What CANS Does

The Construction Association of Nova Scotia will be the leading voice of the construction industry respected by members, government, industry and the public as a provider of the highest quality and value added services.


The Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) represents more than 760 large and small companies that build, renovate and restore non-residential buildings, roads, bridges and other engineering projects.

We are an industry trade association representing the interests of contractors, suppliers and service providers throughout Atlantic Canada and across the country.

Our members include firms in the non-residential construction industry. Please click HERE to see the many benefits of being a CANS Member.

  • Since it was founded in 1862, CANS membership has grown to more than 760 companies.
  • We are a registered not-for-profit organization accountable to a volunteer board of directors.
  • A staff of twelve work out of our head office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.
  • CANS is affiliated with and contributes to the Canadian Construction Association and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada.

Since our inception more than 150 years ago, CANS has built upon a solid foundation. Driven by the dedication of our staff and board of directors, service delivery is the basis of our foundation.

As those familiar with the construction industry know, without a solid foundation, failure is inevitable. We pride ourselves on providing quality service and programs to our members; and that is why we have stood the test of time.


Our Highlights

CANSnet provides project information on approximately $20 billion in construction investment activity around Atlantic Canada.

We offer a comprehensive range of Industry Education and Training programs to our membership and industry partners.

CANS members have access to more information and services and pay lower dues than many other associations across Canada.

CANS recognizes member companies that have succeeded in business and held a membership beyond 25 years. Over 150 member companies have received Bowman Awards which were named for past chairman Earle Bowman. His dedication as a CANS volunteer spanned more than 50 years.


Our Executive Committee & Board of Directors


Executive Committee

Cory Bell, J.W. Lindsay Enterprises, Chairman
John Flemming, Ocean Contractors Ltd., 1st Vice Chairman
Rylan MacDow, The Shaw Group, 2nd Vice Chairman
Brendan Nobes, RCS Construction Inc., Past Chairman
Chris Sangster, Stevens Group of Companies, Treasurer
Matthew Brunt, J.W. Bird & Company Ltd.
Darren Nantes, G3 Galvanizing
Rene Cox, Bird Construction Company
Duncan Williams, CANS President

Board of Directors

John Volcko, PCL Constructors Canada
David Wood, Municipal Contracting Ltd.
Adrian Morrison, Black & McDonald Ltd.
John O’Connor, Dept. of Transportation & Infrastructure Renewal
Todd MacEachern, Wilson's Fuels Co. Ltd.
Heather Cruickshanks, L.E. Cruickshanks Sheet Metal
Tim Ambrose, EnviroBate Inc.
Royce Williston, Higgins (1984) Co. Ltd.
Dave MacGregor, MacGregors Custom Machining Ltd.
Chad Wiesner, CABCO Communications Group
Patrick Stiles, Pomerleau Inc.
Tim Houtsma, Marid Industries Ltd.


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Our Strategic Plan

Our Guiding Principles

Our Ethics Standards

Our Members

Our Staff

Volunteer Opportunities

Networking Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Membership Services

Membership Dues and Fees

Membership Services Agreement