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Julio Reynel-Gracia, P.Eng., Building Envelope Engineer

Julio Reynel-Gracia is the president of JRG Building Engineering, Inc. He is a Building Envelope Professional Engineer specializing in the building envelope and energy efficiency for Part 9 buildings and small structures. Julio works closely with residential home builders on energy efficiency in the Building Code and on building envelope design and building assemblies.

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Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Julio is a proud graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Recruited by Owens Corning Canada in September 2008, Julio took a role as the Western Canadian Technical Manager based out of Alberta, where he resided for six years. Now living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Julio operates an engineering and building envelope consulting firm whose primary focus is to work with residential builders on envelope design and deciphering the contents of building code.

Julio believes in living with happiness. Therefore, he consistently surrounds himself with people whose ideas broaden his own.

778-998-0709
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STRUCTURAL

Karan Aswani

P.Eng., Principal Senior Structural Engineer

Karan Aswani joined JRG Building Engineering as a Principal in June 2023. As our Senior Structural Engineer, Karan brings a broad cross-sectional experience in a variety of projects…

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… including retail, institutional, recreational, mid-rise, and high-rise residential and office buildings. Using a detail-oriented approach, Karan strives to provide the most efficient and aesthetically pleasing structural solutions for his projects.

In his 12 years of professional work experience, Karan has contributed to various structural designs and project management for structures spanning across regions. Prior to joining JRG, Karan worked for a Vancouver based structural consulting firm for 5 years, as well as Southwest United States for 4 years and India for 2 years. Karan completed his Bachelor and Master of Science at NIT, India and ASU, USA specializing in Structural Engineering before moving to British Columbia, Canada. In addition, Karan also holds a Structural Engineering designation in the State of Washington and is actively pursuing designated Structural Engineer through Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.

778-512-9636
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Daniel Ray

P.Eng., Senior Structural Engineer

Daniel joined JRG in 2021, after three years of experience in the amusement park industry. He is a Structural Engineer who specializes in reinforced concrete design, …

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… in particular; underground parkades, basements, foundations, and special structures. He also carries out design of low and mid-rise wood buildings, as well as steel structures.

Daniel graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of McGill in Montreal, and obtained his Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. His long-term goal is to receive a Struct. Eng. designation with the outlook of designing high-rise buildings.

In his free time, Daniel regularly trains in boxing. In the summer, he plays beach volleyball, and in the winter, he explores the mountains of BC and snowboards.

778-513-9650
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Abbie Wen

EIT, Structural Engineer

Abbie joined the team in 2022 after obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Master of Engineering in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

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She has been involved in the design and on-site inspections of single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings in the Greater Vancouver area. Abbie is passionate about designing wood and concrete structures. She is continuously seeking better approaches to design reliable and cost-effective buildings that meet clients’ needs.

In her spare time, Abbie loves spending time with her puppy. She also enjoys reading and browsing the internet to learn about how to raise a healthy and happy puppy.

604-720-8955
[email protected]

Ricardo Suarez

EIT, Structural Engineer

Ricardo joined JRG as Structural EIT in 2023, after completing his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of British Columbia.

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His two years of co-op experience as a structural/civil engineering student has allowed him to deliver quality structural designs for our single-family and mid rise building projects.

Since joining JRG, Ricardo’s main focus has been on concrete and wood design. His passion for structural engineering has allowed him to succeed as a Structural EIT. His main goal is to become a well-rounded Structural Engineer and make significant contributions to the field.

Outside of the office, Ricardo loves spending his time working out, exploring new restaurants, hanging out with friends and hiking around the beautiful terrains of British Columbia.

613-325-3912
[email protected]

Barbara Koopman

Structural Drafter

Barbara, our Senior Drafter, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Faculdade Belas Artes de São Paulo.

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With four years of experience as an architect and three years in structural engineering, Barbara has been a key part of our team since joining JRG in 2023.

With her focus on drafting, drawing standards and project coordination, Barbara ensures that high-quality standards and project deadlines are met. Her experience in both architecture and structural engineering, brings a mix of skills to our projects and contributes to their success with her attention to detail and expertise.

In her spare time, she likes to read about self-development and spend time with her family. In the summer, she enjoys the beaches, lakes, and hiking.

778-513-8681
[email protected]

STRUCTURAL

Karan Aswani

P.Eng., Principal Senior Structural Engineer

Karan Aswani joined JRG Building Engineering as a Principal in June 2023. As our Senior Structural Engineer, Karan brings a broad cross-sectional experience in a variety of projects…

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… including retail, institutional, recreational, mid-rise, and high-rise residential and office buildings. Using a detail-oriented approach, Karan strives to provide the most efficient and aesthetically pleasing structural solutions for his projects.

