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Board of Directors

Brian Chatwin, P.Eng. – President

Brian Chatwin is President and CEO of Chatwin Engineering Ltd. He is responsible for all operations in British Columbia.

Brian received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia. He founded Chatwin Engineering and developed it into a multi-disciplined company specializing in Civil Engineering, Planning, Environmental and Building Sciences.

Throughout his career, Brian has been active in professional and community organizations. He was the vice chair and then chair of the Vancouver Island branch of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, and served on the Consulting Engineers of British Columbia’s Business Practice Committee.

Brian served on the Mayor’s Committee for BC Ferries, which resulted in the construction of the Duke Point Ferry Terminal. He has also done committee work with Nanaimo Minor Baseball that has resulted in the purchase and creation of the 63 acre Third Street Park. He is past chairman of the Yes Nanaimo Committee, which is a pro-active Business Focus group.

Richard W. (Rich) Johnston, Chairman of the Board

Rich presently proudly serves as a Board Member of Chatwin Engineering, a Board Member of the Nanaimo Port Authority, a founding and active member of the Nanaimo "YES" Committee and Co-Chair of the Vancouver Island Raiders Football Team Scholarship Fund Raising Committee. Prior to these community obligations and his retirement from Malaspina University-College in 2007, Rich served the Federal Government and the BC post secondary education system for 40 years as an instructor, counsellor, Assistant Dean and Dean of Vocational and Developmental Programs and Fast-Track Industrial Training, including over 20 years as the President and CEO of Malaspina University-College. He participated in over 60 community, provincial, national and international boards and committees often as founding chair and worked in 14 countries around the world, especially in the Asia Pacific region. In 2003, he received the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal as well as 3 honorary doctorates in the following years from universities in BC, Korea and Japan. In 2005, Rich received co-designation as the Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year for Nanaimo, BC.

David Shearer, P.Eng. – Vice President, Civil Engineering Division

David graduated in 1978 from Queens University. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC and of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.

David is versatile in many aspects of Civil Engineering Design and Project Management. He has over 20 years of experience in Industrial, Commercial and Residential Developments.

David specializes in municipal engineering design and construction supervision of infra-structure for sewer and water systems in challenging locations. As manager of engineering for the Port of Prince Rupert, David supervised municipal and marine infrastructure development for many projects around the Prince Rupert and Ridley Island waterfront.

Since joining Chatwin’s team, David has applied his expertise to the development and construction of challenging subdivision, water, sewer and road projects on Vancouver Island and with First Nation partners. With a background in port developments, he has applied his multi-disciplinary expertise towards the successful execution of several waterfront developments including marinas and shore protection projects.

Chris Wright, P.Eng. – Branch Manager

In 1994 Chris received his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil, Structural) from Carleton University in Ottawa. He then graduated in 1998 with a Master of Advanced Studies in Architecture from the University of British Columbia. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, the BC Building Envelope Council, the Canada Green Building Council and is an Affiliate member of the Architectural Institute of BC.

Chris has focused exclusively on building science since 1996, specializing in multi-storey construction for existing and new buildings in residential, institutional and commercial sectors. He has experience with stucco, EIFS, wood/fibre cement/vinyl siding, mass concrete, cement block, brick and stone masonry, curtain-walls, window-walls and metal/composite panels.

For existing structures, he has prepared numerous Building Envelope Assessments, Opinions of Probable Cost, Remedial Project Manuals and Maintenance Manuals, Reserve Fund Studies, Scott Schedules, and Due Diligence Surveys/Audits.

For new structures, he has advised designers on concept design, performance levels, warranty requirements, shop drawing review, the HPO risk review and has been involved with design-build approaches.

Chris offers litigation support through documentation, sample collection, preparation of ‘Scott Schedules’ and is comfortable offering testimony. Chris has also conducted Due Diligence Surveys/ Deficiency Audits for prospective commercial real estate buyers.