Who we are


BWB BOARD


Neil Griggs, M.A. Community and Regional Planning

Neil has spent 40 years managing, coordinating and developing large construction projects in British Columbia, United States, Australia and South East Asia. British Columbia projects included 16 properties on Vancouver’s waterfront lands on the south side of False Creek, and BC Building Corporation’s Oakland residential neighborhood in Burnaby. In addition, as President and General Manager of Whistler Village Land Company, he was responsible for managing development of infrastructure, hotels, restaurants and shops in the new Whistler Village. He spent 5 years in Australia and Asia managing the development of several large tourist resorts, hotels and residential properties. In 1998 he founded Builders Without Borders, together with colleagues and his brother in Ottawa, and over the next 20 years has worked on medical facilities, schools and housing projects in over ten different countries.

Dave Ellis, UK trained Architect / Planner

Dave has over 35 years experience in designing and planning mixed-use, residential and resort communities, as well as the buildings that inhabit them. During his working life he has resided in the UK, Hawaii, Australia and Canada and during the last dozen or so years has embraced the opportunity to visit and work in China. Thus he brings a broad scope of experience to engage the varied and challenging circumstances and locations in which Builders Without Borders has chosen to work.



Robert (‘Bob’) Culbert, B. App. Sc., P. Eng.

Bob is a civil engineer with over four decades of domestic and international project experience, including concrete quality control, highway and bridge design, seaport planning in British Columbia and New Brunswick, and international project management in Nigeria, Nepal and Indonesia. Previously a president of a land resource consulting company and a BC ski resort, he now works with several BC mineral exploration public companies as an officer and director. He is proud to be with Builders Without Borders for fifteen years including post-earthquake rebuilding in Gujarat Western India, Northwest Frontier Pakistan, Haiti and Nepal.


BWB TEAM AND ADVISORS


Bogue Babicki, D.Sc., P.Eng., RCA

Dr. Babicki is the founder of Bogue Babicki Associates Inc., a firm of structural designers and engineers responsible for many iconic buildings in British Columbia and some abroad from the 1960s through the 1990s. British Columbia buildings to note include Westcoast Building, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver Art Gallery, Museum of Anthropology, Provincial Law Courts, Expo ’86 Center neo-geodesic dome and modular pavilions, Jamathhana/Ismail Mosque, and many downtown Vancouver high-rise buildings. After the Algerian 2003 earthquake, the Algerian Government invited Builders Without Borders and Dr. Babicki to inspect public structures, including bridges and water towers in many six-story residential buildings. With detection of the problem, the recommendations made helped in positive changes towards the Algerian building code.

Brian Boone, P.Eng. B.Sc. Civil Engineering

Brian is a project manager with extensive experience in civil and structural engineering design, construction management and project management with both Canadian and international projects. He is a proven manager of a variety of design and construction projects from inception to delivery. Projects worked on include residential, institutional and industrial buildings, oil industry facilities, power stations, forestry and mine infrastructure, environmental and multiple small projects. Brian also has international project management and engineering experience in Indonesia, the Caribbean, Middle East (Qatar), Australia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and Algeria.

Andrew Chad, M.Eng,, P.Eng.

Andrew is a full time Structural Engineer and owner of ACC Structural Engineers Inc. based in Vancouver. He has over 12 years of structural engineering experience, working on a variety projects ranging from simple houses to $30M+ school and community centers. Andrew is proficient designing with all major building materials and is familiar with construction means and methods found in developing countries. Prior to starting his own firm, he was employed at Fast + Epp Structural Engineers, a firm renowned for it's innovative and architecturally expressive structures. Andrew has a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Masters degree in Earthquake Engineering. Andrew joined Builders Without Borders in 2011 and consulted on a variety of projects in Nepal, the Philippines and Haiti.

