Margie Shenduk: Leader and Mentor

by Doreen Gee – 

“I haven’t taken a sick day in 17 years” speaks volumes about Margie Shenduk’s dedication to excellence in her work for the Casman Group. Margie’s story illustrates the power of education, hard work and determination in attaining personal success. But she goes one step further by paying it forward, drawing on her skills and experience to help others achieve and enjoy their own day in the sun.

Alberta’s Casman Group of Companies is expanding its legacy into British Columbia with new housing projects sprouting in Saanich and Sidney. As a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), a LEED® Accredited Professional, and with an Interior Design Technology diploma and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration under her belt, Margie Shenduk is the Director of Operations for the Casman Group. Her skill set is awe-inspiring: a technical understanding of building design and construction, strengths in communications, and a thorough knowledge of contracts and construction processes. Utilizing her expertise in operations, client relations, project development, project management, and project controls, Margie oversees the projects of Casman’s clients from development to close-out.

Margie’s career has evolved into a passion for giving back – through mentoring and championing others on their own road to prosperity: “In more recent years, I love growing and mentoring our Casman team, expanding into new regions like Victoria. I am lucky that my responsibilities at Casman include recruitment and passing on my construction process knowledge to our more junior staff. I have watched the people I’ve hired grow from junior Project Coordinators to running multi-million dollar projects as very capable Project Managers.”

Taking on the role of leader seems a natural fit for the seasoned professional: “Leadership is providing skills, the climate, and the opportunity for those junior to you to take on new challenges and being excited and never threatened when they rise to the occasion. Good leaders don’t let great skills go unused.” She is paving the way for future visionaries: “Margie is passionate about recruiting, training, and mentoring Casman’s future Leaders.” (

Not surprisingly, Margie’s choice for her biggest achievement involved giving back to the community: “I am very proud to be a part of a team that has almost completed construction of a two-phase project in which we managed the design and construction of a women’s shelter and affordable housing facility in Alberta for women and children fleeing abuse.” As she oversees Casman’s present project in Sidney, the “Cameo,” Margie promises that the condo units “will vary from studios to three bedrooms, offering a range of price points and finishes for buyers.”

Our own success can be measured by how much we encourage it in others.

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