Instructor Bios

Tammy Harper, M.Ed., B.A., LEED AP

RRC Polytech Instructor
Tammy is in instructor in the Construction Management Degree Program at Red River College Polytechnic where she has been teaching since 2014. During that time she has provided Red River students and industry with courses on Leadership and Management, Environmental Management, the Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings, Section 9.36 Energy Efficiency in Housing and Small Buildings and Manitoba Building Bylaws.

Tammy came to RRC Polytech from the Office of the Fire Commissioner as the Chief Building Official. While there, she worked on many code development committees at both the provincial and national level, and was responsible for reviewing the codes for adoption as well as writing and enforcing the regulations under the Building and Mobile Homes Act.

She was recently appointed to the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) for the 2020 code cycle.

Courses: Manitoba Energy Code for Buildings, Manitoba Building Code Section 9.36, Manitoba Building Bylaws

Adam Ding

RRC Polytech Instructor
Adam Ding has been an instructor with Red River College Polytechnic since January 2010. Prior to that, he had extensive experience in planning, estimating and managing a variety of commercial, institutional, residential, heavy/civil, and infrastructure projects.

He holds a Master’s degree in Building Construction from Auburn University, a Project Management Professional certificate from Project Management Institute, a Professional Quantity Surveying diploma from Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors, a Gold Seal certificate from Canadian Construction Association, a LEED AP (BD+C) certificate from Green Building Certification Institute and a Competent Communicator certificate from Toastmaster International.

Course: Materials and Methods, Part 9 The House, Part 9 Small Buildings

Bright Ng’andu

RRC Polytech Instructor
Dr Bright M. Ng’andu is an instructor in the Construction Management Degree Program at the Red River College Polytechnic. Prior to joining the college, he worked as a structural engineer at Crosier Kilgour and Partners in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Before then he worked as a design engineering and project planning consultant in Europe and Africa. He particularly has expertise in analytical and numerical modelling of (irregular) structures with non-linear material behaviour. Bright also possesses vast experience from years of research and teaching at the University of Zambia and the University of Eindhoven in the Netherlands.

Bright holds PhD and Master of Science Degrees in Structural Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering. His PhD research was in modelling and development of design rules for steel frames infilled with ‘precast masonry type’ wall elements.

At the Red River College Polytechnic, Bright teaches courses in Structural Design of structural steel and reinforced concrete structures, in Construction Planning and Scheduling and supervises students in Applied Research Projects.

Course: Structural Design

Shannon Nordal

RRC Polytech Instructor
Shannon is a past graduate of the Environmental Engineering Technology program at Red River College Polytechnic and has been teaching since 2019, with courses on Environmental Management, Supervisory Management, and Health and Safety. Prior to joining the College, Shannon worked at Dillon Consulting Limited as an Environmental Technologist gaining experience with phased site assessments, data analysis, report writing and working with clients to help achieve environmental compliance. Additional field experience including sample collection, remediation, and monitoring well installation provides her with first-hand knowledge of environmental procedures and best practices common to a variety of project sites.

Shannon is a Certified Engineering Technologist and is a member on the board of directors with the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM).

Course: Environmental Management

Dave Pirt

RRC Polytech Instructor
Dave instructs water and wastewater treatment certification courses associated with the Civil Engineering Technology Solutions Program. Prior to joining the college in 2010, Dave spent 30 years working with the City of Portage la Prairie and the Cartier Regional Water System operating and managing water and wastewater systems. During this time, Dave was also involved in operational troubleshooting of a variety of systems in Manitoba, in conjunction with a number of engineering firms. Dave is a Manitoba exam certified operator in Level 4 Water Treatment and Level 2 Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection, and Wastewater Treatment.

Derrick Reykdal

RRC Polytech Instructor
Derrick is a past graduate of the Civil Engineering Technology department of Red River College Polytechnic. Derrick has over 20 years of experience in construction, design and engineering as well as over 10 years of experience as a fire fighter. Most recently Derrick was employed as the manager of the codes and standards section of the Office of the Fire Commissioner. This blend of training and experience gives Derrick a unique perspective regarding fire and life safety in buildings.

Courses: Part 3 Large Buildings, Part 3 Complex Buildings

Raven Sharma BSc., GSc., B.A.

RRC Polytech Instructor
Raven Sharma is currently working as the Manager of Utilities for the City of Selkirk. She has been working in the water and sewer industry for 10 years and has operated and managed wastewater plants, water treatment plants, wastewater collection systems and water distribution systems for 8 years of her career. She also has attained a Bachelor of Science, Geological Science, and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba. In 2010, Raven was awarded a NSERC under the Canadian Astrology Training Program for 2 years. Her primary research has been geotechnical and hydrogeology. She also was part of a scientific research team who led rover simulations that would eventually go to Mars for NASA and Canadian Space Agency in search for water and life. She attended the Manitoba Emergencies college where she accomplished her fire fighting and was a volunteer fire fighter for 6 years.

Raven has recently been appointed as a board of director for the National Association of Sewer Trenchless Technologies.

Chris Urbanski

RRC Polytech Instructor
Chris is an Architectural Technologist and faculty member of the Civil Engineering Technology Department at RRC Polytech where he currently teaches Technical Graphics, Applied Technical Graphics and Constructions Graphics. Before becoming an instructor, Chris graduated from the Building Design Diploma program at RRC Polytech and worked as an Architectural Technologist at LM Architectural Group in Winnipeg.

As a member of LM Architectural Group team, Chris played an instrumental role in the development, implementation and enforcement of BIM strategies. He led BIM project teams, mentored project teams on BIM project start-ups and provided strategies to BIM project teams to yield the best results. Additionally, he was a cross-discipline mentor for project teams on complex BIM projects.

Chris’ current role as an instructor provides him the opportunity to stay at the forefront of technology utilized in the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries.

Course: BIM Structure Essentials

Brea Williams

RRC Polytech Instructor
Brea is an instructor in the Construction Management Degree program at Red River College Polytechnic.  Prior to joining RRC Polytech in 2010, she worked with Halsall Associates Ltd. In Ottawa, Ontario as a Project Engineer specializing in new building design, retrofits, audits and seismic restraint of mechanical/electrical equipment.

Brea earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Manitoba, carrying out research in the area of modular glass Fibre Reinforced Polymers (FRP) bridge decks. She completed her doctorate degree in 2004 at Queen’s University having completed her research in partnership with Fyfe Co. LLC and the National Research Council Canada studying the fire resistance of FRP-strengthened concrete beams and slabs.

Brea is registered as a Professional Engineer in Manitoba, and has earned her LEED AP BD+C and Envision SP designations.

Course: ACI Concrete Field Testing, Structural Analysis