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)
  • 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!

CANS Emerging Leaders Community Pick-Me-Up, June 2

Want to support your community? You’re invited to help clean up the waterfront at CANS Emerging Leaders Community Pick-Me-Up! Keeping our communities clean is a simple way to give back to our neighbours and respect the land where we live and work. With that in mind, CANS Emerging Leaders will take the afternoon to clean up the Dartmouth waterfront (between King’s Wharf & Old Ferry Road). Click here for more details on this event.

CANS Emerging Leaders Community Pick-Me-Up 
  • Date: Thursday, June 2, 2022
  • Time: 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Clean-Up Area: Dartmouth Harbourwalk Trail, (Dartmouth Cove area, between Kings Wharf & Old Ferry Road)
  • Meet-Up Location: Canal Street parking lot (look for the CANS tent)

REGISTER NOW: Click here to join CANS Emerging Leaders Community Pick-Me-Up 

Coming Soon to CANS Emerging Leaders—

NOTICE: Timing is everything in construction. We heard your feedback and understand you’re inundated with the busy season ahead. With this in mind, we have made the decision to postpone the 12th Installment of CANS Emerging Leaders Speaker Series, originally set for Thursday, May 5, 2022.

CANS Emerging Leaders Spring Speaker Series (POSTPONED!)

Topic: “Forging Your Own Way In The Construction Industry”

CANS Emerging Leaders Group returns on Thursday, May 5, 2022, for the 12th Installment of our Speaker Series! Our speaker, Anathea Fenton, Principal – Halifax (Falkbuilt Ltd) will be sharing her story, detailing how she forged her own way and created a place for herself in the industry. Click here to read Anathea’s detailed bio.

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.

Event Details:

In Case You Missed It

Thank You For Attending CANS Emerging Leaders 18th Annual Curling Bonspiel

CANS Emerging Leaders reconvened for an evening of friendly competition and curling at the annual Emerging Leaders Curling Bonspiel. Twelve teams competed in the tournament, which took place at the CFB Halifax Curling Club on Friday, March 25, 2022. Thank you to everyone who attended!

We are pleased to congratulate the top finishing teams!

  • FIRST PLACE: Jesse Geldart, Bailey MacDonald, Chris Kennedy, Robert Mayhew (pictured)
  • SECOND PLACE: Justin Davis, Matt MacEachern, Steve Turnbull, Robert Rooney
  • THIRD PLACE: Suzanne Lewis, Brandon Howard, Amit Gandhi, Keegan Wilson

Did you miss our event? Click here to jump to photos from the speaker series.

Get to know your Emerging Leaders Committee!

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.

To get to know our Emerging Leaders Committee a little better, we asked them why they initially joined CANS Emerging Leaders (formerly Developing Executives). Click here to see what they had to say!

Save the Date for More Networking Opportunities!

CANS Emerging Leaders has more in store for 2022. Save the Dates for these upcoming events, and keep an eye out for registration information that is coming soon!

  • Spring Speaker Series, (TBD)
  • Meet & Greet on the Harbour, (July 13)
  • Annual Golf Tournament, (August)

To find out more, or to register for more of CANS networking events, please visit the Special Events Calendar.


For more information about CANS Emerging Leaders, please contact:

Vanessa Jones
Membership Lead, Construction Association of Nova Scotia
(902) 468-2267 (ext. 717)
Email Vanessa

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