Each year, the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce choose 40 of the Region’s top young business leaders and recognise them for their professional achievements, expertise and community involvement.  In 2015, Shawn was named to this list, selected from over 300 candidates.

All of the candidates were interviewed, and asked the same questions:

BIRTHPLACE:  Stittsville.

COMPANY:  General Contracting.

EDUCATION:  Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) Lakehead University.


BIGGEST BIZ ACHIEVEMENT:  Owning my own company at the age of 32.

BIGGEST BIZ OBSTACLE:  Dealing with buying out my partner.  It was a huge learning curve!

BIGGEST INFLUENCE:  My father.  He was great with dealing with people in the industry.  He was very fair and kind.  He was also a great father.

BIGGEST LESSON LEARNED:  To never get ahead of myself.  Start at the bottom and work your way through, one step at a time.

FIRST JOB:  Cleaning construction sites.

ADVICE I’D GIVE TO THE YOUNGER ME:  I would have told myself to get more education in business/commerce.

WHAT’S LEFT TO DO:  I want to focus on raising my two daughters.  Professionally, I would like to grow my company with the intent of making it more self-sufficient

FAVOURITE PASTIME:  Spending time in the outdoors.

Shawn was then asked about purchasing Baird Construction, and why he wanted to be in business for himself.  His response was:

I always thought growing up that it was something I wanted to do.  The opportunity was presented to me by Mr Baird and I took it.   I thought I was a little young at the time, but jumped in with two feet, and it’s turned out to be a great experience.


Award of Excellence, Residential / Commercial

Category: Infill Address: 3773 Carp Road

This new mixed-use red-brick building is home to Alice’s Village Café and two residential apartments on the second floor.  It is located at the former site of the garden of St. James Rectory, which was built in 1905.  The Jury observed:  “This project fulfills all the expectations of excellence for infill, as well as the goals of the Carp Community Design Plan.   The new building has brought new commercial services into the core with a multi-functional building that respects its historical contract but is unquestionably of its own time.  the new building’s massing, materials and form harmonize with its neighbouring heritage structures, and its tight setback from the street perpetuates the traditional streetscape of small-town commercial properties with respect to both pedestrian and vehicular traffic”.


Malcolm Wildeboer, B. Arch OAA MRAIC – Vandenberg & Wildeboer Architects Inc.

F. Shawn Argue, P.Eng, President – Argue Construction Ltd.

Greg Winters, MCIP RPP – Novatech Engineering Consultants Ltd.

Crystal Therrien, Owner – Alice’s Village Cafe

Gregory LeBlanc & Sallie Storey, Property Owners – Carp Retirement Properties

The Inukshuk Award

The ‘Inukshuk Award’ is a very special award at Robertson.

An Inukshuk is a welcome beacon for travelers in the far north because it says, “You’re on the right path”.

And so it is with our Inukshuk award winning builder. They may not be the largest builder or the builder with the greatest volume, but they are on the right path and embody the full meaning of ‘partnership’.

This year, we are very proud to present the Inukshuk award to:

Argue Construction Ltd.

-Robertson Building Systems

  • Ontario General Contractors Association — Distinguished Achievement in Health and Safety, 20 years zero injury frequency
  • Robertson Awards — Northern and Eastern Top Builder Award 2006, 2008 and 2011 Outstanding Builder Awards Business and Friendship Award, 20 years
  • Forty Under 40 – Ottawa Business Journal and Ottawa Chamber of Commerce – Award Recipient 2015