People Moves: May, 2024

Chandos shakes up its leadership team, EllisDon has new hires out east and major promotions were announced this month.

Mary Van Buren has accepted a position as governance & strategy advisor at tng after more than six years as president of the Canadian Construction Association.

Jason Dew is stepping into a new role as senior manager of brand storytelling at Procore Technologies.

Thomas McDougall has been promoted to vice president of operations at Jacob Bros Construction.

Keeli Husband has been promoted to director, business development at EllisDon.

Chandos has changed up its leadership team: Nicholas Darling is chief operating officer, Ellie Choi is senior vice president (risk and legal), Oliver Dees is senior vice president (strategic services) and D’Arcy Newberry is senior vice president (civil and Edmonton).

Mindy Henyu starting a new position as senior manager, Indigenous relations at Aecon Group. Henyu is an Indigenous woman from the Tahltan Nation and Waterhen Lake Cree Nation living in Treaty 7 territory

Jon Castillo has been promoted to operations manager of construction at Orion. He has been with the company five years and Orion says he brings a wealth of experience to his new role.

Larry Mac has stepped into a new role as regional director for Vancouver Island and Amy Livingston has been promoted to senior project coordinator at MAKE Projects.

Derrick Leung has joined Urban Systems as its new civil engineering technologist.

EllisDon has announced leadership appointments in Eastern Canada: Wayne Ferguson (senior vice president, construction, buildings), Mike Armstrong (vice president and area manager for Ottawa) and Brad Cyr (vice president and area manager for Quebec). 

Brianne Mahon has been promoted to community relations director, North America, at GFL Environmental. Mahon also recently celebrated nine years at the company. 

After seven years away, Austin Vlooswyk is returning to WSP Canada as senior director, business development – energy, resources and industry, west. 

Annette Cooper, director of data & analytics for Graham, was one of the winners for the Top 100 Data & Analytics Professional Awards at the 2024 OnConferences Icon Awards. Winners were voted on by their peers. 

James Fisher has retired from Kinetic Construction after 13 years of service. The company noted that Fisher was instrumental in mentoring multiple superintendents, foremen, carpenters, project managers and project coordinators.  

James Fisher

Jill Truscott is now senior director of global marketing at CarbonCure Technologies

Braden Barwich has been promoted to VP of revenue at SiteMax after five years with the software provider. The company stated that Barwich has played a pivotal role in bringing most of its customers on board.

Christina Chiarini has transferred to PCL’s solar district as district HR/PD coordinator after serving its Toronto district for more than two years. 

Jonathan Graham has joined Kindred Works Development as its new manager of building performance. He holds a master’s from Toronto Metropolitan University in building science and has experience in sustainability analysis as well as architecture and engineering consulting.

Pongsatorn Phimnualsri has started a new role as preconstruction technologist at Stack Modular

Cheryl Schindler is Maple Reinders’ new business development manager for its western operations. Schindler said Innovation, integrity, and a diverse portfolio of complex projects are part of what drew her to the company.

George Stasinaki has joined the Gillam Team as an assistant project manager on the LOFT Bradford House project. George graduated with a civil engineering degree from Toronto Metropolitan University and brings over 24 years of experience working in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.

Deanna Perrin, an associate at RJC Engineers, has been recognized as an Outstanding Instructor at the University of British Columbia.

Passionate about paying her education forward, Deanna taught a fourth-year undergrad course on Reinforced Concrete Design. This was her second time teaching the course as a Sessional Instructor at UBC’s Okanagan campus.

RJC Engineers

Ken Tanner has been appointed vice president & district manager of Canada at Flatiron Construction. Tanner joined Flatiron after graduating college in 1998 and has progressed through many vital roles: field engineer, structures superintendent, project engineer, project manager, area manager and operations vice president.

Nicole Emmett has started a new position as Associate Vice-President, Marketing and Communications at Canadian Construction Association – Association canadienne de la construction where I’ll be leading our marketing, communications and events teams. I am looking forward to all the opportunities ahead and working with this incredible team.

Cristal Sargent has begun a new role as mentorship advisor team lead with the BC Construction Association’s Building Builders Mentorship Program.

Patrick Lalonde has been promoted to senior director, digital project delivery at EllisDon. He joined the company nearly 14 years ago as a BIM coordinator.

This reflects not only a significant achievement in my career, but also the fast-changing world of BIM/VDC and how it integrates with all aspects of the built asset lifecycle … I would like to thank the EllisDon family for all their support and leadership allowing me to embrace the spirit of entrepreneurial enthusiasm and grow both personally and professionally within the organization.

Patrick Lalonde, senior director, digital project delivery, EllisDon

Lynn Richman has joined NUQO as a senior project manager. The company noted that with over two decades of modular construction industry experience, Richman is one of the most experienced and respected modular project managers in Canada, managing over 400 modular construction projects including key developments for BC Housing and the 2010 Winter Olympics in B.C.

Travers Stephan is celebrating ten years with Westridge Construction. He has led diverse projects, from water treatment plants to bridges. Most recently, he spearheaded the construction of the Douglas Park Pickleball Court Development.

Joey Chiasson is Acciona‘s new environmental manager. Previously, Chiasson was environmental lead for Ledcor.

April Watson has retired from Sanderson Concrete after working as its office manager for more than 25 years. Company officials noted that her intelligence, kindness, and dedication have shaped Sanderson’s workplace into a community of warmth and camaraderie.

April Watson


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