CANS 157th
Annual General Meeting

October 4-6, 2019

Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre
Western Shore, Nova Scotia

AGM Title Sponsor



Registration is now CLOSED — see you there in October! 




We’ve prepared an app so that you can have all the key details at your fingertips, for CANS Annual General Meeting weekend.

AVAILABLE NOW — Our CANS Events app is now LIVE for both Android and Apple devices. Download now from the app store.

  • After the app is installed, tap Sign Up and create your Profile
  • Tap the CANS 157th ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING event, (brought to you by Lindsay Construction).
  • Tap JOIN and use the event code CANS157AGM

Big thank you to our App Sponsor, Lindsay Construction for making this possible!



Held every autumn in a different location throughout the Maritimes, CANS Annual General Meeting is a weekend-long event that hosts up to 200 guests, including owners, managers, employees and clients. The weekend includes a golf tournament, an activity highlighting the local community, nightly entertainment, keynote speakers, awards presentations, and the AGM business meeting.

Theme: Hawaiian Luau! Break out your Hawaiian shirt and dust off your grass skirt. It’s time for a Mai Tai and tiki torches. We’ll feast on tropical food, and don’t forget to wear your lei. We’re going to celebrate the tropical way!

What to Wear: if you are interested in participating in themed attire, bring out your most colourful Hawaiian shirt, leis and grass skirts on Saturday Night!  There will be awards for Best Dressed Female, Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Couple on Saturday Night.



To book your room at Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre, call 1 (800) 565-5075 and request the AGM’s preferred rate!



Friday, October 4, 2019

  • 8:00 – 10:00 AM         Early AGM Registration, Fireside Café
  • 8:30 AM                      Golf Tournament – Registration & Shotgun, Chester Golf Club
  • 8:00 AM – Golfers gather in lobby;

  • 8:15 AM – Bus Departs for Chester Golf Course

  • 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM     Children’s Program: Jewelry, Crafts & Board Games with Lunch, Tancook Room
  • 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM     Local Activity: Walk, Shop and Explore Mahone Bay, followed by a Saltbox Brewery Tour with lunch catered by Circa 1860 Kitchen, delegates to meet in the Main Lobby
  • 9:30 AM – Group gathers in lobby;

  • 9:45 AM – Bus departs for Mahone Bay

  • 3:30 – 6:30 PM           Late AGM Registration, Fireside Café
  • 6:00 – 9:30 PM           Children’s Program: Supper & Dessert, Crafts and Board Games, Tancook Room
  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM           Pre-Dinner Reception, Bluenose Foyer
  • 7:00 PM                       Dinner & TropiCANS Casino Night, Bluenose A & B

Saturday, October 5, 2019

  • 7:00 – 10:00 AM         Buffet Breakfast, Bluenose B
  • 8:00 – 9:00 AM           Early AGM Registration, Bluenose A
  • 8:30 AM                      Business Sessions & Annual General Meeting, Bluenose A
  • Welcome Remarks from CANS Chair, Tom Skinner, RKO Steel

  • Remarks from Canadian Construction Association Chair John Bockstael

  • 157th Annual General Meeting

  • Coffee Break

  • Keynote: Don Mills, Corporate Research Associates: “The Challenge of an Underperforming Economy”

  • CANS Strategic Planning Session

  • 10:30 – 2:30 PM         Children’s Program: Treasure Hunt, Lunch and Crafts, Tancook Room
  • 12:00 – 1:00 PM         Late AGM Registration, Bluenose A
  • 12:00 PM                    Pre-Luncheon Reception, Bluenose Foyer
  • 12:45 PM                    Awards Luncheon & Presentations, Bluenose A & B
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM           VIP Reception, sponsored by the NSCC Foundation, (By Invitation Only, Mahone Room)
  • 6:00 – 9:30 PM           Children’s Program: PJ Party & Movie Night with Dinner, Popcorn and Board Games, Tancook Room
  • 6:30 – 7:00 PM           Pre-Dinner Reception, Bluenose Foyer
  • 7:00 PM                      Hawaiian Buffet Dinner & Entertainment by Big Fish, Bluenose A & B

Sunday, October 6, 2019

  • 7:30 – 10:00 AM         Buffet Breakfast, Bluenose B



  • Children’s Programs (Friday Morning, Friday Afternoon, Saturday Morning, Saturday Afternoon): $220.00
  • Full Program and Meals with Friday Activity (Golf or Local Program), $520 + HST per person
  • Full Program and Meals without Friday Activity: $420 + HST per person
  • Friday-Only Program and Meals with Golf: : $420 + HST per person
  • Saturday-Only Program and Meals: $320 + HST per person




Don Mills, Corporate Research Associates – The Challenge of an Underperforming Economy

In this presentation, Don will examine the structural issues leading to current weak economic conditions and will outline the changes needed to improve Nova Scotia’s economic future.



