who we are
Lavergne Draward & Associates Inc. (LDA) is a structural engineering firm founded in 1998 by Principals Julien Lavergne and Brad Draward based on the principles of creativity, personalization, and attention to detail. We believe that people are like plans: it’s important to read between the lines, and by mixing a large firm’s support with boutique-level care, we’ve developed lasting relationships with our clients which focus on delivering innovative and forward-thinking solutions in areas such as design services for new building construction, renovations, additions, and evaluations. We offer flexible planning and work hard to find exciting and functional design solutions which are as unique as our clients. Our projects are about showcasing creativity and transforming the urban landscape, and we’ll work closely with you during every step of the design and construction phases to make sure that your project is delivered on time, and on budget.
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our founding principals
P. Eng., Founding Principal
Julien’s passion for engineering dates back to his youth when he worked in the construction field. After graduating from Red River College with his certificate in Structural Technology he continued his studies at the University of Manitoba and graduated with a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering in 1983. After several years honing his craft with other engineering firms, Julien, along with his partner, Brad Draward founded Lavergne Draward & Associates Inc. in 1998. With more than three decades of experience, Julien has been actively involved in all types of projects in the institutional, health care, commercial, and residential fields as well as other sectors. He has designed buildings and managed projects of various sizes and shapes and has worked on countless other projects that included feasibility studies, building analysis, cost estimates and construction documentation.
c.e.t., founding principal
After completing his post secondary studies in 1981, Brad accepted positions with first Contempora Steel Structures, then moving onto Smith Carter Architects and Engineers. Along with his principal Julien Lavergne, they formed LDA and Brad has never looked back. Brad specializes in steel, concrete, timber, foundation and masonry design. His casual style, innovative ideas and willingness to always go the extra mile, make him a client favorite. Brad works closely with architects, mechanical and electrical engineers to solve problems, ensure quality design and construction. He oversees the firms design department and is experienced in AutoCAD design and structural analysis.
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CAD Manager, Principal
With over 20 years in the industry and a successful career in the structural and architectural drafting field, including owning his own businesses, Ivan decided to join up with two long-time friends, Brad & Julien, in 2014. In addition to his technical skills, Ivan uses his people and communication skills to oversee and create a stable, creative and fun working environment for the LDA drafting staff. When he’s not burning the midnight oil at the office, you can find Ivan playing cards against humanity or taking road trips with his wife and three sons. And if he needs a little alone time, he hits the road for a run or takes it into the boxing ring. After all, he is our own in-house Corporate Boxing Champ!
Growing up Eric always enjoyed and excelled in mathematics and physics, that in addition to having a father who was an engineer, Eric always had his own engineering career in mind. He worked in the field constructing buildings as an carpenter’s apprentice for a few years before he decided he wanted more out of the industry. That’s when he decided to attend Red River College and soon after Lakehead University where he acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering in 2013. Since then Eric has become LDA’s leading expert in Steel Stud framing as well as has been lead structural designer on many educational, commercial and industrial buildings. When he’s not at work, you can find Eric on the golf course, playing hockey, or cheering on his favourite team in either a Jets or Bomber jersey depending on the season.
Yinka found his interest in Engineering due to an early enjoyment for mathematics which coincidentally was his Dad’s preference for his future profession. Unfortunately, his Mom preferred him studying Medicine and although he considered it he knew that Engineering was his true passion. After graduation Yinka began his career as an Engineer and has never looked back since. Yinka’s enjoyment for the mathematics has made him an excellent Engineer who enjoys the daily challenges the industry brings. Outside of Engineering Yinka enjoys watching or playing soccer, listening to music, and spending time with his family.
P. Eng., LEED AP
Dale has always enjoyed math and science courses as well as had an interest in buildings and bridges. Engineering seemed to be the perfect combination of those items and after enjoying a first-year statics course, continuing down the path to become a Structural Engineering was the most natural choice. After graduation from University of Manitoba Dale gained experience while working at a large architectural firm as a Structural Engineer. It was there Dale further developed his interest and appreciation for Architecture and how structural systems can complement and work with the overall Architectural design. Currently Dale is one of our most experienced Engineers and is always top choice for Architects when looking for someone to work on their projects. His appreciation of the Architectural details and his willingness to provide creative structural solutions for difficult Architectural requests makes him a very valuable team member here at LDA. In his spare time Dale also enjoys spending time outdoors as well as lacing up the skates for his recreational hockey league team.
Allan seemed to be destined for a profession in structural detailing from the beginning. As a child he was always interested in drawing and spent lots of time drawings cartoons and sketching. It was after a field trip to the Manitoba Museum when he was grade 3 when his love for drawings buildings came clear. After the field trip the teacher asked the class to draw something they remembered from the trip to the museum. Rather than drawing an exhibit, Allan’s drawing was of the Bank of Montreal at Portage and Main, an iconic Winnipeg building. From there the rest is history and Allan has excelled in the construction industry using his technical drafting background as the foundation to a successful career. Outside of sketching buildings Allan most enjoys spending time with his wife and kids, camping, fishing as well as staying active by working out.
Michelle discovered her enjoyment of using Auto CAD after completing an interior designer course at British Columbia’s Institute of Technology. From there she decided to expand her knowledge of the program and went on to take a CAD Technology Course where she could refine her skills. Since joining the LDA team she has taken the expertise she has in Auto CAD and utilized those skills to help streamline our process of creating structural construction documents. When she’s not at work helping our team break out of older inefficient drafting habits, you will likely find her trying to break out of an escape room as she has done over 80 of them!
Maria gained an interest in drafting at high school where she found herself fascinated with how technical information could be communicated on 2D media. That fascination in addition to her enjoyment of solving puzzles, sketching, and reading books on history / archaeology led Maria to pursue various technical and post-secondary studies on the physical environment ultimately expanding her knowledge about the past, present and future. From there she found a natural fit in the drafting profession and has excelled in the preparation of very detailed technical drawings where nothing is overlooked. When Maria is not problem solving at work she still enjoys mind puzzles like sudoku as well as spending time with her family.
finance & Admin Manager
Erin graduated with Business Administration at Cambrian College before going on to work for large companies such as Pepsi and Westfair. After progressing through the ranks at her previous employers Erin was ready for a new challenge and joined our LDA team. Now Erin essentially does it all here at LDA. Not only does she thoroughly manage our finances she is also the H.R department, marketing department, and pretty much any other misc. department asked of her including planning company events. When she’s not busy with one of her many positions at LDA you will likely find her at the hockey rink or soccer field with one of her two girls. When she does have a moment to herself she also loves to run and does so in several races throughout the year.