CANS Education Courses for Project Coordinators and Administrators

Did you know CANS Education & Training Development offers courses designed for Project Coordinators and Administrators?

Time is a precious commodity for any project coordinator. While we can’t add more hours to the day, CANS can try and help you use them more efficiently! Build your project management and administrative skills with CANS Education and Training Development courses. Take a peek below at some of our upcoming courses, perfect for the administrator looking to upgrade their skills!

Click the course link for more details. (Please note:  all programs are eligible for the CANS/WIPSI 50% discount!)

    • Learn tips and tricks necessary to work with data in worksheets more efficiently and effectively with Excel with Excel: Fundamentals on November 14, 2019.
    • The ability to read construction drawings is a primary function of the construction process, gear yourself with the basic principles of Blueprint Reading – Documents on November 26, 27 & 28, 2019.
    • Project Management Fundamentals is intended to provide a standard knowledge base for anyone who is involved in construction-related projects. Register now for this two day course on January 13 & 14, 2020.
    • Join CANS on January 21, 2020 for Using MS Outlook for Time Management. This one day course will help you use Microsoft Outlook to not only organize and schedule your workday but also learn tips and tricks to help manage your time more effectively.
    • The Basics: Working in a Commercial Industrial Environment is intended to provide a comprehensive introduction for project staff who are looking to have a broader understanding of the construction industry. Register your new personnel for this one day informative course on January 22, 2020.
    • Communication and listening skills are at the core of preventing interpersonal conflict and dealing with difficult personalities. Education your front end staff with the skill set they need to interact with clients confidently and professionally with Communicating with Confidence on February 5, 2020.
    • Effective Phone Communication Skills on March 12, 2020 focuses on customer service excellence, sales skills and mastering precise, brief communication to get answers and results from those you are communicating with.

The Spirit of “Mr. Construction” Lives on with Memorial Scholarship

David Oulton’s memory continues to support construction industry through recently awarded NSCC scholarship.

(HALIFAX, NS — September 6, 2019) The David Oulton Memorial Scholarship was awarded for the first time to Sanchari De, at Construction Association of Nova Scotia’s office on Friday, September 6, 2019.

CANS Board Members and staff, Oulton’s surviving family, long-time colleagues and representatives from NSCC gathered Friday morning to present Ms. De with the new scholarship.

For more than half a century, the award’s namesake, David Oulton was a driving force in the construction industry, locally and abroad. Much of his life was spent working with people, trying to find a way to build their projects but also change the way construction was viewed. While his passion for construction earned him the nickname, “Mr. Construction” among friends, Oulton cared about much more than just buildings.

He spent a great deal of time volunteering in his community. “Dave’s involvement in construction wasn’t limited to fabricating and erecting the steel. He recognized that in order to grow and improve the construction industry, he needed to share his knowledge,” said CANS Vice-Chair, Tim Houtsma Friday morning.

Oulton was a man of his word, playing an active role in this community over the years. He was Chairman of CANS (1999), as well as sitting on various boards including, the Sector Council, the CCA and the NSCLR. He was a pioneer in driving positive relations with the Ironworkers Local 752, was a trustee on their Pension and Benefits plan, as well as instrumental in developing their apprenticeship program.

In 2007, Oulton spearheaded the CANS 150th Anniversary Industry Campaign. This campaign raised over $1.2 million in scholarships and bursaries for students in construction-related programs at the NSCC. “Hundreds of students have benefited from this program and will continue to benefit for decades to come:” said Duncan Williams, President and CEO of the CANS.

Despite his personal efforts to develop the industry, Oulton was a humble man. His wife, Connie said, “I don’t know that Dave would want recognition — he was the type to be an anonymous donor. He lived to work, the industry was so important to him.”

“Dave would’ve shied away from the spotlight of awarding this scholarship,” shared Houtsma, “but I know that he would be quietly proud that he is helping someone gain knowledge and benefit the construction industry.”

