Nelson River Construction was formed in Winnipeg and operated its business between Montreal, Toronto and Winnipeg in the early years. In the 1950’s the company moved to its current location at 101 Dawson Road, in Winnipeg Manitoba where it repurposed the site of an old homestead, with multiple buildings, to become our Main Office, Repair and Maintenance Facility and storage yard for our growing fleet of equipment.
Incorporated in 1923 to build sewer and water facilities, Nelson River soon expanded into concrete and asphalt paving. As our reputation grew, so did our company. Now in our 4th generation of ownership, we are approaching our 100th year in business. Our longevity and success is due principally to the incredibly talented people who have worked in the Nelson River organization over this timeframe.

Nelson River Construction Experience


Approaching nearly 100 years in business and delivering on thousands of heavy construction projects, we have seen and done-it all. Our highly experienced workforce consistently delivers projects to the unique standards our Clients expect.

Nelson River Construction Quality


Quality entails understanding and providing the core competencies necessary to deliver a project that meets the Clients exacting requirements. Through our understanding and continued research and innovation we meet and often exceed the strict quality standards and specifications demanded by our Clients.

Nelson River Construction Reliability


Getting the job done right, requires the right experience and knowledge for the work at hand. Our trusted performance and reliability in workmanship to complete a variety of projects requires the right balance of resources in people, equipment, materials, and finance which reduces the risk to our clients. They are assured of being partnered with an organization with a proven track record of completing projects on time and on budget.

Nelson River Construction Capabilities


Our ability to provide multi-disciplinary services sets us apart, we are built to meet the needs of our Clients. Investing in the right equipment, maintaining it properly and delivering excellence in workmanship with our long tenured and highly skilled work force, we routinely deliver small to very large complex projects.

Erv Petkau, CSC

Vice President and Equipment Division Manager

Erv is responsible for our extensive equipment fleet. He oversees all equipment operational activities including purchasing and renting and directs and oversees our repairs and maintenance division ensuring quality and reliable equipment is available throughout the company.

Brad Morton, P. Eng., GSC

Vice President and Underground Division Manager

Brad is the Manager of the Underground Division for Nelson River Construction. Brad has over thirty years experience in engineering design, contract administration and project management for infrastructure projects for the City of Winnipeg, Winnipeg Airports Authority and Manitoba Infrastructure. He has been involved in asset evaluation, management, maintenance and rehabilitation planning and construction related to sewer and water systems and pumps stations on many projects during his career. Brad was the Construction Manager for the land drainage pump stations at the University of Manitoba and the WAA, both projects involved significant shoring, structural concrete and sub-contractor coordination. Brad’s common sense approach combined with his consulting and construction experience consistently results in quality projects which are delivered to clients on time and on budget.

Robert Boyechko

Aggregates Division Manager

Robert is our Aggregate Manger responsible for the planning, organizing, directing and control of raw material production at our various quarry holdings throughout the province. With over twenty-five years of experience, Robert identifies opportunities and develops strategies for improved efficiency and production. Addressing the needs of our internal divisions and our Customers is a major responsibility. Robert ensures environmental compliance, rehabilitation and permit obligations are maintained. He also provides research and testing of new and existing quarries.

Gord Lee, P. Eng., GSC

President & CEO

Gord has been with the company since 1985 and has served in several different capacities during his career. He was appointed President and CEO in 2002. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at University of Manitoba in 1985, his Professional Engineer designation in 1987 and his Gold Seal Certificate in Project Management from the Canadian Construction Association in 1999.

Gord is an active member of the Winnipeg construction community and has served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the Manitoba Heavy Construction Association, Chair of the Board of Directors of the Western Canada Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association. He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Construction Association. He has served as Chair of the Manitoba Construction Sector Council since 2011 and has represented the Heavy Construction Industry on the Construction Industry Wages Act Review Panel since 2009. He is a Director on the Board of the Health Sciences Center Foundation.

Steve Kosmac, C.E.T., GSC

Concrete Division Manager

Steve is the Manager of the Concrete Division for Nelson River Construction. He has over 20 years’ experience in the management of City and Highway roadway projects, Airport projects and a variety of structural concrete rehabilitation projects some of which include bridge modification work. His experience in the planning, organizing and coordination of the multiple Subtrades related to Utilities, Landscaping, and Electrical infrastructure is meticulous by nature. His extensive experience on roadway related projects makes him an integral contributor to the management of our projects

Ray Bissonnette, CRSP, CHSC

Safety Health, & Loss Prevention Manager

Ray has over a decade of experience in the Safety and Health field and is our Manager of Safety, Health & Loss Prevention. Ray has played a key role in the ongoing development and expansion of the company Safety, Health & Loss Prevention program, with the goal to minimize worker injuries and company losses. Ray’s experience includes policy and procedure development, coordinating training, conducting company safety audits, accident prevention, team building, and incident tracking and investigations, managing insurance loss claims, and identifying company risk.

Marcel Machado, B.Sc. C.E.

Asphalt Division Manager

Marcel oversees the day-to-day operations of the asphalt paving division at Nelson River including the estimating, tendering, project management, and construction of various infrastructure projects. Marcel has overseen the successful completion of numerous projects including highways, roads, airports, and parking lots for a wide variety of government and private sector clients under both traditional and design-build construction models. With nearly 30 years of experience in the roadbuilding and paving industry, Marcel brings a wealth of knowledge to each project he is involved with.

John Hudohmet, CPA – CMA


John is responsible for the financial management of the company. He is an experienced business professional with an extensive background in accounting and finance, management information systems and planning. John works closely with the entire management team providing financial and operational support.