Kinetic Honours Founder Bill Gyles
The Camosun College Foundation and Kinetic Construction have established the William Gyles Award in Civil Engineering Technology. This Fund was established by Kinetic Construction in honour of its founder, Bill Gyles, upon his retirement.
“I am honored and humbled to have this wonderful scholarship donated to Camosun in my name,” said Bill Gyles. “My long-standing relationships with both Kinetic and Camosun make this scholarship a significant and meaningful gesture.”
“I am truly grateful to Kinetic for this fantastic retirement gift,” Bill Gyles continued. Bill retired from Kinetic in January 2017.
This fund will recognize a Civil Engineering Technology student at Camosun who is interested in pursuing a career in construction and has successfully completed first year. Kinetic pledged $5,000 over five years ($1000 yearly.) Previously, Kinetic also committed $75,000 over 5 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, 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,” said Ms. Broom. “This award will encourage students in Civil Engineering Technology to explore the many opportunities available to them in our booming construction industry.”
Bill 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, Bill 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 & CEO. “We look forward to continuing to support our industry through education, in partnership with Camosun.”
About Camosun Foundation
Founded in 1981, the Camosun College Foundation has raised millions to empower students to pursue goals which otherwise might have been unattainable. Other funds have supported new classroom equipment, library books, new buildings, special projects and so much more to ensure our educators teach in modern facilities.