CCE’s Top 10 Under 40: Nicholas C. Kaminski
August 22, 2022
By Peter Saunders
In 2020, he earned ACEC-Canada’s prestigious Allen D. Wiliams Scholarship.
This year, for the first time, Canadian Consulting Engineer launched an initiative to recognize up-and-coming consulting engineers across the country. We are now showcasing them on our website, in alphabetical order by surname.
Nicholas C. Kaminski, 33, is a structural engineer and assistant department head for KGS Group in Regina, practising in industrial, institutional, commercial and municipal infrastructure.
“I’ve always been interested in buildings, bridges and other big things,” he says. “I grew up building Lego sets in the basement and watching ‘Extreme Machines’ on TLC.”
So, it was perhaps natural that Kaminski studied civil engineering, with a structural focus, at the University of Saskatchewan, earning his B.Eng. and M.Eng. degrees. His career, meanwhile, started with industrial contractor Ledcor in Edmonton, where he served as a project co-ordinator for modular facilities. He then joined KGS in 2014 as a structural engineer-in-training (EIT).
“I’ve been very lucky to practise with KGS, a mid-size firm with large aspirations for growth,” he says. “There are a lot of opportunities. I would like to lead my department in the future, but I’d also like to get more involved in the business aspects of the firm as an associate, principal or member of the board.”
“He is a natural leader with a contagious work ethic.” – Dino Philopoulos
Kaminski has further developed his ‘business’ side through extensive industry outreach and networking. He has been chair of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s (CSCE’s) National Young Professionals Committee and ACEC-Saskatchewan’s Young Professionals Group, a council member of the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Saskatchewan (APEGS) and a senator with his alma mater.
He has also pursued and completed executive education with the University of Toronto’s (U of T’s) Rotman School of Management, his alma mater’s leadership development program, the University of Oxford’s Saïd Business School executive leadership programme and McMaster University’s DeGroote School of Business chartered director (C.Dir.) program.
You’ve even seen him in the pages of Canadian Consulting Engineer before: in 2020, he earned ACEC-Canada’s prestigious Allen D. Williams Scholarship.
“Nicholas is a natural leader with a contagious work ethic,” says his supervisor, regional manager Dino Philopoulos. “He has a bright future ahead of him.”