John Nielsen, CMA, CPA
Chief Executive Officer
Before being appointed as the Chief Executive Officer at GeoVerra in January 2020, John Nielsen held various roles at EXH, Genivar and WSP over a span of 24 years. Prior to transitioning to his role of Executive Vice-President Geomatics, he was the Senior Vice-President Operations for Infrastructure Canada at WSP. In this role John assembled and mentored a strong team of professionals, and together, achieved continuous improvements and growth across all sectors of the business.
Prior to his role in operations, John held senior positions in finance and owned an accounting practice. He graduated from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management degree and has a CMA, CPA designation.
Mitch Ettinger, P.Eng, ALS, CLS, NSLS
Chief Operating Officer
Prior to becoming the Chief Operating Officer at GeoVerra, Mitch Ettinger was the President of Geomatics at Altus Group in 2018. Before his role as President, he was the Operational Vice-President of Geomatics and oversaw the Electric Power, Infrastructure, and Pipeline Divisions.
In his leadership roles at Altus Group, he championed unparalleled client service with adherence to superb quality and rigid technical standards. He was responsible for the development of the Geomatics strategy and contributed to the development of the organization’s strategic goals.
Mitch received his Alberta Land Surveyor commission in 2006. He obtained his P.Eng designation in 2007, earned his Canada Lands Surveyor commission in 2008, and his Nova Scotia Land Surveyor commission in 2012. Mitch is a member of the Alberta Land Surveyors’ (ALSA) Discipline Committee, has served on the ALSA Standards Committee (2006-2008), the ALSA Practice Review Board (2013-2016) and as Chair for the Practice Review Board (2016-2017).
Aleks Kubilius, PMP
Aleks has a proven track record of success leading geomatics teams to deliver outstanding service on many of Ontario’s premier transport and infrastructure projects. He is dedicated to collaborating with clients to design solutions that overcome the toughest engineering challenges that reshape the way we live and move.
In his previous role as Project Manager at WSP, Aleks also actively led Business Development in the Ontario region and served as a subject matter expert for geodetic control networks and precision surveys. An international career across Australia and Canada has allowed him to develop deep technical knowledge across a variety of market sectors, including above and below-ground railway, linear and vertical utilities, large bore tunnelling, environmental mapping, and municipal, commercial, and residential development.
Aleks received his bachelor’s degree in Geoinformatics and Surveying from the University of South Australia. He holds a Professional Certificate in Business Communications from Harvard University, as well as certifications from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists and the Project Management Institute. He is a member of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors (currently in Articles, Geodesy branch) and is a certified Joint Health & Safety Committee (JHSC) management representative who is committed to championing a safety-first culture at GeoVerra. Aleks shares his passion for advancing the geomatics industry along with the development of young professionals performing as a speaker and guest lecturer, and has volunteered in Kenya for the Bridging the Gap Africa organization.
Damian Gillis, ALS, CLS, P.Eng., MBA
Damian Gillis joins GeoVerra in a continued role as the Vice-President of Geomatics, where he oversees the proposal process, fleet and equipment management, and CAD standards. His knowledge of the industry is vast, but he is known for his expertise in the oil and gas sector, specifically in regard to well sites, gathering pipelines, oil sands exploration, transmission pipelines, and pipeline integrity.
Damian began his career as a survey assistant in Vanderhoof, BC, for the Ministry of Highways and then worked as a survey assistant for several small companies in Victoria, BC. After moving to Alberta to start the Engineering program at the University of Calgary, he began working for Focus Corporation as a survey assistant working in the oil and gas sector across the province. Damian joined Focus in a full-time capacity as a Field Crew Chief after graduation. He later went on to hold several other roles at Focus, which was later acquired by WSP, such as Project Manager, Field Crew Coordinator, Vice-President of Pipeline and Integrity Surveys, Vice-President of Business Development.
In addition to completing his B.Sc. in Geomatics Engineering in 1998 from the University of Calgary, he also completed a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Victoria, received the Alberta Land Surveyors commission in 2001, Canadian Land Surveyors commission and P.Eng designation in 2003 and completed his MBA from the University of Calgary in 2006.
David Gosling, BCLS, ALS
VP Geomatics, British Columbia
David Gosling, originally from Calgary, now lives in Fort St. John, BC and has been operating in the industry since 1996. In 2004 he obtained his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor. For the first nine years of his career, David focused on commercial, residential and industrial land and road development projects within southern Alberta.
In 2005 he moved to Fort St. John, British Columbia to expand his portfolio to include oil and gas development and distribution and BC land development. After two years, he earned the designation as a BC Land Surveyor.
Living in northern BC has provided David the opportunity to manage a variety of projects including, but not limited to, wellsites, pipelines, roads, bridges, manned aerial photography, subdivisions, lidar, hydrography, condominiums, deformation, control, UAV, and laser scanning.
