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A passion for the industry: Ryan Long

November 7, 2022  By Don Horne

Ryan Long

The future of the heavy lifting industry looks bright. Armed with a strong work ethic, initiative, curiosity, and a commitment to training and safety, the 2022 winners of our Top 10 Under 40 contest are setting the bar for young professionals across the industry.

And it wasn’t easy paring down all of your entries to just 10 – there are so many excellent people out there under the age of 40 in our industry.

Whether they work in leadership, operations, maintenance, sales or support, these crane and hoist employees are highly regarded by their colleagues, clients and peers.


President, A.W. Leil Cranes & Equipment

Dartmouth, N.S.

As a member of the board of directors at A.W. Leil Cranes & Equipment, Stephen Denton knew that Ryan Long was deserving of a Top 10 nomination.

“Ryan has spent the vast majority of his career in the Canadian crane rental industry, in a variety of increasingly senior roles,” says Denton. “He was recently appointed President of A.W. Leil Cranes & Equipment, the largest crane rental business in Nova Scotia, and is a natural leader with over 15 years of management experience and a strong ability to lead teams.”

Denton describes Long as being decision-oriented, driven to succeed, and calm under pressure – a manager that values a balanced complement of formal training and education paired with a blue-collar work ethic and field experience.

“Ryan is a leader that believes in creating an autonomous working environment for employees, while holding them accountable to reach stretch targets and develop their skills,” says Denton. “He is passionate about the industry, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Crane Rental Association of Canada.”

You can see all 10 of our Top 10 in the November/December issue of Crane & Hoist magazine.

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