BECOR President – Steven Laviolette, P.Eng. Steve is the Director of the Building Sciences Division of Paterson Group Inc., leading a team of building professionals in a wide range of building envelope and structural projects for commercial, institutional, residential and condominium clients. While Steve focussed on structural engineering in university, he has specialized in building envelope engineering since graduating.
BECOR Secretary & Past President – George Torok, C.E.T., BSS. George is a Façade Specialist with Morrison Hershfield in Ottawa. He is a Past President of BECOR and remains active on the board of directors, having served since 2008. He is also a member of the Program Advisory Committee for Algonquin College’s Bachelor of Building Science program, and a director with the Building Science Specialist Board overseeing the Canada-wide BSS (Building Science Specialist) designation.
BECOR Treasurer – 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.
BECOR Director of Programs – Antonio Colantonio, B. Arch, L2 ASNT & 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.
BECOR Director and Past President – Silvio Plescia, P. Eng. Silvio is a professional engineer, with specialization in the investigation, diagnostics and evaluation of building envelope assemblies, components and materials. Much of his professional career has been focused on researching solutions to designing, detailing and building more durable and energy efficient, high-performance envelope systems and disseminating that information to industry participants and consumers.
BECOR Director – Hélène Roche, P.Eng. Hélène is a professional engineer at the Canadian Construction Material Center (CCMC). She has been an Evaluation Officer for the past 15 years. Part of her role at CCMC is secretary for the Canadian Commission on Construction Materials Evaluations and Integrity and Scheme Committees. Before working for the federal government, she worked for over 15 years as a Building Science Engineer with several consulting firms; namely Morrison Hershfield Ltd and Trow Consulting Engineers Ltd., in Vancouver and Ottawa.
BECOR Director and Education Liaison – Maria Parra, Ph.D. Maria is a professor at the Bachelor of Building Science at Algonquin College. She lent expertise in the conception, development and launch of the Bachelor of Building Science. Maria joined BECOR’s board of directors in 2015. She is an advocate for collaborative, ongoing training with industry and academic institutions. BECOR offers great examples of these collaborations including hands-on workshops/seminars such as window installation and air barrier installation rodeos. Increasing demands for energy efficiency, comfort, structural durability, and a healthy environment have resulted in a critical need for professionals to understand the building envelope.
BECOR Director of Programs – Anne-Sophie Drouin, P.Eng., ing., B.A.Sc. Anne-Sophie is an Ottawa Building Sciences consultant in the private practice. She joined the BECOR board in November 2018 after being an active participant in BECOR’s lunch & learn sessions. Anne-Sophie believes that continued education is key to her professional growth and for the Ottawa building envelope community. This growth can only be attained by coming together, sharing knowledge and working as a team to reach our full potential.
BECOR Director of Website Development – Richy Seto, C.E.T. Richy is a Certified Engineering Technologist and a member of the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist (O.A.C.E.T.T.). He obtained his Bachelor of Architectural Science from Ryerson University in 2010. Richy has been an active participant at BECOR’s lunch-and-learn sessions since 2015. He believes there is the great value from attending the lunch-and-learn sessions. Not only are the sessions informative, but they afford an opportunity to meet with professionals who are in pursuit of building envelope excellence.
BECOR Director, Architectural Community Liaison – Gerry Conway, O.A.A., FRAIC, LEED AP. Gerry is an Ottawa architect in private practice. He sat on the original BECOR Board in 1985 – 86 and brought an architect’s perspective to the organization. Gerry has supported BECOR throughout its existence and rejoined the board in 2016. In his words “I could not afford not to be a member.” He has been an active participant in BECOR’s lectures and field trips.
BECOR Director – 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.
BECOR Director of Membership – Ryan Hussey, E.I.T., LEED Green Associate. 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 Green Associate. 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.
BECOR Director – Laurie Reinhart M.B.Sc., C.E.T., LEED AP BD+C. Laurie has a passion for understanding how building envelopes are designed and constructed, she is currently a Senior Project Manager with the Building Quality Assurance group at McIntosh Perry. 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.
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