David has continued to operate in BC, expanding his project and employee management experience. He has managed production teams, served as a branch manager and most recently held the role of Director of WSP’s BC geomatics division. David, who is now GeoVerra’s vice-president for BC, strives to continue to develop mutually beneficial relationships with businesses in the region.
George Wilcox, P. Eng.
George Wilcox joined GeoVerra as a director, where he manages a team of highly skilled surveying and geomatics professionals in Ontario and oversees projects for multiple blue-chip clients in the province. After graduating from University, his professional life took him to northern Canada into various roles as a surveyor and mining. This same sense of adventure led to working offshore and internationally before settling in Southern Ontario as a project manager for WSP Geomatics in 2018.
He obtained his Bachelor of Engineering, Geomatics from the University of New Brunswick in 2010.
Heather Maloney, B. Tech, B.A. Tech (GIS), SLS, P.Surv
Director, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
Heather started with Condon Survey Group Inc, an acquisition of Altus Group, in 2005 at the Weyburn office as a survey assistant and has worked her way up through various roles. She spent her summers in between school as a full-time CAD operator, part-time throughout the school year, and came back in a full-time capacity as a Crew Chief after completing school. In 2011 she moved to Yorkton as a Crew Chief and got her land surveying commission in 2012 in which she was then promoted to Branch Manager. Six years later, it was time for Heather to make a move again, this time to Regina, where she could focus on operations and connecting with clients as a Project Manager.
When GeoVerra launched, Heather moved to a Branch Lead role and was then promoted to Director, leading the teams across Saskatchewan and Manitoba. With her breadth of experience, client-focused attitude and positive outlook for the future, she is a driving force of growth for the region.
Heather has a diploma in Geomatics Engineering, Surveying major with honours from SAIT, a Bachelor of Technology in Geomatics, with distinction from BCIT and most recently completed her Bachelor of Applied Technology Geographic Information Systems in 2020.
VP Geomatics, Alberta
Leo Edwards joins GeoVerra as Vice-President for Alberta, where he oversees a team of professionals dedicated to the growth of geomatics for the region. After graduating in 2002 from the College of the North Atlantic in the Geomatics Engineering Training Program, Leo held several different positions in the industry, including Senior Field Surveyor, Survey Coordinator, Branch Manager and Director.
Leo’s knowledge of survey services is extensive. From pipelines to site surveys, road surveys to subdivision surveys and everything in between, he’s continually encouraging others to push the envelop, while providing operational leadership that extends far beyond his own team. His decisive nature leads to expedient and cost-effective survey solutions providing noticeable advantages to the clients he works with.
What sets Leo apart is his genuine love for the business and the family-feel he hopes to instill in his team. This people-focused leader thrives on celebrating differences and working together as one team, focused on one goal – to achieve client objectives through safe teamwork.
Director, Forestry & Environment
Adrienne Maskalyk joins GeoVerra from Altus Geomatics as the Director of Forestry and Environment.
With a background in forestry and expert knowledge of land use management, she has been drawn to building solutions for her clients wherever industry meets timber. With over 17 years in forestry and environmental consulting, Adrienne provides solutions for clients across numerous industries by liaising with stakeholders, landowners, Indigenous peoples, and government sectors. Adrienne offers strong leadership and a collaborative approach with her multi-disciplinary team of natural resource professionals.
Adrienne graduated from the University of British Columbia with a B.Sc (Forestry) in 2000. Her early experience focused on federal forestry research and information tracking and maintenance in coastal and interior BC. A move to Alberta in 2001 prompted her to obtain an applied degree in GIS and gain valuable experience in north-central Alberta both in the field and as a GIS technician. Adrienne started her career with Altus Geomatics’ Forestry and Environment team in 2003 and became a Registered Professional Forester in Alberta in 2004.
Director, Human Resources
Ashley Hynes joins GeoVerra as the company’s Director, Human Resources.
As a NAIT graduate, Ashley brings over 12 years of experience in Human Resources, primarily in the construction industry. During the last five years, Ashley supported the business through multiple transitions while continuing to build a strong and engaged culture.
Her experience in employee relations, recruitment and selection, leadership development, performance management, organizational effectiveness and design, and succession planning is valuable as GeoVerra continues to stand up and promote an engaged workforce.
Ashley’s focus is on building an influential culture with clear intentions while delivering initiatives that will help contribute to the success of the company and team.
Chris Valaire, CET, RPF, EP
National Business Development Manager
Chris Valaire, GeoVerra’s National Business Development Manager, is an award-winning senior professional with extensive executive management experience in the consulting sector, private sector, and in various government leadership roles.
He has extensive project management and field operational experience in the oil and gas, mining, utility, and forestry industries, but also the management of reclamation/remediation plans, road engineering, and leading large industrial construction projects.
Chris has developed and managed large-scale quality (ISO 9001) and environmental (ISO 14001) management systems including training and internal auditing. He is a Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) in both Alberta and Saskatchewan, and a nationally regulated Environmental Professional (EP).
