George Brown construction management students win global competition

Construction Management students Jonathan Isenegger, Philip Jager, Kristopher Turnbull-Poulin, and Maxim Sokolicz

For the second time in three years a team of George Brown College students has won a global construction management competition, beating out five teams from Australia, China, Indonesia and Scotland. 

The U.K.-based Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) announced the results of its 2020 Global Student Challenge on June 26. Construction Management students Jonathan Isenegger, Philip Jager, Kristopher Turnbull-Poulin, and Maxim Sokolicz, together known as Team DGC Toronto, were named the winners. 

“Our competition pushed your strategic, financial and management skills to the limit," CIOB President Mark Beard said in a video message. "This is a challenge not for the faint of hearted.”

A team from George Brown also won the competition in 2018 and our students made it to the 2019 finals. 

In the challenge, students used MERIT simulation software to run a virtual construction company and bid on projects against competitors. This simulation incorporates areas such as financing, human resources, bidding, project management and marketing. MERIT simulation is part of the curriculum in the Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) program

Team DGC Toronto was prepped by Dr. Elmira Nezami Far in her Business Management class and was mentored by Andrew Gordon, Principal, Gordon Group Inc. and graduate Nicolas Lourenco of Mattamy Homes. 

Congratulations Jonathan, Philip, Kristopher and Maxim on your success! 

Image from left to right: Jonathan Isenegger, Philip Jager, Kristopher Turnbull-Poulin, and Maxim Sokolicz