Directors

Ali Azizian

Tetra Tech ali.azizian@tetratech.com 604.341.9873
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.

Harvie Buitelaar

Hatch harvie.buitelaar@hatch.com 604.629.1736
Harvie is a Vice President at Hatch and Regional Director Infrastructure, Western North America. Harvie is a professional civil engineer with over 20 years of experience in infrastructure development projects across North America, particularly specializing in airports and aviation. Harvie has been involved with landside and airside engineering, planning and project management at airports across Canada and the USA. As Regional Director for Hatch’s Infrastructure business, he covers over 700 staff supporting projects and clients in Airports, Rail, Transit, Highways & Bridges, Ports & Marine, Water, and Urban Solutions, in both the US and Canada. Hatch supports owners and clients in program/project management, detailed design, construction management, and alternate project delivery. Harvie is also a Director and Secretary of the BC Aviation Council, and a member of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

Mary Chow

HDR Architecture Associates Inc. Mary.chow@hdrinc.com 604.687.1898
Mary is an Architect and Associate Vice President with HDR. With 20+ years of experience, Mary has led the design of many award-winning community recreation facilities, including aquatics, ice, fitness and more. As a key leader in the community and recreation sector for HDR, Mary is a certified Passive House Designer and also a LEED Accredited Professional. In addition to local venues, Mary has traveled internationally to give presentations on various issues related to sports, recreation, community facility design, universal design and also how community engagement is being integrated into the architectural process. In the past few years she has spoken at the Athletics Business Conference in Florida and New Orleans, the IAKS (International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities) Congress in Germany, and the TAFISA (The Association for International Sport for All) World Congress in The Netherlands.

David Collings

Collings Johnston Inc. dcollings@collingsjohnston.com 604.608.1742
David Collings is the Managing Principal at Collings Johnston Inc and provides senior leadership and technical advisory services to owners, contractors, and lenders of major infrastructure projects. He specializes in building project teams and leading the development and implementation of major projects. Collings Johnston Inc. is a Vancouver-based technical management consulting company providing advisory and management services on major infrastructure projects. We have developed particular expertise in infrastructure project development, capital planning, technical management and discipline integration.

Simon Daniels

Eurovia Canada simon.daniels@eurovia.com 604.834.1055
Simon Daniels, P.Eng., is Vice-President, Major Projects North America, for Eurovia, the road and transportation business line of Vinci SA. Eurovia Major Projects provides PPP and Design-Build expertise to the local Eurovia delegations, such as BA Blacktop Ltd in British Columbia, in the development and procurement of major transportation infrastructure projects. As a Professional Engineer with over twenty years of industry experience, Simon possesses a strong background in Design-Build and Alternate Procurement Delivery Projects, and is a Member of the Council for the Canadian Design-Build Institute.

Amanda Farrell

Transportation Investment Corporation amanda.farrell@gov.bc.ca 604.833.1935
Amanda Farrell is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Transportation Investment Corporation (TI Corp). Amanda took on this role in December 2018 to lead the management and delivery of major transportation projects, including the new Pattullo Bridge, the Kicking Horse Canyon Project – Phase 4 and the Broadway Subway. Prior to TI Corp, Amanda Farrell served as the President and CEO of Partnerships BC for five years. Amanda focused the organization’s culture on client responsiveness and strengthening relationships with current and future clients in the development of major public infrastructure projects from hospitals to courthouses to transit lines. Amanda also served as Chief Project Officer on the now completed Evergreen SkyTrain Line in Vancouver during that time. Earlier in her career, Amanda gained extensive public policy and operational experience in the UK before moving to British Columbia. Amanda was honoured by her peers as the recipient of the 2018 Women’s Infrastructure Network Outstanding Leader award.

Bradley Gunnlaugson

Pomerleau Inc. Bradley.gunnlaugson@pomerleau.ca 604.366.2555

Ryan MacPherson

SNC-Lavalin Inc. Ryan.macpherson@snclavalin.com 604.605.5906
Ryan MacPherson, P.Eng., is Vice-President, Roads, Bridges and Ports, for SNC-Lavalin. He is a structural engineer with over 20 years of experience in the design and construction of infrastructure projects, mainly in the field 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 Roads, Bridges and Ports group for SNC-Lavalin in Western Canada. Partnering with SNC-Lavalin’s Infrastructure Construction sector, the group 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.

Diego Mandelbaum

Creative Energy diego@creative.energy 416.333.9880
Diego Mandelbaum is an experienced mechanical engineer specializing in district energy, electrification and low-carbon energy systems across industrial, commercial and institutional buildings. As the Vice President of Development at Creative Energy, he leads the company’s growth across Canada with a focus on technical excellence, client relationships and collaborative execution. He previously served as a managing principal for Stantec, an international engineering, architecture, and consulting company. Outside of work, Diego was the founder of the Okanagan ASHRAE Section and sits on various boards and committees for the University of British Columbia, where Diego is an Alum.

