About Canstruct

Who We Are



Robin Murphy

Robin 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


Daniel Murphy

Daniel 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 time frame. 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


Adrian Murphy

Adrian 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


Rory Murphy

Rory 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


Damien Cavanagh

Damien 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)


Gavin Hargrave

Gavin 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 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 Projects
  • Treasury functions
  • Taxation responsibilities
  • Statutory reporting and audit clearance
  • Risk management
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Associate Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA)
  • CPA Australia


Jordan Bennie

Jordan is a commercially focused professional with extensive experience in risk management and litigation.  For over a decade he has assisted ASX listed companies, large private companies and individuals by designing and implementing legal and strategic plans with the goal of identifying and reducing risk.  He has established a reputation as a seasoned leader at all levels of seniority by the development of management disciplines hone through the creation, management and responsibility of high performing professional services teams.

Key Skill Areas
  • Securities review, due diligence and advice
  • Risk management and governance
  • Negotiation, dispute management and litigation
Qualifications and Recognition
  • LLB / BBus (Int)
  • QLS Practice Management Course 2017
  • Admitted to the Queensland Supreme Court and High Court of Australia
  • Member of the Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Current Queensland Practicing Certificate


Joshua Hoar

Joshua 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 organisation, 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


Peter Gabriel

Peter 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’s client focused contracting style.

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


Robert Cattle

Robert have excellent interpersonal and communication skills.  Rob is a strong leader in the catering and accommodation field, inspiring and training teams to deliver outstanding results.  He has experience in operations management, strategic planning, business process improvement, governance, change management, business development, financial management and project and program management.

Key Skill Areas
  • Logistics
  • Warehousing
  • Transport services
  • Fuel and water supply
  • Catering
  • Housekeepig
  • Accommodation management and travel
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Commenced Masters of Business Administration
  • Diploma of Work Health and Safety
  • Certificate IV in WHS
  • Responsible Service of Alcohol
  • Management Systems Auditing
  • Internal Auditing
  • Train Small Groups
  • Trade Certificate for Cooking
  • Certificate II & III Commercial Cooking


Karen Langdon

With extensive experience over 17 years, Karen has worked in and managed programs in the non-government and private sectors in Australia and internationally, supporting people who have experienced torture and trauma.  Following the principles of community development and social justice and by viewing project development through a trauma informed lens she has successfully established frameworks, policies and procedures for sound development and improvement of humanitarian programs.  Her focus on client well being and therapeutic interventions compliments Canstruct’s client-focused approach to all projects they deliver.  Her focus is on delivering humanitarian projects that enhance the psycho-social and economic outcomes in both Australia and abroad.

Key Skill Areas
  • Case management
  • Trauma informed practice
  • Community engagement
  • Reflective practice
Qualifications and Recognition
  • Graduate Diploma of Strategic Leadership
  • Graduate Certificate in Community Services Practice (Statutory Child Protection)
  • Graduate Certificate in Community Services (Client Assessment and Case Management)
  • Advanced Diploma in Program Management
  • Diploma of Counselling

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