Meet Our Team

Ian Kopp

Director of HSSE
Ian has over 20 years of industry experience focusing on industrial construction and mining projects. However, his enthusiasm for risk management and safety began while working as a guide and leadership trainer in the mountains and wilderness of North America and Asia. Ian has worked as a paramedic and had extensive experience as a first-aid and rescue instructor, which served to strengthen his belief that it is far better to prevent accidents than to manage them. Ian first worked with JDS during the construction of Minto Mine in Canada’s north and continues to travel the world supporting the project teams. He specializes in developing and overseeing large projects for successful completion, and ensuring continuous health and safety improvement. Ian is known for signature brand of calm and diligent work ethic, with a bit of humour thrown in to keep it enjoyable.

Mike Hood

Chief of Staff
Mike Hood As JDS’s Chief of Staff, Mike is the trusted counsel of the CEO and tasked, in part, with enabling the company’s success through leadership development, mentoring, coaching and talent management, in order to drive excellence and growth across all of the corporation’s activities. Proactively identifying issues that could impact the successful execution of the corporate commitments and developing mitigating strategies are also part of his key responsibilities. He also leads select special projects of the CEO through the development of options, feasibility and profitability. Prior to joining the JDS Group of Companies in 2018, Mike was the Commander of the Royal Canadian Air Force. He enjoyed a 33 year career in the RCAF and was a leader at every level in the institution.

Steve Wallick

HSSE Coordinator
Steve has over 28 years of experience as a career firefighter and officer, and is competent in all aspects of firefighting and emergency response. He has been an emergency response team (ERT) and safety coordinator on different size projects over his career. Steve is very professional and has gained respect from the members of his teams and site management of the projects he has helped to build. Steve is a team member who is continually improving himself and the teams he is building. At the same time he has gained invaluable safety experience ranging from OH&S legislation, due diligence, incident and near miss investigations, inspections, safe work practices / procedures and training. He is a proven safety and emergency response leader, making him an indispensable member of the safety team.

Tyler Salmond

Health, Safety & Emergency Response Superintendent
Tyler has over 18 years of supervision and military experience focusing on industrial, mining, construction, production and emergency response operations. He is competent in HS&E development and management / facilitation of programs. Tyler has experience in starting, developing and overseeing projects and training programs for the successful completion through to operations, and ensuring project improvement to meet client and contractor goals and expectations.

Dean Wold

Safety Superintendent
Dean has over 25 years of industry experience. He is competent in all aspects of a complete Safety Program, including, but not limited to, OH&S legislation, due diligence, incident investigations, inspections, safe work practices and procedures, training and management techniques. He has been the safety manager on several major projects as well as an environmental and loss prevention specialist. Dean has extensive experience in leading large projects to successful completion. He has successfully improved projects to meet client and contractor goals and expectations. He is a proven Safety Leader.

Kevin Ramirez

HSSE Manager
Kevin is a resourceful and versatile HSE Professional with 27 years of experience in adding value to safety initiatives in upstream and downstream energy and mining operations for industry-leading organizations. With experience spanning extreme cold, tropics and desert conditions in the Americas, Africa, Middle East, and Asia, regarded for the holistic and meticulous approach to managing safety and health, taking into account both organizational and cultural differences and nuances, on a scale ranging from 100’s to thousands of employees. Due to comprehensive experience across different systems and verticals, possess the ability to create rapport with people from all levels of the organization, from field crews to company leadership.

Dale Daleug

H&S Manager
Dale has over 30 years of industry experience focusing on P3, industrial, mining, civil and commercial construction projects. He is competent in all aspects HS&E development and management – facilitation of programs. He has been the safety director on several mega projects with a focus on problem solving and team building. Dale has extensive experience in starting off and overseeing large projects for successful completion, and ensuring project improvement to meet client and contractor goals and expectations.

Angela Routhier

Safety Coordinator & Supervisor
Angela is a Safety Coordinator and Safety Supervisor with Cariboo Rail. Angela conducts site and crew inspections and creates and conducts orientations for new employees. Angela creates safety documentation following OH&S federal and provincial regulations as well as conducts investigations. She reviews and coach’s safety documentation with field crews.

Jorgen Christison

CL64 / DHC2 Captain
Jorgen is an aviation industry professional with a diverse background in global operations. He has flown throughout Antarctica, the Americas, Middle East, Europe and Asia. Whether operating on wheels, skis or floats, Jorgen brings a proactive approach to risk management and safety for each project.

Scott Cuillon

CCRC – VP Corporate Services
Scott has 38 years of railway experience in Canada and the US. His background includes labour relations, rules & regulatory, safety, and operations. He joined Cariboo Rail in 2016.