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August 2017

Key Personnel

Principal – Douglas Witzel

41  years years experience in the Mechanical Industry. Began his career as a tradesman, Doug has also been a site superintendent, project manager and chief estimator. Mr. Witzel currently oversees all facets of Clairmont’s operations.


Senior Project Manager – Alex Berger

Alex holds a Mechanical Engineering Technology degree(AScT) and brings 37  years of experience in Engineering, Field Inspections and Project Management. Mr. Berger has been with Clairmont since 1998 and is responsible for start to finish project management, as well as overseeing Tendering, Budgeting,Commissioning and Design-Built assignments.

Alex, in his past endeavours has been involved on many landmark projects in the Vancouver area in the Consulting Engineering and Project Management capacity such as:

  • Canada Place, Rogers Hockey Arena, Pan Pacific Hotel, Meridian Hotel, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Art Gallery, Oakridge Shoppping Centre, Metrotown Centre, and many others.

Vice President / Operations – Christopher Witzel

20 years experience. Began his career as an apprentice, later obtaining his tradesman qualification. Chris has been with Clairmont for 11  years in our estimating department and is currently chief estimator, as well as managing small to medium size projects. His other duties also include cross connection control and project’s safety.

Vice President / Construction – Sandy Hicks

21 years experience. Began his career as an apprentice and later obtained his tradesman qualification. Sandy has experience in all types of construction and is responsible for running projects and crew, as well as overseeing the maintenance and service division. In addition to extensive field experience Sandy is also proficient in design aspects of Mechanical Systems and has obtained a professional designation
of Applied Science Technologist.

Journeyman / Foreman- Bill Lutz

30 years experience. Bill has extensive experience in high rise residential towers
and he is one of our top foremen in this field.

Journeyman / Foreman- Ryan Patterson

20 years experience. Ryan specializes in Institutional projects and has completed several very successful projects in the past.