The Abalone Construction Team
We take pride in our building capabilities—including building the best team possible to keep our operations and equipment running smoothly.
We have over 400 members on our team, and all of them are integral to Abalone’s success—from new recruits to those with 40 years in the industry. We achieve positive results because our people are the best in the business. Our commitment to quality shows on every project.
It’s not rocket science. Our recipe for success is simple—honesty, dedication and a team of enthusiastic and hardworking individuals.
Terry Chalupa, GSC
Abalone’s founder and CEO, Terry Chalupa, has been in the construction industry for over 40 years. Each passing decade has given him the confidence and expertise to lead Abalone with foresight and a greater understanding of all factors at play in the industry.
Abalone started with Terry and just one piece of machinery—and even after all this time, the passion for his work shines through. His deep understanding of how things work and how to make them work better makes us work better too.
Randy has climbed the Abalone ladder—going from an entry-level position to being named president in 2014. Randy is ambitious, and has always pushed for more responsibilities by filling roles such as superintendent, estimator, project manager, operations manager and vice president. It’s exactly this sort of drive that has given him access to a wide variety of interesting and complex projects.
His experience, attention to detail and methodical approach have helped Abalone grow as a company, and will continue to provide us with innovative solutions and ideas in the future.
Randy also shares his expertise with the entire construction industry through his position as 2016 Chairman of the Alberta Roadbuilders and Heavy Construction Association.
“The most gratifying part of my position is being surrounded by some of the brightest individuals. In particular, our core staff. It is exciting to imagine the things they can and will accomplish in their life. It drives me everyday to not let them down.”
— Randy Chalupa
Trevor Dolter, C.E.T., GSC
Trevor Dolter’s knowledge and expertise have helped Abalone become the company it is today.
After graduating from SIAST’s Civil Engineering Technology program in 1991, Trevor came to Alberta to get his feet wet in the construction industry. Abalone recruited him in 2002 as a construction surveyor/project coordinator.
Since joining the team, he has taken on many challenges. As the company grew, the need to fill the positions of foreman, estimator, superintendent, project manager and senior project manager was presented. Trevor happily stepped up to the plate for each of them. He has been integral to our success, and continues to position Abalone as a leader in the construction industry.
“We have the opportunity to work on world class projects that are some of the largest in Canada. I feel proud to be part of an outstanding team that has been instrumental in the construction of these projects.”
— Trevor Dolter
Controller and Office Manager
Doug entered the construction industry more than 40 years ago as a tradesman in the pipe trades. After obtaining his journeyman status as a plumber pipefitter and gasfitter, he switched interests to pursue an education in Business Administration and Accounting.
In 1996, Doug joined Abalone as the controller and office manager—and hasn’t looked back since. He loves a good challenge, always pushing himself and the team to go beyond expectations.
“We work in a very diverse industry where the projects are never static, because of this we are constantly having to challenge ourselves to find a better, safer, more environmentally friendly way to fulfill the demands of the project. I take great pride and satisfaction when I see the people at Abalone work together to successfully conquer another challenge.”
— Doug Goertz
Equipment Maintenance Manager
Chris Dobson prides himself on being the initial point of contact for all clients and employees regarding equipment and service inquiries.
Chris has worn many hats throughout his career, starting in the industry first as a mechanic then lead hand, estimator and supervisor. He uses his diverse experience to keep Abalone’s 250 pieces of equipment running smoothly.
With over 21 years in the construction industry, Chris has held supervisory roles within some of Canada’s largest construction sites such as Syncrude, Albian Sands, Suncor and CNRL. He is both an excellent manager and mentor, and keeps his employees motivated through positive guidance and leadership.
“I pride myself in being the best mentor I can for my team. If they excel in their career; I have succeeded as a leader.”
— Chris Dobson
Marc Gougeon, CHSEP, NCSO
Marc Gougeon initially started his safety career in 2004. Prior to the HSE calling Marc worked as a residential construction worker in Ottawa then in 1997 he migrated to the Yukon and became a long- haul truck driver.
Marc’s work and life experiences gave him necessary skills to successfully drive the safety culture forward and to mentor winning safety teams. Marc has been in the safety field for 15 years working on several industrial and commercial sites. He enjoys the dynamics of safety, overcoming multiple challenges and educating people on the importance of a safety program.
“" I work with some of the best in the business at Abalone. I've developed great relationships and everyday I strive to do my best for the betterment of this company and my team."”
— Marc Gougeon