Ed Surrette

Ed is currently the Pavement Management Coordinator for the Halifax Regional Municipality. Prior to joining the Municipality in September 2016, Ed worked for Stantec Consulting Ltd. as a Materials Engineer for two and a half years and as a Materials Engineer and Project Manager with Maritime Testing Limited (now Englobe) for nearly five years. He graduated with his bachelor of engineering degree from Dalhousie University in 2002 where he continued his graduate studies, completing his M.A.Sc. in 2005 and working part time to complete his Ph.D. in 2014. He is currently a member of CTAA, TAC and a member of the board of directors for ACI Atlantic Chapter. Ed currently resides in Middle Sackville with his wife Denise and their two sons, Gavin and Owen.

Mathew Jobb

Matthew graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering in 2007. Upon graduation he began working for Maritime Testing Ltd as a Project Manager in the Materials Engineering Division. In 2011, He then moved to Dexter Construction as a Quality Control Engineer for the mobile asphalt division based out of Truro, Nova Scotia. Matthew is a member in good standing with Engineers Nova Scotia and is also a member of CTAA.

Jim Manthorne

Jim is originally from Guysborough County and after high school joined the Army, returning to Nova Scotia in the fall of 1983 as a surveyor. Upon returning home he became involved in construction and spend the next twenty eight years operating concrete and asphalt plants. During his career he performed the roles of plant operator, manager, quality control and operations manager for a number of Nova Scotia companies including Dartmouth Ready Mix (Quality Concrete), Ocean Contractors, Ideal Concrete, KC MacPhee Contracting and SW Weeks Construction.  In 2011 Jim joined NSTIR as the supervisor of the Department’s asphalt plant.  After NSTIR divested themselves of the plant he applied for and got a position at Highway Construction Services at Miller Lake and is currently in the role of inspector. 

Sean O'Connor

Sean is a Halifax native who attended St. FX University for his Diploma in Engineering and then completed his Bachelor of Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University in 2010.  As a student, Sean was employed as a materials technician at AMEC from 2006 to 2010.  He currently works with Stantec Consulting Ltd as a Materials Engineer and Project Manager.  Sean is also a member of CTAA and Engineers Nova Scotia.

William Costin

William is President of Costin Paving and Contracting Limited. He started working in the family business at the age of 14 and raked his first load of asphalt at 16. In 1970 he decided not to study engineering but to follow his skills and talents as a musician. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees and worked as a professional musician for 20 years, as a performer, teacher and arts administrator throughout Canada and Europe.

Because of his Dad’s illness, he returned to Nova Scotia in 1987 to take over the reigns of the family business. He is constantly upgrading his skill sets and has a Gold Seal Certificate as a Project Manager in Roadbuilding and Heavy Construction from the Canadian Construction Association. He resides in Amherst and has two grown children, Andrew and Jillian. When time permits, he still performs concerts with several jazz and classical music groups.


Stephen Hill

Stephen obtained his engineering degree from TUNS (Now Dalhousie School of Engineering) in 1998 before embarking on his road building career. He joined Ocean Contractors Limited upon graduation, where he worked as a project coordinator and estimator until joining Lafarge Canada’s Halifax Construction Group in 2003. He worked as an estimator and project manager with Lafarge until 2007 before taking on the role of Construction Manager, overseeing Lafarge’s construction activity and asphalt manufacturing business in Metro. Stephen joined the Municipal Group of Companies in 2010 in conjunction with Municipal’s acquisition of the former Lafarge Atlantic Construction Group.  As part of the Dexter Team, Stephen became involved with several heavy-civil and earth moving projects, and also helped manage several high profile paving projects in the region. In July of 2013, he accepted the role of General Manager for General Liquids Canada (GLC), Municipal’s ISO Certified Asphalt Cement and Emulsion Manufacturing business. GLC also operates Municipal’s AASHTO-accredited Materials Laboratory. Stephen is a member in good standing with Engineers Nova Scotia.


Jeff MacEwen

Jeff was born and raised in Fredericton, New Brunswick and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 2003. His summer work experience was spent surveying for the New Brunswick Department of Transportation. Upon finishing his degree, he moved to Portland, Maine and started working for a small construction company (Bridgecorp) as a Field Engineer. Jeff left Maine in 2004 and moved to Toronto where he worked for John Emery Geotechnical Engineering Limited (JEGEL) as a geotechnical and materials engineer in training. He spent three years in Toronto before finally settling in Halifax with Jacques Whitford (now Stantec), where he worked as a Materials Engineer and Project Manager until 2012.  Jeff worked for the Halifax Regional Municipality as their Pavement Management Coordinator until 2016 when he took the position of Construction Supervisor for the Construction Division of Road Operations.

Jeff and his wife Katie are proud parents of their son Matthew who will turn two in March.

Guy Kendziora

Guy is a graduate of Mabou High School on Cape Breton Island .  Upon leaving the island, Guy attended Acadia University & St. Mary’s University, graduating in 1987.  During his university years, Guy was employed (seasonally) with the NSTIR Materials Laboratory in Miller Lake working in the asphalt section, where duties included HMA mix designs, surface treatment (chip seal) designs, pre-construction road surveys, HMA field QC, on-site QC manager (NSTIR) mobile paving plant #1, plus various experience in the soils & concrete sections.  During the spring of 1992 Guy joined McAsphalt Industries Ltd. and hasn’t looked back.  Guy is now McAsphalt Industries’ Marketing Manager for Atlantic Canada.  Guy’s industry involvement includes: NBUPG Steering Committee 2001 – 2010, NSRBA Board of Directors 2007 – 2009, CTAA (Local Co-Chair) LAC Halifax Convention 2003, CTAA Board of Directors 2002 – 2007, NSUPA Steering Committee 2007 – Present.  While on the NSRBA Board of Directors, Guy co-chaired three AGM charity auctions, raising a total of $110,000.

NSUPA Board of Directors