Conference Sessions

The importance of proper concrete testing

Date & Time: Thursday Feb 15, 2024 at 10:45 am
Duration: 50 minutes
Location: Room A
Registration: $50 plus hst


The ACI Ontario Chapter is excited to present a panel discussion on the critical role of proper concrete testing in construction projects. A globally recognized general contractor, an industry-leading independent laboratory, and a large ready-mix concrete producer come together to discuss how good concrete testing can impact the final outcome of a project.

The panel will explore key factors such as cost avoidance, carbon reduction, mix performance, and more, highlighting the benefits of proper concrete testing practices. On the other hand, they will also discuss the negative impact of poor concrete testing practices on important factors such as schedule, waste, and project budget, among others.

Don’t miss out on this informative and engaging panel discussion that will shed light on the importance of proper concrete testing in achieving successful construction projects.

Moderator: Bart Kanters – President, Concrete Ontario


  • Savio DeSouza – CEO, Bridge Check Canada
  • Maria Camila Garrido – Specialist in Building and Material Sciences, EllisDon
  • Bryan Schulz – Senior Manager Technical Services, StMary/CBM

Presented by

Bryan Schulz
Bryan Schulz , Senior Manager Technical Services, StMary/CBM
Bryan Schulz has been employed at CBM since March, 1995. He currently holds the position of Sr. Manager Technical Services. He has a Civil Engineering Technology Diploma from Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology (June 1993) and is a Certified Engineering Technologist with The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. Bryan is the current chair of the Concrete Ontario Association Technical Committee and is a past President of the ACI Ontario Chapter and sits on varies Technical committees.
Maria Camila Garrido
Maria Camila Garrido , Specialist in Building and Material Sciences, EllisDon
Maria Camila Garrido is a civil engineer and earned a master’s degree from the Pontificia Javeriana University in Bogota, Colombia. She has nine years of experience in construction materials research and innovation specifically in the areas of concrete and cement. Her work experience includes serving as leader of the R&D department of Cemex for 7 years, during this time she made substantial contributions to advancing construction materials research, particularly in the domains of concrete and cement. Presently, Maria Camila holds the position of Specialist in Building and Material Sciences within the construction sciences department at EllisDon (ED). In her current role, she provides technical support by undertaking meticulous material review and selection processes for ED projects. With a sharp focus on concrete technology and material science, Maria Camila ensures that the chosen materials meet the stringent standards and specifications required for each project's success.
Savio DeSouza
Savio DeSouza , CEO, Bridge Check Canada
Savio DeSouza is currently CEO and Senior Principal Engineer at Bridge Check Canada Ltd. Mr. DeSouza has over twenty-seven (27) years of experience in the Materials Engineering & Testing fields. Mr. DeSouza currently serves on the Board of Directors for Concrete Ontario and is Chair of the Concrete Ontario Associates Committee, Past President of the American Concrete Industry (Ontario Chapter), and is an active member in numerous technical committees pertaining to the Concrete industry and participates in numerous roundtable discussions and guest speaker appearances throughout the Concrete industry in Ontario. Mr. DeSouza is also a Technical Interviewer for Professional Engineers of Ontario’s (PEO) Experience Requirements Committee; and a Council Member of the Canadian Precast Concrete Quality Assurance (CPCQA) Certification Program.
Sponsored by:
ACI Ontario

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