In his 12 years of professional work experience, Karan has contributed to various structural designs and project management for structures spanning across regions. Prior to joining JRG, Karan worked for a Vancouver based structural consulting firm for 5 years, as well as Southwest United States for 4 years and India for 2 years. Karan completed his Bachelor and Master of Science at NIT, India and ASU, USA specializing in Structural Engineering before moving to British Columbia, Canada. In addition, Karan also holds a Structural Engineering designation in the State of Washington and is actively pursuing designated Structural Engineer through Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia.

778-512-9636
[email protected]

Daniel Ray

P.Eng., Senior Structural Engineer

Daniel joined JRG in 2021, after three years of experience in the amusement park industry. He is a Structural Engineer who specializes in reinforced concrete design, …

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… in particular; underground parkades, basements, foundations, and special structures. He also carries out design of low and mid-rise wood buildings, as well as steel structures.

Daniel graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of McGill in Montreal, and obtained his Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto. His long-term goal is to receive a Struct. Eng. designation with the outlook of designing high-rise buildings.

In his free time, Daniel regularly trains in boxing. In the summer, he plays beach volleyball, and in the winter, he explores the mountains of BC and snowboards.

778-513-9650
[email protected]

Abbie Wen

EIT, Structural Engineer

Abbie joined the team in 2022 after obtaining a Bachelor of Applied Science degree and a Master of Engineering in Structural and Earthquake Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

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She has been involved in the design and on-site inspections of single-family homes and multi-unit residential buildings in the Greater Vancouver area. Abbie is passionate about designing wood and concrete structures. She is continuously seeking better approaches to design reliable and cost-effective buildings that meet clients’ needs.

In her spare time, Abbie loves spending time with her puppy. She also enjoys reading and browsing the internet to learn about how to raise a healthy and happy puppy.

604-720-8955
[email protected]

Ricardo Suarez

EIT, Structural Engineer

Ricardo joined JRG as Structural EIT in 2023, after completing his bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of British Columbia.

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His two years of co-op experience as a structural/civil engineering student has allowed him to deliver quality structural designs for our single-family and mid rise building projects.

Since joining JRG, Ricardo’s main focus has been on concrete and wood design. His passion for structural engineering has allowed him to succeed as a Structural EIT. His main goal is to become a well-rounded Structural Engineer and make significant contributions to the field.

Outside of the office, Ricardo loves spending his time working out, exploring new restaurants, hanging out with friends and hiking around the beautiful terrains of British Columbia.

613-325-3912
[email protected]

Barbara Koopman

Structural Drafter

Barbara, our Senior Drafter, holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture and Urban Planning from Faculdade Belas Artes de São Paulo.

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With four years of experience as an architect and three years in structural engineering, Barbara has been a key part of our team since joining JRG in 2023.

With her focus on drafting, drawing standards and project coordination, Barbara ensures that high-quality standards and project deadlines are met. Her experience in both architecture and structural engineering, brings a mix of skills to our projects and contributes to their success with her attention to detail and expertise.

In her spare time, she likes to read about self-development and spend time with her family. In the summer, she enjoys the beaches, lakes, and hiking.

778-513-8681
[email protected]

ENVELOPE AND ENERGY

Mehryar Yeganeh

Certified Energy Advisor

Mehryar joined the JRG team in September 2022, serving as one of our Certified Energy Advisors. He specializes in conducting energy assessments and modeling for residential buildings, including site auditing and ensures the delivery of precise results in accordance with JRG’s elevated standards.

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Having graduated in HVAC Engineering from Azad University, Mehryar brings hands-on experience in inspecting HVAC systems in residential buildings. As a Certified Energy Advisor for both existing and new construction residential properties, he demonstrates his commitment to energy-efficient practices and renewable energy. He is driven by his passion for sustainability and professionalism, and consistently enhances his expertise in the field through his work at JRG.

Mehryar’s main passion is exploring beautiful British Columbia and its excellent culinary gastronomy with family and friends. During the summer, he can be found paddleboarding on the stunning lakes, and in his leisure time, he particularly enjoys engaging in badminton.

604-600-7834
[email protected]

ENVELOPE AND ENERGY

Mehryar Yeganeh

Certified Energy Advisor

Mehryar joined the JRG team in September 2022, serving as one of our Certified Energy Advisors. He specializes in conducting energy assessments and modeling for residential buildings, including site auditing and ensures the delivery of precise results in accordance with JRG’s elevated standards.

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Having graduated in HVAC Engineering from Azad University, Mehryar brings hands-on experience in inspecting HVAC systems in residential buildings. As a Certified Energy Advisor for both existing and new construction residential properties, he demonstrates his commitment to energy-efficient practices and renewable energy. He is driven by his passion for sustainability and professionalism, and consistently enhances his expertise in the field through his work at JRG.

