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.
Member at Large
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.
Chair, Marketing and Communications
Member at Large
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
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.
Member at Large
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.
Name: Laura Steele
DCI membership position: Communications Committee
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