Walk, Shop & Explore Mahone Bay – a tranquil destination with spectacular views of the scenic harbour, vibrantly painted Victorian homes, specialty shops, colourful heritage gardens and the world-famous three churches, which sit at the water’s edge and form the iconic backdrop for one of Canada’s most picturesque towns.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the waterfront and discover the same hard-working, hands-on spirit of founders in the variety of unique products available in the shops and galleries; hooked rugs, pewter, quilts, and pottery. The vibrant artistic community creates both contemporary and traditional pieces in diverse mediums — from ceramics, sculpture and painting, to jewellery and textiles, and much more.

While in Mahone Bay, the group will savour a local gourmet lunch catered by Circa 1860, while enjoying a tasting & tour of Saltbox Brewing Company – Mahone Bay’s first microbrewery.

Local Activity Program
9:30 A.M. – Group gather in lobby
9:45 A.M. – Bus departs for Mahone Bay
10:00 A.M. – Bus arrives in Mahone Bay
10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M. – Walk, Shop, Explore Mahone Bay
12:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M. Saltbox Brewery tour & lunch
2:15 P.M. – Bus departs for Oak Island Resort
2:30 P.M. – Bus arrives at Oak Island

Lunch Menu

  • Boxed Lunch Option 1:
    • Grilled chicken caesar wrap
    • Half-bowl creamy tomato tortellini soup
    • Green salad tossed in house vinaigrette
  • Boxed Lunch Option 2:
    • Vegetarian Greek wrap
    • Half-bowl roasted tomato & herb soup
    • Green salad tossed in house vinaigrette
  • Drink Options: Perrier, Pellegrino, bottled water or bottled apple juice



  • There will be plenty of games and puzzles alongside for those children who prefer alternative activities while other children participate in the crafts.
  • All activities include meals, supervision and direction
  • All children 3 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult. The recommended maximum age is 13; however, all youth are welcomed to register!

Babysitting Services at Oak Island

Babysitting can be arranged in advance with Oak Island Resort for delegates of the CANS AGM. This service is provided based on the availability of Oak Island employees in their free time and thus cannot be guaranteed until an employee has confirmed. Please complete this babysitting request form and send to and we will respond within 48 hours of your requested date required. Cost for a sitter is $15 per hour. There is a maximum of 4 children per sitter.



Friday, October 4, 2019: Reception, Plated Dinner and Casino Night.

Friday Casino Night: Don’t miss this year’s Casino Night! Friday, October 4, following dinner. This will be a casual attire event. Try your luck at Black Jack, Plinko, Roulette, Poker, Craps Table, and more! There will be some great prizes up for grabs this year! Don’t miss out on your chance to win big at Casino night, register for our AGM now!  

Saturday, October 5, 2019: Reception, Hawaiian Buffet Dinner and Dance with Big Fish.

Saturday Night Entertainment: Join us for a Hawaiian Buffet Dinner on Saturday Night, followed by entertainment from Big Fish! If you’re hungry for great musical entertainment then Big Fish is the catch of the day. This lively acoustic 5 piece, noted for their strong harmonies and expansive setlist of all your favourites, has been performing their unique show for over 18 years throughout the Maritimes. Audiences of all ages have been fascinated by the creativity, powerful voices and showmanship of this talented group of performers. This group loves to dance and have fun and it shows!

This will be a themed attire event so if you wish to participate, bring out your most colourful Hawaiian shirt, leis and grass skirts on Saturday Night! There will be a fun Photo Booth on-site, as well as awards for Best Dressed Female, Best Dressed Male and Best Dressed Couple on Saturday Night. Don’t miss our Hawaiian Luau, register for the AGM now!



