OUR HISTORY

Our extensive knowledge of the construction industry, use of advanced technology, and reputation for consistently fast turn-around 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 P.Eng

Chairman

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

President

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 AssocRICS, PQS, GSC

President

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.

Dennis French CIEC, CRMI

Executive Vice President of Environmental Services

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

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.

Management Team

Sabrina Heathcote

Group Controller, AB

Sabrina is an experienced Financial Controller with a demonstrated history of working in the construction industry. As a graduate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) in Accounting and Finance, Sabrina has a wide experience as an accounting professional. With over 20 years of experience, she is skilled in Budgeting, Operations Management, Tax Accounting, Account Management, and Financial Accounting. She is a self-starter and highly motivated individual recognized for streamlining and improving financial operations to improve efficiency and profitability. Sabrina has established a track record of success in adopting a multi-faceted strategy while simultaneously managing all aspects of the business and meeting all targets and deadlines in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.

Avery Miskulin CIEC

Director of Environmental Services

Avery Miskulin was first introduced to disaster restoration as a laborer back in 1987 following the Black Friday tornado that ripped through east Edmonton and the County of Strathcona. Avery worked his way up through the ranks of local disaster restoration companies, gaining IICRC accreditations and experience mitigating all manner of water, fire and building related damages. Avery maintains credentials with Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), Infrared Training Center (ITC), American Council for Accredited Certification (ACAC) and is an accredited professional witness for the court of the queen’s bench. Avery, and his team of environmental professionals subscribe to ongoing training and education, for themselves and for their clients, as their commitment to excellence as an Environmental Health and Safety services provider. Avery’s expertise and passion for the industry have helped him become a leading expert in the field. He continually strives to be informed and educated on the evolving concerns as they emerge, in the dynamic world that is Indoor Air Quality and Environmental Services. It is this professionalism that is evident and shown across all of Avery’s projects.

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. 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.

Naomi Myers

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.

Rajiv Shrivastave – PQS, M.Eng, MBA

Senior Manager – Engineering Services

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.

Alan Zyla CR

Senior Manager – BC,SK, MB & Atlantic Regions

Alan Zyla is a seasoned disaster recovery professional with over 36 years of experience. Prior to joining the MBC Group, he was the District Manager for a large national restoration firm followed many years providing post-loss appraisal consultation to the Insurance industry. His extensive experience in restoration, coupled with post-loss appraisal as a certified Canadian Personal Property Appraiser, has honed his ability to create calm out of chaos. Alan is an approachable mentor with the ability to apply product knowledge in a common-sense way to ensure his customers, and his team, know the best path forward. As the British Columbia team manager for the MBC Group, Alan is responsible for servicing customers, as well as supervising team member and projects in British Columbia.

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.

Kevin Ducharme

Senior Manager Quebec

Kevin has excelled as a Project Manager and has been the first line of contact for Environmental contamination responses nationwide and has more than 8 years of experience working in the industry. Through his success from previous projects completed across Canada, Kevin has become a highly regarded expert in providing solutions to the oil spills and fields of environmental losses. With his extensive experience and commitment to his work, he has become an authority in the area of environmental remediation and assessment. He has a great understanding of the interests of all stakeholders involved and has a constructive approach to ensuring that we are going above and beyond client’s expectations. Kevin plays an important role within our organization because he is methodical, has a customer-focused approach to work and has a strong drive to see things through completion.

Christian Injates

Senior Manager - Environmental Services, BC

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.

Rick Comtois

Senior Manager – ON Region

Richard Comtois is a restoration and post-loss property appraisal professional with over 33 years experience in the insurance construction industry. Prior to joining Bourret he owned and managed his own restoration company. His experience covers a wide range of projects from civil, hospitals, education and commercial building construction, to multi-million-dollar single-family homes and high-volume insurance losses. Richard is committed to sharing his knowledge and integrity with the MBC team so they can ensure all parties in all claims have a positive outcome. As the Ontario and Manitoba Team Manager, Richard is responsible to ensuring our high-level of client satisfaction while managing day to day territorial operations and projects.

Jason Villa C.E.T

Branch Manager – Interior BC

Jason is a seasoned professional with over 19 years of experience in the construction, restoration, insurance, and appraisal industries. His broad range of experience includes working in the United States as a Catastrophe Claims Adjuster after Hurricane Ike and Katrina, this combined with his solid background in restoration, construction and electrical expertise make him an invaluable resource to MBC Group's Insurance industry customers. Jason adds extensive project management skills to the MBC team and has proven estimating and communication skills. He is well versed in troubleshooting, estimating, coordinating and the structural aspect of post-loss appraisal projects and claims.

Kris Kristjansson

Branch Manager – Southern Alberta

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.

Thomas Morawiec

Branch Manager – Northern Alberta

Thomas is a graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology program from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, certification from Haag (HCI –R/C), Fire & Smoke Damage Restoration Technician (FSRT) certification, Water Damage Restoration Technician (WRT) certification, 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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