Kavan was born in Edmonton, Alberta and both he and his brother were raised by his father when his parents divorced. He excelled in many sports as a child focusing on football and martial arts. During his teenage years he cultivated a love for performing with a friend. They would often skip school to record and rehearse skits they would eventually take public on local buses and to shopping centers. After graduation Kavan attended the University of Calgary working towards a degree in Economics but dropped out after a year and half. After a year of contemplation he enrolled in the Mount Royal University performing arts program. It was here that he developed a love of books and started writing. Soon after graduating he landed a lead role on the Canadian television show Destiny Ridge and moved to Vancouver. Kavan has been continuously adding versatile film and television roles to his acting repertoire, since he discovered his passion for performance. In 1999 he caught Brian DePalmas eye and was cast in the sci-fi adventure Mission to Mars. Since then he has played key roles in FOXs Human Target, The CWs Smallville and Supernatural, SyFys Outerlimits, Sanctuary and Battlestar Galactica and USA Networks Fairly Legal. Kavan has also had large recurring roles in USA Networks The 4400 as Jed Garrity, SyFys Stargate Atlantis as Major Evan Lorne and SyFys Eureka as Deputy Andy, a sweet but overly keen robot.