Introducing Associated Engineering’s New Transportation Technical Leadership Team

Monday, November 14, 2022

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For decades, as a uniquely Canadian, award-winning, employee-owned consulting firm with over twenty offices, Associated Engineering has provided consulting services for transportation systems and networks that connect people across Canada and around the world. Our expertise in the transportation sector includes pedestrian trails, cycle paths, roads, highways, bridges, transit systems, airports, container ports, intermodal facilities, and intelligent transportation systems.

We consider Complete Streets and climate change impacts and adaptation measures to develop safe, functional, sustainable, and resilient transportation networks. Across our offices in Canada, our multi-discipline teams of professionals offer clients a complete range of services, including planning, public consultation, environmental assessment, regulatory advice, permitting, design, construction, environmental monitoring, inspection, assessments, rehabilitation, and asset management. Our experience includes traditional and alternative modes of project delivery. This experience allows us to work with clients to determine the most suitable delivery method to expedite projects while managing and mitigating risks.

Long recognized as leaders in Canadian consulting engineering, we have received numerous awards for technical excellence in the transportation sector throughout our over 75 years of operation. In recent years, we have been recognized with national and provincial awards for engineering innovation, such as the Regina Bypass in Saskatchewan, Crowchild Trail Bridge Over Bow River in Calgary, Seymour River Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, Calgary International Airport Runway Development & Airport Trail Tunnel Project, Port Mann Highway 1 project in Vancouver, Deh Cho Bridge project in the Northwest Territories, and others.

As we continue to expand and grow our portfolio of expertise and projects, Associated Engineering is pleased to introduce the new technical leaders of our transportation practice. They will lead our strategic direction in the coming years ahead.

Kent Eklund, P.Eng., MBA has accepted the role of Senior Vice President, Transportation., taking over from Alan Emery, C.Eng., P.Eng., who is retiring after 27 years with the company. Since joining Associated in 2014, Kent has been key to the expansion of our Transportation Division in northern Alberta, as Division Manager, Transportation, and most recently, Vice President, Transportation. Kent has more than 32 years of experience specializing in project management, planning, public consultation, stakeholder engagement, design, and construction. He will support the growth and expansion of our services in transportation planning, traffic engineering, transit (LRT), highways, roads, transportation structures, aviation, and intelligent transportation systems (ITS). Mike Paulsen, M.Sc., P.Eng. has accepted the role of Vice President, Transportation Structures, taking over from Don Kennedy, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., who has spent the last 25 years of his distinguished career with Associated Engineering. A graduate of the University of Alberta, Mike’s career has taken him to Denmark and New Zealand, before settling back home in Edmonton. Mike joined Associated in 2005 for three years, and then returned to the company in 2010 as a Structural/Bridge Engineer. Over the years, he has taken on roles of increasing responsibility, most recently, Division Manager, Transportation in Alberta North. His 20 years of experience includes the analysis, design, management, and assessment of a wide variety of transportation structures, including pedestrian, roadway, heavy rail, and LRT bridges. Jim Zagas, RET, P.L.(Eng.) is now in the role of Vice President, Transportation. He joined Associated in 2014 and, most recently, led our Transportation Division in Calgary. Jim’s focus on project delivery, client service, and building a dedicated team, helped to grow the transportation practice in southern Alberta and establish a strong reputation for service and technical expertise. Jim’s passion and experience on large-scale projects spans over 30 years. He brings a wide breath of technical, contractual, and practical knowledge and will help Associated expand our services in roadways, highways, complex projects, and aviation engineering.

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