Our People

Quartek has a full-time staff of 40, which includes professional engineers and engineers-in-training, registered architects and OAAAS Licenced Technologists, registered interior designer, and professional urban planners. Our design team is supported by technicians and technologists with extensive experience in Computer-Aided Design (CAD), computer modeling and project management. From a resource perspective, we are Niagara’s largest multi-disciplined Architectural & Engineering design firm.

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Doug Peters

President
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 233

Doug has been a principal of the firm since 1992. After leading the civil/municipal engineering group for 20+ years, he assumed the role of President in November 2015. Doug has 37 years experience in management, design, approvals and contract administration for private development and municipal infrastructure projects. He has prepared servicing studies, drainage reports, and sewer studies, and has experience in surveying and soils testing. He has considerable expertise in linear infrastructure, development engineering, stormwater management, irrigation, watermain network analysis, pumping station design, and multi-disciplined project management.

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Rob Mackenzie

Vice President
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OAA, B. Arch., MRAIC, Director of Corporate Development
phone ext: 226

Robert has been a principal of the firm since he joined in 1998, coming from a partnership with Stan Butcherd in Port Colborne. He contributes 29 years of practical experience in design, construction, contract administration, and business management in the architectural profession. He also brings to the team a broad background in art/technology composition, computer-aided design, and other related skills adaptive to successfully conveying ideas and spatial concepts to a broad range of clientele. His experience includes feasibility studies, space analysis, schematic planning, scheduling, graphics, signage, and interior & landscape design over a wide spectrum of building projects, particularly in office, commercial, industrial, hospital, government, institutional, and hospitality/tourism categories.

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Paul Uppal

Senior Electrical Designer
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phone ext: 250

Paul is a Principal of the firm and leads Quartek’s Building Sciences group. He is a senior electrical design technician with extensive experience in design and layout of electrical systems for commercial, institutional, and industrial building projects, power supply, and interior and exterior lighting for a wide variety of applications. With 30+ years of practical application with Canadian building electrical systems and equipment design, Paul offers substantial depth in the range of electrical services offered to our clients.

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Norm Ocampo

Director of Architecture & Urban Design
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OAA, B. Arch., B.E.S.
phone ext: 283

Norman is a Principal of the firm and an accomplished architect with 25 years of experience, more than 15 of which have been at Quartek. As Quartek’s Director of Architecture, Norman oversees production and co-ordination of technical and contract documentation, and ensures coordination of allied engineering services. His thoroughness and attention to detail is evident in each project he undertakes. Norman’s design strengths and people skills when working with clients and user groups result in an ability to efficiently manage projects from the early concepts to the finished building.

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Sam Persano

Manager of Architecture
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OAA, M. Arch., B. Arch. Associate Architect
phone ext: 270

Sam is an architect with over 14 years of experience and is engaged with a variety of clients and project types. His major assets include maintaining clear communication with owner and collaborating with all disciplines from the early schematic design stage through to the completion of construction. Recent notable projects include Old Fort Erie Interpretive Centre, Ridley College Athletic Complex Addition and Renovations, Meridian Credit Union Arena (Virgil), and Credit Union branch renovations for Meridian, DUCA and Polish Parishes. Sam obtained a Bachelor of Technology in Architectural Science at Ryerson University and his Master of Architecture from the University at Buffalo.

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Lee Curtis

Architectural Technologist
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Lic. Tech. OAA, Dip. T., A.Sc.T., Associate
phone ext: 263

Lee has been with Quartek since 2006. Finding significant benefit in the integrated service approach, he has recently become an Associate. He has an advanced diploma in Architectural Technology from Mohawk College and is a member of both the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) and the Ontario Association of Architects as a ‘Licensed Technologist OAA’. This designation adds value to the client as Lee can manage selected projects directly rather than under supervision of an architect. This competitive advantage reduces costs while still being able to liaise with architects and engineers. Lee has worked on a variety of projects in both public and private sectors. He is involved in all aspects of project management including conceptual design, 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) and contract administration. He currently leads our construction document production staff on most architectural and multi-disciplinary projects.

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Nigel Scott

Architect
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OAA, BFA, M. Arch.
phone ext: 285
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Nicholas Yamich

Architect
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OAA, B. Arch. Sc., M. Arch.
phone ext: 360

Nicholas officially joined the Quartek team in 2010 and his experience ranges from commercial, institutional, and medical renovations and new builds to multi-storey residential developments. He is involved in design from the early schematic phase through construction documentation and contract administration, allowing for seamless transition between all phases of the owner’s project, regardless of scope or scale. Nick is also adept at three dimensional modelling and detailing, allowing for considered designs that meet, and exceed, the owner's needs and expectations.

