Civil Engineering graduate from the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia. Master of Engineering (Civil) graduate from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. Licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, Canada.
Abraham has close to 15 years of experience in leading North American conformity assessment and standards development organizations (i.e., CSA and IAPMO).
His extensive experience and expertise in the world building codes, standards, testing, and certification, together with his engineering background, make him an ideal advisor for organizations requiring assistance in those areas.
Having been born and educated in Colombia, Abraham offers much more than just fluency in Spanish: for those organizations interested in entering the Latin American market, he offers a profound knowledge and understanding of the Latin American culture and business world.
Abraham has assisted clients with amendments and updates to standards and codes, as well as facilitated the introduction of new and innovative products into the North American and Latin American markets through assistance with conformity assessment processes.
Having led committees of multi-discipline stakeholders and technical experts for more than 12 years has allowed him to foster his interpersonal skills, professional judgement, and ability to successfully engage stakeholders from all walks of life, as well as build and maintain solid business, professional, and personal relationships.
Abraham is focused on customer satisfaction and responds rapidly and effectively to client issues.
Prior to emigrating from Colombia, Abraham worked for more than 12 years in Constructora Azahara S.A., in Bogotá, initially as a Construction Project Manager and later as the General Manager.
He immigrated to Toronto, Canada, in the year 2000 and worked for two years in a construction-cost consulting firm before joining the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) as Project Manager in the Built Environment Program, (later renamed as Sustainability Program), where he managed 16 national and bi-national committees of more than 300 professional volunteers for developing and maintaining technical standards for plumbing products. Some of the subjects covered by the standards developed by those committees were water conservation, water reuse, and decentralized (onsite) wastewater systems.
While at CSA, Abraham brought to fruition a standards harmonization effort between Canada and the U.S., which had started in the early 1990s but had been stalled for more than a decade. Under his leadership, the first ASME/CSA joint harmonized standards for plumbing fittings were published in 2005, and since then more than 20 harmonized plumbing standards have been published.
In 2010, he published, together with Jabeen Quadir, a sustainability expert, a paper entitled “Green Building Technologies that Use Plastic Pipe and Tubing to Function”. The paper was primarily intended to be used by the plastic pipe and tubing industry to raise awareness about the increasingly important, integral role of plastic pipe, tubing, and fittings for the proper functioning and environmental performance of technologies such as greywater reuse, geothermal loops, radiant heating, solar heating, vacuum systems, and irrigation.
In 2011, he moved to California and became the Director of Standards Development at IAPMO, where he directed the development and maintenance of IAPMO’s portfolio of more than 300 technical standards, including the ANSI-accredited Z124 series for plastic plumbing fixtures, Z1000 series for septic tanks and grease interceptors, and several CSA/IAPMO harmonized standards for plumbing fixtures and fittings.
- Codes and Standards Consultant (2015 – Present)
- Director of Standards Development, IAPMO (2011 – 2015)
- Project Manager, Canadian Standards Association (2002 – 2011)
- Cost Management Consultant, Helyar & Associates (2000 – 2002)
- General Manager, Constructora Azahara (1998 – 2000)
- Master of Engineering (Civil), Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
- B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia