Penticton Plaid Shirters Donate Again!

The Penticton Staff were recently pleased to present their charitable donations to the “Plaid Shirt Fund” to worthy Penticton Societies. The Recipients were as follows: “Discovery House” – $500; “Lighthouse” – $500 and “Summerland Asset Development Initiative” (SADI) – $450. The total donations were cumulative over the years 2014 to 2015. Penticton Staff wear “plaid shirts” every Friday and donate $2 to the Plaid Shirt Jar fund.

Discovery House

Penticton Staffers presenting donation to a representative from “Discovery House”

Discovery House’s vision, from their website, is that no one person should have to suffer from the mental, emotional spiritual and physical anguish of addiction to alcohol and drugs. They provide their clients with the tools and skills necessary to achieve freedom from active addiction. They also provide clients with access to a wide range of services and amenities including low-cost or subsidized fitness programs, free counseling services, employment preparation, mental health services, public health services, legal advocacy, as well as many others. “In house” programs consist of life skills training, 12- step recovery groups, topical discussion groups, guest facilitators, and educational media focusing on the bio-psycho social elements of addiction.


Penticton Staffers presenting donation to representatives from “Lighthouse”

Lighthouse’s purpose from their website: The Lighthouse Low Barrier Shelter seeks to end the homelessness of our most vulnerable men and women in the South Okanagan by providing safe, year round and easily accessible shelter and support services guided by a belief in the intrinsic value and dignity of all people. To provide a safe, secure shelter with supportive services, that is easily accessible to people experiencing homelessness in the South Okanagan regardless of their current challenges. We believe that all people deserve the basic necessities of life including food and shelter as the first step on the path to self sufficiency.


Penticton Staffers presenting donation to a representative from “SADI”

The Summerland Asset Development Initiative mission statement from their website: The Summerland Asset Development Initiative (SADI) is a youth driven movement that provides opportunities, activities, and support for the Summerland youth and families. We work within the asset development model that believes that all youth benefit from opportunities to develop their positive qualities and a deeper connection to their community while building their inner capacity to make good choices, become healthy individuals, adapt easily to change and reach their full potential.

Visit their Website for more information.

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Happy Holidays!

We would like to wish every one a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
We look forward to working with you in 2016!

Ecora Expands Practice to Include Geotechnical Engineering & Materials Testing

Ecora Engineering and Resource Group is announcing the expansion of the engineering practice to include Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Testing with the addition of several experienced Geotechnical Engineers and a GeoTechnician


PRLog (Press Release) -March 30, 2015 – KELOWNA, Canada –

KELOWNA, BC – Ecora Engineering and Resource Group announces the expansion of the engineering practice to include Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Testing with the addition of several experienced Geotechnical Engineers and a GeoTechnican to the Ecora Team.

Ecora’s new Geotechnical team has a broad range of experience having worked on multiple major infrastructure projects in Western Canada including highways, bridges, and transit as well as the resource development of Northern Canada.

The Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Testing group will be led by Michael J. Laws, P.Eng., who brings over 15 years of consulting experience to the Ecora team, with significant experience in undertaking geotechnical site investigations, embankment dams, shallow and deep foundation design, geohazards, landslide assessments and rehabilitation, seismic and numerical analysis and retaining wall design. Michael graduated from the University of Auckland, New Zealand with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) and Bachelor of Science (Geology) and has worked for various consultancies in New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia before making BC home in 2008. Michael will be based in Kelowna and will support the development of the Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Testing across all of Ecora’s offices.

Michael will be joined later in the year by Mr. Cevat Catana, M.Sc., P.Eng., who brings over 9 years of consulting experience to the Ecora team, with significant experience in undertaking geotechnical site investigations, shallow and deep foundations, thermal analysis, retaining wall design, and seismic analysis and design. Cevat graduated from University of Ottawa with a Master of Applied Science degree (Civil-Geotechnical) after acquiring his Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) degree from Middle East Technical University, Turkey. Cevat will be based in Kelowna and will support Michael in developing the Geotechnical Engineering and Material Testing across all of Ecora’s offices.

