OUR HISTORY

Our extensive knowledge of the construction industry, use of advanced technology, and reputation for consistently fast turnaround times have made us one of the most trusted companies in the property appraisal and construction consulting industry.

Bourret Appraisal and Consulting was founded in 2000, by Marc Bourret, a post-loss appraisal professional with many years of experience serving the insurance industry. Prior to launching Bourret, Marc started Bourret Construction, with 11 years in construction he managed large-scale residential and commercial construction projects and eventually branched out into high-volume residential maintenance and restoration. His restoration led to providing post-loss appraisals.

Bourret started as a family-owned and operated business and has since expanded into a national company providing Property Appraisal, Quantity Surveying, Engineering, Environmental and Consulting services across Canada (coast-to-coast). Today we are privately owned by several partners. Propelled by customer demand and industry changes the company has rebranded to reflect it's intention to expand rapidly through acquisition and creation of new divisions and services. We are now The MBC Group.

Executive Board Members

Raymond Bourret

Chairman, P.Eng.

Raymond Bourret has over 35 years’ experience providing management and strategic guidance to companies in Canada and abroad. He began his career after obtaining a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering ( with Distinction) from Carleton University. During his tenure at Carleton, he worked for the High Energy Physics Department and was published in the Journal of High Energy Physics. Raymond was instrumental in the growth of the ADGA Group during his time there as Vice President Systems Engineering and Vice President Business Development. Mr. Bourret is also an accomplished entrepreneur having founded two companies including the Ottawa Software Engineering Centre, and Raymond Bourret Consulting Inc. Raymond also held executive positions at JDS-Uniphase CIO, General Dynamics, and CAE Professional Services. Today, Mr. Bourret is a member of the Strategic Business Development team of the RHEA Group. In his role as Chairperson for MBC, he provides strategic operations guidance to ensure there is stable footing to facilitate their continued growth.

Marc Bourret

CEO

Marc Bourret launched Les Évaluations Marc Bourret Appraisal Inc. over 20 years ago and two years ago he renamed the company to MBC Group and started the expansion process across Canada. He has over 34 years industry experience. He is passionate about the post-loss appraisal industry and especially enjoys helping his team find solutions to, and successfully resolve, difficult claims for MBC customers. As the company continues to grow, his role at the company is evolving from day-to-day providing of services to managing a team of professionals. Although, he still enjoys managing files and claims on a regular basis. As President, Marc strives to develop a company culture that places importance on the efficient delivery of quality reports. Marc and MBC support many different causes but are most active in raising money for Autism research and increasing awareness of the importance of the Canadian Bone Marrow registry

Ross Huartt

President, AssocRICS, PQS, GSC

Ross Huartt has over 15 years’ experience starting his career in the construction industry in the United Kingdom. After relocating to New Zealand, he immersed himself in Quantity Surveying. In 2013 he finally settled in Canada and quickly applied his experience and professionalism in the Insurance industry—working on claims of all sizes and complexity. Ross enthusiastically shares his knowledge (BSc, AssocRICS, ACiArb, PQS, GSC), high-energy, and high-degree of integrity to ensure every project he is involved with has a positive outcome. As Executive Vice President for MBC, he diligently looks for solutions that are thorough and appropriate for the needs of residential, commercial, and industrial clients. Ross is also the Public Relations Spokesperson for the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), being a talisman for professional recognition among construction consultants within the Insurance Industry.

Specialities

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Dennis French, CIEC, CRMI, CIAQA

Executive Vice President of Environmental Services

Specialities: Indoor Air Quality and Hazardous Materials and Designated Substances Testing Occupational Hygiene. Dennis French is a leading expert in Indoor Air Quality and Environmental testing from Calgary, Alberta. Dennis started DF Technical back in 1998 and has since been providing his consulting services throughout Canada and the US, responding to concerns and catastrophes. In 2013 Dennis was invited to participate in the Leaders of Tomorrow awards and has been recognized for his continuing passion in the industry. In 2019 MBC Group acquired DF Technical and Dennis became the Director of the team’s Environmental Services division. With over 20 years of service in Indoor Air Quality testing and environmental services Dennis has been a value asset to all of MBC’s Lines of business.

