We are proud to announce that Safety Manager Frank Grossi earned his Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certificate. The Canadian Construction Association’s Gold Seal Program’s mission is to “establish, administer and continuously improve professional certification standards for construction management excellence and through promotion of education and training, certify managers of construction against national standards.” The Gold Seal is a declaration of Frank’s commitment to education, skill and competence in the field of construction safety; it also signifies that he has attained a nationally recognized level of experience as an on-site professional. Congratulations Frank, glad to have you watching our backs out there!
Jon Taylor has been a long-time volunteer of the organization Junior Achievement. It is the world's largest not for profit organization dedicated to working with local businesses and organizations to educate students (from kindergarten to highschool) on finance, entrepreneurship and work preparedness. Having been a Governor for several years, it was a natural move for Jon Taylor to be appointed to the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement of Central Ontario (JACO).
Jon was recently interviewed by Global News TV Anchor Susan Hay on his commitment to the program. During his interview, Jon was featured teaching grade 8 students at Sir Ernest MacMillan Senior Public School the skill set, knowledge and work ethics to obtain career success. The program includes activites to reflect the reality of the working world, including the impact of choices around credit and cash.
As construction managers, it was important for us to showcase the construction of our own space so we documented every step of the way. After 2 years of construction, we were finally able to move into our new space. If you would like to know more about this project, please download our case study here.
On October 3rd, 2014, Govan Brown was named a bronze 2014 Vision Award winner by Construtech magazine in the Builder/GC Commercial $101 million to $250 million; a second win for Govan Brown, with our first win in 2008. The Vision Awards acknowledge companies that have stayed up-to-date on the latest technological trends and products in order to make decisions that have helped their businesses thrive.
Govan Brown implemented CMiC, a construction managment software solution, in 2005 and has since been making significant improvements in project managment, client satisfaction and retention. This year's award specifically recognizes Govan Brown's use of the CMiC Imaging module, therby saving costs, improving productivity and becoming a paperless, eco-friendly organization.
The award affirms Govan Brown's continuing leadership in the effective use of technology in the construction industry. Govan Brown's Director of Information Technology, Serena Zeng accepted the award.
On Wednesday, October 1st, Govan Brown was recognized at the 3rd Annual REmmy Awards in Toronto for our paticipation in the award winning RBC Dexia project. The Gala, which took place at the Toronto Board of Trade in downtown Toronto, was put on by the CoreNet Global Canadian chapter.
The annual event is held to recognize excellence, innovation and best practices in corporate real estate and workplace managment. The well-attended event was a meeting place for many of the top professionals in corporate real estate as well as corporate real estate service providers Govan Brown's distinction at the Gala was in recognition of our construction management services on many RBC projects in the past year.
The award received by RBC was the "Corporate Citizen Award," and whom upon receiving the award, specifically named Govan Brown as a key contributor to their success as we implemented LEED construction practices into one of Toronto's first fully LEED buildings.
The Partners at govan Brown took advantage of the brief break from stormy weather September 4, 2014 to take part in the sweeping donation effort known as the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The Ice Bucket Challenge has deservedly gained extensive coverage in the past few months. The Challenge consists of very obviously filling a bucket full of water and ice and proceeding to dump it on yourself or a peer in order to raise money and awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis which is also known as known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
All three Partners, Jon Taylor, John Brown and Ralph Govan all took the plunge to show their support for the continued research of ALS while incidentally providing much entertainment for the staff. Being placed adjacent to the Govan Brown cube truck in the Toronto office's parking lot, the partners stood below three very willing employees charged with the duty of pouring the freezing water. A hushed silence fell upon the crowd and after a count of three, the buckets were upturned and their refreshing contents aggressively fell on the formerly warm heads and shoulders of the unlucky recipients; much to the pleasure of the on-looking crowd. Despite a few exacerbated cries and curses of discomfort, the three bucketeers handled their icing like champs.
We are happy to perpetuate the awareness of this truly terrible and debilitating affliction, please, if you haven't already, donate to the cause and help support the continued research and the victims of ALS: http://www.alsbc.ca/donate
Govan Brown would like to congratulate Vice President, Sales, Genevieve Peters on receiving her Master of Corporate Real Estate (MCR) designation! The MCR designation provides essential skills that focus on critical business issues and the mission of the CRE organization in relation to corporate goals. Courses are completed in a peer-to-peer learning environment led by industry experts. The MCR designation communicates special competence and successful experience as a corporate real estate (CRE) expert. The designation has contributed to the professionalism of CRE and as a service provider to CRE, we believe it is essential at all levels by broadening knowledge and delivering ever-increasing value to our clients. Currently, Genevieve is one of only four women to have earned this prestigious designation in the construction sector.
Please join us in congratulating Jennie.
The official press release written by CoreNet is attached for your convenience.
Govan Brown is proud to announce that we have started preconstructions services for 2 stores for Le Maison Simons – a Quebec City based fashion retailer. Govan Brown was selected to be Simons’ national partner for the build-out of a number of stores across Canada. The first two stores are in Mississauga and Vancouver. Both projects are estimated to be approximately 100,000 square feet in size and reflect the look and feel that Simons is so highly regarded for in the province of Quebec.
We are excited to once again work with design firms Figure3 and Lemay Michaud to create outstanding spaces for Le Maison Simons across Canada. The award of the Simons’ mandate is another example of Govan Brown leveraging its network of offices to provide clients with integrated services across Canada.
On Saturday, July 5th, Govan Brown’s Director of Human Resources, Sarah Paul was invited to speak at George Brown College. Thirty students gathered at the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies for an afternoon of advice from Sarah Paul. The group of post-grad students were treated to an information session that touched base on a number of issues pertaining to how to enter the job market after finishing school.
The seminar focused on topics such as how to stand out as an employment candidate, best practices for resumes, job search strategies, networking and how to make the most out of a co-op position. Having been with Govan Brown for a number of years, Sarah was able to offer invaluable advice and practical insight into employment opportunities within the construction market. Having retained much of our talent from George Brown College, Govan Brown is proud to aid the next generation of construction professionals in their pursuit of rewarding careers.