Get to Know Your Committee!


Your 2021-2022 Emerging Leaders Committee:

  • (Chair) Austin McLennan, Meridia Recruitment Solutions
  • (Vice-Chair) Robert Rooney, Lindsay Construction
  • Laya Bou-Karam, Stantec Consulting Limited
  • Kevin Cahill, Western Surety Company
  • David Landry, Brafasco
  • Matt MacEachern, WSP Canada Inc.
  • Brett Murray, Brandt Group of Companies
  • Stanley North, rcs construction
  • Mary Mason, Municipal Group of Companies
  • Chuck Ryan, Iron Maple Constructors Inc.
Austin McLennan (Chair)

Headshot of Austin MacLennan, a smiling white man in a dark business suit.

Why Did You Join? “I love being a part of a group that can provide opportunities for people who are just starting their careers in construction to get to know other people in a safe, welcoming environment. It’s a relaxed, pressure free, and fun setting for people to grow themselves professionally, and I enjoy playing a part in that!”

What’s A Little Known Fact About You? I used to play the saxophone from grade 7 through 12

Laya BouKaram

Headshot of Laya BouKaram

Why Did You Join? “I’ve always enjoyed the CANS DE events and the contagious energy of those in attendance. This encouraged me to get more involved and help connect other like-minded individuals in the industry!”

Stanley North

Why Did You Join? “During my initial years in the construction industry, the Developing Executive events were extremely beneficial to me with making new connections, putting names to faces and making friends in this industry. After so many years of the committee helping me, it felt like the natural progression to join the committee to help others develop the same connections that will stay with them throughout their careers.”

Mary Mason

Why Did You Join?I joined the committee to build and maintain my network in the construction industry. I wanted to push myself out of my comfort zone with planning and attending the events!”

What’s A Little Known Fact About You? I’ve been curling semi-competitively for almost 20 years!

Chuck Ryan

Why Did You Join? “The reason I joined the committee was to be part of organizing some of the great events I’ve had the privilege of attending over the past 10 years.”

What’s A Little Known Fact About You? I’m an avid gardener.

What is CANS Emerging Leaders Group?

The newly rebranded, CANS Emerging Leaders Group was originally formed in September 2001 to encourage participation from our younger CANS members. Specifically, members of Emerging Leaders are under 40 and work for CANS member companies.

Emerging Leaders aims to construct valuable and inclusive opportunities for developing industry leaders. Learn more about how you can make valuable new industry connections with CANS Emerging Leaders, visit: