“For me, it’s all about the people and the communication… positive people and positive energy working towards a positive future. Good people make the good times better and the difficult times easier; like a family. That’s the rcs family, that’s why I like working here.”
– John Murphy, Site Superintendent
rcs is a collaborative environment filled with happy employees that have a mix of industry experience and education. No matter the age or background of the individual, we all have one thing in common: our willingness to go the extra mile for you, our clients. We take the time to understand your needs and concerns in order to come up with solutions that are going to work for you and your business. You can always count on us to be straightforward with you because we have your best interests in mind. We aren’t afraid to take on a challenge or blaze a new trail on your behalf.
Perhaps all you have at the moment is a dream and a sketch on a cocktail napkin – that’s ok, we’ll work with you to make that dream a reality; from concept to construction. We’ll help you figure out the best options and develop you a contract that suits your needs. We want you to feel comfortable and confident that you made the right decision and your project is in good hands.
President | CEO
Doug Doucet is very much a “hands on” leader, handling overall corporate planning, development and management for both rcs construction “rcs” and Mill-Right Woodworking Inc. “MRW” which he started in 1996 and 1999 respectively. His focus has always been on satisfying client needs with an emphasis on project delivery. He works hard to nurture existing client relationships and develop new contacts for future opportunities. His enthusiasm for the industry and his companies is infectious and continues to foster a strong, communicative team environment.
Doug has worked hard to achieve the steady growth of rcs in the fiercely competitive construction market. His most recent corporate changes established a new four person executive team to take on day to day operations allowing him to be more involved with job sites, employee interactions, client relations and charitable organizations.
With over two decades in retail and commercial construction and the last 18 as Owner/ President, Doug has been involved with hundreds of construction projects varying in complexity serving virtually every industry and sector of the economy, both public and private. The clients and companies Doug has worked with represent a “Who’s Who” of top Atlantic and National Corporations. Names like Pete’s Frootique, Sobeys, CentreCORP Management, Canadian Tire, Eastlink, Wal-Mart, Loblaws, and Salesforce to name a few, as well as several award winning restaurants and hospitality firms.
rcs construction now operates in all Atlantic Provinces and has also done work in Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia. With a head office in Bedford, Nova Scotia and a regional office in Moncton, New Brunswick, rcs construction is not only able to expand into new markets, but is also able to manage and maintain jobs in far reaching areas.
Doug’s corporate and personal philosophy has always been focused on having satisfied clients, happy staff and financial success. Client satisfaction is key and the majority of work generated for rcs is through private tenders and work for repeat clients. In an industry where public tendering is commonplace, this is a significant achievement.
Counted among Doug’s greatest achievements is his dedication to the community and giving back; he sits on many boards and is an active committee member. A comprehensive list can be found below:
- IWK Heath Centre, Privileges Review Committee, Chair
- Board of Directors for the IWK Health Centre
- Board of Directors for the IWK Foundation
- PAC Advisory Committee for Nova Scotia Community College
- Committee member for the Annual Telus Skins Tournament
- Past Chairman of The Great Big Dig for the IWK
- Past Executive Board Member of The Halifax Club
- Past Board Member of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia
In addition to his various partnerships, board and committee commitments, Doug is also an active partner in Tier Too Properties along with two Swiss Chalet Restaurants. Doug also always makes time to host the Annual rcs/Mill-Right Golf Tournament in support of the IWK Health Centre, and rarely declines a chance to support causes near and dear to clients, staff and friends of rcs. Through his guidance and encouragement, rcs and MRW employees have become involved with various charities and foundations raising money and attending events for causes they care about. For example, many employees across both companies have become annual participants in the Exile Island fundraising event for the Children’s Wish Foundation and CanStruction® for Feed Nova Scotia. A number of employees have just wrapped up a successful fundraiser for the Daffodil Capital Campaign, part of the Canadian Cancer Society, contributing roughly $30,000 towards renovation costs of Daffodil Place: The Lodge That Gives.