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Lizbeth Guzman-Javalera

Intern Architect
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M. Arch.
phone ext: 252
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Mike Geremia

Architectural Project Manager
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Associate
phone ext: 282

Michael has 30+ years of project management, design development, construction documentation, field review, and drafting experience. Prior to joining Quartek in 2006, Michael worked with Baker and Elmes Architects, Flemming and Baker Architects, and Lou Macie Architects. His extensive experience includes many schools, colleges, universities, and other institutional projects, as well as numerous new and renovation commercial/retail, industrial and residential projects. In his role as Quartek’s Senior Architectural Technologist, Michael organizes technical documentation for comprehensive construction instruction to contractors.

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Arlon Brathwaite

Architectural Technologist
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Dipl. T.
phone ext: 265
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Jonathan Boccia

Architectural Technologist
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Dipl. T.
phone ext: 238
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Robert Smit

Architectural Technologist
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B.A.Tech., Dipl. T., LEED Green Associate
phone ext: 261
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Kashthuri Pulogarajah

Architectural Technologist
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B.Tech., Dipl. T.
phone ext: 266
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Chantel Visca

Interior Designer
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DID, NCIDQ, ARIDO, IDC
phone ext: 271

Chantel has 5 years experience in the interior design field, including space planning, finish specifications, technical drawings and millwork design. Her skills in 3D modeling are an asset to any project and aid in the client’s visualization of the space. Chantel’s knowledge of various finishes and her affinity for bringing together colour in a cohesive manner, allow her to carry great concepts through to the finishing stages of the design. Recent projects include Bethesda’s Niagara Family Centre and a boardroom and new offices for Bosch Rexroth. For commercial projects, Chantel has developed design guideline standards for retail spaces, as well as provided experiential design for hospitality venues.

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Paul Dempsey

Manager of Structural Engineering
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 243

Paul Dempsey has headed up the Structural Engineering Department at Quartek since 2005. He has 33 years’ experience as a structural engineer in the consulting industry. Since 1993 Paul has been responsible for project coordination, structural designs and construction review for numerous commercial, residential, institutional and industrial projects, primarily within the Niagara Region. Prior to this he spent 9 years with Acres International specializing in structural steel design for a number of powerhouses, industrial and commercial buildings. Paul has extensive experience in design of structural steel, masonry, timber, and reinforced concrete design, and in the use of computer systems for structural analysis and design. He has strong planning, organization, communication, human resources and project management skills which he employs to meet clients’ specific objectives, budgetary and scheduling requirements. Paul has a proven track record with Quartek’s multi-disciplined team to provide productive, innovative and cost conscious structural designs.

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Jan Lecko

Senior Structural Designer/Draftsperson
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phone ext: 280

Jan has 35 years of experience in design and drafting on a wide range of building and engineering projects, particularly in the structural engineering field in high-rise construction. Other experience includes mechanical (plant process piping, building services) and detailing of shop fabrication drawings. Her range of drafting experience helps facilitate the integration of structural, mechanical, and electrical requirements for a project which creates efficiencies and innovation in the design of the project. Jan’s work includes structural and building services detailing for commercial, industrial, residential, educational and healthcare applications.

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Lynn Perry

Structural/Civil Engineer
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 275

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Leigh Whyte

Manager of Planning
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MCIP, RPP, AICP
phone ext: 236

Leigh has over twenty years of experience as a Senior Planner and Project Manager performing urban and environmental planning for numerous aboriginal, public, and private clients. His responsibilities have included numerous applications for rezoning and official plan amendments for land development projects, presentations and preparation of public outreach approaches, power sector consulting, GIS project management, municipal ordinance preparation, comprehensive planning, industrial site development, environmental impact statement (EIS) preparation and review, aboriginal engagement and consultation, and preparation of various environmental reports for submittal to all levels of government in Canada and the U.S. Leigh is an associate of the firm. In addition to managing Quartek’s Planning Department, he is focusing on development applications in southern Ontario and policy planning work in northern communities.

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Susan Smyth

Urban Planner
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B.A.
phone ext: 241
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Jillian Richards

Planning/GIS Technician
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phone ext: 281

Jillian Richards is a graduate of Mohawk College’s Urban and Regional Planning Technician – GIS program, and has a degree from the University of Toronto majoring in Geography with a minor in Geographic Information Systems. Jillian joined Quartek Group in 2018 to contribute her expertise in planning processes, AutoCAD and Esri technology. Jillian assists with the preparation of technical drawings for concept plans, draft plans of subdivision and condominium, and site plans. She also utilizes her skills in GIS to manage and present land use information for Zoning By-Law and Official Plan mapping.

