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Seasoned Leadership.  Our executive management team has an average of 35 years of experience within the contracting industry.

Victor Budzinski

Victor Budzinski

Executive Advisor

Victor began his career as a telecommunications lineman in the Northwest Territories. In the late 1970s, he bought into a small partnership that evolved into Valard. He has steered the company's tremendous growth ever since.  Although Victor retired as Valard's CEO in April of 2017, he remains integral to the company through his role as Executive Advisor.

Adam Budzinski

Adam Budzinski

President/CEO of the Valard Group & President, Quanta Electric and Power Operations Canada

Since assuming role as President, Adam has significantly grown the organization's revenue and employee base. An experienced and diverse entrepreneurial executive, Adam’s leadership and success are built on the foundation of honesty, trust, integrity and respect. 

Adam attained his Bachelor of Science, Engineering (Power Systems Engineering) from the University of Alberta. He has since supplemented that educational background with experience in all aspects of the energy sector. Recent notable successes include securing two of Canada’s largest transmission line infrastructure projects - AESO’s West Fort McMurray (Alberta) Project, in partnership with ATCO Electric, and Nalcor’s (Newfoundland/Labrador) LCP transmission scope; both $1B+.

Steve Sousa

Steve Sousa

Chief Commercial Officer

Steve is the Chief Commercial Officer at Valard, responsible for the company’s commercial division, business strategy, growth and positioning in the industry. A native of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Steve’s previous experience includes top executive positions with SaskTel as President, Sasktel International and Chief Commercial Officer at SaskPower. Steve has been recognized by Caldwell Partners International as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 for outstanding achievements in community spirit celebrating the achievements of 40 Canadians in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors, who have demonstrated remarkable success before passing the age of 40. Steve has also been nominated for the Ontario Premier's Award on two separate occasions recognizing the achievements of Ontario college graduates in the province and throughout the world. He has also been featured in major Canadian business news media, including The Globe and Mail. Steve has and continues to actively serve on various boards and charitable initiatives across Canada.

 

Barkley Adams

Barkley Adams

Chief Operating Officer

Barkley is currently leading the Fort McMurray West 500 kV Transmission Project which kicked off in late 2017. This project is the largest engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) electric transmission project ever awarded in North America. Barkley brings with him three decades of experience in the powerline industry. He started his career working as an employee of McGregor Construction, where he fulfilled several different roles, most recently as President, from 2011 – 2014 inclusively. Barkley has worked on numerous EPC substation, transmission and distribution projects. His experience in the field has helped Barkley refine his expertise at managing and connecting the two components of every successful project; the design and the execution. Barkley puts substantial emphasis on teamwork and accountability, key factors in his leadership style. 

Victor Wearden

Victor Wearden

Chief Financial Officer

Victor is responsible for all Finance, Accounting and Treasure functions for the Valard Group. Victor received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Calgary and then achieved his Chartered Professional Accountant Designation while working at Collins Barrow Chartered  Accountants in Calgary. After leaving public practice, Victor spent seven years at the Silvacom Group of Companies in the top Financial Position and then nine years at North American Construction in many different roles of increasing responsibility. Victor enjoys giving back to the community by volunteering significant time to the Devon Minor Hockey Association. Over a number of years, Victor has held many head coach and assistant coach positions, as well as elected to hold the Treasurer, Vice President, President and Past President positions on the Executive Board.

Shilo Neveu

Shilo Neveu

EVP, Health, Safety & Environment

Shilo's career has spanned from the worksite, to the courtroom to the boardroom. Having received his Environmental Degree, Shilo started his career in Toronto working for PCL Construction Ltd. as a Loss Prevention Supervisor. While at PCL, Shilo oversaw HSE operations on projects ranging from $1 Million to over $1 Billion dollars throughout Canada. Following his time at PCL, Shilo obtained his Law Degree and passed the Alberta bar exams. As a lawyer, Shilo worked for a number of prestigious law firms in Alberta and had a legal practice primarily focused on Occupational Health and Safety. Shilo also teaches and develops programs for the University of Alberta OHS diploma program. Shilo likes to give back to the community - he is on the CRSP regional screening committee and is a frequent presenter for non-profit organizations across Canada. In addition, Shilo has also achieved his CRSP and CUSP designation.

