Welcome

Our mission is to create vibrant communities by building safe and sustainable infrastructure for future generations. 

Our Core Values

The principles and values that guide our business decisions.

Safety

The safety and welfare of the public, clients, and our employees is reflected in our daily operations. RAM’s industry leading safety management program shows our dedication to continuously training our team on the latest best practices and safety procedures. We are COR certified from the BC Construction Safety Alliance and in good standing with WorkSafe BC.

Innovation

We are fierce advocates for professional development and the continuous enhancement of best practices in engineering and construction management. With a reputation as industry thought-leaders, our team is keen to stay current on global industry trends, sustainable practices, and cost-effective measures. Our collaborative approach and team ideation mean your projects are always carefully planned and executed.

Integrity

RAM is committed to being honest and transparent, building lasting relationships with clients, partners, and trades. Our hands-on approach to every project helps us stay accountable to our values.

Fun

Our work culture is lighthearted, friendly, and collaborative. We have fun with the work we do and with each other, cultivating real and meaningful relationships among our team. The RAM team promotes a healthy work-life balance and believes in the importance of enhancing our community through our philanthropic efforts and contributing to local charitable initiatives.

Sustainability

RAM promotes sustainable practices throughout our business. This is reflected in our eco-friendly offices and all projects in our portfolio. Our team is well-versed in environmental regulations, consult with environmental scientists to ensure historic landmarks and ecological habitats are respected during the construction process. We also believe in sustaining and retaining quality talent within our ranks with clear and sustainable career progression plans, succession plans, and a focus on supporting the growth of our people.

We're Ready To Get It Done

Our team of Professional Engineers, Technologists, Procurement Specialists, Project Managers, Construction Managers, Designers, Inspectors and Estimators allow us to provide effective full-scope services to our clientele. Our experienced team has successfully managed facets for many of the largest notable infrastructure projects in Western Canada; including:

We are proud member of:

Corporate Sustainability

Our dedication to sustainability and resilience

Promoting sustainable practices in all aspects of our business

Our company takes pride in conserving the environment and our best management practices place safety and the environment first.

RAM recognizes the importance of being sustainable and resilient, integrating environmental and social responsibility directly into our business strategy. With experience in many highly sensitive municipal and utility projects, we understand environmental conservation laws and permits. We know the impact construction can have on the environment and we take steps to minimize negative environmental impacts of our work. 

We also value giving back to the communities in which we work. RAM’s Environmental Sustainability Policy outlines our commitments to reducing our consumption, emissions, and waste.

Indigenous Engagement

Our Dedication to Indigenous Engagement

Partnering with and supporting local Indigenous communities

A foundational aspect of our business is to partner with and work alongside local Indigenous communities. Our core values of innovation, integrity, and sustainability guide RAM employees to develop and maintain effective working relationships with Indigenous communities in whose territories we work.

Our mutual success is realized through the understanding that, for Indigenous communities, the mechanism for growth is dependent on economic participation, afforded by employment, training and/or Indigenous business opportunities.

RAM also supports Indigenous communities through donations to community events, participating in career fairs, renting office space to support economic development overheads, and by actively seeking new ways to connect and work with Indigenous communities. 

RAM hosts Heavy Equipment Operator (HEO) assessment program with community members. Picture was taken after equipment was demobilised.

The RAM team proudly contributed to the ACEC BC’s Land Acknowledgement guide.

Quality & Safety

Ultimately, there is nothing as important as quality and safety. The success of every project we embark on is measured by these two factors. With stringent attention to detail, elevated expertise, and forward-thinking rationale, along with an Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Certification from Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC), our projects result in quality excellence.

Safety is always top-of-mind, never a compromise. RAM is proud to have developed an industry-leading Occupational Health and Safety Program, which is COR certified from the BC Construction Safety Alliance, and in good standing with WorkSafeBC. Continuous safety training ensures our people are always current on industry best practices, mitigating risk and keeping the public and employees safe.

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Joe Di Placito

P.Eng., PMP, President

Joe is President at RAM. Joe graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Civil Engineering.

Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with EGBC and a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute. He has worked with public and private project owners on traditional and design-build undertakings throughout BC. Joe has extensive experience leading complex multi-discipline projects from design to construction. Successful notable project experiences include the Canada Line, South Fraser Perimeter Road (Highway 17), and FortisBC’s Coastal Transmission System Project.

Ziad Boustany

P.Eng., PMP, MBA, Principal

Ziad is a Principal and a Partner at RAM. Ziad graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Civil Engineering and holds an Executive Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Degree from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

As a Registered Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) with EGBC and a Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute (PMI), Ziad has extensive experience in the Project Delivery of Infrastructure projects ranging from $1 Million to $2 Billion. He has the knack for assembling and empowering high performing teams with an aligned vision which allows them to exceed their project objectives. Ziad prioritizes his commitment to providing healthy, safe and productive job sites and ensuring the well being of personnel is never compromised. Ziad specializes in Utilities and is a subject matter expert of projects consisting of complex urban installations of power lines, telecommunication as well as gravity and pressurized lines. Ziad is multilingual, speaking English, French and Arabic fluently and enjoys traveling and volunteering during his free time.

