About - Alliance Members:

Most of our AvaLantic team Members have 28-plus years of significant Engineering and Construction backgrounds. We are pleased to present the following consultant profiles to demonstrate our front line experience, expertise, and complementary skill sets.

Dave Young, P. Eng.
Alliance Chair

Dave is president of Foxback Consulting and Chair of AvaLantic Alliance. He is a senior Mechanical Engineer that can appropriately manage people and projects. In his various career positions, has developed a strong capability to manage various aspects of business and engineering functions. Each successive position has built his knowledge and enabled him to improve efficiencies and grow shareholder worth. He has led and developed highly functional groups in both the service industries and the manufacturing environment. His strengths include:

  • Extensive knowledge in commissioning and pre-commissioning services, operation and maintenance services; including engineering work packs, procedures, onsite supervision and overall project management;

  • Offshore commissioning (both topsides and subsea), onshore commissioning and maintenance, management of integrated work teams for multiple service scopes;

  • Manufacturing, Safety, Quality, HR, Finance and Budget Management.

Bob Tancock, B. Eng.
Consultant

Bob has over 40 years experience as a Planning Engineer, with a successful career in cost control and in project planning for the construction of large industrial projects, shut-downs and turnarounds.

He has efficiently managed teams of planning personnel in various industries including upstream and downstream oil & gas, mining, power generation, shop fabrication, mechanical, electrical and civil infrastructure. 

As a specialty, he has 25 years utilizing Primavera Project Planning software, more recently version P6 8.2, and has performed basic, intermediate and advanced training for the Eastern Canadian Certified Oracle Primavera Trainer.

  • Project and Resource Planning at a Corporate Enterprise level;

  • Standardization and developing of ISO 9000 Planning Procedures;

  • Development of: 

    • Resource Loaded Tender (Bid) Schedules;

    • Baseline Resource Loaded Closed-loop Project Plans;

    • Shutdown & Turnaround Schedules;

    • Shop Fabrication Resource Loaded Schedules;

    • Earned Value Management Systems;

  • Project Cost Control - Integration with Accounting; 

  • Training and Mentoring Project Planners and Schedulers;

  • Planning Office Audit;

  • Delay Claim Analysis;

  • Subcontractor Schedule Analysis.

Penny George, B.Sc. (H), Dip. IT
Consultant

Penny is a senior technology professional with a Diploma in Information Technology from Memorial University. Her success is demonstrated by her beginnings in IT and then smoothly transitioning into other sectors involving construction and fabrication. She has been operating a project services firm for the last seven years. In that time Penny has provided a wide range of project services in various industries including:

  • Upstream Oil & Gas;

  • Refining;

  • Marine Fabrication;

  • Major Bridge Construction.

 

Penny can serve as a key member of any project team. She has experience in vital areas such as:

  • Planning;

  • Scheduling (MS-Project and P6); 

  • Cost Control;

  • Document Control;

  • Training Groups in Business and PM Software.

 

As a member of the Project Management Institute, Penny understands the principles of project management. She previously served on the Board of Directors on the PMI Energy, Oil, Gas & Petrochemical Community of Practice in the role of Service Delivery Lead. She has participated in many workshops at leadership conferences and understands the value of group collaboration. 

Wayne Lee
Consultant

Wayne Lee is a Construction Management Representative (CMR) certified by Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro.
Wayne is a well diversified person who has worked in multiple projects over the years. He has an extensive background in Electrical Utility Work (Red seal power line technician). He has supervised and monitored numerous successful projects as a CMR, representing Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro both on the Island and in Labrador. Some of the projects include:

  • Ground Grid Integrity Testing;

  • Hydro Substations;

  • Installation of Gas Monitors on Power Transformers;

  • Upgrades to Gas Turbines- Stephenville;

  • Installation of Cable Bridge Tray;

  • Supervised and worked on high voltage power lines from 72KV- 735KV;

  • Installation of SF-6 Breakers.


Wayne has also served as a planner of transmission and distribution projects with Newfoundland Power, which included the planning, construction, and completion of transmission power lines, and inspection of electrical systems. He has worked with numerous contractors as Hydro’s Representative, including: GJ Cahill, Alstom, Stantec, and Pennecon, etc.

