Principals

6938Crosier Kilgour & Partners is led by a senior management team of diversely experienced professionals. First and foremost engineers, these principals are continuously engaged in the projects of the firm’s clients.

John Wells, Ph.D., P.Eng

John came to Crosier Kilgour in 1990 after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. and Masters in Civil Engineering in order to expand the firm’s parkade investigation and remediation program. He continued to develop the field of forensic engineering for investigation and restoration of building structures and became a principal with Crosier Kilgour in 2001.

In order to grow the firm’s expertise in building science, John entered the Ph.D. program at the University of Manitoba in 2008 and completed the program in May 2014. Mr. Wells acted as Secretary of the Company until July 2015 when he took over the role of President from Kelly Hearson.

John is a Standing Committee Member for Part 5 of the National Building Code of Canada including a member of several related task groups and utilizes this involvement to ensure that Crosier Kilgour is at the forefront of the industry in the field of building science.

“The ability to analyze and solve problems does not occur through happenstance; it requires the continual pursuit of knowledge.”

Tom Malkiewicz, B.Sc. (C.E.), C.I.M., LEED AP, P.Eng.

Tom started with Crosier Kilgour in 1993, after working for two regional engineering firms in Winnipeg where he designed commercial, institutional and multi-residential structures. During his time at Crosier Kilgour he has continued to develop his structural design expertise as lead designer on many prominent projects including the Manitoba Lotteries Casinos, Brandon Regional Hospital, Manitoba Hydro Downtown Office, and the 15,000 seat MTS Centre.

Mr. Malkiewicz graduated in 1987 with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He expanded his education in 1995 by obtaining a Certificate in Management through the Canadian Institute of Management and was also one of the first structural engineers in Manitoba to obtain the LEED Accredited Professional designation.

In 2001 Tom became a principal with the firm and took on the role of Vice President in July 2015. In addition to design and management of large projects, his responsibilities include client development, IT systems and finance. Mr. Malkiewicz volunteers with numerous industry and community organizations including the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba Experience Review Committee.

“I feel very proud when I look around the city and see all the structures that we have had a part in developing. The process of designing these buildings and turning a client’s vision into reality gives me a great sense of accomplishment.”

Rob O’Toole, B.Sc. (General), B.Sc. (C.E.), P.Eng

Rob graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Biology and Microbiology in 1981 and continued his education completing a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1985. He joined Crosier Kilgour shortly thereafter and developed his design expertise on many of the firm’s prominent building projects. Mr. O’Toole became a principal in 1995 and has been the lead designer on several signature buildings in Manitoba including Shaw Park and Red River College’s Princess Street Campus Redevelopment.

Rob is licensed to practice engineering in Manitoba, Saskatchewan and BC and is routinely retained by building owners for building structural assessments and by the insurance industry for failure causation analysis and damage assessments.

In addition to acting as Crosier Kilgour’s Treasurer, Mr. O ‘Toole is actively involved in the firm’s in-house review committee and is currently on the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba’s Discipline Committee.

“My initiation into the construction industry was as a summer labourer with a large foundation contractor, an experience that sparked a genuine interest in engineering and the challenge it brings. This has not waned with time, but rather, has only grown stronger.”

Derek Mizak, B.Sc. (C.E.), P.Eng.

Derek started with Crosier Kilgour in 1997 as a restoration engineer. Since joining the firm, he has specialized in the investigation, assessment and restoration of existing structures in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. In addition to his investigation and restoration work, Derek has developed expertise in the restoration and protection of concrete structures.

He has also expanded his area of practice to include assessment and certification of existing fall protection systems and the design of new fall arrest and fall protection systems including roof anchor systems, horizontal life lines and davit systems for suspended access. Derek became a principal with the firm in 2008 and took on the role of Secretary in July 2015.

Derek graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1996 and worked briefly at a local geotechnical engineering firm prior to starting at Crosier Kilgour. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba as well as being past president and current board member of the Manitoba Chapter of The American Concrete Institute (ACI).

“The nature of the structural restoration field brings a unique set of challenges and an endless variety of projects to which I am able to apply engineering principles. The diversity of the projects, the challenges that arise, the ability to solve problems and the clients and colleagues that I work with all provide a great deal of personal satisfaction and motivation.”

Ryan Morphy, M.Sc. (C.E.), MBA, P.Eng.

Ryan began his structural engineering career in 1998 at Crosier Kilgour after completing a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1996 from the University of Manitoba. He also completed a Masters of Civil Engineering in 1999 while working at Crosier Kilgour. During his time with the firm he has been involved in many significant structural projects and designs in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and BC. Ryan also specializes in the assessment of existing structures and led a series of structural assessments of over 300 buildings across Canada for a national client.

In order to add business management skills to his portfolio of engineering expertise, Mr. Morphy completed a Master of Business Administration from the University of Manitoba as a part time student from 2001 to 2005 while working full time with Crosier Kilgour.

Ryan became a principal with the firm in 2008 and is active on multiple committees of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (Manitoba) as well as being a member of the Board of the Professional Interior Designers Institute of Manitoba and a member of the Board of the Certified Management Accountants of Manitoba for the past six years.

“I’m a proud supporter of Winnipeg and take the greatest level of satisfaction in playing a role in the building, development and enhancement of our city around us.”

