Morley Hoppner Group Inc.: Building community connections

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The principals at Morley Hoppner Group Inc. like to think of themselves as a family, and that's not just because some are related to each other.

Morley Hoppner Group Inc. employees, from left: Kim Lackey, Brian Morley, Brad Morley, Ken Hoppner.

Employees at the construction and development firm regularly band together over lunches or in the boardroom. And they spend extra hours contributing to charity, with beneficiaries ranging from Roger's House to Cornerstone Housing for Women

Over the years, employees have contributed countless items of clothes, food, supplies, toys and others to these charities, forging connections beyond the workplace.

This bonding over community service allows the employees to do their work together in the field, which is important considering the span of expertise Morley encompasses: accounting, estimating, project management and construction.

"On each project ... (we try to) get together with each other and make it fun," says Kim Lackey, a company director who oversees the office and human resources.

The firm began 24 years ago focused solely on construction, diversifying into project management in the past decade.

Given the seasonal nature of the construction business, employee numbers fluctuate between about 30 and 40 people. Clients are local, meaning anywhere in the Ottawa Valley.

Paying attention to the details, such as immediately recognizing employee achievements, have led to high worker retention at the family business, says Ms. Lackey.

That careful attitude has helped Morley garner accolades from entities such as the Ontario General Contractors Association. Morley received an award from the organization a few years back for "achieving a zero injury frequency" for construction work.

The Ottawa Senators also paid tribute to Morley in a letter on the construction firm's website, honouring its design and construction work with the Kinburn and Bell Sensplex recreational facilities in which the Senators have a stake.

Founded: 1988

Employees: 30-40 (depending on season)

ECAs: 1

Clients: Mosaid Technologies Inc., Capital Dodge, Research In Motion Ltd.

Organizations: Morley Construction, Ontario General Contractors Association, Ottawa Senators Mosaid Technologies Inc. Research In Motion Ltd.

Geographic location: Roger

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