Graduate Profile: Steven Socciarelli

2014-2015 Issue 1

When Comprehensive Project Management graduate Steven Socciarelli was presented with the PMI® (Project Management Institute) 2014 GHMB Prize on November 12, it was a pleasant surprise. After all, the prize recognizes excellence in residential construction, and Socciarelli’s project, the C3 Condos Contemporains Cavendish, had finished phase one “almost two years ago.” Not only that, the project had initially been “frowned upon by the city, because we were restoring a commercial building for residential use and the zoning was problematic,” says Socciarelli. “But it was approved, and since then we’ve really been embraced by the community. Feedback has been positive. The clients are happy, there were few delays, and it’s opened up a whole new dimension to NDG. With the new McGill University Health Centre going up nearby, it’s just the first of the area’s redevelopment.”

Since then, of course, Socciarelli has devoted his efforts to new projects; he is both Project Manager and Project Director of the 450-unit Pointe Est condos, and is also working on a Laval supermarket and the 400-unit Innova Condos Ahuntsic. All are evidence of the fact that since finishing the Comprehensive Project Management course at McGill’s School of Continuing Studies, Socciarelli has been “taking on more complex projects of a much higher calibre.”

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Socciarelli grew up in Laval, earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics, and founded his own finance company before beginning his project management career. Upon deciding to pursue the PMP® (Project Management Professional) certification, his research led him to McGill. “I take care of several companies, and I wanted to broaden my career and my education. I asked around among my colleagues, and McGill came highly recommended.”

The Comprehensive Project Management course, taught by instructor Robert Abbott, “was something I really enjoyed. The instructor was very good, and I really appreciate that he brought real-life scenarios into the course. There were a lot of group assignments, because in project management you’re only as good as your team, and it was a lot of fun to get together.”

Socciarelli is already planning to register for Abbott’s next course, Business Analysis for Project Managers, as part of his PMP designation. In the meantime, he’s simultaneously working on his CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) certification (“that’s for personal achievement more than anything”) and hopes to start an MBA this summer, possibly at McGill. For the moment, however, he’s focused on the success of his residential projects. The recognition from his fellow PMI members is just a bonus. “Receiving the award was unexpected. But it feels like quite an achievement.”

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