Meet Our Summer Intern



Meet Sandra Kadhum, BAM’s new summer intern.  As part of our partnership with Toronto Community Housing Corporation (TCHC) and FRAM, BAM is offering an internship to one worthy student for the summer. You might have heard of Soul Condos? FRAM is the building group behind this amazing project!

Sandra is currently a student in the Radio Television Arts Program at Ryerson University. She says her future goals are to attend George Brown College for Special Events Planning or Humber College for Tourism and Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism. After graduation, she hopes to become a successful independent businesswoman.

During her three-month internship with BAM, Sandra says she hopes to gain a lot of knowledge working with the team and already loves it here. “I think it’s going to be a great experience because I love learning about marketing, advertising, and social media,” says Sandra. She hopes to leave her internship with us having made great working relationships and contacts.

BAM is thrilled to have Sandra on the team for the summer. We know she will be a valuable asset to our team because she is eager to learn – and we are eager to teach! Over the next three months, we will be giving her the opportunity to learn about our Social Media, Client Services and Operations. We are looking forward to hearing her input along the way as she works with each department.

Welcome to the team, Sandra, from everyone at BAM!

A Visionary Passes Away

Flags were at half-staff at Mississauga City Hall after Bruce McLaughlin passed away two weeks ago. The Globe and Mail published an obituary. People expressed their condolences on social media.

Hardly a surprising outpour, given the man’s accomplishments.

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At the time of its opening in 1973, Square One was the third largest shopping mall in the world, and became a catalyst in building the Mississauga City Centre as it is known today.

Bruce was, after all, a visionary — the man who built Square One, the Father of the City of Mississauga, a philanthropist, a successful businessman. He was also a horse lover, an author, and an avid outdoorsman. He was many things, and he excelled at all of them. He was, in fact, nothing short of an icon, full of big ideas and plans.

We have been working for Double Oak, the company of Bruce’s son-in-law, for over 10 years. We have nothing but respect for what Bruce accomplished, and we attempt to follow in his steps.

My condolences go toward his family.

The Building Industry Loses A Friend

Last Thursday night was supposed to be a good night.

Not only did the OHBA Awards ceremony take place, but also one of our clients won an award.

Moreover, my good friend BILD CEO Stephen Dupuis received the inaugural David Horton Lifetime Leadership Award of Excellence, which he reacted to very emotionally, given that David Horton was a friend of his who recently passed away.

But the night’s success was overshadowed by what happened next. Because on Friday morning, I learned that Stephen had passed away sometime after leaving the OHBA Award ceremony. He was 52.

I knew Stephen for a long time. He had an impressive resume. After working for the Association of Municipalities of Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs, he joined in 1988 what would later become BILD. He also wrote a column for the Toronto Star and worked with Habitat for Humanity to create affordable housing for all.

What was the reason for this impressive resume? It wasn’t just hard work. In fact, I’m not sure any of it felt like work to him.

Put plain and simple, Stephen excelled at what he did because he loved what he did. And he loved helping people fulfill the dream of having a home. Some of us may forget that’s what it’s all about. But not Stephen.

His passion, his humour, his contagious laughter, and his sense of respect ensured he had many friends in the industry. I am proud to have been one of them, and I join them and his wife Linda and his children Kendall and Carson in mourning the loss of a great man.

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