9 August 2017
Denis Jacob, our brand-new Director, Operations and Maintenance, grew up right next to the Jacques Cartier Bridge. When he was just a tyke, he would take the bridge’s bicycle path to get to Montreal or spend time with his friends at Parc Jean-Drapeau. When the very first fireworks were put on at La Ronde, he had a prime seat atop the Jacques Cartier Bridge. Working at JCCBI was therefore like a homecoming for him.
In school, he decided to go into civil engineering by pure chance. He finished his degree with an intensive year in surveying, a discipline that he fell in love with and that became a big asset in his career. His summer jobs in the field gave him a leg up over his classmates, as he already had experience with the key lessons from his courses.
When he finished school, he immediately started working as a site supervisor and had his first experiences with assigning tasks. As the years went on, he travelled a lot: for nearly five years, he worked in James Bay and across the province for Hydro-Québec and other companies and then with the provincial ministry of transportation for about fifteen years, mainly in road network maintenance and operations. Denis even has international experience, as he worked for a civil service in France. He definitely felt the cultural differences in terms of jargon and institutional interactions, but he was glad to take part in amazing projects and had an unforgettable experience.
After five years as a superintendent at JCCBI, Denis knows all of our structures like the back of his hand. He was recently promoted as Director of the Operations and Maintenance Directorate, where he manages a team of workers along with a traffic engineer and civil engineering technicians. This active team is very busy. Projects are always coming their way, and they have to be ready! Multitasking is essential, as staff in this directorate have to spend the bulk of their time on the maintenance plan for our structures while coordinating traffic closures and restrictions with our mobility partners.
We congratulate Denis Jacob on his new position, and we wish him many more wonderful years at JCCBI.