Acres Women in Construction – Meet Ann Mary Vithayathil

Acres is celebrating ๐–๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ข๐ง ๐‚๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐–๐ž๐ž๐ค by highlighting the contributions of the wonderful women that make up our team!

Get to know Ann Mary Vithayathil, a Project Manager with Acresโ€™ Civil Department who was intrigued by the opportunities, challenges, and rewards in the construction industry.

๐ƒ๐ž๐ฌ๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฅ๐ž ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฃ๐ž๐œ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐š๐ ๐ž๐ซ.

As a Project Manager with Acres, I work with the project team to help enhance safe work practices, project profitability, meeting schedules, customer satisfaction and productivity. I get to model, encourage, and implement effective decision-making strategies.

๐–๐ก๐ฒ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐ข๐ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ ๐ž๐ญ ๐ข๐ง๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง?

I find that one of the primary reasons that people โ€“ mostly women โ€“ shy away from the exciting field of civil engineering was to avoid the intense field work. As a result, it became increasingly uncommon to see women in civil engineering. I took it as an opportunity to set an example and pursue that field and eventually construction. It also fed my auxiliary interest of buildings, architecture, and the meticulous processes of organization, planning and implementation that leads to the construction of structures.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ž๐ง๐ฃ๐จ๐ฒ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฃ๐จ๐›?

Every new job comes with its own set of challenges. Brainstorming ideas and strategizing with my team to effectively reach an optimal solution is what I enjoy the most. These discussions often prove to be paramount learning opportunities to better understand the different perspectives and ways to approach a challenge.

Additionally, getting into the details of the numbers and closely monitoring the job progress alongside my superintendent is another aspect of my job that I enjoy.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐๐จ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ก๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ฐ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ง ๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?

The construction industry may seem a bit intimidating at first, but in my experience, it is one of the most professionally engaging avenues one could pursue. I encourage all women wanting to enter the construction industry to be confident and willing to learn. Every project

comes with its own set of challenges and in turn, opportunities to learn, explore and find exciting solutions, all in which are perfect to satiate the curious mind!

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ ๐ž๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎโ€™๐ฏ๐ž ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ซ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฆ๐š๐ฅ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฎ๐œ๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐ข๐ง๐๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ?

I have been very fortunate in this regard since most of my experience working in the construction industry has been great. However, one of the challenges that comes to mind was during my first ever construction project. Prior to moving to Canada, I had received this incredible opportunity to be a part of a Beach Resort Construction in Oman, where I was one among the two females involved in a crew of 500 members. This overwhelming majority of men sometimes made me feel like an outsider. Thankfully, I looked up to the engineer in charge, who was the other female on site. I admired her boldness, courage, and depth of knowledge, which kept me motivated to face challenges.

Overall, it has been a huge learning curve, and I am glad to be a part of a team that encourages and welcomes both men and women equally to the construction sector.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฌ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ๐ข๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐จ๐Ÿ?

Growing up in Oman and further pursuing education from India, my notions and expectations around student life and dependence were very different to what one would expect in a North American country. Iโ€™m particularly proud of being able to adjust to such a dramatic change with rather seemingly little effort and successfully finishing a graduate degree from UBC. I am also really proud that I landed a job with Acres soon after my degree completion, while rising up the ranks to a project manager and successfully closing out my first project!ย 

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