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About BBA | Executive team

Executive team

BBA is proud to present the people who guide the company's growth and evolution, and who encourage and stimulate its employees day after day.

André Allaire, Eng., Ph.D. André Allaire, M.Eng., Ph.D.

President

 

André Allaire holds a Ph.D. and a bachelor's degree in metallurgical engineering from McGill University and has worked in consulting engineering for almost 30 years. He joined the BBA team in 2004, where he spearheaded the creation of a team of experts in mining and metallurgical engineering, giving BBA the impetus to carve out a privileged position across Canada in this growing market.

 

Known for his leadership, in-depth knowledge of the Canadian market, extensive management experience and professional rigour, Mr. Allaire is responsible for overseeing the firm’s strategic development and promoting our expertise from coast to coast. He has been the president of BBA since 2014.

 

Martin Milot, Eng., M.Eng. Martin Milot, Eng., M.Eng.

Chief Operating Officer

 

Martin Milot, an electrical engineer, joined BBA in 1999 and has since become a key player in the firm’s development plan. Over the years, he has worked on a broad range of projects in metallurgy, energy, automation and advanced control. He is recognized for his skills in operational management and process optimization, as well as his innovative thinking and leadership.

 

Mr. Milot is responsible for ensuring the quality and efficiency of our national operations and maintaining employee engagement.

 

Jérôme Pelletier, Eng., P.Eng., MBA Jérôme Pelletier, P.Eng./Eng., MBA

Executive Director, Business Development

 

Jérôme Pelletier, an electrical engineer with a master’s in business administration, began his career at BBA in 2001. His achievements as a Client Account Manager have contributed significantly to the firm’s growth over the years.

 

An acknowledged strategic thinker with an ability to influence, Mr. Pelletier is responsible for supporting the firm’s business development efforts by analyzing market trends, developing marketing tools and promoting BBA in the firm’s target markets across Canada.

 

Brendan Smyth Brendan Smyth

Executive Director, Strategic Development

 

Brendan Smyth, who holds a degree in finance, joined BBA in 2012. He has over 20 years of experience in planning, asset management and asset sustainment as well as in modernization of large-scale infrastructure and systems in the electric utility and telecommunications sectors. Mr. Smyth is known for his business acumen and his technical knowledge in protection and control and in telecommunications.

 

Frédéric Didier, Eng. Frédéric Didier, Eng.

Executive Director, Eastern Canada Operations

 

Frédéric Didier, an electrical engineer, joined BBA when he began his career in 1993. A member of the Executive Committee since 2007, his contribution to shaping and implementing BBA’s current strategic plan has been significant. With his dedication to quality deliverables, Mr. Didier has developed a thorough understanding of the firm’s operations and business culture.

 

As Executive Director, Eastern Canada Operations, he is responsible for the efficiency, productivity and technical quality of work carried out by our teams in Eastern Canada.

 

Christophe Desage, Eng. Christophe Desage, Eng.

Executive Director, Western Canada Operations

 

Christophe Desage is a mechanical engineering graduate and holds a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) certificate. He has been working in consulting engineering since 1993 and joined the BBA team in 1997. Known for his leadership qualities and strategic spirit, Mr. Desage has been a member of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2017 and was Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2011 to 2017.

 

With vast knowledge of the challenges in the energy sector and a wealth of skills in operational management, Mr. Desage provides a material contribution to BBA's multidisciplinary and national expansion strategy. He was a key player in building and developing the Mechanical Engineering Services team. He then focused on the firm’s geographical expansion when he kicked off activities at the Calgary office in 2012, managed operations at the Vancouver office and is now Executive Director, Western Canada Operations. As such, he actively participates in numerous projects that are essential to the firm's expansion and serves as an architect of its development.

Lou Bruno, Eng. Lou Bruno, Eng.

Executive Director, Central Canada Operations

 

Lou Bruno holds a master’s degree from the University of Toronto and is known for his leadership and sharp business acumen. He has over 25 years of experience in engineering, business development and project management in the minerals and metals industry.

 

Also a bulk solids handling specialist, Mr. Bruno has leading expertise in the design of mass flow bins, feeders and storage systems for moist or cohesive materials and dry fine fluidizable powders. He has helped mining clients solve many complex material handling problems around the world.

 

Mr. Bruno leads BBA’s business in Central Canada and is ultimately responsible for work efficiency and productivity as well as client satisfaction. Before joining BBA, Mr. Bruno also held executive positions at HG Engineering, WorleyParsons and AECOM.

Michel Ruel, Eng., P.Eng. Michel Ruel, P.Eng./Eng.

Executive Director, Engineering Practice

 

Michel Ruel, an electrical engineer, is an expert in process control and control performance monitoring. He holds more than 35 years of experience as a consultant and instructor and was founding president of Top Control Inc., which joined forces with BBA in 2011. Mr. Ruel has also written many technical publications and lectures regularly at conventions and conferences in Canada and internationally.

 

Mr. Ruel is responsible for promoting and supporting excellence in methods, tools and talents in the Engineering Practice.

Martin Mathe, CRHA Martin Mathe, CRHA

Executive Director, Human Resources and Communications

 

An industrial relations graduate and member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agréés, Martin Mathe holds more than 15 years of experience in human resources management. He acquired this experience in the mining, construction, aerospace and professional services sectors.

 

Known as an action-oriented manager with a steady focus on outcomes, Mr. Mathe is responsible for overseeing the activities of the HR and Communications Department. This includes effective workforce planning and introducing national talent attraction and employee engagement strategies.

Gilles Therrien, CPA, CA Gilles Therrien, CPA, CA

Executive Director, Finance

 

An experienced financier with a degree in accounting from McGill University, Gilles Therrien joined BBA in 2012. Mr. Therrien holds over 15 years of experience as a finance executive, a background that has forged his strategic and pragmatic approach to management.

 

He is responsible for supporting the growth of the management team, supervising the firm’s general and financial performance, and championing the guiding principles of risk management.

Normand Girard Normand Girard

Executive Director, Legal Affairs

 

A member in good standing of Québec’s bar association (Barreau du Québec), Normand Girard joined BBA in 2004. He has been practicing commercial and corporate law for more than 15 years now.

 

As a rigorous and results-oriented professional, Mr. Girard is responsible for shaping strategic orientations and helping the firm achieve its objectives while ensuring compliance with legal and regulatory requirements. He is a member of the firm’s Business Risk Management Committee and serves as corporate secretary.


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