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Leading the way

With a vision to build a team of diverse skills and experience, LEADER has grown to be a small company with big capabilities. We boast a wide range of equipment allowing us to tackle diverse projects both big and small for a variety of situations.


We take pride in our team, comprised of individuals who are unique and enthusiastic.

Dwayne Kress: Owner & co-founder of LEADER Excavation & Development. Dwayne spent more than 10 years in fieldwork in the resource exploration industry. After starting a backyard excavation renovation in 2016, Dwayne realized that Squamish had a need for small scale hardscaping services specializing in unique spaces and creative ideas. Along came Snort, the first of the fleet of specialized equipment. Inspired by a children’s storybook, Snort embodies what we are all about; using our skills and resources to provide solutions for a variety of situations.

Renee Brickner, BSc Geol, EMBA: Co-founder of LEADER Excavation & Development. Renee was raised in the Yukon where she first learned to operate heavy equipment working at her father's placer mine in the Klondike Gold Fields. She has more than 10 years of experience working in various industrial settings.

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Our Story

LEADER Excavation and Development is built on generations of earthmovers and rock hounds, complete with a passion for the outdoors. It began with a simple backyard project in 2017 and has now grown to a dedicated team with a wide fleet of capable equipment.

In 2020, LEADER expanded it's work to mid-Vancouver Island. We are proud to be expanding our team and services in British Columbia.

We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive, respectful, and enjoyable work environment. Our culture of respect benefits our employees, our customers, and our community.

Since its inception, LEADER has contributed a percentage of its profits to local Sea to Sky trails. Giving back to our community continues to be an important part of the work we do.

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Giving Back

Giving back to the community is part of who we are.

Here's a growing list of projects we've been lucky to be a part of:
Cangrown - Squamish community gardens
Olympic Legacy Park - Squamish
Squamish Trail Society
Loggers Sports Ground - Squamish
Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School garden project

If you have any community projects you would like us to consider please contact us at renee@leaderexdev.com

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Solutions to suit your needs

Whether you're looking for a long-term partner for a development project or a small job in the yard, we would be happy to hear from you.

We invite you to explore the services we offer. Our project gallery highlights many of our services and specialties. Alternatively, contact us by email or phone to arrange a free quote.

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