Board of Directors


Jesse Unke

President
COWI 
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About Jesse

Jesse is Vice President - Operations Canada with COWI. He is an engineering and construction executive experienced with leadership within both for-profit and non-profit organizations, with a focus on building and leading highly-functioning teams, while utilizing strong relationship-building, operational, strategic planning, and analytical skills. As a PMI Project and Risk Management Professional (PMP/RMP), he has an intimate knowledge with multiple project delivery methods, project management models, and project 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), he has the ability to lead project teams 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 his clients. Jesse is a strong believer in inclusion and diversity in the workplace - incorporating the Builders Code and Gender-based Analysis Plus (GBA+) initiatives into his projects and management of his teams, and succession planning for the future through formal and informal mentorship of junior staff and support of programs such as EGBC’s MIT program, and the PMI’s Mentorship Program. He also actively supports post-secondary institutions via presentations, sponsorship of events, and mentorship of students. In 2020, Jesse was one of the proud recipients of the 40 under 40 in Canadian Construction.

David Collings

Secretary
Collings Johnston Inc. 

About David

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.

Mark Robinson

Treasurer
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About Mark

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.

Hilary Pritchett

General Manager 
Integral Group

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About Hilary

Hilary is the North America Regional Marketing Director at Integral Group. Prior to joining Integral, Hilary was founder and CXO of two companies, including Go Get Coaching and Consulting and Nine Little Boxes. Go Get was created to help clients win work by providing timely, professional and efficient proposal management, marketing and business development services and related coaching, consulting and training. Nine Little Boxes delivers products and training that help companies large and small maintain positive workplace culture. She has over 20 years’ experience in business development, marketing, and employee engagement and broad industry experience.


Ali Azizian

Tetra Tech

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About Ali

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.

Peter Blahnik

PwC

About Peter

Peter is a Partner in the Capital Projects & Infrastructure practice in Vancouver. He specializes in capital project governance, construction readiness, and performance reporting for complex capital projects. He advises clients on topics related to governance, innovation in projects, operating model, complex procurement, project readiness, and commercial disputes. Peter has worked on recent Canadian megaprojects in the following sectors: utilities, transportation, health care, oil & gas, and education. He brings significant experience working with provincial governments, federal governments, first nations, public entities and private sector clients. Prior to joining PwC, Peter worked for an engineering consulting firm. He holds an MSc. in International Project Leadership from SKEMA Business School, a BComm in Finance from Ryerson University, and has completed the Program on Negotiations for Senior Executives at Harvard University.


Harvie Buitelaar

Hatch

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About Harvie

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.

Jeffrey Busby

TransLink

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About Jeffrey

Jeffrey Busby is the acting Vice President, Engineering, for TransLink, the transportation authority for greater Vancouver. He is responsible for capital project delivery, asset management, cost share program administration, and project development. He has more than seventeen years of transportation experience in the public and private sectors in both the US and Canada. Jeff holds a Master of Science in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Mary Chow

HDR Architecture Associates Inc.
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About Mary

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.

Jody Deane

BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure 
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About Jody

Jody is an Executive Project Director with the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, currently leading the Hwy 91/17 Upgrade Project, a $260M highway improvement project within the Ministry's Major Projects portfolio. With over 13 years in infrastructure delivery and Project Management, Jody's focus is collaboration and partnership, finding fair and workable solutions with partners and stakeholders. Jody holds a Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Geography and a Masters Degree in Urban Studies, both from Simon Fraser University, in addition to holding a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation.

Devan Fitch

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority 
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About Devan

Devan leads the implementation of port authority-led transportation infrastructure projects of national significance to ensure the Greater Vancouver gateway is ready for Canada’s growing trade. Devan brings more than 15 years of experience in transportation infrastructure delivery to this role. Prior to joining the port authority, Devan spent several years as a bridge structural engineering consultant in Vancouver and as the manager of project delivery for the engineering department of the City of Vancouver. Born in Vancouver and raised in Europe, Devan holds a Masters of Engineering and Management Degree from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London, England and a Masters of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

Bradley Gunnlaugson

Pomerleau Inc. 
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About Bradley

Bradley Gunnlaugson is the Regional Director for Pomerleau’s operations in British Columbia. Pomerleau Inc is a national general contractor and a leader in the Canadian civil and building construction industries. In his current role, Bradley is responsible for planning, organizing and managing work within a rapidly expanding civil construction business unit. He leads the division’s pursuits and oversees the execution of all civil and infrastructure projects across British Columbia. His experience with managing the efforts of multi-disciplinary teams, as well as organizing complex transportation and infrastructure projects, has provided him with the skills and understanding to ensure that all project teams under his purview have the required resources and support from their senior management team.

