Construction leaders help curate Spotify playlist 🎶

The first of our three-part series highlights songs industry movers and shakers are checking out.

Ever wonder what engineers, CEOs and tradespeople listen to at work? Now you don’t have to. We reached out to every corner of the sector for this special Spotify playlist. Throw it on at the jobsite, in the office or while you’re on the road.

1. Mary Van Buren, Canadian Construction Association President

  • Unstoppable – Sia

Great motivator to kick off the day.

Van Buren

2. Shane McKernan, Director of Construction at Chard Development

  • Die Hard – Kendrick Lamar

My go-to song to crush work to.


3. Sebastien de Ghellinck, SkillSignal Founder and Owner

  • Sabotage – Beastie Boys

I’ve been a Beastie Boys fan since I was 14. My absolute favourite is Sabotage. That song is 200 per cent pure energy and fun. It can pick me up in any mood I find myself stranded in and never ever gets old.

de Ghellinck

4. Rory Kulmala, Vancouver Island Construction Association CEO

  • Friends in Low Places – Garth Brooks

Always been one of my favourites! Serenaded my wife with this song some 20+ years ago 😊

– Kulmala

5. Nicholas Tountas – Sheet metal worker at Orzech Heating and Cooling

  • Take ‘Em Down – Dropkick Murphys

I’m a diehard Dropkick Murphys fan and most of their music is obscure to most people.  What the Murphys stand for resonates with me more than any singular song. They’re a very pro-union and pro-worker’s rights band and one song in particular, “Take ‘em Down”, really solidifies their views on the power of organizing and protecting your rights. It’s an older song, but the message is one that never ages. 


6. Erik Backstrom – City of Edmonton Senior Planner

  • Light Up My Room – Barenaked Ladies

A romantically-infused reflection on urban infrastructure that has always resonated with me.

– Backstrom

7. Thomas Bamber – Air + Light Technical Lead for Integral Group

  • Soul Brother – Dalton

This is just a really great song. That’s all I really have to say. I don’t know who Dalton is. It’s been used in a couple of mixes I found here and there and I Shazam’d it and it’s just the nuts.

– Bamber

8. Michael Scott, Vice President of Impact Recruitment’s Building Division

  • Jane Says – Jane’s Addiction

Love how such  a powerful band and sounds can produce something this chill and melodic but still has deep meaning behind it. Great driving song!

– Scott

9. Russell Hixson, SiteNews Editor

  • The Less I Know the Better – Tame Impala

This song is such a vibe. It just flows and puts me in a very calm mood. Great to listen to while I’m writing up notes or doing research.

– Hixson

*Editor’s Note – Listen to the whole Spotify playlist here. This is the first part of a three-part series that will highlight different media recommendations by construction leaders. To make sure you don’t miss out, subscribe to our newsletter below.


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