Two new partners named to Underhill management team

Partner Announcement

Jon Cormier, BCLS and Ryan Schuler, P.Eng., CLS to join leadership team at Underhill

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA | 02.01.2020 – The Underhill Group (Underhill) is delighted to announce the appointments of Ryan Schuler and Jon Cormier as Partners. Both individuals are contributing greatly to the growth and expansion of our company and we welcome them to the partnership team.

Speaking on behalf of the existing five partners, Managing Partner Chris El-Araj  said, “Jon and Ryan have made significant contributions to Underhill in the regions and sectors they work in. We are very pleased to welcome them into the Partnership and look forward to the future with these two exceptional individuals as part of our leadership team.”

Ryan and Jon’s partnership at Underhill is effective February 1, 2020.

Jon Cormier, Partner

John Cormier, BCLS

About Jon Cormier, BCLS

Jon Cormier is a British Columbia Land Surveyor and has been with Underhill since 2010, working out of their head office in Burnaby. He brings with him extensive experience in a broad range of survey related fields such as land development, industrial sites, construction, railway, boundary research and legal surveys.  Underhill’s Burnaby office is a high paced work environment with many demanding and complex projects; throughout his ten years at Underhill Jon has been
involved in many of these projects both large and small. His surveying career has taken him throughout British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Yukon and parts of the United States.

Jon would like to thank all of his coworkers past and present for helping to shape him into the surveyor he is today. Special thanks to Chris Cryderman, President of Underhill and Chris El-Araj, Managing Partner for having the confidence and support to bring him into the fold.

Jon was raised in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and educated at the College of the North Atlantic (CNA) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Jon lives in Burnaby with his wife Jessica, who has been unwavering in her support, where they enjoy spending time in the

Ryan Schuler

Ryan Schuler, P.Eng., CLS

About Ryan Schuler, P.Eng., CLS

Ryan Schuler is a Geomatics Engineer and Canada Lands Surveyor, currently overseeing Underhill’s operations at the Site C Hydroelectric Project, Fort St. John, BC. He leads a crew of 10 staff to perform high-precision metrology surveys, laser scanning, tunneling and hydrographic surveys, among other tasks.

Ryan gained his P.Eng. and CLS designations in Yellowknife, NWT. He has extensive experience throughout the Arctic region in all three territories, in the western provinces, and has performed hydrographic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico and Trinidad. Ryan’s history with Underhill began in 2008, working alongside Sandy Cooke, for Carl Friesen, Vice President of Underhill, in Whitehorse. Since this time, Carl has been a mentor and advisor to Ryan.

In 2016, Ryan won two National David Thompson awards for a research project performed on the Ice Roads of NWT. The project involved precise, high frequency observations of ice deformation from trucking convoy traffic and other loads applied to the ice.

Ryan was raised in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and educated in Geomatics at Lethbridge College and the University of New Brunswick (Fredericton). He’s married to Christine Schuler, whom he met in Yellowknife. Ryan and Christine have two young boys – Graham, and Eric.

About the Underhill Group

The Underhill Group (Underhill) consists of two companies: Underhill & Underhill, a partnership of professional land surveyors and Underhill Geomatics Ltd., the surveying engineering services arm of the firm.

Since 1913 Underhill has built a long-standing reputation of excellence in serving clients throughout North America and the world. Underhill’s company philosophy is structured upon our commitment to people and for that reason we have fostered a corporate spirit that promotes education and creativity. We believe that combining experience and integrity with technology supports the essential growth necessary to service the rapidly developing needs of our clients.


To learn more about this announcement please contact:

Chris El-Araj, BCLS
Managing Partner
#301-8337 Eastlake Drive, Burnaby, BC V5A 4W2
T: 604-732-3384

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Now Hiring: Controller/CPA


We currently have a full-time, permanent opportunity for a Controller/CPA located in our Burnaby office. This individual will oversee all financial procedures of our Company throughout our operations in BC, Yukon and NWT.

We offer an excellent benefits package and compensation commensurate with your experience.

Download a full description of this job opportunity.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please submit your resume to

Underhill Featured in Victoria Gold Partner Advertisement

Underhill was featured in Victoria Gold’s feature partner section on the Eagle Gold Mine in both the Whitehorse Star and Yukon News.

