President & CEO
Dean Kato is the President and CEO of Tradesmen Enterprises LP who has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His primary responsibility is to ensure the overall growth, expansion, and financial health of Tradesmen in accordance with the objectives and policies set out by the Board of Directors. Dean works closely with the management and executive teams and is a hands-on leader who remains involved in day-to-day operations while continuing to maintain strong relationships with clients.
Dean’s career started as a Tradesperson working with various companies in Northern Alberta and completing many construction projects. In 2006, Dean founded Tradesmen Enterprises with a focus on general mechanical construction in the oil and gas industry. In 2013, Dean partnered with Fulcrum Capital to expand operations and build a new fabrication facility and module assembly yard in Grande Prairie, as well opening a corporate head office in Calgary to focus on building strategic relationships.
From Tradesmen’s inception, he has seen the transition of the company from a small-scale operation to the major construction company it is today. When the demand for high level, knowledgeable contractors became evident, Dean established a company that would not only meet the needs of the industry; but would exceed the highest level of service and quality in the industry. His unique perspective from being a tradesperson in the construction industry and the knowledge gained from working in this environment has given him a true understanding of what it takes to deliver successful projects from start to finish for clients. He has, and continues to build, a solid business based on a common-sense approach to contracting. This has enabled Dean and Tradesmen to grow and become a recognized and highly regarded name in the mechanical construction industry.
Among other pursuits Dean is an accomplished helicopter pilot who enjoys exploring the skies and spending time with family and friends.
Chief Financial Officer
Ken Krawiec is the Chief Financial Officer for Tradesmen Enterprises. Ken is responsible for managing all aspects of the finance function including corporate financial reporting and general accounting, banking and treasury, budgeting and forecasting, corporate taxation, insurance and risk management, and stakeholder relationships.
Ken previously served as Vice President, Accounting and Administration, Major Projects for AECOM (formerly Flint Energy/URS) as well as executive leadership roles (CFO, VP Finance) across multiple industries.
Ken brings more than 25 years of experience in both Finance and Strategy roles where he has led Operational Finance strategic improvement initiatives focused on earnings, processes and working capital management across multiple industries.
Ken is a CPA, CF (Corporate Finance) and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from University of Waterloo. He also attended both the Queen’s University and AECOM/URS Leadership development programs. Ken is a long-standing member of Financial Executives International and is based in Calgary, Alberta.
An avid outdoorsman, you can usually find Ken on the slopes, lakes, back country trails or golf course. He and his wife Frances are very active in their community and are frequent volunteers for many worthy causes and fundraisers.
Jamie Markotjohn is the Vice President of Tradesmen Enterprises LP. He has worked in the oil & gas industry for 20+ years and has an extensive understanding of construction best practices that support successful projects. Jamie’s primary responsibility is to oversee all business units responsible for project execution at Tradesmen. His leadership ability and comprehensive experience in all areas of construction and business management continue to drive the success of the organization.
In 1996 Jamie began his career in the trades as a Steamfitter/Pipefitter and as a result has worked on many projects throughout Western Canada. In 2009 he joined Tradesmen and has been recognized by clients as a key resource when they are planning complex infrastructure projects. His practical approach to projects, upfront planning expertise and ability to be a liaison for clients and engineers has resulted in many successful project outcomes.
Jamie’s vision for the company is to ensure Tradesmen continues to be a key mechanical contractor and consistently delivers quality projects to clients.
Director of Project Controls
Craig Boudreau is the Director of Project Controls for Tradesmen Enterprises. Craig’s focus is to ensure efficient and effective visibility on project scope delivery. Prior to joining Tradesmen, Craig has held many progressively responsible positions in Project Controls leadership including Director of Project Controls at a major EPC company.
Craig believes in bringing together people, processes and tools to deliver exceptional project controls to all project stakeholders, from the work front to the boardroom.
Craig has managed project controls on projects in the Oil & Gas, Mining Nuclear sectors across Canada, with responsibilities for scope up to $600 million. This has included recruiting and developing project controls teams and implementing systems and processes to make them successful.
Craig is a Professional Engineer registered with Apega, Certified Cost Professional registered with AACEi and a Project Management Professional registered with the Project Management Institute (PMI).
Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University and an MBA from Ryerson University.
Craig’s additional interests include machine learning, poker, snowboarding and traveling with his wife Jennifer.
