CIQS Announces 2014/15 Board Members

At its Annual General Meeting in Markham, Ontario on September 13th, the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors announced its board members and executive committee appointments.

“The construction industry in Canada is booming right now and it’s an exciting time for CIQS,” said Dave Burns, who was named Chair at the meeting. “I’m honoured to be leading an organization whose two thousand-strong membership is helping to keep projects all across the country on track.”

Dave Burns, PQS

Dave Burns, PQSDave is a Principal and co-founder of Aquarius Building Consultants, a full service quantity surveying consultancy firm based in Calgary, Alberta that specializes in private-sector development projects, addressing budgeting, feasibility, financing and advisory requirements for their clientele.

Dave became a CIQS certified Professional Quantity Surveyor in 2002. Educated domestically, he brings over 18 years of construction experience with him. He initially trained as a Civil Engineering Technologist, and has further developed his expertise, performing a variety of management and technical functions for an impressive roster of building-related professionals. In his career, Dave has constructed high-rise towers with PCL Construction, performed surveying services – topographical, cartography, control surveys, photo-telegametry, and satellite mapping – with the National Capital Commission in Ottawa, and worked with Engineering Testing Laboratories such as Jacques Whitford (Ottawa) and EBA Engineering (Edmonton).

As well as practicing as a PQS, Dave is a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) and is accredited through the Canadian Construction Association as Gold Seal Certified (GSC). In 2003, he first ran for a position on the regional board of the CIQS Prairies (formerly known as AQSA), and remains active currently acting in the capacity of Past President. During his tenure on the CIQS Prairies Board, he has been involved politically, resurrecting the Calgary Chapter, and acting as Marketing Director before taking the role as President. He joined the national CIQS council in 2011, and is currently seated as the Chair of CIQS.

Craig Bye, PQS
Vice Chair

Craig Bye, PQSCraig Bye is the Manager of Hanscomb’s Hamilton Office and a Senior Electrical Cost Consultant. He has over 30 years of experience as a licensed electrician, Quantity Surveyor and trade estimator and is highly regarded for expertise with specialized electrical systems such as Fire Alarm, Nurse Call, Security and IT. Craig also has an extensive background in areas such as dispute resolution and change-order negotiation. He is responsible for coordinating cost estimates and studies throughout all levels of the design and construction process, establishing and reconciling budgets, initiating and developing value engineering procedures and proposals, and monitoring irregularities and changes in a project’s scope. Recently, Craig’s focus has turned to providing Master Plan and Functional Program estimating for a diverse mix of project types in Ontario and Western Canada.

Craig joined CIQS in 2005 and received his Professional Quantity Surveyor designation in 2007. Previous to this post as Vice Chair, he served as CIQS-Ontario President and Representative, as well as CIQS Registrar and Chair of the Membership Committee.

Mark Gardin, PQS(F)
Past Chair

Mark Gardin, PQS(F)Mark is the Principal of QSolv Incorporated, a cost consulting firm in Halifax. He graduated in 1990 from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology's Construction Management program. He joined CIQS in 1996 and received his Professional Quantity Surveyor designation in 2003. In 2009, Mark became CIQS Maritimes President and Representative on the CIQS Board. He was nominated 2nd Vice President in 2011, and at the 2013 AGM in Montreal, he became the CIQS Chair.

Matt Weber, PQS
CIQS—British Columbia Representative
CIQS Secretary/Treasurer

Matt Weber, PQSMatt is Vice President of the Concosts Group of Companies and is based in Vancouver, British Columbia. With the company since 2005, his work experience includes a mix of loan monitoring, cost planning, and project and construction management of residential and commercial projects. He holds diplomas in building technology and civil engineering from the British Columbia Institute of Technology and obtained his Professional Quantity Surveyor designation from CIQS in 2010.

Michael Bernier, PQS
CIQS—Prairies and NWT Representative
CIQS Registrar

Michael Bernier, PQSAs Director of Bernier Cost Management Ltd., Michael provides project monitoring, cost planning, value management, and arbitration services to a broad client base in Western Canada out of offices in Alberta and Saskatchewan. His projects range in size, nature, and complexity, with project values ranging from $1.5-million to $4.6-billion. He has been a regional CIQS Board member for over ten years and is President for CIQS—Prairies and Northwest Territories.

David Lai, PQS(F)
Education Administrator

David Lai, PQS(F)David is Director of Building Services at the BTY Group in Toronto. With over 28 years of experience, his expertise includes providing electrical estimates and budgets from conceptual to pre-tender stages using architectural sketches and design briefs to finished engineering drawings and specifications, value engineering, life cycle costing and analysis of change orders and variations. David joined CIQS in 1986 and has served on boards and committees of the CIQS–Ontario since 1994, and as the national Education Administrator since 2008.

Patrick Cantin, PQS
CIQS—Ontario Representative

Patrick Cantin, PQSPatrick is Director of Plant & Property as well as the Director of Health and Safety for the Conseil scolaire public du Nord Est de l'Ontario. As the sole proprietor of Cantin Construction Cost Consulting, he provides quantity surveyor services to professionals across Northern Ontario. He is a graduate of the Construction Engineering-Architecture Technology program at Niagara College and for the last 20 years, has helped build roads, bridges, hydroelectric dams, schools, condominiums, museums, and retail stores in Northern Ontario.

David Dooks, PQS
CIQS—Maritimes Representative

David Dooks, PQSDavid is an Estimator at Avondale Construction Limited in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In that role, he is a senior estimator bidding on public and private sector projects and provides concept construction budgets and cost planning to architects, engineers, owners and developers. An Honours Graduate from the Construction Administration Technology program at Nova Scotia Community College, he has over 25 years experience in the construction industry. He is President for CIQS—Maritimes.

Roy Lewis, PQS(F)
CIQS—Newfoundland and Labrador Representative

Roy Lewis, PQS(F)As the owner of Cambrian Management Services, Roy provides commercial support to the construction and energy sectors. Originally a product of the construction industry in the United Kingdom, he has been an active quantity surveyor in Canada since 1977 and currently resides in St. Mary's Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. He attained his Professional Quantity Surveyor designation from CIQS in 1993, and has sat on the Institute's board for 18 years. He served as national CIQS President in 2011.

* (F) designates member has been made a Fellow, the Institute’s highest honour of merit

About CIQS

The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is the premier professional association that sets the highest standard for construction and infrastructure economics in Canada. The Institute oversees the designation of Professional Quantity Surveyors (PQS) and Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) professionals. In 1959, a group of quantity surveyors in Toronto founded the CIQS and today, the organization represents 2000 members across the country.


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