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Blue Door winner - Procore
November 12, 2022

Ontario’s Blue Door – Construct announced as one of the winners at Procore’s 2022 Groundbreaker Awards

Procore Technologies announced the winners of the 2022 Groundbreaker Awards at Procore’s annual industry event in New Orleans, Groundbreak. The Groundbreaker Awards celebrate the companies, projects and individuals that drive excellence across the construction industry.

Blue Door – Construct from Ontario took home the Excellence in Community Award.

Construct – A Social Enterprise by Blue Door, a non-profit organization that is the largest emergency housing provider in York Region, provides vulnerable youth and adults who are at risk of or who have recently experienced homelessness in the York, Durham, and Peel Region of the Greater Toronto Area in Ontario, Canada with in-class training and hands-on work experience in the construction industry.

The first program of its kind in York Region, Construct provides an innovative and unique opportunity for individuals experiencing barriers to employment to receive low-barrier training in a paid pre-apprenticeship program. Participants are equipped with job readiness training, on-the-job experience, connections to post-program employment, and wraparound supports to ensure equitable access. These skills contribute to the pattern-breaking change for vulnerable youth and adults facing barriers to employment which too often leads to poverty and homelessness.

“I am very excited to announce that @ConstructGTA has been named the @procoretech
Groundbreaker Award Winner for Excellence in Community.” tweeted Blue Door’s CEO Michael Braithwait.

“Behind every great project, there are outstanding people. The Groundbreaker Awards honour our customers who are leading and positively influencing the construction industry on a daily basis,” said Tooey Courtemanche, President, Founder and CEO of Procore. “Congratulations to all of the winners of the Groundbreaker Awards.”

Procore selected 27 companies, projects and individuals as finalists for groundbreaking achievements. Kassy Morris, Head of Procore Construction Learning, presented the nine awards to the winners of the 2022 Groundbreaker Awards:

Excellence in Sustainability: Hathaway Dinwiddie Construction Company
Excellence in Workforce Development: Roebbelen Contracting, Inc
Excellence in Innovation: Truebeck Construction
Excellence in Safety: McCarthy Building Companies, Inc
Excellence in Community: Blue Door – Construct
Groundbreaker of the Year: Atul Paralkar, Executive Director of Business Intelligence | Operational Excellence, Holt Construction Corp.
General Contractor Project Excellence: Skanska USA
Specialty Contractor Project Excellence: Willmar Electric Service
Owner Project Excellence: Duke Energy in partnership with Ameresco & D3Energy.

To learn more about the 2022 Groundbreaker Awards finalists and winners, please click here.

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