Crane and Hoist Canada

This Top 10 finalist has a knack for AutoCAD

August 31, 2022  By Don Horne

The future of the heavy lifting industry looks bright – and we are looking back and looking forward to share these stories.

Armed with a strong work ethic, initiative, curiosity, and a commitment to training and safety, we are asking our readers to nominate candidates for our  Top 10 Under 40 celebration in the fall issue of Crane & Hoist Canada.

You can nominate by clicking here.

Whether they work in leadership, operations, maintenance, sales or support, these crane and hoist employees are highly regarded by their colleagues, clients and peers.

Want to recognize a future leader? Time is running out, as nominations for the 2022 contest wrap up on Sept. 30.

Here, we look back at last year’s Top 10 winners:


Operations Manager, GWIL Crane Service
Burnaby, BC

“Neil is not only a kind-hearted, likeable individual who has a good relationship with everyone he meets, but he is also an extremely knowledgeable ‘crane guy’ who enjoys spending his days (and some nights) planning and executing technical lifts,” says Drew Ferris, operations manager at RKM Crane Services Ltd. and MacPherson’s long-time friend and co-worker.

Neil MacPherson

MacPherson spends his days leading the operations of crane rental house GWIL Crane Service, and, as a Professional Engineer, helps to produce lift plans and drawings. Ferris credits MacPherson’s “knack for AutoCAD and lift plan creation” for getting complex jobs figured out.

Some of those projects have included the turnaround of the Parkland (Chevron) refinery, the expansion of Neptune Terminals, demolitions of parkades, and tunnel boring machine installations and removals.

“Neil and I have worked closely to develop lift plans for cranes more than 1,250 tons, which required the most finite details to ensure safety and execution were looked after,” says Ferris. When he’s not busy making sure the job gets done safely, MacPherson, 36, can be found golfing, or cheering on his daughter’s hockey team as coach.

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