VICTORIA — Kinetic Construction and the Camosun College Foundation recently announced they have established the William Gyles Award in Civil Engineering Technology.
The fund, established in honour of retired Kinetic founder Bill Gyles, will recognize a civil engineering technology student at Camosun interested in pursuing a career in construction after successfully completing their first year.
Kinetic has pledged $5,000 over five years, given out as $1,000 over each year. Previously, Kinetic committed $75,000 over five years to support Camosun’s trade program.
"I am honoured and humbled to have this wonderful scholarship donated to Camosun in my name. My long-standing relationships with both Kinetic and Camosun make this scholarship a significant and meaningful gesture," Gyles said in a statement.
Gyles has been on the board of governors at Camosun College since 2014 and oversaw the construction of Camosun’s Centre for Trades Education, as well as the seismic upgrade of the CPR Steamship Terminal in Victoria, B.C. and the Tuscany Village in Saanich, B.C. He retired from Kinetic in January 2017.
"We’re honoured that Bill and Kinetic Construction are showing their commitment to the future of the construction industry by once again supporting education at Camosun College," said Zoe Broom, chair of the department of civil engineering technology at Camosun College.
"The history of Civil Engineering is intricately linked to knowledge of structures, materials, geology, risk management, logistics and other fields, all of which play a role in construction projects both large and small. This award will encourage students in Civil Engineering Technology to explore the many opportunities available to them in our booming construction industry."