Safety is a paramount responsibility that Wayne embraces with pride. He conducts safety talks and continual inspections while maintaining good communication with all parties to ensure that all safety requirements are successfully addressed. 

Gary Kennedy, P. Eng., PMP
Alliance Vice Chair

Gary is president of Linear Project Services Inc (LPS) and Vice Chair of AvaLantic Alliance. Gary is a senior Civil Engineer and certified Project Management Professional with a wide range of project experience in the contracting, consulting, utilities, and federal & provincial government sectors. 

Gary's project involvement during his 28 years of industry experience includes:

  • Trans Labrador Highway;

  • Hibernia GBS Project;

  • Project Management System Development for the Marine Transportation Service Branch (MTSB) of the NL Dept. of Transportation & Works; 

  • Nova Scotia Toll Highway 104;

  • Newfoundland Transshipment Project;

  • Industrial Benefits Plan reviews for Terra Nova FPSO, White Rose FPSO, and Voisey's Bay Nickel Projects;

  • Marine CNG Studies;

  • Offshore R&D and Innovation Projects;

  • NARL Refinery Capital Projects - Various;

  • Project Management Training Programs for Various Clients;

  • Cougar Helicopters Aircraft Modifications Project;

  • Hebron GBS Project;

  • St. John's International Airport Expansion Projects;

Gary was a member of the first Board of Directors of the PMI NL Chapter, and also served on the BoD of the PMI Energy, Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Community of Practice.

Ron LeDrew, P. Eng., PMP
Consultant

Ron LeDrew is an independent consultant with over 35 years of experience in project management in both the public and private sectors. Ron is a registered professional engineer in PEGNL and a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE). He also holds the designation of Project Management Professional (PMP).  He has over 28 years of experience working in the NL offshore oil & gas industry and has held senior positions in areas related to industrial benefits, R&D and workplace diversity. He has been involved in all of the major offshore projects including Hibernia, Terra Nova, White Rose, North Amethyst and Hebron.  

 

Ron is extremely familiar with the operations of the C-NLOPB and over the progression of his career has accrued a great deal of experience working under the legislative requirements of the Atlantic Accord Implementation Acts. He also gained hands on experience in the development plan and public consultation process and has prepared benefits plans for new development projects as well as for offshore exploration programs. Ron has considerable experience in strategic corporate planning and managing stakeholder expectations and has a track record as a productive team player.

Dave Fogwill, P. Eng.
Consultant

Dave is a Professional Engineer (Mechanical) who has 35 years of utility related experience. Positions held include Project Engineer, Commissioning Engineer, Maintenance Superintendent, and Director of Materials Management.

His strengths include extensive experience in Project Management, Procurement and Contract Management of large projects. Also, includes Field Experience in Construction, Commissioning and Maintenance of large Power Generation Projects. 

 

His Specific Expertise Includes:

  • Project Management of major generating projects both Hydro-Electric and Thermal Generating facilities;

  • Procurement and Contract Management relating to major Power Projects;

  • Supply Chain Management and Administrative services experience relating to the Operational & Capital requirements of large Utilities;

  • Business Process review, Re-Engineering, Improvement and Change Management;

  • Construction Supervision, Commissioning, Operation and Maintenance of Generating Plants;

 

Dave Roberts, P. Eng., MBA
Consultant

With over 30 years working as a professional engineer, Dave has a range of engineering experience in building renovation and construction, heavy civil and geotechnical engineering. His background even includes Airport facilities.

 

With an MBA, his experience also includes more than 15 years in senior management, responsible for facility operations and management, building construction project management, and facility security services.

  • Overseen a diverse team of 140 – 200 employees with operations and project budgets both exceeding $10M.

  • Project experience in multi-discipline projects from concept to completion.

  • Project planning, construction schedule and budget monitoring on a range of construction.

  • Extensive experience in building operations, facility maintenance and assessments, procurement, service contract development and management.

