Established in 1985 as a residential renovation company, Pro-Can Construction Group Corp. had humble beginnings. Its founders, Ben Perez and Tony Alonso, decided to move towards smaller commercial and institutional construction during the Expo 86 in Vancouver. Business grew from there and by the nineties Pro-Can had grown to include much larger jobs in the public and private sector. The company started managing construction and seismic upgrades on libraries, fire halls, community centers, and eventually schools.
At this time the Pro-Can's current owners became involved in the business. Leo Perez began as an on-site carpenter and was quickly promoted to foreman and eventually site superintendent. Sara Pou started work as an administrative assistant in the office but it was clear that her proficiency for communication, organization, and learning would lend themselves better to a position in office management. Both have been dedicated to Pro-Can's success and excellence, and became majority owners in 2009 when Ben and Tony retired. The company had expanded to once again include multi-family residential projects along with its regular commercial and institutional work, and owners Leo and Sara fully understood the significance of adopting sustainable construction practices to help carry the company into the future. In a world where environmental sustainability has become necessity, we at Pro-Can have taken steps to educate ourselves in ecologically-friendly construction practices, including both LEED and Passive House.
As a firm with over thirty years' experience, Pro-Can has the knowledge to ensure both client satisfaction and unparalleled quality of work. Our experience in developing LEED Certified projects has strengthened the value we place on building in an environmentally sustainable and responsible way. We strive to use only the highest quality building materials with the lowest ecological impact - allowing the projects we manage to endure in a changing world. Our extensive expertise allows us to understand and meet our clients' needs throughout the construction process, and we are passionate about client satisfaction.
Sustainability: We believe in building for the future. That means using the latest green construction practices and holding all of our projects to the highest environmental standards in the industry.
Service: We pride ourselves on providing exceptional service to every one of our valued clients.
Quality: Whether it’s a small upgrade or a major overhaul, we believe in using the best quality materials available for all our projects. With our years of experience in public sector construction, we have developed extremely high standards for our work, and we believe that those high standards are paramount to the success of our company.
Leo began his career with Pro-Can at the young age of 16 with a hard hat on his head and a hammer in his hand. Growing up with the company, Leo has learned the ins and outs of running a construction company from within. Today, Leo oversees the daily operations of every project the company is involved in as Pro-Can’s Construction Manager. From sharpening the pen at the time of Tender, to the initial talks with the client and architect, to closing contracts with Sub-Trades, and throughout the rest of the project, Leo ensures that every project is a success for all. Outside of work, you’ll find Leo enjoying the company of his friends and family, tinkering with anything that has a motor, or spending time with his dog Pascua while hiking the beautiful mountains of North Vancouver.
Sara’s extensive organizational skills give her the ability to keep Pro-Can’s busy office running smoothly at all times. From day to day, Sara coordinates the needs of Pro-Can’s construction teams at various job sites, all while responding diligently to all of our clients’ requests. As Executive Manager, Sara's extensive responsibilities include Bookkeeping, Human Resources, and Health and Safety. In addition, she also works as a Project Manager on various appointed projects. When not at work, Sara is at her happiest when she’s dancing Cuban Salsa in two different performance teams, teaching Cuban Salsa with her partner on Commercial Drive, spending time with her daughter, or practicing yoga.
LEONORA C. CURAMING
Whether she’s at home or at work, Leonora is definitely someone you’d call a “numbers person.” As Administrative Assistant, she keeps Pro-Can’s team together by providing professional administrative support to the organization and making sure all of our numbers add up right. Her roles include overseeing payroll and accounts payable, as well as working hard to ensure the whole organization runs smoothly and efficiently. Outside of the office, Leonora keeps her mind active through word puzzles and Sudoku, and also keeps her body active by playing tennis and badminton.
Senior Site Superintendent
Dave started his life time career in Construction way back in the early 70's doing odd jobs on his own; painting, drywall, and building garages. After working in the residential market for nearly a decade, he decided he wanted to do larger scale projects. In order to accomplish this Dave went to College and successfully completed his Structural and Building Technology Diplomas. After graduating, Dave started running his own larger jobs and eventually ended up becoming a Site Superintendent for a variety of Commercial General Contractors. He enjoys building and delivering quality projects in a timely fashion. Dave has been working with Pro-Can Construction Group Corp. since 2009.
