The Firm

Founded by Sergio Cacciotti in May 2000, Polestar CM Inc. is a industry leader offering ‘pure form’ Construction Management to clients seeking services in a climate of lean construction projects. We achieve client objectives through our strong company culture that has been developed and implemented by the managing partners.

Accreditations

 

Project Management Institute

 

Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors

 

Ontario Association of Certified Engineers, Technicians, and Technologists

 

Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Program

 

Infrastructure Health and Safety Association

 

Team

The dynamic of our professional team separates us within the industry by bridging gaps between design intent, client expectation, and actual construction.

Sergio Cacciotti

PQS, CET, MCIQS, GSC

Founder / Professional Quantity Surveyor

Sergio Cacciotti
PQS, CET, MCIQS, GSC - Founder / Professional Quantity Surveyor

Sergio is the founding partner of Polestar CM Inc (2000). He has more than 25 years experience as a member in good standing of both the Ontario and Canadian Institutes of Professional Quantity Surveying (PQS), senior contract administrator Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) and Gold Seal Certified project manager in general contracting services for his clients throughout Ontario. He brings with him an excellent reputation for achieving Client objectives in an efficient manner through a Project Team approach and lean construction methods.

Mike Ladyk

B.ARCH., OAA

Principal

Mike Ladyk
B.ARCH., OAA - Principal

Mike’s work generally includes Architecture & Construction Management in the industrial, institutional & commercial sectors. Fundamental services such as design review, Ontario Building Code review, Contract drawings & specifications review, tendering, administration, and project management are key to re-purposing and renovating existing buildings and designing new innovative facilities. Mike views the clients budget as a tool rather than a constraint and consistently bring projects in on time and on budget.

Re-purposing has been successful in converting abandoned or under utilized facilities into new innovative surface infrastructure. Warehouses, locker rooms and shower facilities have been converted into new open concept office facilities with the latest in energy modelling and HVAC systems. “Out of the box” thinking and innovation are key to our approach. Working “face to face” with our clients, listen to their needs to create a responsible solution. We move quickly and do not overburden our clients with process!

Specialties: Building Design, Construction Management (surface facilities), Quantity Surveying, Site Planning, Building Layout, Studies

Tim James

Principal

Tim James
 - Principal
Dennis Castellen

Principal

Dennis Castellen
 - Principal
Kristofer Cacciotti

HBA, PMP, PQS

Senior Operations Manager / Professional Quantity Surveyor

Kristofer Cacciotti
HBA, PMP, PQS - Senior Operations Manager / Professional Quantity Surveyor

Kris started with Polestar CM’s team in 2009. He has seven years of construction related experience including work as an Estimator, Construction Manager, Project Manager, Contract Administrator, and Site Superintendent. His ability to take on new roles and responsibilities gives him a comprehensive outlook of the construction industry from design to project execution.
Kris’ work includes writing proposals, client relations, on-site activities, monitoring and managing project activities, developing cost estimates, defining scopes of work, and reporting on and coordinating the work of General and Trade Contractors. He is a PMP (Project Management Professional) in good standing with the Project Management Institute (PMI), and a PQS (Professional Quantity Surveyor) Designation Holder with the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors.

Andrew Fines

PMP, GSC, CHSO

Construction Manager / General Superintendent

Andrew Fines
PMP, GSC, CHSO - Construction Manager / General Superintendent

Andrew has worked with Polestar CM Inc for over 3 years. He is considered a Project Management specialist with over 10 years’ experience managing construction projects across Canada. Architectural and construction exposure has provided Andrew with a unique perspective on the infrastructure industry with exposure to both unionized and non-union workforce. His ability to develop strong relationships within the construction community allows him to retain a reputation as a driven, innovative, and performance based professional known for providing customer focused services.
Andrew consistently demonstrates strong conceptual, analytical, organizational and problem solving skills in leading project teams toward success. He manages change to ensure project objectives are met.

