Jacques Dion, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

President & General Manager

With over 35 years of experience in the steel tank building industry, Jacques is highly respected for his expertise in engineering, down-to-earth style of leadership, and genuine concern for the health, safety and well-being of the company’s employees.

Jacques is highly respected for his expertise in engineering.

Jacques Dion, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

President & General Manager

With 35 years of experience in the steel tank building industry, Jacques is highly respected for his expertise in engineering, down-to-earth style of leadership, and genuine concern for the health, safety and well-being of the company’s employees.

Jacques graduated as a Civil Engineer in 1978 from Quebec City’s Laval University. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Structural Steel from Laval University, which he completed in 1981. He is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of the Province of Ontario and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.

After spending two years supervising design and field operations at a Toronto-based engineering consulting firm, he joined Canerector Inc.’s Mississauga office as a Sales Engineer in 1983. His first major promotion came in late 1984, when he was transferred to TIW’s sister company AlloyTech (a pipe spooling shop) as General Manager, supervising a 30-member staff and looking after budgets, union issues and business growth.

By the time a recession hit in the late 1980s, Jacques had taken his engineering expertise back to the field with TIW, serving as a Project Engineer on several projects and refinery shutdowns.  After a decade of field engineering & project management positions, he moved to TIW’s new headquarters in St. Catharines in 1995, accepting a senior management role of Contracts Manager. During this period, he managed and oversaw multiple departments.

With an in-depth understanding of field operations and a unique hands-on approach to leadership, he diversified and broadened his experience, quarterbacking all contracts, being intricately involved and connected to the heartbeat of the company. In 2014, he was promoted to his current position of President and General Manager, where his zeal, inspirational leadership and committed work ethic continue to guide the company.

Jesse Zhang, PhD, P.Eng.

General Sales Manager

Jesse’s intense background in structural and mechanical engineering has proven to be an enormous asset to TIW. As a highly skilled engineer, with an in-depth understanding of our products and our place in the industry, he serves as a key team player from the inception of an inquiry throughout each stage of a project...

A highly skilled engineer, with an in-depth understanding of our products.

Jesse Zhang, PhD, P.Eng.

General Sales Manager

With over 20 years in the industry and a solid background in structural and mechanical engineering Jesse has proven to be an enormous asset to TIW.

He joined TIW in 1998 as a Design Engineer, working in the Engineering department designing pressure vessels, API tanks, various silos, API 653 tank repairs and planning for refinery Turnaround work. With an in-depth understanding of our products and our place in the industry, Jesse transferred to the Sales department in 2008 to be a Sales Engineer, and was then promoted in 2014 to lead the sales department as General Sales Manager. A highly skilled engineer, Jesse has had many opportunities in his career but chooses to stay with TIW because he values the supportive, positive working environment, security, and the loyalty and trust in the entire team, who work hard and give 100% every day.

Prior to coming to TIW, Jesse worked as a Research Associate with the University of Sussex, Imperial College in London, England and the University of Alberta on various structural and mechanical engineering projects. He also worked as a Development Engineer with Computational Dynamics to develop Fluid/Structural interaction software. He is well-educated, having earned his Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Engineering degrees in China before graduating from United Kingdom’s University of Sussex with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering. Jesse is also a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Jesse’s thirst for knowledge and commitment to learning have never waned. He continues to hone his experience in design, fabrication, and erection of tanks and vessels and associated steel structures, per API, ASME, AWWA, AISC, CISC, and NBC codes

David Roepke, B.A.Sc., P.Eng

Chief Engineer

Dave brings more than 30 years of experience in design and fabrication of pressure vessels, storage tanks, shell and tube heat exchangers, food-grade (sanitary) tanks and process equipment, conveyors and lifting devices to TIW. With a keen interest and fascination of how structures are built and a drive for continuous improvement, Dave is instrumental in the continual development of our products, equipment and design practices.

Dave is instrumental in the continual development of our products.

David Roepke, B.A.Sc., P.Eng

Chief Engineer

Dave brings more than 30 years of experience in design and fabrication of pressure vessels, storage tanks, shell and tube heat exchangers, food-grade (sanitary) tanks and process equipment, conveyors and lifting devices to TIW. He joined TIW in 2001 as a Design Engineer and was promoted to Chief Engineer in 2009.

