(Left to right) Adel Esayed, Dean Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies, George Brown College, Anne Sado, President, George Brown College, Brian McCauley, President and Chief Operating Officer, Concert Properties, Ana Maria Faria, Director of Development, George Brown College
Concert Properties recognizes the importance of supporting skilled tradespeople in the development and construction industry. Since 2002, the Vancouver-based developer of rental apartments, condominium homes, and retirement communities has raised over $2.3 million towards training programs through their annual charity golf tournaments.
The initiative offers financial support to organizations that provide apprenticeship and employment-based training programs in Canada including the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), Mission Possible, Hammer Heads and George Brown College.
“Since its founding, Concert has been known as a ‘developer with a difference’ who is committed to a variety of community-minded charitable initiatives including support of trades training,” said Brian McCauley, Concert’s President and Chief Operating Officer. “Since 2002 we have been proudly working with our industry partners in order to raise $2.3 million for organizations whose mission it is to increase the supply of skilled trades to our industry.”
This year’s charity events in Toronto and Vancouver has raised over $300,000 and the developer is now in the process of disseminating the funds to various organizations.
The first event took place on December 3rd in Toronto with Concert providing the Hammer Heads program a cheque for $75,000 to help fund their trades training education efforts. The 12 week program introduces youth of under-resourced neighbourhoods to several different construction trades giving them the opportunity to access gainful employment opportunities in the industry.
A second event was held the following day where Concert provided a cheque for $90,000 to the George Brown College Foundation in support of their apprenticeship and skilled trades program. As one of Ontario’s leading education providers, George Brown delivers in-school training as an apprentice in several trades including construction and maintenance electrician, general carpentry, plumber and residential air conditioning systems mechanic.
To learn more about Concert Properties’ community involvement initiatives visit www.concertproperties.com/about/community-involvement