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Management Team

Stephen Burnett, P.Eng.


Stephen has extensive experience in project management, environmental assessment, water, wastewater infrastructure design and system assessments, waste management, municipal building design, and capital planning and contract administration. Over the past 20 years, he has provided engineering services and expert advice to Municipal and First Nation clients in these areas of expertise.

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As the Principal of SBA, Stephen can provide timely and accurate responses to your questions related to technical administrative matters and his field of expertise. Your lead is our lead so you won’t wait to get the answers or responses that you deserve in a timely fashion. He is very experienced in examining services based on capital cost, operation and maintenance, life cycle analysis, environmental concerns, future expandability and public input so that municipalities can plan for the long term. Stephen will act as the Lead for the Engineering Team, providing clear and concise direction to each member to ensure that the expert advice is provided in the most cost effective manner possible.

David Dagenais, A.Sc.T.

General Manager

David is a Senior Design and Construction Technologist within the areas of water and wastewater treatment and municipal infrastructure design and construction. His 25+ years of experience span many projects within municipal and First Nation environments throughout Ontario and the western provinces.

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David's experience includes various projects involving assessments, approvals, specification document preparation and contract administration for infrastructure, roadway reconstruction, commissioning, start-up and performance testing operations management. He has clients within the public and private sector and has considerable experience working with Municipalities. David was the Public Works Director for the Town of Chapleau and is very aware of a town’s engineering needs. At SBA, David provides senior technical support on various types of infrastructure projects including the co-ordination, design review, technical report preparation and O&M maintenance manuals. He has applied his expertise in a number of areas including projects involving water supply, treatment, storage and distribution; wastewater collection and treatment; pumping stations, including the assessment of existing infrastructure assets. David will support Stephen to ensure the continuation of timely and expert opinions during times of illness, vacationing, etc. As SBA's QA/QC reviewer, David is always versed in all aspects of SBA's ongoing project files.


Senior Project Manager & Business Development

Peter Luce is a Senior Project Manager and Client Liaison and has extensive experience in project management, environmental and capital planning and engineering for First Nation projects. Project experience over the past thirty (30) years includes planning, detailed design, implementation and operation and maintenance.

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Peter has worked exclusively with First Nation communities over the past twenty (20) years and has assisted them with improving their communities through better environmental management, infrastructure systems, and economic development. He is familiar with the environmental regulations in Canada at both the Provincial and Federal level with related experience in over fifty (50) First Nation communities in Ontario. Peter is very familiar with the First Nation communities and will provide the necessary understanding of the issues and concerns that the communities face.

Lisa Johnson, B.Sc., EP

Environmental Project Manager

Lisa is an environmental management professional with specialized expertise in the areas of project management, environmental assessment, community energy planning and funding opportunity management. This combination of skills enables her to successfully identify and seize opportunities to secure funding from a variety of sources, and for a variety of project types, on behalf of our clients.

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Lisa has successfully identified and secured funds for a multitude of projects ranging from small-scale community-based projects to multi-million dollar infrastructure projects.Lisa has also successfully completed numerous Environmental Assessments (EAs) under both the federal and provincial EA processes. Lisa has considerable expertise in managing stakeholder relations, including addressing and responding to stakeholder and public concerns and inquiries. Lisa also has considerable contract administration and site inspection experience, including the provision of site supervision services and management of contractor’s issues and claims.

Technical Team

Shahram Zavieh, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Structural Engineer

Shahram is a dedicated and accomplished structural engineer with more than 18 years of work experience mostly in concrete design and bridge and overpasses in Canada.

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Shahram is highly skilled in providing technical expertise and overseeing contractors and consultants to ensure their work is in compliance with engineering standards and applicable codes, legal requirements, project specifications, and government policies and regulations. He has exceptional leadership skills, including a talent for finding more cost effective approaches to engineering problems and managing quality assurance. He also has excellent knowledge of the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code (CHBDC) and experience in Ontario Structural Inspection Manual (OSIM) inspection and reporting, project risk identification and mitigation, planning reviews, specifications and contract drawings and extensive experience in the condition assessment, design, construction, inspection, maintenance and rehabilitation of bridges and roads, site and other transportation structures. Shahram is also involved in the design, inspection and construction of major projects with the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO), local Municipals in Ontario and other provinces.

Daymar Creary, B.Sc., P.E.

