Meet Our Team


DIRECTORS

 

NEIL GRIGGS, M.A. COMMUNITY AND REGIONAL PLANNING, FOUNDER

Neil has spent forty years managing and developing construction projects in British Columbia, United States, Australia and South East Asia. British Columbia projects include properties on Vancouver’s False Creek waterfront lands and BC Building Corporation’s Oakland residential neighbourhood in Burnaby. As President and General Manager of Whistler Village Land Company, he was responsible for managing development of infrastructure, hotels, restaurants and shops. He spent five years in Australia and Asia managing the development of large tourist resorts, hotels and residential properties. In 1998 he founded BWB, together with colleagues and his brother. Over the next twenty years, BWB has worked on medical facilities, schools and housing projects in twelve countries.

 

MANLEY MCLACHLAN, B.A. 

Manley has recently completed a fourteen year term as president and CEO of the British Columbia Construction Association (BCCA) which represents over two thousand contractors active in all sectors of the construction industry. Under his leadership BCCA successfully developed the Skilled Trades Employment Program. Prior to joining BCCA, he managed the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA) for nine years expanding SCA’s influence in construction safety, aboriginal involvement, construction trades education, training and the implementation of information technology. Earlier he spent nine years as an excavation and trenching contractor. Manley has been active in fundraising for numerous not-for -profit organizations. He has served on a number of construction related boards and committees including as chairman of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table.

 

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 is now a director of several BC mineral exploration public companies. 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.

  

MARK BELTON

For the past 17 years Mark has worked as the Director of Finance for the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) responsible for financial accounting, membership invoicing and office administration. During that time he has facilitated payments to CCA contractors and suppliers for the re-construction of L’Ecole Lakay , a two hundred student trade school in Port au Prince Haiti.

 

BRIAN PALMQUIST, ARCHITECT AIBC, MRAIC, BEP, CP, LEED AP

Brian is an architect, building envelope and building code expert with more than four decades of project experience throughout North America including the design and construction of almost every type of building. He developed web-based project and quality management software that has been used on projects as large as a $2 billion airport expansion. He developed and managed the construction quality program for one of Canada’s largest construction companies. An educator to trades and professionals, in 2015 he published his first book, “An Architect’s Guide to Construction – Tales from the Trenches.” He is currently working on his second book, “Designing Your PATH to Quality – Enduring Ways in the Age of Immediacy.”

 

ADVISORS

 

BOGUE BABICKI, D.SC., P.ENG., RCA

Dr. Babicki is the founder of Bogue Babicki Associates Inc., structural designers and engineers, responsible for many iconic buildings in British Columbia and some abroad from the 1960s through the 1990s. British Columbia buildings include the 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 numerous Vancouver high-rise buildings. After the Algerian 2003 earthquake, the Algerian Government invited BWB and Dr. Babicki to inspect public structures, including bridges and water towers in many six-story residential buildings. Recommendations made led to positive changes in 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 Structural Engineer and owner of Aspect Structural Engineers Inc. based in Vancouver. He has over 14 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.

 

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 BWB projects in 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 is a Sustainability Coordinator for Bing Thom Architects (BTA). Previously a senior architect for Surrey Central City and Aberdeen Centre, she now co-leads BTA’s independent research and development arm. Previously Eileen worked as a Green Building Project Manager with Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre coordinating LEED project documentation and assisted in public inquiries into green building, advocacy, education and policy work. She developed the Green Building training program for contractors and field crews.

 

MIKE KEENAN, R.I.C.S VRCA, ICBA, CCA

Michael has over 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 17 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
Enda Bardell – Turkey
Jonn Bramen – Maldives
Svetlana Brzev – Algeria, Nepal, India
Chris Culos – Graphic Designer
Brendon Farrell – Sri Lanka
Bob Fiddes – India
Mark Grimm – Sri Lanka
Ralph Heading – Sri Lanka
Gudrun Hupfauer – Turkey
Saqib Khan – Pakistan 
Doug Nelin – Sri Lanka
Charlie McGregor – India
Bishu Pandey – Nepal
Emma Risley – Sri Lanka
Glade Schoenfeld – Nepal
Wayne Traux – Sri Lanka
Rob Unger – Sri Lanka
Gerry Zipursky – Haiti