Our own Carl Friesen is quoted: “Our history at Dublin Gulch is very rewarding. We’ve worked at the Property for 50 years and our team is so pleased to be a part of Victoria’s and the Eagle Gold Mine’s momentous journey through exploration and development to construction and operations.”

Download a pdf to read the full feature!


3D Laser Scanning Lunch & Learn to be held in Yellowknife

3 d laser scanning

3D laser scanning technology is increasingly used in engineering and construction projects. Join us for a complimentary lunch and listen to Richard R. J. Johnson, 3D Specialist with Underhill explain and discuss this revolutionary technology and its future in industry.

Topics include:

  • Principles and applications of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC)
  • Benefits and limitations of 3D Laser Scanning
  • What to ask for when requesting a scan (parameters to consider)
  • Deliverables options: formats, software 3D viewers and tools

Realtime Laser Scan and Cloud registration will be illustrated during this session

Session Details

Friday November 22, 2019

12:00 – 13:00

Underhill Geomatics Ltd.
Diamond Plaza
#202-5204 50th Avenue
Yellowknife, NT

Please RSVP by calling 867.669.2048 or email

Download a pdf flyer here.

ABCLS Board of Management for 2019-2020

(Left to Right):  Chris Cryderman (President), Shauna Goertzen (Vice President), Mark Mason (Member), Chad Rintoul (Chief Administrative Officer), David Swaile (Member), Dan Machon (Member), Cristin Schlossberger (Surveyor General), Roger Galibois (Past President), Neil Hain (Government Appointee), Kelly Stofer (Secretary/Registrar) (Gina Hidber (Member) is not present.)

(Left to Right): Chris Cryderman (President), Shauna Goertzen (Vice President), Mark Mason (Member), Chad Rintoul (Chief Administrative Officer), David Swaile (Member), Dan Machon (Member), Cristin Schlossberger (Surveyor General), Roger Galibois (Past President), Neil Hain (Government Appointee), Kelly Stofer (Secretary/Registrar)
(Gina Hidber (Member) is not present.)

So busy at the 114th AGM in Kelowna this March that we couldn’t get the photo ’till June. Even then we’re still missing one member (Gina). Have to try again. From the ABCLS website.

2019 Training House Sponsors Recognized at the CHBA CI Private Reception


Chris deHaan accepts Certificate of Recognition for Underhill Geomatics Ltd. sponsorship of the CHBA 2019 Training House

Kamloops, BC – May 24, 2019 – Sponsors of the 2019 Training House/ Y Dream Home were recognized at the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Central Interior (CHBACI) private reception in Tobiano last night.

The Training House is a 29-year-old program in partnership with Thompson Rivers University that includes the collaboration of professional builders and educators with trades students to build a home with the express purpose of providing real-life training to those working towards a rewarding career within the residential construction industry. The home once completed, was once again sold to the YMCA/YWCA as part of their annual program fundraiser to be raffled off to one lucky winner.

“This unique off-campus, real-life training opportunity would not be possible without the amazing contributions of our local sponsors and we were so happy to have had the chance to acknowledge their shared efforts and give praise where praise was due this evening” says Kelly Reid, CHBA Central Interior President. “We hope members of the public will notice the generous contributions made by our sponsors year after year and turn to them when they are in need of products and expertise for a renovation or new residential construction project”.

Presenting, Diamond and Platinum sponsors were given plaques, Gold, Silver and Copper sponsors were given certificates and the CHBA CI received a plaque from the YMCA/YWCA Board representing their long standing partnership.

Remembering James William (Jim) Sharpe

It is with great sadness we at Underhill hear of the passing of Jim Sharpe, BCLS. Jim had a long and storied career at Underhill’s. Jim came to work at Underhill & Underhill after he was introduced to Clare Underhill by his old pupil, Ken Wong, BCLS, in 1955. In Ken’s letter to Clare he wrote:

“Dear Clare,

I am dropping you a few lines inquiring whether you, Jim, Dave, or Art will be taking on an article pupil the coming year. There is here, a young fellow, Jim Sharpe, aged 20, who is very earnest in becoming a qualified Land Surveyor…

… You will find him, as I have, a very energetic, willing, apt, and keen Surveyor. He is prepared to assume any duties required of him, and is available on a moments notice.

