PCL Special Projects manager lauded as a visionary leader committed to breaking down barriers for women in construction

Toronto, Ontario (December 1, 2023) – PCL Constructors Canada Inc. is pleased to announce that Cheyanne Hammell, PCL Toronto’s Special Projects manager, Mohawk College Alumnus and trailblazer for women in construction, has been awarded the 2023 Premier’s Award for Technology.

Presented at the Colleges Ontario Higher Education Summit in Toronto, the Premier’s Awards recognize recent and past college graduates from seven categories who have made outstanding social and economic contributions to their local communities, the province and beyond and who have made important contributions to Ontario’s postsecondary system.

“Cheyanne’s transformational leadership and dedication to improving inclusion within the industry makes her an incredible role model to emerging students and established professionals alike,” said Marc Pascoli, senior vice president and district manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. “Very well deserved, Cheyanne!“

The recipients, chosen from nominations submitted by Ontario’s 24 public colleges, must demonstrate outstanding achievement related to their college experience and have made a significant contribution to their communities. A graduate of Mohawk’s architectural technology program in 2007, Hammell was inducted into Mohawk’s Alumni of Distinction this past fall in celebration of her professional achievements and dedication to improved diversity in the construction industry.

“The success of these individuals shows us how Ontario’s colleges are producing talented graduates with the knowledge, skills and experience they need to have rewarding careers and drive the growth of our economy,” said Minister Jill Dunlop, Minister of Colleges and Universities. “Their amazing achievements – from developing electric vehicle maintenance curriculum, to managing the design of a long-term care home that was completed in just thirteen months – are strengthening the workforce in key provincial sectors and making a tangible difference in the lives of Ontarians.”

Growing up, Cheyanne witnessed her mother pursue success as a pilot in a male-dominated industry and become the first female captain in her company to fly a Boeing 757. Her mother’s passion inspired Cheyanne to focus on an exciting career in construction without being deterred by stereotypical gender roles. During a co-op term at PCL in 2005, her ambition to transform ideas into action kickstarted her love for building. Hammell actively encourages women to expand their horizons and explore careers in construction.

Read more or watch this video to learn more about Cheyanne’s journey to construction.


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