MEET THE TEAM

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Executive Team

Dave Krahn, P.Eng. — Chairman & Founder

Dave Krahn, P.Eng. — Chairman & Founder

Dave is an industry veteran with over 35 years of experience as a professional engineer registered in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario. He established Krahn Engineering in 1984, after studying civil and structural engineering at Lakehead University and BCIT. Since Krahn’s inception, he has expanded the business to include a cross-disciplinary group of companies with a broad client base across Canada. Dave’s portfolio encompasses a wide variety of projects in private and public sectors, including many institutional, commercial, residential, and industrial buildings. His expertise extends to the design and construction of steel, concrete, tilt-up, cast-in-place, and other structure types. With a strong educational background and experience in construction, Dave brings a practical, hands-on approach to projects. His thorough understanding of building designs, structural, mechanical, electrical, and civil design, along with basic systems and their relation to costs, allow him to apply the most innovative and effective solutions to all aspects of the building process.
Gino S. Bit, B.Comm — President & CEO

Gino S. Bit, B.Comm — President & CEO

Gino has over 20 years of experience with architectural and engineering services. He works confidently and diligently towards the success of all projects by ensuring that his team has the proper contacts, systems, procedures, and reporting available to them. Gino is actively involved in the community as an industry leader. He is the Past-President for NAIOP Edmonton (development and commercial real estate association), and has a seat on the board for the Downtown Business Association as well as on the Advisory Board for the Edmonton Real Estate Forum. He previously sat on the boards for the Canadian Mental Health Association and the Canadian Athletic Club. Gino’s strong relationships in the Commercial Real Estate industry enable him to be credited with ensuring strong collaborative partnerships resulting in successful projects for the Krahn Group.
Remy Druker

Remy Druker

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Management Team:

Doug Birch, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., MIStructE — Principal, Krahn & Associates

Doug Birch, P.Eng., Struct.Eng., MIStructE — Principal, Krahn & Associates

After graduating from the University of British Columbia in 1985 with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree (Civil) specializing in structural engineering, Doug worked with Stelco Canada doing Structural Steel Design, subsequently moving onto the nuclear power industry with Stone and Webster Canada. In 1987, Doug joined Krahn Engineering to provide structural engineering services to our clients through our Vancouver office. Throughout his career, Doug has focused on institutional and specialized heavy industrial work. Doug is a Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Alberta, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Ontario.

Stuart McGregor, P.Eng. — President, KM Civil

Stuart McGregor, P.Eng. — President, KM Civil

After obtaining a degree with distinction in civil engineering from the University of British Columbia, Stuart proceeded to work with a number of civil engineering firms within the Greater Vancouver area. Through his work experience, he has gained extensive knowledge in the design, project management, and construction management of a variety of projects, including highways, single- and multi-family residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, and municipal capital works and infrastructure. Stuart is a Registered Professional in British Columbia, Alberta, and Saskatchewan, and holds the “Certified Contract Administrator” designation from the Master Municipal Construction Documents Association. Stuart joined the Krahn team in 2010 to form KM Civil Consultants to provide civil engineering consulting services for the Krahn team projects, as well as for other consultants and municipal clients.
Walid Salman, P.Eng., Struct.Eng. — Principal, Krahn Engineering

Walid Salman, P.Eng., Struct.Eng. — Principal, Krahn Engineering

As one of the firm’s principals, Walid is a senior structural engineer, managing the structural group from our Vancouver office. With over 20 years of experience in structural design and the construction of steel, concrete, and tilt-up structures, Walid oversees design work in the commercial, institutional, retail, and industrial fields. A graduate of both the American University of Beirut and the University of Toronto, his depth of knowledge and vast expertise are reflected in his ability to deliver structural solutions to the most complex projects. Walid’s research work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, and he is a licensed Structural Engineer in a number of Canadian provinces and US states including Alberta, British Columbia, and Washington.
Suzanne Gratham, BA, BAD, RID — Principal, KG Interior

Suzanne Gratham, BA, BAD, RID — Principal, KG Interior

Suzanne Gratham has both a Bachelor of Applied Design in Interior Design from Kwantlen University College (honours) and a BA at UBC. She has practiced interior design for over 25 years, beginning her career with some of the leading design firms in Vancouver. Prior to joining Krahn Group in 2014 as KG Interiors, Suzanne launched and operated her own design firm for 12 years. She is a professional member of the Interior Designers of Canada and a recipient of an Award of Excellence for Retail Design. She works closely with clients, architects, and contractors to create the best designs and integrated solutions, given the tight timelines and budget constraints in today’s construction industry. Understanding the infrastructure of buildings and both their limitations and possibilities fall within Suzanne’s diverse abilities as a pragmatic and resourceful interior designer. Many of her projects have had a high level of complexity, such as designing top-secret rooms, control rooms, industrial-level shower & change room facilities, federal inspection laboratories, and executive boardrooms.

