Our Leadership

Our Leadership

Board Advisors

Bob McQuarrie, CPA, CA
Advisor Emeritus

Bob has been involved with NorLand since 1989 and has served as a Director, Vice President and Secretary. Bob is a Chartered Accountant with more than 40 years of experience in all aspects of financial management, including strategic planning, financial controls and acquisitions, Bob joined Innovex Equities Corporation in 1986, as its first employee, and has assisted in its acquisitions since that date, including the original acquisition of NorLand in 1989 on behalf of its shareholders.


Anibal R. Valente, P. Eng

Anibal holds a UBC Civil Engineering degree and has extensive knowledge in the construction industry. He spent 38 years working for Canada’s largest general construction firm, PCL Construction Group, starting as a field engineer on Vancouver area sites and gradually taking on more responsibility. In the late 1990’s, Anibal’s responsibilities grew to managing all the operations in Saskatchewan and then eventually relocating back to Vancouver as Vice President and District Manager. In this role, Anibal established company records in new work volumes and profits in PCL’s operations in BC and the Yukon. Anibal has been very involved with construction industry related boards having chaired the Saskatchewan Construction Association (SCA), the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), the BC Construction Association (BCCA) and the Canadian Construction Association (CCA). In 2013, Anibal was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal designated for Canadians demonstrating outstanding service in the construction industry.

Ben Cherniavsky

Prior to joining the NorLand Advisory Board in 2021, Ben worked for 22 years as a Managing Director, Equity Analyst at Raymond James Ltd. In this role, Ben regularly published reports and financial projections on an extensive list of publicly-traded companies that compete in Canada’s infrastructure and construction markets, including equipment distributors, contractors, and engineering firms. According to annual surveys of institutional investors conducted by Brendan Woods International, Ben consistently ranked among the top analysts in his sector. He was also recognized as Canada’s “Top Earnings Forecaster” and “Top Five Stock Pickers” in Starmine’s annual rankings. Prior to earning an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario (1998), Ben worked in public finance as a research analyst for the Ministry of Finance in Ottawa and at the University of Toronto's International Centre for Tax Studies. Ben also holds a BA in Economics from the University of Alberta. In 2021, Ben was appointed to the Board of Directors for Toromont Industries, one of the world's largest Caterpillar dealers. From 2013-2020, Ben sat on the Board of the Children’s Hearing and Speech Centre of B.C. He is currently a Director of the Cherniavsky Junior Fund and Whistler Tennis Association.

Don Fairbairn

Don has over 35 years of experience assisting private and public sector organizations create capital intensive infrastructure. He has played leadership roles in the development, financing, construction and operation of a variety of assets, including electricity generation and transmission, gas pipelines, rapid transit, roads and bridges. He has led acquisitions on behalf of both corporate and pension fund investors and is the Chair of the Transportation Investment Corporation, Vice-Chair of the Core Area Wastewater Treatment Board and a director of several private companies. He co-founded the Streetohome Foundation and was Board Chair of the Vancouver Community College for six years. His recent assignments include providing: refinancing, procurement and due diligence advice to an assortment of P3s; strategic planning advice to two private companies; and commercial advice to Pacific Northwest LNG, the City of Vancouver, TransLink, two BC Crown Corporations, and the Alberta Electric System Operators.

Spencer Gudewill
Junior Advisor

Spencer first joined NorLand in 2014 when he spent a summer working in the field at several of the organization’s business units in Pacific Blasting & Demolition and BelPacific Excavating & Shoring. After his summer work-term, he travelled abroad and worked in the financial service industry in Colombia, returning to Canada and NorLand in January 2016. Spencer began in business and corporate development, spearheading several important initiatives related to corporate culture and strategy, and in November 2017 became Manager of Corporate Development & Strategy. Spencer holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University (2014) and is in the process of completing a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Chicago.