Meet our Team

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Our executive team has a combined 25 years of construction, building, and consulting experience. Thanks to that experience, we’ve been able to expand our team to include over 60 individuals, and provide them with the skills they need to be the best in the industry. Our success is routed in the team we’ve been able to develop and grow over the years.

Our team has been accredited with numerous designations including Eng., B.Comm., MBA, CCA, PMP, APM, P.GCS and Red Seal trades which helps provide us with the foundation we need to get the job done.

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Principal

Sergio Alejandro Torres Barbosa – B.Comm- MIS, APM, P.GSC

Since its inception in 2006, Sergio is the founder and principal of SAT.

Bullet Points: Born in Mexico, immigrated to Canada, Sergio holds multiple degrees and certificates from both the University of Alberta and Stanford University. He is also a recognized Gold Seal Certificate Project Manager from the Canadian Construction Association. In 2012, Sergio was named honorary ambassador at the sister cities convention in Jinan in Shandong China.

Life and Work: During his free time, Sergio enjoys nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. When at work, Sergio puts his heart and soul into every interaction with his clients and team saying that “Our clients deserve what my children deserve and I only give my children the very best of me”.

Favourite quote: “Challenging the way to do things better is the only way I like to get out of bed, the other way has already been done.” —Sergio A Torres

Movie: Brave Heart, Big Fish

Team: Oilers-NHL, Manchester United- Soccer, Warriors -NBA

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Operations Manager

Angel Barbosa

Angel was born in Mexico, and is SAT’s Operations and Logistics Manager.

Bullet points: Angel began his career as a structural welder. He joined SAT in 2008 and holds a certificate in Project Management and Construction Technologies from NAIT. Angel is also bilingual and can fluently speak both English and Spanish. Aside from his experience in Canada, Angel has had the opportunity to work on several projects in Asia and South America.

When he’s not at work: “It is very hard to not take work home with you when you’re passionate about what you do, but my team is awesome so when I’m at work, it doesn’t always feel like work.” When not at the office, you can find Angel enjoying quality time with his friends and family, and participating in outdoor activities like fishing, camping, riding motorcycles, and playing soccer.

Favourite quote: “If we can really understand the problem, the answer will come out of it, because the answer is not separate from the problem.” -Krishnamurti

Movies: A beautiful mind, Man on fire

Team: Barcelona (Soccer), Chivas Guadalajara- MX ,  Force India-F1 team

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Project Manager

Thomas Wilson Anderson

Born in Ottawa, raised in Edmonton, Thomas is SAT’s Project Manager for millwork, reconstruction, and renovations.

Bullet points: Thomas joined the SAT team in October of 2016, bringing over 10 years of experience to the team. He is also a journeyman plumber with his Red Seal. Thomas specializes in multifamily high-rises, CRU, tenant improvement and special projects for SAT, and has had the opportunity to work on NET ZERO projects both locally and overseas.

When he’s not at work: With a new baby on board, Thomas enjoys spending time with his family, and it will take only a whisper to get him to go fishing. He enjoys playing and watching basketball and hockey. “In the demanding construction industry with its never-ending workload I am passionate about delivering great projects to our clients. There is something about looking at a piece of land one day and seeing a finished project the next, and when you are working alongside an awesome team and with great clients it’s always a great feeling doing what we do.”

Favourite quote: “Be grateful with everything you have and you will be successful at everything you do.” – Connor McGregor

Movies:  Rounders

Team: Maple Leafs (NHL), Go Raptors (NBA)

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Project Manager / Estimator Concrete Division

Elmir Cocic – CET

Elmir was born in Bosnia and raised in Canada and is one of SAT’s Project Managers and Estimator for Concrete Division.

Bullet points:  Elmir joined SAT in March 2020, bringing over 6 years of experience from an engineering firm. His expertise in technical field inspection and investigations on foundation developments is based on his work with concrete, soils and other construction building materials. Elmir graduated from the Civil Engineering Technology (CET) program in Niagara, Ontario.