The award’s recipient, Sanchari De, will begin studies this September at the Ivany Campus. Despite the whirlwind of change — she arrived in Canada just 10 days before the award ceremony, De is excited to begin her studies in Nova Scotia. “It was a hard decision to leave my job and come this far from [India], but I believe that it will open various opportunities for me. I am willing to give my 100% to this course and hope to make my family proud one day.”

The newly created, David Oulton Memorial Award scholarship is given to a full-time student, enrolled in the Construction Management Technology program at NSCC, who demonstrates strong leadership abilities and a background of community involvement.


2019 CANS Herc Rentals Softball Tournament Wrap-Up


It was a sunny Saturday for a fun-filled Softball Tournament in Dartmouth!  17 teams enjoyed a day of networking, great pitches, quite a few runs and plenty of fun at the 2019 CANS Herc Rentals Softball Tournament on August 24th at the Mount Edward Road Ball Fields.


A BIG thanks to all our sponsors: Herc Rentals, MacFarlands Industrial, Dexel, Turf Masters Ltd., Black & McDonald Limited, Iron Dog, MNP LLP, Q104, BELFOR, Big Bang Promotional Products, BIRD Construction, Casey Concrete Ltd., Heritage Gas, MCT Insurance a division of BrokerLink, REgroup, Sancton, and Rogers Communications Canada.

Techno Hard Surfaces Limited

Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Limited

The Fun Division Trophy went to Techno Hard Surfaces Limited, with second place going to Bird Stairs (J.W. Bird & Company Limited).  The Competitive Division Trophy went to Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Ltd., with second place going to McCarthy’s Roofing Ltd.  Congratulations to all the winners!


Kids of all ages had fun at The Game Zone this year!  In between games, players, families and spectators bounced in the inflatable fun house, played washer toss, bean bag toss, and many other games from Glow Parties!


Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2019 Softball Tournament! If you attended the tournament, we would love to hear your feedback.  Please visit the online survey:


Catch up on the fun, check out more photos of CANS softball, along with all of our events, here

CANSTech 2020 – Call for Speakers/Exhibitors

CANSTech 2020

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CANS is currently seeking sponsors and accepting applications for exhibitors and speakers for CANSTech 2020,  February 27, 2020 at the Cunard Centre.


CANS is proud to present CANSTech – Nova Scotia’s Construction Technology and Innovation Tradeshow for the commercial, industrial and institutional construction industry.

We are thrilled to bring back this innovative and experiential conference for a second time as CANSTech 2020. This event is the only conference in Nova Scotia that highlights cutting-edge solutions specifically for the construction industry, as well as provides attendees with opportunities for hands-on experience with leading-edge technologies.

Get the most out of CANSTech 2020, sign up now to be a sponsor, or apply to be an exhibitor or speaker at the event. Your company will be featured throughout promotional materials in the months leading up to the event. Not to mention, you will get the chance to engage with over 1,000 anticipated attendees day-of!


Is your company breaking new ground in the construction industry? Seeing is believing, so we’re seeking exhibitors who will actively engage attendees with quality experiences and hands-on demonstrations. Let us know how you would stand out from the crowd, APPLY NOW to be an exhibitor at CANSTech2020.


Do you have hands-on experience or real-world knowledge about modernizing workflows? We’re looking for speakers who can offer attendees a practical perspective on how to adapt their business in a new, technological landscape. APPLY NOW to be a speaker at CANSTech 2020.


Does your company embrace technological advancements and/or new innovations readily? CANSTech prides itself highlighting new innovations and technologies, so we’re seeking sponsors who will support our mission to keep the construction industry nimble and adaptable to technological growth.

Find out more on sponsoring CANSTech 2020: take a look at our full list of sponsorship opportunities, or REGISTER NOW — no application needed — as a sponsor, contact Natalie Bobbitt, Sponsorship Lead.


