To inspire others, sometimes you have to be inspired first. As someone who’s been involved in the practice and delivery of architecture for more than three decades, Ray continues to draw inspiration from his growing network of clients and peers. As managing principal of Edmonton’s Buildings group, Ray now leads over 160 designers and engineers. He’s inspired by the talented people and motivated teams, and also by his work. After 30 years, he’s still excited about what’s happening in his field.
Ray cites his mentor of over 20 years, Jim Wensley, as responsible for teaching him about leadership. Jim taught him about learning from your mistakes; about having the resolve to never give up even when things get tough; and about people, as they are what matters most in an organization. Ray encourages and strives to inspire the next generation, as he was encouraged and inspired when he first started his career.