David Dooks, PQS
Born and raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia, I grew up in a family influenced by my father who is still a working carpenter, and a mother formerly in real estate. I have been involved in construction my entire life, beginning when I was ten, (accompanying my father to building sites), and working up to becoming his partner in a small contracting company. My university pursuits could have taken me away from construction but in the end I was drawn to it. I have been a labourer, a carpenter, a foreman, a superintendent, a contractor, an estimator, and a cost consultant, to name a few.
In 2003, after a return to education at the Nova Scotia Community College, (where I completed a two-year construction administration technology program), I left the labour side of construction and made a new start as a cost consultant. That year, I applied to join the CIQS and was accepted as a Construction Estimator Certified (CEC). Looking back, I knew that joining the CIQS wasn't a trivial thing. This was a good choice and a choice around which I could build a career.
In 2008, after five years working as a cost consultant, I completed the CIQS exams, completed the TPE, and earned my PQS designation. The effort and reward of being recognized for those results is an important accomplishment. My personal belief is that we must all understand that the road to becoming a Professional Quantity Surveyor is not meant to be easy; it is fraught with gains and losses. It takes time and dedication, but the reward is your own personal success. Now, with fourteen years of experience working as a quantity surveyor, I have worked on projects having values ranging from thousands of dollars all the way up to over a billion, and in nearly every province and territory across Canada.
Since joining the CIQS, I have been an active member, attending social events and annual general meetings, promoting the CIQS at local trade shows and professional development days, and mentoring new members whenever possible. During the summer of 2013, I was given an opportunity to become national representative and Vice President for the CIQS – Maritimes. I was excited to volunteer for my local affiliate and to be able to contribute to the organization that had been providing me with recognition in my professional career. In 2014, I took over as President of CIQS-Maritimes. For the last four years, my duties as a national representative and director of the CIQS have included website administration, social media committee, CPD, and treasurer. In 2016, I was nominated and voted as Vice Chair for the CIQS and, in September 2017, moved on to Chair.
I take on my new role as Chair with the same devotion I felt when joining the CIQS in 2003. I look back to those who have worn the mantle of president/chair before me. They have been strong mentors and have added to the success and growth of the CIQS. Our organization must continue to grow strong together.