Get to know a familiar face: new quarry manager Scott Casselman
Lafarge’s latest Quarry Manager knows a thing or two about the plant. Scott Casselman has been working with Lafarge in Exshaw for 17 years. He started in an entry-level position and now oversees all quarry operations, onsite and in the office. In his new role, Scott manages quarry staff, coordinates production and equipment maintenance, ensures the health and safety of his employees and much more.
Where are you from and how long have you lived in the Bow Valley?
I was born in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. My family moved to Camrose, Alberta when I was four years old and I spent my childhood there. I moved to Canmore in 1997 and I’ve called the Bow Valley home ever since. Myself, my wife and our four children enjoy the mountain lifestyle as much as we possibly can. We love it here!
What brought you to the area?
I have been paddling and guiding river adventures since an early age. It had a huge impact on my life and ultimately changed the course of my future. I’ve led 14-day river adventures on the Nahanni and guided whitewater canoe, raft and kayaking trips on many different rivers. This is what eventually brought me to Canmore. I worked seasonally as a river guide for eight years. I instructed the British Army in adventure training. Winters took me away from home to work in the service rig industry.
When did you first start working at Lafarge?
After the birth of our first child I knew I needed to make a career change. In the fall of 2002 an opportunity to work for Lafarge offered me a stable career that would let me stay connected to my community and be more available for my growing family. I jumped at the chance and began my career in an entry-level position in the “yard.”
How did you find yourself as Quarry Manager?
Over the years I have held many positions at the plant. As I gained experience and specialized training, I was given the opportunity to move into a supervisor position, then production coordinator, then helped commission the new kiln line. I progressed to an area coordinator position in charge of the kilns and most recently took on the role of Quarry Manager. I am extremely proud of my career and am grateful to have such great satisfaction in my work life.
What do you do in your spare time?
I’m a dedicated father of four children, so I don’t have a lot of spare time. I really enjoy rafting with my family and doing renovations or working on projects around the house. I coach little league, cheer on my kids in all their activities, secretly play guitar or take in live music with my wife.