Embracing Change in the Era of Growth

Change is an inevitable part of any thriving organization. It’s a sign of growth, evolution, and progress. At our company, we believe that embracing change is essential to our continued success. Today, we’re excited to announce several key organizational changes that will not only strengthen our leadership team but also pave the way for innovative strategies.


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New Vice President of Alberta Operations: Michael Lee

We’re thrilled to announce the promotion of our Vice President of Edmonton Operations, Michael Lee, to the position of Vice President of Alberta Operations. With a remarkable track record of driving operational efficiency and a deep understanding of our company’s core values, Mike is poised to lead our Alberta operations to greater success. In his new role, Mike will oversee all operational functions, ensuring that our company continues to deliver exceptional value to our customers throughout Alberta while maintaining the highest standards of quality and efficiency.


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New Vice President of Innovation : Michael Fretwell

Innovation is the lifeblood of our industry, and we are committed to staying ahead of the curve. To spearhead our innovation efforts, we are excited to appoint Michael Fretwell, as our new Vice President of Innovation. Mike has consistently demonstrated a passion for forward-thinking solutions and a keen ability to identify emerging trends. His leadership will be crucial in driving our innovation strategy, fostering a culture of creativity, and bringing groundbreaking products and services to the geomatics industry. With Mike at the helm, we are confident that our company will continue to lead the industry in innovation and technological advancements.


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New General Manager of Edmonton: Lara Suriyakumaran

In line with our commitment to nurturing talent from within, we are delighted to announce the promotion of Lara Suriyakumaran. Lara has been a cornerstone of our company for 24 years. She has worn multiple hats with Challenger, starting in our Drafting department, then moving on to Resource Manager, Project Manager, and Director (serving on the board of directors of Challenger). Lara has been in this position for a couple of months and is already doing an incredible job.


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New General Manager of Calgary: Richard Deis

Richard’s career is marked by a series of significant achievements, with a wealth of experience. He has worked on a wide range of projects throughout his time at Challenger, including large scale urban construction sites, complex infrastructure surveys in remote areas, and comprehensive planning and development support for the Oil and Gas Industry. Richard has demonstrated outstanding leadership, strategic vision, and a deep commitment to our company’s success. As General Manager, he will bring their unique insights and expertise to guide his team towards achieving our ambitious goals. Richard also serves as Director on Challenger’s board of directors. 


These organizational changes reflect our commitment to excellence, innovation, and growth. By promoting leaders who embody our values and vision, we are positioning our company for a future filled with exciting opportunities and continued success.


We are confident that Michael Lee, Michael Fretwell, Lara, and Richard will lead us with distinction and inspire their teams to reach new heights. As we embark on this new chapter, we remain dedicated to delivering exceptional services to our customers to make a positive impact in our industry.


Join us in congratulating these outstanding individuals on their new roles and in looking forward to the exciting journey ahead.

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