Civil & Environmental Engineer

Daymar is a civil and environmental engineer with over nine (9) years of applied design and project management experience. He is a reliable and resourceful professional with the demonstrated ability to implement innovative engineering solutions in the civil and environmental engineering industries.

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With his diverse involvement in consulting engineering, contract administration and site supervision, Daymar is experienced in stormwater management designs, geotechnical works, highway engineering, structural analysis and water and wastewater system designs. He is also knowledgeable of environmental, safety and quality control philosophies in the construction industry, and is able to apply construction methodologies and building codes consistent with Canadian standards.

He has applied his experience in a number of areas including: hydraulic modelling of water and wastewater systems, structural assessment of commercial and residential developments, subdivision planning, design and implementation and highway design and construction supervision.

Terrance Gole, H.B.Sc., EMA, EP

Environmental Project Manager

Terrance is a registered environmental management professional who is well versed with regulations at both the Provincial and Federal level.

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Throughout the past fifteen years Terrance has performed environmental services for federal, municipal, institutional and international clients in the areas of environmental assessments, water treatment feasibility studies, waste management, site assessment and water quality testing, as well as contract administration and tender development. His diverse experience enables him to provide a variety of environmental and project management services.


Technical Lead

An environmental engineer in training, Jake offers specializing in water and wastewater design with experience in structural assessments and computer programming. He’s also provided structural expertise on municipal assets, and has demonstrated his engineering abilities through open-ended, multi-faceted design problems.

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Jake has a proven talent in cost estimations for bridges and culverts, managing large information databases, creating structural engineering drawings and providing professional project management. He recently contributed to the development of our in-house computer program that allows our company to upload previous assessments for field staff reference and easy input of updated data and visual inspections.

Daniel Schmidt

CAD Design Coordinator

Daniel continues to strengthen his foundation in the engineering and project management field with a heavy focus in detail design and contract administration. As a team member of countless projects at SBA, Daniel is gaining cumulative experience for resolving a wide variety project related obstacles which is shaping him into a well-rounded asset for each successive project taken on.

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Since joining the SBA team in early 2013, Daniel has had many roles and responsibilities including: performing on-site field investigations, conducting full and part time site inspections, technical report writing, acting as a lead and assistant project designer, gathering construction quantities and cost estimates, and as a project liaison. Daniel is currently in the process of obtaining his C. Tech certification from OACETT.

Diana Beattie, B.Eng.

Civil / Environmental Engineer-In-Training

Diana is an environmental engineer with a diverse background in urban water system design, environmental site assessments and environmental legislature. As an engineer in training Diana’s primary responsibilities at S. Burnett & Associates Limited include water and wastewater design and site inspections.


Civil Engineer / Civil Designer

Harvinder is a civil engineer with over 17 years of design experience related to earthworks, 3D modelling, road and highway design, land development, stormwater and sewer design.

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Harvinder has also worked in the oil industry including heavy civil projects with access roads, damn and tailings holding pond design, geotechnical, storm management, site development, site plans, concrete and steel design for facilities and environmental permitting and approvals. Harvinder is proficient in Civil 3D, In Roads, AutoCAD, Micro Station & Culvert Master and brings this software design experience to compliment SBA’s water and wastewater design team.

Bulent Uslu, B. Sc., P. Eng.

Civil & Environmental Engineer

Bulent is a Professional Engineer with vast municipal infrastructure, design, construction, and supervision experience. He has more than twenty years of experience in all aspects of municipal – civil infrastructure challenges and since 2013 in Ontario especially Southern region.

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His experience includes water and wastewater treatment, linear municipal infrastructure, solid waste disposal facilities design such as transfer stations and landfill, road and bridge infrastructure, design projects in Turkey, Middle East, several EU countries and Canada. His global experience is invaluable for all levels of design; from feasibility studies to detailed engineering, due diligence, and consultancy.Bulent has extensive and varied computer skills, coupling scientific design accuracy with a professional presentation. His years of on-hand site experience and expert level of infrastructure design software skills allow him to create innovative solution options for the Clients needs at an early stage. He is an active user and proficient with all office applications and professional design software such as Civil 3D, Plant 3D, Storm and Sanitary Analysis, Microstation, SewerCAD, WaterCAD.He also has vast experience in related legal and financial project aspects, such as legislation, regulations, standards, cost estimates, budget planning, project management monitoring, and control.


