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November Breakfast Session - Indigenous Partnerships in Construction

  • Thursday, November 23, 2023
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St.
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Join us on Thursday, November 23, for a panel discussion on Indigenous Partnerships in Construction hosted by the British Columbia Construction Roundtable. The panel will include Jay Mearns from Musqueam Capital Corp, Scott Bradley from Norland, Meng Ying from the City of Vancouver, Darrin Marshall from FortisBC and Jodi Carlow from RAM, who will facilitate the conversation.

Jay Mearns is a member of Musqueam and has extensive experience managing projects in the Maritime, Building trades, and Career Development sectors, often with multiple partners, including First Nation communities, Indigenous Service Providers, Industry sector groups, Regulating Bodies, Technical Training Institutions, and Governmental groups. Jay has worked with over forty First Nation groups across Canada and assisted thousands of Indigenous peoples in establishing careers in key sectors, including the Building Trades, Maritime, and Energy sectors.

Scott Bradley, P. Eng. is the Senior Vice President of Major Projects at NorLand. Scott has spent 45 years in the engineering and construction of transportation and utility projects in Western Canada. Scott's experience and familiarity with British Columbia's physical and logistical challenges ideally position him to lead NorLand's pursuit of major infrastructure opportunities. He has overseen the expansion by partnering with large international and national contractors to grow NorLand's technical base to serve existing and future clients better. Scott represents NorLand on Executive Committees of major construction joint venture partnerships, such as the South Fraser Perimeter Road in Surrey/Delta, BC, the Fairview Container Terminal Expansion in Prince Rupert, B.C. and the Highway 91/17 Upgrade in Delta, BC.

Meng Ying is the City of Vancouver’s archaeologist responsible for archaeology policy development, implementation, training, and technical review. Meng is a registered professional archaeologist in BC with a Master’s degree in anthropology (archaeology) from UBC. Over the past 15 years, Meng has conducted various archaeological assessments in BC focusing on archaeological resource management for municipal governments and infrastructure projects in the Lower Mainland. Through this work, Meng has developed strong relationships with Indigenous communities, including xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

Darrin Marshall is a Project Director with FortisBC, responsible for executing the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project. In his role, Darrin provides oversight and leadership to all major aspects of execution, including construction, procurement, external relations and environment.

Since joining FortisBC in 2010, Darrin has held several leadership roles, largely in Project Management. Darrin joined the Eagle Mountain – Woodfibre Gas Pipeline Project in 2018 and has led the Project through several key milestones, including the receipt of key regulatory and permitting approvals, and led the successful negotiations of project agreements with indigenous communities impacted by the Project.  


Jodi Carlow is the Manager of Indigenous Relations at RAM. Over the past decade, she has worked with First Nations, businesses, and government agencies at the provincial, territorial, and federal levels, applying a proactive and collaborative approach to ensure projects’ successes and First Nation advancement. Jodi specializes in economic development and strategic planning, treaty negotiation and implementation, land use planning, and heritage consulting. She has served to advance Indigenous initiatives on treaty advisory teams, Government legislative amendment teams, and Government Procurement Policy working groups. She is a director for the Indigenous-owned businesses within the Halfway River Group. Skills training and capacity building for Indigenous communities is incorporated into Jodi’s work at every opportunity.

Thank you FortisBC for sponsoring this event.

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