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. 

Cathal Donnelly, EIT

Cathal is a Geotechnical Engineer in Training (EIT) with engineering, management, and hands-on experience in a multitude of skilled areas involved in the reinforced concrete construction of large civil engineering and high-rise construction projects across the United Kingdom. Projects he has worked on include the construction of deep foundations for hospitals and some of the largest high-rise developments in the North of England. Before recently moving to British Columbia, Cathal achieved a 1st class level Bachelor of Engineering (with honours) from the University of Warwick, United Kingdom, in 2020. Cathal is a quick learner; able to operate and manage under high pressure environments; a good communicator; and a skilled problem solver with international experience.

Katherine McNeice, B.A.Sc., E.I.T.

Katherine is a Geotechnical Engineer in Training (EIT) with experience in the quality control, writing and maintaining technical documents and scheduling material deliveries in a construction environment. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 2020. She has experience in geotechnical design and is an adaptable and positive team player.

Luke van Der Meer, P.Geo.

Luke is a professional geoscientist (EGBC), and graduate of the University of Otago, New Zealand (2001). He has 20 years of experience in applied geosciences, project management, mineral exploration, and geotechnical assessment and review. His experience includes broad international exposure to site investigation and varied geoscience review with focus in both geotechnical and mineral exploration applications. Luke has been involved with residential to industrial site assessment, including review of slope stability, rock fall, rock and soil classification, and general hazard assessment, as well as extensive geological, mining and mineral resource review and reporting. Luke is a qualified professional and independent geoscience consultant and has been operating in British Columbia, USA and abroad for the last 12 years.

Jonathan Hill, EIT.

Jon is a Mining Engineer in Training (EIT) with experience in geotechnical consulting in drilling, rock mass analysis, and projects related to soil and rock mechanics. He received his Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2012. Jon is skilled at problem solving, is able to manage teams in extreme environments and is an excellent communicator and a quick learner.

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.

Joseph Ho, P. Eng.

Joe is a professional engineer with over thirty years of experience in multiple engineering disciplines including geotechnical, mechanical, and software. A graduate of Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto, Ontario, Joe has held numerous senior leadership positions in organizations including Fortune 10 companies (McKesson). He brings knowledge and experience in residential and commercial subsurface soil investigation, pile installation review, shoring review and anchor testing, residential and municipal stormwater and sanitary management system review, slope analysis and reinstatement, and pre and post construction surveys.

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.