OUR TEAM

Principal, Civil Engineer

Corey Brown

M.Eng. P.Eng., AScT
Principal, Senior Engineer

Mike
Achtem

P.Eng., PMP, CCA
Principal, Civil & Environmental Engineer

Josh Bartley

P.Eng
civil project engineer

james rees

P.ENG.
Project Engineer

Sean Babulic

P.Eng.
Director, Environmental Services

BRAD HARROLD

P.Geo., RG (Wash), PMP
Site Review

Dave Aylesworth

Civil Engineering Technologist
Design Technologist

Justin Eagle

Grad Tech
Civil & Environmental Project Engineer

Gabrielle Swann

EIT
Environmental Project Engineer

Jane Pirie

EIT
Design Technologist

Drew Sessions

AScT
COMPTROLLER

Clea Achtem

CGA CPA
Junior Environmental Scientist

Melina Sorensen

AAg., MSc.
civil project engineer

vanessa quinn

EIT

Civil Engineering Technologist

Kyle Anderson

EIT

Senior civil design technician

nicholas liberty

AScT

Junior Field Inspector

Zeb Savoie-Velos

civil engineering technologist

LOGAN SILVeiRA

AScT

Civil and Environmental Engineer

joshua anderson

EIT

project engineer & grant writer

julia barron

EIT

Office Administrator & Project Assistant

KATHERINE RANKIN

Principal, Civil Engineer

Corey Brown

M.Eng. P.Eng., AScT
Corey is a member of the Old Masset Village Band, which forms part of the Haida Nation on Haida Gwaii. He is a member of the Sta’staas Eagle Clan and is the nephew of the current serving hereditary Chief 7idansuu. Corey is a registered member of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada. After receiving a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology from Camosun College, in Victoria, BC Corey completed a civil engineering Degree at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario followed by a Master of Engineering Degree specializing in Environmental Fluid Mechanics at the University of British Columbia. Corey has been working with clients on Vancouver Island since 2008 in civil and environmental engineering. Since founding Gwaii Engineering in March 2017, Corey has grown the business significantly, including the addition of three partners. Gwaii Engineering is a registered member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business and is currently registered under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business. Although Gwaii is a relatively new venture, Corey has established the business as a strong and proud aboriginal owned and operated consulting firm that aims to create capacity within First Nation communities on Vancouver Island and throughout BC. Gwaii Engineering will continue to build strength through their relationships effectively creating long-lasting partnerships within these communities.
Principal, Senior Engineer

Mike Achtem

P.Eng., PMP, CCA

As a registered Professional Engineer with a degree in Applied Science from Queens University, Mike has extensive experience consulting on land development and municipal infrastructure projects throughout British Columbia dating back to 1992.

Mike is a certified Project Management Professional as well as a Certified Contract Administrator with the Master Municipal Construction Association.

Taking a value added approach to all his projects, Mike is dedicated to providing clients with a results oriented blend of cost and functionality. Current clients include First Nations, Municipalities, Property Managers, Mining and Forestry Industries, Federal and Provincial Governments, Law Firms, Land Developers and Builders. 

Principal, Civil & Environmental Engineer

Josh Bartley

P.Eng
Josh is a registered Professional Engineer and graduate of the University of British Columbia, with a degree in Civil Engineering with Environmental Option. He previously completed a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma. Working in the industry since 2001 on construction, civil and environmental engineering projects, Josh’s experience has progressively built on the application of innovative solutions to infrastructure, land development, and environmental challenges. Josh approaches projects from both a creative and technically sound perspective and strives to work closely with stakeholders to develop value-added relationships. He believes that a successful project balances environmental and socioeconomic impacts with financial gains of all stakeholders, and that for our industry to continue to prosper we must consider our actions within a framework of sustainability.
civil project engineer

James Rees

p.eng.

James is a registered Professional Engineer and graduate of the University of British Columbia, with a degree in Civil Engineering. He previously completed a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma at Camosun College. James has been working with clients on Vancouver Island since 2008, providing civil engineering design, construction services and project management for municipal linear infrastructure projects, as well as residential and institutional building projects such as schools, recreation centers, and seniors care homes.James’ technical strengths include the design, analysis, and modeling of sanitary and water distribution systems.

His previous work experience includes Engineer of Record duties for several water districts on the island. In this role James produced master planning documents and project prioritization reports, performed feasibility studies for new developments, and reviewed/approved waterworks and as-built drawings of new infrastructure related to new development.

