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A proud Acadian and Maritimer , Chris started his journey at LRL in 1992 fresh out of college and has contributed to its success ever since. This comes as no surprise considering construction is in his family DNA. For Chris, seeing a project evolve from concept to design to construction is something he never gets tired of.
From expanding LRL’s services in the mid 1990’s amidst a recession to helping grow the company from half a dozen employees to 50+, he has demonstrated his passion for engineering and commitment to LRL’s wide range of clients.
For 30 years, Chris has managed hundreds of innovative and exciting projects across all of LRL’s engineering disciplines. Beyond using his diverse expertise to help clients succeed, he shares his breadth of knowledge in land development, environmental assessments, and municipal infrastructure with his eager team.
Chris’ unwavering passion for engineering extends beyond his practice, reaching admirable heights in professionalism, client service, and leadership.
In his spare time, Chris loves to spend time outdoors with friends and family.
The power to heal as I do not like to see people suffering.
"Never give up."
Martin’s experience working for an electrical contractor during summer holidays in high school and through his post-secondary studies is where he developed his love for electrical engineering. As a highly skilled team leader who’s been with LRL for 15 years, Martin prepares fee proposals, oversees designs, project assignments, budget management, and allocates resources for LRL’s Mechanical and Electrical Engineering department. His passion for engineering and diverse skill set enables him to manage a variety of projects at the firm, including over and above design; I&R, IAR, building condition assessments, and reserve fund studies.
Through his unwavering dedication to delivering projects and developing long term client relationships, Martin played an integral role in growing the M&E team from the smallest team with two members in 2005 to the biggest with 17 members as of 2022.
His expertise in working with clients in the private sector, federal government, property management, architecture, school boards, commercial development, contractors, design-builders and local industries has allowed LRL to cater to a variety of client needs across multiple verticals. While he enjoys every project he manages and oversees, he particularly enjoyed working on CSDCEO school projects between 2005 and 2010 where he had the chance to provide French language engineering documents allowing him to improve his French engineering technical language.
In his spare time, Martin loves to cook and play/listen to music. He says, “Music has definitely helped me when working late hours and cooking is simply a great way of relaxing and creating something delicious from simple ingredients.”
I love all kinds but my favourite treat is foie gras!
I grew up in a small-town east of Ottawa called Sarsfield. Both my parents grew up in the same area as well on farm country.
I love spending time with my wife and daughter at home. I also love to play the guitar.
Summer for sure!
If I could meet someone famous it would have to be someone from the music industry. At this time, I would say Jack White. He is a musician that thinks outside the box and he puts a lot of emotion in his performances. I think I would just sit there and watch him play.
Sebastien’s journey in mechanical engineering started with his early fascination with airplanes, leading him to study mechanical engineering at university. His father, an architect, encouraged this pursuit and now, many years later, he leads LRL’s Mechanical Engineering Department.
With over 16 years of diverse experience in the industry and engineering licenses in several provinces, Sébastien’s expertise allows him to ensure project and product quality for all of his clients. He has successfully conducted and managed various projects in I&R, IAR building condition assessments, reserve fund studies, and many building system designs, including plumbing, drainage, HVAC, lighting, and electrical distribution systems. Sébastien strives for excellence in providing mechanical engineering expertise on all projects and strongly believes that there is strength in unity. He says, “By working together as a team, we can complement each other’s strengths and achieve great things.” While he has experience in a variety of applications such as low-rise and high-rise residential and federal government buildings, schools are the most rewarding projects for him knowing the team is creating a great environment for kids to learn and grow.
Perhaps just as passionate about winter sports and activities as he is about engineering, Sebastien loves to play curling and go cross-country skiing. He even recently started skate skiing as he finds that it’s a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors in the middle of winter.
I lived in Paris for two years as a child. I consider Paris my 2nd home and I always try to do a lay-over for a few days when I go to Europe.
Mexican food and tacos.
