john k. readPRESIDENT, JOHN K. READ INVESTMENTS, LTD.
John Read graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Following assignments with oil and gas operating companies, John accepted an offer in 1974 to join a new start up company, Colt Engineering. Over his career with Colt he held various engineering and project management positions, was General Manager of one of the engineering divisions and was the founding General Manager of Cord Projects, Colt’s construction division. In 1983, John assumed the role of President and CEO of the Colt Companies, a position he held until 2006 when he retired. During this time, the Colt Companies became one of Canada’s leading engineering and construction firms with 4,500 employees in Calgary, Edmonton, Sarnia, Toronto and Anchorage, Alaska. During his career John has participated in numerous industry and business organizations including the Alberta Chamber of Resources, the Oilsands Task Force, past director of the Bi-Provincial Upgrader and Young President’s Organization. He is currently a member of the World President’s Organization and a director of PFB Corporation, Anterra Energy Inc., and Axia NetMedia Corporation. John’s community service includes United Way of Calgary, past director and Chairman of Alpine Canada Alpine and he is currently President and a trustee of the Manning Innovation Awards.