Haney Louka, M.Sc. (C.E.), C.I.M., P.Eng.

Haney came to Crosier Kilgour from large, national multidisciplinary firm serving primarily industrial sectors in Canada and worldwide. At Crosier Kilgour, Haney started as a design engineer on new construction projects which included residential, commercial, industrial and institutional structures.

In 2008 Haney’s focus shifted to the restoration side of the business and he became responsible for one of the company’s largest accounts, the University of Manitoba. Some of his other key restoration projects have included the redevelopment of the Manitoba Club and the restoration of Winnipeg’s original Carnegie Library. Mr. Louka became a principal of the firm in 2011.

Haney received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1997 and his Master’s degree in Structural Engineering in 1999. He also completed a Certificate in Management with the University of Manitoba in 2002 while working full time as a structural engineer at Crosier Kilgour.

“Determining the combination of factors responsible for the deterioration of a structure is instrumental in finding the most suitable solution for the long-term safety and serviceability for each project we undertake. I derive great satisfaction from being a part of this process and always look forward to the next challenge.”

Bart Flisak, M.Sc. (C.E.), MBA, P.Eng.

Bart began his structural engineering consulting career with a large, national multidisciplinary consulting firm in 2001 and then joined Crosier Kilgour in 2004. Prior to joining Crosier Kilgour he was involved in the design of several large industrial projects for potash mining expansions and water treatment plants.

Mr. Flisak primarily worked on new design projects in his early years with Crosier Kilgour including prominent projects in the region such as the School of Art at the University of Manitoba and Pope John Paul II Elementary School in Kenora, Ontario. In addition to providing expert opinions to litigators related to construction defects, Bart’s expertise has evolved into providing expert assessments, reporting and repair recommendations to the insurance and property restoration industry.

Bart graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1999 and completed a Master’s of Civil Engineering degree in 2004. In addition, he completed a Master’s of Business Administration program at the University of Manitoba in 2007, graduating with the gold medal at the top of his class. Bart is an active member of the Continuing Competency Committee of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba.

“Throughout my career I have had the privilege to encounter a wide diversity of people committed to the betterment of our community through the investment of their vision and hard work. It is a pleasure to work closely with these people to make community needs and dreams a reality by refining the built environment around us.”

Susan Grieef, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng.

Susan came to Crosier Kilgour in 1997 after graduating from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering and a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering, where she was the recipient of the Faculty’s Gold Medal for highest standing in her undergraduate program. Susan practices in the area of new structural design and over the years has developed an expertise in complex structural system design. She has been the lead designer and project manager on several notable projects, including the University of Manitobas Pembina Hall Residence, the Club Regent and McPhillips Street Station Casinos, and the recent expansion to the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.  Susan became a Principal with Crosier Kilgour in 2016.

“There is a true sense of achievement and fulfilment to be a part of the process of bringing a design to life; from an idea, to a drawing, to a complete building ready for the community to use. Working with a group of people who strive for excellence every day makes our work a rewarding experience.”

Neil Penner, P.Eng.

Neil graduated from Red River College in 2001 with a diploma in Design and Construction Technology. During college his interest in engineering only grew, which led to him obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Lakehead University in 2004.

Prior to starting with Crosier Kilgour in 2013, Mr. Penner was the office manager at another structural engineering firm in Winnipeg. While working there for nearly 10 years, he designed commercial, industrial, and multi-residential structures as well as many single family dwellings.  Neil became a Principal of the firm in 2016.

During his time at Crosier Kilgour he has continued to expand his design and project management skills while being the lead designer on projects such as the Glasshouse Condominiums, Kiwanis Courts as well as the addition to Lord Nelson School.

“All projects no matter the size, deserve equal care. I came to this understanding early in my career when I realized clients were typically investing their life savings on the residential units I was designing.”

Chris Richter, C.E.T.

Chris began his career as a structural designer for a local manufacturing company prior to working for a large regional engineering firm for many years. In 2003, he joined Crosier Kilgour as a project manager in the restoration department and became a Principal of the firm in 2016.

Since joining Crosier Kilgour, Mr. Richter has concentrated his experience on the building enclosure. He has completed field investigations and established testing and monitoring programs used to develop comprehensive drawing and specification packages. He was also involved in the building envelope commissioning for the new Manitoba Hydro office building in downtown Winnipeg among many others. Chris has also been instrumental in expanding the consulting services of the firm to include infrared thermography and has completed scans of a variety of high rise towers in Canada and the northern United States.

Chris graduated from Red River College in 1983 with a diploma in Design and Drafting Technology and completed the Computer Analyst Programmer certificate program from Red River College in 1991. Chris was certified as a Level I Thermographer in 2008. He has since upgraded his qualifications and was certified as a Level III Thermographer by the Infrared Training Centre in Boston, Massachusetts. Chris has also been active in the industry serving as an executive member of the Manitoba Building Envelope Council since 2005.

“Growing up as a farm kid in Manitobas Interlake, I was exposed to all types of engineering. I had to know many things from how a building is constructed to how an engine works. More importantly however, I needed to know how to fix them when they didn’t work. I like the fact that I can use these abilities to assist my clients in determining and correcting problems in their facilities. I enjoy the variety in my work, it’s great to never do the same job twice.”