If someone had told me that I would be in the construction industry when I grew up, I would have thought they were wrong! I knew absolutely nothing about building roads – I didn’t even think about the potential of jobs in that field! Roads were just… there! I excelled at English, French, and German and struggled more with typical industry subjects like Math and Science. And yet, here I am today, with nearly 17 years in the transportation industry under my belt.
At the start of my career, I was placed in an acting position as a Regional Project Manager, managing 11 construction and resurfacing projects independently. To say that it was trial by fire would be an understatement. However, I learned from the best – from seasoned construction supervisors, from other more senior project managers, and from area managers – all who were willing to take me under their wing to teach me the business and the science behind building roads. Without their mentorship, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I owe much of my success to them.
Over the years, I have moved from Fort St. John to Prince George, to Kamloops. I have managed projects right across this beautiful province of ours, everything from straightforward resurfacing projects to multi-million-dollar road construction projects, electric vehicle charging station projects, bridge resurfacing and replacement projects, and emergency response projects.
No two projects have ever been the same. And that is what is so exciting about project management and the construction industry. I am always meeting new people, seeing new places, and taking on new challenges…and I never stop learning.
Since joining Binnie, I have continued to do what I love and work with many of the same people who have made this career so much fun. I have also met new co-workers and mentors to continue building and learning with. I have the flexibility that I need in my personal life so that I can excel both personally and professionally – and for that, I am forever grateful.