Our journey to PQS with Ross Huartt, Erin Brownlow, and Wyatt Clairmont.

For this issue of Knowledge Counts, we are speaking with three CIQS members who share the path they took to join CIQS and earn their designations.


Ross Huartt
Ross is a highly qualified and accredited Professional Quantity Surveyor registered with the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors and is a recipient of the prestigious Gold Seal Certification in Estimation issued by the Canadian Construction Association. His diverse experience includes major projects in civil infrastructure, medical, educational, and commercial developments.
A UK-trained professional, his experiences include risk analysis, planning, value engineering, contractual negotiations, forensic accounting, and project management. He is known as an innovative expert with a keen eye for disrupting the status quo and embracing developments in technology and sustainability.
As a dedicated and creative leader, Ross continues to transform the company into a uniquely integrated solutions provider. His strategic visions have seen the company expand across Canada with over 15 offices and 150 employees.

Erin Brownlow
Erin Brownlow is the Manager, Halifax Office & Senior Quantity Surveyor for Hanscomb. A graduate of the NSCC Architectural Engineering Technician program, and a Professional Quantity Surveyor - Fellow (PQS(F)), MRICS, GSC and C. Tech with over 20 years experience working in the construction industry, Erin has worked in the supply, sub contracting, general contracting, consulting, development and public sectors, offering a wide range of expertise. She has worked as a sales associate, project coordinator, contract manager, cost consultant, estimator, senior estimator, managing estimator and cost planner/controller on a wide range of lump sum, design build and construction management projects and programs of values ranging from a few thousand dollars to $1 billion in various location across Canada.
She was the chair of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) from 2020-2022, and is currently the past chair of the CIQS board of directors. She is also a strong promoter of diversity, inclusion, and fairness in the industry.

Wyatt Clairmont
Wyatt holds a Business Administration degree from Brandon University, a Civil Engineering Technology diploma from SAIT and a Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) designation from the CIQS. Wyatt is an accomplished Professional Quantity Surveyor that has worked on projects of various sizes and various locations, including on affordable housing projects, schools and government office building in Nunavut and NWT. His project management experience has provided him with a broad range of knowledge and impressive adaptability. His experience working on projects in Northern Canada has given him a unique perspective with a heightened level of risk awareness and a desire to forecast project milestones on a monthly as well as yearly basis, with seasonal restrictions being top of mind.


Host: Wendy Hobbs, PQS(F)
Producer: Ryan Schriml

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