Seema Lal

Clyde & Co. LLP

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About Seema

Seema Lal is a Partner at Clyde & Co. LLP with particular expertise in the areas of builders liens and construction law. Having practiced as a construction lawyer for more than 20 years, Seema assists her clients in the construction industry by providing advice on contracts, procurement, builders liens, construction litigation and disputes and claims for extras and delay. She is a member of the editorial board and contributor to the Builders Lien Practice Manual, an annual publication of the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC. Seema is actively involved with various construction industry groups: she is the Chair of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association – BC Branch, the Director of Community for Canadian Construction Women and a member of Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN).

Jeannine Martin

Carlson Construction Group

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About Jeannine

With over 25 years of Marketing and Business Development experience, Jeannine Martin is currently the leader of Pre-Construction for Carlson Construction Group’s Heavy Civil Division. With extensive knowledge of construction and engineering industries, Jeannine’s areas of focus include client acquisition and maintenance; pipeline development; pursuit strategies and acquisition integration. As Leader of Pre-Construction, Jeannine works across the organization to identify potential projects and develop strategies to secure joint venture and construction opportunities. Carlson Construction Group includes Vancouver Pile Driving; Sukwi7; Carlson Environmental Technologies; Brymark Installations; Corwest Fabrications and affiliated companies CMF Construction and Industrial Hazmat Services.

Philip O'Neill

O'M Engineering 
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About Phil

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.

Jesse Percy

Carlson Construction Group 
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About Jesse

Jesse Percy is the Director of Design-Build for the Carlson Construction Group and is responsible for overseeing the pursuit and execution of Design-Build and Progressive Design-Build projects for the group’s Heavy Civil division. Jesse has over 20 years of experience in Project Management, Design and Construction Management of major transportation infrastructure projects in BC. In his current role, Jesse works as part of the Senior Management Team providing support across the organization. The Carlson Construction Group includes Brymark Installations Group, Corwest Fabrications, Vancouver Pile Driving, Carlson Environmental Technologies and is affiliated with CMF Construction and Industrial Hazmat Services.

Lori Simcox

SPAL General Constructors Inc

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About Lori

Lori is CEO of SPAL General Constructors Inc, a company wholly owned by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation that manages partnerships in the construction industry. She is a lead in Indigenous engagement, negotiating local involvement and successfully securing multi-million dollar contracts throughout British Columbia with over 30 prime industry leaders. Ms. Simcox is on the Executive Board for the Indigenous Tourism Association of BC as Treasurer, serves as a Lieutenant Governor in Council appointee to the board of Royal Roads University and sits on the Board of Northern Vision Development LP in the Yukon. Further work in community economic development involves participation on an application review committee for Pacific Integrated Commercial Fisheries Initiative (PICFI) for Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Ms. Simcox has made several presentations at leadership and economic development conferences including the National Aboriginal Business Opportunities Conference. She has been involved in several interviews and articles in Western Investor, Business in Vancouver and the Vancouver Sun, and BC Business Magazine. Lori Simcox has a Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and an MBA from Royal Roads University. She is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC) with the Canadian Association of Management Consultants. An independent consultant, Ms. Simcox has led several consulting projects for the Federal government, worked on projects for small business and works as a management consultant in several sectors of First Nation economic development.

BCCR Presidents

2019 – 2022: Jesse Unke (3 terms)

2018 – 2019: Ryan MacPherson

2017 – 2018: Met Ulker

2016 – 2017: Veronica Gillies

2015 – 2016: Roz Seyednejad

2014 – 2015: Jim McLagan

2012 – 2014: Marina Pratchett (2 terms)

2010 – 2012: Geoffrey Glotman (2 terms)

2009 – 2010: Doug Hinton

2007 – 2009: Elisa Brandts (2 terms)

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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