About Us

Thompson Conn Limited, incorporated in 1996, is an employee owned consulting firm managed by six professionally qualified shareholders with its head office in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The company has grown steadily since its establishment in 1980 and presently has a core staff of over twenty people, expanding to meet demand during seasonal busy periods and large projects. Thompson Conn also has established an office in North Sydney to provide consulting services to the eastern end of the province.

The combination of practical experience, sound management, the latest in advanced geomatics technology and software allows Thompson Conn to offer a high standard of varied professional services in a timely and cost-effective manner. This blend of experience and technology means the successful completion of both large and small projects for a variety of clients.

Over the past 33 years, this firm and its wholly owned subsidiary, Eastcan Geomatics, have consistently provided reliable services in the geomatics industry. Through thousands of construction, boundary, subdivision, engineering, aerial mapping and photogrammetry projects, we have demonstrated our competence and capabilities in providing quality services.

Thompson Conn Limited serves a broad clientele for the retracement of property boundaries.  Each of our 6 licensed surveyors has many years of experience in boundary surveying and the preparation of plans.  We have carried out extensive surveys for both Federal and Provincial Government Departments such as Public Works and Government Services Canada, Department of National Defence, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources, Nova Scotia Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and Nova Scotia Department of Housing.  Our team has completed many large scale boundary retracement projects for subdivision and retail developments.  We have also carried out many surveys of prime real estate in the downtown core of Halifax.

Together with the services provided to government departments and major developers, a large part of our business is providing service to residential home owners for fence construction and property improvement.

Meet the Partners

Chris Parsons, TCL Partner

Christopher W. Parsons, N.S.L.S.,P.Eng.

Chris has been working in the field of land surveying since 1993, and was licensed as a Nova Scotia Land Surveyor in 2009, followed by his commission as a Professional Engineer in 2010. He is also a qualified Wetland Delineator. His expertise lies in GPS applications for static control networks and real-time kinematic field surveys. He also has extensive experience with AutoCad and Eaglepoint software. Chris’ project experience includes:
  • Project Manager for Rehab of Runway Intersection at Halifax Stanfield International Airport-design control, process control and data assurance for leveling of new asphalt surface
  • Melford International Container Terminal– design control survey for topographic and legal survey of 22 kms of proposed rail line, processing and quality assurance
  • Natural Gas Pipeline in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick – management of field office and processing of pipe location and quality check of data
  • Highway 104 at Afton– project manager
  • Highway 125 Twinning at Sydney– designed control survey for highway twinning and quality check of topographic survey data
Rod Humphreys, Partner TCL

Rodney E. Humphreys, N.S.L.S.

Rod has been working in the field of land surveying since 1975, and was licensed as a land surveyor in 1981. His area of expertise includes complex topographic and quantity surveys, software applications and aerial surveys. Rod also manages the day-to-day operations of Eastcan Geomatics. His project experience includes:
  • Highway 104 Twinning at Antigonish– topographic, aerial surveys and LIDAR surveys for 9 kms of new road design
  • Phase 12-1 through 12-6 Burnside Business Park at Dartmouth– boundary and topographic surveys
  • Aspotogan Ridge at Aspotogan Lunenburg County Developments – development of golf course and residential community
  • Dartmouth Crossing at Dartmouth– legal and construction surveys for this major retail shopping destination
  • Sewer Force Main on Pictou Road, Colchester County – detailed topographic survey along 10 kms of Pictou Road
Allan Owen, TCL Partner

Allan J. Owen, B. Sc., N.S.L.S., C.L.S.

Allan has been working in the field of land surveying since 1974 and became a licensed land surveyor in 1983. He received his commission as a Canada Lands Surveyor in 2001. His area of expertise is in project management, boundary retracements and report preparation. Allan’s project experience includes:
  • Dartmouth Crossing at Dartmouth– legal and construction surveys for this major retail shopping destination
  • Chain of Lake Trails at Halifax– survey of 4.7 miles of railway lands from Joseph Howe Drive to Lakeside Industrial Park
  • DND Lands at Bedford Institute of Oceanography and Shannon Park – survey of federal government properties north and south of the Dartmouth side of A. Murray McKay Bridge
  • Burnside Interchange, Burnside Industrial Park to Duke Street, Bedford – legal and topographic survey for proposed highway joining Burnside and Bedford
  • Ravenscraig Subdivision at Halifax– legal surveys for road construction, municipal road takeovers, lot layouts, as-builts surveys of road and infrastructure
  • Nova Centre at Halifax– control and legal surveys for boundary determination, municipal view plane and height precinct calculations for building design
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John D. Conn, B.A., N.S.L.S.

John has been working in the field of land surveying since 1976 and became a licensed land surveyor in 1980. He is responsible for the office management of Thompson Conn Limited’s Halifax and North Sydney offices. He is in charge of quality assurance prior to product release. John is also the coordinator for joint venture projects with third party engineering and surveying firms.
Ken Whalen, TCL Partner

Kenneth M. Whalen, N.S.L.S.

Ken has been working in the field of land surveying since 1974 and was licensed as a land surveyor in 1985. He is our senior field project manager. Ken’s project experience includes:
  • Natural Gas Pipeline in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick – project coordinator for Natural Gas Pipeline from Goldboro, Nova Scotia to Moncton, New Brunswick and lateral line into Halifax, oversaw the legal and construction surveys for the project with a staff in excess of 40, for preliminary route design to the final as-builts
  • Melford International Container Terminal– project manager, overseeing the legal, topographic and construction layout survey for project including a 250 acre terminal site, a 1500 acre logistics park and a new 26 km long rail line
  • Transmission Line Survey from Onslow, Nova Scotia to the New Brunswick Border– project surveyor for new transmission line easement
Ken Lord, TCL Partner

Kenneth M. Lord, N.S.L.S.

Ken has been working in the field of land surveying since 1975 and was licensed as a land surveyor in 1980. He is our senior field surveyor and spends much of his time as lead on outside projects and the supervision of field staff. His area of expertise includes condominium and leasehold area measurements and high precision surveys. Ken’s project experience includes:
  • Highway 104 Twinning at Antigonish– setting up GPS base control network, legal, topographic and hyrographic surveys for 9 kms of new road design
  • Highway 125 Twinning at Sydney– setting up GPS base control network, legal, topographic and hyrographic surveys for 7 kms of new road design
  • MacDonald Bridge Control Survey, Halifax to Dartmouth – vertical survey check on bridge towers and cable bents
  • Leasehold (BOMA) Area Measurements– measurement and plan preparation for Halifax Shopping Centre, Mumford Professional Centre, Chebucto Place and Annex, Dartmouth Crossing and over 50 industrial buildings in Burnside Industrial Park
  • Precision Monitoring of MacDonald Bridge, Halifax– cable bent during a nearby trenching operation