Business Advisory Council

Donald Oborowsky

Don Oborowsky

Donald Oborowsky

President and Chief Executive Officer

Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd
Edmonton, Alberta


Raised in Cactus Lake, Saskatchewan, and a 42-year resident of Edmonton, Donald Oborowsky is the Co-Founder and CEO of Waiward Steel Fabricators Ltd., an industrial steel fabricator, employing 800 employees, specializing in the oil and gas, pulp and paper, transportation and petro-chemical industries. Waiward Steel, currently celebrating 36 years in business, is recognized as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and regarded as one of the largest privately-owned automated industrial steel fabrication facilities in Canada.

Don is also the President and CEO of Waiward Construction Management Inc., involved in excavation services including water, sewer, and commercial site preparation, paving and hydrocarbon contamination clean up. He is also President and CEO of Hustle Holdings Ltd., a residential and commercial development company with land and property holdings in Edmonton and area. In a joint venture with Fort McKay First Nation, Waiward Management Inc. has developed a 250 acre industrial park in the Fort McMurray region providing facilities for the manufacture, processing, and storage of mechanical electrical and steel products for industrial use.

Don and his son Shonn own Characters Fine Dining, an exquisite offering of fine cuisine, located in downtown Edmonton.

He serves and has served as Chair/Past Chair and Board member on numerous industry, occupational, and community focused organizational boards and committees including Alberta Economic Development Authority, Workers’ Compensation Board, Manufacturer’s Health and Safety, Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Board, Canadian Construction Association, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT), University of Alberta School of Business - Business Advisory Council, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, and Chair for the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction.

He is the founder of the Alberta Diabetes Foundation, not to mention the Diabetes Research Centre’s first donor to start the project and he is highly recognized for his philanthropic work in the community including Waiward’s $1 million dollar contribution to create a new centre for steel technologies and apprenticeships at NAIT’s Souch Campus. He is a strong supporter of the trades and apprenticeship and as such, after beginning his own carpentry apprenticeship in 1967, fervently completed the examination process to receive his Carpentry and Red Seal Certificate in September of 2007. Awards include WCB Alberta WorkSafe Award of Distinction, CCA National Safety Award, Premiers’ Award of Distinction, CCA Community Leader of the Year, and Alberta Business Leader of the Year (JA), 2007 Entrepreneur of the Year, Prairies Region as well as honoured outstanding Albertan.

Don is very involved with family. He is married to Judy and they have two children, Shonn and Sharleen (Travis), and three grandchildren, Lola, Lennon and Lou. Free time is spent relishing quality time with his grandchildren, special carpentry projects, and 18 rounds of golf every now and again. He is an avid fisherman who enjoys fishing trips to the Great Northern lakes and to other destinations as far reaching as the Grand Amazon.