People Moves: May 2023

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

Donna Grant announced that she is moving on from her role as president of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). Will Pauga, chair of the VRCA board of directors, will serve as interim president. Grant stated that after two intense years of making critical changes for members, it is now time to pass the torch and take on her next challenge.

Paul Charette has retired from his position as independent director on Bird Construction‘s board. Following Charette’s retirement, the total number of board members has been reduced from twelve to eleven. According to the company, Charette has played an integral role in Bird’s success story, serving as an independent director from 2021 to 2023 and as chairman of the board from 2001 to 2021.

Angelo Suntres has begun a new role as operations manager at Mattina Mechanical after three years of working at EllisDon. One of Suntres biggest achievements at EllisDon was working on Ontario’s Michael Garron Hospital.  

Tony Issac, founder of Calgary-based modular construction company ROC Modular, has announced his retirement from the company as its chief impact officer. Issac stated that as the consummate entrepreneur, he plans to move on to a new adventure. Joseph Kiss will continue to lead as president and CEO. 

Steve Vernon has been promoted to COO of Chard Development. The B.C. developer noted that Vernon has been a pivotal member of the Chard team for over two decades, and has worn many hats during that time – his most recent being vice president of operations.⁠

Rachele Renzi, Kirsten San Juan, Lisa Allsworth have all joined Adera Development. Renzi will serve as marketing & creative specialist, San Juan as property & asset manager on the Adera commercial property portfolio, and Allsworth as executive assistant for multifamily and industrial development.

Adrienne Maskalyk, vice-President, Forestry and Environmental at GeoVerra, is having their role expanded to vice-president, environment, sustainability and social responsibility. The surveying and geomatics firm stated that the new role demonstrates the company’s commitment to and recognition of sustainability and social responsibility.

Dino Burbello has started a new role as vice president of highrise operations at Ontario homebuilder City Park Group. Previously, Burbello worked as a senior superintendent for CentreCourt. 

Darragh Hogan is QuadReal Property Group’s latest project manager in Vancouver. Hogan has more than nine years of experience in delivering building and M&E projects from construction to operational stage ranging in value from $100 million to $1.2 billion. 

Lucas Pinheiro has joined civil engineering firm Morrison Hershfield as a proposal coordinator. Pinheiro spent the past two years as a proposal and marketing coordinator at Scott Construction.

Michelle McKendrick has begun a new position as manager of national partnerships, construction and property management division at Altis Recruitment. McKendrick said that she looks forward to continuing to work with long-standing clients as well as building upon those relationships nationwide.

Kati Varga is Naikoon Contracting‘s new director of marketing and communications. Before this role, she was marketing director for architecture firm HCMA.

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