Patrick Lafreniere

2022-2023 BOARD CHAIR

JMJ Holdings Limited

Patrick moved to Newfoundland in 1999 leaving a first career in the technology industry to pursue a new path here in St. John’s.  He began on-the-job-training in the structural steel business where he learned about estimating, detailing and project management.  After some time decided to attend the College of the North Atlantic pursuing a Diploma in Architectural Engineering Technology where today he is an Applied Science Technologist (AScT).  After graduating, Patrick continued his career working with a metal siding and pre-engineered building contractor for many years.  In 2009, Patrick switched from working as a sub-contractor and moved into the General Contracting space.

Patrick has earned the designation of LEED AP BD+C, obtain his Gold Seal in General Contracting, and became a Project Management Professional (PMP).  Patrick’s major accomplishment is the management of the St. John’s Long Term Care complex in Pleasantville (the first LEED Silver building in NL), working on the expansion of the St. John’s Airport and the CORE Science Facility at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he also championed this project to become a Gold Seal Project – also the first in Newfoundland and Labrador.  In 2020, Patrick joined JCB Construction Canada as their Director of Projects for Atlantic Canada where he oversees all client relations, constructability reviews and construction activities.

Patrick joined the Board in 2016 as Director-at-Large, was the General Contractors Section Chair in 2017 and 2018, and moved on to the Executive in 2019.  He is looking forward to moving up from 1st Vice-Chair to Chair for 2022 and supporting the COO and the rest of Board with continuous improvement of issues brought forward and advocate for all NLCA’s member firms.

Patrick wants to thank the entire Board and NLCA Staff of 2021 for their active involvement during the unforgettable “Stay Home Year” and looking forward to 2022.

Patrick actively supports community charities as well as is an active participant in other non-profit organizations.

Matthew Mallam
Matthew MallamFirst Vice-Chair
Olympic Construction Limited

Matthew Mallam is currently working with Olympic Construction Limited as a Project Manager. For the past five years, Matthew has worked in a leadership role with Olympic. Matthew started working in the construction industry in 2006, obtaining hands-on experience as a laborer and carpenter. These early experiences led him to attain a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Most recently, Matthew has been collaborating with project owners, design firms, and local municipalities to execute projects from concept design through project completion. Matthew has also filled the roll of General Contractors Chair on the NLCA’s 2019-2020 board of directors.

Professionally, Matthew has helped execute major construction projects in the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors throughout the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Some projects include Soldier’s Pond Civil Works, Tweed retail locations, and MUN’s Faculty of Medicine. Matthew is focused on the continual improvement of the services that the company provides. Recently, Matthew has been helping to implement Lean Construction practices, in conjunction with cloud-based construction management software to facilitate the successful completion of each project.

Derek Brown
Derek BrownSecond Vice-Chair
Life Safety Systems/Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc.

Having spent a fantastic two years on the NLCA board as a Director-at-Large, Derek is ready for his next challenge and is seeking election to the Executive in the position of 3rd Vice Chair to enable him to further support the NLCA and its member firms.

Born and raised in Newfoundland, and currently residing in Paradise with his two children, Davis and Mason, Derek has extensive construction experience in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors of our industry. He started his career with The Cahill Group of Companies back in 2008 as a Project Engineer working on various shut-downs at the North Atlantic Refinery Site. From there, he was promoted to Project Manager and began leading construction projects throughout the Province. From 2011-2014 Derek was Chief Construction Engineer and Nightshift Operations Manager for the approximate $2 Billion Vale Long Harbour Processing Plant Project. From 2015-2017 Derek led a team of over 500 across multiple sites in the construction of the HVDC infrastructure as part of the Lower Churchill/Muskrat Falls Development (approx. $200M contract). Most recently, Derek is the Project Manager for the mechanical installation at the new MUN Core Science Facility (approx. $80M contract) in St. John’s, NL which is set to finish this year.

Education and continuous improvement are very important to Derek. He received his Engineering Degree from Memorial University, he has obtained his Professional Engineering license (P.Eng), his Project Management Professional (PMP) designation, has completed a Masters Certificate in Project Management (MCPM) from the Gardiner Centre, and has completed a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Business School.

Derek has a tremendous passion for the local construction industry and understands the importance of mentoring and developing the next generation of leaders in this sector. Through his role with Life Safety Systems/Atlantica Mechanical Contractors Inc., Derek humbly requests your vote of confidence so he can continue his work for member firms by being ELECTED as 3rd Vice Chair with the NLCA.

