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We believe in building strong relationships with the future of our industry. That’s why so many Stantec employees volunteer with the ACE Mentor program. What’s ACE? An organization that pairs students interested in architecture, construction, and engineering with experienced mentors. These connections between experts and amateurs allow students to engage and succeed, and help our mentors shape the future of our field.

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cost to students

Few after school programs this robust can be offered to students in any financial situation—ACE is free.

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locations

We have people in 20 locations who dedicate their time to mentoring students in ACE.

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students

ACE inspires over 8,000 students every year.

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<p>Hey Tyler!</p> <p>Hi, how are you?</p> <p>I’m doing good, how about you?</p> <p>I’m fine.</p> <p>How was your day today?</p> <p>It was pretty cool.</p> <p>Did you come from band practice?</p> <p>Yeah, drumline.</p> <p>Okay.</p> <p>So chips or candy bars?</p> <p>I think I like candy bars.</p> <p>What kind of candy bars?</p> <p>Snickers would be the best one.</p> <p>Okay, I like Kit-Kats.</p> <p>What country do you want to visit?</p> <p>I’ve always wanted to visit France because of the beautiful architecture over there, and it always just seems that there’s so much to see and do. It’s just a beautiful country.</p> <p>What would be your dream building to design?</p> <p>I’d have to say a small restaurant in the local community, just to like serve food native to those areas.</p> <p>Why do you want to be an architect?</p> <p>I’ve always loved the fact that it’s like a combination of art, math, and science. Those are always things that I’ve always enjoyed, like growing up and going to school, I’ve always been proficient in them, so it just is like a perfect combination of those fields.</p> <p>Did you always know about architecture, or is that something that you sort of learned later on?</p> <p>No, I was actually introduced to the field of architecture through ACE, through this program, so it was just a great experience.</p> <p>And how about college? Where are you headed?</p> <p>I’m going to study architecture at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the fall.</p> <p>So awesome.</p> <p>What do you like about ACE?</p> <p>I love the fact that mentors always try to make a lesson out of every session that we have. Everything that we do is just like taken forward, and that showing what we can do for ourselves to help benefit us in the future.</p> <p>And what would you say your favorite project would be that you’ve designed in ACE?</p> <p>Maybe two years ago it was one of the first projects we did. The design of the 2016 Olympic Stadium at the Hudson Yards. I love the fact that we just like got introduced to the field, and that’s really when I decided I want to go into architecture.</p> <p>Yeah, that’s the year that I met you. I believe that year we worked on the Olympic Stadium. Your turn!</p> <p>Coke or Pepsi?</p> <p>I would say Coke.</p> <p>I like Pepsi better.</p> <p>Okay fine!</p> <p>Alright, I have a weird question. I’ve always noticed that you do this, but why do architects always wear black?</p> <p>Okay well, there is a book, it’s titled <i>Why do architects wear black?</i> and it’s sitting at my desk, but I personally would say it’s because we can’t make decisions, so I mean, black goes well with everything.</p> <p>Okay cool. How did you get involved with the ACE program?</p> <p>I heard it from a supervisor that mentioned the program, and then there were a few other colleagues that actually were involved, so I decided to join them one day, and I’ve loved it ever since day one.</p> <p>Do you think it’s changed your career in any way?</p> <p>I definitely say it’s changed my career, because it’s an eye-opener, especially when you’re working your regular projects every day and sometimes it’s a nice reminder to see individuals like yourself that are very interested in the fields of architecture, or construction, or engineering, and it’s an eye-opener to see—and rewarding—to have you come in and then be able to complete a college in architecture. So, that’s about it. But thank you so much for being such a great student. It’s been a pleasure to work with you as a mentor.&nbsp;</p>

Awards night

“Watching my students transform year after year is what keeps me so motivated and so involved in this incredible program.” Olga Gorbunova, licensed engineer, ACE.

Recently, at ACE’s 21st Annual Scholarship Luncheon, Olga received the ACE of the Year award from the program’s New York City affiliate—a well-deserved honor that recognizes her hard work and contributions to Stantec’s involvement in the ACE program.

As a mentor and as a major proponent of ACE culture in Stantec, Olga has worked to make a difference in the lives of architecture and engineering students across the US.

In 2014 we had about 60 Stantec mentors in ACE. Now we have over 120—and that’s due in no small part to the work that Olga puts into promoting and championing this program.

An integral part of the engineering team in our New York City office, Olga has supported a variety of clients including the New York State Department of Transportation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency—and the skills and experience she’s acquired from ACE mentorship and team leadership have helped her lead successful project teams within Stantec.

Planning. Design. Architecture. Engineering. Presentations. Construction. Our mentors lead activities in all these areas with students across the US.

Putting the pieces together

Most designers will tell you how crucial field work is when it comes to understanding a project’s life cycle. Personal engagement helps you feel how a project comes together, and it makes you a better designer.

At the Huntington Park Rec Center, our ACE mentors partnered with the community to build raised flower beds, and our students got to work on a project from start to finish.

First, the ACE students drew preliminary designs and compared them to professional flower bed plans. The week after that, they started to build.

Putting the flower beds together with their own hands helped the ACE students learn more about design. “They started to piece it together, to connect with why we draw our plans a certain way,” said Michael Clark, ACE mentor in Philadelphia.

Now, local kids get to use these flower beds to learn about gardening and take care of their own plants.

The project had another tangible benefit as well: one of our ACE students landed an internship after highlighting this project and his ACE experience on his resume.

What students are saying

They say it’s better to give than to get. We know that for a fact. Hearing students tell us how much they appreciate the ACE program is as valuable as the relationships we build together.

We asked our young friends to share what the program means to them. Sometimes, a single word says it all.

What do we have to say? Phenomenal.

We're better together

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Melanie Smith
Civil Engineer
Melanie Smith
Civil Engineer

The ACE Mentor Program teams with caring volunteers to work toward a better future for the architectural, construction, and engineering industries.… Read More

Olga Gorbunova
Civil Engineer
Olga Gorbunova
Civil Engineer

Watching our students transform year after year is what keeps me so involved with the ACE program. It’s motivating to see them push their boundaries and find out what they are capable of accomplishing.… Read More

Scott Murray
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Scott Murray
Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer

ACE helps expose students to careers in architecture, construction, and engineering early in their decision-making process. It helps students start thinking about internships that might help them with future industry challenges. … Read More

Joe Geller
Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Community Development (US), Director, Urban Places
Joe Geller
Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Community Development (US), Director, Urban Places

As an ACE board member, hearing our students’ success stories and seeing the impact on our industry’s diversity is extremely rewarding.… Read More

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