To support the growth of the Geotechnical Engineering and Materials Testing practice, Ecora has established an aggregate, soil, concrete and asphalt testing laboratory in Penticton to be managed by Mr. Steve Kraetzer who brings over 14 years’ experience of materials testing in British Columbia to the Ecora team. Steve is a CCIL certified Concrete Lab, Concrete Field, Aggregate Lab, Asphalt Lab, Marshall and Superpave Mix Design Technician and Radiation Safety Officer.
Contact Info:

David Myers
Kelowna, BC
250.469.9757 Ext. 1007

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Business Elite Canada – November Issue Features Ecora Engineering & Resource Group


Press Release – Nov. 20, 2014 – KELOWNA, Canada

The November 2014 edition of Business Elite Canada is now available on the digital newsstand which features Kelly Sherman, Ecora’s President and CEO, addressing the company’s success and plans for the near future.

View Digital Newsstand

“We pride ourselves in being able to identify people’s talents and helping them find a role where they’re strong and, through that, they perform really well.”


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Cedar Creek Restoration Project in the Kettle Valley


Ecora Engineering and Resource Group’s team of professionals has combined their expertise on the Cedar Creek Crossing and Restoration project in the Kettle Valley area of Kelowna.

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Ecora Engineering Ltd. project components included the design of a 10m high retaining wall, design of a 40m long by 3m diameter culvert suitable for fish and wildlife passage.

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Ecora Resource Group Ltd. developed an ecological site restoration plan along a section of Cedar Creek that incorporated plantings of native trees and shrubs and a native dry-land grass hydro-seeding application.


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Discovery Park at Skaha Lake

In May of 2014, Penticton locals gathered to celebrate the grand opening of the new Discovery Park at Skaha Lake. Ecora’s Engineering team has collectively worked with several other project partners to contribute advice and consultation in the mission of creating a free outdoor recreation park for children.


The new Discovery Park is Penticton’s first natural playground. The park focuses on creating a natural play space where children are encouraged to use their imaginations and to connect with nature.


The climbing structure consists of boulders from local quarries and climbing ropes. Ecora’s Engineering team gave their guidance on determining the size of the boulders needed to support the ropes and selecting the fasteners for the net hardware to connect to the boulders.


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China imports Canadian expertise

China’s rapacious timber interests extend to Canadian expertise. CBC speaks with Ecora’s own Kelly Sherman about the work transpiring in Asia.

Click the link below to listen!

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Plaid Shirt Friday Fund

Ecora Engineering and Resource Group Penticton is excited to announce the Recipients of the “Plaid Shirt Friday Fund” for the year 2013!!

The Team: Eager each Friday to don their very best and/or ugliest plaids in support of our “In House” fund-raising for individuals, societies and organizations within our community.

Theresa Nolet standing up for “AlleyCats Alliance”, a non profit society dedicated to providing Rescue, rehabilitation, medical care and adoption to Feral orphaned cats and kittens throughout the Okanagan Valley Dave Richards on behalf of “Inspire Health” Southern Interior and Okanagan, whose mission is to provide the best integrative cancer care for people living with a cancer diagnosis.

Rod Ferguson along with Ecora Kelowna, who most graciously matched our contribution to the “Scottie

Rae Mullins Education Trust.” Infant daughter of Scott Mullins, (Scottsdale Concrete) who sadly, at the young age of 33, passed away just 2 weeks before her birth.

Accolades also to the artists whose works grace our walls, generously commission a portion of their sales to the “Plaid Shirt Friday Fund”

2013 Grand Total of monies raised to help benefit our community…….$1400.00. Thanks to all that contributed throughout the year!

Bring your kids to work day

Bring your kids to work day!Ealin Ran and Kate Bernier came and learned how to delineate polygons with their dads (Dan Bernier and Shikun Ran)!

Ecora slo-pitch team in semi-finals

Ecora slow pitch team

Ecora slow pitch team

Ecora’s slo-pitch team is playing in the league semi-finals tomorrow morning, September 23, 2012. If we win, we play in the finals at 3:00.

Thanks for a fun season, everyone!