CONTEST: Nominate a construction hero in Fort McMurray

Fort McMurray construction

With more than 700 homes built in Fort McMurray this year, the construction industry is working at full speed to get their neighbours back into their repaired and rebuilt homes as quickly as possible.

On May 1, 2016, a wildfire swept through the Alberta town, destroying about 2,400 homes and buildings and forcing 88,000 people from their homes. After burning for more than two months, the fire consumed more than 1.5 mill acres of land in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

To recognize the dedication of those on the front lines of the rebuild, CertainTeed, a manufacturer of drywall, announced its search for Fort McMurray’s Rebuild Heroes.

“CertainTeed has had a strong building material manufacturing presence to Western Canada for many decades and we have remained committed to maintaining our presence despite economic pressures and challenges.  We recognize the resilience and fortitude of Fort McMurray, after the terrible impact of the wildfires of May 2016, and that the rebuild is a massive effort,” said Wayne Edgecombe, vice president of sales for CertainTeed Gypsum Canada.

“We want to take this opportunity to recognize and support the incredible community spirit to come back stronger than ever.”

Rebuild Heroes include contractors, foreman, drywallers, plumbers and others that are working countless hours to build homes or complete repairs. CertainTeed is calling for residents to nominate the Rebuild Heroes that are getting people back in their homes.

Fort McMurray residents are encouraged to nominate their ‘rebuild heroes’ at

While the contest intends to honour all those who are working so hard to rebuild the city, five heroes randomly selected from all the submissions will each receive a $2,000 gift card. CertainTeed will also make a $2,000 contribution in each winner’s name to a local Fort McMurray charity of his/her choice. The contest runs until Nov. 3.

CertainTeed’s Rebuild Hero winners will be announced on Nov. 9.