Aqua Spa at the Oak Island Resort

The Aqua Spa is a tranquil, calming escape by the ocean, offering a variety of therapeutic, relaxing and rejuvenating treatments. Be sure to try one of their healing coastal-inspired treatments like the sea salt exfoliation, seaweed mud wrap or ocean stone therapy. You’ll also find unique and locally-made skin and bath care products at the spa’s boutique. Click HERE to view the Spa Menu. We encourage guests to schedule appointments in advance to ensure their treatment and technician preferences are available. Call (902) 627-2188 to make your appointment today.

Spa Hours:
Thursday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Explore Western Shore!  While you are in Western Shore at the CANS 157th AGM, we encourage you to explore the local area and all it has to offer!

Explore Oak Island Resort!

  • The Marina: Drop by and chat with the helpful Oak Island Resort marina crew (look for their sea turquoise shirts) and get a full list of water sports, activities, rentals, and boat and kayak tours available to all Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre guests.
    • Pedal Boats: They’ll be offering a way for the whole family to get on the water & play in the sheltered waters. For the young & young at heart.
    • Paddle Boarding: Let Oak Island Resort introduce you to the world’s fastest-growing water sport – stand up paddleboarding (also known as SUP’ing). You can do it right from Oak Island Marina. SUP’ing is not just great fun it’s also wonderful exercise and a fantastic way to get out on the water.
    • Bike Rentals: Strategically located half-way between the seaside villages of Chester & Mahone Bay, the Oak Island Resort is a stone’s throw from the newly developed Rum Runners trail. This multi-use trail, rich in heritage, connects Lunenburg, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the historic city of Halifax. Experience the coastal communities—savour local flavours at award-winning restaurants, explore attractions and seaside artisan shops. The best way to explore our shores is on two wheels. Learn more about the trail, visit
    • Pedal Kayaks: Come on out and try them in the environment of the friendly, safe marina.
  • Explore the 32 acres of green space and pristine coastlines!
  • Cool off in the indoor and outdoor pools, then hit the tennis court, basketball net, mini-golf course or walking trails. On a calm day, build an Inukshuk on the breakwater or search for beach glass and shells, hidden along the shore.
  • Kids can explore the year-round dedicated “rec deck”, always stocked with crafts, activity ideas, an Xbox, video player and more. Also check out the selection of books, classic board games and movies always on hand to enjoy. Grab a mug of their famous hot chocolate, get comfy by the fire and get ready for some good, old fashioned nostalgic family fun.

Off-Resort Adventures!

  • Oak Island Boat Tours: Experience South Shore Nova Scotia like never before with Oak Island Boat Tours.  Come on an adventure to explore by boat the mysteries of Oak Island and the magic of the greater Mahone Bay area. They have guided Sea Tours of Oak Island running daily from Oak Island Resort out and around Oak Island. Take a narrated trip by sea to view the key sites of the island as seen on the History Channel show The Curse of Oak Island! You will travel aboard our new tritoon boat, the Island Belle, in comfort and stability along the shorelines of the Mahone islands.  Contact Tony Sampson to book your next adventure:, 902-300-4108,
  • Kayak Tours: Experience South Shore Nova Scotia like never before with guided kayak tours! All their kayaks are fitted with retractable rudders or skegs and have 2 watertight compartments. Their bright colours are for safety purposes. Their policy is to replace equipment every year, so you’ll be touring in the best and newest equipment available. Contact Katherine Gleason to book your next adventure:, 902-221-2298,
  • Just a quick drive away, you’ll discover the colourful, charming seaside communities of Chester, Mahone Bay and Lunenburg – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Each town has a distinct character and fascinating history to share, and the architecture feels like paintings come to life. Be sure to tour the Fisheries Museum of the Atlantic in Lunenberg, if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the iconic Bluenose II if she’s in.
  • Nearby Ross Farm, a living museum that thrusts one back in time, is a piece of working history you won’t want to miss.
  • Nearby golf courses include the Chester Golf Club and Osprey Ridge Golf Club, and natural gems like Kejimkujik National Park and The Ovens Natural Park make a fun, family adventure.
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Britney MacNeil
Events Lead, Construction Association of Nova Scotia