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President / Managing Principal

Paul Tomei is president of Bogdonov Pao Associates Ltd.  Paul brings a unique background in structural engineering design and construction, including tilt-up, wood frame, structural steel, high-rise and construction engineering. With considerable experience ranging from carpentry to operations superintendent, Paul prides himself on identifying practical, cost effective and creative solutions aimed at solving engineering and construction problems. His broad experience allows him to relate to the entire project team to address specific needs, requirements and limitations while remaining focused on accomplishing a common goal.

Paul first obtained a Certificate of Carpentry Specialization in 1986 from the Pacific Vocational Institute followed by a Dipl. T. in Civil & Structural Engineering Technology in 1989 from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.  Paul is committed to continuing professional development and later continued his education at BCIT in the Bachelor of Technology Management Program.  He is registered with the Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of BC, as an Applied Science Technologist, and provides volunteer services as a Board of Examiner Reviewer.  He is also a member of both the Accreditation Board and the Practice Review Board. In addition, Paul served on the joint Limited License Task Force for the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of BC, providing representation as a Non-Registered Engineering Supervisor. 

As Manager of Construction Engineering Services, Paul specializes in contractor/construction services, design/build management; structural design and inspections.


JOHN H. PAO   P.Eng., Struct.Eng.


As Senior Engineer of Bogdonov Pao Associates Ltd, John Pao leads our team by example. Not only is he a Professional Engineer with more than 25 years of experience and registration in 18 different jurisdictions throughout Canada and the United States, but he also knows how to establish, build, and nurture valuable relationships with clients. As the company has grown from a handful of engineers to a team of more than 30 in three cities and two countries, John has maintained a strong commitment to clearly understanding client goals and finding the best way to help meet those goals – on time and on budget.

John obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering in 1980 and a Master’s degree in Structural Engineering in 1984 from the University of British Columbia. He is licensed to practice as a registered Professional Structural Engineer in the province of British Columbia and seventeen U.S. states, including the seismically active State of California and the extreme weather states of Alaska, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. Since 1987, John has been the chief engineer responsible for a multitude of structural projects, including concrete, steel, wood frame, post-tensioned, and masonry buildings, as well as concrete parking structures. In the mid 1990's, John pioneered Bogdonov Pao's expansion into the United States, establishing the BPA Group of Companies with offices in Washington and California.

John's dedication to high standards goes beyond his own company. He is a driving force behind several initiatives to enhance the structural engineering profession in British Columbia, and the founding president of the Vancouver Structural Engineers Group Society. Throughout his career, John has presented papers at local and International conferences, lectured in seismic se, and has taught Reinforced Concrete Design at the BC Institute of Technology. In 2008, John received the “Engineers Canada Fellowship”, in recognition of his contributions to the engineering profession.


GARRY R. KIRKHAM   P.Eng., Struct.Eng.

Senior Engineer

Garry Kirkham is a senior engineer with Bogdonov Pao Associates Ltd.  In 1979, he obtained a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia. Since then, he has continued to supplement his degree with further education at BCIT and UBC, including the Certified Professional Program. Throughout his career, Garry has designed a wide variety of structures including large concrete high-rise buildings such as the Bentall IV and CIBC Bank Tower.

Garry is a recognized expert in structural steel design, having spent five years acting as the chief structural engineer with a leading structural steel fabricator. The structural steel fabrication industry continues to seek his consultation on matters relating to steel joist design. Since joining Bogdonov Pao Associates in 1994, Garry has been responsible for a variety of design projects, including structural steel, reinforced concrete, post-tensioned concrete, masonry, and wood structures.

Additionally, Garry is highly capable in software development, having produced much of BPA Group's in-house software for structural steel and concrete design. This software sets the firm apart in designing structures that are practical, constructible, and cost efficient. Garry is also the author of software systems used by leading manufacturers in Vancouver. The open web steel joist software he developed has automated structural design and drafting facilities.



Principal / Senior Engineer

Michael Broad is a principal with the BPA Group of Companies, as well as the director of BPA Group’s Irvine California office. Michael has gained over 40 years of practical experience in structural engineering in London England, Atlanta Georgia, and Southern California. He graduated from Ewell College in England and completed the Chartered Member Institution of Structural Engineers in 1971. Michael is registered as a Professional Engineer in five States as well as a Chartered Structural Engineer in Great Britain.

Michael has been involved in the design, development, supervision, and construction of numerous diversified project types including parking facilities, residential and commercial spaces, and institutional structures. He has designed several structural steel, concrete-framed, and concrete masonry projects in the commercial, office, and industrial sectors.  Michael also has considerable experience in seismic engineering, having been involved with several seismic-related projects in California, including the design of numerous retrofit buildings in Southern California following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

Michael is recognized for his experience with reinforced concrete structures, particularly in the area of post-tensioned concrete buildings and mat slab foundations. He is an industry leader in parking structure engineering, having completed numerous parking buildings both as a chief structural engineer and as a parking consultant during his combined seven years of service with Walker Parking Consultants and International Parking Design firms.