Doug’s hard working nature; vision for the future; open door policy; and approachable nature make him an excellent CEO and an inspirational leader.
List of awards/recognitions:
- 2015 Halifax Business Awards Business of the Year Finalist
- Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEO Award 2007, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2015
- Progress Media Top 101 Companies in Atlantic Canada 2014
- Ernst and Young Entrepreneur Of The Year Award Finalist 2013
- Regional Finalist for 2012 50 Best Managed Companies Program
- Maritime Better Business Bureau Business Ethics Award Finalist in 2009 (51-100 Employee category)
- Quantum Shift finalist 2008
- Metro Halifax Business Awards (Halifax Chamber of Commerce) 2007 Silver award winner
- Business of the Year finalist at the Metro Halifax Business Awards in 2007
Chief Financial Officer
Chris is a graduate of the Dalhousie University Commerce Co-op Program and a CPA, CGA. Currently, as the Chief Financial Officer for rcs construction and Mill-Right Woodworking Inc, Chris is responsible for the financial operations of both companies including banking; legal and risk management; insurance and bonding; and, human resource operations. In addition, Chris is a member of the executive team contributing to overall strategic planning and development. Chris is constantly seeking new opportunities and partnerships to drive business development.
Prior to rcs, Chris worked as the Director of Finance at the IWK Health Centre for 12 years, responsible for finance, payroll, purchasing as well as the capital accounting and reporting for all major capital construction projects. With this experience he is well versed on how a major project runs from the owner’s perspective and how it ties into the various funding bodies and their requirements. He worked in concert with the owner’s representative for these construction projects as well as with the contractors to help refine, detail and interpret the financial reporting process.
Chris’ strong managerial and interpersonal skills enable him to work well with clients and stakeholders at all levels in both the public and private sectors.
Director of Major Projects
Brendan is a construction professional with a background encompassing all facets of the construction industry. A graduate of Mount Allison University and the Nova Scotia Community College, Brendan is a Gold Seal Certified Project Manager and Estimator as well as a member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS – Maritimes). Brendan also holds a Certificate of Management for Lean Construction from the AGC of America (Associated General Contractors of America).
Brendan has over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked as a Site Superintendent, Senior Estimator, Senior Project Manager as well as a Project Manager representing the owner. His most notable projects include McInnes Cooper Law office renovation in St. John’s, Newfoundland; Nova Scotia Power, Lower Water Street relocation; Halifax International Airport parking garage; Fountain Academy at Sacred Heart School; Northwood’s Almon Place Seniors Residence; and most recently, Mount Saint Vincent University’s new Margaret Norrie McCain Centre for Teaching, Learning and Research, all located in the Halifax Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia.
Working at all levels in construction has given Brendan experience in design review, design document preparation, scheduling, budgeting, cost forecasting and tender package preparation. His previous involvement as an owner’s representative, in addition to his general contracting and construction management experience, provides a deep understanding of all perspectives of construction and results in sound, fair decisions and recommendations.
Active in several associations, Brendan sits on the board for the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) as Provincial Vice-Chair representing Nova Scotia and is past Chair of the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS), as well as a current board member.
In his role as Director of Major Projects, Brendan is responsible for overseeing site personnel and budgeting of multi-million dollar construction projects, all while ensuring client satisfaction. In addition, Brendan is a member of the rcs executive team contributing to overall strategic planning and development.
Brendan’s ‘cradle to grave’ approach and constant review of quality control and productivity make him a real asset to the rcs construction team.
Interim Director of Construction
Andrew Doucet is a graduate of Dalhousie University’s Construction Leadership Program and a Gold Seal Certified Project Manager. He currently holds the position of Interim Director of Construction for rcs construction where he began as a laborer at the age of 18. After 4 years on site Andrew earned a management position heading his own division. After 5 years of divisional success, he became part of the company’s Leadership Team contributing to overall strategic planning and operational efficiency.
