Meet the CANA team: Mark Russell, Lead Hand

June 3, 2021

As a lead hand on some of CANA’s most unique projects, Mark Russell has accumulated a wealth of experience during his career. Beginning with CANA in 2006 as a carpenter, Mark quickly proved himself to be capable of not only completing the work set out for him but also being a leader onsite. Helping others and encouraging growth are just some of his respected traits.

Some of Mark’s most memorable projects he’s been part of include the Markin MacPhail Athletic and Ice Complex and Mount Royal University’s Bella Concert Hall. On these projects, he was able to take on unique carpentry work with extremely high standards for quality. He feels great pride when driving by these sites today knowing he has helped build the community for future generations.

Mark’s mentors in his early days included Ed Halat and Kerry Aymont, whom he credits with not only showing him the ropes but also teaching him to be understanding of others starting out.

“What I tell all new employees and people just getting into carpentry is that there are no stupid questions. If you don’t ask, you don’t learn.”

Outside of work, Mark enjoys spending time with his family and helping out his son with a charity he works for that helps the homeless population in Calgary.

Thanks, Mark, for your continued dedication to CANA, and congratulations on 15 years!