Happy Retirement to Douglas Kennedy!

Happy Retirement to Douglas Kennedy!

One of our founding partners, Douglas Kennedy, retired this year. Doug was a pillar at BKL and put the “K” in BKL (literally).

During his career, which lasted over 50 years, Doug managed more than 1,000 projects on land, at sea, and in the air.

“Doug’s passion for his work was apparent,” said Gabriella, a long-time BKL employee. “He is extremely knowledgeable about business and acoustics. He is also a caring individual who listened and found solutions that worked for our staff and the company.”

Through the years, Doug was involved with many notable projects. When the first supersonic Concorde flight to North America arrived in Gander, Newfoundland, in 1975, Doug was there to greet it, with a Type 1 sound level meter in hand.

In the 1980s, he helped establish guidelines for shipboard noise control for Transport Canada and, through the years, consulted on acoustics for numerous shipbuilding projects. He also developed noise compliance testing for motorcycles, heavy trucks, and buses. According to Ken Harford, Doug became so proficient in working with engine noise, he could tune an engine dynamometer by ear.

Doug left a lasting mark on our business and the acoustical consulting industry in Western Canada. He shaped many of our business systems and, as a mentor, was always available to share his valuable knowledge and insights with colleagues past and present.

Doug’s leadership, understanding of acoustics, and dedication to the team have been instrumental to our success. He set a high standard for quality work and responsive service, and we are proud to continue his legacy as we engineer a better sounding world.

Hats off to a tremendous acoustical engineer! We wish Doug a happy and relaxing retirement!

If you want to learn more about Doug’s career, check out our tribute to celebrate his 50th anniversary with BKL.

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