Govan Brown is pleased to announce the appointment of Andy Kohler as the new Partner-in-charge of Govan Brown West's operations in British Columbia. Andy is a construction professional with over 20 years of experience executing construction projects throughout Canada. Andy will oversee the new Govan Brown West division - a subsidiary of the Govan Brown Group. Located in the heart of Vancouver's Gastown, our Vancouver office manages construction projects throughout British Columbia, Alberta, The Prairie Provinces and the Territories.
A LEED AP-certified professional, Andy graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). He has experience constructing projects for a variety of sectors varying in scope and size. Andy's first endeavor will be to oversee the construction of La Maison Simons' new 100,000 square foot store in Vancouver starting in early 2015.
Govan Brown welcomes Phil Goodall to its Ottawa team. Phil, an Ottawa native is the new Principal spearheading our Ottawa branch. He is a hands-on construction and business development professional with expertise in many facets of the construction and development industry. He has worked with clients from all ICI sectors in the greater Ottawa area for over 20 years. His experienced pedigree includes constructing and renovating buildings as well as coordinating interior fit-ups for commercial and retail clients.
In addition to providing Construction Management and General Contracting Services, Phil has extensive Design + Build experience that can satisfy a variety of client expectations and budgets. Prior to joining Govan Brown in 2014, Phil was a Senior Project Manager and Business Development Manager for SiteCast Construction Corporation. His credentials include a certification in Project Management (CPPM) from Algonquin College and a membership to the Project Management Institute. Phil is currently finalizing his PMP-PgMP certifications from PMI.
Phil Goodall is a passionate professional with a habit of achieving the best results possible. Keenly conversational, Phil's ability to problem-solve is an asset to any project he is a part of. He brings to the Govan Brown years of positive relationships, experience and a reputation based on achieving quality results.
Govan Brown has continually contributed to the neighborhoods and communities that we inhabit. Along with completed projects, we often measure success by our ability to volunteer and support a myriad of groups and causes. One program that Govan Brown is proud to support is the Junior Achievement Program in Southern Ontario. The program, which has been around for 58 years, allows for Canadian business professionals to teach students the merits of financial literacy, work readiness and entrepreneurship.
On Tuesday, June 10th, Govan Brown Partner Jon Taylor, and Human Resources Director Sarah Paul, visited St. Alfred Catholic School in Mississauga to provide their advice. Jon and Sarah spoke to a large class of 28 students about their collective experience in the business world. Referencing a manual entitled, "Dollars and Sense", Sarah and Jon engaged in an interactive program that encouraged students to make informed decisions about budgets, money management and investments. Our Govan Brown pair was met with energetic enthusiasm.
The students remained engaged throughout the day and came away with a better understanding of business and finances. Govan Brown has worked with Junior Achievement for several years and have visited several different schools in the process. We see this as an extremely beneficialand advantageous program and look forward to supporting and volunteering next year.
On Wednesday, May 14, Govan Brown Partner, Jon Taylor, participated in the Young Governors Council's POWER Breakfast. The gathering consisted of 40, 20-35 year old Junior Achievement Central Ontario (JACO) members and guests, all discussing prospects with some of Toronto's most distinguished business professionals. The attendees seized the opportunity to connect with other likeminded young professionals and Q&A sessions with the distinguished guests.
The event was held at the Tangerine Cafe at Yonge and Shuter. Featured were three prominent speakers who all had the opportunity to offer their expertise. Jon Taylor, second among the three speakers, took the opportunity to encourage the merits of business and volunteering. Taylor's extensive involvement in multiple charitable organizatoins, most notably the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation (where Jon is on the board), made him the ideal speaker on the topic of altruism and community involvement. Jon addressed the advatages of combining business with community outreach.
All organizations possess the ability to develop mutually beneficial relationships with their respective communities, and in doing so, improve themselves and their surroundings. Govan Brown has been actively volunteering through several organizations in the Toronto area including Queen Victoria Public School, The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, Camp Oochigeas, The Stop Community Food Centre, The Lupus Flair Foundation, Second Harvast and Canfar.
A Govan Brown project recently earned the organiza -tion's first LEED Platinum accreditation. The work is being completed on the 21st floor of the TD Tower in downtonw Toronto. This LEED Platinum Certification is the first in Govan Brown's history and is the culmination of years of consercation and energy efficient efforts.
