About Challenger

Land Surveyors, Engineers and Geospatial Mapping Specialists

Historical photo from field survey in Haystack Mountains

Who is Challenger?

With offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Fort McMurray, Challenger provides multi-disciplinary survey and geomatics services to the construction, transportation, infrastructure, oil and gas, mining, utilities, and government sectors. We are proudly employee-owned, and have a staff of more than 180 permanent employees operating across western Canada and the North.

Our team of innovative professionals has the expertise to solve any geospatial challenge. Our team includes land surveyors, professional engineers, software specialists, cartographers, hydrographers, survey technicians, drafting technicians, photogrammetrists, GIS technicians and support personnel.

historical - field survey crew with total station and chainsaw

Our History

Founded in 1984 as Challenger Surveys and Services during a low point in Alberta’s boom-bust cycle, we have been able to persevere and overcome challenges at that time and since because of the hard-working people of our team.

The energy and ambition of our people led Challenger to expand, building our capacity and finding new opportunities to serve our clients. Through gradual expansion and acquisitions, our company has grown into a survey and geomatics leader in Alberta and the North.  Further opportunities overseas gave us the chance to build our expertise internationally, and work with local partners in Thailand, Mongolia, Guyana, and many other locations around the world.

Our objective is not to be the biggest survey or engineering firm – it is to stay focused on the professional and quality service for which we have become known.

Aim and partner on quads surveying with GPS

Our Culture

Geomatics is a rapidly evolving field, and Challenger is constantly developing and investing in the latest survey equipment and technology. More importantly, we also invest in training and developing our people to succeed. Our goal is to build a team that is always striving to surpass our clients’ expectations.

As a summer student, you’ll have the opportunity to gain experience working on exciting projects in large cities like Calgary and Edmonton, or to work in stunningly beautiful yet remote areas of Western Canada and the North. Some projects include overnight travel and staying on site for days or weeks as needed. Other positions are office-based. In either case, summer students are partnered with an experienced mentor.

Our growth is your opportunity. If utilizing the latest technologies on challenging projects is something you aspire to do, please apply to one of job postings at Careers page.

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Machine Control survey for Stoney Trail

Health and Safety

COR Certificate of Recognition workplace safety seal
Active participation by every employee, every day, and on every job contributes to the excellent safety performance record that Challenger has earned.

Challenger has been a COR-certified company since 2001, and is currently registered with four major safety registries: Canqual, ComplyWorks ISNetworld, and PICS Canada.

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GPS GNSS receiver in Old Crow Gwich'in community in Yukon

Indigenous Partnerships

Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business LogoChallenger is a member of Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program. We have a dedicated Indigenous Relations Lead who is committed to working with each member of our team to realize meaningful corporate initiatives outlined by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), including engaging in meaningful consultation, promoting job, training and education opportunities, as well as fostering cultural understanding.

Challenger Geomatics has developed formal and informal relationships in the Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Sahtu, Deh Cho and Tlicho communities of the Northwest Territories, with many Yukon First Nations and with Inuit communities in Nunavut.

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Control photo - reviewing plans

Quality Management

International Organization for Standardization ISO 9001 logoChallenger’s Quality Plan has been prepared to satisfy the requirements of ISO 9001:2015, and is externally verified. Wherever possible, quality controls have been integrated into existing systems (environment, health and safety) and cross-referenced for ease of interpretation.

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Management Team

David Thomson P.Eng, ALS
Paul Burbidge CLS, B.Sc.
Chief Operating Officer
Ashley Robertson P.Eng, ALS
Vice President, Edmonton Geomatics
Tim Harding P.Eng, ALS, CLS
Vice President, Client Relations
Tim Steeves P.Eng, ALS
Vice President, Calgary Geomatics
Brad Pollard ALS
General Manager, Sub-Arctic Geomatics
Marshall Hatton CLS
Branch Manager, Whitehorse
Ed Salmon ALS
Branch Manager, Fort McMurray
Peter Heil
Business Development Manager
Kirt van der Woude BA
Manager of Marketing & Business Development
Joe Iles CLS
Indigenous Relations Lead
Derek Siemens BBA
Human Resources Manager
Christian Haylett
Corporate Safety Officer / Manager of Quality Assurance
Andrea Dietrich MBA
Manager, Strategic Development

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