Stephen Short
Stephen ShortThird Vice-Chair
PAL Airlines

Having worked with the board of directors and staff of the NLCA as Labrador Region Director, Stephen is humbly asking for our member’s support in advancing to the position of Third Vice Chair with the Board of Directors for 2022, to further support the NLCA and its membership.

For the past three years, Stephen has proudly represented the interests of member firms in the Labrador region at the board level. In addition to board involvement, Stephen has worked closely with the NLCA staff to further the associations growth and presence in the Labrador region through partnerships with local chambers of commerce, as well as regularly hosting NLCA Labrador Regional Membership Meeting and virtual Municipal Update Series.

In his day job, Stephen is Director of Business Development and Sales with PAL Airlines. He began his career in logistics management and aviation in Labrador West, where he worked closely with clients in the Newfoundland and Labrador industrial and mining sectors. Upon transfer to Happy Valley – Goose Bay in 2015, Stephen took on account and logistics management for the Muskrat Falls megaproject, focusing on providing commercial, charter, and cargo solutions to contractors of various sizes. In addition, Stephen has built a strong understanding and respect for working with rural and indigenous communities on the North and South Coasts of Labrador, where logistics can often be challenging. Now based in St. John’s, Stephen works with companies throughout Atlantic Canada to ensure they are provided the best possible transportation and logistics services. Stephen is focused on finding customized solutions for his customers so that they always get to their job sites on time and on budget. Having been involved in some of our province’s largest projects, Stephen understands the importance of on-time crew and cargo movements throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Stephen has received his Bachelor of Commerce from Memorial University, where he convocated with the Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board Chair’s Leadership Award. He is currently studying toward his Master of Business Administration through the University of Fredericton.

Stephen brings a range of board experience, including having served as a board member with the Labrador West Chamber of Commerce, and an active member with the St John’s Board of Trade Ambassador Program.

In addition to his professional pursuits, Stephen spends his time working for his community and enjoying the outdoors. He has served as a member of the Happy Valley – Goose Bay Rotary Club, as well as a director on the Portugal Cove – St. Phillips Harbour Authority Board of Directors.

Sandy Murphy
Sandy MurphySecretary - Treasurer/Past Chair
West Coast Excavating & Equipment Company Limited

Sandy Murphy is the Chief Executive Officer with West Coast Excavating.

He graduated Civil Engineering from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1983, and spent one year with an architectural firm in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.  Sandy entered the construction field as an Estimator the following year, and spent two years in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Sandy moved to Newfoundland 1987 and worked for Lundrigan Construction as their Estimator, where he was later promoted to Chief Estimator and Junior Project Manager.  He went on to work with Merit Management in Deer Lake as a Project Manager/Chief Estimator in 1992.  He believes that continued education is important to the construction industry, and has achieved his Gold Seal Certification (GSC).

Sandy has spent the last nine years on the NLCA Board of Directors; five years as Western Director and most recently as Chair.  He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Humber Community YMCA, and is Gold Seal Certified.

Valerie Penney
Valerie PenneyDirector at Large
RCS Construction

Valerie Penney is a graduate of Civil Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She started her construction career 16 years ago as an estimator with a local general contractor. From estimating she worked her way into Project Management and has been doing both roles for the last 13 years. Valerie joined rcs almost four years ago as a Project Manager. She fits in our culture so well, Val seems like she’s been here since day 1. Valerie is known as a hard-working professional who takes a pragmatic approach to ensure the project gets completed within budget and on schedule. Understanding the importance of client and supplier relationships is the most important factor in completing a successful project. Valerie has served two years on the board as a Director at Large.

Adam Buckle
Adam BuckleDirector at Large
Marine Contractors Inc.

Adam Buckle works with the Marine Group of Companies (Marine Contractors Inc.) as their Chief Financial Officer and works closely with the shareholders to delivery on the group’s strategic priorities. With 20 years of experience spanning financial management, corporate finance, Business Development, and entrepreneurship Adam has established broad financial and leadership acumen to help boost industries forward.

Candace Dominix
Candace DominixCentral Director
Defence Construction Canada

Candace Dominix graduated from College of the North Atlantic with an Architectural Engineering Technology Diploma in 2006. Since then she has worked with LSG Construction Limited (formally Granco Construction Limited) and Brook Construction (2007) Inc., until recently accepting a position with Defence Construction Canada as Coordinator of Construction Services.

Candace has been involved with the NLCA for a number of years and has served as Central Director for four years. As well she previously served as the Education & Training Committee Chair, and on the Charity Auction Committee and the Membership Committee.

Candace started her career as a draftperson and office administrator. She has worked extensively on Design/Build projects , closely with the field as a Project Manger, Estimator and Safety Advisor/Coordinator and currently holding a position as Coordinator of Construction Services with Defence Construction Canada.

