About Us

Akron Engineering Consultants Group Ltd. provides the infrastructures of oil & gas, provincial, municipal and residential industries with services in civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering disciplines, offering a variety of services related to project management, construction management, and quality management. At Akron, we pride ourselves with resources rich in experience from various industries and technical backgrounds, along with the combined experience of our key personnel and shareholders, Akron endeavours to be one of the leading, trusted, consolidated engineering service providers in the years to come.

Akron’s focus is on ensuring our clients’ projects are completed safely and within planned cost, quality and schedule.”

Vision

Akron’s Vision is to achieve a Global standard of excellence. It aimed to be considered a valuable and trusted business partner, commercially economical while maintaining a high standard of safety and quality, and to be recognized as a service provider of choice.

Mission

Akron Engineering aims to provide a safe, readily available, and cost-effective services through excellent client relationship management, innovative problem-solving, highly skilled, and knowledgeable resources to continuously operate and manage our clients’ projects, in an effective manner that reduces waste and increases bottom lines.

Our Policies

ENVIRONMENTAL

Akron strives to conduct its business that ensures the protection of the environment we lived in.

APPROACH

Our approach to business is guided by commitments to the following principles: Leadership, Inclusivity, Transparency, Integrity, Stewardship and Continuous Improvement. Our business faces many challenges and opportunities. Due to their direct impact on us and our stakeholders, we have prioritized the following issues that need to be addressed:

  1. Health, Safety & Quality;
  2. Resource Consumption; and
  3. Energy & Water conservation.

This policy will apply to all projects managed by our organization. Staff and contractors are expected to uphold objectives under this policy to the fullest extent possible within prevailing budgets and to inform management of financial and other barriers to achieving goals. We acknowledge, that we have limited influence over third parties whose projects we may support but may have limited controls, on the overall management of the projects. While we cannot control the decisions of these parties, we commit to educating them of our policy and encourage them to align operating practices with policy objectives. Our attention to environmental, social and economic responsibility includes working within the law and voluntarily exceeding legal requirements in order to be innovative and demonstrate leadership on the issues that are important to us and our stakeholders including the community. As we design experiences, execute projects and evaluate our success we are able to choose every day in big and small ways how our actions and words build a better quality of life for our employees, clients, project teams, and suppliers.

QUALITY

Akron aims to become a leading provider of Engineering Consultancy services for Civil, Structural,Environmental, Mechanical, Reliability and Quality Management, Project Management Support and Training.

In meeting the above, Akron also aims to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction by delivering valued, reliable, high quality, cost-effective services and within agreed timeframes thus generating the returns required to be sustainable.

Akron is committed to the continual improvement of its performance by the monitoring of safety and quality issues and through involvement with customers, suppliers, regulatory authorities, and the community. The Executive management of Akron ensures that its Quality Policy is understood. This is accomplished through training, communication, and displays. The Policy is implemented by means of documentation, and training about the Business Management System to meet the requirements of the Standard. The policy is maintained through Quality Management Systems audits and corrective and preventive action and reviewed for continuing suitability through periodic Management Reviews. Further, this Quality Policy is supported by the quality objectives listed in the Quality Manual. Meeting these standards is the responsibility of the entire team. Akron is therefore committed to working with all stakeholders to support the effective operation of the company’s Quality Management System and the achievement of goals and specific Quality Objectives.

The following are five key practices Akron is committed to, as means of ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget:
• A clearly defined scope of work.
• Radical transparency and accountability.
• Consolidating past projects and relevant data.
• Placing emphases on teamwork.
• Provide reliable and prompt service to our clients.

Furthermore, AKRON follows its Professional Practice Management Plan (PPMP), Consulting Engineers Rate.

SUSTAINABILITY

Akron aims to become a leading provider of Engineering Consultancy services for Civil, Structural, Environmental, Mechanical, Reliability and Quality Management, Project Management Support and Training.
 
In meeting the above, Akron also aims to achieve high levels of customer satisfaction by delivering valued, reliable, high quality, cost-effective services and within agreed timeframes thus generating the returns required to be sustainable and simultaneously: 
• Reward stakeholders for their investment;
• Reward our people for their efforts;
• Provide the funds to support future operations and company growth; and
• Provide a stable and enjoyable workplace for the entire team.
 
Akron is committed to the continual improvement of its performance by the monitoring of safety and quality issues and through involvement with customers, suppliers, regulatory authorities and the community.
 
