With Binnie for almost a year, Rochelle is a Project Manager in our Project Delivery division and currently delivers owner’s representative services for BCIT, managing a variety of capital projects around the Burnaby campus from interior renovations to civil infrastructure projects. Her role requires interacting with many stakeholders and guiding projects from inception to completion, to ensure their success.
Her path to becoming a Project Manager started in Alberta where she originally graduated from a Civil Engineering Technology program. After that, she made her way to BC to work in construction as a field engineer and project coordinator. Her experience includes hydroelectric projects, natural gas facilities, bridges and institutions.
“I’ve always thrived on being a part of large project teams and loved watching construction progress each day. As much as I enjoyed being in the field, I was ultimately drawn to project controls, planning and contract administration which lead me to make the leap from contractor to consultant/owners representative last year.”
In 2019, she received her PMP designation – a notable accomplishment both personally and professionally. She didn’t stop there, this past January, she completed the credential process with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and became an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and is currently working towards becoming a LEED® Green Associate. She considers this new shift towards sustainability and social responsibility extremely exciting – and a wonderful, new avenue to be able to apply her new skills.
In terms of her projects, Rochelle considers their lasting legacies to be the most rewarding aspect of her job. She takes pride in the fact that her two young sons can point out all the projects she’s worked on throughout Vancouver, and knowing that these projects will benefit communities for many generations to come.
On advice for women in similar jobs and roles:
“Don’t be discouraged! This can be a challenging career path but also extremely rewarding if you want it to be. It’s up to you to challenge yourself each day and to push yourself to grow. Set big goals for yourself and the opportunities will present themselves. Be humble, admit that you don’t know everything and soak up as much knowledge as you can at every opportunity. I’ve learned as much from carpenters and pipefitters over the years as I have from project managers and schedulers.”
Rochelle is no stranger to the adversity women face in the industry. After high school, she was looking for summer jobs, and had applied for a traffic control job with a construction company. She was rejected by the manager who said “they don’t hire women”. Since then, she’s always kept that moment in the back of her mind as motivation to never allow someone else’s opinion to limit her potential ever again.
Fun Fact: Rochelle is also an avid mountain biker and photographer!