Born and raised in Cape Breton, Beverly has worked in corporate finance for most of her career. After graduating high school, she moved to Halifax to attend Dalhousie University. Upon realizing that a career in science was not what she wanted, she took a job working in a centralized fast food restaurant data centre. She immediately took interest and wanted to learn everything about running a store of her own. Within two years she was the manager of four corporate restaurants in Dartmouth and one in Halifax. She was 23 years old.
Beverly returned to university and completed her BBA in 1996, majoring in finance and accounting. She entered the CA program immediately thereafter and took her first job with an audit firm based out of Bedford where she learned about large scale business finance. She knew immediately that she wanted a leadership and development opportunity in the private sector.
She took a position as Controller for a Dartmouth based demolition company in 2003, and within two years, she was managing the accounting department for four related companies owned by two business partners. In 2009, the businesses separated, and Volcano Construction Services Ltd. was established, operating along with its parent company. Beverly was involved as the finance director of both companies from the beginning and took great interest in getting Volcano established and developing marketing and growth strategies to carve out a niche market for Volcano in a highly competitive industry. In 2015, after 12 years working in the industry, she became a 50% partner in Volcano Construction Services Ltd.
She and her business partner have strived to continuously raise the bar in the demolition sector. Their original slogan, part of their logo at the time, was “Safety 1st, Quality 2nd to None.” It was this slogan that set Volcano apart from the competition. In the years that followed, due to the commitment of its people, Volcano has established a reputation that is highly respected in its industry, not only for quality work but for professionalism and integrity.
When asked what contributed to the company’s success, Beverly said “It’s all about your people. Business owners themselves can only do so much, it is the workforce – the people in the field - that is the key to a business’ success. They can make or break a company that is just getting established. We are fortunate to have some of the best people in the industry working with us. Without them, we would not be where we are.”
Beverly lives in Dartmouth with her son Brady and the infamous goldendoodle named Rowan.