Ali Azizian

Tetra Tech EBA
Dr. Ali Azizian is a Principal Specialist – Geotechnical/Seismic with Tetra Tech Canada in Vancouver, BC. He has consulting and project management experience in geotechnical design and construction of bridge and building foundations, pipelines, and embankment dams. He specializes in seismic soil-structure interaction analysis. His project experience includes: Evergreen and Canada Line Rapid Transit projects, Port Mann and Golden Ears Bridges, as well as the proposed Kitimat and Pacific NorthWest LNG plants.

Elisa Brandts


Elisa Brandts, Architect, is BC Managing Leader – Buildings for Stantec. Prior to moving to Stantec she was a Managing Principal at Architecture49 (formerly PBK Architects Inc.). Elisa is passionate about designing livable, sustainable cities and focuses her expertise on large building projects in the transit and transportation, and sports and entertainment sectors. She can apply her passions to her work at Stantec collaborating across disciplines and industries to bring buildings, energy and resource, environmental, and infrastructure projects to life.

Simon Daniels

BA Blacktop

Simon Daniels, P.Eng., is Vice-President, Transportation and Infrastructure Projects with BA Blacktop Ltd. (a subsidiary of Eurovia Canada, the road and transportation business line of Vinci SA). BA Blacktop Ltd. Is a major Design-Builder and General Contractor for transportation infrastructure in British Columbia. As a professional Engineer with over nineteen years of industry experience, Simon possesses a strong background in stakeholder relationships and a long history of successful infrastructure development. At BA Blacktop, Simon is responsible for the procurement and management of Transportation and Infrastructure design-build and/or design-bid-build Infrastructure projects throughout British Columbia.

Jerry Dobrovolny

City of Vancouver Engineering

Jerry is the General Manager of Engineering Services for the City of Vancouver. With annual budgets totaling over $500 million and 1,900 staff, he is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of the city’s public works infrastructure. Engineering Services is also mandated with a variety of planning and regulatory functions and plays a central role in the day-to-day functioning of the city. As the largest city department, Engineering delivers a complex array of essential public services while implementing an ambitious policy agenda to become the greenest City in the world by 2020. Jerry received his civil engineering degree from the UBC and a Masters of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University.

Thomas Froese

Dept. Of Civil Engineering, UBC
Dr. Thomas Froese is a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His research and teaching focus on project and construction management, computer applications, Building Information Modeling (BIM), infrastructure management, and sustainability, with over 170 publications in these areas. Thomas originally studied Civil Engineering at UBC obtaining his PhD from Stanford University in 1992.

Veronica Gillies

Henriquez Partners Architects
Veronica is an author, architect and leader in the buildings industry who drives growth and market share through synthesizing finance, technological innovation and stakeholder alignment as a point of differentiation. She has an extensive background in the leadership of multi-disciplinary teams delivering buildings for commercial, mixed use and institutional projects across North America, Europe and Asia. She recently joined HPA as Director of Strategy + Innovation bringing her broad business experience to focus on delivery of collaborative research and engagement initiatives and to pursue opportunities for innovation.

Doug Hinton

Doug has been with Hatch for over sixteen years and is currently an Executive Vice President. Over the last thirteen years, Doug has established Hatch as one of Vancouver’s leading consulting engineering firms serving the transportation and infrastructure markets on many BC projects. Notable projects include Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project, the Port Mann Highway Number One Project, the Kinder Morgan Pipeline Project and the Evergreen Line Project. He has an extensive background in the Transportation Industry in Vancouver and California having worked on the TransLink Millennium Line project and the Sacramento Amtrak Folsom project. Previous to the Amtrak assignment Doug worked on various international projects in locations such as Alaska, Chile, Mexico, Arizona and California.

Robin Johnston

Collings Johnston Inc.
Robin is a Principal of Collings Johnston Inc. and a Professional Engineer. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Natal in South Africa. He has since completed the ISO 9001 Internal Quality Auditor Certification and taken post-graduate courses in construction law, project management, and quality management. Robin is a national leader in transportation infrastructure and has devoted the past 20 years of his professional practice to the development and delivery of DB and P3 programs and projects. He has effectively directed, managed and facilitated the development and implementation of many complex, major projects across Canada and internationally. Locally, he was retained as the Independent Certifier for the $2.5 billion Port Mann / Highway 1 Project, and as Program Manager of the $307 million Roberts Bank Rail Corridor Program. He is currently the Project Manager for the estimated $1 billion Pattullo Bridge Replacement Project.

Ryan MacPherson

SNC-Lavalin Inc.
Ryan MacPherson, P.Eng., is Vice-President, Ports & Marine, Infrastructure Engineering for SNC-Lavalin. He is a structural engineer with nearly 20 years of experience in the design and construction of fixed maritime structures and port facilities throughout Canada and around the world. In his current role, Ryan is responsible for leading the operations and setting the strategic direction of the Ports & Marine group, a part of SNC-Lavalin’s Infrastructure sector which provides end-to-end solutions for its clients – from making equity investments and arranging financing, to providing engineering, construction and operations and maintenance services. One of his more notable accomplishments was leading the development of the 45,000 sq.m. elevated marine foundation for the iconic Vancouver Convention Centre Expansion.