It’s difficult not to say summer. Who doesn’t love going for hikes, bike rides, bbq’s, golf, beach volleyball etc? But I also love winter (a good winter with plenty of snow, not freezing rain). I found that to enjoy winter you must enjoy the outdoors activities. We are so lucky in Ottawa to have access to the canal for skating and Gatineau Park for cross-country skiing.
Early morning. I used to dislike mornings but got into a rhythm to do a workout in the morning before work, now I can’t sleep past 7am on weekends. It’s great to know that you have the whole day in front of you to accomplish things.
Cycling, volleyball, camping and travelling. I recently started backcountry camping in Algonquin park and it is such a great experience. There is a something special about spending time in nature away from the city, traffic, cellphone, etc. We’re planning on going back every summer/fall.
Intermediate Mechanical Engineer
Initially drawn to LRL for its family-like culture and stimulating environment, Stéphane has led numerous projects in structural design, inspections and investigations, building sciences, reporting, and reserve fund studies for over 26 years.
He has designed various structures using steel, reinforced concrete, and wood for clients in both the public and private sectors, including schools, libraries, fire stations, commercial and industrial buildings, and condominiums. His strong background in real estate assets and procedures has allowed him to ensure the success of projects relating to space modification, fit-ups, and structural building condition assessments.
In addition to designing and leading projects, Stéphane loves developing strong relationships with clients, some of which he has been serving for over 25 years. When he isn’t busy at work, Stéphane loves racing cars, travelling and sinking his teeth into delicious French cuisine.
Anticipate the future.
Originally from Repentigny, Québec. I moved to Ottawa to attend university and fell in love with the region so I decided to stay!
Tennis and physical training - they help me develop my competitive side!
As someone who’s passionate about problem-solving and helping people achieve things they couldn’t if they were alone, Elliott’s foray into engineering was a no-brainer. His journey started when he was working construction during the summer in his university days. Shortly after, he joined LRL as a junior structural engineer. His strong beliefs that the success of his projects means his personal success and “good enough” is never actually good enough are what allowed him to grow into his current role as Structural Engineering Team Lead.
Elliott’s favorite project happens to be the biggest one he’s worked on. “The new continuous caster expansion at IVACO Rolling Mills was a multi-million dollar project with major impact in eastern Ontario. I worked on the design of the foundations and concrete tower for the main turret crane. It was really fulfilling to be a big project that so many people were working on together.”
Other memorable project he’s worked on are the two flag mount retrofits, one at DND headquarters and one at Lester B. “You can see these flags from most of the city, and it’s always fun to point them out!”
Aside from leading interesting construction and engineering projects around Canada, one of Elliott’s passions is gardening. Beyond growing great food to feed his family and friends, gardening has taught him patience, planning, resilience and how to deal with what you can control, and what you can’t. All of which he applies to his role at LRL. He also knows it's important to get his hands in the dirt soil after sitting at the computer all day.
I love Italian, French, Korean and Indonesian food. Good beer and red wine. I’m also discovering amazing new vegetarian dishes all the time. I’m always interested in trying new dishes.
Gardening, home renovation, fixing anything that’s broken or could work better, drawing and designing.
Strong coffee - and lots of it.
Marcus Aurelius. I really admire his practical philosophy and timeless wisdom. A nice long conversation with him would surely help put our modern times in perspective.
After working for a consulting firm in Alberta and gaining valuable civil engineering experience, Virginia knew that she wanted to relocate and call Ottawa home. After growing up in the small town of Beachburg, only 1.5 hours west of LRL, it seemed fitting to be close enough to see family and life long friends regularly, while continuing to advance her career.
After a few years in her previous role at a consulting firm, Virginia was approached by LRL to join the team. She was intrigued by the family atmosphere, close contact with clients, and wide range of projects. She’s been an indispensable asset to LRL ever since.
Virginia has valuable experience in multi-phase private sector land development, municipal infrastructure projects, contract administration, as well as site grading, sanitary and domestic water design.
