Our Team

James Durant

Owner/Alberta Land Surveyor

James Durant
James graduated in 2001 from the University of Calgary with a B.Sc. in Earth Science. James received his commission number 920 as an Alberta Land Surveyor (ALS) in August 2013 and is currently the principal ALS, project manager and president at Element Land Surveys Inc. James’ experience is broad, ranging from extensive field experience with both GPS and conventional surveys in areas of municipal legal survey, construction, high rise, topographic, and oil and gas. James also has several years of office experience as a CST and PM. Some of his major projects include: “The Bow”, Keynote Building, Fish Creek Park Storm Pond Upgrade, Calgary Science Centre, Saddle Ridge Tri Services and Cochrane Medical Centre. James is married to Jodi and has 3 children: Emma, Sara and Jacob, each of which he adores. In his spare time (if he has any), he enjoys camping, travelling, snowboarding and running.

Duong Le

Crew Supervisor/ALSA Articled Pupil

Mark Kocher

Alberta Land Surveyor

Mark Kocher
Mark began his survey career at the University of Calgary, where between summer jobs he completed his BSc in Surveying Engineering. Gathering a variety of experience, Mark received his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor in 1998, then started Millennium Geomatics in 2003 before selling the firm in 2014. His career highlight thus far was surveying 24 miles of baseline in north east Alberta in 2014. In his spare time Mark enjoys both road and mountain biking, hockey, paddle boarding and music. He is very slowly learning to play the guitar. He volunteers at the National Music Center when he can. He is happily married to Kluane. They have two cats.

Darcy Pittman

Survey Technologist

In his spare time Mark enjoys both road and mountain biking, hockey, paddle boarding and music. He is very slowly learning to play the guitar. He volunteers at the National Music Center when he can. He is happily married to Kluane. They have two cats.

Alex Rondeel

Drafting Manager

Alex graduated from the University of Calgary in April 2013 with a degree in Civil Engineering. He began surveying in 2005 in Lacombe and moved to Calgary to further his education. He joined the Element team in June of 2013 as a survey assistant and has now grown into the role of geomatics technician. His most memorable projects were the Alberta Downs Racetrack and the Raymond Shores RV park. He spends his spare time riding his bicycle, playing video games and camping.

Gord Glenn

Geomatics Technoogist

Gord Graduated from the University of Calgary in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Geography and received his Diploma in Survey Technology from SAIT in the Year 2000. Gord has 14 Years of construction and Legal surveying experience with both field layout and office calculations. His most recent achievements are surveying for the City Center High Rise commercial project for PCL Construction and for the Cross Iron Mills Mall for Ivanhoe Cambridge. From high accuracy control surveys and Building Construction to Earthworks and Volume computations Gord has the ability to get the Job done in any Construction Project. If tight deadlines are a concern Gord will work overtime on projects to ensure client needs are met.

Jason Wang


Jason came to Calgary in 2005 from Shanghai, China. In 1991, Jason graduated from the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology as an IT engineer. Jason joined the company in the summer of 2007 in the Drafting and IT Department. His role at Element Land Surveys Inc. is to calculate and draft plans, as well as troubleshoot the office computer system. As a computer software super user, Jason also maintains the company network. His greatest accomplishment is using his software knowledge to build his new survey draftsman career. When not working, Jason enjoys swimming, hiking and spending time with his wife and two sons.

Wayne Xu


Madeline Jorgenson

File Controller

Madeline graduated from Holy Trinity Academy in Okotoks in 2004 and went on to attend St. Mary’s University and the University of Lethbridge. Prior to joining Element Land Surveys in 2017, Madeline began working in the Alberta Land Surveying industry in 2010 and has gained a multitude of experience. She prides herself on building strong interpersonal relationships with clients that foster a positive business relationship. Madeline has 2 beautiful daughters, Isabella and Katherine. In her spare time, Madeline enjoys camping, hiking, horseback riding and spending time with her daughters.

Taylor Butler

Crew Chief

Brenda DesRoches

Jr. Crew Chief

Jackson Lowe

Jr. Crew Chief

Scott Hempel

Survey Technologist/Survey Assistant

Marc Beaumont

Survey Assistant

Marc has a diploma in Cartographic Technology and Photogrammetric Technology and is a Senior Technologist accredited through the ASSMT. Marc has been in the survey industry for more than 25 years and was a teacher of photogrammetry at SAIT for two years. Before joining Element he was a senior mapping technician and a navigator/camera operator. Some of his memorable projects include: the implementation of the DAS for The City of Calgary, the Mackenzie pipeline and mapping Addis Ababa, Ethopia. Marc has been married for more than 25 years to Joan and they have two children: Simon and Ella. Marc is also an artist (oil painting and pottery) and has cycled and canoed around the world.

Alex Jiang

Survey Assistant

Dan Lamoureux

Survey Assistant

Olivia Backstad

Survey Assistant