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Cost Estimator (Design Build Solutions Ltd.) Mississauga, ON

Company Profile

Design Build Solutions Ltd. provides construction and design services to Shannex Incorporated. Shannex Inc. is a leading and innovative provider of luxury senior’s accommodation, care and service in the Maritimes. Shannex Inc. is an fast expanding organization with several construction development projects underway across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Ontario.

Position Title

Cost Estimator

Work Location

Mississauga, Ontario

Overview / Job Summary

Reporting to the Project Manager and Construction Manager, the Cost Estimator is responsible for supporting the Design Build Solutions team in ensuring all projects are properly costed and forecasted for tender. The primary focus will be on current projects in Ontario.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Review projects in-depth to estimate costs and schedule deliverables.
  • Prepare materials, labour and equipment cost estimations necessary to successfully carry out a construction project according to proposals, plans, estimates and specifications.
  • Prepare detailed quantity take-offs of material to allow project materials to be ordered, i.e. flooring, trim, wall vinyl, etc.
  • Prepare and/or coordinate the preparation of full cost estimates on conceptual, design-build or general tender work.
  • Draft and create detailed scope of work documents with the assistance of the project manager.
  • Establish unit costs, labour rates, productivity factors and location impacts.
  • Review all final estimate packages to ensure accuracy and completeness, prior to formal quotation.
  • In preparation of full cost estimates, interpret documentation, specifications, and design drawings to define scope/contents of estimates.
  • Review/analyze bid packages from subcontractors.
  • Maintain large working files as supporting documentation for estimating figures including current, accurate information on prices from venders through exclusive contact, marketing material, pre-existing price lists, etc.

Skills and Competencies

  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience working in Cost Estimation role on new build commercial and residential construction projects.
  • Ability to use cost-estimating software to prepare quantity takeoffs, cost quotes and bids with proficiency in at least one commercially used cost estimating software application

Education and Experience

Post-secondary training and hold a degree or diploma construction/engineering, or appropriate field.

How to Apply for This Position

Please apply via e-mail at:

Release Date: 2018-06-21

Estimators (Marshall & Murray Incorporated) London, Toronto, Ottawa, ON

Marshall & Murray

Company Profile

Established in 1982, Marshall & Murray has grown to be a leading force in the Canadian and North American Cost Consulting and Quantity Surveying industry. Based on our history of successfully completed projects and with our team of specially trained staff, we are in a unique situation to provide our clients personalized service, lead by our Senior Team Leaders, who apply a ‘hands on’ approach to each project to ensure that we assist our clients at every stage of the project from inception, through implementation and up to successful project completion.

Position Title

Senior and Intermediate Estimators - M/E and A/S

Work Location

London, Toronto, Ottawa

Overview / Job Summary

Marshall & Murray are currently seeking Mechanical/Electrical Estimators and Architectural/Structural Estimators for their London, Toronto and Ottawa offices. The successful candidates will be motivated, personable, and computer literate. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Roles and Responsibilities

The position responsibilities include quantity take-offs and pricing exercises for the respective disciplines across a diverse mix and size of projects. Some supervision of junior staff may be required.

Skills and Competencies

The candidates will need to have excellent computer skills, specifically Microsoft Excel and Word. Additional competencies with estimating software are valuable.

Education and Experience

Candidates must have graduated from a related post secondary program or have obtained relevant trade experience and must have obtained a minimum of two years relevant estimating experience. The successful candidates will be interested in pursuing further qualifications.

Complementary Information

Please visit our website at to learn more about Marshall & Murray.

How to Apply

Please email a letter of interest and resume to, to the attention of John Fleming. Applicants will be notified if an interview has been awarded. Marshall & Murray reserve the right to test both mathematical and literacy skills during the interview process.

Release Date: 2017-12-07

Project Manager - Quantity Surveyor (CB Ross) Toronto, ON

CB Ross Cost Consulting Inc.

Company Profile

CB Ross Cost Consulting Inc. provides independent project monitoring of construction mortgages and cost consulting services to the real estate industry (developers, lenders, etc.). We deliver reliable, reasoned advise as a key resource supporting the construction and development industry.

Position Title

Project Manager - Quantity Surveyor

Work Location

Toronto, Ontario

Overview / Job Summary

Act as Project Monitor, Payment Certifier and Owners Representative across a wide range of building types such as Hotels, Retirement Villages, High Rise Condos, Town Houses and schools.

Roles and Responsibilities

  1. Undertake site visits to value construction costs and ensure contractor billings are not overstated.
  2. Review change orders and monitor progress against schedule.
  3. Prepare payment certificates for monthly and interim applications, and release of holdback in accordance with the Lien Act.
  4. Review and summarize documentation required in the Lender's terms and conditions, including Architect's Engineer's conformity reports, Tarion reports, geotechnical and environmmental information, City approvals (site plan agreements and building permits), bonding and builders risk, and wrap-up liability insurance.
  5. Establish cost to comply with any regulatory requirements within and integrate costs into the overall project budget.
  6. Review contractor invoices and applications for payments to verify cost to complete construction loans. Gather and interpret wide range of data relating to cost, quality, schedule, insurance and summarize in monthly draw reports to the Lenders. Make recommendations regarding payment as necessary.
  7. Ensure full compliance with the Construction Lien Act at all times and manage holdback retention and release on construction projects.
  8. Analyze key components and project statistics to generate preliminary reports, estimates and budgets.