His practical experience with FEA techniques for analysis of local and fatigue effects on tanks and vessels is a significant asset to the company.

Dave earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo. Since as far back as he can remember, Dave has had an interest in how structures are built, and ultimately chose a similar career path to his brother’s (an engineer) and his father (who worked in the construction industry). A brilliant engineer and a creative person at heart, Dave is passionate about using his skills to ensure TIW’s tanks are designed for quality, safety, and function.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, a member of API SCAST, and holds licenses to practice engineering in several Canadian provinces. He is also recognized as a Welding Design Engineer by the Canadian Welding Bureau.

Darrell Spratt

Engineering Services Manager

Darrell has been with TIW for more than 25 years. He has the critical role of ensuring that work flow is maintained from drafting, purchasing, QA and through the shop and into our field. His main goal is to positively influence the direction of every project.

Darrell Spratt

Engineering Services Manager

Darrell has worked his entire career in the tank fabrication industry.

He joined TIW’s Drafting department in 1991 as a draftsman, and in 2002 was assigned the position of Chief Draftsman. In 2014 was promoted to his current position of Engineering Services Manager.

Darrell coordinates with purchasing, drafting, QA, shop and field on a regular basis to ensure that all departments are working together to maintain our shop and field commitments. Once the job is underway in the field Darrell will address any concerns that may arise from our customer and or field supervisor. Confirming all procedures have been followed in order to uphold TIW’s stringent standards is a large part of his job. At this position Darrell can positively influence the direction of every project the company takes on. He values management’s receptiveness to employees’ ideas and the fact that every employee can have a significant impact on TIW’s future.

Dan O’Hara, C.Tech

Contracts Administrator

Responsible for the administration of all projects, Dan oversees contracts, schedules, billing and change orders. Maintaining open dialogue with both staff and clients to ensure complete customer satisfaction, he is also an enthusiastic advocate of quality assurance and was inspired to join the company upon learning how quality is built into our culture.

Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of quality assurance.

Dan O’Hara, C.Tech

Contracts Administrator

Dan started his career as a machinist and has worked in many capacities throughout the manufacturing and machining sector, including project management, design, and quality control prior to coming to TIW in 1996 as a shop inspector. After three years he was promoted to Quality Manager where he contributed 15 years before taking on his present senior role as Contracts Administrator.

Dan is an invaluable contributor to TIW’s success, coordinating the company’s Quality Management System and overseeing contracts, schedules, billing, and change orders, as well as chairing staff meetings and liaisoning with customers to ensure their complete satisfaction with our services. An enthusiastic advocate of quality assurance who serves as Lead Auditor for our ISO 9001:2015 Quality System, he was inspired to join TIW upon learning how quality is built into the company’s culture. He appreciates the dedication to open dialogue and collaboration across all staff and departments.

Dan earned a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technician-Tool Making from George Brown College and is a registered Certified Technician with OACETT.  Dan also holds certification as an API 653 tank inspector along with API 510 for pressure vessel inspection.

Mike MacKinnon, CRSP, NCSO

Environmental Health & Safety Manager

Mike brings more than 37+ years of experience in the construction and safety field to TIW. A steadfast advocate of safe working practices for all staff, he plays a critical role in developing the customized safety plans for each project. He continually strives to leverage client relationships to improve safety on every site.

Mike MacKinnon, CRSP, NCSO

Environmental Health & Safety Manager

As Environmental Health & Safety Manager, Mike is a steadfast advocate and promoter of safe working practices for all TIW staff.

A certified Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) and Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), with more than 37+ years of experience in the construction and safety field, he has an immense impact on the culture of safety at the company, and plays a critical role in developing the customized safety plans that are implemented on each project and job site. One of TIW’s core values is leveraging our relationship with the client to improve safety on-site, and Mike dedicates himself to ensuring we act on this by regularly visiting the field and reviewing reports from safety supervisors.

Mike’s passion for safety partly stems from his background serving as a Sergeant in the Canadian Armed Forces from 1968 to 1979. Based in Petawawa, he traveled throughout Canada, continental Europe and overseas on peacekeeping missions. He has always believed that practicing safety saves lives

Once out of the military, Mike attended trade school, earning degrees in plumbing before diversifying to steam fitting and pipe fitting. He is a member of Nova Scotia UA Local 682.

