Executive VP of Business Development, ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd.

If you've ever worked on a big industrial project in Alberta, you're no doubt familiar with ATCO Noise Management. The full-service acoustical consulting, engineering, and construction company has carved out quite a nice niche in the industrial noise management business.

One of the keys people behind its success is Boris Rassin, a man described as a hands-on leader who's innovative as well as creative.

"He comes up with incredible vision that we can all rally around," says one long-time colleague. "He can articulate that vision extremely well."

The noise management business has come a long way since it was created 18 years ago while Rassin worked for ATCO Metal.

"We found ourselves in a sector that was really under-serviced," Rassin notes. "Each project was built by a number of acoustical companies, all providing some little part of it. There wasn't anybody who would do it all for a client."

From working on such early projects as an acoustic barrier for Edmonton's Groat Road, "we evolved into this business model that is full-service, turnkey industrial noise control," he says. It couldn't be done, he adds, without a great team.

And how is business?

"Since 2003 we've quadrupled our earnings and revenue," Rassin says. "Our projects [have ranged] from small gas compressor stations to huge multi-billion dollar power plants. Right now we're building two massive power plants in New York state and one in Ontario."

Rassin oversaw much of ATCO Noise Management's growth through his role as president of that subsidiary and more recently also of ATCO Structures Canada/Alaska. This summer he became executive vice president of business development for ATCO Structures & Logistics Ltd., which includes the noise management and structures units as well as ATCO Frontec.

The reorganization will allow Rassin's company to offer a bundled service that includes turnkey workforce camps, and construction of acoustical metal buildings and other structures to clients, particularly those in the energy industry.

Rassin, who was educated as a civil engineer in Russia, came to Canada in 1980. He says his work with ATCO started as a "four-week design job," but he's remained ever since.

"That was 24 years ago," he laughs. "That's the longest four weeks of my life."

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