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Rob Clinch

Rob plays a vital role at Avant-Garde as the President and CEO of the company. But he also has another very important job, Rob acts as an Uber driver to his 3 daughters – Julia, Rebecca and Emily.


Rob is a McGill University graduate with a degree in Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics. He holds designations as a Gold Seal accredited Project Manager through the Canadian Construction Association and LEED Green Associate through the Canadian Green Building Council.    

Patrick Sohy
Patrick loves hiking and eating sushi.

 Avant-Garde's clients, employees and friends get a kick out of Patrick’s entertaining pronunciation of the English language.


On a more serious note, Patrick is the Vice President of Sales & Marketing at AGCM. Patrick graduated from Marie-Victorin College and also, studied Civil Engineering at Montreal's Polytechnique.


Joe GreerJoe considers himself a foodie and loves to cook, mainly BBQ. He enjoys hosting gatherings at home with friends and family – HEY! Where’s our invite?! 


When Joe isn’t cooking up a storm he’s with Avant-Garde as the Senior Project Manager and Vice President of Projects. He is a Gold Seal Certified Project Manager and a diploma in Civil Engineering Technology –Structural Option from the New Brunswick Community College.

Allyson Clinch

Allyson is the Vice President of Estimating and Pre-construction. When projects don’t start well, they generally don’t finish well.  Allyson excels at ensuring that projects start well through attention to detail, accurate budgets, and well detailed proposals.  Allyson works with owners, project design teams, and municipalities to assemble design packages ready for construction. 

 She has a 15 year background as a consulting civil engineer prior to joining the Avant-Garde team in 2012.

Stephanie Knowles

To subcontractors and suppliers Stephanie is often considered the most important person at Avant-Garde.  She manages the contract administration, accounts payable, and general accounting for the office.  Stephanie also assists the estimators and project managers to successfully complete their projects. 

 Stephanie joined Avant-Garde in 2011 after graduating with honours from NBCC Moncton.  If you need something at Avant-Garde, Stephanie is usually the best place to start to get the result you need.  

Allan LeBlanc

As a Site Superintendent, managing jobsites is not an easy task.  Subcontractors, project managers and owners keep your feet to the fire.  Allan has emerged as a construction leader by holding people accountable to three things; show up when you say you are going to show up, do what you say you are going to do, and most important, use common sense. 

 Allan drives his projects using this approach as the foundation for managing subcontractors and suppliers.  Clients appreciate Allan for his hard work, his attention to detail, and his commitment to the success of their project.  

Chris Madsen

Chris came to AGCM in 2007 as a skilled labourer, and first started working in our Saint John office. In the past 11 years, he has proven invaluable to clients and has become a trusted Site Superintendent. Chris never hesitates to commit extra time to a project and consistently goes above and beyond to exceed clients’ wishes.

Chris is a level 2 certified firefighter through NBCC, a medical first responder and has been a member of the Upham Volunteer Fire Department for 10 years.  

Chris loves to spend time with his wife Kristy and son Jack. They all love to hunt, fish, and be outdoors - anything they do they do together!

Denis joined Avant-Garde in 2015. Prior to working with us as a Site Supervisor,  he has worked over 15 years in the industry  and gained certifications in H2S Alive, ground disturbance level II and fire stopping.

Denis excels at contractor communications, working well under pressure and organization, three necessary skills required to finishing every project on time and on budget. 

Julie likes films, design, black coffee and buying books without reading them. When Julie isn’t watching reruns her favorite show – The Office, she’s working hard as the Project Coordinator in AGCM office! Julie manages the construction process effectively from the initial planning to project completion.


She received her Civil Engineering Technology Construction Management Diploma from the New Brunswick Community College and she also has a Bachelors in Interior Design from Universite de Moncton.

Chris Farmer

Chris is an airport person through and through, he grew up in an aviation family. He even has a Master’s degree in airport planning and Management (yes, such a thing does exist, BUT you have to venture all the way to the UK for the program!).


Chris is AGCM’s Project Manager for the YSJ Airport Modernization Program.

Victor enjoys travelling and is big-time sports fan, he always makes a point of attending games in the cities he visits. In one weekend in Chicago, his passion for sports led him to attend a Black Hawks, Bears and Bulls game!


When Victor isn’t cheering in the stands he is working with us at AGCM as the Vice President of Finance and Administration. Victor is one of the newest members of the Avant-Garde team and we are so happy to have him join the fun!

Joseph Gushue

When Joseph isn’t working as a Junior Estimator with AGCM, he is often found coaching basketball or exhausting his Vizsla, Rue while his poor Miniature Dachshund, Martha trails behind.


He received his Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Dalhousie University, and an engineering diploma from NSAC.

Melissa loves the outdoors and being the best mom she can be to her 2 daughters!

Melissa recently joined the AGCM team as the Project Administrator. She is a NBCC graduate from the Office Administration program and has 10 years experience in the administration field with work varying from real estate to construction to also working with engineers and architects.

Meet Darryl - named after the captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the mid 70’s (born and raised to be a leaf fan)! One of his favourite foods is BBQ steak and he is still waiting for Joe’s invite.

Darryl has over 20 years in the commercial drywall sector and is one of AGCM’s Site Supervisors. He is big on safety and respect for yourself; as well as others on a job site!