Congress 2020 — Winnipeg, Manitoba

July 9–11, 2020

CIQS Congress 2020

YQS Bursary Program

The David Lai YQS Congress Bursary Program funds one Young Quantity Surveyor (YQS) from each chapter across Canada to attend Congress as a way to allow members who may not otherwise be able to attend, experience our annual conference and to make valuable contacts from all parts of the country.

City of Winnipeg
In order to be eligible, CEC and PQS members and Associates must be under the age of 40 and in good standing with the CIQS. Submissions are reviewed and six applicants (one from each chapter) are invited to attend that year’s Congress, all expenses paid. *

Other submission requirements include:

  • Documentation outlining the personal and technical benefits they anticipate gaining by attending Congress;
  • Career aspirations and how attending Congress may support this;
  • Leadership skills/experience that will enhance the ability to have an impact on the profession;
  • A plan for knowledge transfer to peers upon return to their place of employment; and
  • A demonstration of the value of membership and importance of participation in CIQS
* Expenses covered are the Congress Registration, return economy airfare up to $1000 (within Canada), 3 night’s accommodation, 1 ticket to the Chair’s Dinner, 1 ticket to the invitation only Welcome Reception and Social Activity.

If you are a YQS, you could win a CIQS Congress YQS Contest package, which includes:

  Congress Registration

  Return economy airfare (within Canada)

  3 night’s accommodation at the Delta Winnipeg

  1 ticket to the Chair’s Dinner

  YQS Welcome Reception

  YQS Social Activity

There are 6 Congress Packages available,
one recipient per CIQS chapter:

  CIQS – British Columbia

  CIQS – Prairies and NWT

  CIQS – Ontario

  CIQS – Québec

  CIQS – Maritimes

  CIQS – Newfoundland and Labrador

Please find below testimonials from the 2019 YQS Bursary Recipients.

To learn more about the YQS Bursary Program and/or the submission process, contact Sharon Lui at

Sami Moufti, PQS

Prairies & NWT Chapter

Senior Consultant at Turner & Townsend

“Looking back at my travel to attend the 2019 CIQS Congress…home may still be the same; and yes, I may have come back to the same old job, but my horizons have truly expanded and that changes everything… Upon my arrival, I was invited to join other YQS members for a warm and lovely welcome reception. This was such a great ice breaker and a perfect opportunity that got young members to socialize and form friendships in the first hour!... In my review, the technical program was a huge success, [which ended with] an eloquent and progressive discussion among panelists who are pioneers of the industry. The discussion was very insightful and offered rich views on significant matters of our profession. Participants on both sides of the table benefited from sharing views on technological advances, the holistic approach to life-cycle estimating, and benchmarking efforts…It is an opportunity of a lifetime to be part of the largest national assembly of the Quantity Surveying profession in the country! An event of this kind and scale certainly inspires a lifelong impact on one’s personal and professional life.”

Alexander Ings, Associate

Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter

Cost Consultant at Altus Group

“I found this bursary extremely beneficial as a young quantity surveyor, and especially as a first-time Congress attendee and I hope it continues in the future…The technical sessions that I found the most interesting were…‘Analytical Approach to Problem Solving’ by Michael Zegarelli and ‘Promoting Collective Intelligence by Developing People’ by Catherine Privé…because they were off-topic presentations which I believe is beneficial to include as many attendees are most likely educated on the Quantity Surveyor presentations…If it were not for [the YQS Bursary Program], I most likely would not have attended Congress and am grateful for the opportunity as I now feel inclined to attend future Congresses.”

Daniel Josiah, PQS

Ontario Chapter

Director, Contracts & Commercial at Lakeland Consulting Inc.

“Attending the CIQS 2019 Congress in Quebec City was a positive sharing and learning experience. In addition to meeting new people, I was fortunate to learn many new technical aspects as I continue my journey as a professional Quantity Surveyor…Following the technical sessions, there was an evening social activity for young quantity surveyors held at the Stadaconé Distillery. We were given a tour of the distillery…with a unique aspect as they have incorporated an escape room activity within the tour. It was also great having our Executive Director, Sheila Lennon, and David Dooks, the CIQS Chair participate…I would like to thank CIQS for providing me this opportunity and a happy 60th anniversary.”

Gabriel Effiong Esu, PQS

British Columbia Chapter

Senior Quantity Surveyor at ACCIONA

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to the CIQS family for the rare privilege granted me to enjoy the Bursary, and in a special way, the CIQS Executive Directors, Sheila Lennon and her team for the diligent organization of the programme…I simply have only good things to say…By 5:15pm when the last [technical] session ended, there was absolutely no doubt that tons of knowledge and rich professional insights had been gained in generous measure, and there was no doubt that every single delegate walked out of that hall a better and more informed Quantity Surveyor…Another high point for me was the opportunity to mingle with other young Quantity Surveyors…we formed a WhatsApp group just to keep the fire burning after the Congress…What we have in CIQS is great, and I hope we can keep nurturing it to greater heights for the future generations of Quantity Surveyors. I have already packed up for the next Congress in Manitoba in 2020.”