Andrew is also the proud co-owner of Mill-Right Woodworking, an award winning architectural woodworking facility and is heavily involved in the community sitting on numerous boards, both past, and present including the Nova Scotia Mental Health Board of Trustees, the IWK’s Great Big Dig event, and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia’s (CANS) Developing Young Executives Committee.
With over a decade of construction experience under his belt, Andrew is a great asset to rcs and a budding leader in both the construction industry and his community.
Director of Human Resources
While completing her degree at Saint Mary’s University, Dena advanced to a Director position with the YMCA where she worked for five years. After moving to the Annapolis Valley in 2000, she worked with Acadia University’s Alumni Office as an event planner for six years.
Always interested in achieving a role in human resources, Dena took control and enrolled in NSCC’s Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management graduating with Honours. After completing a work-term with the HR Team at Shannex Healthcare, Shannex offered her a parental leave position which enabled her to gain experience in recruitment, orientation, training and pension & benefits. Near the end of her term with Shannex, she interviewed with rcs construction and immediately recognized the workplace culture as the fit for her. In the spring of 2011, Dena became rcs’ first full-time Human Resources Manager and one of the first of her kind in the Atlantic construction industry. Later that year, Dena went on to earn the Certified Human Resource Professional Designation (CHRP).
As the Director of Human Resources for both rcs construction and Mill-Right Woodworking, Dena is responsible for the full spectrum of human resources: recruitment & selection, orientation, employee relations, performance management, coaching, training and pension & benefits. Always willing to don a hard hat and work boots, Dena visits work sites on a regular basis to stay in touch with employees.
Dena is actively involved with the Construction Association of Nova Scotia’s (CANS) Building Futures for Youth Program and greatly enjoys the experience of interviewing and working with high school students showing an interest in exploring a career in the construction industry.
Ashley took an interest in safety in the final year of her degree at Saint Mary’s University. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she continued her education to pursue Safety through the Occupational Health and Safety Program at Nova Scotia Community College.
During her time in the program, her brother was injured in a workplace incident. This incident fueled Ashley’s passion for safety, especially in construction. Ashley was determined to educate and prevent these incidents from happening to workers and their families.
Ashley started her work term with rcs in 2013 and as a result of her determination and hard work, was offered a permanent position as Safety Coordinator.
As an accomplished Safety professional, Ashley earned her Gold Seal Certified Safety Coordinator, and soon after received her Construction Safety Supervisor Certificate through Construction Safety Nova Scotia earning a promotion to Safety Manager.
Ashley has also been a member of Canadian Society of Safety Engineering since 2014.
Ashley is actively visiting rcs job sites all over the Atlantic region. She believes in educating and mentoring staff on OHS requirements, identifying existing and potential hazards on site and in the office to ensure everyone goes home at the end of each day.
A well-respected professional with broad and unique experience gained from various roles, both as service provider and owner’s representative in the construction management industry. Mike is motivated in the pursuit of continued professional growth as part of a management team dedicated providing positive leadership in construction estimating. As a vital member of the rcs management team, Mike is focused on efficiency, productivity and growth. In Mike’s day-to-day duties, he manages, leads and organizes the Estimating Department and works closely with the other managers to ensure a smooth transition is maintained between Estimating and Projects departments.
With almost 25 years’ experience under his belt, Mike joined the rcs construction team in September of 2016, and in that time has proven himself to be an enthusiastic and dedicated professional who is motivated by challenging projects. He tackles these challenges head on while maintaining excellent relationships with our clients and sub-contractors. Mike’s previous experiences as both a Project Manager and Estimator, give him the distinctive ability to foresee risks and rewards in each project.
Mike has worked on projects and tenders with values of $250,000 to $20,000,000 + over the years and has found a particular passion for establishing and developing relationships with long term and larger clients by helping new and existing clients develop or adjust budgets and scopes of work to best suit their unique requirements. By drawing on previous experiences as an owner’s representative, he is able to accurately determine a potential client’s challenges, priorities or even their knowledge of construction and use that perspective to help develop proposals best suited to their situation.
