Halifax, Nova Scotia, May 24, 2024 – Dean Shea, President and CEO of The Shea Group of Companies, which includes Castone Construction, Grey Cardinal and EcoPilot Canada | USA, has achieved a remarkable milestone by winning the Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs award for the fifth consecutive year. This prestigious recognition has led to his induction into the Atlantic Business Magazine’s Hall of Fame, solidifying his exceptional leadership and contributions to the business community. Dean Shea’s award was accepted by Jennie King, General Manager.

The Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 50 CEOs award is a highly coveted honor that celebrates outstanding corporate leadership in the Atlantic provinces. Dean Shea’s continued success in winning this award reflects his unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation.

EcoPilot Canada | USA: A Journey of Growth and Transformation

Under Dean Shea’s visionary leadership, EcoPilot Canada | USA has experienced significant growth and transformation. Dean’s commitment to impeccable quality and honest relationships resonates throughout The Shea Group. He credits the success to his employees who play an integral role in achieving their goals.

From Construction to Innovation: Dean Shea’s Entrepreneurial Journey

Dean Shea’s entrepreneurial journey began when he launched his first enterprise at the age of 24 - Castone Construction Ltd., a commercial construction company. Over the next 18 years, he went on to establish seven more successful ventures. His Midas touch in building businesses has been evident throughout his career.

Today, the Shea Group operates as a cohesive network of complementary operations. In addition to its Castone foundation, it has expanded to include Grey Cardinal (construction management), commercial and residential real estate developments, and accommodations for the hospitality industry. Dean’s most ambitious endeavor was EcoPilot Canada | USA, specializing in AI-driven software solutions for Real-Time Energy Management (RTEM) in commercial, and residential properties across North America. EcoPilot Canada | USA, is a leading provider of Artificial Intelligence (AI) for HVAC energy management and is excited to announce its new partnership with NODA Intelligent Systems, a global leader in smart building technologies. As an authorized reseller, EcoPilot Canada | USA will now offer NODA’s innovative AI products and services, along with iBOS Energy to its clients across North America

Navigating Challenges and Inspiring Innovation

While the Shea Group’s balance sheet has seen impressive growth - reaching over $55 million in annual revenue - the journey has not been without challenges. Managing multiple operations, financing companies nationally and internationally, and growing an AI solutions division all required perseverance.

Dean Shea attributes his success to the solid team at Shea Group and an innovation culture that encourages creative contributions. Despite a competitive job market, staff turnover remains low - a testament to Dean’s effective management style. Inspired by Dean Shea’s work ethic, discipline, and commitment to innovation, the Shea Group continues to thrive under his leadership.

Inspiring Business Leaders

Dean Shea’s induction into the Atlantic Business Magazine’s Hall of Fame is a well-deserved recognition of his exceptional leadership and achievements. His continued success serves as an inspiration to business leaders across Atlantic Canada and beyond.


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