Our People

We are a highly-skilled, unconventional, and creative team that go all-in for our clients to tackle even the biggest challenges. We pride ourselves on our ability to bring complex projects to life in order to disrupt, provoke, inspire and leave a legacy. We own the space between imagination and reality.

  • Ryan Bessant Heavy Industries

    Ryan Bessant President

    Ryan Bessant, President

    Ryan was the driving force in moving Heavy Industries from a CNC and Prop company 14 years ago to a company that creates talking pieces that defy convention. His passion to push boundaries while maintaining the core meaning of every project, combined with his intuition of his audience, has allowed creativity beyond the initial conception time after time.

    With a background in engineering and business, but never one to sit in the comfort of the past, Ryan strives to always move forward with building the unthinkable with the help of his creative team. His passion and excitement transfers to his clients and team as he continually inspires them to think bigger.

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  • Renato Giordani Heavy Industries

    Renato Giordani Partner, Vice President

    Renato Giordani, Partner, Vice President

    Overseeing project management, production and operations, Renato is at the core of Heavy Industries. Leveraging his background in accounting and experience in both residential and commercial construction, his desire to continually influence the company’s growth can be seen in every inspired project. His realistic, disciplined approach and ability to link all scopes of work, combined with his comprehension of the entire plan-build process allows him to break down complex ideas into simple processes. With an acute awareness of his responsibility to all stakeholders, Renato consistently delivers the end product that the client envisions.

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  • Connor Hayduk Heavy Industries

    Connor Hayduk Design Lead

    Connor Hayduk, Design Lead

    Never content to leave well enough alone, Connor leads the team through the Heavy design process with creativity and integrity, while leveraging his years of design experience and his Master’s degree in Environmental Design. He particularly enjoys the creative problem solving required to bring projects from conceptual what-ifs into a finished, tangible product. Connor’s design sense, calm in the storm attitude and ability to conceptualize methods to create reality out of the wildest ideas are a true asset to the Heavy Industries team. If you need to turn your impossible vision into a concrete reality, Connor will lead the way.

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  • Kevin Mullins Heavy Industries

    Kevin Mullins Production Manager

    Kevin Mullins, Production Manager

    Kevin is involved from start to finish, overseeing projects with an eye for ensuring Heavy goes above and beyond clients’ expectations in creating captivating experiences.

    With 15 years-worth of experience in commercial construction and a background in carpentry and artistic studies, Kevin tackles each project with a unique crossover of the inspired creativity present in art development and the formal approach of project management. He is passionate about every project he takes on and makes it his mission to ensure the absolute best client experience as he turns their vision into reality.

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  • Kyle Bell-Cook Heavy Industries

    Kyle Bell-Cook Business Development

    Kyle Bell-Cook, Business Development

    Kyle is a key point of contact for the client experience. His innate ability to strategize and actively listen to clients allows him to provide context for the project as well as quantifying the value that Heavy can add. Understanding the constraints from all shareholders allows him to transparently provide solutions up front to ensure expectations are met. Born and raised in Calgary, Kyle takes immense pride in the role he plays collaborating with clients to turn their initial big picture concepts into end products that have a positive impact on the local landscape.

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  • Kevin Poole Heavy Industries

    Kevin Poole Project Development Lead

    Kevin Poole, Project Development Lead

    Kevin is primarily engaged in the early stages of new projects to create cost estimates, identify and mitigate risk, and develop the preliminary project plan. With a comprehensive understanding of the full project lifecycle, Kevin endeavours to ensure positive results for the project, the client and the company. Kevin’s previous project management experience and BSc. in Structural Engineering provides the framework for collaboration with the design team, ensuring practical and plausible solutions are pursued while maintaining the essence of the client’s vision.

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  • Gregory Courage Heavy Industries

    Gregory Courage Business Development

    Gregory Courage, Business Development

    Greg’s comprehension of Heavy Industries’ capabilities combined with his ability to draw out and understand each projects unique vision which allows him to inspire clients to take the leap of faith and create concepts that may not have previously seemed possible.  Using his education background in communications and project management, Greg enables each client to envision and create unique pieces that are at the cutting edge of construction. Greg’s transparency creates a foundation of trust and accountability, ensuring everyone is on the same page and big ideas are realized.

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  • Christie Thompson Heavy Industries

    Christie Thompson Project Manager

    Christie Thompson, Project Manager

    Involved from the early stages of a project through to completion, Christie’s fluid, forward-thinking and holistic approach to each project creates a very client focused experience. Open communication with the team as well as a focus on understanding the individual client and project needs allows her to ensure each client’s unique and inspired vision becomes a reality. A carpenter by trade with a wealth of experience in commercial construction, Christie takes pride in understanding the nuances of every Heavy project and sees the big picture from both a hands-on and project management perspective.

