Bill Gyles with his wife Darlene. Kinetic Construction has established a scholarship in Gyles’ name for civil engineering technology students at Camosun College. (Photo submitted)

Camosun scholarship honours Kinetic Construction founder

Fund will recognize a civil engineering technology student at Camosun who is interested in pursuing a career in construction

The retirement of the founder of a Saanich construction firm will open the door to civil engineering students of the future.

The Camosun College Foundation and Kinetic Construction have established the William Gyles Award in Civil Engineering Technology.

“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,” said Gyles who retired in January 2017. “I am truly grateful to Kinetic for this fantastic retirement gift.”

The fund will recognize a civil engineering technology student at Camosun who is interested in pursuing a career in construction and has successfully completed their first year. Kinetic pledged $5,000 over five years ($1,000 yearly.) Kinetic previously committed $75,000 over five years to support Camosun’s trades program.

“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 Camosun’s Department of Civil Engineering Technology.

“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.”

Gyles founded Kinetic in 1984 and oversaw the construction of such iconic projects as Camosun’s Centre for Trades Education and Innovation, the seismic upgrade of the historic CPR Steamship Terminal in Victoria’s Inner Harbour, and Tuscany Village in Saanich.

In 2014, Gyles joined the board of governors at Camosun College. That same year, he was recognized by the Canadian Construction Association as Person of the Year, for his dedication to the betterment of the construction industry.

“It is Kinetic’s great pleasure to both honour our retired founder for his legacy and contributions to the construction industry, while supporting construction education at Camosun College,” said Tom Plumb, Kinetic’s current president and CEO. “We look forward to continuing to support our industry through education, in partnership with Camosun.”

Just Posted

Victoria council chambers packed for ongoing environmental cruise ship discussions

Union workers, neighbourhood associations and more gathered for environmental conversations

Canada names 24 athletes to compete for 2020 Pan Am Cross Country Cup

The event takes place at Langford’s Bear Mountain Golf Resort and Spa on Feb. 29

VIDEO: Boys help rescue Cariboo bear cub

The cub, weighing just 24lbs, has been taken to wildlife sanctuary in Northwest B.C. for the winter

Greater Victoria 2019 holiday craft fair roundup

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

‘Things haven’t changed enough:’ Ecole Polytechnique anniversary prompts reflection

Fourteen women were fatally shot by a gunman at the Montreal school on Dec. 6, 1989

Bear raids freezer, gorges on Island family’s Christmas baking

Hungry bruin virtually ignored meat and fish, focused, instead, on the sweets

Second warning on romaine lettuce from California region as another E. coli case reported

Two cases of E. coli have been reported in relation to the illness in the U.S.

Residents in B.C. city could face 133% tax hike in ‘worst case’ lawsuit outcome: report

An average home could see a tax increase of $2,164 in one year

POLL: Will you be donating to charities over the holiday season?

Many here in Victoria joined others around the world to take part… Continue reading

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers wanted list for the week of Dec. 3

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read