The Executive management of Akron ensures that its Quality Policy is understood. This is accomplished through training, communication, and displays. The Policy is implemented by means of documentation, and training about the Business Management System to meet the requirements of the Standard. The policy is maintained through Quality Management Systems audits and corrective and preventive action and reviewed for continuing suitability through periodic Management Reviews. Further, this Quality Policy is supported by the quality objectives listed in the Quality Manual.
Meeting these standards is the responsibility of the entire team. Akron is therefore committed to working with all stakeholders to support the effective operation of the company’s Quality Management System and the achievement of goals and specific Quality Objectives.

PRACTICE

In compliance with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s (APEGA) requirements, Akron implements APEAG’s Professional Practice Management Plan (PPMP) to assure the following are applied on all Akron’s practice

  1. Technical competence;
  2. Quality control procedures;
  3. Compliance with relevant codes and regulations;
  4. Adherence to documentation guidelines;
  5. Akron’s organization structure; and
  6. Lines of Professional responsibilities.

Akron is committed to upholding high ethical standers in accordance with APEGA’s Ethics Code and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s (RMWB) Workplace Inclusion Charter.

 This PPMP is meant to ensure professional conduct through the organization, thus; serving the public interest and upholding the public trust in the engineering profession. By maintaining a culture of professionalism; we serve our clients in an atmosphere of confidence and trust.

Akron’s organizational structure consists of senior management and our in-house  administrative/technical staff. Considering Akron’s small size; we regularly enlist the services of external consultants; thus, our organizational structure might differ, depending on the nature of any given project.

When an external consultant is needed to supplement in-house resources, it is the responsibility of the assigned project coordinator to liaise between Akron and the external consultant.

Team Members

Dennis M. Heinzlmeir, P.Eng.

Marketing & Operations Director

Dennis Heinzlmeir, P.Eng., is a maintenance, engineering, and business process professional with more 30 years of experience working in the maintenance, EPC, training, and management consulting industries. He has an extensive business background, including all aspects of M&R, engineering, quality management, lean execution principles and techniques, asset management, project management, and safety. He has conducted FMEA and RCM studies and tracked the effectiveness of maintenance activities and tactics.

Nayef Mahgoub, P.Eng., MBA

Managing Director

Founder and Managing Director of Akron Engineering, Nayef, a senior engineer with 30+ years of extensive experience in civil, geotechnical, structural, and environmental engineering, reliability, projects management, coaching, and business development areas. Recognized for strong technical/teaching skills, client relationship management and business development skills. A proven expert in the development and implementation of sustainability, cost savings and continuous improvement initiatives.

Bassem Zaki, P.Eng.

International Operations Director

Bassem Zaki co-founder of Optimize has more than 22 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. His experience includes co-founding and managing Operations and procurement of a North American speciality oilfield chemicals company that was acquired by a major north American service company. Bassem has managed a +$200MM procurement portfolio for a major North American oil and gas producer covering the major completion services categories. Prior to that he held various account management, technical and field positions for 2 major drilling fluids services providers.

Esam Ayed, P.Eng., MBA

Senior Renewable Energy Engineer

Esam carries B. Sc. and master’s degree in Chemical Engineering, Project Management, and Business Administration, form the University of Calgary, and he is currently pursuing his Ph.D., and he is a registered professional engineer with APEGA. Esam has over 22 years of experience in the oil and gas, environmental, and waste to energy solutions related projects. As such, he played a major role in building 14 waste to energy plants at various locations. He is constantly working with United Nations as an expert in their environment program, which is implemented in 13 countries, with a focus on environmental pollution mitigations. As a prominent subject matter expert, Esam teaches several courses, mainly related to petroleum and environmental engineering matters, at the University of Calgary and SAIT, and he is regularly presenting relevant trainings to selected City of Calgary employees.

Scott Truman, P.Eng.

Senior Electrical Engineer

Scott has a Bachelor of Science, Electrical Engineering with over 10 years of diverse experience. Expert on electrical construction, infrastructure, project engineering and management. Experienced in creating electrical engineering drawings, IFC, EHT Preparing and maintaining resource loading, 90 day, and job completion schedules, electrical and instrumentation estimate packages and leading groups of people upwards of 50.

S Mantha, P.Eng., MMP, AMIE, MIE,C.Eng.

Senior Planning Specialist

A Professional Engineer registered with APEGA, Maintenance Management Professional from PEMAC, with a degree in Electrical Engineering with maintenance / planning / scheduling / reliability (ESDS) and Reliability Program Development experience in areas of Integrated Steel Plants, Aluminum Smelters & Oil Sands.

Predominantly in areas of Maintenance, Maintenance-Planning & Scheduling and Reliability Program Development using SAP—PM module.

