Featuring Jason Bast, P.Eng., the general manager at NIS Contractors Ltd. in Regina
1. Where are you from?
2. How did you get your start in the heavy construction industry and/or who do you credit to getting you where you are today?
I got my start in the heavy construction industry working as a yard/shop labourer during the summer break before high school started. I would have to credit both my wife and kids in supporting me to get where I am today.
3. What is your career history?
I began my work career as a yard/shop labourer and after high school, went to university to obtain my engineering degree. During university, I worked as a concrete labourer and materials testing technologist. Once I graduated from university, I worked in consulting for about four years in Saskatoon and then moved back to Regina for an opportunity on the contracting side. I have never looked back since.
4. What’s the best piece of business or career advice you have or have been given?
Do not chase success. Work hard, dedicate yourself to your craft and success will chase you.
5. What’s your favourite thing about Saskatchewan and working in the industry?
My favourite thing about Saskatchewan and working in the industry is the people. This province and industry have a great love for what they do, but also a love to give back to our local communities.
6. What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The way some people disregard the feelings and needs of others. With the world going through such tough times in the pandemic, being kind, giving and helping others is more important now than ever.
7. What is your greatest extravagance?
Overall, I am pretty frugal with money. However, I always seem to come out with a new hockey stick whenever going shopping at sport stores.
8. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My wife and kids are definitely the greatest loves of my life.
9. Who are your favorite writers?
J.R.R. Tolkein and Steven King
10. Who is your hero of fiction?
Aragorn from Lord of the Rings. His growth from humble ranger to a well-respected king is definitely an inspiration.