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Bruce Thorlakson, GSC – Principal-President
Bruce started as an apprentice plumber in 1973 on the Northlands Coliseum project in Edmonton. His field experience included running field operations primarily on commercial & institutional projects, with a large focus on laboratories. In 1978 he moved into the office as an Estimator, becoming Chief Estimator in 1980, and a Project Manager in 1983. He was part of the eleven member employee group that purchased the company from the Johnson family in 1988. In 1991 he became Vice President & Branch Manager, and moved to Vancouver, BC in 1993 to open the Vancouver office and oversee all BC operations. In 1996 the company decided to focus on Southern Alberta which brought Bruce & family to Calgary. Bruce became President & sole owner in 2004 and celebrated thirty-five years with the company & industry in 2008.
Brian N Scheelar, GSC – Vice President
With 42 years of experience in our industry, Brian has been key part of our project management team for the past 14 years. He has 15 years of field experience including installation and supervision on a wide variety of projects. In addition, he has 27 years of management experience including service and construction.
He has also been involved with or responsible for the design of several “design-build” projects including warehousing and distribution facilities, a residential condominium, strip malls, office/shop complexes, and a furniture manufacturing facility.
Brian holds Alberta journeyman certification in Plumbing, as well as a Cross-Connection Control Specialist Certificate. He has achieved his Gold Seal Certification from the Canadian Construction Association as a Project Manager.
Gary has been in the construction industry for the past twenty six years. Twelve of those years have been in project management, the past eight years with our firm. He holds Alberta journeyman certification in Plumbing and Gas fitting. His experience ranges from commercial & institutional to residential condominium projects and research laboratories. He has strong and proven organizational skills with a focus on service to the client.
BJ Scheelar, G.S.I.
BJ has been in the industry for the past eighteen years. From 1996 to 1999 he was an instrument mechanic with a leading controls contractor working on Building Management Systems of many varieties. He worked as a plumber in commercial and institutional construction from 1999 through 2003 with our firm and was promoted to General Foreman in 2004. In 2008, BJ took on the role as a Coordinator/Estimator and in 2010 was promoted to Project Manager/Estimator. BJ has completed “Leadership in Safety Excellence” and is currently working towards a GSC in Project management. BJ has excellent problem solving skills using good judgment and common sense.
BJ has managed the [1.3 million square foot] Target Regional Distribution Centre project, assorted renovation projects at both the Foothills Hospital and University of Calgary as well as the new construction of buildings in the Northwing Business Park. BJ is currently managing a high velocity distribution centre for Wal-Mart, Canadream’s new HQ and RV Storage as he wraps up a few assorted projects at the University of Calgary.
BJ holds Alberta journeyman certification in Plumbing and Gasfitting.
Kris Kurtenbach, E.I.T., LEED AP
Kris is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan’s Mechanical Engineering program. He has been in the construction industry for eight years and has experience in both large and small commercial projects on both the construction and design side of the industry. Kris has been with S.E. Johnson for two years and has managed the Eighth Avenue Place West Tower and the Project V Dual EAP Fitness Centre. He is currently managing 13 floors of tenant work for Pembina Pipeline Corporation and the new Delta Hotel fit-out project at the Calgary Airport.
James Brophy, Estimator/Project Coordinator
James began working in the trade in 2003 and started with S.E. Johnson at the end of 2005. He holds a Red Seal Journeyman ticket in plumbing and a Class A gasfitter ticket. James was promoted to foreman in 2009 and had been running commercial/institutional projects and renovations until 2014 at which time he moved into the main office as an Estimator/Coordinator. Organized and customer service driven, James looks to add to the success of S.E. Johnson and its partners.
Patty Vold – Administration
Patty has been an integral part of our team for the past twenty five years running our day to day administration requirements. Her responsibilities involve dealing with our field and office payroll, supplier invoicing, accounts payable and apprenticeship requirements.
Norma Randell – Accounting
Norma joined our firm in February 2014 as Accountant to administer our accounting department. She has over twenty five years of accounting experience and manages all of our financial requirements on a daily basis.
Steve McKenna – Purchaser
Steve is a recent new hire to our team with thirty three years of experience in the plumbing industry. Steve’s past work history includes 27 years working in the plumbing wholesale business prior to taking a position of purchaser in the mechanical contracting business.
HR & Safety
Becky Rogers, NCSO, GSC
Becky is responsible for all field staff recruiting and full administration of our safety program. Becky has seven years of safety coordination experience. She has her certification as an NCSO and is Gold Seal Certified. She is currently working towards her CRSP. Becky is a First Aid & CPR and Fall Protection Instructor and an Alberta Certified Peer Health & Safety Auditor. Becky is responsible for our entire field recruiting along with full management of our safety program.