Meet Our Team

Devon McCaw

President – JDS Drilling & Blasting
Devon is the President of JDS Drilling & Blasting, the JDS Group’s surface drilling and blasting company. With over 25+ years in the industry, Devon’s experience is wide ranging and includes surface drilling, blasting, grouting and piling in support of projects of all sizes. He has extensive experience working throughout Canada, notably delivering success in the challenging weather Canada’s north brings. Devon’s drilling and blasting experience includes residential, commercial, and support to government agencies, and range from blasting, grouting, piling, rock reinforcement, environmental drilling, and industry training. His enthusiasm, drive and determination to get the job done safely, on time, and on budget has been key to his success. Devon has also supervised large scale controlled drilling and blasting projects on pipeline construction throughout BC, as well as grouting programs including the De Beers’ Diavik Mine dam grouting, North American Construction Group’s NTCP Bluefish Hydro Dam, and Hudbay Mining’s portal curtain grout in Flin Flon to name a few.

Ian Kopp

Director of HSSE
Ian has over 20 years of industry experience focusing on industrial construction and mining projects. However, his enthusiasm for risk management and safety began while working as a guide and leadership trainer in the mountains and wilderness of North America and Asia. Ian has worked as a paramedic and had extensive experience as a first-aid and rescue instructor, which served to strengthen his belief that it is far better to prevent accidents than to manage them. Ian first worked with JDS during the construction of Minto Mine in Canada’s north and continues to travel the world supporting the project teams. He specializes in developing and overseeing large projects for successful completion, and ensuring continuous health and safety improvement. Ian is known for signature brand of calm and diligent work ethic, with a bit of humour thrown in to keep it enjoyable.

Vaughn Rodwell

Lead Estimator
Vaughn has been in the industry for over 10 years and brings a wide background to the table with field and technical experience in underground long-hole production blasting, civil excavation blasting, construction projects, surveying, supervision, design & planning, estimating and project management. Vaughn has filled various roles in remote projects ranging from Northern Canada, Ontario, British Columbia, to Guyana in South America. Vaughn holds a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering from Montana Tech and is a certified underground shift boss with underground as well as surface blasting certifications.

Jay Burk

Operations Superintendent
Jay has been in the heavy civil and mining industry for over 10 years . His background ranges from Forestry to mining working across Northern Ontario and Northern BC. Jay has performed many roles from heavy equipment technician to a finishing operator, progressing to supervisory positions, managing a Safety & Training department, and now as the Operations Superintendent. His drive and strong learning abilities pushes him to succeed to the next level and achieve constant growth for him and our company.