The LEED program, started in 1998, is a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings. Govan Brown has participated in LEED projects since 2004 and has since accredited all levels of LEED certification. The eco-friendly addition that earned Govan Brown the platinum accreditation was the installation of humidity censors. The humidity sensors are in addition to the existing eco-friendly steps Govan Brown had taken thus far in the construction process which include, energy-saving lighting; low-emission, non-toxic carpet partitions; segregated material waste management and air quality control.
This latest LEED project is an addition to the long list of environmentally-friendly spaces that Govan Brown has built in the last 10 years. In that time, Govan Brown has completed over 30 LEED projects totaling over 2 million square feet in a variety of spaces and sectors. We are heavily invested in participating in green-building initiatives and have led the way in eco-friendly projects since Canadian LEED programs have been in place.
CMiC is proud to feature its first CMiC Client Spotlight video, showcasing the accomplishments of Govan Brown & Associates. In this Video interview Govan Brown Owners Ralph Govan, John Brown, and Jon Taylor share their success story which they built over the past 20 years. The Partners at Govan Brown, a full service construction manager based in Toronto, knew that technology would play a key role in helping their company attain the next level of growth. Govan Brown found a common philosophy of technological innovation with CMiC and more than doubled in revenue just two years after choosing CMiC.
Watch and listen as the three Govan Brown Partners share their success story, and discover what solutions they implemented to reengineer their organization to secure future success and growth.
Since our inception, Govan Brown has grown immensely and has rapidly become one of Canada's largest interior construction managers. To accomodate this growth, we established a new office in Edmonton, Alberta. The Edmonton office is the latest in the effort to provide construction services in all high demand regions. Govan Brown has already established offices in Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Ottawa with a head office in Toronto.
Having a firm foot-hold in the Calgary market and subsequently the Prairie Provinces, Govan Brown's newly formed Edmonton Office will handle all of northern Alberta's construction requirements. The new Govan Brown office will be located in the centre of downtown Edmonton. Partner Troy Braithwaite explains the need for a new office in Alberta, “Our goal as construction managers is to be present wherever there is a high demand for our services. Edmonton is an emerging market with plenty of opportunities.” Recent projects completed in the area include, a new Rogers store in Kingsway Mall, two HSBC bank branches in the downtown core, a CIBC branch and the construction of a new school in Mundare, Alberta.
On April 6, 2014, Govan Brown was given the Corporate Commitment Award at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation’s Volunteer Recognition Awards ceremony. The awards are given out annually to individuals whose fundraising and volunteer efforts have had a large impact on the progression of breast cancer research. Govan Brown was a guest at the high-tea event held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Over the past year, Govan Brown has raised over $135,000 for the CBCF through various fundraising events and initiatives. The awareness gala was held to discuss the current state of breast cancer. A panel discussion featuring medical professionals and research leaders was held to encourage the continuing funding of breast cancer research. Three years ago, Jon Taylor, Partner at Govan Brown, was asked to sit on the Board of Leaders for the Cure. Since then, Govan Brown has raised over $418,000 towards breast cancer research.
The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation is the largest non-governmental funder of breast cancer research in Canada. Founded in 1986, the CBCF has invested $300 million in funding national research and community health grants. Their donations have led to progress in breast cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.
On March 26th, Govan Brown was once again named one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies. The annual awards, given out since 1993, acknowledge businesses that are taking great steps in many different aspects of commerce and industry. This year’s 50 Best Managed honour is Govan Brown’s sixth award in as many years, making them gold standard winners for a second straight year.
The 50 Best Managed awards are determined by a panel of distinguished groups. This panel is comprised of the Queen’s School of Business, Deloitte and CIBC. Together they determine the winning companies based on their growth in the past year, employee development, mentoring, leadership training and general performance. In the past six years, Govan Brown has demonstrated a constant evolution and adherence to successful business practices. With another win Govan Brown will be promoted to the highly coveted status of Platinum Standard winners.
Recently, Govan Brown has moved their national headquarters from Toronto’s downtown core to the trendy junction neighborhood in the west end of the city. The employee-friendly office encourages cooperation and collaboration with a heavy focus on teamwork. The office is outfitted with many amenities including club house, pool table, full kitchen and extensive AV systems; all within an open concept layout. Govan Brown was founded in 1994 by Ralph Govan and John Brown in Toronto. In 2003, Jon Taylor joined as the third partner.
Since its foundation, Govan Brown has grown into a national interiors construction manager, with offices in Victoria, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa, and their national headquarters based in Toronto.