When not on a work site, Dave can often be seen practicing his golf swing or taking a long walk down by the beach. He also enjoys researching information on consciousness, Quantum Physics and the bridging of Spirituality with Science.
From his early days as a labourer sweeping the floor at construction sites, Matt has built his skill set from the ground up. After working in a wide range of construction jobs over the last few decades, Matt has become a master with machinery of all types, from hand tools to heavy machines. Whether it’s an excavator or a theodolite, chances are Matt can operate it. As Site Superintendent, Matt has developed a unique ability to visualize the outcome of any design, which makes him an expert at turning any project from a sketch into a reality. And when he’s finished pouring over drawings and cracking jokes at the job site, Matt is not the type to sit still long. Whether he’s flying himself to remote airstrips, traveling to new scuba diving locations all around the world, or hiking with his snowboard to find the freshest lines, Matt always finds exciting ways to stay active and explore new places.
Jean’s extensive experience in construction industry and his education in civil engineering has made him an integral part of Pro-Can Construction’s growth and development over the years. Jean is currently registered as an Engineer in Training with the Association of Professional Engineers of BC, and makes excellent use of his engineering knowledge in his work as Project Coordinator. Extremely adaptable and flexible, Jean is fluent in both English and French, and is also proficient in computer application. When he’s not at work, Jean keeps up a number of hobbies including playing several musical instruments (guitar, piano, and drums), swimming, watching sports, reading Science Fiction books, and playing video games.
In both work and life, Patrick is a strong believer in honesty, compassion, hard work, and fairness. His work ethic and commitment to integrity have helped him build strong relationships with staff, tradespeople, and clients. Patrick is also a gifted problem solver, and enjoys using these skills to help both the company and its clients. When he’s not at work, you’ll find Patrick enjoying time with his wife and children, exploring the great outdoors of our beautiful province, or keeping up with various sports activities (as long as his body allows him).
Senior Project Manager
Marco began his career over 25 years ago as a carpenter. Early on Marco found his passion in Project Management and continued his career along that path. While bringing a wealth of knowledge, commitment and expertise to the team in various types of construction development, he believes that work ethic, quality and relationship building are key components to completing a successful project. Marco has worked mostly in the commercial construction sector, completing projects from large to small scale including Tenant Improvements, Retail, Casino, Health Care, School, and Government construction projects.
When he’s not at work, Marco enjoys going to the gym, playing hockey, golfing, spending time with his family or large group of friends.
Construction Accountant Assistant
Vasily was born and raised in Russian Siberia. He started his career in a local railway company in Russian Siberia until he moved to Canada in 2014.
He joined the team at Pro-Can as a Construction Accounting Assistant in September 2016. Being a reliable professional who recognizes the importance of details and accuracy while maintaining the company’s books, he is expected to become a great support in Job Costing and General Accounting, among other tasks.
Vasily is currently taking the CPA PREP courses in preparation to enter the CPA Professional program. When he is not at office, Vasily enjoys studying Accounting and Taxes, walking with his family, swimming and reading.
JUAN MANUEL CISNEROS
Juan pursued an education in Business Management, with a focus in Business Development and Marketing. In his early twenties Juan worked in Business Development for several years until he decided to make the jump into the Construction/Oil and Gas industry; when he began his industrial Electrical Apprenticeship. After a few years, Juan moved towards becoming a Project Manager. First, he started as a Project Coordinator, focused on Mechanical and Electrical while working in Alberta. Back in BC he continued building his experience working as a M&E Coordinator, before making the move into a Project Coordinator with Pro-Can.
Juan continues his education in Project Management, in route to obtaining his PMP designation. Passionate about the construction industry, Juan is excited to be a part of the growth of Pro-Can, all while improving and learning to become an excellent Project Manager.
When not at work, Juan enjoys himself spending time with family and friends. While being a father of two young children is very busy, yet so rewarding; he still tries to find time to follow his passions of playing sports, going to gym, and sneaking in a round of golf when possible.
Junior Project Coordinator
Taira has a passion for construction project management which has been acquired through a comprehensive work history in the construction industry and an education in Business Administration. Work experience ranging from sales of tools/equipment, equipment repair, and as a Site Foreman, Taira has gained knowledge and first-hand experience to help shape his future career. With his strong work ethic and determined personality, Taira is working towards becoming a Project Manager in the future.
In his free time, some things Taira enjoys are watching hockey, working out at the gym, and hiking outdoors whenever he can.