Paradigm hires Vernon leader
Jon Manchester - Feb 02, 2023 - People in Business

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A Vernon business leader is taking the helm of a North Thompson manufacturing company.

Philipp Gruner has been appointed as the new CEO of building panel maker Paradigm Building Solutions in Barriere.

Gruner will also oversee Paradigm’s subsidiaries and the transition from owner-founder Stefan Maunz, who will continue as chairman of the company.

“I’m pleased to welcome Philipp to Paradigm. During his engagement with Paradigm over the past few months, all of us at the company have been excited to see the steep trajectory and positive impact of his contributions in this short timeframe,” Paradigm owner and chairman Stefan Maunz said.

“We are confident that Philipp will lead our organization to further success. His experience and input will be integral as we expand and grow our footprint in the Pacific Northwest. Philipp will be responsible for all aspects of the organization.

“Philipp brings extensive financial and executive leadership experience as well as a significant background in construction, large-scale project management, social housing, and working with several blue-chip companies within North America.”

Gruner has served as senior vice-president of Civeo Corp., one of the world’s largest integrated providers of workforce accommodations.

He has more than 20 years of leadership and corporate management experience at executive levels in the construction, energy, hospitality and consulting sectors.

“I’m excited to be part of such an exciting and progressive company. There are few organizations in Canada who have invested to the same degree as Paradigm in Industry 4.0, including automation, robotics, and technology to this extent,” Gruner said.

Paradigm manufactures energy-efficient building envelope panels and turnkey residential buildings customized to the luxury residential market, social housing, Indigenous housing or specialized housing for extreme cold climates.

Paradigm said over its lifespan a home using its panels will consume only 10% of the energy compared to a conventionally constructed home.

Its robot-equipped, fully-automated 23,000-square-foot manufacturing facility is located in Barriere.

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