This year, we’re celebrating our 15th year in business, as well as our expanding presence in the Greater Toronto Area. Our 2017 was a year of highs, with notable project awards, our new website, a growing staff, expanded community engagement, and new faces in management.
“This was a year of exciting growth and change for TMIG.” said CEO Dale Dionne. “We took major steps forward in expanding the structure of the business and enhancing our systems to set us up for improved client service and sustainable growth while maintaining our enviable culture. Our growth and success will continue in 2018 and beyond, and we’re looking forward to what this year will bring.”
TMIG’s team kept extremely busy last year, winning some exciting major public- and private-sector projects throughout the GTA. Highlights include:
- Water and Transportation Program (City of Toronto): This contract includes the program management, preliminary design, detailed design, and construction services of a portion of the City’s Capital Works Program for a span of three capital construction years (2018, 2019, 2020). Some of the primary assignments stemming from this program include watermain and sanitary sewer replacements, local and arterial road improvements, and stormwater management projects.
- Sandy Beach Road Reconstruction (City of Pickering): Sandy Beach Road is a rural road that is experiencing drainage issues and a poor road base and pavement conditions, resulting in subpar rideability. TMIG is completing an environmental assessment and preliminary and detailed design for the proposed widening of the road from two to three lanes, including the addition of a storm sewer.
- Green Lane Master Environmental Servicing Plan (East Gwillimbury): TMIG was retained to provide an MESP to identify infrastructure works needed to support the urban structure framework defined by the Town’s Official Plan as part of the Green Lane Secondary Plan. This project will focus on an ‘environment first’ approach that incorporates the use of sustainable development techniques, such as green infrastructure, low impact development measures, and energy conservation.
- Contract Administration, Site Inspection, and System Integrator Services for the Aurora Sewage Pumping Hauled Wastewater Receiving Facility (York Region): In 2013, TMIG was retained by the Region to design facility upgrades to the Aurora HWWRF. We have also now been retained to carry out the construction administration and site inspection services for the construction of the facility, which will include site civil, architectural, structural, process, building mechanical, electrical, SCADA, and instrumentation and control services.
- Traffic Engineering Services for Kingston and Dale Site (Build Toronto): Build Toronto intends to develop the currently vacant site into a residential development consisting of a mix of townhomes and two mid-rise buildings. In order to move forward, TMIG is preparing a Transportation Impact Study that examines the traffic impacts from the proposed development and considers the City’s Traffic Demand Management Strategies and parking requirements for the subject site.
- Site Plan Services for 13351 and 13359 Yonge Street Re-Developments (Yonge Ridge Developments): Our Site Plan Group is preparing a Functional Servicing and Stormwater Management Report and corresponding grading, servicing, construction management (erosion and sediment control), and construction note drawings for the proposed 13351 and 13359 Yonge Street re-development in Richmond Hill.
With project success comes a growing team. TMIG outgrew the main floor of our Vaughan head office last year, which provided us with the opportunity to expand to the second floor. The renovations included a creative space, stand-up desks, and open concept floor plan.
In all, we added 23 new faces to our team, including Senior Project Managers, Designers, and EITs. To enhance our community engagement, we have also welcomed a Field Ambassador, who will work as a public liaison during the construction of our projects, keeping the public informed and keeping all lines of communication open.
Our biggest personnel change was the appointment of Dale Dionne as our Chief Executive Officer. With Dale’s promotion, Nathalie McCutcheon accepted the role of Director of Municipal Services. Dale and Nathalie have worked closely together on many municipal projects, and that collaboration ensured a seamless transition for the division.
With this change, Domenic Di Tata moved into the newly created role of Manager of Roads and Infrastructure. Domenic is providing additional leadership to our Municipal Department as well as the City of Toronto Water and Transportation Program.
Dale’s new role also meant that he had to step down as a member of the Board of Directors. Jim Bacchus, Director of Transportation Services, was appointed to fill the vacancy in one of the Board’s two rotating elected positions.
We also said a fond farewell this year to Finance Director Tom Johnston, who retired after five years with TMIG, and played an integral role in TMIG’s ongoing success and expansion. After an exhaustive search, TMIG welcomed Rani Kaur to succeed Tom’s role. Rani brings more than 20 years’ experience to the job, and has hit the ground running as we enter the new year.
Outside the Office and into the Community
While we’ve kept busy on our growing list of projects, we’ve continued to maintain our active involvement in several charity and community initiatives in 2017. Our team was proud to support several groups and events, including:
- BILD Race for Humanity
- City of Vaughan Christmas Toy Drive
- The Living City Foundation Environmental Dinner
- Richmond Hill’s 24th Annual Mayor’s Charity Golf Tournament
- Mackenzie Health Foundation’s 22nd Annual Proud Partners Classic
TMIG also continued our support of Camp Oochigeas (aka Camp Ooch) in 2017, raising funds through the Sporting Life 10K Run/Walk and an internal bake sale that raised more than $650.
Members of the TMIG team also attended the OPWA International Women’s Day Seminar in March. This annual event, entering its 10th year in 2018, addresses the policies, practices, and experiences related to promoting equal-gender representation in leadership positions, particularly related to the STEM field (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). CEO Dale Dionne, Municipal Services Director Nathalie McCutcheon, and Project Engineers Cassandra Leal and Charlotte Pattee attended the event, the theme of which was “Be Bold For Change.”
In 2017, TMIG also expanded our continuing efforts to promote workplace diversity and employment equity, both internally and in the surrounding community. TMIG is now an employer partner with the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, a national charitable organization that provides proven strategies, tools, and educational support for leaders, HR professionals, D&I practitioners, and all employees in organizations across Canada, with the goal to help improve the overall inclusivity of the Canadian workforce.
We have a bright 2018 ahead of us at TMIG, one that promises exciting changes, continued growth, and new opportunities.
Our 15th year in business will come with another office expansion, this time in our east end office. Our Whitby office will be relocating to a more central location within the town with a larger footprint and more room to grow. (Visit our Careers Page to explore our current opportunities.)
We will also continue to explore more efficient and innovative approaches to our projects, including identifying more sustainable and economic opportunities to meet the needs of both our clients and our local communities.
As we roll into another exciting year, we take pause to thank our clients, partners, and dedicated staff for an outstanding 2017. Here’s to another successful year we can all be proud of!