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BECOR Board

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Steven Laviolette, P.Eng.President (& Communications) – Steven Laviolette, P.Eng. Steve is a Senior Building Envelope Engineer with Cleland Jardine Engineering Ltd. (CJE), after recently Paterson Group, where Steve was the Director of the Building Sciences Division. At CJE, Steve continues to be a leader in a team of building professionals who provide a wide range of building envelope and structural services for commercial, institutional, residential and condominium clients. Services provided by CJE include many types of building assessments and investigations, design and inspection of building envelope and structural rehabilitation projects, and design and inspection of new construction.

While Steve focused on structural engineering in university, he has specialized in building envelope engineering since graduating. Since Steve did not receive building envelope training in school, he learned the field “on the job”, like most ‘old timers’ in the building envelope industry. For Steve, attendance at BECOR sessions was an integral part of that training, with BECOR providing a low cost and time efficient approach to learning B.E. fundamentals, obtaining information about evolving technologies, developing professional contacts and exchanging ideas. Steve’s favourite part of BECOR is the wide variety of topics covered at the monthly sessions, with topics being very relevant to current and future B.E. design issues and the global environment. With BECOR providing so much value to Steve over the first 20 years of his career, Steve decided to give back and he joined the BECOR Board in 2007. Steve has been serving as BECOR’s President since 2018.

Matthew MichalukTreasurer – Matthew Michaluk, P.Eng.  Matt is professional engineer and Director of Engineering for Keller Engineering. He is a specialist in building exteriors with an in-depth understanding of windows, glass, curtain walls, skylights, panels, window films, sealants, masonry, siding, stucco, EIFS, coating roofing systems, and many others. Matt has over 17 years of experience in construction, consulting, lab/field testing, forensic investigations, and expert testimony.

Laurie ReinhartDirector at Large – Laurie Reinhart M.B.Sc., C.E.T. Laurie has a passion for understanding how the building envelope is designed and constructed. She graduated from Algonquin College with an Architectural Technologist Diploma (2005), Ryerson University with a Bachelour of Architectural Sciences (2009), and Ryerson University with a Masters in Building Science (2010). She is a Certified Engineering Technologist with OACETT, obtained a LEED AP BD+C certification, and is a Level II Thermographer. Laurie has been involved with BECOR participating in lunch-and-learn sessions since 2015 and joined the Board in 2020.

Robert BalesCorporate Advisor – Robert Bales, P. Eng., LL.B. Rob’s background includes education and practice in mechanical engineering and law, working for building materials manufacturers and in private practice, including 30 years of property development, construction and consulting where he was a key figure in the development and construction of about 700 new row and apartment units, several hundred residential renovations and unique single homes, and consulting on property development, commercial and institutional projects.  Without diminishing the focus on informed technical presentations, Rob intends to keep BECOR members updated on upcoming regulatory changes to the overall construction process, most recently the introduction of Construction Adjudication in Ontario and other Provinces, and in the very near future, to all Federal Government construction projects.  Concurrently, he has developed a strong presence as an adjudicator and arbitrator in construction disputes, and presently serves as the Chair, Construction Adjudication, ADR Institute of Ontario.

Antonio Colantonio, B. ArchProgram Director – Tony Colantonio, B. Arch, L3 ITC Thermographer. Currently retired, Tony has over 38 years of experience in the area of building science and infrared thermography.  He has worked in multidisciplinary federal government groups for 34 years developing non-destructive techniques and programs to evaluate building performance in architectural disciplines in addition to acting as a departmental expert advisor on building envelope design and assessments of major capital projects. He has fostered the growth of the building science industry through federal R&D funded programs in product, knowledge and assessment methodology development. He was an active voting member in over a dozen CGSB and ASTM standards and continues to participate in ISO working groups to rewrite IRT standards for building applications.

Ryan HusseyDirector at Large (& Carleton U Liason) – Ryan Hussey, E.I.T. Ryan is a Resident Construction Site Specialist at Architecture49. He graduated from Carleton’s Architectural Conservation Sustainability Engineering program in 2018 and continued to further his education by becoming certified as a LEED AP and WELL AP. Ryan first became involved with BECOR in 2018 while acting as the Team Lead of the Building Envelope team in a multidisciplinary capstone project focused on the retrofit of the East Block of Parliament. His passion for sustainable design has led him to become involved with various organizations in the Ottawa building science and sustainability community. He now looks forward to the opportunity to give back to the community.

matt mcneelyMembership Coordinator – Matt McNeely. Matt has been a Territory Manager for Garland Canada Inc. for the past 11 years. His role with Garland has evolved, currently helping Architects and Engineers with Low Slope Roofing, Metal Roofing, Metal Wall Cladding and Caulking projects. He has been a member of BECOR since 2019 and believes continued education is key to staying current with constructions ever changing landscape. Matt looks forward to helping BECOR grow as an association and continue providing professional growth to its members.

sanskriti singh OAA Liaison – Sanskriti Singh, OAA. Sanskriti Singh is a registered Architect with the Ontario Association of Architects and a Sr. Project Manager at for Department of National Defence. Prior to her current employment, Sanskriti worked as a Sr. Architect at Public Services and Procurement Canada on rehabilitation projects for federal heritage buildings. Sanskriti has over 20 experience in planning, design and implementation of projects and her interests include heritage conservation, sustainability and building science. Having benefited from BECOR seminars over the years Sanskriti is delighted to be part of the BECOR Board.

James brazeauIndustry Liaison – James Brazeau. James is the President of Bulldog Commercial Restoration & Waterproofing Inc. and has served as a director with BECOR since 2010. James has a passion for building science and has years of experience as a technical sales specialist in waterproofing, air barrier, structural glazing, and coatings technologies. James uses his network of contacts within the architectural, engineering, and contractor community in efforts to further grow the BECOR membership and find new and interesting topics for presentations.

nick gazoDirector at Large – Nick Gazo, B.Bldg. Sc. Nicholas Gazo has a background in Building Science, Green Architecture, and Architecture Technology. He worked as a Building Envelope Specialist for Paterson Consulting Engineers before his three-year tenure as Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs at NAIMA Canada (North American Insulation Manufacturers’ Association). He now works for Codes Canada (NRC) as the lead Technical Advisor to the Standing Committee on Fire Protection, and in a supporting role to the Standing Committee on Housing and Small Buildings.

conleySession Registrar – Brock Conley. Brock is a research engineer with CanmetENERGY-Ottawa. He joined after he graduated with his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Carleton University and the Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research (CU-CABER). He is actively researching how to reduce the environmental impact of residential construction through Prefabricated Exterior Energy Retrofits (PEER) program. Research interests include hygrothermal and practical challenges of prefabricated retrofits, introducing low-carbon, BIPV and low U-value triple pane windows to residential enclosures. Brock is also a professor in the Building Science program at Algonquin College and an assistant coach for the Carleton Ravens Lacrosse team.

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