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Employee Spotlight: Kyle Hovey

Meet Kyle Hovey, Eastern Health, Safety and Environment Manager. Kyle has worked with Northern Mat & Bridge for a year and a half and is passionate about his role. Learn more about Kyle’s role with Northern Mat and where he got his love of cooking from:

What motivates you to get up and go to work?

I always joke with people and say safety never sleeps but in all seriousness working in HSE and being apart of such a great team is really what gets me going! It is really motivating for me with all the support I get from the HSE team and all facets of NMB alike; our unwavering commitment to HSE and doing the right thing is a large part of what makes us such a great organization to be a part of.

What has been your favourite project so far?

One of my first ones definitely stands out, we were matting on top of live railway tracks to help facilitate the demolition of a highway overpass. The planning, the practice and the execution were a safety person’s dream. This was my first exposure to the skill and precision required to be a safe heavy equipment operator. I have a large picture of the project hanging in my office that serves as a fond memory.

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I grew up in the back of my parent’s butcher shop. It has shaped my love for cooking all things meat. I love experimenting with the BBQ, smoker, sous vide, cast iron, dehydrator etc… downtime at my place usually involves some tasty treats.

What would you like to ask our CEO?

Two questions:

We are celebrating 20 years at NMB, what is the vision for the next 20 years and what would you ask of the employees beyond their day to day to help achieve this vision?

What is the best meal you have ever had?

Who’s your favourite team and why?

The HSE Team obviously… but if we are talking sports I am a Cheese Head – I love the Green Bay Packers. They are my favourite team as I grew up idolizing Brett Favre, not to mention their rich history and how they are so successful in a city of only a little greater than 100,000 people.

How do you define success?

I define success two-fold; First the goal setting component, everyone has goals for themselves or as part of a team both professionally and personal.

We work hard, gain knowledge to hopefully attain our goals and achieve success. To me the ultimate success would have to include a positive impact made along the way, whether it is building someone else up in their role, sharing knowledge or improving culture. To me success goes well beyond the typical economic measurable.

Employee Spotlight: Hollee Heal

Meet Hollee Heal, Health, Safety and Environmental Field Coordinator. Hollee has been with Northern Mat & Bridge for a year and a half, and works with our teams every day to ensure that safety brings us all home. Learn more about Hollee:

What motivates you to wake up and go to work? 

Being in the field knowing I have a crew to support; I don’t want to let them down. I’m there to help get the job done as safely and smoothly as possible. If something does go wrong, they can rely on me. 

What has been your favourite project so far? 

That’s a difficult one. I’ve travelled from BC to SK and everywhere in-between. The people are what make it a great job. After that, it’s the view: our jobs around Hinton always seem to put people in good spirits – it must be the mountain air. 

What’s something most people don’t know about you? 

If you can pick up on my accent, you’ll know I’m from Newfoundland, but I also grew up in the USA and have dual citizenship. 

How do you define success? 

The only person who can define your success is you – it’s different for everyone. It’s not how much you make, what you own, if you’re married or if you have kids. You should never let other people decide that for you. For me, if I look back at a challenge and I’m truly happy with my results, even if they aren’t perfect, then I know I’ve been successful. 

When it comes to snacks, do you like salty, sweet, or both? 

Both- salted caramel is my kryptonite. 

What initially attracted you to working at NMB? 

When the oil sands slowed down I knew I still wanted to be on shift work. I like the challenges of the field, the different work environments and the travel. What really sold me on Northern was that employees aren’t just a number, they are a work family and they take care of their people. 

Say hello to Hollee next time you see her on a job site! If you’d like to nominate a coworker to be a featured employee, email bouellet@northernmat.ca.

Employee Spotlight: Sherri Mahar

Meet Sherri Mahar, Sales Administrator at Northern Mat. Sherri has worked with us for almost 6 years (in October). Prior to her current position she worked in accounts receivable, and with her combined experience, has become a sales and administrative whiz. Learn more about Sherri:

What motivates you to wake up and go to work?

The drive to do a good job and be successful with my responsibilities! We also have a fantastic team so that always helps also.

What has been your favourite project so far?

I have to say that I have really enjoyed all projects I have been a part of. Since transitioning to this position in July, it has been great to experience and it’s been great to learn things from a different department within our company!

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I really don’t like to fly. I was travelling a few years ago and our plane got struck with lightning – that did not help the situation!

What would you like to ask our CEO?

Where he sees Northern Mat & Bridge heading in the next 5 years. 

