On-Site Magazine

Virtual Event
On-Site 40 Under 40 Symposium 2023
September 28, 2023 at 1:00pm ET

Panel 1 – Mentorship, the learning path


  • Mat Baranowski
  • Alicia Milton
  • Jesse Unke
In this session, we will discuss career development from the perspective of professionals who have been previously recognized in On-Site Magazine’s 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction program. Each year, many of the nominees vying for recognition in this popular industry program cite mentors who have contributed to their success in the industry. But how did they find a mentor? Did they work through a formal or informal mentorship arrangement? How often did they meet with their mentor? What did they find most valuable about having a mentor? And are they now paying it forward by sharing their experience with the next generation of future industry leaders?

Mat Baranowski
Mat Baranowski is the operations manager with PCL Construction in Vancouver, B.C. With the company since 2010, he has rapidly progressed within its ranks, including working in leadership roles in Winnipeg and Edmonton. A strong believer in continual improvement and lifelong learning, in his current position he provides technical and administrative expertise and support for PCL’s B.C. Region district, which encompasses more than 300 people managing over $1 billion in various construction projects across the region. He was a 40 Under 40 honouree in 2021.

Alicia Milton
Alicia Milton is a general manager at Ledcor in Vancouver, B.C. A member of On-Site’s 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction Class of 2021, she joined Ledcor in 2012, and has progressed from her initial role as a senior accountant to her current position where she leads a team of over 200 employees in the company’s Western Canadian Communications division. Milton has been a mentor with the Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) program, and mentors her team at Ledcor on business acumen, financial topics, and the importance of balance.

Jesse Unke
Jesse Unke is an engineering and construction executive with over 20 years of experience. Recently named president and CEO of Maven Consulting Limited, Unke is past-president and board director for the British Columbia Construction Roundtable, and has been a mentor with the Project Management Institute and UBC Engineering. Not only is he an alumnus of On-Site’s 40 Under 40 in Canadian Construction (Class of 2020), but he also now serves as a judge in the program. In 2022 he was named as one of Engineers Canada 30 by 30 EDI Champions for leaders in engineering workplaces, and along with extensive experience developing and empowering high-performing teams, he has a history of working to ensure a healthy and safe working environment incorporating an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and trustworthy approach to leadership.


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