alliance7 Surprise Announcement – a $14,000 Gift to Fund GBC Construction Management Scholarships

alliance 7 cheque

Photo: (From left to right) Aaron Bruno, Simon DeGroot, Clint Kissoon, Cindy Gouveia, Adel Esayed, Shannon Hynes, and Justin Picone.

alliance7 Construction Inc. President and CEO Simon DeGroot surprised George Brown College with an extraordinary display of generosity by increasing the amount and duration of his company's pledge to fund construction management scholarships at the college.

Initially agreeing to provide a $10,000 gift to fund scholarships for students at George Brown College's Angelo DelZotto School of Construction Management for the next five years, alliance7 spontaneously raised its contribution to $14,000 over a seven-year period at a small cheque presentation ceremony on May 31, 2017 at the Casa Loma Campus. After a brief meeting between Mr. DeGroot, the Dean of the Centre for Construction, Engineering and Technology, Adel Esayed and George Brown College Foundation President Cindy Gouveia, the alliance7 President announced the change and, to the delight of all present, wrote in the new gift amount on the presentation cheque.

"I want to help take the pressures off of students," DeGroot said. "Now that alliance7 is able to give back to the community, we want to help students focus their energy on a successful last year in school."

The $14,000 donation will fund one $2,000 scholarship per year for a student in the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) program who maintains a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. Recipients must also display commitment and a spirit of dedication to construction research projects.

CEO of alliance7, Simon DeGroot, Managing Director, Aaron Bruno and Project Coordinator Justin Picone presented the donation cheque to the leadership team at the Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies and the George Brown College Foundation.

"It is always exciting to welcome new partners like alliance7 to the College. Our students will benefit greatly from alliance7's gift, as well from their industry knowledge, insight and support," says Gouveia. "As we celebrate the college's 50th anniversary, we are grateful for new partners as they keep faculty and student's up-to date with current industry practices."

How to apply for the alliance7 scholarship

Students wishing to apply for this award must complete an application on STU-VIEW. More information, including deadlines and instructions, is available on the Awards and Scholarships page.

For more information please contact: For more information about this gift, please contact Krisztina Arany, Senior Development Officer at the George Brown College Foundation, at (416) 415-5000 ext. 4356 or at