BTY Group's greatest asset in enabling client success is our people.
Their professional skills, diversity of experience, knowledge of local markets and dedication to building responsive, accountable working relationships are essential to client success on projects of any size and complexity.

People

  • Joe Rekab

    Joe Rekab B.Sc. (Hons), MRICS, PQS(F)

    Managing Partner

    As the firm’s Managing Partner, Joe is responsible for all major public projects that BTY Group undertakes.

    Joe’s primary area of expertise is Project Management for complex Public-Private Partnership (P3) social and transportation infrastructure projects.

    He draws on more than 30 years of wide-ranging industry experience in providing overall strategic direction for BTY Group’s offices nationwide. With the firm since 1984, he has been instrumental in developing business processes to advance our capabilities and service delivery.

    Born in Sierra Leone, educated in Ireland, and at home just about anywhere, Joe has graduated from the rough and tumble of provincial level rugby to the subtler victories (and defeats) of golf.

    Contact info:
    604-734-6404
    joerekab [at] bty [dot] com (JoeRekab@BTY.com)

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  • Toby Mallinder

    Toby Mallinder MRICS, PQS

    Partner

    Toby heads our Cost Management Group for all project delivery models and takes the lead in national Public-Private Partnership (P3) and social infrastructure projects.

    He brings BTY Group clients more than two decades of Cost and Project Management experience gleaned from a wide range of international ventures, including large-scale health care, advanced education, and transportation projects. In addition to special expertise in Independent Certification and Project Monitoring services for P3 projects, Toby has extensive experience in the economics of sustainable design and construction.

    In his spare time, Toby uses his years of experience on the rugby pitch to serve as a coach for the next generation of aspiring rugby superstars

    Contact info:
    604-734-6406
    tobymallinder [at] bty [dot] com (TobyMallinder@BTY.com)

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  • Gord Smith

    Gord Smith PQS(F), A.Sc.T., LEED AP, MRICS

    Partner

    With more than 25 years of experience working in a monitoring capacity on development financing, Gord leads our Technical Advisory team for Public-Private Partnerships (P3s).

    His areas of expertise are Post-Financial Close Independent Certification and Lenders’ Technical Advisor services on P3s, Green Building Design, and Value Analysis. Gord has worked on more than 1,000 projects of nearly every type and with nearly every major lender.

    He is confident that he’ll have permission to build his own workshop after he completes the next home renovation, as long it doesn’t interfere with his girls’ soccer coaching duties.

    Contact info:
    604-734-6424
    gordsmith [at] bty [dot] com (GordSmith@BTY.com)

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  • Neill McGowan

    Neill McGowan PQS(F), MBA

    Partner

    Neill leads our Special Services Group that integrates research, analytic and information management to support BTY Group’s service innovation.

    With BTY Group since 1992, he also oversees life-cycle cost and cost benefit analysis studies and directs Cost Planning, Schedule Management, and Cost Consulting services.

    Although it has been several years since Neill’s latest unintended dismount from one of the horses in the family stable, he has yet to be thrown by the family donkey.

    Contact info:
    604-734-6410
    neillmcgowan [at] bty [dot] com (NeillMcGowan@BTY.com)

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  • Mark Ravelle

    Mark Ravelle PQS, MRICS, CET

    Partner

    Mark brings more than three decades of construction industry experience to directing Cost Planning and Cost Control services on large-scale projects in Central Canada.

    Mark is particularly skilled at coordinating all specialist disciplines, including architectural, structural, mechanical and electrical works. With BTY Group since 1982, he developed the proprietary software applications that drive the speed and accuracy of BTY Group’s services, and also provides much of the firm’s expert witness testimony and forensic cost reviews.

    A former ranked squash player, Mark now competes with his sons on mountain bikes and tours Niagara wine country, systematically visiting all its wineries.

    Contact info:
    905-680-2344 x602
    markravelle [at] bty [dot] com (MarkRavelle@BTY.com)

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  • Alistair Dearie

    Alistair Dearie MRICS, PQS

    Partner

    Alistair leads our Project Monitoring team in the Prairies, drawing on more than 15 years of experience in the discipline.

    Alistair’s areas of expertise are in the assessment and analysis of construction projects and identifying key areas of risk within projects, as well as solutions for their mitigation.

    An all around sports enthusiast who particularly enjoys watching the rough and tumble of rugby and grace of soccer, he has recently taken up golf – and discovered a new meaning for rough as well as a new need for grace.

    403-269-5155
    alistairdearie [at] bty [dot] com (AlistairDearie@BTY.com)

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  • Eldon Lau

    Eldon Lau PQS, MRICS, LEED AP

    Partner

    Eldon brings more than 20 years of experience in Cost Consulting and Construction Management to his role as leader of our Cost Management Group.

    He has developed special expertise in estimating architectural, structural, and civil work for complex facilities in the health care, leisure, and education sectors.

    Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese and English, Eldon started his career in Hong Kong with one of Asia’s leading development firms and worked extensively in China and Australia before joining BTY Group in 1997.

    A recreational badminton player and avid snorkeler, Eldon loves traveling when he’s not working or driving his kids between skating and skiing.

    Contact info:
    604-734-6407
    eldonlau [at] bty [dot] com (EldonLau@BTY.com)

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  • Ian Wilkinson

    Ian Wilkinson MRICS, PQS

    Partner

    As a team leader in our Project Monitoring Group, Ian works directly with lenders and property developers providing technical due diligence and project monitoring services.

    Ian brings the firm’s clients more than a decade of experience in Cost Management and Cost Control from initial design to final account. He has worked on numerous large-scale residential and commercial projects.

    A black diamond skier, adventurous hiker and avid cricketer, he is always ready to play whether in sun, snow (or rain).

