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GRA is built on the commitment and passion of our people. We are focused on retaining the leading access and rescue professionals in the industry.

Our Team



Sean Easton - CEO

Sean Easton has over 20 years of experience managing risk in high angle and hazardous environments across a multitude of industries. His background as an access and rescue professional led to a business career as the co-founder of Global Mountain Solutions and Global Rope Access. His commitment to achieving client goals by providing comprehensive solutions on challenging projects has positioned GRA at the forefront of the rope access industry.


Ben Firth - CEO

Ben Firth has over 15 years of hard earned experience as an access and rescue specialist in charge of the organization’s global operations.  Ben is the co-founder of Global Mountain Solutions and Global Rope Access and ensures delivery of  safe and effective solutions to high angle projects. "Our staff and culture is one of a highly motivated and passionate people. They will succeed under the most challenging conditions."


Jeremy Cox - Sales Manager

Jeremy Cox has over 25 years of experience in operations, safety, and rescue. A certified SPRAT and IRATA Rope Access Technician, Confined Space Rescue Technician, as well as ICS Level 300 and volunteer firefighter, Jeremy has a strong foundation in the rope access industry. Cox works closely with the Managing Director to help set operational objectives and priorities within the strategic framework of an expanding, dynamic company. He also has on-site experience working on GRA hydro and bridge projects in BC. Cox is a respected Avalanche Operations Instructor for the Canadian Avalanche Association. His experience also includes over 6 years as the Public Safety Manager for the Sunshine Village Ski and Snowboard Resort in Banff, as well as avalanche forecasting for the Kicking Horse Mountain Resort in Golden. In addition to his work in Canada, his expertise has brought him exciting projects in the US, Uganda, and New Zealand to name a few. 


Kris Wild - Supervisor

Kris Wild has 23 years of experience climbing rock, ice and alpine terrain. Certified as an ACMG Rock Guide, Kris has been a passionate teacher of climbing and rescue skills for almost two decades. While he continues his guiding and instructional work, he now spends the majority of his time on ropes as a SPRAT and IRATA industrial rope access supervisor. As the rope access industry continues to evolve, he has diversified into several complementary disciplines including Confined Space Rescue and Construction Safety. Kris is an active member of Squamish Search and Rescue, contributing his skills as a Rope Rescue Team Leader and Rope Rescue Instructor. He also directs the Rope Rescue programs within the Adventure Studies Department at Thompson Rivers University. Kris is an avid developer of traditional climbing routes, especially in the Squamish area, and has done a number of first ascents. Now, in addition to his own climbing pursuits, he enjoys taking his son into the mountains to share his experiences.


Jeremy Smith - Operations Manager

Jeremy Smith has been with the organization for 5 years and is our senior rope access job supervisor. Coming to GMS with extensive work at height experience, he has been instrumental in developing GRA's rope access, training, and rock works programs. Certified as a level 3 SPRAT Supervisor, OFA Level 3, ACMG Assistant Rock Guide, Confined Space Manager, Class D Fixed Line Helicopter Rescue Technician, and J.I. Incident Manager, Jeremy uses his extensive training and experience to make our jobs run safely and smoothly. Jeremy is an avid rock climber of 24 years, formerly captain of the Canadian national climbing team and still very active in the climbing community today. He is a founding board member and builder of the Grand Wall Bouldering Cooperative. Since 2012 Jeremy has been the President of the Squamish Access Society, an advocacy group working to protect access to recreational assets in Squamish.


Fraser Young - Equipment Manager

Fraser Young is in charge of all aspects of GRA’s gear and equipment. From procurement to maintenance and beyond, Young ensures that every job GRA is involved with has what it needs to be safe and successful. He also handles logistics for our SPRAT training program. As a SPRAT Level 2 and Confined space rescue technician, Young has extensive experience on GRA projects ranging from bridges to ports and more. He is also a graduate of Capilano’s Advanced Wilderness Leadership Program and has his OFA Level 3, Avalanche Skills Training Level 1, Wilderness First Aid, and Swift Water Technician certifications. Young is an active member of Squamish Search and Rescue and the Sea to Sky Evacuation Team. When he’s not dealing with equipment or emergencies, Young is a dedicated crossfit competitor.


Tara Mooney - Office Manager

Tara Mooney has a degree in Business Administration and an extensive professional background under her belt, including experience with small to medium sized businesses and large, publicly traded corporations. Her great work ethic, organization, reliability, and positive attitude make Tara an invaluable part of GRA. Tara’s adaptability lends itself to a variety of roles managing the office - from payroll and invoicing to our H&S program and operational support. Outside of work, Tara enjoys travelling, hiking, mountain biking, and camping.


Andrew Fodor - Business Development

With a strong background in business development, sales management and strategic partnerships, Andrew Fodor brings to the GRA team his experience in helping to build industry-leading national companies committed to providing service excellence and earning customer loyalty. Leading GRA's business development initiatives, Andrew applies his expertise in researching and identifying new business synergies and creating valuable partnerships, communicating the value of rope access solutions to companies across North America, and globally. When not in the office, Andrew can be found rock climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing and surfing throughout BC's coastal rainforest.

 

Jason Porter - Operations Manager

Jason Porter is an IRATA level three rope access professional with over two decades of experience successfully completing multi-million dollar rope access projects around the world. An expert in tensile fabric installations, he has worked on the world's most iconic sites such as the UK's Millenium Dome, Lords Cricket Ground, Eden Project and more. As a construction manager and safety professional, Porter's leadership ensures the utmost professionalism and client satisfaction. He has managed projects of all scales, exceeding expectations for productivity, efficiency and cost-effectiveness while promoting a safe work environment. Off the ropes, he spends his free time mountain biking, kite surfing, rock climbing and spending time with his wife and dog.

 

 

 

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Andrew Sheppard - GRW Operations Manager

Andrew Sheppard is a rock stabilization specialist. With 23 years of experience in high angle rock work, Andrew has a wealth of experience covering all aspects of stabilization, from installing mesh systems to rock bolting and everything in between. Andrew has worked at many different remote mine sites across the country, as well as on highways, civil projects and railways, including working as far away as Peru. Andrew's risk management skills speak for themselves, having supervised countless high risk jobs over the last 12 years with no lost time injuries on any of his crews. Andrew is a level 2 SPRAT rope access technician, OSSA certified in Aerial Platform operation and fall protection, has his NWT/Yukon Mines Supervisor level 2 certification, as well as the Southern Interior Construction Association Supervisor safety course. A passionate skier, Andrew skied for RAP Films in the mid 90's, appearing in several of their movies. Andrew now spends his free time sharing his passion for the outdoors with his wife and two young boys in Revelstoke.

 


 

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Brad Winter - Supervisor 

Brad Winter has an extensive and varied background showing exemplary leadership as a construction supervisor in a variety of disciplines. His passion and focus of expertise, however, is in the construction of tensile fabric installations. Brad is a level 3 SPRAT Technician with an exceptional attention to detail who takes great pride in a safe work ethic.  This approach results in a high quality finished product with maximized efficiency at the project level.  Brad's passion  with the vertical world started in 1999 when he took up rock climbing and was involved with climbing gyms. Brad is also swift water rescue trained and has experience rigging and leading in high stress and critical situations.  Outside of work Brad enjoys Whitewater Kayaking, Rock, Ice and alpine climbing. 

 

 


Interested in joining our team?

Send your resume to: work@globalropeaccess.com