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FLIC April Leader of the Month


Matt Arnold works as a Health and Safety Team Lead for Pillar Resource Services where he is responsible for managing the health and safety of a busy Mod Yard, Fabrication facility as well as Pillar’s field operations throughout the province.

Matt began his career as a carpenter, gaining experience working on industrial construction projects ranging from the oil sands to the diamond mines. In 2011, Matt embarked on a career in safety.

“Attending Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek, really opened my eyes to the opportunities in the north,” Matt reflected.

“After working as a carpenter for several years, I recognized opportunities to make a difference through safety. My trade background gave me a better understanding of working hands-on in the safety field. As I began my safety career, developing safety practices that made sense for the people working on the tools was my primary goal.”

Matt explained, “You don’t know where this industry will take you. One challenge we had was figuring out how to safely remove lead paint from a facility built in the 60s to prepare for welding. I worked with an occupational hygienist to develop a new method for lead paint removal. We were able to create safe and efficient procedures using a state-of-the-art process. I look forward to learning and growing in this exciting profession. As a construction hub, Alberta offers endless opportunities in the field of safety.”


The Construction Owners Association of Alberta recognizes that COAA’s office in Edmonton is located within Treaty 6 Territory and within the Métis homelands and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We further acknowledge that what we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory of many peoples, presently subject to Treaties 6, 7, and 8. Namely: the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, and the Tsuu T’ina Nation and the Métis People of Alberta. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations and we are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.