Calm, cool and collected, senior superintendent Dave Lapinskie has a knack for lighting up a room. Whether he’s cracking a joke or passing along some discerning advice, Dave has built a respected reputation for himself on CANA job sites over the last 25 years.
Starting as a journeyman carpenter in 1996 on the Western Heritage Centre in Cochrane, Dave has been on many memorable projects. One job that sticks out in particular for Dave is the Hyatt Hotel project in the late ‘90s, where a two-year schedule was compressed into 16 months — to be completed just in time for a high-flying oil convention that brought tycoons and business leaders from around the world.
Dave remembers his mentors well from these days, including past general superintendents John Dorian and Ed Stern, whom he credits with providing him with foundational knowledge he still uses today.
As for being a mentor himself, Dave has years of experience to draw on:
“When you’re not doing exactly what you want to be doing, you have to stay focused and keep a positive attitude. Even the small tasks can provide you with knowledge that will help you down the road, and opportunities will come your way — and you want to be there and ready for them when they do.”
Outside of work, Dave has always been active, competing at some of the highest levels of downhill ski racing as a young man. He was also on the board of directors and served as the president of the Calgary Alpine Club for over 10 years.
If you catch him in the summer months, he’s probably out fly fishing and enjoying the serenity of a quiet stream.
Thanks, Dave, for your dedication and hard work over the past 25 years.