Brent Borne, CPA, CGA

Controller, Manager of Accounting

Brent brings 20 years of experience in accounting to his role. Instrumental in helping to streamline TIW’s financial operations, he continually strives to improve the efficiency of his department and maintain exceptional working relationships with critical stakeholders.

Brent brings 20 years of experience in accounting to his role.

Brent Borne, CPA, CGA

Controller, Manager of Accounting

With over 20 years experience in accounting, Brent’s financial expertise has been integral to TIW’s success.

After he joined Canerector Inc.’s corporate office in 2003, Brent transferred to TIW in 2010 to become it’s Controller. He oversees and manages all of TIW’s financial transactions, from construction and field purchasing to payroll and taxes. He has been instrumental in helping to streamline TIW’s financial operations, continually working to improve the efficiency of the Accounting department and maintain exceptional working relationships with critical stakeholders, including suppliers, banks, multiple levels of government and corporate office.

Brent graduated from Niagara College’s Business program in 1986 and earned his Certified General Accountant’s designation in 1999.

Bruce Ferguson

Production Manager

Bruce brings more than 40 years of experience in the storage tank industry to his role. As someone who’s seen many changes in steel production technology, his experience on the shop floor and with various types of machinery makes him an important part of the TIW team. He works hard to build and maintain an open and trusting dialogue with shop floor employees as well as the entire management team.

Bruce Ferguson

Production Manager

Bruce worked in the tank industry for 26 years before joining TIW, moving up the ranks to become preparation manager and foreman for a company that built pressure vessels. In 2001, he joined TIW’s Engineering department as a Draftsman and later transferred to the production department to become a shop foreman before advancing to production manager.

In that time, he has seen many changes in steel production technology, from cutting and processing to the arrival of AutoCAD and other software, as well as digital readout systems on Faccin plate rolls. Bruce’s experience on the shop floor and with various types of machinery over the past three decades has made him an important part of the TIW team.

An avid believer in the philosophy that a happy workforce is a productive workforce, he has worked hard to build and maintain an open and trusting dialogue with shop floor employees as well as the entire management team. He appreciates the efforts made across the company to ensure employees are recognized and valued for their contributions.

Glenn Alloway, B.A.Sc., P.Eng

Construction Manager

As Construction Manager with TIW since 2014, Glenn plans all aspects of construction projects with a focus on detailed field execution. This involves considerable project management, communication with clients, strategic troubleshooting and supervising field personnel. Described as forward-thinking, progressive, and eager to find efficiencies; Glenn is the first to embrace new technologies and manage his team of highly experienced Field Supervisors, Superintendents, Project Coordinators and Field Engineers.

Glenn Alloway, B.A.Sc., P.Eng

Construction Manager

Glenn joined TIW in May 2006 as a Junior Project Engineer after graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta. At that time, Glenn started in the Edmonton field office and was quickly re-assigned to various construction projects through-out Alberta; the biggest,  a mega-project in Hardisty Alberta, where TIW constructed 23 large diameter tanks over 2 years’ time.

In 2009, Glenn was relocated to the Head Office in St. Catharines Ontario.  There he was routinely re-assigned to field projects and various turnaround maintenance projects in Eastern Canada as a Project Coordinator and later as a Project Manager.  His largest project was a Major Turnaround in 2011 at Nanticoke with a crew of 250 Boilermakers.   Shortly after Glenn was promoted to his current role of Construction Manager and now oversees all of TIW’s Canadian construction projects.

Described as forward-thinking, progressive, and always considering how the construction team and the company overall can better utilize its resources, embrace new technologies and strategically manage its people, Glenn is considered a vital part of the TIW team for his ability to assist and empower his staff. Between himself and the rest of the staff, TIW boasts a strong foundation of cross-departmental knowledge and expertise that gives the company a valuable competitive advantage in the industry. Glenn is a member of The Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).   He is also a National Construction Safety Officer and has his Gold Seal as a Construction Safety Coordinator.

Mario Lisella

Regional Field Superintendent, St. Catharines, ON

Mario dedicated more than 46 years of his career to TIW. He assigns and coordinates Site Supervisors and equipment to all company job sites, and his experience in the field as a Welder, Foreman and Superintendent is highly respected by everyone on the TIW team. To this day, he enjoys the problem solving aspect of the job and loves the feeling of satisfaction he gets when a project is completed to spec.

