A Pillar You Can Lean On

Male construction worker
What we learn from a project like the REM... You can definitely only eat an elephant one bite at a time.

Yan knows that you have to take things one step at a time when tackling a giant like the REM. After 20 years in the business, this project has given him the opportunity to push the limits of his expertise. But there's no denying that, of all the major projects he's been involved in, this one is by far his favourite!

In my career, I've worked on almost exclusively large-scale projects, but the REM was the one with the most visibility and complexity. Let's face it, a $5 billion electric light rail project that crosses the river is unique!

A Background That Makes a Difference

Over the years, Yan has become accustomed to maintaining an overview of the hundreds of employees he coordinates simultaneously. He knows that sometimes you have to take a step back to make sure everyone is moving in the same direction. 

It's a huge project that allows you to learn a lot about the various department jobs and about different skills. You also get to train young people and help them fine-tune their understanding of the whole project.

A Quiet Strength

Yan is known by his peers to be a modest and genuine man, especially when it comes to his remarkable career. This is one of the reasons why his team considers him a pillar and holds him in high regard. 

It's important to stay true to yourself. If you're not you, and you try to be someone else, your message won't get through.

But what makes him stand out as a manager, is that Yan knows how to acknowledge the individual strengths of each person, and enhance the work of his teammates. 

Working on the REM, you rub shoulders with so many skilled people in different domains, whether it's engineering, planning or finance. Everyone learns from each other's expertise, and it's a great learning experience for the next generation.

Time will tell what Yan's next big project after the REM will be, but one thing is for sure: his team can always count on him to show up when it counts. 



About Yan

Name: Yan Dubé 

  • With Pomerleau since 2017.
  • On a personal note: He likes lumbering, fishing and mechanics.

On the REM project 

  • Since 2019.
  • Title on the project: Site manager.
  • Responsibilities on the project: Coordinate teams from different fields of expertise to ensure work progresses smoothly.