CIQS – British Columbia
August 15, 2018

CIQS–BC Summer 2018 Newsletter

Indu Elapatha
Professional Quantity Surveyor
With our weather getting hotter and drier than usual, I hope you all are enjoying the bright summer days. We all are busy and we deserve to slow down during sunny days on the beach and unwind over drinks. Below is the summer edition of 2018 CIQS-BC abbreviated Newsletter.
We held our AGM on May 17, 2018 with a couple of changes to our Board. I would like to welcome and congratulate the new Board Directors, Wanhai Li and Carlos Aquino; and welcome back the Board Directors who will be continuing with their roles this year. Our 2018/2019 Board is as below:
Board of directors – 2018/2019
Board of directors – 2018/2019
One of the major topics in discussion over the past year was CIQS-National’s proposed Governance restructuring. Following several discussions and information sessions, ultimately CIQS-BC members voted ‘YES’ to the proposed Governance restructuring at the AGM. As you already know by now, the special meeting of the corporate members of CIQS National Council, to vote on the restructuring will be held on Aug 17th at the CIQS head office.
This year’s annual CIQS Congress was held at the Delta hotel in Halifax, in Nova Scotia, which was a spectacular venue for the Congress. It was a successful event with networking and social events, and a full technical session day with presentations and panel discussions. It was such a pleasure to finally meet everyone in person and put a smile and face to their names. Thank you to CIQS – Maritimes and the organizing committee for all their hard work. One of the highlights in this year’s congress was the participation of Young Quantity Surveyors from affiliates across Canada, under the “David Lai’ bursary programme.
The 2018/2019 CIQS-BC agenda started off with the 32nd Annual golf event on July 13th. Our event table for the year will consist of many speaker events and socials. Stay tuned for the upcoming summer social event on Aug. 29th at the Mahoney & Sons.
In closing, please stay in contact with us; stay informed, and let us know what is important to you. Our team looks forward to seeing you all at our events and hope you all have a fabulous summer.
Indu Elapatha, PQS
Indu Elapatha, PQS
President, CIQS – British Columbia
Pasindu Gunathilake
Construction Estimator Certified
CIQS-BC has organized 32nd annual CIQS-BC Golf Tournament on July 13, 2018. Annual Summer Social Event will be on August 29, 2018 at Mahoney and Sons, and we invite all our membership to join with us along with your peers for this last summer event of the year.
CIQS-BC annual AGM was held on May 17, 2018 at Sutton Place Hotel. Mr. Vance Harris, Principal at Dialog Design was the guest speaker who talked about the interesting and exciting “VANCOUVER HOUSE” project which is currently under construction in Downtown, Vancouver.
Since our last news letter we also had the following events organized by CIQS-BC:
Annual Charity Trivia Night - CIQS-BC teamed up with RICS-BC Chapter on March 27, 2018 to organize this fun, humorous and challenging night at The Butcher and Bullock.
Speaker Event - on April 12, 2018 presented by Mr. Sunny Ghataurah.
Speaker event on April 12, 2018 at Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
Speaker event on April 12, 2018 at Metropolitan Hotel, Vancouver
AGM on May 17, 2018 at Sutton Place, Vancouver
AGM on May 17, 2018 at Sutton Place, Vancouver
Dinner Sponsorships
We are looking forward to organize another interesting and informative speaker events as well as social event in this year 2018/2019. We are working through it, and now looking for dinner sponsorships. Annual dinner sponsorship will cost $1,000 per annum, and the benefits to sponsors will include the following:
Recognition at all CIQS-BC dinner meetings (a minimum of 4 events – Sept. 2018/Late Fall 2018/Early Winter 2019 and AGM/Dinner on May 2019)
2 dinner tickets per event (worth $78.75—a $630 value)
Promotion on the PowerPoint loop [this is an additional benefit; See the Note Below]
Official acknowledgement of sponsors at the event
Logo on all event notices & CIQS-BC website
Note: As an additional benefit to our annual dinner sponsors, CIQS-BC has decided to add a sponsor spotlight session at every dinner event prior to start the speaker’s presentation. Once you have registered as a dinner sponsor for 2018/2019, please send us any content, write-ups or photos you would like to share in our “sponsor spotlight”. Each sponsor will be given 2-3 power point slides which will be displayed at every speaker event prior to start the speaker’s presentation. Please send these information to or contract Pasindu Gunathilake at (604) 522-8970 – ext. (5) for more information.
Keith Damphousse
Professional Quantity Surveyor
Upcoming Student Events
No events are scheduled at this time.
The CIQS-BC Board will be connecting with BCIT instructors this September to schedule our annual student mixer, student lunch and learn, and other events around campus.
CIQS Exams
Exam scheduling for the fall intake is in progress.
