Constructing valuable and inclusive opportunities for developing industry leaders.

Originally called the Developing Executives (D.E.) Group, CANS Emerging Leaders Group was formed in September 2001 to encourage participation from our younger CANS members. Members of the Emerging Leaders Group are under 40 and work for member companies.

CANS Emerging Leaders Group hosts a number of annual events that offer networking opportunities, including:

  • Curling Bonspiel, (Spring)
  • Community Pick-Me-Up (Spring)
  • Meet & Greet on the Harbour, (Summer)
  • Golf Tournament, (Summer)
  • Networking Night, (Fall)
  • Speaker Series, (twice throughout Fall/Winter)

Get Involved!

To become involved with CANS Emerging Leaders, check the Developing Executives box in your ‘My Profile.’  This can be found by logging in to CANSnet with your username and password. Click on ‘MY CANSNET’ in the top right-hand side of CANSnet then click on My Profile.

Come to our Next Event!

Learn, connect and develop your career with CANS Emerging Leaders (EL) Speaker Series, returning Thursday, June 1, 2023! CANS EL Speaker Series offers young construction professionals an unparalleled opportunity to network with colleagues throughout the ICI construction industry as well as gain invaluable advice from experienced industry leaders.

This June, our speaker, Anathea Fenton, Principal – Halifax (Falkbuilt Ltd) will be sharing the story of her unexpected journey into the industry – despite it not being a part of her plan, and the experience she gained along the way!

Anathea will share her perspective working with innovative technologies and sustainable solutions, and offer valuable insight on:

  • navigating an industry that has historically lacked diversity;
  • the importance of finding a mentor;
  • and being your authentic self at work.

Regardless of your background, this session will focus on how you can find opportunities to leverage your unique strengths and passions to build the rewarding career of your dreams.

Speaker Series: “An Unconventional Journey in the Field of Construction”
  • Speaker: Anathea Fenton (Falkbuilt Ltd) (Click here for her bio)
  • Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 p.m.
  • Location: The Old Triangle (An Seanchai Room)
  • Cost: $57/ticket (includes dinner)

REGISTER NOW: Click here to claim your ticket(s)

50/50 Raffle in Support of Mental Health

Don’t forget to bring cash for 50/50. Your Emerging Leaders Committee will be holding a draw the night of the event with half the funds going to support Mental Health Association of Nova Scotia! Tickets are 1 for $2 or 3 for $5.

Stay Tuned for your 2023 Save the Dates!

COMING SOON! We’re busy gearing up for another slate of engaging events to help you make valuable industry connections. Stay tuned for dates and events details, which will be shared here, in CANS Weekly Newsletter and on social.

Get to know your Emerging Leaders Committee!

2022-2023 Emerging Leaders Committee

  • (Chair) Robert Rooney, Lindsay Construction
  • (Vice-Chair) Stanley North, rcs construction
  • Austin McLennan, Meridia Recruitment Solutions
  • Kevin Cahill, Aon
  • David Landry, Brafasco
  • Matt MacEachern, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Kat Burris, R&D Crane
  • Nicole Baker, Eastward Energy
  • Jake Brennan, Iron Maple Constructors Inc.
  • Jayme Niford, Bird Construction

In Case You Missed It

Looking for photos from our past events? Click here to visit CANS Flicker and see what we’ve been up to!


For more information about CANS Emerging Leaders, please contact:

Michelle Fievet 
Sponsorship Lead, Construction Association of Nova Scotia
(902) 468-2267 (ext. 718)
Email Michelle

Taylor Shaw
Policy & Research Lead, Construction Association of Nova Scotia
(902) 468-2267 (ext. 720)
Email Taylor