Eric Doubt, FCInst.M., RPM

Eric’s early career encompasses roles as a teacher, medical journalist, copywriter and President of an international B2B ad agency. In 1994 he founded and is President of Communication Associates that specializes in integrated marketing and communications solutions for the business, healthcare and non-profit sectors. Since 2006 Eric has volunteered with medical NGOs in Haiti. As executive director of Healing Hands for Haiti he helped to rebuild that premier physical medicine and rehabilitation institute after the earthquake. His new project, Producer of abilityhaiti, is to document the issues and stories of persons with disability in Haiti.

Caroline Hart

Caroline has worked extensively in the non-profit arena for over 25 years. Specializing in project management, human resources, supply chain management and logistics, she is dedicated to Builders Without Borders with particular focus on the Lakay trade school in Haiti. Caroline also works for an indigenous collective in the areas of truth and reconciliation, where her next role will be production management of an artistic tour of the northernmost reserves in Ontario, including Attawapiskat. Caroline’s longer term goal is to work as a logistician for Médecins Sans Frontières when the last of her four children graduates in 2020.

Andrea Hestvik, Architect AAA, AIBC

Andrea got involved in her first international development project over ten years ago in Manila, Philippines, where she learned that thoughtful design and creative construction processes can make a fundamental difference to lives and livelihoods. Since this time, Andrea discovered Builders Without Borders shares many of the same values, and has contributed to projects in Uruguay, India, Laos and Haiti.

Eileen Keenan, MA Dip. Arch. RIBA LEED AP

Eileen is a UK registered architect, with more than 25 years of design, project coordination and construction experience in Europe and Canada. As a LEED Accredited Professional and expert in sustainable building techniques, technologies, and processes, Eileen works as a Sustainability Coordinator for Bing Thom Architects (BTA). Previously a senior architect for Surrey Central City and Aberdeen Centre, she now co-leads BTAWorks, BTA’s independent research and development arm. Previously Eileen worked as a Green Building Project Manager with Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre where she coordinated LEED project documentation and assisted in public inquiries into green building, advocacy, education and policy work. Additionally, she developed the Green Building training program for contractors and field crews.

Mike Keenan, R.I.C.S VRCA, ICBA, CCA

Michael has 25 years of experience in the construction industry in Europe and Canada, and a diploma in Building Construction Management and Surveying. He has considerable expertise in project and construction management, safety management and cost control as well as building refurbishment and envelope design. Michael is a Principal/Project Manager at Heatherbrae Builders Co. and has successfully acted as a project and construction manager on many major projects.

Janet Porter, MBA

Janet has over 12 years of experience in humanitarian work, relief & recovery, shelter & disaster management. As a Cambridge MBA graduate, she stewarded multiphase projects and programs in Africa, Haiti, India, Canada and the UK from inception through planning, execution, completion and review. Known as a communications bridge, she thrives on engaging stakeholders and rallying diverse teams towards a unified vision. Janet has worked with various local and international organizations, as well as with both Red Cross and First Nations Economic Development initiatives. With an education background in business, engineering technologies (GIS) and environmental science she is pleased to be a part of Builders Without Borders team and continue her passion for social impacts and sustainable initiatives.


BWB ADVOCATES AND VOLUNTEERS


Elias Alacar – Philippines
Julia Armstrong – Turkey, Sri Lanka
Bogue Babicki – Algeria, Haiti
Enda Bardell – Turkey
Brian Boone – Canada, Haiti, Nepal
Jonn Bramen – Maldives
Svetlana Brzev – Algeria, Nepal
Andrew Chad – Haiti, Philippines
Bob Culbert – India, Laos, Nepal, Haiti
Chris Culos – Graphic Designer
Brendon Farrell – Sri Lanka
Bob Fiddes – India
Mark Grimm – Sri Lanka
Caroline Hart – Haiti
Ralph Heading – Sri Lanka
Andrea Hestvik – Laos
Gudrun Hupfauer – Turkey
Eileene Keenan – Haiti
Saqib Khan – Pakistan
Doug Nelin – Sri Lanka
Charlie McGregor – India
Bishu Pandey – Nepal
Emma Risley – Sri Lanka
Glad Schoenfeld – Nepal
Wayne Traux – Sri Lanka
Rob Unger – Sri Lanka
Gerry Zipursky – Haiti

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