Dave Saunders, M.Eng.
Joined LEA in: 1978
A transportation planner by profession with graduate-level degrees in both urban planning and transportation engineering, Dave has worked for the LEA Group for over 35 years. Prior to joining LEA, he worked for three years as a Canadian volunteer for the Ministry of Works in Malawi (central Africa). His overseas work continued for much of the first half of his career with LEA with several long term assignments in Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar and Trinidad and Tobago.
Dave has spent the second half of his career in his hometown of Toronto working on a wide variety of transportation and traffic planning projects for both private and public sector clients. Since 2003 he has been the President of LEA Consulting and was appointed CEO of the LEA Group in 2006. Dave is a Life Member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers, and an active member of the Infrastructure Advisory Board of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Until recently, Dave served as the Director of the Smart Commute association for North Toronto, Vaughan – he currently remains actively involved in the associations efforts.
When not working, Dave can be seen jogging around his neighbourhood and participating in the occasional 10k and half-marathon.
Education:M.Eng., Graduate course in Transportation Economics, Carleton University, 1980, M. Eng., Transportation Engineering, University of Toronto, 1982, M.Pl., Urban & Regional Planning, Queen’s University, 1973, B.A. Urban & Economic Geography, University of Toronto, 1971
Years Of Experience:44+
VP & Director, Transportation Engineering
Terry Wallace, P.Eng.
Joined LEA in: 1989
Terry is a licensed professional engineer and has worked primarily in the fields of transportation planning and traffic engineering. He has also managed multi-disciplinary transportation infrastructure projects from the planning stage through implementation.
Over the past 25 years, Terry has been involved in the management of projects requiring transportation planning & traffic operations engineering, functional and detailed design, environmental assessment, public consultation and contract administration. Terry has extensive experience in the management of complex projects involving Light Rail Transit (LRT), subway stations, bus terminals and commuter parking lots, road widening and new construction, and land development involving residential, commercial, industrial and institutional uses. On these aforesaid matters, Terry has, on numerous occasions, provided expert testimony to the Ontario Municipal Board.
When not working, you can find Terry staying physically and mentally fit by playing golf with friends, working-out, and running along the Waterfront Trails of Toronto. He also enjoys spending weekends in the summer vacationing with his family at their cottage on Lake Huron.
Education:P.Eng, Geometric Design, Northwestern University Traffic Institute, 1999, Advanced Intersection Analysis with Computer Models, University of Florida, 1994, B.Eng., Department of Civil Engineering, Ryerson Polytechnical Institute, 1989
Years Of Experience:29+
VP, Transportation Planning
Andrew Brown, MCIP, RPP
Joined LEA in: 1995
Andrew has over 25 years of experience managing and working with multidisciplinary staff; conducting transportation planning studies and environmental assessments for both private and public sector clients in Southern Ontario. With projects ranging from policy development to design and implementation, Andrew has experience and an understanding of the complexities in formulating broader public initiatives affecting landowners and agencies.
Over his career, Andrew has carried out numerous transportation planning studies, such as the West Don Lands Master Plan, the Port Lands, Toronto West-Central Strategic Transportation Network, the Bathurst/Lakeshore Area, the Yonge Street North Planning Study, as well as managing and developing transportation visions for landowner groups in municipalities such as Brampton and Caledon. Andrew’s wealth of experience undertaking Municipal Class Environmental Assessments (MCEAs) include projects like the Front Street Reconfiguration, the Dufferin Street Bridges, North Queen Street, the Algonquin Island Bridge, and the TTC Waterfront West Light Rail Transit MCEAs. Andrew has worked closely with a variety of municipal and agency staff and has appeared before the OMB, municipal councils and committees to present and support the results of these studies.
When not working, Andrew continues his lifetime pursuit of physical, mental and spiritual advancement as a 7th Dan Black Belt in Shotokan Karate. He is also an avid cyclist, cycling not only for pleasure but for exercise, and an easier commute to our downtown office.