 

Phil Seeley

Phil Seeley

VP, Distribution

Phil oversees distribution projects, distribution estimating, telecommunications and four-party service functions. With 30 years of experience, Phil has seen the industry from almost every angle. He started with Valard in 1981 and has worked as a laborer, apprentice, journeyman, foreman and supervisor, in addition to his current role.

Joe Pandiak

Joe Pandiak

VP, Alberta & British Columbia

Joe has directed and played a lead role in the construction of innumerable transmission projects, including the Hydro One Bruce to Milton 500 kV double circuit line, 435 kilometres of 115 kV transmission line to the Victor mine in Northern Ontario and the CNRL 260 kV double circuit transmission line with two 260/72/34.5 kV associated plant substations.

Gil Mourant

Gil Mourant

VP, Special Projects

Gil has over 40 years of experience in the design and construction of structures and foundations for high-voltage transmission lines and stations. He also has expertise in transmission line planning and routing.

Colin Javra

Colin Javra

VP, Manitoba and Saskatchewan

Colin has over 20 years of experience in the design and construction of civil infrastructure projects. These projects include greenfield construction major transmission stations, and the expansion of brownfield distribution stations. Colin has been the lead project engineer for the construction activities of high-voltage transmission lines including clearing, foundations, erection, and stringing. He also has experience in transmission line routing.   

Dave Friesen

Dave Friesen

VP, Ontario

Dave is responsible for Valard Operations in Ontario.  Dave has been involved in construction, engineering and management of transmission lines, distribution lines and substations over the last 30 years.  He has also led groups on the energization of generation plants and industrial electrical systems throughout North America.

Alain Gagné

Alain Gagné

VP, Quebec

Alain is responsible for the establishment of Valard in Quebec. Alain has more than 35 years experience in the construction field and in the maintenance of powerlines of any voltage, including the pruning of distribution lines, in Quebec as well as in the Northeastern United States, where he worked for 16 years.

Keith Sones

Keith Sones

VP, National Business Development for the Valard Group

Keith has over 25 years of experience in the electrical power industry, including senior roles in executive leadership, project management, operations as well as health and safety. At BC Hydro, his innovative work in Construction Safety earned him the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering Safety Professional of the Year award. As a senior leader, Keith managed the operations and construction divisions of FortisBC, prior to leading several important transmission and substation projects to accommodate an expanding power system. His knowledge of the industry and certification as a Project Management Professional play an important role in his ability to understand and fulfill customers’ requirements. As the president of Allteck Line Contractors, Keith was instrumental in fostering new customer relationships, overseeing significant corporate growth and expanding company operations across Canada.  

Jennifer  Brusse

Jennifer Brusse

General Counsel, Valard Group of Companies

Jennifer joined the Valard Group of Companies in November 2016. As a member of senior management for the  Group, Jennifer oversees the legal matters for all the Valard Companies across Canada. Jennifer is also responsible for the Contracts Group within Valard.    

Jennifer received her LL.B from the University of Western Ontario in 2004, and spent time practicing in both Toronto and Calgary with a large national law firm. In 2008, Jennifer joined one of the largest construction companies in North America as Legal Counsel where she handled all of the legal matters for two large business units, including managing claims and lawsuits, supporting projects, negotiating contract deals, handling labour and employment matters and overseeing other general legal matters. In 2014, she took on the role of Commercial Counsel, Senior Commercial Counsel and then Associate General Counsel where she focused her attention on negotiating and structuring multi-billion dollar projects for the construction company.