The CIQS-BC board has reviewed the current list of awards handed out to BCIT students and determined that awards are not reaching full and part time construction management students enrolled in CIQS courses.
Due to a decline in Architectural and Building Technology award recipients entering our field, the board has decided to reallocate $1,500 in awards from the Architectural and Building Technology program to the Construction Management program.
Refined awards:
The George Parsons Memorial Award – BCIT ABT Economics Option ($500)
Lois Metcalfe Award – BCIT CMGT 8060 ($500)
CIQS Award of Excellence in Budgeting / Conceptual Estimating – BCIT CMGT 8050 ($500)
CIQS Award of Excellence in Civil Estimating – BCIT CMGT 8040 ($500)
CIQS-BC will continue to offer the Young QS Award.
Awards will be handed out once a year to a student enrolled in each of the specific CIQS courses.
Wanhai Li
Professional Quantity Surveyor
Unfortunately we found that our membership numbers are on a negative trend with losing 11 members. All category members are decreasing.
The Board is keep focusing on student recruitment and exposure to educational institutions. Presentations and social events held at BCIT and additional awards promoting Quantity surveyors may impact our growth in memberships this year. Many students studying in the industry are interested to achieve a successful career as a Quantity Surveyor.
Our new membership numbers are as follows:
Membership Report
Carlos Acquino
Professional Quantity Surveyor
Long Range Planning
Current Goals
As the newly elected member of the CIQS board, I’m honoured to be joining CIQS board of directors in obtaining more awareness for the CIQS organization with students, colleagues and prospective members. Currently, I’ve been in email correspondences with other organizations (AIBC and APEG) and hope to establish some new links there.
Future Goals
As the long range planning director, there needs to be more focus and attention placed on getting more general contractors and architects on board with the CIQS program and what the PQS designation has to offer.
James Bell
Associate Member
The summer holidays are half way through and the school term will be starting soon. We are excited to begin planning events to engage students and generate interest in the quantity surveying profession. I’m looking forward to helping with the student mixer and student lunch and learn events. We also have the CIQS-BC Summer Social event coming up this August 29. I hope to see you there!
Interview with Shane McKernan
Professional Quantity Surveyor
How has your involvement with the YQS program at the 2018 CIQS Congress influenced your career?
My participation and involvement with the CIQS YQS program, while short lived (1st YQS event was held this year at the 2018 CIQS Congress), has meant a great deal to me personally and career-wise. Seeing how the YQS program operates globally (through PAQS) opened my eyes to the many different facets of the quantity surveying industry, and the processes that run it. The YQS program has also given me industry contacts and friends that I believe will help me grow personally and professionally as my career develops. I’d recommend everyone interested in the YQS program to keep an eye out for the next CIQS Congress in Quebec City in 2019!
YQS Group at CIQS Congress 2018 in Halifax, NS
YQS Group at CIQS Congress 2018 in Halifax, NS
What inspired you to become a QS, even though many people in the industry are not familiar with the role of a QS?
I managed to work with a local quantity surveying firm after graduating from BCIT, without much knowledge of the profession beforehand. Learning the benefits that a QS provides the construction industry taught me more than I would have thought and propelled my career in a different trajectory. I feel as the industry evolves, quantity surveyors will play a greater role here in Canada, and I hope we can continue to market this profession to students and professionals of all ages.
As the 2018 CIQS-BC YQS award winner, would you please explain what is the YQS award; and what advice do you have for prospective young quantity surveyors in the BC construction industry?
The CIQS-BC Young QS Award (YQS) is a new CIQS-BC award that provides a monetary award to a CIQS member that is pursuing either the CEC or PQS routes (or is within 2 years of obtaining their designation). The Candidate is to show exemplary interest in the QS profession and help promote the profession through either volunteering, attending CIQS functions and/or being active in the QS community. Not coming from a quantity surveying background, I can speak on the benefit that becoming a QS has provided me career-wise, especially in British Columbia where construction costs have escalated so drastically over the years. I would advise any young QS, or young professionals in the field to maintain or pursue a career in quantity surveying, as it surely will become more necessary in Canada.
In your QS career what are you most proud of and what are challenges?
To date, achieving my Professional Quantity Surveyors designation is the thing I am most proud of in my QS career. I would say the largest challenge is keeping up with ever-changing construction costs in the lower mainland!
What can we do better to promote the QS brand?
CIQS National has done an excellent job over the last few years of creating marketing videos on several social media platforms that I feel are very well received. I believe that if we continue to push marketing through social media streams, combined with an effort to lobby various levels of government and education, we can continue to build the QS profession.
In your vision, what is the role of the QS in the future since many new technologies can complete QS works (for instance takeoffs)?
I believe quantity surveyors will still play a large role in development and consulting, although maybe not as “hands on” as technology advances. There could be room for new sectors to emerge in, specializing in renewable technology as our development continues to move towards zero emission trends.
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