About Canstruct

Who We Are


Founding Director

Robin Murphy

Robin Murphy established Canstruct as a leading construction and civil engineering company more than 50 years ago. Under his stewardship, Robin has spearheaded Canstruct to become an industry-leading company; able to solve complex projects and implement practical design solutions. Under Robin’s leadership, Canstruct has delivered many infrastructural projects to remote communities such as the Oro Province of Papua New Guinea. Although he has stepped down as company CEO, Robin remains involved in Canstruct’s general operation.

Key Skill Areas
  • Business leadership
  • Project management
Key Projects
  • D&C Oro Bridges – Oro Province, PNG
  • Rehabilitation of exiting bridging piers for Queensland Rail
  • Goro Nickel Outfall Pipeline Repair and Replacement
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Bachelor of Engineering
  • Life Member – The Order of Australia Association
  • Fellow of the Institution of Engineers
  • Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland
  • Registered Builder – QBS
  • Northern Territory Building Practitioner


Rory Murphy

Rory Murphy has been instrumental in Canstruct’s business growth and operational expansion. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of Canstruct’s operations including corporate strategy, financial management, business development strategy, industrial relations and other corporate objectives. Rory joined the Canstruct team in 2004 and was appointed as the CEO in 2010. Since his appointment as CEO, Rory has diversified Canstruct’s service offering to include integrated operational management in remote locations. This approach has seen the company succeed both in Australia and internationally; providing end-to-end solutions and across-the-board accountability.

Key Skill Areas
  • Business leadership
  • Analytical insight
  • Ability to coordinate complex, multi-stakeholder and remote projects
Key Projects
  • Garrison and Welfare Services for Commonwealth of Australia
  • $550 million Nauru Regional Processing Centre
  • $91 million ARRP CQ Dawson Highway
  • Sustainable Development in Papua New Guinea
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice
  • Admitted to the High Court of Australia
  • Board member of the Commonwealth Government Strategic Alliance Leadership Team


Adrian Murphy

Adrian Murphy has more than 30 years’ experience working in the construction and civil engineering industry. Adrian has worked at Canstruct in a number of capacities including as project manager, business development manager and in a director’s role. Adrian takes a practical approach to management. He consistently provides rigorous assessment of project risks and integrates innovation and professionalism into all projects.

Key Skill Areas
  • Business development
  • Project management
  • Innovation
Key Projects
  • Water supply lagoons and desalination plants in the Torres Strait
  • Cluster townhouses and detached houses for DHA
  • Goro Nickel Outfall Pipeline Repair and Replacement
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Chemistry)
  • Member of The Institute of Engineers Australia


Daniel Murphy

Daniel Murphy started work in the construction industry nearly 30 years ago. He brings vast experience to his position and has worked in a number of capacities within Canstruct. Since his appointment as Canstruct General Manager in 2010, Daniel has been responsible for managing the many aspects of Canstruct’s operation. He has successfully coordinated a variety of projects including bridge and rail construction, infrastructure projects and desalination plants; all within a set budget and timeframe. Daniel’s practical approach has made him a key component of Canstruct’s business operations. In his current role, he is responsible for overseeing the preparation of tenders, consultation with designers, programming, estimating, cost-control, risk assessment, staff / subcontractor selection and management of day-to-day issues.

Key Skill Areas
  • Project management
  • Tender writing
  • Logistics management
Key Projects
  • Christmas Island Drumsite Village
  • $550 million Nauru Regional Processing Centre
  • Rehabilitation of exiting bridging piers for Queensland Rail
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Licensed Rigger / Scaffolder
  • Programming and logistics

Chief Financial Officer

Gavin Hargrave

Gavin Hargrave is a qualified accountant with extensive experience working for medium- to large-sized companies. Throughout his career, Gavin has held key financial positions with various building and construction companies. Gavin commenced his career as Canstruct Chief Financial Officer in 2013. His role includes supporting the CEO and management team to develop and deliver strategy and planning, and managing the risks associated with an international building and civil engineering business. Since tenure as Canstruct CFO, Gavin has taken a lead role in the augmentation and improvement of the company systems and financial processes to support the growth of the company.

Key Skill Areas
  • Financial accounting
  • Risk assessment
  • Reporting and analysis
  • Strategy planning and implementation
Key Duties
  • Treasury functions
  • Taxation responsibilities
  • Statutory reporting and audit clearance
  • Risk management
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Associate Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA)
  • CPA Australia

Chief Operating Officer

Damien Cavanagh

Damien Cavanagh has worked in the mining, civil and building construction sectors for more than 25 years. Within his career, he has worked with both national and international companies providing expertise in project management and cost estimation. Damien’s entrepreneurial strengths combined with his financial and management skills have allowed him to execute challenging projects. Prior to working at Canstruct, Damien was responsible for the oversight of commercial and industrial projects valued at more than $100 million.

Key Skill Areas
  • Project management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Affiliated Member of Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (22122)
  • Tax Practitioners Board Agent – 25585143
  • Advance Diploma of Building and Construction Management
  • Cert IV in Small Business Management
  • Cert III in Construction (Carpentry)

General Manager – Infrastructure (Project Manager)

Joshua Hoar

Joshua Hoar has extensive experience supervising civil and infrastructure projects. Throughout his career, Joshua has also been responsible for the successful management of many difficult civil engineering projects in remote parts of Queensland. Since his arrival at Canstruct in 2006, Joshua has been involved with many challenging projects, during which he has demonstrated strong organization, management and technical skills.

Key Skill Areas
  • Contract management
  • Programming
  • Project planning
Key Projects
  • $550M Nauru Offshore Processing Centre
  • $15.5M Rehabilitation of Existing Piers and River Bridges for Queensland Rail
  • $91M ARRP-CQ Alliance Bridge Construction
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Graduate Certificate in Project Management
  • Diploma of Engineering Civil and Structural (CN940)
  • Diploma of Project Management
  • Contract Law Certificate

General Manager – Business Services

Peter Gabriel

Peter Gabriel has worked in both domestic and international infrastructure projects managing contracts for over 15 years in various procurement models. He joined Canstruct in 2016. Since then, he has been in charge of all commercial matters for the Nauru Garrison and Welfare Services Project and previously the Nauru Regional Processing Centre Infrastructure Project. This includes the contractual deliverables, submission of claims and invoicing, insurance establishment and risk workshops, financial reporting and key subcontract management. His attention to detail combined with his collaborative leadership style complements Canstruct International’s client focused contracting style.

Key Skill Areas
  • Commercial management
  • Construction law
  • Risk Management
Key Projects
  • $550 million Nauru Regional Processing Centre Infrastructure Project
  • $500 million QGC Water Treatment Plant and associated infrastructure
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Master of Construction Law
  • Master of Project Management
  • Diploma of Business

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