CEO, The LEA Group
Pinaki Roychowdhury, M.Tech.
Pinaki Roychowdhury joined the LEA Group in 1994 as a Senior Highway Engineer and rose within the organization to become Director of The LEA Group in 2004 and Managing Director of LEA Associates South Asia (an operating company of LEA Group) in 2006.
Pinaki has a vast amount of experience in large infrastructure projects in the Transportation Sector from Conceptualizing to Execution, namely preparing Feasibility Studies, Detailed Engineering Design, Construction Management, Project Management and Contract Management across several countries including India, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Botswana, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Mauritius. Besides executing large highway and expressway projects funded by multilateral and bilateral funding agencies successfully, Pinaki executed a number of projects under various PPP formats with Concessionaires from both developed and developing countries, including the U.K., Spain, Dubai, Malaysia, India and Bangladesh.
It is through his foresight and initiative, that LEA has expanded its business to several Asian and African Countries beyond Canada and India. Over the years, Pinaki has led, mentored, guided and built a team of professionals in the Engineering Division of LEA India and has been taking an active role in corporate affairs. Pinaki has been instrumental in laying a solid foundation for LEA Associates with specialization in 7 distinct verticals and full-fledged non-technical support departments.
Education:M.Tech, Highway & Transportation Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, 1992. B.A.Sc., Civil Engineering from Bengal Engineering College, University of Calcutta, 1991.
Years Of Experience:25+
Terry Wallace, P.Eng.
Joined LEA in: 1989
Terry has been involved in the LEA organization for more than 25 years, covering a diverse range of experience from transportation planning, engineering design and construction projects for both public and private sector clients throughout Ontario. These projects have included Light Rail Transit (LRT), subway stations, bus terminals and commuter parking lots, new and improved roadways, bridges and interchanges, and land development projects involving new mixed-use communities and commercial, industrial and institutional uses.
Terry first joined LEA as an Engineer-in-Training in 1989, and then quickly ascended to the role of Transportation Engineer and Project Manager in the mid-1990s. In 2003 Terry became a Director of the Board of the LEA Group, which oversees the firms operations in Canada and abroad. Subsequently in 2005, Terry was promoted to Vice-President of Transportation Engineering, responsible for the management of LEA’s Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Group. With LEA offices in India and abroad, Terry has also been active in travelling to India as part of his corporate responsibilities. Terry succeeded Dave Saunders as the President of LEA Consulting Ltd. in 2017.
As President, Terry brings a wealth of multi-discipline planning & engineering experience and many years of corporate experience from his various roles in the management of LEA. This experience will assist Terry in developing his vision for LEA for the next 10 to 15 years.
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+
Ronald Chiu, CPA, CA, MBA
Joined LEA in 2019.
Ronald is a Finance Professional with over 22 years of experience, with 12 of those years in senior management positions at consulting engineering firms. He is a designated chartered public accountant (CPA, CA) and an MBA from University of Toronto. Ronald has extensive experience in merger and acquisition (M&A) activities as a strategic hire at MMM Group during their growth years, overseeing the organization that tripled in size over 6 years. He also took on a leading role integrating the company’s growth with the existing business and worked closely with staff and key stakeholders to develop financial processes and systems that drove the entity forward.
Prior to joining the engineering industry, Ronald spent 11 years at public accounting firms and major publicly-traded companies. In past organizations, he has provided guidance from management positions in accounting and tax, including design and implementation of corporate and shareholder structures for tax planning purposes. He is also experienced implementing multiple project-based accounting systems at different organizations from the ground up to support new and existing businesses.
When not working, Ronald enjoys travelling, jogging, singing, reading and watching movies, as well as spending time with family and friends.
Education:Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA), CPA Canada. MBA, University of Toronto. B.Com., University of Toronto.
Years Of Experience :22+
Phone:905-470-0015 ext 703
Director: Human Resources
Annie Kee, BA, CHRL
Joined LEA in 2018.
Annie Kee has over 10 years of experience in Human Resources, spanning a wide range of industries from Legal, Finance, Accounting and most recently AdTech prior to joining LEA in the Engineering field.
Annie has been a key HR member of many of Canada’s largest companies, providing practical HR solutions and advice. She is a strategic HR Business partner, delivering best practices and initiatives to attract and retain talent and improve engagement. Annie has worked in organizations of 50 to over 400 employees situated locally and internationally, and has also started an HR function from the ground up.
When not working, Annie enjoys yoga, travelling, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Education: B.A., Simon Fraser University, HR Management Certificate, Ryerson University, CHRL (Certified Human Resources Leaders), HRPA (Human Resources Professionals Association).
Years Of Experience:10+
Phone:905-470-0015 ext 296
Senior Vice President
Rick Krutzler, 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+
Senior Vice President
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+
Kenneth Chan, P.Eng., PTOE, PMP
Joined LEA in 2002.
Ken Chan has over 16 years of experience in Transportation Engineering. He is a certified Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) with the Transportation Professional Certification Board Inc., a member of Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO), a member of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) and a certified Professional Project Manager (PMP) with Project Management Institute . Ken has been with LEA since 2002. Since then, Ken has worked in many roles within the Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering Group, and was most recently appointed the Head of Transportation Engineering.
Throughout his career, Ken has worked on numerous large scale public sector projects including the Finch West Station construction design, Eglinton Crosstown LRT traffic management, and the Hurontario-Main LRT Traffic Operational Assessment. Ken has also conducted and supervised over 200 transportation related traffic reports including Transportation Impact Studies, Traffic Impact Assessments, Traffic Operational Studies, Traffic Corridor Studies, Parking Studies, Loading Studies and Traffic Demand Management Plans. Additionally, Ken have extensive experiences with medium and small scale detailed design, tender packages preparation, and Construction Administration of road widening and intersection improvements projects.
When not working, Ken enjoys renovating and spending time with his wife and young family by exploring nature and the urban fabric of Downtown Toronto via the public transportation system.
Education:B.A.Sc., (Civil Engineering / Software for Engineering Option), Department of Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo
Years Of Experience:16+
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+
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:25+