Steven Hynes
Steven HynesWestern Director
Northridge Developments Ltd.

Steven Hynes has been a Project Manager with Northridge Developments Ltd. since 2015, and is the current Western Director of the NLCA. Steven has served two years on the NLCA board, and is hoping to be re-elected as Western Director for the 2021/2022 term.  He received his Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University in 2006, and continued his education at the College of the North Atlantic, graduating with a Diploma in Architectural Engineering Technology in 2009. Before joining the team at Northridge, Steven had been working at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook as a Project Coordinator and as a consultant for Atlantic Engineering Consultants Ltd.

Steven has worked on projects of all scales throughout Western Newfoundland and brings 10+ years of construction and consulting experience to his position. He has a wide variety of professional skills to assist in any construction setting.  He was born and raised in Corner Brook, and resides there currently with his wife, Megan, daughter Macy and newborn son, Noel. When he isn’t at work, Steven enjoys being outdoors and playing a variety of sports.

Richard Gosse
Richard GosseLegal Governance Director
Cox & Palmer

Richard Gosse is a partner at the St. John’s office of Cox & Palmer, practicing in commercial litigation with a focus in construction-related work including tendering and procurement, liens and delay, professional liability and general contract negotiations and dispute resolution.

Richard is listed as a leading practitioner in the 2020 and 2021 listings of the publication Best Lawyers in Canada in the area of Construction Law. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Association (NLCA) and has been the Provincial Chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s Construction Law Section since 2013. Within Cox & Palmer, he is co-chair of the Construction Law Practice Group and a member of the regional Construction Industry Group.  In the community, he serves as Chair of the Board of Directors of Shallaway – Newfoundland and Labrador Youth in Chorus Inc.

Keith Butler
Keith ButlerInnovation & Technology Director

Keith Butler is the Technical Sales Representative for Bird Stairs Construction Products (J.W. Bird and Company Ltd) for Newfoundland and Labrador. Keith has over 20 years of sales experience. The last eight of which have been within the construction industry. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Memorial University. He has collected various awards for sales during his tenure sales and relationship management.

Keith has sold an array of products in approximately two decades in sales. Now currently specializing in the field of specialty construction products, he has a passion for implementing new technology and innovation into the construction industry. He is looking to promote new and innovative products that can make construction activities more effective and user friendly for everyone in the construction field. He has worked on a plethora of different projects during his time in the construction industry. Some of the innovative products he has been involved with in the construction industry include energy efficient material handling equipment, biodegradable flooring products, pile jacket repair systems, tactile warning systems, vegetated wall systems and many more. His passion and drive to succeed would be an asset to any team.

Ryan Davis
Ryan DavisGeneral Contractors Section Chair
Marco Group Limited

Ryan Davis is a Senior Project Manager with Marco Group Limited. He was born and raised in St. John’s and graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2008 with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree. Since then he has obtained his Professional Engineer License (P. Eng) and his Goal Seal Certification (GSC) in General Contracting. He is currently working towards a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

Ryan began his career in the construction industry with Marco during his engineering work terms and was hired full time once he graduated. He has overseen numerous projects across Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) including a number of schools, hospital renovations, car dealerships, retail box stores, university renovations, office buildings, restaurants, a transit building, a sports complex, and airport expansions/renovations. He is currently overseeing the Atlantic Cultivation Canopy Building and Spiritleaf stores around the province.

When Ryan isn’t working he spends time with his family, enjoys the outdoors, and coaches local sports clubs.

Ryan has been involved with general contracting in Newfoundland and Labrador in some form since 2003. He has a wide range of knowledge and skills in construction, and looks forward to the possibility of serving on the board with the NLCA as General Contractors Section Chair.

David Cahill
David CahillElectrical/Mechanical Section Chair
The Cahill Group

David graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Process Engineering in 2013. He attained his Professional Engineering designation in 2019. He joined The Cahill Group in 2013 as a Field Engineer. David worked on remote project sites in northern Alberta, lived in camp and became intimately immersed in Cahill’s oil and gas work while managing both mechanical and electrical work scopes. In 2017, David relocated to Newfoundland and Labrador to work at various project sites for the Muskrat Falls power generation project. In 2018, he became the Project Manager for The Residence at Littledale, a private seniors’ community development in the west end of St. John’s.  In March 2019, David became the Director of Projects for Cahill’s newly formed Commercial/Infrastructure division.

