Meet the CANA team: Derrek Carr, Equipment Operator

March 5, 2021

One of Derrek Carr's most memorable moments at CANA is unlike any other. It started out as a standard day on the Canada Sports Hall of Fame project, unloading material and taking items to where they needed to be—as a Zoom Boom operator does. But things took a turn for the unusual when he was asked to lift the famous Canadian race care driver Jacques Villeneuve's million dollar car to the second floor.

As always, Derrek carried out the task seamlessly, although he was a bit more nervous than usual.

Derrek started with CANA in 2011 and is one of our most dependable operators. As the dedicated Zoom Boom operator, his job is crucial to project success. Often times, he is working in tight areas and around several people, all while moving heavy items high up in the air.

Other memories for Derrek over the years include working on the iconic National Music Centre's Studio Bell in Calgary's East Village downtown. Aside from moving valuable Italian tiles and other rare materials, Derrek also got to meet some famous artists, including Calgary's own Jann Arden.

"Getting to work on unique projects is one the reasons I've been here for as long as I have. The other reason would be all the great people I've got to work with over the years, including Joel Steenhart and Dave Lapinskie, who taught me a lot."

Derrek's own advice for the younger and new employees he works with is simple:

"Ask a lot of questions. Everyone at CANA is always willing to help you out and learn."

Thanks, Derrek, for your dedication to CANA, and congratulations on 10 years!