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November 16, 2017

Tonight Toronto business leaders sleep on the street so homeless youth don’t have to

Tonight, PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto) vice president and district manager Bruce Sonnenberg will be among an expected 80 of Toronto’s business and community leaders who will sleep on the street to help homeless youth.

The 6th annual Covenant House Sleep Out: Executive Edition will see participants spend the night outside with only a sleeping bag and piece of cardboard to raise awareness and much-needed funds for the agency.

The group is well on their way to raising $1 million in one night, with $996,788.00 raised to date. Last year, participants spent a cold night to raise a total of $1,067,000, bringing the total to date to nearly $6 million for all Sleep Out events.

NHL Alumnus Paul Coffey, Maureen Jensen, Chair and CEO, Ontario Securities Commission and David Bradt, Executive Director, CIBC Global Markets will be among the participants getting a small glimpse of the hardships kids can face on the street.

The event, in support of Covenant House Toronto, is part of Covenant House’s national movement that will see over 1,100 executives in 18 cities across North America raise needed funds to combat teen homelessness. Gathering on the Thursday night of the week prior to American Thanksgiving, these business leaders stand vigil for homeless children and wield their influence to raise awareness and critical funds for the poorest and most vulnerable among us. The Executive Sleep Out effort will be augmented this year by the first-ever Sleep Out America effort, in which people from coast to coast will step out of their homes to sleep outside to benefit Covenant House.

Tonight marks Sonnenberg’s fourth time sleeping on street in support of Covenant House Toronto. Take a look at his personal reflection on his experience last year.

Bruce Rivers, Covenant House Toronto executive director, says that as many as 250 young people depend on the agency’s support every day. “We are most grateful to the business community for such generous support of this life-changing experience,” Rivers says. “Our goal is to help shine a light on the plight of homeless youth and raise funds to help us give our kids the support they need to build better futures.”

To learn more about Covenant House Sleep Out Toronto: Executive Edition and who is sleeping out:


About Covenant House Toronto:

Covenant House Toronto is Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth offering a wide range of services and support. To do all this, the agency relies on donors for more than 80 percent of its $27-million annual operating budget. Since opening its doors in 1982, Covenant House has served almost 95,000 young people.


About PCL Constructors Canada Inc. (Toronto)

PCL is a group of independent construction companies that carries out work across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean, and in Australia. These diverse operations in infrastructure, heavy industrial, and buildings markets are supported by a strategic presence in 31 major centres. Backed by PCL’s 110 year legacy, and with more than four decades of experience in Southwestern Ontario’s dynamic construction market, the Toronto office is PCL’s largest district with more than 550 of the construction industry’s most-talented professionals and an annual construction volume of more than $1.0B. For more information, visit