WATERLOO, ONT. – PCL Construction showed its support for engineering students as the title sponsor of the 44th Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race (GNCTR) for the fifth year in a row.
This year the event was hosted by the University of Waterloo from Jan. 24 to 28. GNCTR is the largest student-run engineering competition in Canada, bringing together more than 450 engineering students from universities and technical institutions to design, construct and race a toboggan with concrete running surfaces, states a release issued by PCL Construction.
Teams from the University of Waterloo, University of Ottawa, University of Manitoba, University of Calgary and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology took part in the annual competition.
As part of its involvement, PCL offices across Canada sponsored a number of individual teams, participated in the technical and safety exhibits and the career fair and provided two technical judges and two safety judges for the competition.
This year, PCL also introduced and presented the inaugural safety award at the competition’s closing ceremonies.
“PCL’s participation in this event is a great way to meet, network and share our co-op and new graduate career opportunities and further our commitment to the engineering profession,” said Nadia Camphor, HR programs specialist, PCL, in a statement.
“We see GNCTR as an avenue for us to contribute to the career development of future engineers and potential PCL employees.”
“Through this competition, students have a first-hand opportunity to challenge themselves, while working as part of a team to problem solve and build a project that is innovative, meets prescriptive guidelines and is safe,” said Cody Nowell, a construction engineer with PCL Winnipeg, who acted as one of the competition’s safety judges.