Loraleigh Kovacik

Vice President, Business Development

Loraleigh is Vice President of Business Development at RAM. Loraleigh brings a wealth of experience and strategic insight from her extensive career in building and transforming businesses and leading high-performance teams in the energy, telecommunications, and IT industries

Loraleigh has previously held leadership positions for ATCO Infrastructure Services, Rogers Communications and Sprint Canada. Her background includes significant achievements in long-term growth and market strategy development, organizational and operations structure optimization, and building world-class business development and project delivery teams. 

Karen Savage

P.Eng., FEC, Principal, Geotechnical Engineer

Karen has been providing geotechnical engineering services to the British Columbia building industry for three decades. In 1991, she was the charter-chair of the division (of what is now EGBC) for women engineers and in 2007, she was the first woman board member of what is now ACEC-BC.

Karen’s hands-on approach and strong knowledge of soil conditions has been appreciated by stakeholders in residential developments, commercial developments, and civil infrastructure works. She is a technical resource consulted by many municipalities with respect to policy relating to geotechnical issues. As well as providing traditional geotechnical design services for foundations, excavations, shoring systems, and pavements, Karen also provides insight into stormwater management, especially as it relates to surface and sub-surface drainage, stormwater infiltration, and sediment and erosion control, especially for LEED projects.

Karim Karimzadegan

M.A.Sc., P.Eng., Principal, Geotechnical Engineer

Karim has over 35 years of geotechnical engineering experience working in both the Lower Mainland, and as part of a large engineering consultancy in Iran. His pragmatic and rigorous approach is valued by his clients in the residential, development, First Nations and public sectors. Karim provides geotechnical design services for foundations, excavations and infrastructure as well as stormwater management, sediment and erosion control, and movement monitoring.

Fernando De Melo

CHSC, CME, CSE, Principal, Safety Management

Fernando De Melo is the Principal, Safety Management at RAM.

Fernando’s OHS career spans almost three decades and has included work across numerous sectors for clients such as the Vancouver Airport Authority, BOSA Development, City of Vancouver, BC Maritime Employers Association and the National Research Council of Canada. He has worked extensively in the construction industry helping owners develop and successfully implement industry-leading Contractor Safety Management Programs and has spent over 10,0000 hours in the field in B.C. partnering with prime contractors and subcontractors. His experience has given him the unique ability to move from dynamic engagement in the field to strategic planning in the boardroom and has helped him emerge as a leader in this field.

Christine Tschetter

Director, Project Services (British Columbia)

Christine is Director of Project Services at RAM. Christine graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sciences at the University of Alberta.

A supply chain and construction management professional with 10 years of progressive leadership experience in various small capital and major projects, Christine has significant experience in utility and facility construction. Christine has proven capability in supply chain and contract management, budgeting, and construction management. As a relationship-focused management professional, Christine flawlessly resolves issues and promotes team work.

Marnie Williams

CMQ/OE, Director, Project Services (Alberta)

Marnie is Director of Project Services for Alberta at RAM with over fifteen (15) years of experience in Quality Management. She is a certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) from the American Society for Quality and has significant construction experience specifically relating to Quality Management. She exemplifies leadership through coaching and effective communication with personnel in relation to company policies, procedures, and best practices. Marnie partners with executives to enhance operational excellence. She also networks and collaborates with internal and external stakeholders to ensure innovation, productivity, and performance.

Monique Staals

P.Eng., PMP, Director, Project Delivery

Monique is Director of Project Delivery at RAM with fourteen (14) years of progressive experience in delivering large capital projects. She is experienced in managing projects from conceptual studies through to construction in a variety of industries such as hydro and thermal power generation, pulp and paper, transmission and distribution (substations) and oil sands. Monique also has extensive experience working with clients in both private and public sectors.

She is recognized for strong leadership, communication and interpersonal skills. Monique has a proven track record of effective scope, schedule, budget and resource management on key projects and studies. She has repeatedly demonstrated an ability to develop relationships to foster motivated teams focused on high quality results.

Pouya Jafari

Director, Finance

Pouya is a Certified Management Accountant with over ten (10) years of experience, focused on team and company achievements as a whole. He is a positive, dedicated, engaging and enthusiastic individual, who believes in strong management in order to reach desired results for stakeholders.

Ross Densky

Senior Strategic Advisor

Ross is a a Major Projects Advisor with RAM.

He has provided over thirty (30) years of Project Delivery experience including direct hire construction senior management in addition to project and construction management as a Contractor, Engineer and Owner’s Representative. He has extensive knowledge in various project delivery models including DBB, DB, EPCM, partnering and EPC. Ross is experienced in managing Mining, Oil and Gas assignments pertaining to LNG, Petrochemical, Chemical, Pipelines, Bulk Handling, Marine Structures, Infrastructure and Pulp and Paper Projects.

Tim Jervis

P.Eng., Senior Strategic Advisor

Tim is a Senior Strategic Advisor with RAM. He has over forty (40) years of utility management experience in both the public and private sectors. A results oriented senior manager and registered professional engineer with strong leadership skills, work ethic and technical expertise, he has a proven track record in effectively delivering utility services and major capital infrastructure projects throughout British Columbia.

Tim has held various senior management positions with Metro Vancouver (formerly GVRD) since 2000, providing leadership and strategic direction for large and diverse professional/technical workforces within all three regional utilities, namely water, liquid waste and solid waste. In his former role as General Manager of Water Services, Tim was responsible for all aspects of the regional water system including policy and planning, engineering design and construction, management systems and utility services, watershed and environmental management, operations and maintenance, inter-agency projects and quality control.