Civil Engineering Technologist

Kyle Anderson

 

EIT

Mr. Anderson was born in Victoria, British Columbia and raised in Shawnigan Lake, British Columbia. Kyle’s family heritage has been rooted in Manitoba for over 200 years. He has Cree, Saulteaux and Swampy Cree blood in his veins. His family was part of the first settlers in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. He graduated from Camosun College in 2021 with a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology and has now joined Gwaii Engineering as a Civil Engineering Technologist. Kyle has tended to the environmental aspects of land development contracts around the city of Victoria.His responsibilities include the timely collection of soil and water samples and preparing them for composite analysis, and writing technical reports pertaining to environmental site evaluation. He is also responsible for design drawings on AutoCAD Civil 3D for Civil infrastructure.

JUNIOR ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTIST

MELINA SORENSEN

AAG., MSC.
Melina is a Junior Environmental Scientist and an Articling Professional Agrologist (AAg.) Melina graduated with a Master of Science in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University in 2022, and with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria in 2019. She has an educational background in marine ecology, environmental impact assessment, ecotoxicology, and environmental outreach. Melina has professional experience as a Marine Naturalist & Educator, GIS Analyst, and Stewardship Research Assistant in Government and ENGO organizations. As a Junior Environmental Scientist, Melina is eager to use her interdisciplinary skills to offer innovative and ecologically-sensitive results for clients to make a positive difference for the environment on Vancouver Island and beyond.
Civil Project Engineer EIT

Vanessa quinn

BSCE
Vanessa is a registered Engineer in Training with a degree in Civil Engineering from Lakehead University. Prior to Lakehead she completed her Civil Engineering Technologist Diploma at Camosun College. Vanessa has been involved in the drafting, design, construction, overall coordination, and management of land development projects and has seen numerous projects from conception to completion. In addition to working in consulting, Vanessa has 3 years of experience working for the engineering division at the City of Victoria where she developed an understanding for the public sector and the ability to work through the regulatory process effectively.
civil engineering technologist

Logan Silviera

AScT

Logan is a Civil Engineering Technologist with a diploma from Camosun College and over three years of environmental monitoring and consulting experience from projects completed throughout the Rocky Mountain Front. Originally from inland Sao Paulo, Brazil, he developed an early interest in sustainability and environmental solutions, which ultimately led him to earn a BA in Environmental Policy & Management on an athletic scholarship in Helena, Montana. Logan first joined our team as a co-op student in 2021 and is now a full time technologist working in a variety of civil and environmental engineering projects.
Civil and Environmental Engineer

Joshua Anderson

EIT

Joshua Anderson (nicknamed JT) is a registered Engineer in Training with a Bachelors Degree in Civil
Engineering from the University of Victoria. Environmental Engineering was a large part of many classes at the University of Victoria. This has provided the opportunity to bring sustainable and environmental engineering concepts into his projects. His previous work experience includes hands on construction experience as a pipe layer, civil drafting and design, site investigation, environmental monitoring, soil sampling, and project management. Joshua first joined Gwaii as a coop student in 2020 and has since become a full-time employee expanding on his drafting design and land development experience.

Office administrator & project Assistant

Katherine Rankin

Katherine graduated from the University of Victoria with a B.A. in Applied Linguistics, and ventured into teaching ESL and Tourism until she began her administrative career in Environmental Engineering in 2008.⁠ ⁠ She has worked in both the private and public sector, including project and administrative assistant work on multiple Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan projects (FCSAP). In 2019, she was contracted to work as a Document Controller and Project Assistant to aid in the construction and commissioning of the CRD’s massive Wastewater Treatment Plant and infrastructure.⁠ ⁠ Born in B.C. and raised on Quadra Island, Katherine has called Victoria her home for the past 28 years. She is the president of her strata council, sings in a soul-gospel choir and is an avid walker and foodie! ⁠

Project Engineer

Sean Babulic

P.Eng.

Sean Babulic is a registered Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Applied Sciences from the University of Waterloo. He has an extensive record of safety and environmental awareness through his leading roles on over 300 projects in Alberta, BC and throughout North America.

With project management experience as an environmental contractor and years of field experience in quality control / coordination roles as a field engineer, Sean has a keen eye for constructability and practical design. His clients have included major oil / gas corporations, multinational construction contractors and all levels of government. He has significant experience on large complex multi-disciplinary projects including remote northern remediation project and field investigations.

In addition to his duties with Gwaii, Sean volunteers his time as chairperson for the First Nations Committee with the British Columbia Environmental Industry Association (BCEIA). In this position, he promotes cultural training and understanding through regular webinars with experts on First Nations environmental management and law.

project engineer & grant writer

julia barron

EIT

Julia is a registered Engineer-in-Training with a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of Victoria. She is Gwaii Engineering’s lead grant writer, heads the company’s capacity building and mentorship programs, and acts as a project engineer on Indigenous projects. She is a non-Indigenous ally and grateful to call Victoria her home on the Traditional Territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən and W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.