 

Ehab Hamza, P.Eng.

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

Ehab has 14+ years of civil engineering experience, during which, he managed numerous geotechnical investigations and foundation design for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential developments. He has worked on projects involving dynamic loads, heavy foundation loads, slope stability analysis and problematic soils. Ehab has spent four years as a consultant engineer for a US based company, working with a programming team to develop a commercial structural design software.

Mohammad Essa, P.Eng.

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Essa is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer with APEGA who has over 15 years of experience in Design, QA/QC, RT, UT, PT, MT  API 510, 570, 1169 and Construction of municipal buildings, gas plants, pipelines, Electrical Power Stations, petrochemical and oil Refinery and Oil sand industries projects.

Rodolfo Macias, MRAIC

Designer

Rodolfo is highly skilled in building technologies, interior design, planning and drafting. He is Proficient in hand sketching drafts and computer assisted drawings. He has an exceptional counseling and leadership skills. He possess distinctive qualities to maneuver challenges and realize objectives.

Samah Beniameen, P.Eng.

Junior Mechanical Engineer

Samah Beniameen is a focused, objective orientated mechanical engineer with a vast amount of experience in her field. She shows great drafting skills obtained through years of designing. She can read and interpret plans and specifications recognizing technical requirements. She has conducted many other building assessments and site visit inspections, giving her relevant experience. She provides some recommendations of alternate methods of construction to meet the intent of each related code.

Sohail Ahmad, P.Eng., MBA

Process Safety Engineer

Over 19 years of experience in the field of Environment, Health, Safety and Process Safety Management (PSM) in Oil, Gas and Petrochemical Industry. Enthusiastic, dedicated and highly motivated leader in Safety and Process Safety who performs effectively under pressure and thrives on challenges is ready to work as a consultant in field of Environment, Safety & Process Safety Management.

Golzar Nirvan, P.Eng.

HVAC Engineer

Golzar is a registered professional engineer with eight years’ experience in HVAC systems for industrial buildings. Through her experience as an HVAC engineer in the EPC company, energy company, and manufacturer company she has developed a strong understanding regarding the industrial HVAC design.

She has provided HVAC design for industrial buildings such as Lift stations, water treatment plants, substations, pump rooms and Hazardous Waste Warehouses.

Mohamed Meshref, P.Eng., PhD.

Civil/Environmental Engineer

Mohamed is a professional with 14 years of consulting, research, and teaching experience in civil and environmental engineering in different sectors such as municipalities, oil and gas, and residential. He has experience in planning, design, and construction of water/wastewater facilities (treatment processes, water distribution, wastewater systems, hydraulic analyses, solid waste management, water quality standards).

Mostafa Khalil, BSc. Civil, MSc.

Wet Utilities Support

Mostafa is a municipal wet utility engineer with more than 6 years of experience in the design and hydraulic modelling of water, wastewater and stormwater networks and conveyance lines as well as the design of water and wastewater pump stations and treatment plants. He is also a certified instructor for transient analysis and water hammer protection devices from KYPipe LLC. Mostafa is currently working on his PhD in wastewater treatment.

Imran Quadri Syed, B.E. Civil, MSc.

Civil/Structural Support

Civil engineer with knowledge in best construction practices, conduct reviews of proposed plans and completes physical inspections at construction project sites. Brings over 12 years of experience working in research, petroleum, and homeland security with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and master’s in city & regional planning. Over 4 years’ experience with ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS online portal for GIS. Over 8 years experience working with Garmin GPS. Proficiency with MS Office applications, Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, AutoCAD and 3D software’s like ArcGIS Pro, ArcScene, SketchUp.

Samaa Agina, B.E., Civil

Road Design/Traffic Support

Qualified professional with over three years of relevant industrial work experience as a design engineer, having strong background in geometric design roadways and knowledgeable about Alberta Highway Design Guides. Having worked on different transportation projects, widened my scope of knowledge in this area. Throughout my professional and academic career, I have been part of several industry and research projects in Canada and the Middle East.  Samaa is currently working on her Masters at University of Alberta.

Mohamad Hamad, EIT, BSc., Electrical

Electrical Engineer

Mohammad (Moe) Hamad has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from University of Calgary. During his engineering practice with Akron, he attained experience on the electrical aspects of construction, infrastructure, project engineering and management. Moe is a quick learner and capable of multitasking, as he receives initial enquiries received from clients, prepare proposals in coordination with relevant team members, and follow up on submitted designs/proposals with clients.

