People Moves: June 2023

Check out all the major career moves in Canadian construction that happened this month.

Kieran Hawe has been appointed EllisDon’s new CEO. Hawe has spent 23 years at the company. Officials noted that from his role as chief operating officer and executive vice president of construction, he has successfully overseen high-profile projects and played a pivotal role in the company’s construction operation.

Liza Tsimbal, director of SCM and land at TransAlta, was named Leader of the Month by the Construction Owners Association of Alberta. Tsimbal has extensive experience in the Oil and Gas and Renewable energy industries with a focus on project procurement, category management and operations procurement.

Brian Priestly, Priestly Demolition’s executive VP of North American operations has been appointed president of the Ontario Association of Demolition Contractors. He brings more than 25 years of demolition industry experience to the role.

Greg Wooster, Amir Askari and Bill Driffield have joined Aura Office. Wooster will serve as the VP of workplace strategy and design. Askari has been hired as a project coordinator. Driffield has joined the team as a site superintendent.

Stephanie See has begun a new role as marketing and communications coordinator for Clark Builders. See is also also a co-owner of Storyline Studio Inc., an Edmonton-based communications agency.

Professor Janusz Koziński, dean of engineering at Lakehead University, has received the prestigious Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada. The Gold Medal Award, the highest distinction for professional engineers in Canada, recognizes the exceptional achievements of engineers whose work has improved the lives of Canadians and others across the world.

Taylor Hogg has joined Scott Builders as a project manager. She has experience in AutoCAD, Revit, construction drawings, contracts and project management. Hogg also serves as a director for the Red Deer Construction Association.

Paul Demeule has resigned as general manager for Trotter & Morton Group of Companies in Vancouver. Demeule stated that he is moving on to an “exciting new opportunity in a few weeks” and will soon be providing more details. He thanked the team at Trotter, adding that he was proud of all the improvements that had made together.

Danna Ibrasheva has started a new job as business analyst at Clark Builders. Prior to the role, Ibrasheva worked as a data analyst for TC Energy.

Dustin Isaacs is Aecon’s new executive vice president and chief legal officer. Isaacs brings over 20 years of legal executive, business and leadership experience and will oversee all legal affairs at Aecon as a key member of its executive committee.

Diana Demmers was named U40 Person of the Year by the Vancouver Island Construction Association. Demmers is a project manager at EllisDon.

Felipe Albuquerque, a civil engineer and BIM specialist, has been hired as a Revit technician at Houle Electric. Prior to this role, Albuquerque worked as a BIM modeler and plumbing designer in Brazil.

Kiyomi Le has been promoted to to manager of engineering at RAM Consulting. Le said that she will continue to develop RAM’s engineering team and grow its engineering capabilities. She will be managing RAM’s engineering resources, including permits to practice, and internal documents.

Dan Lefebvre will lead the civil design team at J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) as civil discipline chief. Lefebvre brings 29 years of civil design experience to the role, including 21 with JLR.

Martin Jacques and Daniel Lessard‘s roles at Pomerleau have expanded to support Canada-wide growth. Martin Jacques is now chief operating Officer, buildings, for the entire country. Daniel Lessard is now chief operating officer, civil and infrastructure. He will be leading the company’s civil teams from coast to coast. In addition, he will support Pomerleau’s Borea subsidiary.

Derek Goring has been named CEO of Northcrest Developments. Goring, who assumed the position effective immediately, had served as executive vice-president of development at Northcrest since October 2019. Prior to that, Goring worked as the senior vice president of development for First Gulf Corporation.

David LeMay has joined the Centron Group of Companies as construction group president. LeMay will succeed Wayne Benz who is retiring after 37 years in the industry. Previously, LeMay served as president and CEO of Stuart Olson.

Jesse Reynolds has been promoted to project director at Chandos Construction. Reynolds stated that he looks forward to continuing his journey as a leader at the organization. He noted that his promotion would not have been possible without his team.

Ryan Beedie, Beedie president, has been named Business Leader of the Year by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Canada). The award aims to recognize exemplary corporate leadership and impactful community contributions.

*Editor’s Note: If you or someone you know had a major career move recently, let us know! Shoot an email to or tag SiteNews below the social media post. Subscribe to our weekly newsletter to never miss an edition of People Moves.


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