Chris is a licensed trainer with ECO Canada’s Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) program, authorized to develop and deliver training courses to Indigenous Peoples across Canada.
As an experienced business development professional, Chris is an integral part of GeoVerra’s growth strategy and key account maintenance.
Claire Masikewich, B.Mgmt
Director, Marketing and Communications
Claire Masikewich, joins the GeoVerra leadership team as Director, Marketing and Communications.
As a University of Lethbridge graduate, Claire brings over 10 years of experience in various marketing and communications roles, most recently with an energy services company in Calgary. During her six and a half years spent in oil and gas, Claire successfully executed successful advertising campaigns, large-scale events, and several high-profile award wins for the company.
Claire brings experience in marketing strategy, ad creation and execution, media planning, technical marketing, internal engagement, community relations, and corporate communications.
In her role, Claire is the driver of the GeoVerra brand and culture, increasing awareness in the market as Canada’s leading surveying and geomatics firm, promoting growth and bringing value to internal and external stakeholders across the country.
Jen Alain, B.Sc., CRSP
Jen Alain joins GeoVerra from Altus Geomatics, where she held the position of HSE Manager for 15 years.
Jen has a deep passion for occupational health and safety and loves to share the message “safety is a way of life” at every opportunity. During her time at Altus Geomatics, she reduced injuries and cultivated a highly functional safety culture. As a leader of the HSE team, Jen’s goal for GeoVerra is to create a strong safety culture based on positive attitudes, proactive mindsets, achievable goals and family values to reduce workplace incidents and injuries and achieve safety excellence.
Jen graduated from Bournemouth University in England with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Protection and continued her studies completing the graduate program of Safety Engineering Technology at the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland. In 2010, Jen successfully earned her Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation.
Kathy Ly, CA
Kathy joined GeoVerra in May of 2020 as Controller and was promoted to Director of Finance in April 2021.
Kathy began her accounting career in 2008 and earned her Chartered Accountant Designation in 2014. She is an experienced problem-solver who was heavily involved in the integration of our legacy firms, processes and systems. Kathy continues to look for ways we can improve the financial side of the business and provide support to internal stakeholders.
Her goal is to build a solid accounting function that will support GeoVerra’s rise as the leading surveying and geomatics firm in Canada.
National Manager of Business Support
Latisha Huculak is an experienced leader with a history of working within the geomatics and engineering industries. At GeoVerra, Latisha provides national leadership of administrative and business support functions and resources. She optimizes the business support model, balances project utilization and people performance of the business support team across Canada.
Latisha’s goal at GeoVerra is to continuously improve the way we deliver with speed, agility, consistency and accuracy, as well as streamline information sharing to contribute to efficient and consistent work.
Director, Information and Geospatial Technology
Matt Stambaugh joins GeoVerra from WSP, where he served as the Director of Geospatial and Advanced Technologies.
For over 20 years, Matt was fortunate to work in a progression of technology and leadership roles. Starting his career as an IT professional, he deployed enterprise-level systems across private and public organizations within Canada while simultaneously serving as CBC’s Science and Technology columnist, sharing thought-leadership content in science and tech across the country on TV and radio.
After enjoying IT-focused projects, he was captured by the emerging field of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). He started one of the first UAV service companies in Western Canada, completing a variety of projects using this new remote sensing platform, including mapping, vegetation monitoring, volumetric analysis, and video documentation.
As a graduate from the University of Calgary’s Masters of GIS program, Matt combined his previous IT and geospatial experience into a more focused field, using advanced technologies to analyze, visualize, and solve problems with geospatial data.
Matt and his team will be influential in expanding GeoVerra’s position as technology-leaders, delivering geospatial solutions to clients across the country and supporting the internal IT processes.
Nicole Strandlund, ASQ CMQ/OE, CQA
Director, Operational Excellence
Nicole Strandlund, formerly the Geomatics Director, Quality & PMO at WSP, joins GeoVerra as the Director of Operational Excellence.
A Certified Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellence and Certified Quality Auditor, Nicole applies her 20+ years of experience in business (including 10 in the Geomatics industry) to identify opportunities for improvement, and drive change to help organizations deliver effectively and efficiently. To date, these improvements have been applied in the areas of project management, Quality, training, communications, knowledge management, leadership and merger/acquisition integration.
Nicole brings to GeoVerra experience in strategy development, structural reorganization, creating learning and development programs and hosting international training conferences.
She also has extensive knowledge in establishing and supporting a Project Management Office to amplify the skills and performance of project managers and designing, developing and implementing a comprehensive ISO-aligned Quality Management System to standardize and stabilize operational delivery.
Prior to joining WSP, Nicole’s experience included trading in energy derivatives, risk and economic analysis, and writing for a national business magazine. An active member of the American Society for Quality, Nicole has a double honors degree in Math and Economics, Masters-level coursework in Finance, and is a Level 1 Chartered Financial Analyst.