Management Team

A Passion to
Make Things Better

At Upside, the management team is led by Chris Read, President. The management team are all proud owners of Upside and together our ownership group has more than 80 years collective experience. With their support, Chris is dedicated to fostering a community atmosphere at the company for all Upsiders and our clients.

The management team empowers staff to make the right decisions on a daily basis to support changing priorities that meet client needs. This team works diligently to ensure that “we build long-term relationships with our clients by living our values and inspiring our people to deliver quality engineering solutions.”  To learn more, please select the arrow or team member’s name from the list below.

Management Team

A Passion to
Make Things Better

At Upside, the management team is led by Chris Read, President. The management team are all proud owners of Upside and together our ownership group has more than 80 years collective experience. With their support, Chris is dedicated to fostering a community atmosphere at the company for all Upsiders and our clients.

The management team empowers staff to make the right decisions on a daily basis to support changing priorities that meet client needs. This team works diligently to ensure that “we build long-term relationships with our clients by living our values and inspiring our people to deliver quality engineering solutions.”  To learn more, please select the arrow or team member’s name from the list below.

Chris Read

President

Chris ReadChris Read was appointed President in April 2015. Chris is responsible for providing leadership to Upside, which is at the forefront of the engineering sector in the oil and gas industry. Since joining Upside in 2006, he has had increasing responsibilities and has held various positions: Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, Vice President, Business Services Senior Manager, Business Services and Business Development Manager. Before joining Upside, Chris held Business Development and Project Management positions in a large defence contracting firm.

Chris holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science Degrees from the University of Calgary. He also attained a Project Management Professional designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI) in 2005. He is also an active member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA).

 

Jim Ontko

Principal, Project Implementation

jimJim has been at Upside since 1992 and has worked as Vice President, Project Execution, project manager, project engineer and mechanical engineer. Currently he leads the Project Implementation group with project managers, project engineers, quality specialists document control, and project controls. His responsibilities include the execution of all projects and the assurance of project excellence through Upside’s Quality Management System. He is also involved with the project services group ensuring that projects are effectively supported by the document control, project controls and quality departments.  Before joining Upside, Jim worked for a major oil company in a variety of office and field positions as well as for another oil and gas consulting firm.

Jim is a graduate in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and a member of APEGA and APEGS.

 

Pouyan Behrouzi

Principal, Engineering

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Pouyan started working for Upside in 2003 as a Civil Engineer designing structures for numerous projects.   In 2005, he was promoted to Project Engineer where he gained a broad multi-discipline experience in designing oil facilities. He was subsequently promoted to Project Manager where he executed several projects with increasing complexity culminating in the successful execution of a $190m heavy oil battery. He is experienced in leading the design of projects involving storage tanks, pumps, meters, blending facilities, heavy-oil processing equipment, vapour recovery systems and modular pipe-racks.  In 2010, he joined the Upside’s management team, and became part of the ownership group in 2011. In 2013, Pouyan was appointed Vice President of Engineering and today as a Principal at Upside is responsible for stewardship of the engineering, design drafting, and supply chain management teams.

Pouyan holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and is a licensed Professional Engineer in Alberta (APEGA). He is also an active member of the Canadian Heavy Oil Association (CHOA).

 

Kevin Wigginton

Principal, Business Operations

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Kevin started working for Upside in 2005 in the Project Controls department and in 2006 he was appointed Project Controls Manager. Since then he has held the roles of Document Control Manager, Senior Manager, Project Services, Vice President, Project Services and Vice President, Finance. In 2010, he joined the Upside’s management team, and became part of the ownership group in 2011.

In 2015, Kevin was appointed Vice President, Business Operations and today as a Principal at Upside he is responsible for the accounting, human resources, office operations, and technology services departments. As a member of the senior management team he is also responsible for all aspects of corporate financial planning, reporting & analysis, corporate contract execution, corporate risk mitigation and loss prevention.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance from Acadia University, a Bachelor of Economics from McMaster University and has completed the course portion of his Masters of Economics & Finance from the University of Calgary. He has also been a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers since 2006.

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