When he’s not at work:  When away from work, Elmir enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, exploring nature and participating in outdoor activities such as fishing, gardening and building new projects. Being active in sports; such as basketball, soccer and hiking allows Elmir to be always on the go and ready to have fun. Constantly ready to travel and explore a new country and its culture. He has an interest in learning about
historical infrastructure and its constant change through time and growth with technology.
Favourite quotes:  “The way I see it, if you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain”. “Don’t count the days, make the days count”. (Muhammad Ali)

Movie/ TV show: Step brothers and Friends
Sports teams: FC Barcelona and Toronto Raptors

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SAFETY OFFICER

Jeniffer Kotylak – NCSO

Jennifer is without a question a go getter, always training and looking to implement new strategies to make the work safer, more efficient and fun. Jennifer is SAT’s Head of Safety in the Office and Operations.  

Bullet points:– Joined SAT in 2019. Jeniffer was a heavy equipment operator contributing to multiple high end projects including the Muskrat falls project prior to working in safety. Jeniffer is a certified NSCO, Auditor and Trainer and OMS certified. She helds a Business Accounting diploma.

When not at work: Jen has Pride and Passion for safety and commitment to every individuals overall health and safety, she considers herself more of a safety support than safety officer/police. When off work Jen loves spending time with her family and friends, hanging out outdoors, fishing golfing, dirt biking and boating, or as she best describes it “living lake life”

Quote: 

Leadership is not about titles, positions or flowcharts, it is about one life influencing another.- John Maxwell

Love Stephen Covey and John Maxwell- motivational speakers/writers

My father my biggest idol

Movies- love all but especially ones based off of true stories.

Books- James Patterson

I love hosting get together for occasions, any excuse to get friends and family together

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PROJECT ASSISTANT

Alejandra Mesa

Alejandra is our Project Assistant and Coordinator, she is a natural at keeping everyone in check and making sure our projects and operations run smoothly.

Bullet Points: Even though Alejandra was born in Medellin, Colombia, she was raised and has lived most of her life in Edmonton, which she calls home now. Like most people in our office she is bilingual and you can usually find her greeting you in both English and Spanish. She can be described as a go getter, and is always going the extra mile.

Life and Work:  During her free time Alejandra enjoys nature walks. “There is something about nature that simply can’t be beat” she says. When at work, Alejandra thinks of SAT as her second home. “I enjoy what I do at work and I believe this attitude grants me a balance between my social life and daily work ethic.”   

Favourite quote: “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it”.  –  Paulo Coelho

Movie: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Hobbies:  Parachuting, watching “good movies”

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Project Coordinator

Wendy Yao

Wendy was born in China and is the Project Coordinator at SAT.

Bullet Points: A current business student at the University of Alberta, Wendy is enthusiastic and approachable. Her passion is to contribute, support, and make a difference in the business world. Wendy says she thinks in Chinese most of the time, even when speaking English.

Life and Work: At work, she works closely with the General and Project Managers on all requirements of the project throughout its lifecycle. Outside of work, she loves cooking – mainly testing out new recipes.

Favourite quote: “I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.” – Douglas Adams

Movie: Howl’s Moving Castle

Hobbies: Jigsaw puzzles

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Project Coordinator (Intern)

CARTER ISON

Carter Ison is our new intern joining SAT the spring of 2022. Carter is an eager business student from the University of Alberta looking to pursue a career in the construction industry. He has 4 years of construction experience in the field, and is a new Project Coordinator with SAT looking to assist in making operations run as smoothly as possible.

Life and Work: In his free time Carter enjoys skiing, golfing, cheering on the Oilers, and on top of that hanging out with friends and family.

Favorite Quote: “Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right” -Henry Ford

Favorite Shows: Community, The Office

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OFFICE MANAGER

Laura Botello

Laura was born in Mexico

Bullet points: She holds a Bachelor Degree in International Relations from the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara.  She is interested in global affairs and international politics.