  • Extensive experience in management of people, finance, occupational health and safety,  strategic planning, HR planning.

  • Experience managing in a unionized environment and in contract negotiations.

  • Design and construction experience in buildings, heavy civil and geotechnical engineering.

Curtis Mercer, B. Comm.
SME Member

Curtis Mercer, B. Comm., is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Member of the AvaLantic Alliance.  He has owner/operator positions with a variety of companies in the residential and commercial construction sectors including LRM Consulting Solutions Ltd., Vales Development Inc., Heat Seal Ltd., and K & P Contracting Ltd. 

One of his most interesting business areas is with LRM Consulting Solutions Ltd, a Building Envelope Consultant, providing service on existing and new residential and commercial buildings. Curtis has project experience in consulting, construction, project management and development.  Curtis’ project experience continues to grow and includes:

  • Testing and Quality Control for compliance with Building Specifications;

  • Window/Door Testing for compliance with National Standards;

  • Clean Agent Room Integrity Testing for Fire Suppression Systems;

Curtis has worked successfully with and for:

  • Marine Atlantic;

  • Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro;

  • Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. John's;

  • Olympic Construction;

  • Vale;

  • Tyco Integrated Fire & Security;

  • Newfoundland & Labrador Liquor Corporation;

  • Black & MacDonald.

One of Curtis' senior advisors is Jack Parsons, PMP, RSE.  Jack is a Project Management Professional (PMP) and has built up a very extensive background in all aspects of the Building Envelope. He has studied, taught, and implemented modern building science principles throughout the world. 

Other AvaLantic Members
and Associates

AvaLantic Alliance also includes other members and associates who are assisting in our business efforts. Those individuals are not currently available for consulting packages but may appear in future postings.

Jeff Dawe
SME Member

Jeff Dawe is a Subject Matter Expert (SME) Member of the AvaLantic Alliance.  Jeff is President of DGNL Consulting Ltd., located on Major’s Path in St. John’s. He is an expert in the Transportation of Dangerous Goods. He is also involved in other aspects of industrial safety. He develops and delivers safety training, and can assist with the actual delivery of client goods offshore and onshore.

Jeff has extensive knowledge of Transportation of Dangerous Goods Regulations for Marine (IMDG/IMO), Air (IATA) and Road (TDG Regulations). In addition to courses, Jeff also develops and updates Dangerous Goods Programs for a number of industrial and commercial companies, including offshore petroleum operators, to meet Transport Canada requirements.


Jeff’s background includes: Coordinating OHS Committee Meetings for clients; Using NL OH&S Regulations to develop hazard controls; Investigating accidents and incidents of various sizes and severity; Completing and conducting hazard assessments, job hazard analysis, site safety inspections and safety meetings; Implementing emergency drills and develop rescue plans.

DGNL Services Include:

  • Packaging and shipping of dangerous goods (Third Party Shipping);

  • Consulting on dangerous goods issues for service companies and operators;

  • Delivery of safety training courses;

  • Provision of quotes and tenders;

  • Performance of complete audits for OHS clients;

  • Maintaining inventory & conducting safe procurement of dangerous goods.

Jeff Walsh
Consultant

Jeff Walsh is President and CEO of Seashore Maritime Services Limited and MIR Ltd. In 1985 Jeff Walsh graduated from Memorial University’s Marine Institute’s Department of Naval Architecture, specializing in marine systems design. During his early career, Jeff was heavily involved in shipboard operations, maintenance and repair and eventually on to vessel design, field engineering and supervision,  Project and Shipyard Management involving mid life refits of vessels ranging 30 million dollars.

Seashore Maritime Services undertakes:

  • Marine Insurance Warranty Surveys, and Major Vessel Casualties;

  • Suitability and On-Hire Surveys;

  • Technical Representation and Project Management Services;

  • Vessel Management.

Seashore’s clients include marine and cargo underwriters, vessel owners, charterers and managers, marine lawyers, marine adjusters, shipyards and marine repair companies.


During the past three years, Jeff has lead Seashore’s development of the Vessel Safety Management System (VSMS), based on the widely-used Oracle® database.  

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