Previously working as a team member for a large national construction company has allowed Mike the opportunity to provide guidance and leadership to up and coming estimators. He has also been able to draw on well-established relationships throughout the industry to create new opportunities to bid and secure new work throughout the Atlantic region.
Mike believes that consistency and integrity from all points of contact, throughout the course of a project is a must. Accountability for the project bid, execution, completion and follow up lies with each member of the team, and repeat customers are earned by the teams that communicate well with each other.
Senior Construction Manager
Owen is a construction professional with a wide background in the construction industry. A graduate of New Brunswick Community College with a specialization in Construction Management, Owen began his construction career in 2004 when he joined Greenarm Management/PlazaCorp Retail Properties as a Construction Project Manager. There, he worked on a wide range of projects stretching across the Maritimes and into Ontario.
Owen has had great success managing a portfolio of contract types including construction management, lump sum and design build, both on the Owners side of the business and as a General Contractor.
Owen is a down to earth construction guy who loves to get his hands dirty. His primarily responsibilities on major projects consisted of coordinating preliminary site research such as surveying, Geotechnical and environmental investigations with outside parties, cost estimating, project budgeting & scheduling, hire & coordinate 3rd party design team’s & ensure design conformity to the projects specific requirements, perform drawing review prior to tender, produce tender documents such as tender invites, scopes of work, bid forms & general conditions as well as executing the tender call process, award construction contracts, manage site meetings, daily progress, invoice approval, manage cost control, Coordinate construction with owners, consultants and sub trades as well as local municipality’s, evaluate and approve progress claims and change orders, conduct final inspections and prepare deficiency lists for and once work is complete conduct final project delivery to the customer. His experience working with owners, consultants and sub-trades as well as local municipalities gives him a 360 degree perspective when it comes to building projects.
Since starting with rcs in 2011 as a Senior Project Manager, Owen has continued to bring an experienced practical, yet technical common-sense approach to every project. He is extremely dedicated to the overall success of all of his projects, and to the needs of rcs construction’s customers and clients.
Senior Project Manager
Nick has always had passion for construction. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University with a major in Business Management and Entrepreneurship; Nick managed his own construction firm throughout university before joining rcs in 2011. Nick was quickly able to rise through the ranks at rcs, starting out as Project Coordinator and moving into a Project Management role in two short years. As a Project Manager, Nick has completed projects across Canada at costs of up to $8.3 million. Nick’s ability to visualize a project from start to finish makes him an asset to rcs and clients alike.
Nick is an active team leader in the office and is always willing to lend a helping hand. He is often found assisting the estimating team and/or consulting with industry leaders and associates. His generous spirit extends beyond the office and into the community where he is an active participant in many local charities and has been a basketball coach and mentor.
Since joining rcs; Nick has keenly pursued and obtained his Gold Seal certification in Project Management. He is also a graduate of the Executive Certificate in Construction Leadership program offered by Dalhousie University in conjunction with the Construction Association of Nova Scotia (CANS).
Nicks ‘outside the box’ thinking, leadership skills and approachable personality make him an integral part of the rcs team and we are proud to have him on board!
Sean is a graduate of the former Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), now officially a part of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Engineering. Sean is also a Professional Engineer (P. Eng) and member of the Association of Professional Engineering of Nova Scotia.
Sean began his construction career in the nursing home industry with Armview Estates in 1995 and moved to Shannex in 1996. With his engineering background, he progressed through Shannex in various roles, eventually moving into the construction arm as a Construction Manager and later as the Senior Engineer of Design Build Solutions. Throughout Sean’s time with Shannex there was immense growth with new buildings and renovation, some managed with general contractors and many managed through the in-house team with his guidance and experience. These buildings ranged from $5M to $22M with many being in various stages of construction at the same time.
Sean has a great deal of experience managing a portfolio of contract types including construction management, lump sum and design-build. He added to this experience with a stint at Ryson, a competitor of rcs on the retail/ commercial side of the business. Sean’s multi-level Shannex experience made him a fit for Unit Gulf where he is currently completing a 100 unit facility in Halifax and has the hands-on experience required to lead our team into the future of residential construction.