Skills and Competencies

Excellent spoken English and written skills, able to read, analyze and interpret data from complex technical documents.

Capable of working with current computer applications and software.

Education and Experience

  • Bachelor's degree from Canadian or foreign University in quantity surveying, building surveying or related field.
  • Professional accreditation (RICS, CIOB, or CIQS).
  • Minimum of 15 years of experience managing multi-million-dollar construction projects.
  • 2-5 years of experience in loan monitoring in the Greater Toronto area.
  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in reading architectural, mechanical, electrical and structural construction drawings.
  • Minimum of 10 years experience reading and reviewing progress against schedule, assessing impact on critical path, and interacting with all levels of stakeholders on multi-million-dollar construction projects.
  • Minimum of 10 years of leadership experience in managing teams.

Complementary Information

Benefits include:

  • Annual discretionary bonus, based on performance.
  • Annual discretionary salary increase, based on performance.
  • Medical/dental coverage.
  • 15 paid vacation days.

How to Apply for This Position

Please apply via e-mail to including your resume and any additional information you deem necessary such as letters of reference.

Telephone applications will not be accepted nor considered.

Release Date: 2018-05-28

Senior Commercial Estimator (Stuart Olson) Richmond, BC

Stuart Olson

Company Profile:

Who We Are?

Stuart Olson has been positively impacting the businesses we serve, the communities in which we operate, and the lives we touch since 1911. Our rich history demonstrates our reach and diversity as an integrated, full service organization serving the commercial and industrial markets.

We are a $1.2 billion, fully integrated commercial construction and industrial services provider with offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. We deliver confidence through a client-centered approach that ensures the highest quality of service, reduces risk and delivers results.

Overview / Job Summary:

Reporting to the Estimating Manager, the Senior Commercial Estimator will be responsible for the preconstruction cost management of projects.

Roles and Responsibilities:


  • Support a culture that encompasses the highest ethical standards, and is aligned with the Promise.


  • Participate in the project development activities to secure the project(s).
  • Develop and execute a project strategy that meets the project’s required performance, schedule and profitability targets.
  • Provide preconstruction services from the development of preliminary budgets, cost plans, value engineering exercises, start to finish of tender process and award of sub-contracts.
  • Prepare tender documents and trade scopes prior to tendering.
  • Work closely with the Project Manager in awarding of sub-trade contracts.
  • Participate in project scheduling activities and provide input on achieving preconstruction activities.
  • Ensure that preconstruction deadlines are achieved.
  • Work closely with the project manager, site superintendent, owner, consultants, suppliers and trades to identify, develop, implement and support cost-effective project delivery.
  • Attend meetings with owner and consultants and be comfortable to provide input at the meetings.
  • Prepare and manage project budgets during design.
  • Liaise with project manager and site superintendent and ensure constructability is addressed during budgeting and tendering.
  • Identify, address and resolve issues and problems as or before they occur.
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with client, consultants, suppliers and trades.
  • Maintain the highest standards of professional ethics and integrity when representing Stuart Olson.
  • Contribute current cost and productivity information to the company data base.

Stuart Olson Corporate

  • Participate in corporate initiatives.

Skills and Competencies:

  • Direct estimating experience of large commercial, high rise, civil and/or institutional construction projects $50 Million and greater
  • Experience in conceptual Estimating - ability to visualize limited or lack of design information, make reasonable assumptions, do quantity takeoffs and provide budget feedback to the Client and Design Team
  • Ability to cost out different schemes and options to provide Value Engineering feedback during the preconstruction process
  • Ability to communicate with project team, subtrades, consultants and owner; understand the issues and be an active participant in the preconstruction process
  • Ability to recognize and strategize to manage risks
  • Experience working in a BIM/VDC environment considered an asset
  • Ability to critique information and provide technical explanations
  • Ability to forge, grow and maintain positive relationships
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities simultaneously and meet the time demands of unpredictable activities; capable of handling pressure and challenges in a dynamic business environment
  • Ability to work within tight deadlines and prioritization of work to achieve them
  • Strong analytical, critical thinking, troubleshooting, problem-solving skills, and a high degree of accuracy and attention to detail
  • Highly developed interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills
  • Demonstrates a sense of urgency and strong commitment to achieving goals; ability to work in challenging, fast paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively with a positive attitude
  • Superior written and verbal communication skills
  • Supportive of a culture that encompasses the highest ethical standards aligned with the Company Promise

Education and Experience:

  • Undergraduate degree in quantity surveying or engineering
  • Eligible for or have attained PQS, CET or P.Eng designations
  • 10 years’ “hands-on” experience in the capacity of commercial estimator including a full range of project delivery methods including lump sum, construction management and design build

How to Apply:

Application Instructions: All interested candidates can apply directly to the position at Only candidates being considered for an interview will be contacted directly.

Release Date: 2018-04-18

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