Your faithful “Old” Pupil,
Ken Wong”

Jim entered articles in 1956 with W.G. (Bill) Robinson, P.Eng., BCLS, CLS. He was commissioned as a BCLS on April 30th, 1959, along with Jack Parnell. In 1961 Jim and Jack left Underhill & Underhill to start their own firm, Sharp & Parnell. On the retirement of Clare and Jim Underhill in 1964, Jim and Jack returned to become partners in Underhill & Underhill.

Jim was the Vancouver office manager for many years. He retired from the partnership in 1980, and moved to Cranbrook, taking with him Keith Ekman, BCLS. In Cranbrook they formed Sharpe & Ekman. Jim was elected to the Board of Management of the Association of BC Land Surveyors in 1989, and served as president in 1992.  He was awarded Life Membership in the Association in 2001.  Jim, while at Underhill’s, articled quite a number of Land Surveyors into the profession, including:  Tim Koepke, Samuel Maynes, Philip Asher, Keith Ekman, and Martin Schulze.

He will be sorely missed.

Yukoner a recipient of literacy award

Yukon, YT

CBC News - Isabelle Salesse is executive director of the Association of Franco-Yukonnaise, which created a "one-stop shop" for services involving literacy. She is one of 14 Canadians recognized this year with the Council of the Federation Literacy Award. (Mario De Ciccio/Radio-Canada)

CBC News – Isabelle Salesse is executive director of the Association of Franco-Yukonnaise, which created a “one-stop shop” for services involving literacy. She is one of 14 Canadians recognized this year with the Council of the Federation Literacy Award. (Mario De Ciccio/Radio-Canada)

Isabelle Salesse was named one of 14 Canadians this year to receive the Council of the Federation Literacy Award. According to Canada’s Premiers:

“The Council of the Federation Literacy Award recognizes outstanding achievement, innovative practice and excellence in literacy. The awards are presented annually, in each province and territory, to recognize the excellence of educators, volunteers, learners, community organizations and businesses in many areas, including family, Aboriginal, health, workplace and community literacy.”

Isabelle has, throughout her career, focused on literacy in French minority environments. Félicitations from everyone at Underhill’s!

Whitehorse Daily Star – Yukoner among literacy award recipients

CBC News – Yukoner recognized for work promoting French literacy

Canada’s Premiers Announce 2018 Literacy Award Recipients

The Mystery of the J. Underhill Chisel – the Link MAGAZINE – issuu

April 2018

In the April issue of the Association of BC Land Surveyor’s Link MAGAZINE Robert Allen writes on The Mystery of the J.Underhill Chisel. J.T. Underhill was one of the founders of Underhill & Underhill. The chisel was found by treasure hunter David Gunner at Lone Butte Ranch in Ashcroft, BC. Robert’s story follows the trail of a century’s worth of clues to arrive at a compelling explanation for why the chisel ended up where it did.


Carl Friesen Appointed to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments

April 13, 2018
Ottawa, ON

Today the Acting Minister of Democratic Institutions, the Honourable Scott Brison, announced the appointment of 10 individuals to the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments, an independent and non-partisan body mandated to provide the Prime Minister with merit-based, non-binding recommendations on Senate nominations. Underhill Vice-President, Carl Friesen, was one of 10 appointees.

Carl Friesen, P.Eng., CLS, BCLS, FEC

Carl Friesen, P.Eng., CLS, BCLS, FEC

“I would like to thank these distinguished Canadians for accepting to serve on the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments. The Government is committed to making the Senate more independent and the Prime Minister looks forward to receiving your recommendations to fill Senate vacancies.” ‑ The Honourable Scott Brison, Acting Minister of Democratic Institutions

The Partners of Underhill & Underhill and the staff of Underhill Geomatics Ltd. congratulate Carl Friesen, P.Eng., CLS, BCLS, FEC on his being selected to the Board. Congratulations Carl!”

Press Release – From: Democratic Institutions

Biographical Notes on Members