Keith Byram, P. Eng. F.E.C, President

Keith Byram has a degree in Civil Engineering and extensive experience in senior management. He has overseen the successful completion of hundreds of civil projects, many of which involved isolated northern locations and sensitive environments. In 2012 he received the Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC), the highest level of membership given based upon wealth of experience, commitment and contribution to the engineering field. Keith Byram is an inductee to the Yukon Transportation Hall of Fame, past Chair of the Yukon Water Board, and past President of Yukon Association of Professional Engineers. He is past director of the Yukon Contractors Association, past director of Yukon Chamber of Commerce, and past director of the Canadian Construction Association. He is also past Chair of the Yukon Hospital Foundation, past Director of Yukon College, past director of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Director of Yukon Minerals Advisory Board, and past member of the Yukon Justice Advisory Board.

Jennifer Byram, BBA, COHS,
Vice President

Jennifer Byram has more than 35 years’ experience overseeing health, safety, training, and cost control. With a hands-on approach, she directs the operation of Pelly Construction and oversees the planning and administration of the financial, human, and capital resources of all Pelly’s projects and the head office. Jennifer works closely with Project Superintendents to ensure all resources are in place to meet project deliverables. She developed and implements Pelly’s award-winning safety programs. Jennifer is community-minded and involves herself and Pelly Construction in giving back to the community. Jennifer Byram is a founding member of the Yukon Construction Safety Association (now the Northern Safety Association) and has sat on various boards including Yukon Contractor’s Association, Yukon Chamber of Mines, and Yukon Chamber of Commerce. Currently, she is a member of the board of the Yukon College Foundation.

Jess Jewell,
Vice President

Jess Jewell has spent more than 40 years working in the mining, construction and reclamation industry. He focuses on contract mining and heavy construction mainly in northwestern Canada with extensive experience in rock excavation and blasting. Jess is very familiar with this region of Canada and its many unique characteristics including extreme weather, remoteness, permafrost, heavily forested areas and mountainous terrain. He has successfully managed and completed many projects and has continually offered project owners with practical solutions on various challenging projects. Jess directs project managers on major mining and earthworks projects, with volumes of material that reach 1,500,000 m3 per month. He manages projects with a keen eye for detail and innovation and looks for cost savings measures that can be shared with project Owners.