Anathea Fenton is the Principal of the Halifax branch for Falkbuilt, a Calgary-based company that delivers digitally precise building components for rapid assembly on-site. She has spent over 20 years working with client teams to integrate pre-manufactured interior wall solutions into their construction projects. Anathea has worked with Fortune 500 companies, healthcare systems, education institutions, government, start-ups and not-for-profits in the US and across Canada to help build projects sustainably while creating long-term value for their real estate. More importantly, she believes in delivering an exceptional client experience. Raised in HRM with a family background in home construction, Anathea graduated from Dalhousie University with a B.Sc. in Biology. This is her 5th year serving on the Board of DCI.
Beth MacLeod is an Architect at Lydon Lynch Architects. Originally from Alberta, Beth moved to Halifax to study Architecture at Dalhousie, where she received her Bachelor of Environmental Design Studies and Master of Architecture.
Beth started her architectural career at RHAD Architects, following that she was with EXP Architects. Currently, she works with Lydon Lynch Architects working on multi-residential, commercial and institutional projects.
Beth has been heavily involved in both provincial and national internship organizations, having served on and chaired the NSAA Intern Architect Committee and having co-founded and chaired the RAIC Emerging Practitioners. This new group is a big step forward in giving interns and emerging architects a national voice in the architectural community.
Secretary, Chair, Marketing and Communications
Chair, Sponsorship and Fund Development
Chair, Nomination and Membership
Trent Soholt is the Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Construction Sector Council-ICI (NSCSC) - a not-for-profit organization that collaborates with industry partners to provide human resource solutions and labour market information for Nova Scotia's industrial, commercial and institutional construction sector. The NSCSC is also the home of the Trades Exhibition Hall – a one-of-a-kind career awareness facility, and the new Mobile Construction Experience – a road-going showcase of construction occupations that visits Junior High Schools throughout Nova Scotia.
Working with contractors, labour organizations, training providers, government and industry partners, Trent fosters collaboration, supports innovative approaches to training, career awareness, industry research, strategic planning and encourages advances in technology adoption.
Trent is an internationally certified Project Management Professional through the Project Management Institute. He has over 20 years of Project Management experience ranging from construction and urban planning to human resources, business development, information technology, and arts and entertainment. He is a strong advocate for trades and technology. As an instructor of supervisory and management skills; President of the Association of Industry Sector Councils; Treasurer for the Apprenticeship Award Trust, and Skills Canada Nova Scotia; Director for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency and the Design & Construction Institute of Nova Scotia; and the Chair of the Atlantic Labour Market Information Committee; Trent believes the construction sector has a fundamental role in the prosperity of Nova Scotia and Canada
Chair, Policy and Governance
Chair, Education and Events
Ben is a Civil Engineer with experience in consulting, technology development, and entrepreneurship. Ben is a Partner at EastPoint, a Halifax Based Architecture and Engineering Consultant. As Vice President of Business Development he leads EastPoint’s internal growth initiatives. His growth efforts have seen EastPoint awarded the Globe and Mail’s ‘Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies’ award in 2019 and 2020.
Ben has owned several small businesses, but spent most of his early career growing a Toronto based technology company, playing an integral role in opening several satellite offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Outside of the office, Ben is a father, volunteer, and an avid rugby player.
Chair, Social Committee
Born and raised in Inverness, NS, Mike graduated from TUNS with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 1998. Since joining Defence Construction Canada in 2000, Mike has had increasing leadership roles with the company including Site Manager, Regional Operations Manager and working with Executive Management Group in Ottawa for a year. He is currently the Regional Service Line Leader for Construction, responsible for all Construction and Contract Management in Atlantic Canada. A highlight of his career with DCC was bringing the first Modified-Design-Build contract to Atlantic Canada. Mike was VP of the Nova Scotia Asphalt User Producer Association and is a current member of the Government & Industry Relations Committee with CANS. In his spare time, Mike enjoys golfing, reading and coaching minor hockey. He resides in Halifax with his wife and two kids.
Chair, Audit Committee
Born on Cape Breton Island and raised across Canada, David owns and operates M3D DesignWorks in Mabou on Cape Breton’s west coast. With more than 30 years of experience as an Architectural Technologist, David has been involved in a wide-range of projects across North America. David has been honoured to serve on the board of DCI since 2018, and is also a Director of the Strait Area Chamber of Commerce and Registrar of the Nova Scotia Home Designers Association.
Barbara MacDonald – B.Arch, LEED AP, RHFAC
Faculty – in the Civil & Building Technology Department – Nova Scotia Community College since 2005, Barbara has been teaching Architectural Technicians and Drafting students how to produce commercial working drawings in REVIT as well as construction methodology and detailing. In addition to the production of drawings, projects include full building code analysis, strategies to achieve LEED certification and site development. Other teaching includes Photoshop and MS Project software as well as advanced use of AutoCAD, Sketchup and MS Office products.
Her hobbies, when there is time, include watercolour painting and doing puzzles. However, her favorite pastime is spending time with her 1 year old grandson Ethan.
Barbara has been a registered Architect since 1988, recently retired from NSAA, LEED Accredited Professional since 2008, Rick Hansen Certified Professional since 2019. Architectural experience with Sims & Gavel Architects and Whitman Benn /AMEC included both health care and military projects. Project management experience with HRM involved the development of Recreation centers for the Municipality as well as library assessments.
Melody Hillman is the Director, Member Engagement and Development for the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS) and has worked with CANS for ten years. Melody has experience in project management, organizational strategy building, strategic planning and large-scale project execution. Melody holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from Saint Mary’s University and in her spare time is an avid rock climber, outdoor enthusiast and maker of ceramics.
Donna Hoar stands at the forefront of the project management consultant sector in the Halifax Regional Municipality. Sought out for her expertise in managing large projects with multiple stakeholders, Donna is a key element in clients achieving project success.
A champion of team cohesiveness, Donna utilizes her superior leadership and communication skills to ensure goals remain on track throughout the duration of the project. She identifies the strengths and limitations of team members and works diligently to ensure that inclusion, trust and responsibility remain in focus.
Of particular benefit to clients, Donna’s breadth of experience in both the construction and design sectors allow for an unabridged assessment in relationship to task importance, urgency and risk.
An advocate of community involvement, Donna is the Regional Coordinator for Special Olympics, Dartmouth; Member, Built Environment Standards Development Committee; Chair, Special Olympics Nova Scotia Provincial Leadership Committee; as well as a Director on the Special Olympics Nova Scotia Board
Name: Laura Steele
DCI membership position: Communications Committee
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