ACS Team

Meet the Commercial Construction Management Dream Team

Founded in 2014, Ashton Construction Services (ACS) is proud to be a growing company. Our team currently consists of 35 skilled professionals. Thanks to our incredible team, we’ve grown to be the Bow Valley’s largest and most reputable commercial construction company.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, our employment selection decisions are based on merit, qualifications, and abilities. We don’t discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, coluor, religion, gender, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by country, regional or local law.

ACS Leadership Team

Ashton Construction Services (ACS) - Team - Steve Ashton - Canmore, Alberta

Steve Ashton, C.E.T., LEED AP, N.C.S.O., Founder, President & CEO of Ashton Construction Services (ACS) 

Steve founded ACS in 2014. Under his leadership, ACS has grown into the largest and most reputable construction management firm in the Bow Valley.

With almost 20 years of construction management experience, Steve has always worked in construction. Steve graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) with honours in Civil Engineering Technology.

Steve believes in giving back to his local community through volunteering and donating to non-profit organizations, including being a Bow Valley Builders & Developers Association (BOWDA) board member (2023) and serving as chairman of the board for the Canmore Community Housing for five years.

Laurie Cantello

Laurie Cantello

Office Manager

Raised by a Swiss Master Carpenter, construction is in Laurie’s blood. With her strategic and relationship-based approach to work, she knows how to take care of our team!

Responsible for overseeing our safety program administration, Laurie looks for improvements while also ensuring COR compliance. Laurie also manages People Support, oversees the ACS office, and helps with IT. She helps build our strategy and assists in all marketing activities.

Team member since 2019.

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Lesley Bannister, PMP

Lesley Bannister, PMP

Operations Manager

Bio coming soon.

Toby Ianson

Toby Ianson

Construction Manager

As a senior member of our operations team, Toby is responsible for building  and executing work schedules. Toby is skilled at collaborating with both the ACS team and sub-trade partners to overcome issues and helps ensure all of our worksites are safe.

Toby is the proud recipient of multiple professional construction management qualifications and is working towards his Professional Site Manager certification.

Team member since 2019.

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Robbie Thomson CPA, CMA

Robbie Thomson CPA, CMA

Accounting Manager

As a CPA and CMA with 30+ years of accounting and finance experience, Robbie oversees our financial operations including AP/AR, job cost accounting, payroll, and cash flow management.

With an entrepreneurial background, Robbie enjoys working with great people and has fun doing it. He appreciates ACS’s open and honest communication, core values, and active leadership.

Team member since 2022.

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Brendan Halge

Brendan Halge

Site Superintendent

With over 20 years of construction experience, Brendan is responsible for representing ACS on our project worksites. Passionate about safety, Brendan ensures trades and project partners are trained accordingly. He also coordinates project schedules and tracks trade and other project partners.

Brendan has studied Construction Management fundamentals, is certified with St. Johns and has his Commercial Vehicle Fitness and Supervisor Safety certificates.

Team member since 2023.

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Claire Walsh

Claire Walsh

Site Superintendent

Claire ensures everyone stays safe while on-site and works with clients and trades to ensure projects run smoothly. Claire is skilled at making every effort to keep projects on schedule and within budget.

She’s obtaining her Professional Site Supervisor qualification and holds multiple First Aid, Emergency Response, and other industry certifications.

Team member since 2022.

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Darby Ogle

Darby Ogle

Project Manager

With a certificate in Project Management, a Project Leadership Certification, and a Construction Engineering Technology Diploma, Darby is skilled at managing construction projects.

Responsible for managing project budgets, Darby communicates with the project consultants, clients, and trades. She also coordinates the project scopes and schedules with the site teams.

Team member since 2022.

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Kurtis Jones

Kurtis Jones

Site Superintendent

Kurtis is responsible for managing our extensive network of local sub-trade partners to help keep projects running on schedule. He also takes care of site coordination and quality assurance.

Kurtis enjoys learning new ways to build, and work as a team, to complete different styles of commercial construction projects successfully.

Team member since 2020.

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Melissa Delgado, CAPM

Melissa Delgado, CAPM

Project Manager

Melissa is a Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) with a background in restaurant construction projects in Banff, Alberta. She is responsible for procurement, permitting, and transitioning projects between sales and operations.

Melissa has a strong background in scheduling, human resource management, and creative problem solving.

Team member since 2023.

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RJ Bender, C.E.T.

RJ Bender, C.E.T.

Project Manager

Born and raised in Canmore, RJ started his construction career in 2006 and earned his Civil Engineering Technology Diploma in 2010.

As a certified Engineer Technologist RJ has a strong work ethic and is committed to customer satisfaction. With a proven track record for successfully completing high-quality builds on time and on budget, RJ’s unique blend of field and project management construction experience makes him a valuable member of the ACS project team.

Team member since 2019.

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Tara Lockwood, P.Eng

Tara Lockwood, P.Eng

Project Manager

Tara is a Professional Engineer with over 12 years experience in the construction and oil and gas industries. She manages project schedules and budgets while working with clients to help keep the vision of their projects on track and on budget.

Tara also procures finishes and works closely with the Site Superintendents and field team to find solutions to any on-site problems.

Team member since 2019.

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Thomas Achenbach 

Thomas Achenbach

Project Manager

Thomas holds a Master’s of Science from Simon Fraser University and is responsible for managing multi-family construction projects, ordering project supplies, problem solving any issues and helping keep schedules on track.

Known for his 20+ years of experience in construction, multi-family and mixed-use developments, Thomas has worked on over 30 projects in his career in the Bow Valley, Calgary, and Airdrie, Alberta.

Team member since 2020.

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