Jesse Unke

Vancouver, BC

Jesse is the vice president of Canadian Operations for COWI. He is an experienced leader in all areas of transportation and utilities’ infrastructure, overseeing both complex, high-profile projects, as well as smaller capital projects and programs.

As a project/risk management professional, Jesse has an intimate knowledge with multiple project delivery methods, project management models, and scope, financial, schedule, and risk management tools and techniques. During his career, he has developed an ability to understand his client’s “why”, work collaboratively leading teams, and implement successful strategic initiatives for multiple project funding partners and stakeholders.

With a background as a Professional Engineer in Canada (P.Eng.) and the United States (PE), a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED AP), Envision Sustainability Professional (ENV SP), and a MMCD Certified Contract Administrator (CCA), Jesse has the ability to lead projects effectively, incorporate sustainable design and construction principles, interpret and administer contracts, and understand the technical aspects of his projects. His effective written and verbal communication, workshop facilitation, and engaging presentation skills to both technical and non-technical audiences, allow him to serve as a knowledgeable leader and advisor to his clients.

Jesse’s strong business development and relationship-building, marketing, and strategic-planning skills allow for effective development of business and partnership opportunities for a transportation/utilities/infrastructure consulting environment.

Jesse enjoys being actively engaged in the project management/construction community, volunteering as current president with the British Columbia Construction Roundtable (BCCR), and board member positions (past and present) with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering (AACE), Project Management Institute – Canadian Westcoast Chapter (PMI-CWCC), Master Municipal Construction Documents (MMCD), and Young Professionals in Energy (YPE).

A long-time personal passion for fitness led Jesse to pursue certification as a CFES Canadian National Certified Personal Trainer in his spare time, allowing him to implement his leadership skills as an educator and motivator in this area.