About Challenger

Professional Land Surveyors Since 1984

Historical photo from field survey in Haystack Mountains

Who is Challenger?

Since our founding, we have been an employee-owned firm providing professional surveying, mapping, and remote-sensing services. We also provide consulting and specialized services to the energy, mining, and government sectors.

We have branch offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Whitehorse, Yellowknife, and Fort McMurray, and operate throughout Alberta, Yukon, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.

Our primary focus is always on providing exceptional service to our clients as we work to solve their unique spatial challenges.

historical - field survey crew with total station and chainsaw

Our History

Incorporated in 1984 as Challenger Surveys & Services, the original founders almost immediately found themselves at a low point in Alberta’s boom-bust cycle. Oil prices tumbled below $10 a barrel and there was very little work happening anywhere. The company persevered through this and many other turbulent times because of its team. During slow periods, the focus was always on coming together and putting Challenger in a position to come out stronger on the other side.

That energy has led Challenger to expand our capabilities. We have made strategic acquisitions over the years to better serve our clients and make Challenger more resilient. Our continued success has been the result of our commitment to exceptional quality, and always striving to exceed client expectations.

Concrete flatness and levelness

Our Culture

Geomatics is a rapidly evolving field, and Challenger has had to invest in the latest survey equipment and technology to make sure we stay on the leading edge. More importantly, we also invest in training and developing our people to succeed in this rapidly evolving work environment.

Our goal is to build a team that is always learning, always growing, so that we can continue to go above and beyond for our clients.

To learn more about what makes working at Challenger so special, please visit our Careers page and view our current opportunities.

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Machine Control survey for Stoney Trail

Health and Safety

COR Certificate of Recognition workplace safety sealActive 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 committed to working with each member of our team to realize meaningful corporate initiatives to advance our indigenous partnerships. This includes 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 Northwest Territories, Yukon Territory, and Alberta. This has enabled us to work extensively with indigenous clients on legal and construction survey projects.

We are an Associate Business Member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) and Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) program.

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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

Paul Burbidge CLS, B.Sc.
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mike Fretwell ALS, CLS
Vice President, Calgary Geomatics
Michael Lee ALS, P.Eng
Vice President, Edmonton Geomatics
David Thomson P.Eng, ALS
Executive Vice President
Tim Harding P.Eng, ALS, CLS
Vice President, Client Relations
Brad Pollard ALS
General Manager, Sub-Arctic Geomatics
Marshall Hatton P.Eng
Branch Manager, Whitehorse
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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