Company Profile

Phillips & Associates, Engineering Consultants Ltd., located in Vancouver BC, provides innovative geotechnical consulting services to the construction industry. Since 2006, we have completed over 2000 projects in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.

We are committed to providing all of our clients with practical, cost effective and optimal engineering solutions. Phillips & Associates’ varied clients can count on service with the utmost integrity – that is individualized, professional, reliable and trustworthy.


Team Leaders

Ward Phillips, Principal, P.Eng.

Ward is a professional engineer with over twenty-five years of engineering experience in geotechnical and structural design, project management, failure analysis, inspection work, site engineering, construction supervision and forensic analysis and reporting. Ward graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in applied science from the University of British Columbia in 1990. Ward also has experience in the insurance industry, in risk management, assisting insurers in the resolution of claims against their architectural and engineering clients.    

Mr. Phillips founded Phillips & Associates in 2006 after practicing with several local and international professional organizations. 

Ben Schmidt, E.I.T.

Ben is a project engineer at Phillips & Associates and is broadly involved in their geotechnical projects in British Columbia. He is registered with the Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (EGBC) as an Engineer-in-Training (E.I.T.). Ben brings a background in geotechnical consulting in residential construction, infrastructure, and oil and gas projects. Ben has experience in shallow and deep foundations, soils testing, pile testing, earthworks, and landslide assessments. 

Ben studied engineering at the University of British Columbia, where he captained the varsity men’s hockey team. Following his love of hockey and capitalizing on his talents, he played professional hockey in the 2015/16 season for the Cincinnati Cyclones, the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Nashville Predators.

Chris Hughes, P.Eng.

Chris graduated from the University of British Columbia Civil engineering program, in 1998. Chris has extensive experience as an Infrastructure professional with a wide ranging background in heavy civil, municipal engineering projects, cementitious construction materials and real estate development construction projects.

Chris’ extensive management and technical experience gained at two of the world’s largest Cement and Construction materials suppliers, Lafarge SA and Heidelberg Cement, exposed him to cutting edge concrete and cement science engineering.

Fred Bjork, P.Eng.

Fred is a senior engineering professional and business leader with over 25 years of experience in project planning and development, advisory, engineering and design, project and construction management, inspections and rehabilitation of ports and marine terminals, marine and upland freight corridors, open cut utility installations, building foundations and civil works. Fred is a Professional Engineer registered in the Province of British Columbia, and holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from Lulea University of Technology in Sweden. During his career Fred has held positions with both smaller and larger consulting firms working on Ports, Terminals, Harbour and Marine projects around the world. In 2015 Fred started Bjork Consulting Ltd.