Mario Lisella

Regional Field Superintendent, St. Catharines, ON

With more than 46 years of dedicated service to TIW, Mario assigns and coordinates Site Supervisors and equipment to all company job sites.

He enjoys the problem solving aspect of the job and loves the feeling of satisfaction he gets when a project is completed to spec. Since he started at the company, he has always appreciated TIW’s reputation with customers and employees.

Mario fondly remembers the first jobs he had prior to coming to TIW. After moving from his Italian homeland where he was raised to Montreal, he took on his first position at 14 years old for 25 cents an hour, painting handrails on staircases. He has also worked in the construction industry and as a welder for Montreal’s Drummond Welding (currently a sister company of TIW). Joining TIW in 1963, he worked across Canada as a Welder and was promoted to Foreman, then Superintendent.

Today, he is highly respected by everyone on the TIW team for his contributions and time spent in the field. He has gained a vast amount of experience and and knowledge in 14 years as the General Superintendent assisting the Field Supervisors.

Jerry Desjardins

Regional Field Superintendent, Nisku, AB

Jerry brings more than 30 years of experience in the boiler industry to TIW, where he moved up the ranks and held positions including Foreman, General Foreman, Site Superintendent and Project Coordinator. Today, he works in our Edmonton office and is responsible for coordinating construction contracts for Western Canada.

Jerry Desjardins

Regional Field Superintendent, Nisku, AB

After graduating from Sault College (formerly Cambrian College) with a diploma for Industrial Chemistry in 1969, he worked in the nuclear power industry before changing career paths to become a Construction Boilermaker for 30 years.

In 1982 he joined Combo Tank, a division of Canadian Erectors, which was one year later, dissolved by the large acquisition of TIW. With TIW Jerry continued as a welder, then progressed through the ranks as Lead Journeyman before taking on positions as Foreman, General Foreman, Project Coordinator and Regional Site Superintendent. He has worked primarily in Northwestern Ontario and Western Canada on various types of steel plate structures and fondly remembers the excellent mentorship he received from Mario Lisella and others, which had a positive impact on his career.

Jerry holds certification as a CWB Welding Inspector Level II, API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector and API 653 Tank Inspector.  He is also an NCSO Safety Professional and ACSA Safety Auditor.  Today, Jerry is located in our Nisku, Alberta office and is responsible for coordinating construction contracts for all of Western Canada.

Tim Lee

Quality Manager St. Catharines, ON

With over 30 years of experience in the industry, Tim is well-versed in all aspects of quality control, and plays a critical role in ensuring every product TIW ships is up to the high standard our clients have come to expect. As someone who closely monitors quality on the shop floor on a daily basis, Tim is a passionate believer in building quality into the production process from the start.

Tim Lee

Quality Manager St. Catharines, ON

With 30  years of experience in the industry, Tim is well-versed in all aspects of quality control, and plays a critical role in ensuring every product TIW ships is up to the high standard our clients have come to expect.

Tim earned his Manufacturing Engineering Technician diploma at Niagara College of Applied Arts & Technology. He went on to work throughout the industry as a Machinist’s Apprentice, Scheduling Expeditor, Quality Control Inspector and Production General Foreman before joining TIW in 1999. He was promoted to Manager of the Quality department in 2014 and since then has been responsible for production and construction.

In the past 18 years, Tim has been an important part of TIW’s evolution as a company and one of the many drivers of its success in a competitive market. As someone who closely monitors quality on the shop floor on a daily basis, Tim is a passionate believer in building quality into the production process from the start. He appreciates the dedication his staff and all TIW employees show to the company’s core value of quality, as well as how loyal the company is to its employees.

Janet Coles

Purchasing Manager St. Catharines, ON

With more than 20 years experience in purchasing, Janet is known as “the steel buying queen of southern Ontario”, negotiating with vendors to get the best possible price on materials. A tough negotiator who works well under tight time deadlines, she maintains an important open dialogue with everyone on staff, most often the Sales and Production departments.

Janet Coles

Purchasing Manager St. Catharines, ON

With 20-plus years experience in purchasing Janet is a highly esteemed member of the TIW team. Known as “the steel buying queen of southern Ontario”, she negotiates with vendors to get the best possible price on the materials used to construct TIW’s tanks. She is also in charge of the company’s facilities and maintenance contracts, does most of the purchasing for Niagara Structural Steel, and maintains an important open dialogue with everyone on staff, most often the Sales and Production departments.