Jeff McLellan

BFL CANADA Insurance Services
Jeff McLellan is a Vice President with BFL CANADA Insurance Services Inc. in Vancouver. He has spent the last 15 years specializing in professional liability and construction insurance. In addition to managing BFL’s Architects and Engineers’ Division, Jeff is called upon regularly to advise Developer and Contractor clients on professional liability and general insurance matters. He is recognized as one of the leading brokers in his field.

Charles Potter

Surespan Group of Companies

Charles Potter is the CFO and Vice President Finance of the Surespan Group of Companies. A Certified General Accountant and Chartered Accountant with over 30 years’ experience, and 19 years’ experience in the heavy construction and infrastructure industry, Charles provides oversight and guidance to ownership and senior management of the Surespan Group of Companies on issues such as succession planning, growth opportunities and business strategies. He manages the daily accounting operations for the 33 companies within the Surespan Group. He also establishes corporate policies relating to accounting procedures and carries out due diligence assignments and analyses on various projects.

Marina Pratchett

Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Marina Pratchett is a partner in the law firm of Fasken Martineau. She has practiced in construction and engineering for more than 30 years, acting for public owners, developers and large contractors. She is also trained and acts as an arbitrator and mediator.

Mark Robinson

Urban One Builders
Mark Robinson, EIT, is a Project Coordinator with Urban One Builders, a construction management firm specializing in residential high-rise construction and mixed use development. Mark is a recent Civil Engineering graduate from UBC and holds a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.

Roz Seyednejad

Stratesol Consulting Inc.
Roz Seyednejad, PEng, M.Eng., MBA, is Founder of Stratesol Consulting Inc., a strategy consulting firm specializing in SR&ED (Scientific Research and Experimental Development) tax credit program. Prior to establishing Stratesol Consulting, Roz worked in project management, planning and coordination on a number of large infrastructure projects in BC. She has held Business Development, Project Consultant and Strategy Management positions in large firms such as SNC-Lavalin, Fluor and Hatch Mott MacDonald.

Met Ulker

AES Engineering

Met Ulker, P.Eng., FEC, is a Director of AES Engineering, a boutique electrical engineering firm with offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. Met has considerable experience on large projects in the transit/transportation, commercial, industrial and institutional sectors. His experience covers major projects for universities, colleges, K-12 schools, health care facilities, office towers, retail malls, recreational facilities and other similar civic facilities. Met has managed projects in Canada, Turkey, US, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Malaysia and Mongolia. While he has practiced in Canada for the last 34 years in various capacities in well-known large multi-disciplinary firms, he found his calling in AES Engineering, where bureaucracy has no place and freedom reigns.

Jesse Unke

Jesse Unke is Director, Project Management at RAM. As a Project Management Professional (PMP) and Risk Management Professional (RMP), Jesse is experienced in all areas of project and construction leadership overseeing large, complex, high-profile municipal infrastructure and transportation projects. He has an intimate knowledge with multiple project delivery methods, project management models, and scope, financial, schedule, and risk management tools. Jesse has developed an exceptional ability to work collaboratively leading teams, and implement successful strategic initiatives for multiple project stakeholders and groups. With a background as a Professional Engineer in Canada (P.Eng.) and the United States (PE), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), an Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP) and a MMCD Certified Contract Administrator, he has the ability to lead projects effectively, incorporate sustainable principles, and understand the technical aspects of his projects.

Jeannie Bates

BC Construction Roundtable

Jeannie Bates, BA, BDes., is the Executive Director of the BC Construction Roundtable. She brings her expertise in project planning, communications and management to this position. Jeannie has worked on numerous special projects for the City of Vancouver including commissions and public processes.

BCCR Presidents

2017 – 2018: Met Ulker
2016 – 2017: Veronica Gillies
2015 – 2016: Roz Seyednejad
2014 – 2015: Jim McLagan
2013 – 2014: Marina Pratchett
2012 – 2013: Marina Pratchett
2011 – 2012: Geoffrey Glotman
2010 – 2011: Geoffrey Glotman
2009 – 2010: Doug Hinton
2008 – 2009: Elisa Brandts
2007 – 2008: Elisa Brandts
2006 – 2007: Ian Rokeby
2005 – 2006: Jim McLagan
2004 – 2005: Robin Johnston
2003 – 2004: Trevor Lumb
2002 – 2003: Bill Frost
2001 – 2002: Marina Pratchett
2000 – 2001: Werner Uhl
1999 – 2000: Alan Hart
1997 – 1999: Russ Anthony (2 terms)
1994 – 1997: Peter Smith (3 terms)