"Leaders become great, not because of their power, but because of their ability to empower others"

- John Maxwell

Tan Goo Can is a visionary who understands design and people from a unique perspective. An architect by training, Can gets passionately involved in every aspect of the build, and is able to skilfully articulate concepts between designers and craftsmen.

Well versed in the lifecycle of a project − his greatest talent is synchronising various groups of individuals with diverse attributes and skillsets to function as a purposeful and efficient workforce − which has not only produced visibly stunning results but has earned Can-I numerous recognitions and awards.

Can’s has a revolutionary plan in moving Can-I forward through stunning fit-out services that raises the bar in the industry. As such, Can-I specialises in realising creative vision of designers, thinking up innovative ways to implement complicated ideas whilst turning artistic concepts into living, breathing statements.

Can’s innovative solution to ensure the company’s continuity and consistent quality of work, is through the careful curation of craftsmen and technical geniuses. Can is a strong believer in the power of the people and is keenly aware that building a strong human capital is KEY to the longevity of the company.

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The Pioneering Team

The success of a company is not only in the hands of good leadership, but in the people that make up the organisation. At Can-I, anyone with potential, perseverance and the right mindset can move up the ranks − given that they are willing to explore and learn. These are the greatest assets and key in the steady expansion.

Can-I take pride in their ability to anticipate and solve problems during the production and execution process, which has earned them a reputation for doing the seemingly impossible by tapping into their inherent resourcefulness and perseverance.

"I know my people what they can do. This is important in placing them in a role that optimises their talents and potential.”

- Tan Goo Can, Founder


"True leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders”

- Tom Peters

Project Management Team

From pioneers at Can-I’s establishment, to those who were later groomed into the ranks, this group of senior Project Directors have been empowered to take the helm in driving a project from start to finish. Beginning at the tendering process, moving onto savvy negotiations, over- looking the full cycle of project management, to the final handover upon completion − each member of this team is a capable leader of calibre.

Be it 25 years, 10 or less, regardless of time in service, each member of this tier is well versed with the full scale of work on a project − often stepping in to engage in any one of the duties of their workforce, should the need arise. These leaders came from various backgrounds and acquired their expertise over years of opportunity to learn, freedom to explore and subsequently grow from their experiences.

There is a resonance of comradery in this team, where each leader with his own unique talent often lends himself / herself to another project, either on a quick site visit, or for a short-term role within the project. Driven by their passion for satisfying results, these leaders are blind to the concept of rank and role whilst collaborating, where anyone from any rank can offer suggestions and solutions. With each project growing in uniqueness, complexity and challenges, they have always met them with confident, thanks to this value of openness in their team.


"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”

- English Proverb

Our Secret to Success

Given his own humble beginnings in Taiping, Can knows the socioeconomic struggles in the society and has committed to alleviate it by recruiting semi-skilled fresh graduates from local vocational institutions and unskilled indigenous communities in Malaysia. He extends the same courtesy in all international worksites by providing short-term employment to locals in the surrounding community. Even recruits with a troubled past with the law are given a second chance at Can-I to build a new career path.

All Can-I apprentices are trained to anticipate and resolve problems, produce creative and innovative designs, work more efficiently, generate high quality workmanship, communicate effectively, and transfer knowledge to fellow workers. Selected individuals are further groomed in various training and development programmes in the areas of safety, ethics, project administration and other skills training courses. These skilled workers are additionally counselled in mapping out a career progression that helps them chart their growth.

In short, Can-I secret to success is the value they place in their people!


Our Future Successors

In a culture steeped in family led businesses where succession almost always falls in the hands of the sons and daughters of the CEO, the Can-I family takes this tradition into the new millennium by selecting the next generation of successors from the organisational family − ensuring the greatest success for Can-I in the coming years. These are the pioneers and most qualified individuals with the capacity to lead Can-I into the next generation of interior build!

"Do not follow where the path may lead. Go instead where there is no path and leave a trial.”

- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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