Team Leads

Ascent is only as good as the people we employ. By hiring experienced, well-rounded leaders, who are passionate about their roles and committed to coaching their staff, Ascent can effectively manage the daily challenges a successful EPCM faces. Our Leads provide the freedom their teams need to complete their work efficiently, while mentoring them at the same time, thus further developing the future leadership of our company.

Morgan Veres, P.Eng  – Senior Project Manager

Morgan has been working in the Western Canadian oil & gas industry since 2007 with the last ten years of his career spent in an EPCM environment. He has held both technical and managerial roles on a wide variety of natural gas and conventional oil facility projects ranging from small batteries and facility optimization work to managing the engineering, design, and procurement for a greenfield 220 MMSCFD sour gas processing facility. Working from a strong technical foundation and having an intimate understanding of the needs and requirements of all stakeholders through the project cycle, he brings a practical and effective approach to his role as a Project Manager at Ascent.

Richard Vandezande, P.Eng – Senior Project Manager

Richard is a results-oriented Project Manager with over 10 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. Starting with a strong foundation built on his experience in the field, he brings a well-rounded skill set that is directly applicable to all stages of a project. Richard takes pride in taking accountability for achieving target objectives on his projects. Complemented with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, Richard knows how to provide a balance between maintaining positive relationships and getting the work done.

Brett Pope, P.L.(Eng) – Senior Project Manager

Brett is a Project Manager with a background in the Instrumentation and Controls world. Brett’s extensive field and operations experience allows him to provide clients with up to date effective technical solutions ranging from EIC to mechanical design. He has over 18 years experience in the oil and gas industry, with 10+ years of field experience as an Instrumentation Technologist and Red Seal Journeyman. Working all over North America, Brett has performed multiple start up and commissioning projects and has extensive maintenance experience on oil and gas facilities. During his time at Ascent, Brett has been involved in a variety of projects including well sites, compressor stations, gas plants, and water/CO2 injection facilities. With his wide range of technical skills, effective communication ability, and client first mentality, Brett brings a practical approach to all projects he works on.


Matt Gardiner, P.Eng – Process Engineer

Matthew is a practical and results driven Process Engineer who brings a diverse set of skills that reflect his in-depth experience in process engineering design and project management. With over a decade of engineering experience in the Western Canada upstream and midstream conventional oil and gas industries, Matthew has developed a strong technical background mixed with a deeper understanding of project requirements, goals, and client relations. His willingness to consider new ideas and work collaboratively throughout the project provides flexibility and responsiveness to achieve a successful outcome and meet the needs of each specific client. As the Process Engineering Lead, Matthew’s strong background in process design roles and management capabilities make him a valuable project team member and an asset to projects of any size.


Tyler Ries, C.E.T. – 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.