She’s motivated and excited by challenges certain projects offer. When asked about a memorable project, Virginia will bring up a complex subdivision project in Casselman due to the fact that the challenges made it worth it as it had many constraints for servicing, such as the watermain under a railway crossing as well as a river bordered by existing roadways. Virginia’s expertise, enthusiasm and superior communication skills has helped LRL deliver products high in quality, reliability and efficiency.
Growing up Virginia was always involved in many sports and still plays softball and hockey whenever she can. She credits her time in team sports for her dedication, willingness to work hard, being a team player and determination.
I love being active and getting outside! Cycling, hikes and outdoor walks with my husband and daughter are the best. In addition, as a spin instructor before I make my way into the office, you can often find me surrounded by motivated people and loud music before the sun rises.
Coffee - too much of it! If I can be specific, I love a very dark roast.
I’m absolutely all about that summer sunshine.
In my younger years, throughout high school and university I had many interesting part time jobs. One of the positions that sticks out the most is a job I had with a local radio station in Pembroke. I was the “Live on Location” host— I would be on location at various community events and call in to record live snippets of the “happenings”. It sometimes took many practice rounds before I could record it with my radio voice!
With his keen interest in math and science (and an aversion to “artsy” subjects) in school, it was only natural that Brad carved out a path in engineering. He joined LRL as an engineer-in-training after a couple of years working in the geotechnical field in Calgary and Fort McMurray, Alberta. True to who Brad is with a determined yet collected personality, he was eager to continue to learn and as he grew in his position within the firm, he took on more responsibility to eventually become the leader of the Geotechnical department of the company.
As a wearer of many hats in the geotechnical department, Brad has developed a wide range of skills both in the office and in the laboratory. He has hands-on experience in geotechnical site investigations, subsoil explorations, geotechnical considerations for foundation design, slope stability analyses, as well as materials testing, both field and laboratory. As the department lead, he administers all aspects of project management for the department, from the preparation of technical proposals to the completion of geotechnical reports. This includes engineering and construction contract procurement, pre-construction meetings/client liaison, training, supervision and coordination of field staff, overseeing laboratory operations, and field and laboratory report review.
I’m very dedicated to carving out time to go for a run and lift weights! In the gym is my favourite place to workout, but if needed I can squeeze in a workout at home and hit the pavement running! I also really enjoy cooking and use my BBQ and smoker year-round to put together the most flavourful meals for my family.
I have lots of favourites, and enjoy a delicious rib eye steak on the grill, but if I’m not cooking, I am a big supporter of the Ottawa shawarma scene.
Neither - I don’t like hot liquids.
Early morning—it’s the time of day I can accomplish the most including my workout.
I have a goal of completing an Ironman. I have run multiple marathons, and can clock the miles on my road bike; however, I have lots of work to do in the pool.
Jessica started out at LRL as a Junior Technician who consistently demonstrated her commitment and drive. After 10 years of hard work and growth, she moved up the ranks to become the lead of LRL’s Environmental Engineering Department. Thanks to her extensive experience on a wide range of projects ranging from Environmental Site Assessments to detailed Hydrogeological Investigations, we’ve successfully completed many projects for our valued clients.
Jessica plays an integral part in coordinating and conducting landfill site development and operational plans, class environmental assessment studies, groundwater monitoring and environmental impact studies.
She recalls her favourite and most memorable project: “I spent three weeks sampling surface water at a military base near Sudbury. At the time, it seemed like the worst project ever as we had to tend with harsh terrain, rattle snakes, herds of elk, no cell phone service, leeches and a truck that would stall every time the plugs wires got damp. But now, I see it as one of the best stories and experiences!”
When she’s not working in the field, she can be found having outdoor adventures such as mudding, quadding, ski-dooing and camping.
I love to garden. Grow my own fruits, veggies and herbs which I then turn into pantry essentials.
I’m from the small rural municipality of Lacharbour Partie Ouest, just north of Thurso (no relation to Guy Lafleur). I spent weekends and after school helping with the family businesses (logging company and beef farm). I discovered my passion for the outdoors while helping my father walk bush lots and mark trees for his future cutting jobs and my mother with gardening.