Former Chairman and President of McLean Taylor Construction Limited
Robert Taylor was inducted into the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at ORBA’s 90th Convention and Annual General Meeting.
Robert Taylor is the former Chairman and President of McLean Taylor Construction Limited. Rob retired in December 2012. Rob was also President and Chairman of sister companies Stone Town Construction Limited and Meadowridge Properties Ltd.
McLean Foster Construction was founded in 1947 by Lloyd McLean, and in 1955, Rob’s father Eric Taylor became Vice-President. Rob became President in 1978; and in 1983 McLean Foster was renamed as McLean Taylor Construction Limited recognizing Rob’s role, impact and ownership in the company.
Under Rob’s guidance, McLean Taylor built bridges, culverts, dams, and roads throughout South Western Ontario since its inception for MTO, municipalities, the federal government, and private businesses. Also, Rob was one of the initial innovators in the Temporary Concrete Barrier industry in the province, and McLean Taylor remains an active supplier of TCB for the industry.
One of Rob’s greatest accomplishments is that McLean Taylor continues to successfully operate as a third-generation, two-family business. Some highlights under Rob’s supervision include being the first company to pump concrete into a bridge deck for MTO on Highway 4 in the early 1960s; working on MTO’s first mechanical lift bridge in Port Dover in 1968; and being selected by the Ministry of Environment (MOE) to install the Emergency Temporary Water Treatment Facility during the Walkerton water tragedy.
Over his time in the industry, Rob was involved in many associations including ORBA where he served on the Board of Directors for 16 years and was president in 1994.
He was also a member of OSWCA and many of the Heavy Construction Associations in the London area.
Rob is also very involved in the community and volunteers in many different areas. He is currently honorary co-chair with wife Cathy, and fundraising committee member for the St. Marys Hospital “Someone I Know” $5 million fundraising drive. He has also been involved with helping others by coaching minor hockey and minor ball, as well as mentoring young business owners.
Established by ORBA in 2005, the Ontario Road Building Hall of Fame recognizes and honours distinguished individuals for their dedication to, and leadership and achievement in Ontario’s road building industry.