How do you define success?

On a personal level I would say happiness. If you can meet your responsibilities in life and be happy, I think that you are pretty successful. On a work level I would define it as exceeding expectations and being appreciated for what you do.

Say hi to Sherri next time you see her around the office! If you’d like to nominate someone for the next employee spotlight, email bouellet@northernmat.ca.

 

Employee Spotlight: Mike Smyth

Meet Mike Smyth, Operations Manager, Eastern Canada. Find out just how much Mike loves his job at Northern Mat & Bridge:

What’s your favourite thing about working at Northern Mat & Bridge?

The best part of the job is the people and atmosphere. Everyone works together and pulls together to respond to all matters, especially to the emergency jobs. Everyday there is always a new challenge, that the whole team overcomes.  

If you could trade jobs/positions with anyone at work, what would your new job be and why?

I wouldn’t trade my job for anything.

What initially attracted you to working at NMB?

The growth of the company and community environment. Eastern Canada has been growing year over year and its been great to be a part of it.

If you had a time machine that would only work once, what time period would you travel to?

Back to yesterday there wasn’t enough time in the day.  

Favourite food?

Pizza.

Favourite movie?

Boondock Saints (the first one).

I can’t live without my:

Most would say my phone but the true answer is my family.

When it comes to snacks, do you like salty, sweet, or both?

Sweet – candy is my weakness in the office.

Would you rather retire on the beach or in the country?

Cottage county, on a lake in a wood cabin.

Thanks, Mike! Stop in and chat with him next time you’re in our east division offices. If you have an employee you’d like to nominate, email bouelett@northernmat.ca.

Employee Spotlight: Shaun Lawless

Meet Shaun Lawless, our Saskatchewan and Manitoba Territory Lead. Shaun takes great care of our customers and their unique needs across the prairies, and we’re lucky to have him on our team. Learn a little bit more about Shaun and his work at Northern Mat & Bridge:

What’s your favourite thing about working at Northern Mat & Bridge?

I would have to say that the people. It doesn’t matter if you are a new hire or an executive of the company – everyone is treated like family and that family comes first.

If you could trade jobs/positions with anyone at work, what would your new job be and why?

I love my job and my position; however, I also enjoy hauling equipment – that was my first position when I started with NMB.

What initially attracted you to working at NMB?

The opportunity for advancement is what was the major attraction for me, as well as being able to work closer to home.

If you had a time machine that would only work once, what time period would you travel to?

I would go to the early 20th century. I would love to watch hockey, baseball, etc. back in the days when they played for the love of the game.

Favourite food?

Definitely steak.

Favourite movie?

The Sandlot.

I can’t live without my:

Wife. I know, I’m soft.

When it comes to snacks, do you like salty, sweet, or both?

Not a sweets person – definitely salty.

Would you rather retire on the beach or in the country?

That one is easy: country. A nice little yard surrounded by trees and bush with a creek or small lake close by.

 
Say hi to Shaun next time you visit the prairies! If you want to nominate someone as a featured NMB team member, please email .

Employee Spotlight: Tyrel Supernault

Meet Tyrel Supernault, Supervisor at Northern Mat & Bridge. Tyrel works mainly in Dawson Creek and surrounding parts of British Columbia, and has a cool background and an entrepreneurial spirit. Learn more about Tyrel:

What’s your favourite part of working at Northern Mat & Bridge?
My favourite thing about Northern Mat & Bridge is the structure of the company and the opportunities.
 
If you weren’t a Supervisor at NMB, what job would you like to have?
I think I would love a sales position. I owned a skate/snow/surf shop for 16 years and I love interacting with clients and providing professional advice and being able to exceed expectations.
 
How did you first decide to apply at NMB?
What attracted me to Northern Mat is the core company values.
 
If you had a time machine that only worked once, what year would you travel to and why?
If I had a time machine, I would travel to the time of the construction of Pyramids of Giza.
 
What’s your favourite meal?
I can’t pick one favourite!
 
What’s your favourite movie?
My favourite movie is TombStone: “I’m your huckleberry!”
 
What’s one thing you can’t live without?
 I can’t live without my skateboard.
 
When it comes to snacks, do you like salty, sweet or both?
Salty. I’m sweet enough.
 
If you could retire on the beach or in the country, which would you choose?
I will retire on the beach.
 
Say hi to Tyrel next time you visit Dawson Creek or see him around the offices! If you want to nominate someone as a featured NMB team member, please email .