People Profile: Tracy Doyle

Tracy Doyle. discusses her background and path into the construction industry before starting at HKA 12 years ago. She explores what inspires her and her typical day in the role as well as voicing her support for the growing number of women in the industry.

Tell me about your background

I graduated college with a degree in Economics.  I had virtually no experience or connection with the construction industry.  The learning curve was quite steep – challenging but always interesting. 

I’ve been in the industry for close to 30 years – 12 years with HKA. I’ve always had a business development focus through the years, though I have had the chance to work on claims, do some partnering as well as training. 

With my previous employer, I wore many hats.  The firm was quite small so I had the chance to lead different aspects of BD such as Marketing, Proposals, negotiating contracts, PR, as well as face-to-face client development.  During that time, our small BD team grew to a team of 6.

I have had a focus in claims and expert consulting services and have worked in many market sectors to include infrastructure, energy, and government contracting.  I have held positions in several industry associations including the American Bar Association, American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the International Bar Association.

What inspires you in your job?

There are lots of things that inspire me so in no particular order or fashion:

The people that I work with. This is probably the standard answer, but it is true because it is what I sell. If you don’t have top talent, motivated, smart, like-minded people to work with, it makes your job harder to do. My job is easy in the sense that we have the top talent in the business.

Secondly, the Business of Construction. It inspires me because I am fascinated with how construction impacts the world we live and work in. Travelling a lot with work has enabled me to see how the world is changing and how the work we do every day can have an impact on the world we live in.

Every job we chase is different and everything from the project to the city to the stakeholders involved is different. I believe you need to constantly challenge yourself so as not to become complacent. 

Starting in the construction industry in the 1980’s inspired me to set a positive image for the growing number of women in the business.  I didn’t see the fact that there were so few women in construction as a roadblock; rather I saw it as an opportunity to stand out amongst the crowd.  I continue to be inspired by the growing number of brilliant women in our industry.  

Describe a typical day in your role

There’s no such thing as a typical day in my job and I really like that.  I believe, in order to do this job well you need to be able to juggle a lot of balls.  With Frank and Toby’s guidance, there is a now a more focused and organised approach to achieving the objectives we set out for global, regional and local initiatives.

I lead the global rail and rolling stock initiative.  My team is based on several continents, we meet monthly, and strategize to pursue and win work in the global rail and transit market.

Lately, I’ve been leading our BD initiative in Canada alongside our Head of Canada, Lorna Tardif.  It’s been really exciting to watch our team grow and to realize the success of having a focused BD plan for success in Canada. 

Additionally, I identify and lead Complex, multi-expert project pursuits and get involved with writing Thought Leadership Articles. I also participate in Global initiatives including International Arbitration.

What do you think has been the reason for your success?

I enjoy my job and I work really hard at being successful.  I am motivated to drive success for HKA Americas and beyond as I deeply value what the HKA brand stands for. 


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Starting in the construction industry in the 1980’s inspired me to set a positive image for the growing number of women in the business. I didn’t see the fact that there were so few women in construction as a road-block; rather I saw it as an opportunity to stand out amongst the crowd.”
Tracy Doyle, Partner, HKA
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