Proud to Wear PCL’s Green and Gold

12/11/2018
As a little girl, I was really attracted to breaking things apart and figuring out how they worked. For me, construction represented creating environments that fit the needs of the inhabitants. I knew when I was young I wanted to stand out and not just improve communities, but influence how we build and create them.

I’ve been waiting forever to wear a white hard hat that
says PCL

Growing up in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, life was very restrictive. The disconnect between my urge to figure out how things were made and the career choices available to me left me confused and unfulfilled. As I grew older, I thought I would grow out of that curiosity of learning how things were made, but I didn’t. Then I moved to Ontario, and things changed.

When I graduated from the architecture program at Algonquin College, PCL was working on the Rideau Centre. This mall is very close to my childhood home in inner-city Ottawa, and the mall rooftop had some amazing views, so my friends and I hung out there often. It’s also where I met for the first time someone who worked for PCL. Sadly, I didn’t get his name, but he left me with a clearer purpose.

He saw how interested I was in the renovations and let us know what was planned for the space. His excitement and enthusiasm towards the project left me in awe and his willingness to teach me about the project is something I will cherish forever.

After that, I found myself gazing at huge construction projects like the West Block Parliament Rehabilitation and the National Arts Centre rejuvenation; both just so happened to be PCL projects. Whether it was a simple question about the project or its status, I always found that PCL employees were happy to give me an answer or show me a drawing. This filled me with ambition and fueled my passion for construction.

Before I started my undergraduate program, I visited Djibouti, in East Africa, where my family is originally from. There, I saw a lot of historical buildings in ruins. I saw unpaved roads leading up to mansions that sat beside tin shacks, but I also saw a lot of potential. This motivated me to always remember my roots and fueled my decision to pursue the study of architecture.

I moved to Alberta and got a job as a pipeline designer at the Kearl Oil Sands project. I was living in camp when I decided to go back to school and take construction management at NAIT. It was hard for me to adjust at first. But through this program I met a lot of PCL employees.

They were all so nice and professional. I remember I really wanted to be one of them. The hard hats, the green and yellow; it was everything to me! In an environment typically seen from the outside as rugged and uncompromising, they formed a tight-knit community characterized by comradery and kindness.

This term, I can finally say that I’m a real PCL student. I couldn’t have envisioned a better start to my career than interning at PCL. My manager is amazing and I get to work with the latest technology all day. Right now, I’m learning Synchro and assessing different construction management software to help create workflows. I just had the chance to see an unmanned aerial device for the first time, and I’m so excited to see how it works and what we can do with it.

Since day one, everyone has been so kind, helpful, and welcoming. I finally feel like I’m being heard and that my input matters. Every day now, I look forward to learning and creating new visions and goals here at PCL. 

Maryan Miganeh
Operations Support Student, North American Headquarters

COMMENTS

  • It's inspiring that you worked so hard to move around and really explore what you want to do in life. It's great having you around and I'm glad that you enjoy being with PCL. Welcome to the team Maryan!

    Jason Ackerman
    12/13/2018
  • The Moral of the Story is Simple! Keep moving Forward, NEVER Stop Learning and Always be prepared to take on new and exciting changes. All the Best Gabe

    Gabe Hughes
    12/13/2018
  • very inspiring story! Congrats on all the effort and achievements you've made through this journey.

    Chloe Xu
    12/13/2018
  • I completely agree about PCL being a great place to intern. I love the support PCL provides towards student engagement, skills development and networking.

    Hamza Ali
    12/13/2018
  • Amazing to see how PCL workers have left so many positive impressions on your experiences. Beautifully written and congratulations, you made it! :)

    Alison Kong-Foon
    12/13/2018

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