First cohort graduates from Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: First cohort graduates from Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership program

Halifax, NS – (07/04/2015) The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) congratulates the first cohort of the Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership, a new professional development program that was the result of a partnership between CANS and Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management’s Executive Education.

“Construction is one of the largest industries in Nova Scotia and one that is continuously growing and evolving in Canada,” says Duncan Williams, President of CANS. “The level of sophistication required to successfully compete locally, regionally or globally on increasingly complex projects commands exceptional leadership from people with great potential. We applaud all participants on their dedication to investing in leadership development that contributes to both their own and their organizations success.”

The Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership was designed to support high potential candidates in Nova Scotia’s construction industry.

“Our innovative approach to Executive Education is grounded in creating custom programs that are contextualized for the client’s industry,” says Deborah Merry, Director of Executive Education at Dalhousie University. “Our programs are intended to have immediate impact on the organization.”

Continues Merry, “the goal of the CANS’ program was to provide participants from member organizations an opportunity to develop critical leadership skills that would enable them to increase their organization’s productivity, innovation and competitiveness. In developing the program we also kept top-of-mind the prior experience of the participants and their availability of time. We want the program to be accessible and for participation to be manageable for busy leaders in the construction industry.”

The cohort-based program, consisting of 15 courses, was delivered through a blend of face-to-face learning, pre-course work, and a variety of learning methods such as group activities, open discussions and practical applied exercises. The program satisfies 25 educational credits for qualified candidates seeking to obtain their Gold Seal Accreditation, a nationally recognized level of experience and competence. A new start of the program will begin each fall, providing ample opportunity for qualified candidates to register every year.

“The Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership program was a game changer in certain aspects of my role,” says Matt Brunt, division manager of Bird-Stairs and a participant of the program. “The participants in the program are now trusted advisors and friends, making the experience even more rewarding.”

Graduation certificates will be awarded to the first cohort of the Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership program on Thursday, April 9 at Dalhousie’s University Club from 5 – 7 p.m. Follow CANS and Dalhousie Executive Education on Twitter for photos and updates of the event – @Construction_NS and @DalExecEd



Colleen Fiske
Communications & Marketing Lead
Construction Association of Nova Scotia
Ph: (902) 468-2267 x. 713
Cell: (902) 818-0835

The 2015 Nova Scotia Construction Guide is available online!

The Nova Scotia Construction Guide is our annual directory circulated to approximately 750 CANS member companies, and over 750 architects, engineers, school boards, hospitals, municipal engineers, property managers and government buyers across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador and beyond.

The 2015 Nova Scotia Construction Guide highlights what we do at CANS, the industry education we offer and the programs and services that we provide to our members. Also included is information on the outlook for the construction industry and information on key documents you may need. The CANS A-Z and Sources section will provide you with a detailed listing of all our members.

To view the 2015 Nova Scotia Construction Guide online, click here.

Industry Trends Information Session: Leveraging Unified Communications to Improve Your Business

Join CANS on April 21, 2015 for an information session on leveraging unified communications to improve your business.

About the Session:

Learn how to take advantage of the latest Unified Communications technology to reduce operational costs, boost productivity and gain competitive advantage. As traditional methods of business communications (i.e. landlines, faxes, face to face meetings, etc.)have evolved towards wireless and fibre optic based technologies, the trend is to unify voice, data, video and security applications on a common IP Network infrastructure.

This session will explore how this trend affects new construction design and how Unified Communications technology solutions can be implemented into the existing infrastructure of any business.

What Will Participants Gain?
Learn why a properly designed (and tested) internal cabling and Wireless Network infrastructure is critical to optimizing technology performance. Learn how mobile and room-based video collaboration technology can improve project efficiency and general communication, while strengthening your competitive advantage.

Discover how combing fibre optic data and voice services can save thousands of dollars per year. Find out how mobile and IP-based Security Solutions can help reduce loss, theft and improve safety.


Date: April 21, 2015
Duration: 1 hour (apprximate)
Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Member Price: FREE

To attend this information session on leveraging unified communications to improve your business, register HERE.

Loblaw expansion plans: build 50 new stores, renovate 100

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Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) says it will build 50 new stores and renovate or improve more than 100 existing stores in 2015. The additions will be across the country, and Loblaw’s estimates it will create about 5,000 jobs at its corporate and independently-owned stores.

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Why Are Construction Workers the Happiest Employees?

According to TINYpulse’s 2015 Best Industry Ranking report, gathered from its anonymous one-question feedback surveys from over 30,000 employees across more than 500 organizations, among 12 distinct industries, construction and facility service workers are the happiest employees. Read more.