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  • Ian MacNaughtan Heavy Industries

    Ian MacNaughtan Project Manager

    Ian MacNaughtan, Project Manager

    Ian is involved from concept to completion on a project, building a schedule and framework that ensures successful execution. While his educational background is in risk management, business analysis, and project management, it was his experience in commercial projects, especially those with unique traits and high-concept design, that inspired Ian to go out and build what hasn’t been built before. His pride in being part of a team that constantly pushes the boundaries of design and fabrication as well as his understanding of the importance of team work guarantee he is continuously collaborating and communicating with the client throughout the process to ensure their vision becomes a reality.

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We transform ideas into experiences

Going “all-in” means being able to speak the language of our clients with a team that can transform your inspired ideas into captivating experiences. From CNC machining, carpentry and millwork, sculpting, molding and casting, fabrication, architectural concrete work, to industrial-grade coatings, our team comes from all areas of experience and loves taking on a project that pushes the limits of what’s possible.

  • Joe Parnell Heavy Industries

    Joe Parnell Installation Manager and Safety

  • Steve Topping Heavy Industries

    Steve Topping Installation Lead

  • Mike Matthews Heavy Industries

    Mike Matthews Special Projects Lead

  • John Houseman Heavy Industries

    John Houseman CNC Operator

  • Eric Jensen Heavy Industries

    Eric Jensen Metal Fabrication Lead

  • Brendan McGillicuddy Heavy Industries

    Brendan McGillicuddy Shop Foreman

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  • Darryl Jenkins Heavy Industries

    Darryl Jenkins Designer

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  • Sander Henriksen Heavy Industries

    Sander Henriksen Project Coordinator

  • Manpreet Gill Heavy Industries

    Manpreet Gill Project Coordinator

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  • Josh Matthews Heavy Industries

    Josh Matthews Designer

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  • Karlis Rikens Heavy Industries

    Karlis Rikens Metal Fabrication and CWB Supervisor

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  • Greg Priaro Heavy Industries

    Greg Priaro Project Cordinator

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  • Bob Kary Heavy Industries

    Bob Kary Carpentry Lead

  • Ben Salloum Heavy Industries

    Ben Salloum Architectural Concrete Lead

  • Anthony Felix Heavy Industries

    Anthony Felix Designer

  • "Being able to design it is one thing, but the people we have who can turn it into something real and captivating, that sets us apart. Everyone thinks outside the box — that's a big reason why I work at Heavy."

    Darryl Jenkins, Designer

  • "Working with clients so that they understand our process and why we do it, how we create the end product, is a challenge I love. We want them to be right there with us and see The Heavy Way."

    Kevin Mullins, Project Manager

  • “It’s a real pleasure to see each department full of experts in their field. The projects that come out of that kind of collaboration are always one-of-a-kind."

    Mark Johnson, Fabricator

  • "People look at projects in Calgary, or Toronto, or Vancouver, and say 'Oh yeah, cool! You did that!' That feeling, inspiring imagination and wonder, that right there sums up what we do."

    Chrissy Assen, Estimator

  • “We are proud of everything we’ve done. With each project I'm excited to tell everyone that I worked with the team towards creating that experience.”

    Ian MacNaughtan, Project Manager

  • “The multitude of skills we have throughout the shop truly makes anything possible.”

    Jessy Boucher, Shipping and Receiving

  • “Heavy is full of opportunity, openness and evolution. It comes through in the experiences we create with clients, but also in our team's growth both personally and professionally."

    Cortney Fleming, Purchaser

  • “When we encounter a problem, the focus is immediately the solution. What can WE do about it.”

    Aaron Caine, Welder

  • “Heavy is about integrity, ownership and unity. It’s a conscious team effort to exceed the client's expectations.”

    Bob Kary, Carpentry Lead

  • “Our desire to be innovative - to disrupt, it’s not always a quick process, but holding that in high regard is part of our key values.”

    Kevin Poole, Estimator

  • "I could never imagine another workspace as unique, dynamic and rewarding as Heavy."

    Mike, Special Projects

Doing things The Heavy Way

At Heavy, we celebrate our team by recognizing those who went above and beyond in turning our client’s vision into an inspiring experience by presenting them with a caricature. These represent some of the best and brightest who dedicate themselves to our clients every day.