She joined TIW in 1990 as a clerk in the Accounting department, but eventually discovered her skills as a tough negotiator who worked well under tight time deadlines was immensely valuable in Purchasing. Today, she is closely involved in many important capacities, from the budgetary pricing stages of an inquiry through to the steel purchasing process and material timeline management. Her continual progress updates and diligent management of the purchasing and procurement process for building supplies and services help keep our warehouses stocked with materials, our projects on schedule and production organized.

Janet takes great satisfaction in her role, and her proudest moment is watching materials come through the door on time and on budget.

Nathan Calford

IT Manager St. Catharines, ON

Nathan combines over 15 years of professional experience in information technology with the goals and business operations of TIW. He is intimately familiar with the company’s infrastructure, networks and databases and works tirelessly to ensure they stay organized, secure and relevant. As a passionate believer in continuous improvement and a technological trailblazer, he is always keen to explore methods of using emerging technologies to improve our efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.

Nathan Calford

IT Manager St. Catharines, ON

Nathan has been fascinated by computer technology from a young age, starting with the Apple II Plus and DOS in the late 1980s through to the development of windows. He now brings a wealth of experience in information technology to the business operations of TIW. He is intimately familiar with the company’s infrastructure, networks and databases. As IT Manager, Nathan oversees the technological direction of TIW, addressing all technical challenges and facilitating companywide change management for system improvements. He also manages technical contracts for the St. Catharines and Nisku facilities, constantly seeking cost savings.

Nathan graduated from Niagara College, with an advanced diploma in Computer Engineering Technology along with an additional certificate in Electrical/Electronic skills. And he maintains his technical edge with various certifications as required. During his school years he took a co-op job at Brock University installing telecommunication systems for its facilities, which later led to contract work there. Leaving the education sector, he began an eight-month trial period at TIW in April 2005 and based on his performance was brought on board as the company’s first full-time IT Coordinator. In 2012, he was promoted to IT Manager.

As a passionate believer in TIW’s core value of continuous improvement and a technological trailblazer, he is never satisfied with the status quo. He’s a member of the team of internal ISO auditors, familiar with the flow of business and infamously known for his attention to detail while conducting internal audits. Always keen to explore methods of using emerging technologies to develop and improve the company’s efficiency, productivity and competitiveness, he has driven TIW’s efforts to streamline operational processes and digitize documents across all departments making them easily accessible, searchable and useful to staff, whether they are in the field or in the office.

Nathan relishes his role at the company and enjoys coming to work every day, where he has the freedom to innovate and continually partner technology with business for operational improvements.

Derek Thiessen

Chief Draftsman

Derek has worked at TIW for over 10 years and has been using CAD for over 20 years. He is responsible for all fabrication drawings; ensuring they comply with customer specifications, industry codes and company standards. Before anything is fabricated in the shop or field, you can be sure that Derek and his team in the drafting department has considered every detail.

Derek Thiessen

Chief Draftsman

Derek has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology.  He joined TIW’s drafting department in 2006, and in 2014 was promoted to Chief Draftsman. With over 20 years of experience with CAD, he is responsible for all fabrication drawings; ensuring they comply with customer specifications, industry codes and company standards. Before anything is fabricated in the shop or field, you can be sure that Derek and his team in the drafting department has considered every detail.

Once an order has been placed, Derek begins by going through specifications and design calculations and orders the required material.  Fabrication drawings are then created, checked and issued.  Once approved, fabrication begins and Derek works closely with the shop and field, answering questions and ensuring they have everything they need to complete the work and satisfy all our customers needs.  Another part of his job is to detail specialized construction equipment unique to TIW to ensure better production, quality and safety.  Derek’s ability to problem solve ensures that job specific challenges have solutions well before the first plate is rolled or bead of weld is placed.

Affiliation & Strength

TIW is an Independent Operating Division of Canerector Inc

In 1983 TIW Steel Platework Inc. was purchased by privately owned corporation, Canerector Inc.  TIW was the first major acquisition of now more than 45+ independently operating divisions under the corporate umbrella of Canerector Inc.  The sister divisions complement each other by focusing on different facets of the steel sector with product design, fabrication and erection on numerous projects in various industries across the world. They often work together providing a “single source” of procurement on large projects.

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