David completed a Construction Law seminar at Osgoode Law School in Ontario and is currently doing his MBA at the Australian Institute of Business.  Since relocating to St. John’s, he has completed several professional development courses through the NLCA. David is active in his community. He is currently Director at Large on the Construction Labour Relations Association of Newfoundland and Labrador board of directors, as well sits on the executive committee of this board as Secretary. This past year he was also on the NLCA board of directors as the Mechanical and Electrical Section Chair.

The Cahill Group has been a member of the NLCA for 34 years. David follows the organization with interest as they stay current with emerging industry trends to provide members with timely education and professional development opportunities throughout the year.

Lindsay Gosse
Lindsay GosseManufacturers, Suppliers & Services Section Chair
Newcrete Investments

Lindsay Gosse is the Sales Manager for Landscape and Masonry at Concrete Products, where she is responsible for the coordination, quoting, and inventory for the entire landscape and masonry department.

Lindsay has over 11 years’ experience in sales, 7 of which she worked for locally owned, Rideout Tool & Machine, selling various tools and machinery all around Newfoundland.  Lindsay also worked as an Office Manager at Power Vac Services for 8 years, where she was responsible for payroll, accounts receivable, accounts payable and safety!  Lindsay has been working with Concrete Products since March 2019 and is very dedicated to her position and promoting the products and services that Concrete Products provide.

Lindsay has been involved in the construction industry in Newfoundland and Labrador in some form or another since she entered the work force in 2002.  Lindsay served as the Manufacturers, Suppliers & Services Section Chair in 2020 and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve on the board again in this role in 2021! She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlantic Masonry Institute and is Vice President of Landscape Newfoundland and Labrador!

Lindsay is originally from St. Joseph’s, St. Mary’s Bay, she currently resides in Paradise with her husband and son.

Cory Pittman
Cory PittmanTrade Contractors Section Chair
Allstar Rebar Ltd.

Cory Pittman is the Operations Manager with Allstar Rebar Ltd.  He has been in this position for more than 20 years.  He has been involved in many reinforcing steel projects in Newfoundland and Labrador including Muskrat Falls, Corner Brook Acute Care, Avalon Mall Parkade, MUN’s Core Science Building and projects in British Columbia such as the RAV Line.

Cory is an active volunteer and has served on Newfoundland and Labrador Construction Curling Committee for 13 years.  He has served 3 years on the PCSP Minor softball executive and has been a coach with the Northeast Minor Hockey Association since 2010. In 2018, he received Bantam Coach of the year and the Wayne Mitchelmore award for Overall Coach of the Year at Northeast Minor Hockey.  He has been a member of the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel (CCCS) and currently has served as Trade Contractors Section Chair at the NLCA for the past 2 years.

Cory has been an active member of the NLCA, especially regarding Steel Safeguards and his participation on the Master Spec Committee.  He has also carried out extensive work with the Canadian Coalition for Construction Steel and the Reinforcing Steel Institute of Canada.

Brandon MacDonald
Brandon MacDonaldHeavy Civil Contractor’s Chair
Pennecon Heavy Civil Limited

As a professional engineer with over 22 years of experience in the Heavy Civil Construction Industry, Brandon currently holds the role of Vice President, Strategy and Growth with Pennecon, a diversified provider of heavy civil, industrial, marine, and services/maintenance operations throughout Canada.  Brandon has spent many years executing infrastructure projects in a variety of roles from designer and resident engineer all the way up to President and CEO.

Previous senior and executive-level work experience in two different levels of government plus his extensive background in private industry have proven to be invaluable experiences that have shaped Brandon’s 360-degree view of the construction industry.  Brandon currently serves on the board of the Canadian Technical Asphalt Association (CTAA) and is a member of the asphalt user producer group of the Heavy Civil Association of NL.

Max Day
Max DayStandard Practices Section Chair
Can-Am Platforms & Construction Ltd.

Max Day P.ENG, GSC has served on the NLCA Board of Directors for the past two terms as the Standard Practices Section Chair.

Max is the Site Engineer with Can-Am Platforms & Construction Ltd. and has been employed with Can-Am Platforms & Construction Ltd as a Site Engineer since 2015. Max is responsible for the oversight of all construction projects with this firm to ensure the work is completed correct, on-time and on budget.

Max is a graduate from Memorial University’s Engineering Program and earned his Gold Seal certification thru the NLCA Center of Excellence. Max has worked in the General Contractor’s Industry since 2008 and has always been employed with firms that are members of the NLCA.

Max is an avid user of the NLCA services and was involved with this year’s vote on the changes made to the by-laws and is always participating to the General Contractors section meetings. Max is also a regular attender of the annual general meeting and has taken many of the courses offered by the NLCA.

Katrina Hickey
Katrina HickeySafety Committee Chair
Locke’s Electrical Ltd.