    Contact info:
    604-734-6417
    ianwilkinson [at] bty [dot] com (IanWilkinson@BTY.com)

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  • Michael Gabert

    Michael Gabert CEC

    Associate Director

    Mike Gabert leads our Saskatoon office. A native of North Battleford, SK, Mike has nearly a decade of experience in estimating and quantity surveying and construction contracting in the Prairies.

    He has worked extensively in the oilfield supply and services sector in Alberta and more recently in residential, commercial and industrial projects in Saskatchewan.

    An avid downhill skier (not in Saskatchewan), hunter of deer and moose, and fisher of northern pike and walleye, Mike refuses to divulge the size of this largest catch for fear of embarrassment. He expects to be let outdoors again when his toddler son is old enough to take hunting.

    Contact info:
    306-242-9210
    MichaelGabert [at] bty [dot] com (MichaelGabert@BTY.com)

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  • Darren Cash

    Darren Cash MRICS, PQS

    Director

    A Chartered Surveyor with a decade of experience, Darren has worked on large, complex, new-build residential and commercial projects in the UK, Middle East and North America.

    As part of our Toronto office’s Cost Management, Project Monitoring and Technical Advisory teams, Darren brings clients senior-level expertise in both pre- and post-contract construction services, from initial feasibility studies for clients to final account negotiation and agreements with contractors.

    As well as being an avid golfer, Darren is a complete sports fan. He now spends most Saturday mornings watching English Premier League matches and trying to understand the finer point of North American sports.

    Contact info:
    416-596-9339
    DarrenCash [at] bty [dot] com (DarrenCash@BTY.com)

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  • Leslie Fowler

    Leslie Fowler PQS

    Director

    Leslie is a team leader in our Project Monitoring and Cost Planning groups in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

    In addition to providing expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM), she also helps coordinate BTY Group’s involvement in Public-Private Partnership (P3) projects in Alberta. Leslie has worked on diverse projects, including hospitals and commercial centres as well as residential and recreational developments.

    While working in BC’s Okanagan region, she discovered that alternating rounds of golf with wine tasting tours can improve one’s palate, but not the scorecard.

    Contact info:
    LeslieFowler [at] bty [dot] com (LeslieFowler@BTY.com)

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  • Janine Fisher

    Janine Fisher

    Business Development Manager

    Janine leads business development for BTY Group’s Project Monitoring and Lender Services practices for the firm’s Los Angeles office.

    She has extensive experience as a Project Director, having overseen project construction, marketing and operations. She has also been involved in the development of a range of commercial, residential and resort properties.

    Janine is very careful in combining her three passions, travel, hiking and wine tasting. It helps keep her from losing her way when far a field in a foreign country after sampling the fruits of its vines.

    Contact info:
    janinefisher [at] bty [dot] com (JanineFisher@BTY.com)

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  • John Spender

    John Spender MRICS, PQS(F)

    Senior Consultant

    A Senior Consultant of BTY Group, John oversees the firm’s Project Monitoring Group in providing Cost Control services for the financial sector on projects in Southern Alberta.

    He has more than 25 years of experience in construction Cost Control, a subject on which he lectures at the University of Calgary and at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. This expertise has been particularly valuable in large, complex infrastructure projects, such as mining facilities, municipal wastewater treatment plants and major health care centres.

    A passionate patron of the arts, John is especially keen on the theatre.

    403- 269-5155
    johnspender [at] bty [dot] com (JohnSpender@BTY.com)

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  • Philip Nixon

    Philip Nixon MRICS, PQS

    Director

    A Professional Quantity Surveyor and a Director at BTY Group, Philip has over a decade of cost consulting experience, and heads the Cost Management and P3 Advisory practices in our Toronto office.

    He plays a stellar game of spirited recreational league hockey every weekend, but still wonders why the struggling Maple Leafs have yet to call upon his skills.

    416-596-9339 X 503
    philipnixon [at] bty [dot] com (PhilipNixon@BTY.com)

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  • Ellis Pang

    Ellis Pang PQS, MRICS

    Director

    A team leader in our Cost Management Group, Ellis has more than two decades of experience in conventional and Public-Private Partnership projects in Canada and abroad.

    Ellis’s areas of expertise include Pre-contract Cost Planning, Post-contract Cost Control and Cost Analysis for large-scale health care, advanced education, commercial and residential projects.

    His enduring passion for growing and trading orchids began when he noticed that the ones in his wife’s wedding bouquet lasted a long time.

    Contact info:

    604-734-6408
    ellispang [at] bty [dot] com (EllisPang@BTY.com)

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  • Saira Muzaffar

    Saira Muzaffar B.A. (Hons)

    Director Marketing & Communications

    Saira manages BTY Group’s bid submissions, marketing and online/offline communications outreach.

    Her primary focus is strengthening the BTY Group brand as a leading consulting services provider for the construction industry through proposals, collateral and the firm’s evolving online presence.

    Equally enthusiastic about networking and studying public policy making, Saira spends her time outside the office connecting with people over politics, pints, and games of Risk.

    Contact info:
    sairamuzaffar [at] bty [dot] com (SairaMuzaffar@BTY.com)

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  • Tammi Grenda

    Tammi Grenda

    Executive Assistant

    Tammi joined BTY Group in 2002 after 10 years of working in the architectural industry. Tammi is the Executive Assistant to all seven Vancouver partners.

    When not juggling busy diaries and ensuring the smooth running of the office, Tammi is a keen runner and fitness fanatic, with her next sports challenge already in sight – to become a competent golfer.

    Contact info:
    tammigrenda [at] bty [dot] com (TammiGrenda@BTY.com)

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