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David Heska, B.Eng.Mgt. '08

(Civil Engineering) | Building Around the World

In the decade since he graduated from the Civil Engineering and Management program, David Heska has put his professional skills to work on a range of interesting construction projects.

Niagara Fall’s Great Wolf Lodge waterpark, for example. Lime Ridge Mall. Oh yes, and a college in South Sudan. Heska’s current job -- Southwestern Ontario director of the Building Sciences group with global engineering consulting firm WSP – gives him responsibility for managing multiple projects across the region and leading a team of about 30 engineers in offices from Hamilton to Windsor.

“I enjoy the fact that my job involves some technical design, some business development with clients, and the opportunity to train some of our junior staff,”he says.

In 2013, Heska, his wife Karen (’07, Nursing) and his two-year-old daughter Rachel spent a year in South Sudan working with SIM Canada. He served as project manager for construction and repairs at the Gideon Theological College.

“My wife and I had both enjoyed the summer trips to Africa we had been on during our undergraduate studies, so when an opportunity came up for us to go in 2013 we thought it was a great fit,” says Heska, who took part in mission projects to Tanzania in 2005 and East Asia in 2007.

“To engineers looking to share their expertise in the developing world I would say, go for it. And when you’re there, listen and learn,” he adds. “I enjoyed learning Arabic and communicating with the construction staff, while learning from them some of the unique best practices in the area.”

Heska’s musings on construction practices and insights from his time in South Sudan can be found at http://theheskas.blogspot.ca.