Katrina is the Corporate Health, Safety, Environment Manager with Locke’s Electrical Ltd. since moving back to Newfoundland just over two years ago. She has an extensive background working in construction; specializing in the powerline/utilities industry where she has worked for more than 10 years. Her work experience includes working for one of the largest powerline contractors in Canada, a specialized high voltage underground contractor and most recently with Locke’s Electrical. She holds an honours diploma in Occupational Health and Safety from Keyin College, attained her Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation at the young age of 24, and holds a designation specialized for her industry as a Certified Utility Safety Professional.

Katrina volunteers with the Girl Guides of Canada and Threads of Life (supporting workers and families who have suffered from workplace tragedy). She looks forward to becoming more involved with the NLCA since becoming acquainted with them through Locke’s Electrical and the valuable experience to be gained from working with like-minded individuals in the construction industry.

Linda Mansfield
Linda MansfieldMembership Committee Chair
Parsons Engineering

Linda Mansfield holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op) Degree from Memorial University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Information Technology. She is Managing Director for WH Parsons Limited, a real estate holdings business with residential and commercial properties in St. John’s, Mount Pearl and Paradise; as well as the President & CEO of Homeworx Modular Homes & Renovations, an award-winning residential construction company based in St. John’s.

Prior to starting Homeworx, Linda worked in the steel fabrication and engineering sectors with Steelfab Industries and Parsons Engineering. Aside from being Safety Manager for both the manufacturing plant and on commercial construction sites, Linda managed their marketing, administration and fall protection training programs.

Linda has always believed in giving back through volunteering and as such, has a rich history of serving on non-profit boards. Her most recent appointment prior to becoming a NLCA board member for the 2020/21 term was with the Canadian Home Builders Association of NL, where she Chaired the Professional Development Committee and was a productive member of the Policy & Governance and Events Planning Committees.

Starting a new board appointment with the NLCA as Chair of the Membership Committee in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown certainly presented challenges to moving forward with many planned initiatives. Linda would like to continue the Committee’s work into the 2021/22 term and asks for your support in doing so.

Membership Committee work includes further developing the available offers through the Member Benefit Club and creating a more comprehensive welcome package for new members. Future plans post-pandemic will focus on enhancing the NLCA profile and membership by promoting supports, engaging in speaking opportunities, co-branding with associated organizations and building a closer alliance with municipalities.

Holly Hicks
Holly HicksEducation & Training Committee Chair
Vigilant Atlantic

I started work in the Construction Industry in 1989 while attending university, and in 1993, completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from Memorial.  I am Gold Seal Certified (Estimator), have attained the professional designation of CEC (Construction Estimator Certified), and am in the process of pursuing the PQS (Professional Quantity Surveyor) designation.  A former partner with The ND Dobbin Group of Companies, I have worked in the capacity of Estimator, Senior Estimator, Project Manager and Construction Manager.   In 2016, I was honored to join the Vigilant Atlantic team, coordinating design, procurement, contract administration and project management of industrial and commercial building construction projects.

I have given freely of my time to various community and volunteer organizations, including The Red Seal Appeal, Lions Club, Canadian Cancer Society, MS Super Cities Walk, and several other local charity efforts, and I am extremely proud to have served on the NLCA (Newfoundland & Labrador Construction Association) Charity Auction Committee for the past ten years.

Within the local business community, I have held the position of Safety Chair on the NLCA Board of Directors, representing the NLCA at the NLCSA (Newfoundland Labrador Construction Safety Association) Board, as well as the CLRA (Construction Labour Relations Association) Board of Directors.  In 2013, I was appointed to the Board of Directors for the St. John’s International Airport Authority-a position she currently holds.  In 2018 through to 2020, I was privileged to return to the NLCA Board as Education and Training Chair.

A fierce advocate of continued education, I eagerly shared my time and experience to work with educators such as CCA and KeyIn Technical College to assist in the development of technical management education programs.  While I had worked with the NLCA for many years to deliver the Construction Estimating course, and has developed and presented their Blue Print Reading course, a fitting opportunity to re-join the NLCA as Chair of the Education and Training Committee for 2018 presented, and since that time, a number of initiatives were set in motion.

The past three years have been very exciting for the NLCA Education and Training program through the Centre of Excellence and with the benefit to our members of training funds through the Canada Job Grant.  We continue to nurture partnerships and pursue innovative training opportunities by engaging the membership, the Community, and our schools.

Once again this year, I respectfully ask for your support to continue my position as Chair of the Education and Training Committee, to continue the work of developing a high standard of programs for our members.

Rhonda Neary
Rhonda NearyPresident/COO