Case Studies Region: Canada

Jeffrey Knight – Canadian Pacific

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s the template for the Canadian Pacific’s expansion. There, near the robust Port of Vancouver, where around 150 million metric tons of goods comes and goes annually aboard container ships, the iconic railway is enhancing its means to deliver to and fro. Last September it opened the Pacific Transload Express, a long white rectangular 117,000 […]

Leigh Pearson – Staples Canada

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When someone buys ink or toner, they get to decide how to dispose of the empty cartridge. While Staples Canada agrees, it also feels a responsibility to recycle the products. “We want to provide solutions for recycling the products that we’re putting out there,” says Leigh Pearson, the senior director of facilities, sustainability, sourcing and […]

Anthony Fragale – Greenpark Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

A visit to Toronto and its surrounding communities quickly shows how the real estate market is looking up. That’s not just in terms of prices—it’s also about the high-rise projects filling the skyline in Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville and Vaughan. Anthony Fragale is making a career of building up. As the director of high-rise construction for […]

Burke Gulbranson – Vancouver Island University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When college students at Vancouver Island University have an issue in their room, say a flickering light or broken heater, they submit a maintenance request to the facilities department. While not all work can be completed immediately, students are typically satisfied if the problem is fixed in a few days, Burke Gulbranson says. However, if […]

Nicole Sweeney – Alumni UBC

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Many college alumni centers sit quiet and underused most of the year, only seeing large groups during reunions or special events. Nicole Sweeney has worked hard to ensure this wouldn’t happen at the University of British Columbia. Since the Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre opened in 2015, she’s been happy to see it consistently filled […]

Jim Young – City of Richmond

Est. reading time: 4 mins

In 2012, the Facilities and Project Development team for the City of Richmond was identified for improvement by the senior management team. The team, in British Columbia, Canada, had been working on an annex improvement project at Richmond City Hall which was experiencing budget and schedule challenges. Then Jim Young was consulted. He’d been with the City’s Engineering and […]

Patricia Scott – AutoCanada

Est. reading time: 5 mins

There’s something about that “new car smell” which reminds Patricia Scott of the fun she had during her summer job in high school, where she washed cars at H&R Pontiac Buick, a car dealership run by her neighbors in Alberta, Canada. Back then, she often wore coveralls to work. Her colleagues called her “Sam,” since […]

Pio D’Andrea – CN

Est. reading time: 4 mins

For Pio D’Andrea, there’s always been something magical about trains—from playing with them as a child in Montreal to feeling the g-forces in his chest the first time he rode a high-speed bullet train in Japan. It’s a passion that put him on track to work for railways around the world. After four years abroad, […]

Ash Mahmoud – Cairo Development Ltd.

Est. reading time: 5 mins

It’s a western Canadian province subject to booms and busts, Alberta teeming underfoot with fossil fuels whose demand can fluctuate. The demand having decreased through COVID-19 effect on the energy industry, there’s been a lot of Albertans in need of housing and unable to afford a mortgage. “There’s such an undersupply of proper multifamily rental […]

Marcel Falkenham – Acadia University

Est. reading time: 4 mins

The old saying goes that the road to success is paved with failures. Modern times call for an upgraded adage: The road to green energy and sustainability is illuminated by LED lights. Many of those innovative roads weave through college and university campuses, where the exterior architecture may be traditional, but renovated interiors bring modern […]

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