Engineering Technologist / Technician

Bismark is a Civil Engineering Technologist / Technician with experience in construction inspection. He is proficient with AutoCAD 2D and Civil 3D, Plan Swift, Cost Plus and Microsoft Project, and including infrastructure planning.

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His responsibilities at SBA include site inspection before and during construction, as well as AutoCAD design and a high level of customer service by communicating timelines and ensuring a satisfactory resolution is reached.

Troy Gopal

Civil Engineering Technologist / AutoCAD Designer

Troy is a Civil Engineering Technologist with experience with AutoCAD, Microstation and Civil 3D. In addition to design, Troy’s responsibilities at SBA include site inspection and supervision on site plan, subdivision, sewer, watermain and road construction projects.

Melissa Isaac

Architectural Technologist / Designer

Melissa is an Architectural Technologist with experience in aerial and buried utilities design. She has over 10 years experience using Autocad. Melissa is involved with coordination, quality control and supervisory duties.

Benjamin Donkor

Civil Engineering Technologist

Benjamin is a skilled engineering technologist with a successful track record in infrastructure, detailed design, site monitoring, road operations and maintenance. With many years of experience in the field, he is able to carry out tasks with efficiency, professionalism and cost effectiveness.

Connor Messner, B.Eng.

Field Representative / Inspector

Connor Messner is a Civil Engineering graduate who has past experience in field work, borehole drilling and co-op work at Wellington County. Connor specializes in areas of Structural, Geotechnical, Sustainability and Project Management.

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His responsibilities include design, design reviewal, project coordination, and site inspection. Connor’s on site experience has allowed him to make critical decisions and design suggestions for minimizing both time and project costs to ensure all clients needs are met with satisfaction. Connor is an excellent communicator and tends to connect with clients on a personal level to become further involved in projects.


Environmental Management Professional

Tara is an environmental management professional with experience in project management, environmental assessments, environmental site assessments, funding opportunity management and permitting and approvals. She has a background in geography and environmental management and assessment.

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Tara has a wide range of research, computer and analytical skills with knowledge in environmental impact and risk assessments, environmental laws and regulations and environmental compliance. She has assisted with the preparation of funding applications as well as with Environmental Assessments under both the federal and provincial EA processes. Tara’s responsibilities at SBA include project management, reviewing/researching information, project calculations, permitting and approvals, report preparation and proposal development.


Environmental Geoscientist in trainingEmail Sarah

Sarah is a Geoscientist in training with a demonstrated ability in environmental management and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Sarah’s experience includes hydrogeology, project management, site assessment, soil science, and GIS management.

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His responsibilities at SBA include site inspection before and during construction, as well as AutoCAD design and a high level of customer service by communicating timelines and ensuring a satisfactory resolution is reached.


Environmental Planner, Project Coordinator

Lori has a background in Environmental Governance with knowledge in environmental planning and risk assessment, giving her the ability to analyse the interrelationships between the physical and human aspects of the earth. 

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Lori is part of the S. Burnett and Associates Limited’s ACEP team, and her responsibilities include coordinating projects, data analysis and evaluation, researching, and report preparation. Through these experiences, Lori has a thorough understanding of the requirements for delivering successful environmental research and management projects.


Project Coordinator


Natalya has a background in environmental policy and law with experience in urban planning and environmental and social impact assessment. Her responsibilities at S. Burnett & Associates Limited include project coordination and management in community energy planning and funding proposal development.


Project Coordinator

Ferris is an Environmental Project Coordinator with a background in freshwater ecology and environmental management.

Ferris has experience in biology, aquatic habitat assessments, ecotoxicology and food web ecology. His responsibilities at S. Burnett & Associates Limited include project coordination for community energy planning projects, research, data analysis, report writing and proposal preparation.


Project Coordinator

Brandon is a recent chemical engineering graduate with experience in renewable technologies, and process design. His studies have focussed on sustainability within society, while also considering how culture and traditional knowledge can be applied to improve technological solutions. He is excited to expand his background working with the ACEP team at SBA.

Administrative Team



With more than 25 years experience in accounting, Tracy manages the accounting department and oversees all accounts receivables and payables with ease.


Administrative Coordinator

Jaclyn is the Administrative Coordinator for SBA, responsible for assisting staff and supporting management in the office. She has years of experience in administrative work in the engineering field, as well as a background in creative arts. Her responsibilities include office administration, marketing and promotional, human resources, clerical duties as well as being on hand to receive and greet clients.

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