Gilbert Proulx

Site Superintendent

Gilbert Proulx
 - Site Superintendent

Gilbert recently joined our Polestar CM team in 2014. Gilbert is responsible for ensuring our client project endeavors are delivered and executed on the project work site. With over 30 years of construction related experience, Gilbert has a proven track record of leading field operations for a wide variety of projects types and sizes.
Gilbert holds a certification as a draftsman and has received a variety of Ontario Health and Safety Training through Infrastructure Health and Safety Association (IHSA). He started his construction career as a cabinet maker by trade. Gilbert recently received his home inspector certification adding value to our services in Building Condition Assessments.

Vanessa Vachon

M.A.A.T.O

Site Superintendent

Vanessa Vachon
M.A.A.T.O - Site Superintendent

Vanessa joined our Polestar CM’s team in 2009. She works closely with industry professionals, providing an architectural background to the project site. Her responsibilities as the Site Superintendent include developing and maintaining schedule milestones, ensure site safety protocol is followed, and reporting all progress to the project manager.
Vanessa has been exposed to the construction industry since childhood. Her passion for Architecture and Construction is evident in her work and ability to provide project based solutions. Vanessa is an honours graduate from Sheridan College as an Architectural Technician with more than 8 years of practical work experience in the industry.
Vanessa is an Architectural Technician with more than 8 years of practical experience. She graduated from Sheridan College with honours.

Victoria Hunt

Site Superintendent

Victoria Hunt
 - Site Superintendent

Victoria joined our Polestar CM team in 2010. She graduated from Conestoga College’s Architectural Technologist Advanced Diploma program and gained early practical knowledge from her experience in the field as a Field Engineer and Site Superintendent. While Victoria’s work is diverse she specializes in Residential Care Facilities and Site Plan Agreements. She is currently an Intern Architectural Technologist with the Association of Architectural Technologists (AATO) and adds value to each project she is involved with.

Sheri Tavella

PCP

Controller

Sheri Tavella
PCP - Controller

Sheri joined our Polestar CM’s team in 2010. She is responsible for all in-house accounting operations, pension and benefit administration, financial and government reporting, and employment standards compliance. She completed the Business Administration and Human Resources Management program locally at Cambrian College and holds a Payroll Compliance Practitioner certificate through the Canadian Payroll Association (CPA). Sheri is a driven professional that is currently working towards her Certified Payroll Manager certification through the CPA.
Sheri is skilled and experienced in accounting and human resources best practices, up to date with current HR trends, and compliant with payroll and employment standards.
She is also an active member of the Human Resources Professional Association, the Canadian Payroll Association and Young Professionals Association of Greater Sudbury.

Vivianne Giroux

Document Control Officer

Vivianne Giroux
 - Document Control Officer

Vivianne joined our Polestar CM team in 2015. She has 5 years’ experience working as an administrative expert and enjoys helping others whenever possible. In her role, she is the first point of contact to Polestar CM Inc and supports our office staff, field staff and Partners. Viviane’s ability to take on new responsibilities allows our staff and clients to focus on other project priorities.

Culture

 

CHALLENGING PROCESS

We routinely review industry best practices related to construction methodology and introduce innovative solutions to continually improve each component of our 5 Point Management System.

SUCCESSFUL EXECUTION

Successful execution. Understanding and listening to client needs assists us to manage expectations and deliver results. We enable our project partners to act on opportunities and encourage performance throughout the project life cycle.

NAVIGATE CHANGE

Project constraints and priorities alter throughout the stages of project development. Our project leaders understand that there are both risks and opportunities with each new endeavor. We educate and guide stakeholders to achieve beneficial decisions for the overall project.

RELATIONSHIP BUILDING

We moderate an open dialog between stakeholders and successful trade contractors. This method improves communication within project teams, and helps inspire a shared vision to successfully achieve project objectives.

TRANSPARENCY

Our fees are direct with the Client and separate from each trade tender. Our corporate incentives are to complete projects on schedule, and pass cost savings directly to the Client. Our success depends on it!