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Q&A with VCC Facility Management instructor John Ringness

Meet John Ringness, a Vancouver Community College (VCC) instructor and solutions leader who has been practicing facility management ever since he joined the workforce.

What do you love about teaching?

It is all about the students and how providing them with some training and sharing some relative personal experiences will help them in their own facility management careers.

What is your current career?

I am the Director of Facilities at Trinity Western University and I own a facility management consulting company.

What is an interesting thing about your journey?

Work in the facility management professions has taken me to four countries, six Canadian provinces, and one territory.

How do you personally define success?

Seeing satisfied customers.

What is your earliest memory?

Perhaps not my earliest memory, but certainly as a young boy, one of my favourite memories was climbing trees and jumping to smaller trees that would usually bend and take me to the ground. They didn’t always bend…

How did you learn the trade?

My learning focused on job training, professional development, job experiences, and actively engaging in facility management associations.

What advice do you have for someone starting out in this industry?

Find a facility management mentor or coach, and take facility management courses along the way.

Register now for VCC's Facility Management (REAL 1160) course, or explore your career potential at VCC Continuing Studies.