Sean is excited to bring his extensive construction background and provide exceptional service to rcs clients.
Ian Gauthier is the newest member of the rcs Project Management Team. Ian came to rcs from Eastlink Communications where he was Project Manager. As such, Ian was responsible for design, construction, and maintenance of Eastlink’s retail locations, the ongoing improvement changes to critical sites and renovations to office and warehouse spaces across the country.
Being a proven leader has enabled Ian to jump right in and feel at home here at rcs. As a Project Manager, Ian will be working on projects of varying size and scope, in all stages of construction and planning, from estimating to completion on new and existing builds. Ian hopes to continue his training and expertise and is pursuing his Gold Seal Project Management accreditation.
Ian is actively involved with Children’s Wish, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation, fundraising not only through work incentives but on a personal level as well. He is an active volunteer at both BLT Elementary School and Ridgecliff Middle School, and has taken on the title of Team Manager for the Halifax County girls’ soccer team that his oldest daughter plays on. Ian can also be found building props, renovating dance spaces and dancing with the Elle Daddies for Elle Dance Academy in Timberlea.
Ian looks forward to learning and excelling at his new position and is dedicated to the overall success and business needs of rcs and our clients.
A newly minted rcs Project Manager, Caitlin Callahan is a graduate of the Architectural Engineering Technician program at Nova Scotia Community College where she won the Boyne Clarke Award for Excellence. Caitlin has always had a passion for construction and worked with the Department of National Defence as Deputy Project Manager where she was responsible for managing infrastructure maintenance and repair projects for the Canadian military.
As the client representative, Caitlin was involved in projects of varying size and scope from the initiation and design phase through to construction completion. The ability to see both sides of the construction partnership gives Caitlin a unique perspective on how to satisfy client needs.
Caitlin is eager to bring her skills and experience to the rcs team.
Terrence Edwards is the newest member of our Project Management team in St. John’s, NL. Terrence joined our team from Eastern Contracting Ltd. where he was a well-respected Estimator and Project Manager for over five years. He is known as a hard-working professional who takes a pragmatic approach to ensure the project gets completed within budget and on schedule.
Terrence started his construction career as a young man through a family general contracting business providing residential and commercial services. He has also worked within the industrial construction industry in carpentry, scaffolding and Quality Assurance/Quality Control over the last 10+ years.
Terrence is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology program from the College of North Atlantic (CNA). He is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a member of the Association of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Newfoundland and Labrador (AETTNL).
Combined, this experience has led to a well-rounded individual who excels at finding creative, high-quality solutions to ensure projects run smoothly and clients get the superior results they expect.
Chris Barkhouse began his construction career as a carpenter and has worked his way through the ranks to become a well-known and well-respected Site Superintendent and now holds a Project Management role. As a Gold Seal Intern Site Superintendent and Carpenter with over 27 years’ construction experience, Chris brings a breadth of knowledge and a particular skill set to the table. He has successfully completed some of our most difficult and time-sensitive projects with glowing results. His attention to detail ensures most challenges get resolved before they occur.
As a valued member of the rcs team, Chris has worked on several multi-million dollar projects for clients in the institutional, commercial, corporate and hospitality sectors all over Atlantic Canada. Chris works hard to ensure projects are run on time and in an organized and professional manner with the client as the top priority.
When it comes to communication and trade relations, Chris Barkhouse is second to none.
One of the newest members of our team, Karrie Spears is a graduate of the Construction Management Technology program at the Nova Scotia Community College. After returning from a year abroad in Australia, she spent 5 years working for a Halifax based civil construction company where she started out as a Project Coordinator and worked her way up to an Estimator/Project Manager. She gained experience in both estimating and project management, working on a variety of projects.
As the contractor representative, Karrie was involved in projects varying in size and scope from the estimating phase through to construction completion.
Karrie is eager to hit the ground running with the rcs team.