Jeff McLellan

BFL CANADA Insurance Services jmclellan@bflcanada.ca 604.376.0065
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.

Cheryl Nelms

City of Vancouver Engineering Cheryl.nelms@vancouver.ca 604.873.7348
Cheryl Nelms is the Deputy General Manager of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver — a department of 1,900 employees that oversees more than 50% of the City’s $2.8 billion capital budget. Currently, she leads the city’s engineering work in the $2.8 billion Broadway Subway project, and the redevelopment of Northeast False Creek, Vancouver’s last waterfront destination area, which is slated to deliver $1.7 billion in public benefits. Cheryl is an accomplished leader and professional engineer with over 19 years of experience, including senior executive roles in federal government. She has completed a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (Project Management) and has a proven track record in project and financial management, complex labour relations, leading strategic transformation initiatives, and delivery of major infrastructure projects, especially capital projects that include public private partnerships. She is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, and is a frequently sought-after expert and speaker at conferences and inter-government committees of national interest.

Philip O’Neill

OM Engineering Phil@omengineering.ca 604.695.2747
Phil O’Neill is a Principal at O’M Engineering with over 22 years of experience in the electrical engineering industry. Phil specializes in relationship marketing, project management, and electrical engineering. His comprehensive experience covers transportation, mixed use residential, commercial, institutional, educational, light industrial, and tenant improvement projects. Phil believes delivery, response, quality, and trust, are the key components for an accomplished partnership and successful project.

Marina Pratchett

Fasken LLP mpratchett@fasken.com 604.631.3131
Marina Pratchett is a partner in the law firm of Fasken LLP. 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

Member At Large mark.f.robinson@gmail.com 604.313.2482
Mark Robinson, EIT, is currently studying law at UBC. Prior to his return to university he was a Project Coordinator with Urban One Builders, a construction management firm specializing in residential high-rise construction and mixed use development. Mark previously graduated in Civil Engineering from UBC and holds a degree in Engineering Science from the University of Toronto.

Met Ulker

Met Ulker Consulting ahmet@ahmetulker.ca 604.569.6500
Ahmet (Met) Ulker, P.Eng., FEC, is a seasoned electrical engineer, who has participated in SkyTrain Millennium Line, SkyTrain Evergreen Line and Canada Line Transit Projects. 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. He practiced engineering for over 43 years, 39 of which is in Canada in various capacities in well-known large multi-disciplinary firms. He is currently semi retired, spending time in his micro distillery learning distilling Vodka, Gin, Whisky and Raki.

Jesse Unke – President

RAM jesse.unke@ramconsulting.com 604.789.2533
Jesse is Director of Project Management with RAM. He is an executive project delivery leader experienced in all areas of transportation/utilities/infrastructure project and construction leadership overseeing both complex, high-profile projects, as well as smaller capital projects/programs. As a Project/Risk Management Professional (PMP/RMP), Jesse has an intimate knowledge with multiple project delivery methods, project management models, and scope, financial, schedule, and risk management tools and techniques. During his career, he has developed an ability to understand his client’s “why”, work collaboratively leading teams, and implement successful strategic initiatives for multiple project funding partners and stakeholders. With a background as a Professional Engineer in Canada (P.Eng.) and the United States (PE), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), and a MMCD Certified Contract Administrator (CCA), Jesse has the ability to lead projects effectively, incorporate sustainable design and construction principles, interpret and administer contracts, and understand the technical aspects of his projects. His effective written and verbal communication, workshop facilitation, and engaging presentation skills to both technical and non-technical audiences, allow him to serve as a knowledgeable leader and advisor to clients. Jesse’s strong business development and relationship-building, marketing, and strategic planning skills allow for effective development of business and partnership opportunities for a transportation/utilities/infrastructure consulting environment.

Hilary Pritchett – Administrative Consultant to BCCR

Go Get Coaching and Consulting hilary@gogetconsultant.com 778.871.1343
Hilary is Founder and Principal of Go Get Coaching and Consulting, which she created to help clients win more work by providing timely, professional and efficient proposal management, marketing and business development services and related coaching, consulting and training. She has over 20 years’ experience in business development and marketing and broad industry experience, including work in the following areas: professional services (A/E/C), IT software and hardware, minerals and metals, and economic development. She is a professional Proposal Manager with management experience in the A/E/C industry and has extensive experience in business development planning. Finally, she is the creator of multiple workplace training games and wellness products, including the Nine Little Boxes of Workplace Culture.

BCCR Presidents

2019 – 2020: Jesse Unke
2018 – 2019: Ryan MacPherson
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)

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