Larry Podhora, Architect AIBC, Architect AAA, MRAIC — Director of Building Design

Larry Podhora, Architect AIBC, Architect AAA, MRAIC — Director of Building Design

An architect with over 30 years of experience, Larry provides both the knowledge and team leadership to bring success to architectural consulting with municipal authorities, design specialists, client communications, and public agencies on a broad range of project types and sizes. His portfolio includes award-winning architecture on projects bridging the spectrum of building types with a particular emphasis on efficient, high-performance, sustainable, and cost-effective building solutions. High-rise, mid-rise, and custom residential projects are of particular interest for Larry, with an extensive focus on the design of concrete tilt-up, steel, and long-span wood frame buildings. His strong industry leadership is evident in his involvement with intern architect mentorship, serving on several architectural/urban design panels, and fulfilling an academic examiner role for the RAIC Syllabus professional program. He has delivered 3 LEED Gold and 4 LEED Silver certified projects, along with many projects that ‘shadowed’ the LEED process in order to achieve environmental accountability without the cost of the registration process. Larry is a passionate advocate for design quality on behalf of his clients and is dedicated to accountable client service.

Chad Niwranski, AScT — Mechanical Engineering Manager, KD Mechanical

Chad Niwranski, AScT — Mechanical Engineering Manager, KD Mechanical

Graduating with honours from BCIT in 1996, Chad gained experience in the consulting engineering field with a variety of corporate firms and clients. Having previous experience with project management, detailed design, pre-design site, and survey services, and construction field services, he joined the Krahn team in 2012 with a keen understanding of department coordination and strategic design. Chad’s multidisciplinary background combined with his experience in the retail, light commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors across Canada makes him a valuable client liaison and manager for KD Mechanical.

Michael Ream, P.Eng. — Mechanical Engineering Manager, KD Mechanical

Michael Ream, P.Eng. — Mechanical Engineering Manager, KD Mechanical

Michael is an experienced senior mechanical engineer with nearly 20 years of experience working throughout Western Canada and Siberia. He specializes in managing projects from initial design to completion of construction, and his portfolio includes educational and institutional projects, as well as renovations and redesigns of recreational, residential, and industrial facilities.

Josh Tetford, CET, CME, FSR (Class A) – Electrical Manager, KD Electrical

Josh Tetford, CET, CME, FSR (Class A) – Electrical Manager, KD Electrical

Josh Tetford brings nearly 20 years of industry experience as a Certified Master Electrician and a Certificated Engineering Technologist to KDE, with knowledge ranging from design and project management to contract administration across a variety of markets. With a comprehensive understanding of the construction process, Josh is able to communicate the overall design intent with multiple stakeholders to set up the project for successful completion. He prioritizes building client relationships and providing quality guidance, establishing himself as a valuable asset to any project.

Emmanuel (Manny) Mendiola, P.L.Eng., L.L.Eng. – Electrical Manager

Emmanuel (Manny) Mendiola, P.L.Eng., L.L.Eng. – Electrical Manager

Manny Mendiola is a skilled electrical engineer with over 20 years of industry experience working with projects ranging from commercial and residential to light and medium industrial builds. He specializes in providing innovative, intuitive solutions for many applications including power distribution, security, detailed electrical and lighting design, telecommunications, and electrical budget and costing.

Jessica Thiessen — Landscape Architect, KD Planning & Design

Jessica Thiessen — Landscape Architect, KD Planning & Design

Jessica brings over 12 years of landscape architecture experience and is currently a Registered Landscape Architect in BC. She joined the KDP team in 2016 and has a background in parks and playground design, and landscape design for residential, commercial, industrial, cemeteries, and high rises. Her varied expertise in project management, design, production, and construction management makes her an invaluable asset within our multidisciplinary firm.

Curtis Gray, C.Tech — Director of Technical Design, KL Tech Landscape Architect, KD Planning & Design

Curtis Gray, C.Tech — Director of Technical Design, KL Tech Landscape Architect, KD Planning & Design

Curtis brings nearly two decades of experience in project management and technical direction on a variety of engineering and building projects throughout Western Canada. His previous roles have included Structural Design Technologist at TRL & Associates. Curtis holds a C.Tech designation from the ASTTBC.

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