International Mobility at Faithful+Gould

Mike Fursier
If the world is getting flatter as some say, Faithful+Gould is leading the charge.

With our growing international presence, ever increasing numbers of Faithful+Gould employees are pursuing international relocations for work.

I am an example of one such employee - having worked on three continents on various Faithful+Gould projects. Initially I was hired to work on the refurbishment of Birmingham Airport in the United Kingdom, but since then I've moved my family to live and work in Dubai and Canada. In the process, I have worked on some high profile projects, including the UK’s response to the nuclear accident in Fukushima, Japan, in 2011.

I have enjoyed and gained a lot from all of the projects, each bringing its own challenges and associated rewards. I remain proud of all my projects; I just have to limit myself now to seeing them on Google Earth.

With our growing international presence, ever increasing numbers of Faithful+Gould employees are pursuing international relocations for work.

My first project, at Birmingham Airport, began in 2005. The team provided project and cost management services directly to the airport. The project was enormous, impacting all of the airport’s operations. The client was pleased with the work on phase one and subsequently rolled the project’s remaining four phases into one ongoing project for us to work on, for a total of three years.

After working on the airport, getting married and having my first child, I took the opportunity to work for Faithful+Gould in Dubai in 2008. There I worked on, among other projects, a new printing facility for the local English language newspaper over the next three years, and had another child before returning to the United Kingdom.

Once back in the UK, I moved into working with nuclear power generators, in particular as part of the team responding to the Fukushima nuclear accident. This led me to getting inside an operating nuclear power station – standing inside the turbine hall generating 3% of the UK’s electrical demand was truly inspiring.

We moved for the life experiences it offered us. Working for Faithful+Gould has enabled me to transfer relatively easily, and I look forward to what the future holds.

My family and I desired a change of pace following my nuclear work in the UK and so we moved to the Faithful+Gould Calgary office in September 2014, where I am currently working. So far we have survived and enjoyed our first Canadian winter and are looking forward to seeing what the summer holds. We are hoping to get further afield and do some exploring of the Rockies!

We moved for the life experiences it offered us. Working for Faithful+Gould has enabled me to transfer relatively easily, and I look forward to what the future holds.

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