Antoine Caron, P.Eng., B.Eng., BSc

Vice president of Engineering

Antoine Caron started at MBC Group to help establish the MBC Group Engineering division. Antoine has obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Quantity Surveying as well as his Professional Engineering designation in Civil Engineering, allowing him to be instrumental in assisting with both the loss appraisal team as well as managing the Engineering division. Originally from Québec, Antoine assists clients across Canada, working on simple to complex files. His Engineering experiences include design and implementation of structures, ventilation, electricity, plumbing, framing and excavation. Specialities: Structural, Civil, Design, Permitting Structure, foundation and structural systems, Structural analysis and modelling, Site inspection, pre and post construction survey, Construction defects, Building Envelope Infrastructure damages and repairs, Wood structures, Concrete structures and infrastructures, Steel and hybrid structures.

Sandis Legzdins

Director of Appraisal & Surveying Services

Sandis is a trained insurance restoration professional with over 20 years of International experience. His experience includes project management and quantity surveying on a range of projects including civil, healthcare, and education structure restoration for the insurance industry. Specialities: Quantity & Cost Surveying Services, Construction Consulting & Customer Relations. He is highly-qualified and currently working towards several accreditations including Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) and Gold Seal certification. He has been providing support to the Insurance and construction industries of Canada since 2006, including seven years in Western Canada. Sandis oversees and supports our Appraisal & Surveying teams nationwide to ensure clients receive accurate and timely consultation, ensuring our appraisals exceed client expectations and requirements.

Management Team

Naomi Myers, FCIP, CRM

Director of National Services, GTA

Naomi is a dynamic and charismatic sales lead who prides herself on providing excellent service and outperforming company expectations. With over 17 years experience she holds a Fellowship Insurance Professional designation and a Canadian risk managers designation, which makes her the ideal candidate to help understand and execute our company’s strategic business plan. As an experienced National Director of Business Development, she has become well versed in sales, management, facilitating and designing technical training, as well as providing knowledgeable information pertaining to commercial and casualty insurance. Her responsibilities include the growth and advancement of major projects that will help drive our team of business managers, engineers and environmental technicians to help generate ongoing revenue. Naomi is well thought of as a great mentor and teammate, she is versatile and is ready to adapt to the needs of a high-pressure environment, which is proven quality for the work we are continually doing out in the field. Specialities: Marketing, Insurance, Sales and Customer Relations

Rajiv Shrivastava, PQS, M.Eng., MBA

Director of Major Projects

Rajiv Shrivastava has been well regarded in the industry for his client-focused dedication and hard work ethic. With over 20 years in the industry working as a Design Engineer, Quantity Surveyor, and Mechanical Engineer, Rajiv contributes to large complex projects with an open and knowledgeable background. Rajiv continues to adapt and strives to find the most cost-effective solutions to all projects he is given. Rajiv graduated from the NIT with his Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering. After nearly a decade working in the field, as a Design Engineer, he returned his focus back to education and earned an MBA in Finance from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Rajiv’s expertise as both a Quantity Surveyor and Engineer provides the perfect balance to ensure all codes are upheld while also finding ways to be more cost-effective on all projects. Specialities: Quantity & Cost Surveying Services, Construction Consulting, Large and complex loss, high density industrial construction.

Koffi Deku, P.Eng., CCP

Western Director of Engineering

Koffi is a highly qualified and accredited Professional Civil and Structural Engineer with over 15 years of experience in the industry. Mr. Deku is an expert at design and construction of new facilities, implementing process improvements and developing high-performance teams. Koffi is well adept at automating operations to increase yields, reduce costs and ensure efficiency in order to generate sustainable revenue. As the Associate Director of Engineering, Mr. Deku will be responsible for prioritizing and assigning engineering projects with on-time completion within budget, towards achieving company goals. Koffi thrives working in a collaborative environment and utilizes value engineering approaches and strives for continuous improvement. Specialities: Structural, Civil, Design, Permitting Structure, foundation and structural system, Structural analysis and modelling, Site inspection, pre and post construction survey, Construction defects, Building Envelope, Infrastructure damages and repairs, Wood structures, Concrete structures and infrastructures, Steel and hybrid structures.

