Ascent’s leadership team consists of industry experts with first-hand knowledge and experience across a wide range of disciplines.

Bill Alston, P.L.(Eng.) President and Founder

With 30+ years experience and through his detailed understanding of the oil & gas industry, Bills’ depth of knowledge has guided Ascent through a significant period of growth and evolution. Bill’s vision and stewardship has positioned Ascent as one of the leading engineering firms in Western Canada and through his leadership, Ascent continues to progress our ability to execute on behalf of our clients.

Bob Pavan, P.Eng,Engineering Manager

Bob has extensive project management experience and has held EPCM technical and managerial positions serving the oil and gas industry over the past 30+ years. He has worked in domestic and international markets and has provided in-house development and support engineering to clients in Canada and Argentina. Bob has been responsible for overseeing a wide range of projects including well site facilities, oil and gas pipeline systems, compressor stations, sweet & sour gas plants, oil treating facilities, and oilfield waste management facilities. His depth of knowledge and broad range of experience are pivotal components of his ability to effectively manage project teams.

Haney Cheema, P.Eng., PMP  – Project Director

Haney is a solution focus leader with 15 years expertise in complex portfolio, program, and project management. Seasoned organizational innovator, entrepreneurial influencer, agent of change for sustainable excellence and quality. A skillful strategist with consulting, engineering, facilities, asset management and construction expertise. Achieving continued success in diverse organizational cultures, development of agile policies, teams, and structures conducive for efficiency driven organization. Recognized for political acumen, vision, leadership, and coaching skills. Expert at optimization of capital expenditure, engineering lean processes, fostering client relationships, and facilitating organic growth.

Tyler Ries, C.E.T. – Operations Manager / Design & Drafting Manager

Tyler has 20+ years of experience in Piping/Civil Design and Drafting. His career has consisted of designing, leading, and managing teams over various sized projects. He brings experience in well site facilities, pipelines, gas plants, compressor stations, SAGD and power generation (Design & Fabrication). Tyler has built great teams through constant process improvement, knowledge sharing, and solid, two-way communication. He is an active member of ASET and is always building his individual skills through this valuable Alberta Association, in addition to gaining practical experience through his daily leadership activities. Tyler is technically involved in the day-to-day details of on-going project execution; whether directly dealing with clients or providing support to the senior managers. Tyler is the bridge between the frontline workers and the resources needed to allow them to most effectively execute their work.