Victor is the Operations Manager for Tradesmen who is responsible for all aspects of the company’s operations. He provides leadership and guidance to Project Manager’s and others who are responsible for directing our fabrication and construction services workforce.
Prior to joining Tradesmen, Victor has held many multi-faceted construction positions ranging from Pipefitter, Foreman, Supervisor and Project Manager. This depth of experience led to Victor to his current position of Operations Manager.
Although Victor is from the East coast, his career has brought him to places such as Fort St. John, BC, Grande Prairie, AB and as far as Fort Nelson, BC. Throughout his business career, Victor has spent a considerable amount of time in the field running projects. His 25+ year career spans several areas of the oil & gas industry and has given him an in-depth knowledge of how both the field operations and corporate headquarters operate.
Victor’s Latest accomplishment was managing a compressor expansion project in the Hythe area which came in on schedule and budget. Victor is a dual ticket Pipefitter, Plumber combined with his Manager Training from Dale Carnegie and BDC.
Victor continually gives back to the community through leadership for non-profit organizations. Currently he is a member of the Grande Prairie Petroleum Association (GPPA) and serves on the board for STARS Hangar Dance in Grande Prairie.
Victor is very passionate about his role and enjoys seeing a project developing from the early stages through to final preparation and start up. “That is always exciting!”
Fabrication & Assembly Manager
Brad Valin is the Fabrication and Assembly Manager for Tradesmen Enterprises. Brad’s main focus is to help Tradesmen provide a competitive fabrication and assembly option for all of our clients while not sacrificing quality and safety.
Prior to joining Tradesmen, Brad held various positions with multiple construction companies and fabrication shops that ranged from entry level up to and including supervision.
Brad believes that experience is a key factor to the healthy development of any leader. He has spent the last 20+ years working in different facets of the industry to gain the experience and knowledge to help him confidently address any situation that may arise. The experience he has gained over the years provides him with the required knowledge and creativity to lead his team and complete tasks successfully.
Brad has completed many projects through out his career from prefabrication of line heater, dehy and separator packages in fab shops to modular assembly yards for up to 49 module packages as well as multi million-dollar field construction contracts. He has been a part of the estimating, negotiating and executing these projects at every level.
Upon completion of high school, Brad entered the trades and became a Certified Red Seal Welder. He also completed the Master Class Management Certificate which included the following courses: Analytical Management, Communications Management, Conflict Management, Financial Management, Leadership Management, Marketing Management Operations Management, Organizational Management, Supervisory Management and Team Management. Brad continually attends numerous industry-related safety training courses to keep his certifications current.
Brad can be found enjoying the outdoors with friends and family when not at work. He is an avid snowmobile enthusiast and enjoys all aspects of the sport. Brad is a member of the Swan City Snowmobile club and lends a hand with club projects whenever possible. He holds his AST1 and AST2 Designation in Avalanche training. Brad takes pride and pleasure in passing his love of the sport down to his wife, son and daughter during family trips to the mountains.
Ron Thibault is the Estimating Manager for Tradesmen Enterprises. Ron’s key responsibility is to oversee the preparation of all proposals ensuring all commercial and technical requirements are met within the allotted period and meeting all Tradesmen objectives.
Prior to joining Tradesmen, Ron has held positions in estimating ranging from Project Manager, Operations Manager, Estimator, to his current position of Estimating Manager.
With 27+ years in the oilfield industry, Ron has the knowledge and experience to lead a variety of estimating initiatives; ultimately leading to successful projects for clients. Throughout his career he has successfully estimated projects of various sizes, complexity and scopes. Ron’s dedication and commitment to providing excellence is a testament to his ability to generate quality proposals each and every time for clients. Recently, Ron provided leadership to his team to who generated a proposal for a complex, multi-million dollar project involving multiple scopes of work.
Ron is a trained Estimator with his CEP designation from the AACE as well as his PMP designation through the PMI.
In Ron’s spare time, he enjoys golf, camping, fishing, scuba diving and downhill skiing. He also enjoys spending time with his family and cheering on his favourite hockey team; the Detroit Red Wings.
Quality Control Manager
Mark D. Power is the Quality Control Manager for Tradesmen Enterprises. Alongside the Quality Control Department and the multidisciplinary team, Mark ensures that the product delivered to the client is timely, relevant, and meets client specifications, construction codes and regulatory jurisdictional standards.
