New Hires Bring Valuable Senior Experience to ISL

ISL Engineering and Land Services has welcomed some key new additions to their senior management team across western Canada. Neal Cormack, Robert Colwell and Marc Bourassa are bringing a vast amount of senior leadership and experience to ISL as they tackle current and future projects. The three new hires have already begun major projects, and according to CEO Rodney Peacock will be a big boost when it comes to current and future work.

“Attracting Neal, Robert and Marc adds bench strength and depth to the ISL family while reinforcing our commitment to delivering excellent projects for our clients,” Peacock said.

Neal Cormack (BC)

As the newest member of the BC Transportation Team, Neal Cormack is a strategic and success driven senior leader with over two decades of national and international consulting engineering experience working with federal, provincial, municipal and private sector clients across Canada, Britain and Australia. Neal contributes over a decade of expertise in Transportation planning, design and construction including over a decade of Stantec senior management experience to ISL. As the General Manager of Transportation, Neal will be overseeing Transportation operations in the BC region, supporting projects throughout the province and working alongside the strong Transportation leadership of Borg Chan, Cory Clark and Roy Symons. Neal has been involved in a variety of projects throughout his career including the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, the South of Fraser Rapid Transit Project and the Fort MacKay Bridge Replacement Project. In addition to his engineering work, he is also a Board Director with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.

“I chose ISL as it offered a culture that I felt would complement my personality, skills and reputation for successfully managing large infrastructure projects and building and managing high performing teams in a multi-disciplined environment,” Cormack said. “Also, I believe ISL will take full advantage of my extensive operational management and leadership experience, as well as my engineering and infrastructure background.”



Robert Colwell (Edmonton)

With more than 20 years of senior experience working in structural engineering, building science and the restoration industry in Calgary, Robert Colwell has now made a move to Edmonton where he has joined ISL as Structural Manager, Buildings. Robert leads and manages building infrastructure projects with broad, integrated teams of engineers, landscape architects, land planners, and technicians. During his career, Robert has worked on a multitude of buildings infrastructure projects in wide-ranging sectors, including airports, healthcare, public, civil, residential and hospitality. Some of his projects include the $1 Billion South Health Campus, University City Condominiums, and the U of C Schulich School of Engineering Expansion. He was also the Past Chair of the Calgary Buildings Committee and a Past Director of the Calgary Construction Association.

"The main reason I joined ISL was for the culture of the organization – the one ISL direction taken by the company, the ability to work with a high performing team, and a focus on providing exceptional service to our clients," Colwell said. "I believe that the ISL values align with my own personal viewpoint on how to conduct work in the consulting industry."




Marc Bourassa (Saskatoon)

Marc Bourassa is bringing more than 13 years of engineering experience to the ISL team as he has been named Saskatoon’s Structural Manager, Buildings. His expertise includes commercial, institutional and light industrial projects performing preliminary and detailed design, contract administration, project management and prime consulting services. Marc has worked on various projects including the University of Saskatchewan Health Science Building (D-Wing, B-Wing, A-Wing), Merlis Belsher Place (Spectator Twin Ice Pad Facility and Basketball Gym) and the new SaskTel Tier III Data Centre. In addition to his project experience, Marc has also served as a third party building code consultant as well as a sessional lecturer for the College of Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan.

“I chose to join ISL because I identified with the company values and culture, I liked the way they managed their people and projects, and ISL presented a unique opportunity to create a Buildings team specifically suited to serve the market in Saskatchewan,” Bourassa said.

 Robert Colwell and Marc Bourassa’s additions mark ISL’s growth into building engineering in Edmonton and Saskatoon. According to Rodney Peacock, the new hires broaden the range of services ISL offers to clients and provide opportunities for inter-discipline work. “Here at ISL, we take pride in professional integrity and our genuine approach to client and community needs. We are in this for the long haul,” Peacock said. “I believe these three understand and live that philosophy as well, making them perfect additions to our team.” For more information on current ISL projects visit