NSUPA BIOS

Sean O'Connor

 Sean is a Halifax native who attended St.  FX University for his Diploma in Engineering and then completed his  Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University in 2010.  As a  student, Sean was employed as a materials technician at AMEC from 2006  to 2010.  He currently works with Stantec Consulting Ltd as a Materials  Engineer and Project Manager.  Sean is also a member of CTAA and  Engineers Nova Scotia. 

Stephen Hill

Stephen obtained his engineering degree  from TUNS in 1998 before embarking  on his road building career. He joined Ocean Contractors Limited upon  graduation, and worked as a project coordinator and estimator until  joining Lafarge Canada’s Halifax Construction Group in 2003. He worked  as an estimator and project manager until 2007 before  taking on the role of Construction Manager, overseeing Lafarge’s  construction activity and asphalt manufacturing business in Metro.  Stephen joined the Municipal Group of Companies in 2010.  As part of the Dexter Team, Stephen became involved with  several heavy-civil and earth moving projects, and also helped manage  several high profile paving projects in the region. In July of 2013, he  accepted the role of General Manager for General Liquids Canada (GLC). Stephen is a member in good standing with Engineers Nova  Scotia. 

Jeff MacEwen

 

Jeff was born and  raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick and graduated from the UNB with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in  2003. His summer work experience was spent surveying for the New  Brunswick Department of Transportation. Upon finishing his degree, he  moved to Portland, Maine and started working for Bridgecorp as a Field Engineer. Jeff left Maine in 2004 and  moved to Toronto where he worked for John Emery Geotechnical Engineering  Limited as a geotechnical and materials engineer in training.  He spent three years in Toronto before finally settling in Halifax with  Jacques Whitford (now Stantec), where he worked as a Materials Engineer  and Project Manager until 2012.  Jeff worked for the HRM as their Pavement Management Coordinator until 2016 when he  took the position of Construction Supervisor for the Construction Division of Road Operations.

Guy Kendziora

Guy is a graduate of  Mabou High School on Cape Breton Island.  Guy  attended Acadia University & St. Mary’s University, graduating in  1987.  During his university years, Guy was employed with  the NSTIR Materials Laboratory in Miller Lake working in the asphalt  section, where duties included HMA mix designs, chip seal designs, pre-construction road surveys, HMA field QC, on-site QC  manager mobile paving plant #1, plus various experience in the  soils & concrete sections.  Guy joined  McAsphalt Industries Ltd. in 2002 is now the Marketing Manager for Atlantic Canada.  Guy’s industry  involvement includes: NBUPG Steering Committee 2001-2010, NSRBA Board  of Directors 2007-2009, CTAA (Local Co-Chair) LAC Halifax Convention  2003, CTAA Board of Directors 2002-2007, NSUPA Steering Committee 2007- Present.  While on the NSRBA Board of Directors, Guy co-chaired three  AGM charity auctions, raising a total of $110,000. 

William Costin

 

William is President of Costin Paving  and Contracting Limited. He started working in the family business at  the age of 14 and raked his first load of asphalt at 16. In 1970 he  decided not to study engineering but to follow his skills and talents as  a musician. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees and  worked as a professional musician for 20 years, as a performer, teacher  and arts administrator throughout Canada and Europe.

Because  of his Dad’s illness, he returned to Nova Scotia in 1987 to take over  the reigns of the family business. He is constantly upgrading his skill  sets and has a Gold Seal Certificate as a Project Manager in  Roadbuilding and Heavy Construction from the Canadian Construction  Association. He resides in Amherst and has two grown children, Andrew  and Jillian. When time permits, he still performs concerts with several  jazz and classical music groups.

Mathew Jobb

 Matthew graduated from Dalhousie  University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 2007. Upon graduation  he began working for Maritime Testing Ltd as a Project Manager in the  Materials Engineering Division. In 2011, He then moved to Dexter  Construction as a Quality Control Engineer for the mobile asphalt  division based out of Truro, Nova Scotia. Matthew is a member in good  standing with Engineers Nova Scotia and is also a member of CTAA. 

Jim Manthorne

 im is originally from Guysborough County  and after high school joined the Army, returning to Nova Scotia in the  fall of 1983 as a surveyor. Upon returning home he became involved in  construction and spend the next twenty eight years operating concrete  and asphalt plants. During his career he performed the roles of plant  operator, manager, quality control and operations manager for a number  of Nova Scotia companies including Dartmouth Ready Mix (Quality  Concrete), Ocean Contractors, Ideal Concrete, KC MacPhee Contracting and  SW Weeks Construction.  In 2011 Jim joined NSTIR as the supervisor of  the Department’s asphalt plant.  After NSTIR divested themselves of the  plant he applied for and got a position at Highway Construction Services  at Miller Lake and is currently in the role of inspector.  

Ed Surrette

 Ed is currently the Pavement Management  Coordinator for the Halifax Regional Municipality. Prior to joining the  Municipality in September 2016, Ed worked for Stantec Consulting Ltd. as  a Materials Engineer for two and a half years and as a Materials  Engineer and Project Manager with Maritime Testing Limited (now Englobe)  for nearly five years. He graduated with his bachelor of engineering  degree from Dalhousie University in 2002 where he continued his graduate  studies, completing his M.A.Sc. in 2005 and working part time to  complete his Ph.D. in 2014. He is currently a member of CTAA, TAC and a  member of the board of directors for ACI Atlantic Chapter. Ed currently  resides in Middle Sackville with his wife Denise and their two sons,  Gavin and Owen. 

Julie Keough

Julie is originally from PEI, graduating from the University of PEI with a Bachelor of Science  (Math) in 2002 and continued on to obtain a Bachelor of Civil  Engineering in 2006 from Dalhousie University.  During her university  career, she worked with a local consultant as a municipal inspector  around the City of Charlottetown and continued on to complete a summer  work-term with Lafarge Canada Inc. in Halifax. Following her  graduation, Julie began her engineering career at Amec Foster in Dartmouth, NS. Currently,  Julie is a Materials Engineer and Project Manager with Amec Foster  Wheeler. In addition,  Julie acts as the Quality Systems Manager for Amec Foster Wheeler’s  AASHTO certified laboratory for the testing of hot mix asphalt,  aggregate and bituminous materials.  She has been heavily involved with  numerous materials related projects for the provincial governments the Maritime Provinces and  Ontario and Alberta over the years.  Other clients have included  Halifax Regional Municipality, the Cities of St. John’s and Corner  Brook, local airport authorities and contractors.  Julie is a current  member of Engineers Nova Scotia, CTAA, NSRBA, NSUPA and NBUPG.