For more information on how to participate in CANSTech 2020, contact:

Natalie Bobbitt
Sponsorship Lead
902-468-2267 ext. 718


For more information on CANSTech, or to see photos of the inaugral event visit:

NSBI Accepting Applications for Innovation Rebate Program

Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) is currently accepting applications for its Innovation Rebate Program.

The Innovation Rebate Program supports Nova Scotia businesses looking to increase their global competitiveness. The program provides financial incentives on projects that enable a company to increase innovation capacity through private-sector capital investments or adoption of new technologies and business processes.

To find out more and/or apply for this program, visit:

Please review the Guidelines and FAQ before submitting your application.

2019 CANS Golf Tournament Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to the CANS 2019 Gallagher Golf Tournament!

A big thank you to all our sponsors who helped make the day possible:

Title Gallagher
Platinum Tirecraft
Lindsay Construction
AON Construction Services Group
G & R Kelly
Kent Building Supplies
Gold Black & McDonald
Iron Dog Inc.
D.P Murphy Hotels
Silver Arrow Construction Products
Battlefield Equipment Rentals
BIRD Construction
Bird Stairs
CANS Group Health and Wellness
Casey Concrete Ltd.
CBCL Limited
Coastal Entrance Solutions
DKI Canada
GFL Environmental Inc
Herc Rentals
Heritage Gas
Hilti (Canada) Corporation
Jim Pattison Lease
Kent Mobile Shelters
MacFarlands Industrial
MCT Insurance a division of BrokerLink
Oak Island Resort & Conference Center
Office Interiors
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
PERI Formwork Systems
Rogers Communications Canada
Royal Flush
St. John Ambulance
The Shaw Group Limited
United Rentals

If you played in the CANS 2019 Gallagher Golf Tournament and would like to give feedback to CANS so we can improve the event next year, please visit our Golfer Feedback Survey:

If you would like to receive your golfer or sponsor photo from the tournament, please email Britney at

Congratulations to all winners from both The Links at Brunello and Glen Arbour Golf Course! Check with your team members to see if they have picked up your prizing if you haven’t yet received it.


