Chartered Institute of Building Magazine of the Chartered Institute of Building


Winners of CIOB’s Global Student Challenge revealed

29 June 2020
The DGC Toronto team: Jonathan Isenegger, Philip Jager, Kristopher Turnbull-Poulin, and Maxim Sokolicz

The DGC Toronto team: Jonathan Isenegger, Philip Jager, Kristopher Turnbull-Poulin, and Maxim Sokolicz

A team from Toronto has been announced as the winner of the seventh annual Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) Global Student Challenge competition.

DGC Toronto, a team of four final-year students studying for the Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management) at George Brown College, faced fierce competition from an international field.

The award was collected virtually due to the worldwide covid-19 pandemic.

The winning team received £2,000 in prize money, along with access to a unique mentoring programme, with industry leaders offering advice and guidance to support their professional development.

More than 50 international teams entered this year’s competition before the top six best performing competitors were chosen to go through to the final.

The other finalists were:

  • CIOBNB – Chongqing University
  • Base Build – RMIT University
  • Skywalker Construction – Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  • Sang Neggala – Universitas Indonesia
  • Glasgow Construction Corp. – Glasgow Caledonian University

The CIOB’s annual Global Student Challenge, which is open to full time students, is a test of construction industry know-how, taking place in stages over a number of months. The competition provides a realistic simulation where teams, made up of three or four people, act as a board of directors running their own company.

Teams from universities all over the world entered the 2020 competition, and normally the six teams scoring the most in the early stages would be invited to the finals, held as part of the CIOB’s annual Member’s Forum, which was held virtually this year.

Entry for the 2021 challenge will open later this year. Find out more about Global Student Challenge here.

Mark Beard, president of the CIOB, said: “This is a challenge not for the faint hearted. All the teams have shown their ability and potential by reaching these finals. As students you will now have a greater sense of what it is like to work in a construction company making high-level decisions. I have no doubt that all of our finalists will be able to reach that level when they leave university.”


These young fellows should be named.

Lowry Paul, 30 June 2020

Leave a Reply