Mike Roossien has set the standard for high performance project management throughout his 17-year career in custom design, construction and development.
Graduating at the top of his architectural class with honours, Mike’s first foray into his craft simultaneously blended three achievements—structural drafting for an Ottawa-based engineering firm, running a successful custom design residential and commercial enterprise and directing the day-to-day operations at Scotiabank Place (renamed Canadian Tire Centre).
Proven Entrepreneur and Accomplished Project Manager
To continually challenge and inspire a high performer are rare achievements.
Mike led client development and revenue growth for the business that bore his name, while providing oversight for capital costs and operating budgets for Ottawa’s highest profile sporting and entertainment venue. As Operations Supervisor with Scotiabank Place and the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club from 1997to 2006, Mike recommended capital projects and directed a staff that exceeded 100+. It is here that Mike honed his people motivation and management style, and unwavering commitment to worker health and safety.
Enter LA Group
A talent recruited by LA Group president, CEO and founder Gilles Brisebois seven years ago, Mike thrives on being a part of “where big things are going” and immediately took on the role of site supervisor for major, high profile residential and commercial projects such as Upper East Side in Manor Park.
One of Mike’s defining traits is his ability to “speak contractor”. LA Group offers Mike the continued opportunity to satisfy his personal drive and put it all together as the person who delivers the vision—planning and managing new project development; establishing budget controls and approving completion for progress billings; developing the winning approach for rezoning; negotiating the agreement terms that set the professional tone with architects, engineers and contractors; transforming neighbourhoods; monitoring projects and taking corrective actions when necessary; performing pre-delivery inspections with residential and commercial clients; honouring low deficiency commitments; and setting stringent health and safety and environmental standards.
Always striving to learn, Mike successfully completed the Lean Service Simulation – White Belt Program offered by Fujitsu Consulting Canada, Lean Agility Inc., and the Centre for Executive Leadership at the Telfer School of Management this past October 2014.
Competitive Compulsion to Perform
Mike’s “make it happen” work ethic can be traced to his athletic achievements as a member of a varsity soccer teams that earned provincial and national soccer championship titles.
Mike dedicates a proportion of his time teaching and developing soccer players and coaches to a level of performance and competition that exceeds national standards. His mentorees travel all over the province and the U.S. to encounter the level of competition that is challenging to their skill levels.
Living the mantra “you’re only as good as the worst player on our team,” Mike breathes high demand and performance with his “play to win” work ethic etched into every team he directs on and off the soccer field.
Committed to His Community
Mike has devoted a quarter century to soccer excellence in the nation’s capital. His son Dylan, not surprisingly, is an accomplished soccer athlete who shares his dad’s passion for designing winning plays that bring the ball over the goal line. Like father like son.