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Our Team

Canerector staff have a strong technical and operating focus, many with decades of experience in heavy industry. We abstain from using titles at Corporate Office, preferring to think of ourselves as serving our companies rather than overseeing them. All of us share a common goal to improve our companies, not exploit them; helping them to thrive by being flexible, and responsive to their operational requirements.

Cecil Hawkins

Cecil was 15 years old when he first started working at Canadian Erectors and has made the business his lifelong obsession. He began as a boilermaker apprentice on field erected storage tanks and pulp and paper mill boilers. Later, he worked in Canadian Erectors’ fabricating plant, and in drafting, purchasing, sales, and project management. He has been Canerector’s chief executive since 1982, and having overseen 30 acquisitions, his interest in novel opportunities continues to keep him active in shaping the overall direction of the company.

Amanda Hawkins

Amanda has shown a fascination for the industry and a strong determination to learn the business from the ground up and has worked at many of Canerector’s businesses. Her practical experience includes working on a jobsite as a customer and field crew liaison as well as drafting, engineering, estimating, sales and project management. She is now at Canerector’s corporate office working full-time as a division liaison.

Ahmed Fawal

Ahmed is involved in exploring new business opportunities. Ahmed brings practical expertise in identifying and developing process improvements for Canerector businesses from his engineering background in the automotive industry.

Alexandra Karacsony

Prior to joining Canerector, Alexandra worked in corporate law with a focus on commercial transactions. Alexandra joined Canerector to support business operations and acquisitions and she is now focused on intermediary deal origination and acquisitions.

Jonathan Puddy

Jonathan joined Canerector in 2002 with the task of developing new business opportunities. His experience includes 20 years in the steel industry working in a private family-owned business. Jonathan has successfully completed many acquisitions for the company and now acts as a liaison for our businesses.

Simon Tan

Prior to joining Canerector, Simon worked in the Investment Banking Division of Desjardins Capital Markets in Toronto, where he worked on public M&A and financing transactions. Previously, Simon worked in Risk Management at a large Canadian insurance company. Simon is now focused on acquisitions originating from intermediaries.

Choong-Kit (CK) Too

CK joined Canerector with a background in chemical engineering and a varied experience working in oil & gas, petro-chemicals, and manufacturing. He has field experience particularly in hydraulic fracturing (fracking). He is prominently involved in sourcing acquisition opportunities for Canerector’s family of companies.

Paul Tuzi

Paul is active in pursuing new acquisition opportunities. Paul’s experience includes 15 years in foundry operations in the automotive sector where he rose through the ranks, from process engineering and plant maintenance to production and general management.

Warren Whitmore

Warren has a degree in mechanical engineering followed by 8 years working in manufacturing and product design engineering in the automotive sector. This experience is rounded out with several years in sales and management roles. He is now focused on acquisitions for Canerector.