2 Closest to the Hole STEVE FOOT (HOLE IN ONE)
4 Longest Drive – Men REMI LARADE
7 Closest to the Hole ANDREW ROBERTSON
8 Longest Drive – Women JANICE HORNYAK
10 Closest to the Line EARL MACLEAN
11 Closest to the Hole JASON LOHNES
14 Longest Drive – Women HEATHER MILLEN
17 Closest to the Hole EARL MACLEAN
18 Longest Drive – Men REMI LARADE
Putting Green Putting Contest HEATHER CRUICKSHANKS
2 Closest to the Hole MATT PELLERINE (HOLE IN ONE)
3 Longest Drive – Men SCOTT BUSSIERE
5 Closest to the Hole NEIL STANLEY
9 Longest Drive – Women KIM KELLY
11 Longest Drive – Women CHERYL ALLEN
14 Closest to the Hole STEVE STEWART
15 Longest Drive – Men TODD NEWSON
17 Closest to the Hole KIM KELLY
18 Closest to the Line CHRIS NICHOLS
Putting Green Putting Contest MATT MACCULLIN
Glen Arbour
  Glen Arbour – Best Team – 5 MACKINNON & OLDING 12A
  Glen Arbour – Best Team – 4 BIRD STAIRS 2A
  Glen Arbour – Best Team – 3 XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS 19B
  Glen Arbour – Best Team – 2 ABLE ELECTRIC 1B
  Glen Arbour – Best Team – 1 IPEX 7B
  Brunello – Best Team – 4 ALUMICOR 6B
  Brunello – Best Team – 3 WOLSELEY 17B
  Brunello – Best Team – 2 TRAVELERS INSURANCE 18A
  Brunello – Best Team – 1 MARITIME FENCE 11B
  Fourth Place Overall BIRD STAIRS 2A
  Third Place Overall XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS 19B
  Second Place Overall ABLE ELECTRIC 1B
  First Place Overall IPEX 7B
Best Dressed
Second Place Overall XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS (GA-19B)
Honourable Mention IPEX (GA-7B)
Honourable Mention XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS (GA-19A)
Most Honest
Second Place Overall RKO STEEL
First Place Overall TRUNK 7 CONTRACTING LTD.
Glen Arbour
Glen Arbour – Team Door Prize 1 XYLEM WATER SOLUTIONS 19B
Glen Arbour – Team Door Prize 2 MACKINNON & OLDING 12A
Glen Arbour – Team Door Prize 3 BIRD STAIRS 9A
Glen Arbour – Team Door Prize 4 BELFOR 3B
Glen Arbour – Team Door Prize 5 BOYNECLARKE 4B
Brunello – Team Door Prize 1 CROSSROADS C&I 4A
Brunello – Team Door Prize 3 UNITED RENTALS 19A
Brunello – Team Door Prize 5 GUILDFORDS 10A
Player Prize 1:  Major Prize JOE HINES GA-1A
Player Prize 2:  Major Prize RUSTAM ALLAKHVERDIYEV BR-18A
Player Prize 3 RON PARKER GA-4B
Player Prize 4 TREVOR NORRIS BR-13B
Player Prize 5 JAKE MACKINNON GA-12A
Player Prize 6 CHRIS HEARN BR-8B
Donated Door Prizes
Arrow Construction Products donated:  $100 GC to Bicycle Thief CHRIS WEEKS GA-19A
BELFOR donated:  Google Home CORY WENSLEY BR-6B
Coastal Entrance Solutions donated:  Nike Golf Bag STEPHEN HAGEN GA-13B
Coastal Entrance Solutions donated:  Nike Golf Bag MARC KNIGHT BR-15B
Coastal Entrance Solutions donated:  Nike Golf Bag BRETT FULMORE GA-17B
Coastal Entrance Solutions donated:  Nike Golf Bag BOB VAUGHAN BR-16A
Data Wiring Solutions (DWS) donated:  Craft Beer Bucket Jeff Wyatt GA-14B
DKI Canada donated:  Google Home PAUL MATHESON GA-15A
Engineered Pipe Group donated:  4x Hats, Multi-tools, Chargers ALUMICOR BR-6B
Engineered Pipe Group donated:  Knife Set DARREN WEIR GA-13B
G & R Kelly donated:  Swag Bag DENNIS OSBOURNE BR-4B
G & R Kelly donated:  Swag Bag ERNESTO GONSALVES GA-11B
Green For Life (GFL) donated:  2 Boxes Taylormade Golfballs & Glove STEVE OLDHAM GA-2A
IRON DOG donated:  Hat and Box of Balls BOB HAGNAL BR-10A
IRON DOG donated:  Hat and Box of Balls PETER WHITE GA-11B
IRON DOG donated:  Hat and Box of Balls MATT MACCALLUM BR-10A
IRON DOG donated:  Hat and Box of Balls ANDREW ROBERTSON GA-7B
Lindsay Construction donated:  DeWalt Circular Saw KELLY MACKINNON BR-4A
MacFarlands Industrial donated:  Swag Bag BRENDON FERGUSON GA-1A
Oak Island Resort & Conference Center donated:  1 nights stay JOAN MACDONELL BR-1A
Office Interiors donated:  Chair worth $450 SCOTT MASTERS GA-11B
PAL Airlines donated:  Basket worth $150 JOHN HOGG BR-5A
Q-104 donated:  1 pair of weekend passes to Rock The Hub MARCO FERRO GA-7B
St. John Ambulance donated:  First Aid Kit – Workplace GREG GELDART BR-19B


WCB – Changing to Serve You Better

What you need to know during WCB Nova Scotia’s system upgrade

As part of the launch of WCB Nova Scotia’s new core operating systems, MyAccount will be offline from 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 30 until Thursday, June 6.

