Prairie Crane’s management team has over 45 years combined experience in the crane industry. The diversity of Prairie Crane’s fleet has provided a wide range of experience for all Prairie Crane personnel. With this, Prairie Crane is able to provide all customers with an efficient and safe experience.
Don has been involved in the crane industry for over 30 years, following growing up on a family farm and working in various industries throughout the province. Throughout this time, his knowledge of what it takes to provide customers with an optimal service has continuously grown. His experience in the crane industry has defined Prairie Crane’s core values – Respect for our customers, employees, environment, and community are values held by the entire team at Prairie Crane.
Kathy’s involvement in the construction industry began at an early age as she grew up around a family business, thus establishing the fundamentals of operating a local business. Her father introduced herself and Don to the crane industry, something they quickly became involved in themselves. She has an accounting background from the University of Waterloo and is still involved in the financial side of the business.
Matthew was originally interested in becoming a heavy duty mechanic but quickly changed paths after running a crane, and joined the family business after high school. He began his career at Prairie Crane by working in the shop, rigging for cranes, and learning the equipment; he eventually managed his first projects at the Kerrobert gas plants following the receival of his Proficiency Crane Operator Ticket in 2012.
Matthew’s leadership skills have developed by working on a wide range of jobs and equipment, as well as being involved with organizations such as the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship Board. He has worked on a variety of projects from residential and commercial construction to more complex projects such as: train derailments, short span bridges, Saskatoon North Commuter and Traffic Bridge Projects, the shaft sinking and largest camp build in Saskatchewan at BHP Jansen, the PCS Allan headframe upgrade, North Battleford Energy Centre, underground crane assemblies at PCS Cory and Mosaic Colonsay, Cargill canola oil expansions and more.
Matthew ensures that Prairie Crane never falls behind with changes in the industry, keeping the crane fleet meeting industry demands and updating company requirements where necessary.
Prairie Crane’s newest management member joined the family team permanently in 2016 after completing an Environmental Engineering Degree at the University of Regina.
Stephanie began working at Prairie Crane shortly after high school. This involved office administration work and later led to working in the back shop fulfilling tasks such as delivering rigging and cleaning the shop. Following the completion of her degree, she decided to join the family at Prairie Crane and continues to work close by her brother, Matthew, learning the equipment and organizing day-to-day operations. She also commits her time to volunteering with organizations such as the Saskatchewan Environmental Society.
Chris has been with Prairie Crane since 2014 in the role of Corporate Controller focusing on the growth of the business. Chris holds his CPA accounting designation and has previous experience working in agriculture, retail and public practice.
Chris spends his free time coaching his son’s hockey teams and as a board member with Saskatchewan Special Olympics.
Marlene joined the Prairie Crane team in July 2006. She is one of Prairie’s longest-term employees and has over forty years of experience in office administration, accounting, and customer service.
Her customer experience began working with the Youth Bowling Council and Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation. Prior to Prairie Crane, Marlene worked in the transportation industry for several years.
Marlene’s office administration also includes crane dispatching and receiving permits for all equipment.