Education:M.Sc., Planning, University of Toronto, 1991, B.A., Specialist Economics and Urban Geography, University of Toronto, 1989
Years Of Experience:25+
VP, Infrastructure and Security Systems
Stephen Simpson, P.Eng
Joined LEA in: 2004
Stephen brings 18 years of experience to LEA, with a degree in Systems Engineering and holds Level II Secret Security Clearance. Stephen has extensive expertise in consulting for Project Management, Contract Administration, Intelligent Transportation Systems Design, Access Control and Security System Design, Telecommunications and Fibre Optic Network Planning, Data Backup and Recovery Planning.
Recent projects include the design and specification of an enterprise security system for the Bank of Canada’s Ottawa area facilities, including an assessment and planning phase; and the detailed design for an infrastructure security and access control system for the Peel Regional Police.
When not working, you can find Stephen mountain biking or fishing.
Education:P.Eng, B.Eng. Computer Systems, Carleton University, 2001
Years Of Experience:18+
VP, Transportation Systems
Stanley Hung, P.Eng
Joined LEA in: 2001
Stanley has been involved with various preliminary design, detailed design, construction management, and new product development activities at LEA. As a result of his extensive experience, Stanley has developed a keen understanding of design, project management, and construction contract administration of ATMS projects. Particular areas of expertise include the development and management of Intelligent Transportation System projects, as well as traffic signal control system design and traffic signal operation. He has provided assessments and design efforts towards the selection and implementation of traffic control systems and associated components (communication, transit signal priority, emergency vehicle pre-emption, and audible pedestrian signals).
When not working, Stanley can be seen doing automotive maintenance, driving, fixing and building hobby projects.
Education:P.Eng, B.A.Sc., Civil/Environmental Engineering, University of Toronto, 2001
Years Of Experience:16+
VP, Buildings | Structural Engineering
Shahé Sagharian, P.Eng.
Joined LEA in: 2014
With over 25 years’ experience, Shahé has been with LEA since 2004, and prior to that, Halsall Associates since 1989. Shahé has extensive experience in justice and security facilities. He has designed and managed a wide variety of structures for new buildings and renovations encompassing commercial, institutional and cultural facilities. He has particular expertise in dealing with the special needs of work in or adjacent to existing structures.
Shahé has successfully managed hundreds of multi-million dollar projects, including highly complex infrastructure developments, across the Greater Toronto Area and the Middle East. In 2006 he established Halsall’s Business in Dubai. He brings innovation, energy and enthusiasm to all of his projects and strives to bring new ideas to the table to make each project unique and cost effective.
When not working, Shahe likes to spend time experiencing built forms of the world; both man made, and naturally created. He likes to follow the latest trends in building architecture and public realms while spending considerable time outdoors learning the natural environment.
Education:P.Eng., B.Tech., Ryerson University
Years Of Experience:16+
VP, Bridges and Structures
Rick Krutzler, M.A.Sc, P.Eng.
Joined LEA in: 2002
With over 20 years of experience in the field of bridge and heavy civil structural engineering, Richard has been responsible for the project management, structural design of engineering projects, and construction supervision of both new and rehabilitation structures. He is experienced in detailed structural inspections of bridges and transit structures and is experienced in preliminary design field involving both rehabilitation and replacement alternatives.
Richard comes from a background in construction. After graduating, he spent a good portion of his career inspecting existing structures and conducting detail design of complex bridge and transit structures. He has led engineering design teams in the detail and rehabilitation design of bridges and underground subway stations in existing operating environments where constructability and complex staging is a major undertaking. His experience on projects also includes scheduling, cost estimating, and constructability along with engineering support through construction involving dealing with site conditions and resolving construction related issues.
When not working, you can find Rick spending time with friends and his family who mean everything to him. In the summer, time is spent up at the cottage and in the winter, it is spent playing hockey or skiing whenever possible.
Education:P.Eng., Ontario, M.A.Sc., University of Toronto, B.A.Sc., University of Waterloo
Years Of Experience:20+
VP & Director, Structures
Mohammad Majdabadi, M.Sc., PE, P.Eng.
