Ra­min­der Gre­wal

BC Business Magazine - - Entrepreneur Of The Year 2018 - – F.S.


Burn­aby-based Key­stone En­vi­ron­men­tal ad­vises or­ga­ni­za­tions on how to deal with con­tam­i­nated sites, yet it was started by a com­pany that pro­cesses coal tar. Kop­pers, a global en­ter­prise with head­quar­ters in Pitts­burgh, launched Key­stone there to deal with en­vi­ron­men­tal li­a­bil­ity re­lated to its coal tar re­finer­ies. The Cana­dian of­fice, opened by Bill Don­ald in 1988 to con­duct a risk as­sess­ment of the former Expo 86 lands, be­came in­de­pen­dent five years later and now op­er­ates from B.C. to On­tario.

Ra­min­der Gre­wal, pres­i­dent since 2013, grew up in Van­cou­ver and Sur­rey, grad­u­at­ing from UBC with a BASC in en­vi­ron­men­tal and geotech­ni­cal en­gi­neer­ing. He joined Key­stone in 2000, be­came the youngest part­ner and depart­ment head in the com­pany's his­tory seven years later and be­gan shift­ing its fo­cus to fed­eral govern­ment clients. Pub­lic Ser­vices and Pro­cure­ment Canada is now one of Key­stone's top three ac­counts.

The 95-em­ployee firm also works with sec­tors from forestry and min­ing to trans­porta­tion and prop­erty de­vel­op­ment. Be­fore pur­chas­ing a site, de­vel­op­ers want to un­der­stand their en­vi­ron­men­tal li­a­bil­ity. Once they own the prop­erty, Key­stone ad­vises them on how to re­me­di­ate it cost-ef­fec­tively, Gre­wal ex­plains. “Then we'll help our client ten­der and get con­trac­tors in­volved.”

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