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2023’s Top 10 Under 40: Mohamed Mousa, Dufferin Aggregates

December 6, 2023  By Elizabeth Bate

Mohamed Mousa, director of operations at Dufferin Aggregates

Mohamed Mousa believes creating the right environment to attract workers means creating a culture that values and respects young people, like himself. The engineer says he hopes more workers have the same experience he did when joining Dufferin Aggregates, a division of CRH, where he currently works as a director of operations.

“I think attracting people to our industry in general has been a greater challenge especially in recent years. Attracting young people is even a greater challenge. Younger people may have different needs and interests and It is up to our industry to make the work environment and establish a culture that can attract and retain talent,” he said.

“I personally joined CRH young, and I was fortunate to be supported by a team who helped me get to where I am today and will continue to support me to get to where I need to be. I strongly believe a good culture where employees feel welcome, treated with respect, and feel that they are being heard is extremely important.”

That kind of support is what Mousa calls a ‘people first’ culture, one that ensures people throughout the team are included in decision making, and not just those at the top.


“My favourite part of the job is the interactions with many people at different levels of the organization as well as other colleagues from the industry. I also enjoy dealing with different challenges. Things are never stagnant for me and that
motivates me to work hard and serve my team,” Mousa said.

Mousa joined the industry because as a civil engineer, he sees the impact aggregates have at every stage of construction.

“Aggregates is an essential construction material and the aggregates industry is interesting, as it touches a wide variety of disciplines within civil engineering,” he said.

The young professional says he’s stayed in the industry because of the support he gets from his coworkers and teammates, pushing him to be a better leader.

“I think as long as I remain open to respect and hear all perspectives and opinions from all levels, that gives me knowledge and experience in becoming a better leader who will make sound decisions,” he says. “It keeps me positive is when I see a team that is working to help one another and supporting one another.”

As his career progresses, Mousa aims to help shape how certain parts of the industry operate, including adopting the latest in technology, another area he says will help drive recruitment.

“It is time for our industry to adopt technology in becoming more efficient and more interesting for young talent to join our industry and applying their skills to enhance efficiency,” he said.

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