Whose work are you most impressed by?
Jim Montgomery—a senior founding structural principal. He's one of the most well-respected and talented structural engineers in the country, and he's a person with real integrity, which is something I aspire to.
What’s one thing about you that would surprise people?
I actually started University as a music major in piano performance. I still play piano, guitar, drums—whatever I can get my hands on!
Where's your happy place?
At the top of a mountain—seeing incredibly beautiful places that very few people get to see. I love being outside, especially if it involves hiking in the Rockies or riding my bicycle.

Steven is a longtime DIALOGer who first joined us as a civil engineering student in 2006. He has since grown with our team, completing his doctorate in structural engineering in 2013 from the University of Alberta. Today, Steven is an award-winning team member and structural engineering principal who has already made his mark on Edmonton. Steven has been involved with some high-profile projects of recent years, including the Edmonton ICE District, Enbridge Centre, the Calgary Cancer Centre, and an expansion of the TELUS World of Science Edmonton.

Known as an enthusiastic and innovative leader, he loves working at the intersection between design disciplines. To him, this is where innovation lives. He thrives on projects that have a meaningful impact and the opportunity to answer new design problems with creativity, collaboration, and technical expertise. His ability to switch from big picture to technical details means that Steven’s work considers user experience, client needs, and future impact. Whether a new bridge, a high-rise, or a hospital, he recognizes the lifespan of each project, its community impact, and considers his work a fantastic opportunity to help build the future.

Steven is deeply involved in Edmonton’s engineering community. He has been appointed as a voting member of the Standing Committee on Earthquake Design, working to develop the seismic requirements of the National Building Code of Canada. He also serves on the Consulting Engineers of Alberta’s Edmonton Buildings Committee as chair and has maintained a strong relationship with his alma mater, the University of Alberta. He delivers guest lectures, mentors undergraduate students, and contributes to cutting-edge research as an industry advisor.

Leaving a place better than you found it is a guiding principle of my work.
Steven Oosterhof

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Structural Engineering University of Alberta
  • Bachelor of Science, Civil and Environmental Engineering Co-op University of Alberta

Awards

2019 Young Professional Engineer Award, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers (CSCE)

2017 Harold L. Morrison Rising Young Professional Award, Consulting Engineers of Alberta

2013  President's Doctoral Prize of Distinction, University of Alberta

2009-2013 Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

2008 APEGA Gold Medal, The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta

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