Chair of the Board of directors, Bird Construction & Co-Chair of the Industry-College Coalition
Paul Charette is the Chair of the Board of directors at Bird Construction. He joined Bird in 1976 as a project coordinator and progressed to President and Chief Operating Officer in 1988 and to President and Chief Executive Officer in 1991.
Mr. Charette was also appointed as chair of the board in 2001. In September 2008, Mr. Charette retired from his position as chief executive officer of Bird. He is a director of Colleges and Institutes Canada and he is the past chair of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). In 2004, Mr. Charette was named Ontario Entrepreneur of the Year in Real Estate/Construction by Ernst & Young LLP. In 2010, Mr. Charette was chosen as CCA’s Person of the Year. Mr. Charette has a diploma in civil technology from Red River College in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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