EllisDon Appoints Kieran Hawe as New Chief Executive Officer

Today, EllisDon officially announces the appointment of Kieran Hawe as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Hawe will be succeeding Geoff Smith, who announced his intention to step down as President and CEO in April 2023.

Kieran Hawe has been an integral part of the EllisDon team for the past 23 years, having held several key positions within the organization. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer (COO) and Executive Vice President of Construction from April 2019 to May 2023. His extensive experience and exceptional leadership qualities make him the ideal candidate to lead EllisDon into its next phase of growth and success.

"I am both honoured and excited to accept the role as EllisDon's next CEO and lead our exceptional employees and incredible leadership team," said Kieran Hawe, Chief Operating Officer, Construction, EllisDon. "I am committed to continue EllisDon's position as an industry leader in delivering the future of construction through our expansive array of service offerings and Cradle to Grave approach."

Kieran’s impressive career journey with EllisDon began in 1999 when he joined as an M&E Coordinator. Over the years, his outstanding contributions and entrepreneurial spirit have played a pivotal role in shaping EllisDon into one of Canada’s largest construction and building services companies. During his time with EllisDon, Kieran has overseen numerous high-profile projects, has a history of successfully managing large multidisciplinary teams and helped directly cultivate the company’s $5 billion construction operation.

Before his tenure at EllisDon, Kieran acquired valuable global building experience in Asia, Europe, and the United States. His diverse background has enriched his strategic vision and provided him with a unique perspective on the construction industry.

Known for his peer-focused leadership style, Kieran inspires and motivates his employees at all levels of the organization. He strongly champions inclusive diversity and creates environments where all employees can thrive and reach their full potential.

EllisDon is confident that under Kieran’s leadership, the company will continue to uphold its reputation as an industry leader and pioneer in delivering innovative construction solutions.

Notes to Editors

  • Geoff Smith will continue to serve on the Board of Directors as Executive Chair and will retain responsibility for the company’s Digital and Data strategy and execution, as well as for EllisDon’s Windjammer Landing Resort in Saint Lucia.
  • Gerald Slemko will assume the new role of Deputy Chair.

Media Contacts

Amanda DiPasquale
Manager, Communications, EllisDon

About EllisDon

EllisDon is an employee-owned, $5.5 billion-a-year global construction services company. With over 4,000 salaried and hourly employees across fifteen national and international offices, EllisDon has become a leader in every sector and nearly every facet of the construction industry. For more information, please visit