Kegan Van Niekerk, T.T

Junior Technologist

Kegan has a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is currently registered as a Technologist-in-training and is working at Akron as a Junior Technologist/Project Coordinator. He has two years of experience using Autodesk drafting products such as AutoCAD, Inventor and Fusion 360.

Abeer Heikal, EIT, PhD.

Geotechnical Engineer

Abeer has 20+ years of civil engineering experience in middle east and north America. Abeer acted as a STO-18 in the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure, with the Government of British Columbia, in Victoria BC headquarters. Abeer also managed and acted as a soil testing laboratory director and participated in the composition of numerous geotechnical reports/projects to oil and gas industry incorporations (Statoil, Shell, and Suncor). Abeer poses extensive knowledge of 3DEC, ABAQUS, GeoSlope, AutoCAD, MATLAB, and MS office. Her background is in planning, dewatering, construction site reconnaissance and visual inspection, geological characterization using point cloud acquired using LiDaR, TBM, foundation design, secant and tangent pile wall installation, field and laboratory testing, land-fill (soil) embankment cracking, settlement, and differential displacement monitoring, slope stability analyses and enhancement, piezometer and pore pressure fluctuations, SAGD caprock integrity and structural and geomechanical characterization.

Mohamed Taha, BSc Electrical, MSc.

Electrical Engineering support

Mohamed has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with more than 10 years of experience. He is a specialist in electrical power systems, power electronics and electrical drive systems such as Industrial Automation and Programmable Logic Controllers, Human machine interface, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Variable Frequency Drives. Mohamed is currently working on his PhD in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta. Mohamed is also an instructor for MATLAB programming and power systems analysis.

 

Corporate Social Responsibility

Despite Nayef’s broad responsibilities as Akron’s managing director / owner, he is not precluded from giving back to his community. Few of Nayef’s volunteering roles are:

  • President, PEMAC Assets Management Association of Canada, Fort McMurray Chapter,
  • Board Member,
    1. Wood Buffalo Community Foundation (WBCF),
    2. RMWB’s Assessment Review Board,
    3. RMWB’s Subdivision and Development Appeal Board,
    4. Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce,
    5. Fort McMurray Construction Safety Association, and
    6. Consulting Engineers of Alberta, Fort McMurray Liaison Committee
  • Leader, Wood Buffalo Emergency Services, and
  • Volunteer, Canadian Red Cross.
    Furthermore, Nayef, along with most of Akron’s team of professionals, are active volunteers and members of the local: food bank, emergency social services, and Girls Inc. Moreover, Akron ‘s team constantly collaborates with the local Keyano College, with whom Nayef is a part time instructor, by supporting Keyano’s students who are enrolled with relevant programs through sharing Akron’s real-life experiences, while giving the involved students the opportunities to incorporate such learnings into their graduation projects.
    Akron’s Environmental, Health and Safety manual / practice re. Environmental Policy states that protecting Canada’s natural environment is a national concern. Akron shares that concern and is committed to minimizing the impact of its activities on the environment while managing our operations economically and efficiently. We take responsibility in upholding this commitment by:
    1. Complying with applicable environmental law, industry standards, and our own policies,
    2. Making environmental considerations an integral part of our planning process,
    3. Operating our vehicles and facilities in a manner that protects the environment,
    4. Identifying and mitigating the adverse impacts of our operations on the environment in keeping with good environmental and business practices,
    5. Remaining sensitive to the concerns of the public,
    6. Responding to environmental emergencies in a prompt and efficient manner, and
    7. Committing sufficient resources to ensure that our employees are fully informed of their responsibilities and are trained to protect the environment while performing their duties.
  • At Akron, we believe that reducing environmental, energy or social impacts in our day-to-day business will benefit our company, its employees, and our clients. We are aware that managing resources and using a pro-active approach to protect the environment will ensure the long-term viability and integrity of our business, while not compromising profitability.
  • Akron’s management, employees, and contractors are committed to meeting this policy, now and in the future.

Lastly, Akron donates to WBCF, Markaz ul Islam, Arts Council of Wood Buffalo, United Way, and to many other local not-for profit community organizations, in regular basis.

Interested In Working On A Project?

If you are interested in working together, send us an inquiry and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

Fort McMurray
8123 Fraser Avenue
Fort McMurray,
AB T9H 1W5
P: (780) 750-9950

Edmonton

Crown Road NW,
Edmonton,
AB T6J 2E4
P: (780) 240-8340

Calgary

228 Rolling Acres Drive,
Calgary,
AB T3R 1B8
P: (587) 576-5144