Local site supervisor named best in the province

Tyler Clarke
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RNF Ventures site supervisor Orlan Peterson is seen outside of the largest project he’s supervised yet -- the Pineview Terrace Lodge long-term care facility. Peterson has awarded the Merit Outstanding Site Supervisor Award during the recent Merit Saskatchewan awards gala. 

When the new Pineview Terrace Lodge long-term care facility opens in about two months, Orlan Peterson will be a very proud man.


As site supervisor with Prince Albert-based general contracting company RNF Ventures, the project is the largest one Peterson has supervised and is one he looks forward to seeing completion of.

“I take pride in doing this kind of thing and I want it to look good for future generations,” he said.

“I may be in here one day,” he added with a chuckle.

Managing a crew of between 50 and 70 people on any given day has been a challenge, he said, noting that while “everybody wants to work in separate areas, everything has to be co-ordinated in stages.”

As site supervisor, quality management comes down to him -- something he’s taken seriously throughout the 55,000-square-foot building with a basement and crawl space of the same size.

“We actually are tied into the existing hospital with a tunnel as well, so once you’re in the hospital you won’t have to come out to get to this place,” he noted.

In the midst of his most significant career achievement to date, Peterson was awarded the Merit Outstanding Site Supervisor Award at a recent Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan banquet in Saskatoon.

“Initially I was kind of surprised,” he said. “I don’t do this for awards … I just go to work and do what I do, so I guess to be recognized is kind of special, but it’s not why I do what I do.”

Prior to joining RNF Ventures as a journeyman carpenter about 20 years ago, Peterson dabbled in various professions, taking on farming and various other projects.

I take pride in doing this kind of thing and I want it to look good for future generations. Orlan Peterson

Once he found employment at RNF Ventures, he said that he was there to stay.

“They’re a good bunch of guys, and they’ve given me good opportunity to work with them,” he said. “I just like to see quality, see the projects -- the buildings that we do -- I like to see them look good in the end, so that’s my passion.

“Just giving the owners a good quality building that looks awesome when we’re done.”

In a release, Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan noted that Peterson’s selection for the award comes as a result of his extremely hard-working nature, keen organizational skills and dedication to the safety of the worksites he manages.

“Orlan has not forgotten where he started in the industry and he knows that everyone his job site is important to the success of the project,” Darcy Renaud from RNF Ventures said in a release. “He treats everyone with incredible respect and it’s great to see him honored by the industry.”

In addition to the Pineview Terrace Lodge, Peterson supervised the construction of the Alfred Jenkins Field House and the Elk Ridge Lodge.

He also served on the crew that worked on the Art Hauser Centre’s renovations of almost 10 years ago.

Organizations: RNF Ventures, Merit Contractors Association of Saskatchewan, Alfred Jenkins Field House Art Hauser Centre

Geographic location: Saskatoon

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  • Lorne & Norma McConaghy
    April 13, 2014 - 15:49

    WOW! Orlan, you have finally been recognized as the most awesome boss in the province, as a person who actually cares about those whom work with you, and for caring about the quality of the work at the end of the project. Your quality stamp is on everything you do. Take your bow! We are so proud of you Orlan, and also of Roxanne who gives you so much support in all you do. Love, Lorne & Norma