Mehryar’s main passion is exploring beautiful British Columbia and its excellent culinary gastronomy with family and friends. During the summer, he can be found paddleboarding on the stunning lakes, and in his leisure time, he particularly enjoys engaging in badminton.

604-600-7834
[email protected]

ADMINISTRATION

Tanya Wardally

General Manager

Tanya is one of the newest members to join the JRG family. Since joining in early 2023, her natural inclination to foster growth within the company has led the team towards continued success.

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She brings to JRG almost 2 decades of management experience having worked in pharmaceuticals, mental-health residential facilities, and bankruptcy services. By adding building envelope/structural engineering to her list, Tanya dedicates her time and professional endeavours to oversee business strategy, while investing in employee development and applying industry best practices.

Known for being a people-person, Tanya thrives on building strong relationships and creating a positive work environment. Her leadership style is characterized by open communication, collaborative decision-making, and a genuine appreciation for the contributions of each team member.

In her spare time, Tanya enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones, cooking, and travel. She is also passionate about exploring aspects of psychology, music, and the arts. These interests complement Tanya’s management skills through having a clearer insight into diversity, people, and spaces, which provide her with a well-rounded perspective in all aspects of her work.

438-868-0154
[email protected]

Flavio Paes

Project Coordinator

Flavio has been an integral part of the JRG family since 2021. With a keen eye for detail, he adeptly oversees diverse administrative tasks, providing essential support to our engineering professionals. Armed with a B.Sc. in Accounting and a Business Management Post Degree, Flavio brings a wealth of experience to the table.

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With proficiency in spreadsheets, forms, reports, financial control, HR, and project coordination, Flavio’s role extends beyond maintaining office operations.

A strategist at heart, Flavio continually refines our organizational processes, emphasizing project management, time management, and billing. Not only limited to the desk, he excels in orchestrating the engineers schedules, liaising with stakeholders, and ensures seamless communication flow. His dedication extends to providing unwavering support to both our internal team and valued clients.

Outside the professional realm, Flavio finds joy in family and friends, immersing himself in the natural beauty and diverse gastronomy that B.C. offers. A true enthusiast, he is passionate about road and mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, and attending concerts—a perfect fit for the lifestyle Vancouver has to offer. Flavio’s commitment to excellence and his holistic approach makes him an integral part of our team, ensuring the success of both our projects and relationships.

778-322-2713
[email protected]

ADMINISTRATION

Tanya Wardally

General Manager

Tanya is one of the newest members to join the JRG family. Since joining in early 2023, her natural inclination to foster growth within the company has led the team towards continued success.

More
She brings to JRG almost 2 decades of management experience having worked in pharmaceuticals, mental-health residential facilities, and bankruptcy services. By adding building envelope/structural engineering to her list, Tanya dedicates her time and professional endeavours to oversee business strategy, while investing in employee development and applying industry best practices.

Known for being a people-person, Tanya thrives on building strong relationships and creating a positive work environment. Her leadership style is characterized by open communication, collaborative decision-making, and a genuine appreciation for the contributions of each team member.

In her spare time, Tanya enjoys spending quality time with her loved ones, cooking, and travel. She is also passionate about exploring aspects of psychology, music, and the arts. These interests complement Tanya’s management skills through having a clearer insight into diversity, people, and spaces, which provide her with a well-rounded perspective in all aspects of her work.

438-868-0154
[email protected]

Flavio Paes

Project Coordinator

Flavio has been an integral part of the JRG family since 2021. With a keen eye for detail, he adeptly oversees diverse administrative tasks, providing essential support to our engineering professionals. Armed with a B.Sc. in Accounting and a Business Management Post Degree, Flavio brings a wealth of experience to the table.

More
With proficiency in spreadsheets, forms, reports, financial control, HR, and project coordination, Flavio’s role extends beyond maintaining office operations.

A strategist at heart, Flavio continually refines our organizational processes, emphasizing project management, time management, and billing. Not only limited to the desk, he excels in orchestrating the engineers schedules, liaising with stakeholders, and ensures seamless communication flow. His dedication extends to providing unwavering support to both our internal team and valued clients.

Outside the professional realm, Flavio finds joy in family and friends, immersing himself in the natural beauty and diverse gastronomy that B.C. offers. A true enthusiast, he is passionate about road and mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, and attending concerts—a perfect fit for the lifestyle Vancouver has to offer. Flavio’s commitment to excellence and his holistic approach makes him an integral part of our team, ensuring the success of both our projects and relationships.

778-322-2713
[email protected]