LEE NICHOLS, P.Eng., P.Geol., M.Sc. - Founder, Chairman, and Senior Technical Advisor

Lee is the founder of Terracon and has over 56 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering, mine and tailings facilities development and design, groundwater and mine dewatering studies, water quality studies, environmental studies, surface hydrology and ore reserve estimates. Following his undergraduate degree at Queen’s University, Lee received his Masters of Science from Syracuse University. His professional career began immediately upon completion of his undergraduate studies in May, 1963 and he has been a participant in Western Canadian and foreign heavy oil projects since 1974. He has worked on projects in the Athabasca Oil Sands region continuously since that time. Lee has held various technical and senior commercial positions in companies that have worked around the globe.

Lee has also successfully acted as expert witness in legal cases in the United States. Lee takes a very strong professional and personal interest in helping develop and promote Terracon’s health and safety program, especially amongst entry level professionals, as well as its quality management system. In 2013 Lee was awarded the Individual Achievement Award for his many years of work to improve safety and reduce injuries in Alberta workspaces. He helped to create an undergraduate program in Engineering at the University of Alberta which focuses exclusively on risk control, safety, and loss management.

Terracon Leadership

Leadership Team

  • Jake Rubenstein - Chief Operating Officer
  • Shaun Gawryliuk - Chief Financial Officer
  • Julie Falls - Chief People Officer
  • Paul Xu - Director and Principal Engineer
  • Allan Jansen - Director, Safety & Technical Proficiency
  • Andrew Taylor - Director, Shared Services
  • Ian MacNeil - Director, Regional Operations RMWB and Joint Venture Manager, Terracon Infinity LP
  • Fidel Villanueva - Director, Regional Operations AB & BC
  • Damien McNelis - Manager, Edmonton Operations
  • Wenbin Tang - Manager, Calgary Operations
  • Tyler Clemit - Manager, Northern BC Operations
  • Glen Flach - Operations Manager, Syncrude
  • Franklin Udo - Operations Manager, Suncor & CNRL
  • Kramer Clay - Operations Manager, Fort Hills
  • Keith Burden - Manager, Fleet and Facilities
  • Whitney Drouin - Manager, Operational Support
  • Jason Wong - HSE Manager
  • Brandy Hasiuk - Manager, Laboratory Services
  • Jeff Devetten - Manager, Quality and QMS
  • Geoff Hill - Business Development Strategist
  • Farasat Khan - Business Development Strategist

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