In addition to sponsoring The Construction Institute of Canada's (TCIC) Simulated Student Bid Competition, Pomerleau's 2016 involvement includes mentorship. Stéphane Gagnon, Chief Estimator and Varun Dhawan, Project Coordinator, both Toronto-based employees, are mentoring student teams. And now that the bid period has closed, they are rallying their teams for the results. "I feel privileged to coach emerging talent. This competition is as close as it gets to the real bid and estimation process," says Stéphane.
Each year, teams from across Canada are challenged to submit complete bids based on a set of contract documents, which must contain quantity take-offs for own-forces work, a subtrade analysis and selection, as well as an overhead and pricing summary. This competition helps approximately 300 young professionals gain a rewarding experience and will culminate with an awards ceremony on April 12, 2016. This year, in addition to prizes for professionalism and accuracy, the awards will recognize the use of Building Information Modeling (BIM).
Andrew Doubelt, an intern in Pomerleau's Toronto office, sits on the TCIC Student Executive Committee. "I am fortunate to work for a company that supports initiatives that help bridge the gap between the classroom and the real world. The competition gives students exposure to the industry and opens doors--in fact, Varun who was the competition's Executive Director last year is now a permanent member of the Pomerleau team."
For more information, visit: tcicbidcomp.com.