​Coastal GasLink names new president

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The company that is building the pipeline to feed the $40 billion LNG Canada project has named a new leader.

David Pfeiffer, previously vice-president, implementation at Coastal GasLink, has been named president, effective Feb. 1.

Pfeiffer assumed the role from Rick Gateman as the project transitioned from the commercial development phase into construction and execution, the company said on Wednesday.

Pfeiffer has extensive experience in pipeline construction and operations with more than 20 years leading the execution of complex projects in Canada and abroad, Coastal GasLink said.

He was previously vice-president of Mexico gas projects for TransCanada as well as managing director of the FSA Joint Venture between the 16-member First Nations Limited Partnership and their partnering contractor.

As leader of the First Nations joint venture he worked to ensure significant economic benefit would be delivered for B.C. First Nations during pipeline construction, Coastal GasLink said.

Gateman is now president of TransCanada’s Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project, and will serve as the company’s vice-president of business development for non-regulated assets.

Coastal GasLink said that over the coming months Pfeiffer will travel along the pipeline route to meet with First Nation partners, community members, local governments, and potential contractors as the project continues preliminary construction activities.

To date, Coastal GasLink has signed $620 million in contracts with First Nation businesses with an additional $400 million to be awarded to First Nations and local community businesses during construction.

In addition to funding provided through project agreements, the total First Nation commitment well exceeds $1 billion.