Here’s what you need to know:

Save your Statements of Account. Past statements of account will no longer be available on MyAccount after June 6. You can currently view and download Statements of Account for the past two years, so be sure to print or download what you need ahead of time.

Save all drafts. Anything that has not yet been saved (an injury report, for example) will be lost when systems go offline.

Secure message history will migrate overto the new system, along with your current account information.

After 4:30 p.m. May 30, fax your injury reports, or wait until the system is back online June 6. Late reporting fines will not apply during this time.

If you need information, callus at 1-800-870-3331.

After June 6, MyAccount users will have access to faster digital processes, anywhere, anytime. WCB has shared videos highlighting some of the new features coming to MyAccount. These include information about clearancepayroll reporting, and claims data management.

WCB’s business transformation, supported by new systems, will provide users with better tools and approaches, faster processes, and will enable more online services for workers and employers. It’s reducing red tape and moving away from some time-consuming paper-based service processes.

If you’d like more support following the launch, WCB is offering an online tutorial on June 19, which will walk through some of the main business tools in the new MyAccount.

This change will help foster a new and improved WCB Nova Scotia. To learn more about how these changes will impact you, visit

Keep in touch:



Safe + Secure E-Newsletter


For more information, please contact:

Nicole Halloran
Communications Advisor, WCB Nova Scotia
P: 902-491-8102 or C: 902-223-8901

CANS 2019 Brandt Tractor Spring Fling re-cap


It was a perfect spring day at The Lakes Golf Club at Ben Eoin for the fourth annual CANS Spring Fling Golf Tournament.  Over 60 golfers enjoyed a day on the course.  Congratulations to the top 2 finishing teams:

First Place: DORA Construction & Cape Breton Glass Team

Second Place: United Rentals Team

Congratulations to Chris Meunier (Arrow Construction) for winning the Closest to the Pin contest sponsored by Marid Industries Limited. 

Almost 125 guests enjoyed the reception, dinner and refreshments at the Membertou Trade and Convention Center.  We were pleased to have Mr. Brian Ward, Director of Major Infrastructure with the Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, and Mr. Mark LeCouter, Senior Director with the CBRM Health Care Redevelopment Project as our two Guest Speakers, who followed a Welcome, CANS Highlight and Golf Prize Presentation by CANS President Duncan Williams.

Entertainment by Andrew Doyle concluded the evening with some fun, Cape Breton music!

If you attended the 2019 Brandt Tractor Spring Fling and would like to give feedback, please visit the online survey here:

If you sponsored the 2019 Brandt Tractor Spring Fling and would like to give feedback, please visit the online survey here:

Thank you to everyone who attended!


Thank you to all Sponsors!

Title Sponsor

Brandt Tractor

Platinum Sponsors

Brilun Construction Limited

Lindsay Construction

Gold Sponsors

AON Construction Services Group

Arrow Construction Products Limited

Bird Stairs

Black & McDonald


The Shaw Group Limited

Silver Sponsors


BIRD Construction

Cape Breton Partnership

DORA Construction

Heritage Gas

Hilti (Canada) Corporation

Kent Mobile Shelters



United Rentals

Golf Tournament Sponsors

IHG – Holiday Inn

Marid Industries Limited

Membertou Trade and Convention Center

Water Sponsor

Rogers Communications Canada

Construction employers must adapt to millennial workforce needs

True to the stereotypes, workplace millennials want to be respected, included in decisions, sit in on important meetings before they’ve earned it and need to think their work is relevant, says David Coletto, Abacus Data CEO.

Click HERE to read more.

Feds provide progress report on Investing in Canada infrastructure plan

OTTAWA — Building a Better Canada: Progress Report on the Investing in Canada Plan 2016-2019, a new report issued by the federal government, provides an update on the progress in renewing the nation’s public infrastructure through the over $180-billion plan.

Click HERE to read more