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Hank Klassen

Manager of Civil Engineering
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 232

Hank has 30+ years of experience in various aspects of the civil engineering profession and the construction industry. He has been involved in planning, environmental assessment, design, contract administration and project management for various residential, commercial, institutional and municipal infrastructure projects, primarily in the Niagara Region, including roads, watermains, sanitary and storm sewers, and related works. Hank has been involved in design and project management for numerous sewage collection and disposal systems and stormwater management.

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Eric Flora

Senior Civil Engineer
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 229
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Adam Yin

Senior Civil Engineer
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 255
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John Prinzen

Civil Engineer-in-Training
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B. Eng. Dipl. M.E.T.
phone ext: 230

John Prinzen is a graduate of the McMaster Engineering program and an EIT with Professional Engineers Ontario. In his 7 years with Quartek Group Inc., he has moved through various stages of design involvement to now manage and lead design on various projects including watermain, sanitary & storm sewers, storm water management, road work, subdivisions, site servicing & grading, irrigation, etc. He has carried out construction review for residential subdivisions, road reconstruction and linear infrastructure renewal. John is also knowledgeable in areas of mechanical and electrical engineering, facilitating his work on various once-off projects involving non-civil components.

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Nick Sully

Civil Engineer-in-Training
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B. Eng.
phone ext: 240
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Justin Burden

Engineering Technician
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phone ext: 231

Justin has 13 years experience in various aspects of engineering. In his 7 years with Quartek, he has prepared CAD plans for numerous infrastructure improvement and land development projects and is proficient in AutoDesk Civil 3D, terrain modeling and construction drawings. Justin is also Quartek’s topographic survey lead, carrying out pre-design surveys using GPS and total station equipment and preparing comprehensive, accurate CAD base plans for use in planning and design.

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Jonny Langedyk

Civil Engineering Technologist
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C. Tech.
phone ext: 237

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Adam Meyer

Electrical Engineer
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 251

Adam is a graduate of McMaster University in electrical engineering and a member of Professional Engineers Ontario. His 11 years of experience at Quartek includes a wide variety of experience in both design and preparation of drawings and specifications. Projects have included power distribution and lighting for numerous educational facilities from primary through post-secondary institutions, numerous financial institutions, commercial/retail buildings, multiple residential buildings, medical clinics and more. Adam has been responsible for onsite data gathering of existing systems, design, and site reviews.

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Craig Robinson

Electrical/Mechanical Engineer-in-Training
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B. Eng.
phone ext: 273
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Dave Stacey

Mechanical Engineering Manager
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P. Eng.
phone ext: 254

David Stacey leads the Mechanical Engineering Department at Quartek and he has over 25 years of experience in mechanical systems construction and engineering industry, most recently with an multi-national Engineering Consulting Services company. He is well versed in the design and implementation of Automated Building Control systems, HVAC equipment, Fire Protection and Plumbing systems. Mr. Stacey’s experience in building construction, energy management, pumping systems and HVAC equipment application provides a perspective of practical design for maintainability and sustainability in an efficient manner. Dave and the mechanical team have a proven track record with working in multi-disciplined teams to provide productive, innovative and cost conscious mechanical designs for our clients.

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Quinton Voskamp

Mechanical Engineer-in-Training
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phone ext: 264

Quinton Voskamp is a mechanical EIT and a graduate from Queen’s University. Mr. Voskamp has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects during his time as an EIT. His project experience includes mechanical design and construction phase review for building systems including HVAC, building automation, pumping and fire protection. He also has experience in mechanical design, estimation, and commissioning for mineral processing plants.

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Wes Duns

Mechanical/Electrical Engineer-in-Training
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phone ext: 253
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Matt Keller

Mechanical/Electrical Engineer-in-Training
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phone ext: 235
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Susan Janzen

Controller, Administration – Accounting
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phone ext: 239

Susan has been with Quartek since 1999. She brought considerable experience in clerical work associated with the legal profession. Susan oversees invoicing, accounts receivable, accounts payable, group benefits and a number of other financial and administrative aspects of the firm.

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Stephanie Scheffer

Administrative Assistant
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phone ext: 222

Stephanie joined Quartek in 2002 and has been involved in reception, clerical functions and accounting. She currently takes front line responsibility for invoicing and accounts receivable, and carries out many day-to-day administrative tasks.

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Michelle Boudrias-Blong

Administrative Assistant
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phone ext: 221

Michelle joined Quartek in 2016, bringing years of experience dealing with the public in retail sales and management. She handles physical and telephone reception, numerous clerical tasks and a host of other items that keep our offices welcoming and presentable.

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Ritter Melbye

IT Manager, Technical Support
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phone ext: 287

Ritter is our IT Manager, and has been with Quartek since 2003. He is responsible for ensuring all computer systems, networks and electronic-related equipment are in proper working order. In addition to his IT capabilities, a variety of disciplines utilize him for drafting based on significant CAD experience. Ritter is also active in keeping our website and social media presence up to date.

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