Who We Are
We are mining construction and project management specialists. While our project experience spans most major industrial sectors, we have developed a reputation as an expert in the mining sector.
Leadership & Teamwork
We build leaders who lead their team using effective communication and a focus on continuous improvement to achieve team excellence. Through this, we are able to provide exceptional and reliable project management services to our clients.
Our team comprises of roughly one-third Trades, one-third Technologists and one-third Engineers which provides a balanced approach to managing projects and the contractors who deliver the projects. Our team excels in both technical expertise and the soft skills required to lead.
Footprints & Cultural Sensitivity
We have worked on projects across Canada, US, Central & South America and Eurasia. We have an understanding of various cultures and are able to work efficiently while being sensitive to the local culture.
Mission, Vision & Goals
Provide exceptional reliable project management services to select clients in the resource sector through team excellence, leadership, effective communications and a focus on continuous improvement.
Develop an elite team of project management specialists who provide our clients with expertise for the development and construction of projects at both new and existing facilities in the resource sector.
Continuously strive to develop a culture of excellence between our contractors and ourselves that is evolutionary; having the potential to grow, adapt and excel in an ever-changing work landscape.
Create a legacy of excellence in the work Praetorian Construction Management does for our clients.
Be recognized by our clients, industry and our team for developing a built-to-last group of professionals who retain and promote a balance between work and family.
Build on our reputation as a leader in the management of resource projects in remote locations worldwide.
Instill a safety culture of ‘zero harm’ on every project.
Project Execution and Engineering Independence
We are at arm’s length to the engineering efforts giving us the ability to make recommendations and take actions that are unbiased and transparent.
Efficient & Economical Multi-Functional Teams
Our teams are cross-trained, leading to non-duplication of roles without sacrificing quality. This is especially important for rotational shift works.
Global Experience & Adaptability
Our ability to adapt to new environments, cultures and market locations. We understand what it takes to operate in international markets.
Flexibility & Integrated Team Approach
Our experience working as an integrated project management team alongside client personnel and/or other organizations gives us a unique advantage in the industry.
Edward H. (Ted) Purvis P.Eng.
Chief Executive Officer
With over 39 years of heavy industrial construction experience, Ted has accepted progressively senior site and supporting roles, attaining executive seniority in a well known industrial contractor prior to moving to Praetorian.
Ted has led many feasibility and planning efforts for a variety of large industrial projects. He continues to provide economical, quality project management services to the mining industry through the development of seasoned strong project teams. His career includes projects in a broad range of industries such as marine, power, pulp and paper, petrochemical, ethanol, wind and mining.
His mining experience spans two decades of international projects with large to intermediate sized mining organizations. Ted has consistently demonstrated an aptitude for project process systems and has taken a strong role in providing guidance and advice to his clients.
Ted received his B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Manitoba and is a member of the Associations of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and British Columbia.
Adrian J. Bader M. Eng., P. Eng.
Chief Operating Officer
Adrian has over 33 years of experience in the construction industry. During his career, Adrian has acted in the role of owner, engineer, and contractor and has worked in the infrastructure, mining, petrochemical, and power sectors.
His experience and strengths include: project planning, budgeting, and team leadership; direct-hire labour management; and independent project reviews. Adrian’s proactive management style and leadership ability, along with strong interpersonal and communication skills, supports a practical approach to construction. He also brings knowledge of cold regions engineering and construction methods for remote projects.
Adrian received his B.Sc. in civil engineering and his M.Eng. in construction engineering and management from the University of Alberta. He is a member of the Associations of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Michael P. Culleton P.Eng.
Chief Financial Officer
Michael has over 31 years of construction experience with a strong project controls and engineering background. The greatest portion of his career has been spent on mining projects but Michael has also constructed facilities for the power industry, natural gas, refineries, oil sands, pulp and paper, forestry, highways and agriculture.
He has developed strong client relationships and consistently demonstrates an aptitude for obtaining excellence from his project teams. Michael’s in depth knowledge of management and controls, combined with a broad spectrum of construction knowledge and strong leadership skills, has contributed to a reputation of competence, integrity and loyalty both within project teams and with clients.
Michael is a member of the Associations of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta.
K. Bradley Walter
With over 35 years of construction experience, Brad has provided executive leadership to guide multiple industrial projects to successful completion. He has acted both in the role of owner and contractor. Brad progressed through various positions from his start as an apprentice to achieving his journeyman certifications, working as a superintendent, safety manager, construction manager, project manager, and as the executive lead on major projects before moving into the role of President at Praetorian. Brad is respected alike by his teams, contractors and the clients he serves. His exceptional communication skills has endeared him to clients in the industry. As an owner’s representative, he has a reputation for getting contractors to produce high quality work on time and on budget.
Brad’s experience spans the mining, pulp & paper, petrochemical, infrastructure, institutional and commercial industries. He has led multiple projects from scope review to turnover. Brad also led multiple feasibility study reviews and constructability reviews over the years. His areas of strength include team leadership, project planning, constructability, value engineering, budgeting, cost management, QAQC, contract management, client management, project safety and information technology.
Brad was a certified journeyman structural welder, “B” pressure welder, journeyman ironworker and journeyman millwright. Brad has attended various courses and seminars on industry best practices, both on technical topics and non-technical topics including leadership and project management.
Femi R. Farinu, P.Eng., CPA, CMA
Vice President, Technical Services
Femi has two decades of work experience in construction, manufacturing and finance. The bulk of his experience has been in industrial construction, specifically in the resource sector. With a background in Mining, Oil & Gas and Infrastructure, he has participated on projects in Canada and internationally. Femi held various site project roles as a field engineer, superintendent, project engineer and project manager before he transitioned into corporate roles. Presently, he applies his leadership and project management skills in support of Praetorian’s project teams, in addition to other responsibilities along organizational management, project set-up, team coordination and operational set-up in international markets. With a multi-discipline industrial project experience in mechanical, electrical, civil, earthworks, concrete, piping, instrumentation and process scopes, Femi’s strength lies in Project Controls, Commercial Management, Field Management, Accounting and Finance.
Femi’s backgrounds in Engineering and Accounting provides him with a unique skills set to bridge the gap that often exist on projects, between these fields. He has led process improvement efforts that cut across departments and resulted in more efficient processes. He also led a number of project systems deployment. Femi takes pleasure in playing the role of “the bridge” on projects that cut across diverse teams.
Femi is a professional engineer (P.Eng.) with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and is also a chartered professional accountant (CPA) with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Alberta. He has attended various courses, both on technical topics and non-technical topics. He is passionate about leadership and project management.
Wendy J. Berlando
Vice President, Finance and Administration
Wendy has spent the last thirty plus years providing accounting and payroll service to companies and accounting firms. Her background includes maintaining accurate full cycle accounting books and records, managing payroll processing as well as providing office administration management. With this, she has a strong background in Canadian accounting and tax requirements. She also has international experience in accounting and taxation.
In her current role, Wendy is responsible for the general leadership related to all financial and administrative matters at Praetorian. She is tasked with managing company-wide financial and administrative practices to ensure the company is of a continuously sound financial structure. She uses effective communication and training as tools in leading her teams to achieve their goals.
Wendy holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a diploma in accounting. She is a member of the Canadian Payroll Association. Wendy has attended in-house and external courses and seminars in order to keep abreast of ever-changing accounting and taxation rules and regulations. Within her community, Wendy provides free tax preparation services to low income seniors and enjoys her mentorship activities with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.