Ronnie Bud, CPA, CA, CBV, CFF, MBA

Director of Forensic Accounting

Ronnie is a talented accounting professional with more than 11 years of experience providing services in audit, assurance, tax, financial reporting, business advisory and consulting. Mr. Bud has extensive knowledge of fraud and investigations, forensic technology, expert witness services, as well as financial and economic analyses. Ronnie has been involved on numerous cases providing consulting and litigation valuation support services to all clients and industries including oil and gas, hospitality, health, agriculture and non-profits. His analytical and detail-oriented approach carries through in the process of preparing financial reports, financial modelling and investigative procedures in connection to various aspects of risk quantification, business interruptions and significant property loss. Specialities: Business Interruption, Financial Reporting, Economic Analysis, Audit and Tax reporting and regulations, Expert Witness, Fraud investigations.

Kristjan Kristjansson, FRST, WRT, AMRT

Senior Alberta Appraisal Manager

During the past decade, Kris provided post-loss services after many of the large-scale Western Canada catastrophes including Slave Lake, Southern Alberta Floods, Fort McMurray Wild Fires and more. As a result, he has an in-depth knowledge of building sciences and the needs of the Insurance Industry which he applies to every project. His progressive experience, from labourer through to technician and project manager gives him real-world and applied knowledge of the factors that go into successful appraisal and construction projects. Specialities: Quantity & Cost Surveying Services, Construction Consulting, Customer Relations.

Sabrina Adams

Human Resources Manager

Specialities: Talent Acquisition, People Management, Group Benefits

David Merks

Senior Manager – Atlantic Canada

David is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience in the insurance, construction, commercial banking, and appraisal industries. He is well-acquainted with comprehensive measurement evaluation and loss-adjusting experience in remote areas, global disaster losses, farming industrial as well as domestic losses; and is also familiar with heavy equipment and machinery losses and maintenance. As an effective communicator, he can easily build and retain excellent working relationships with external partners, other industry professionals, all staff, management team and key decision-makers. David performs a wide variety of functions easily and precisely in our fast-paced working environment. He is responsible for providing customer support as well as for the oversight of the team members and initiatives across Atlantic Canada. Specialities: Insurance, Construction, Commercial Banking, Appraisal, comprehensive measurement evaluation, loss-adjusting, global disaster losses, farming and agricultural industrial, heavy equipment and machinery losses and maintenance.

Robin Abel, MSc, MCIC, CSFS

Director of Scientific Research & Development

Robin is a highly qualified forensic chemist, specializing analytical and physical chemistry. Over the last 15 years Robin’s previous roles included researching at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Alberta, and 6 years of service as a forensic specialist in the RCMP National Forensic Laboratory Services. Robin is detail-oriented and is skilled in determining how a multitude of factors interrelate within an investigation. Mr. Abel is practiced at applying rigorous analysis and critical thinking skills to produce reliable findings for every investigation. Robin Abel’s current research focuses on advancing analytical chemistry for forensic applications. His most recent publication is 'A Novel Protocol for Producing Low-Abundance Targets to Characterize the Sensitivity Limits of Ignitable Liquid Detection Canines'. His current research includes the modernization of fire investigation and debris analysis and bringing chemometrics and machine learning into mainstream forensic practice in Canada. Specialities: Analytic and Physical Chemistry, Forensic Labratory Services, Research and analysis, Expert Witness.

Christian Injates, CEC, CEM

Senior Director of Environmental

Chris Injates has over 25 years of related environmental consulting experience throughout Western and Northern Canada. During that time, Chris has had experience as a technologist, project and group manager responsible for overseeing hundreds of environmental projects for a wide range of clients and industry sectors. He has completed many certifications including Trade Safety Coordinator, Construction Safety Officer, Environmental Consultant/Manager and is an AHERA certified building Inspector, which gives him a wide range of skills to be able to tackle all environmental projects with the highest regard. Chris has displayed and outstanding degree of work ethic and plays a significant role in the performance of the teams he leads. Overall, he is committed to providing the required environmental evaluations that will help to improve the health and safety of all stakeholders for whom he works. Specialities: Indoor Air Quality and Hazardous Materials and Designated Substances Testing.

Thomas Morawiec, CVT, HCI-R/C, FRT, WRT

Contents Manager

Thomas is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology program from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Mr. Morawiec is certfied as a Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT), Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT), and is in the process of obtaining his Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) designation. His education and training, combined with many years in the post-loss appraisal and restoration industry, enables him to share his expertise and knowledge with Insurance industry clients who need to control claim management costs on projects of all sizes and complexities.

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