Halifax is a large city with a small city feel. Being so compact makes it easy to pick up the phone and arrange a face-to-face meeting with anyone you need. For the most part, our industry is tight knit, and everyone is willing to lend a hand to reach the common goal. There is a strong local construction market with vast experience in many different sectors such as education, institutional, and more. We have strong universities and community colleges from which to draw talent, and these institutions will continue to fuel the next generation of workers.”

 

Hiring youth is important to the economic growth of Nova Scotia. What is Pomerleau doing?

“Pomerleau consistently hires interns from local university co-op programs and community colleges. We invest heavily in our youth through training and mentorship, challenge them with responsibility, and promote from within. We undertake cross-company athletic challenges that appeal to younger people and promote a healthy work-life balance. Overall, Pomerleau is an innovative company that uses cutting-edge software, elements, and approaches.”