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PRI Spotlight: Erick Thurston

By March 14, 2022June 23rd, 2022Articles, News, Our Team

Erick is excited to be returning to his hometown of Lindsay after ricocheting around Canada (with a brief stint in Missouri) learning and practicing engineering. It’s a dream come true to be able to bring a dozen years of professional experience to the PRI team.

Background Experience

While out in Alberta, Erick enriched his engineering portfolio by working in a variety of roles across several industries, including mining, civil and structural, consulting, finance, and geotechnical engineering. A naturally social character, Erick found he was drawn towards teaching and mentoring others. “I’m an interesting cat,” he says. “It’s hard for me to turn down good opportunities.” In his last role at a large geotechnical consulting firm, Erick ran the day-to-day operations of the local office, overseeing technical staff, coordinating geotechnical investigations and construction inspections, while ensuring that all health and safety measures were being met.

Erik Thurston Headshot

Role at PRI Engineering

Erick will be joining the PRI team as a Program Manager in Materials Testing and Inspection. He will be responsible for supporting the local engineering team on the field, assisting with pricing scoping, project work, engaging clients and stakeholders, and other laboratory functions as needed. His diversified work experience will undoubtedly enhance PRI’s effectiveness as the team embarks on an ambitious year with several projects already in the pipeline.

Key Ingredients of Company Success

According to Erick, there are a few key ingredients to a company’s success, and they are: maintaining positive team morale and implementing critical health and safety measures. At his previous workplaces, Erick led organizational change by becoming a mentor to several employees in the surrounding offices. He initiated trainings on health and safety as well as other training modules for staff. “The safety of the team should be prioritized above all other responsibilities,” says Erick. “I’m the guy who wears steel toe boots cutting the grass. We’re a team here and it’s our responsibility to minimize occupational hazards for our staff.”

With his curious mind, it’s no surprise that Erick enjoys filling any spare time he has reading books. Averaging 1,000 pages a month, Erick reads everything from fantasy to biographies, contemporary classics, and thrillers. His top recommendation is the very first novel of the Game of Thrones series.