Director, Environmental Services

BRAD HARROLD

P.Geo., RG (Wash), PMP

Brad is a registered Professional Geoscientist and Certified Project Manager with more than 26 years of diverse geo-environmental consulting experience throughout British Columbia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Simon Fraser University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Royal Roads University.

His project experience includes contaminated sites assessment, remedial planning, remediation, environmental compliance, waste audits and geotechnical assessment. He has completed project work throughout British Columbia as well as Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon, Washington, and Oregon. Clients have included municipal, federal and provincial governments, First Nations and numerous industry sectors including oil and gas, forestry, mining, land developers, banks, law firms and other businesses.

He works with clients to manage and administer projects, including developing project scope, establishing key deliverables and associated cost and project controls. He possesses a comprehensive understanding of environmental and contaminated sites legislation, procedures, and protocols in British Columbia.

Senior civil design technician

nicholas liberty

AScT

Nick is a member of the Nipissing First Nation and Mattawa/North Bay Algonquin First Nation, and has Ojibwa lineage originating in The Robinson Huron Treaty Territory in Northern Ontario. 

He is a Civil Design specialist with over 10 years of industry experience throughout Ontario, BC, and New Zealand utilizing Civil 3D in land development, local government infrastructure, mining and environmental services. Nick has completed his Certified Engineering Technologist Designation (C.E.T) through the Civil Engineering Technician Program at Georgian College in Barrie, Ontario and through the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians (OACETT). He currently holds an Applied Science Technologist (AScT) designation with the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) and is working towards a Limited Licence with the Professional Engineers of Ontario

Design Technologist

Justin Eagle

Grad Tech

Justin is a member of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation, located south of Saskatoon in an area formerly known as Moose Woods. The WDFN is part of the larger Dakota–Nakata-Lakota Nation whose traditional lands extend into both Canada and the United States.

After graduating from Camosun College with a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology, Justin began working as a Civil Engineering Technologist with Gwaii Engineering. He a registered member of the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada.

 

He joined the Gwaii team in 2017 and has since gained experience in land development and environmental engineering. Justin manages junior design / drafting resources, and interns, and plays a key role in maintaining quality standards for many of our deliverables

Site Review

Dave Aylesworth

Civil Engineering Technologist
Dave has over six years of Civil Engineering experience throughout Southern Vancouver Island. He has worked on projects large and small as a surveyor, field inspector, and construction contract administrator. With his background in various construction and trade jobs prior to his engineering career, Dave is able to provide a practical perspective and communicate cost-effective and direct solutions with clients, contractors, and municipal authorities.
Design Technologist

Drew Sessions

AScT
Drew is a registered member of the Applied Science Technologist & Technician of British Columbia (ASTTBC). Drew was born and raised in Bournemouth, England and moved to Canada in 2008. He graduated from Camosun College in 2017 with a Diploma in Civil Engineering Technology and is now working as a Civil Engineering Technologist with Gwaii Engineering.
Civil & Environmental Project Engineer

Gabrielle Swann

EIT

Gabrielle is a registered Engineer in Training with a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Victoria. The University of Victoria’s Civil Engineering Department maintains a strong focus on the incorporation of environmental engineering into each course. As such, Gabrielle brings an understanding of hydrology, green building design, and drinking water contaminants to her projects.

Her previous work experience includes river and coastal engineering, topographic and bathymetric surveying, AutoCAD Civil 3D design, and environmental monitoring. She has developed strong project management skills while acting as a construction coordinator within the federal government. With the knowledge and skills obtained through these experiences, Gabrielle offers valuable support to both civil and environmental projects, in the office and out in the field.

Environmental Project Engineer

Jane Pirie

EIT
Jane Pirie is a registered Engineer-in-Training with a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph. Jane has four years of consulting experience including environmental monitoring, report writing, and data analysis.
AP/AR

CLEA ACHTEm

CGA CPA
Clea graduated from the University of British Columbia and went on to earn her Chartered Professional Accounting designation (CGA CPA) in 2003. Since joining Gwaii Engineering at its inception, Clea has enjoyed managing the day-to-day financial accounting services for both Gwaii and its sister company, Islander Engineering. Her responsibilities include accounts payable and receivable, tracking assets and expenditures, managing payroll and benefits, and GST/payroll compliance. In her free time, she likes spending time with friends and family, reading and working in her veggie garden.
Junior Field Inspector

Zeb Savoie-Velos

Zeb is a member of the K’ómoks First Nations, located on Vancouver Island in the Comox Valley. He is a Junior Field Inspector, having received his Environmental Technician Certificate from Vancouver Island University. Since Zeb joined the team, he has taken part in Civil inspections and improved his skills in Civil 3D. He has also started working on Environmental projects and will be taking part in soil samples, field inspections, and soil permeability testing.
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