Joined LEA in: 1997
Mohammad has been working with reputed consulting engineering firms in different countries for more than 35 years, out of which 25 years has been exclusively in Senior Capacities on Major Projects of a diversified nature. He has gained extensive international experience regarding highways and bridges, transportation facilities, heavy civil structures, and related works. Mohammad has substantial experience and skills in project planning, detailed design, proof checking, construction supervision, contract administration, quality assurance and quality control, project administration and management.
When not working, Mohammad can be found enjoying classical music, watching movies, and travelling.
Education:P.Eng., Professional Engineers Ontario, PE Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors, California, M.Sc. Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 1985, B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, 1980
Years Of Experience:35+
VP, Municipal and Highways
Rick Baldasti, P. Eng.
Joined LEA in: 1997
Rick has been with LEA Consulting Ltd. for 20 years. During this time he has played a key role in a diverse mix of highway, transit, civil, municipal, and private sector projects throughout Ontario.
Rick has been responsible in various lead capacities on numerous assignments involving the preliminary and detail design of highways, municipal roads, transit infrastructure, site servicing, Storm Water Management (SWM), site development, parking facilities, complex traffic staging, construction sequencing, and challenging utility conflict mitigation and relocations. Rick’s expertise is even broader in scope, with experience in conceptual and functional design, road safety reviews, property acquisition planning, coordination of approvals and permits, SWM and site servicing reports, value engineering exercises, environmental approvals and assessments, contract administration, and several large scale design-build ventures.
When not working, Rick looks forward to heading north to his family cottage near Mactier, Ontario where he enjoys quality time on the lake with close family and friends.
Education:P. Eng., Dipl T., Civil Engineering, Centennial College, B.Eng., Civil Engineering, Lakehead University
Years Of Experience:20+
VP, Contract Administration
Leo Rojas, P.Eng
Joined LEA in: 2001
Leo has been involved in Municipal Design and Contract Administration for the last 15 years. Leo is analytical in project sequencing and completion strategies for maximum efficiency, productivity, and profitability. He is also very skilled in project budgeting and cost analysis with an accomplished background in estimating.
Leo has project management experience on provincial and international construction projects including the construction and rehabilitation of highways, bridges, and municipal infrastructure. In the design field he has been responsible for planning and designing water supply systems, sewage systems, drainage structures, retention ponds, hydrologic/hydraulic models for watershed and streams, and Stormwater management – including the effects of urban development.
When not working, Leo is the proud father of three wonderful children and enjoys photography and artisan cheesemaking.
Years Of Experience:15+
Otto Steenkamp, B.Sc., P.Eng
Joined LEA in: 2003
Otto has 35 years of engineering experience in construction, construction administration and design over a wide range of projects. Otto has project management experience on projects including construction of highways, rehabilitation of highways, sewer mains, water mains, sidewalk improvements, environmental upgrading and building maintenance. His municipal engineering experience includes project management for municipal projects handling preliminary design, detailed design, project approval, construction phasing, construction administration, liaising, and coordinating with Architects, Landscape Architects, and Consulting Engineers.
Otto has been the Contract Administrator for a Consulting Engineer on a number of major highway projects. His construction experience includes work on bulk earthworks, bridge construction, roads construction, structures and township development.
When not working, Otto enjoys dining out and at new restaurants and golfing. He also enjoys volunteering at his church.
Years Of Experience:35+
Chief Financial Officer
Erin Prohaska, CPA, CA, MTax
Joined LEA in: 2015
Erin has over 10 years of experience and brings a breadth of finance, accounting, and taxation knowledge to LEA Consulting. Before joining LEA, Erin worked as the Director, Finance for the Waterloo-based, Infinite Potential Group. This position saw Erin play a critical role in the formation of business strategy and planning for financial decisions.Prior to her time at Infinite Group, Erin was a Senior Manager of the Private Company Services group at Deloitte specializing in corporate restructuring and estate planning, as well as personal and corporate tax issues for owner managers.
When not working, Erin likes to spend her spare time outdoors. She is an avid runner and has a keen interest in maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
Education:Bachelor of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business at York University, 2006,Chartered Professional Accountant, Masters of Taxation, University of Waterloo, 2010
Years Of Experience:10+