Mark’s experience and expertise spans 20 years of involvement in various positions and operations within oil & gas including both new construction projects and existing infrastructure projects. His area of knowledge is in refinery, pump stations, pipelines, shop fabrication and mod yard assembly. He believes that continual improvement, a conscientious work ethic, and providing support to the inter-disciplinary team ensures success in multiple avenues.
Spearheading the development of a structured and sophisticated Quality Control program, Mark’s goal is to achieve professional excellence within his Quality Control department. He believes in collaborative leadership and maximizing the potential of partnerships with the client and the multidisciplinary Tradesmen team.
Mark is an accomplished CWB Welding Inspector, API Inspector and ABSA In-Service Inspector, holding numerous qualifications and certifications. He applies his expansive knowledge to practical and professional endeavors to continually improve with the evolving nature of this field of work. In his ongoing commitment to quality, Mark’s five-year career with Tradesmen has garnered success in providing multimillion dollar clients with stellar end-products, delivering excellence in every project he is involved with.
Mark is driven and takes pride in the work he accomplishes. He believes that discipline, integrity, and accountability are hallmarks of success in every area of one’s life. He values perseverance and reliability; his dedication to his work and family being of utmost importance.
Mark is an outdoorsman, relishing and exploring the adventures that nature has to offer. He is a camping/dirt bike/ATV/snowmobile enthusiast. He enjoys automotive mechanics and DIY projects, guided by his unfaltering inclination to constantly challenge himself.
Project Controls Manager
Crystal Gerstel is the Project Controls Manager for Tradesmen Enterprises. Her goal at Tradesmen is to ensure Project Managers have the budgeting, scheduling, progressing and cost control tools they need to successfully execute a project.
Prior to joining Tradesmen, Crystal worked on various projects throughout Alberta and Saskatchewan implementing software to ensure companies had the resources they needed to accurately report to key stakeholders (both internal and external).
Although she spends most of her time in the corporate office, the first 10 years of her experience involved chasing projects across BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. By witnessing the changing dynamics of each project personally, Crystal gained a solid understanding of project requirements as well as the ability to adapt if these requirements changed. This knowledge and understanding has given her the ability to effectively get in front of and anticipate client needs.
Over the years, Crystal has successfully implemented front-end job costing software that has ensured companies could track their real-time costs and revenue. This important project controls element and Crystal’s expertise in this area, has led to many successful projects for clients.
Although Crystal’s degree, Bachelor of Communication and Culture, is not specific to her career choice, it is one of the many educational choices that has led her to where she is today. This degree has allowed her to further pursue her CPA designation, which is what she is currently working towards completing.
Crystal has a young family with two kids that keep her extremely busy. In the winter, you will find her on the slopes with her family helping her kids learn how to snowboard well enough to keep them from being a liability on the hill. In the summer, you will find her and her family anywhere that there is nature and sun. Many weekends are spent boating, fishing and enjoying cabin life.
Barb Hartmann, RPR
Barb Hartmann is the Senior Recruiter for Tradesmen Enterprises. Barb’s focus is to make sure to match the right person to the right job by assessing the knowledge, skills, abilities and other traits of a candidate that will meet the requirements of all Tradesmen’s positions.
Approximately fifteen years ago, Barb worked as a Recruiter’s Assistant. It was during this time that she realized that recruiting is exactly what she want to do and this was going to be the main focus of her career. Through hard work and dedication to her profession, Barb achieved her goal of becoming a Recruiter within one year.
Barb loves the level of influence, direct positive impact on others’ lives and the economy. It’s exciting to offer people employment knowing she has helped many people find what they are looking for. She also loves the hustle and sense of urgency to meet clients’ needs.
Barb’s most compelling experiences have come from working directly on site. She has worked on a few SAGD projects in Northern Alberta and has had the opportunity to work in Anchorage to recruit tradespeople for the Alaska North Slope. Barb also has experience recruiting and hiring American tradespeople for jobs in Texas and North Dakota.
To date Barb has hired over 6,000 oil & gas, chemical and mining construction service workers. Barb has had the gratification of helping many tradespeople start their careers by helping them get indentured into a trade and working with them throughout their apprenticeship and up until they become a Journeyperson.
Barb has passion for what she does, she builds relationships and trust from the people she hires. “This is not a job to me, this is my life; this is what I love to do”.