Laura joined SAT in 2015; since then Laura has been In charge of keeping the office together, from supporting the payroll, organizing induction for new employees, company calendars and events, to simple tasks such as handling correspondence. 

The balance between job and family:  At the office there is always work to do and its pleasing being able to support everyone on doing a great work. When at home, I try to give my daughters all my time, they are my priority

Hobbies: I love travelling with my family, when alone I love cooking, is one of my favorites activities

Favorite Quotes:  I have two: 

“ Losers make excuses, winners make a way”

“Life is great when God is your boss”.

Movies: “Eyes wide shut”  and  “Lord of war”

Team: Chivas Gdl-Mex

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Corporate Controller

Leonardo D’Este – B.Comm

Leonardo is a Venezuelan and Italian transplant  that has been based out of Edmonton for nearly two decades.

Bullet points: He holds a Bachelor of Commerce Management degree from MacEwan University. He comes to our company with eleven years of previous experience in the finance and investment sector working mainly with major banks and institutions, and has a strong drive for project management. Leonardo’s dynamic and restless personality allows him to try to wear a few hats at the same time. His primary role within our firms is of corporate controller.

Detailed oriented, research driven, and passionate about sustainable energy, preservation, architecture, and doing good for all.

The balance between job and family:  Coming from the corporate world; and being driven by my high standards of achievement I always struggled to keep a separation between job and family. It has taken much work to define that boundary and what it means to me. One of the great things about our team is that while we are working; the environment doesn’t feel like a pressure cooker and that really matters in putting a smile when I come to work and when I leave.

Hobbies: Bikes (bicycles), Espresso and Pasta (in that order).

Favorite Quotes: “You have to die a few times before you can really live.”
―Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last
“I have often wondered how it is that every man loves himself more than all the rest of men, but yet sets less value on his own opinion of himself than on the opinion of others.” -Marcus Aurelius

Favorite Movie: Inglorious Basterds

Favorite Team: Not much for standard team sports, my two favourite cyclists are Edmonton local Sidney Mcgill of Liv Cycling and Lackland Morton of EF Pro Cycling, and of course The Italian National Football Team.

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Warehouse Manager

Dulce Mercado

Dulce loves to be around people who inspire her to grow. She has worked in the planning and logistics area for more than 4 years, learning every day that teamwork is an important skill.

Life & Work: Hiking, taking a walk by the river or cycling, spending time with family and friends.

Education: Marketing degree from the University of Guadalajara, Diploma in comprehensive leadership training.

Favorite Quote: “Stay motivated, and remember why you want to be successful.”

Favorite Book: 365 Days to be More Cultured, David S. Kidder & Noah D. Oppenheim

Favorite Movie: The Chronicles of Narnia

Team: Charros de Jalisco (Baseball)

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Abatement QA/QC

Jorge Ramirez – I. Eng

Jorge is SAT’s on-site representation of the QA team, where he is always available to investigate issues as they arise and ensure employee safety and environmental standards. He helps implement programs with crews in the field to allow optimum utilization of materials and resources. Jorge also excels at increasing efficiency, reducing operating costs at work sites, and improving overall quality.

Life & Work: Playing tennis, watching soccer, BBQing at home, having a good time with his wife and friends.

Education: Graduated as Industrial Engineer/Specialist Instrumentation and process control from CETI University, Mexico

Favorite Quotes: “Life begins where fear ends.”
“Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.”

Favorite Movie: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

Team: Atlas F.C.

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Bookkeeper

Cindy Goss – B.Comm

Cindy comes to SAT with over 25 years combined experience in bookkeeping, business development, & administration roles. Cindy is great at identifying current market trends while creating and implementing market strategies to benefit the company’s profitability. She is also a big fan of the management of small business’ books and restructuring bookkeeping practices and procedures.

Education: Business Administration, Okanagan University College, Kelowna BC