At Krahn, we pride ourselves in our ability to attract and retain some of the best talent available. From our principals down to our Administrative team, each employee in the Krahn Group plays an instrumental role in helping us maintain the reputation we’ve become known for. We’re a group that is highly committed to engineering excellence and providing solutions that are technically innovative and cost effective.
David R. Krahn, Owner | President
Registered P.Eng. (BC, AB, SK, MB, ON)
B.Sc. Lakehead University & Diploma (Honours) BCIT
An industry veteran with over 30 years experience, David established Krahn Engineering in 1984 after studying civil and structural engineering at Lakehead University and BCIT. With a strong educational background and experience in construction, David brings a practical, hands-on approach to projects; his understanding of design, its basic systems, and its relation to cost allow him to apply the most innovative, effective solutions to all aspects of the building process. Over the past three decades, he has been responsible for the Krahn Group of Companies’ cross-disciplinary expansion and its broad client base, which stretches across Canada and into Washington State. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario.
Doug C. Birch | Principal
Registered P.Eng., British Columbia & Ontario
B.A.Sc., University of British Columbia
A University of British Columbia graduate with a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Civil Engineering, Doug has been apart of the Krahn team for over 25 years. Now a principal in the firm, he provides structural engineering services to clients through our Vancouver office. Specializing in structural engineering, Doug’s main areas of practice are in institutional and specialized heavy industrial projects. Having worked for firms across Canada, Doug is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Alberta, Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, Newfoundland & Labrador, and the Yukon, as well as being a member of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers.
Walid Salman | Principal
Registered P.Eng., Struct.Eng., British Columbia, Registered S.E., Washington
M.A.Sc. & Ph.D., University of Toronto, B.Eng, American University of Beirut
As one of the firm’s principals, Walid is a senior structural engineer managing the structural group within our Vancouver office. With over 20 years experience in the structural design and construction of steel, concrete, and tilt-up structures, Walid oversees design work in the commercial, institutional, retail, and industrial fields. A graduate from the American University of Beirut and the University of Toronto, his depth of knowledge and vast expertise are reflected in his ability to deliver structural solutions to the most complex projects. Walid’s research work has been published in the Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, and he is licensed as a Structural Engineer in the province of British Columbia, the State of Washington, and a number of other Canadian Provinces and US States.
Paul Loewen, Principal | KL Tech Engineering Ltd.
Registered P.Eng. (BC, AB)
B.A.Sc. University of British Columbia
Leading KL Tech Engineering’s consulting team, Paul has spent the past 30 years building relationships and experience within the industry. Coming from a background in manufacturing and construction, he brings an impressive attention to detail and a sophisticated understanding of building codes and agency regulations. As a collaborative team leader, Paul is in charge of KL Tech Engineering’s site evaluation and planning, building planning and design, material specifications, engineering consultant coordination, and permit procurement.
Stuart McGregor | Principal, KM Civil Consultants Ltd.
Registered P.Eng., APEGBC, APEGA
B.A.Sc. University of British Columbia (with Distinction)
Before joining Krahn Engineering to form KM Civil Consultants Ltd in 2010, Stuart studied civil engineering at the University of British Columbia. With experience in the residential, commercial, and industrial fields, he has worked for a number of engineering consulting firms and is responsible for civil engineering design, project management, construction contract administration, construction cost estimations, and construction inspections. Since partnering with Krahn, Stuart has expanded his portfolio to include municipal capital works and highway infrastructure, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in both British Columbia and Alberta.
Peter Kiddie | Structural Engineering Manager
B.Eng., P.Eng., Struct.Eng., M.I.Struct.E.
After obtaining his engineering degree from the University of Canturbury, Peter gained experience in a wide range of structural projects throughout British Columbia, Alberta, the Yukon, and the Northwest Territories. Joining Krahn Engineering in 2012, he is now responsible for managing Krahn’s industrial, residential, institutional, and commercial engineering services within our Abbotsford office. While he has a particular interest in seismic design and upgrade projects, his experience and depth of knowledge cover a broad spectrum of structural problems.
Chad Niwranski | Mechanical Design Manager
After graduating with honours from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in 1996, Chad gained experience in the consulting engineering field with a variety of corporate firms and clients. Having been involved with project management, detail design, pre-design site survey services, and construction field services, he joined the Krahn team in 2012 with a keen understanding of department coordination and strategic design. Chad’s multidisciplinary background combined with his experience in the retail, light commercial, industrial, and institutional sectors across Canada make him a valuable client liaison and supervisor for KD Mechanical.
Dave Batten | Director of Development
Before joining Krahn, Dave acquired over three decades of experience as a Director of Marketing and Development for a variety of firms across Canada. He now offers development consulting services to the Krahn Group of Companies, acting as a liaison between Krahn, City Hall, and our clients. As the man responsible for dealing with development, building, and occupancy permits, Dave ensures our clients’ objectives move successfully through the planning and implementation stages by communicating with our engineers and the necessary governing bodies. His background in public relations and communications shows through in his ability to cultivate long-standing professional relationships while facilitating the preliminary stages of the building process.
Dennis Krahn | Business Development
Over the past 26 years, Dennis has consulted and held senior management roles while overseeing numerous development projects across North America. Through his experience in land acquisitions, finance development, construction, and engineering, he has proven his ability to create and implement packages for high-end custom homes and subdivisions, to large-scale developments and golf course communities. Within Krahn, Dennis specializes in project programming and public infrastructure projects, working to find financial solutions for our clients’ public and private improvements.
Larry Podhora | Director of Building Design
Member AIBC, AAA, MRAIC
BA/BSC (Fine Arts), UBC, B Arch., UBC, M Arch, University of London (UK)
Larry’s comprehensive experience in building design brings with it a very high level of professionalism and sincere care about all his client’s goals. Larry is a leader and a passionate advocate for design and service quality who insists on the same level of excellence and accountability from all members of the building design team. His work resulted in over 30 industry awards of excellence. Larry’s career began three decades ago in one of the first fully integrated, multi-disciplinary firms in Canada and now he has returned to this model of practice with Krahn.