T.A. Bunker Surveying Limited is a professional surveying firm working primarily in the Districts of Muskoka and Parry Sound and the County of Haliburton. Projects have been completed as far afield as Kingston, Sudbury, Owen Sound and Toronto. We provide a wide range of customized geospatial solutions for our clients.
The firm was created in 1988 at Goodwood, Ontario to offer the professional services of the founder, Thomas (Tom) A. Bunker, O.L.S., C.L.S., P. Eng.
In 1989 Tom created Landinfo Technologies Inc. (LTI) in preparation for a collaborative GIS (Geographic Information System) project involving several firms across Ontario.
One of the early acquisitions by LTI was the land surveying business formed in 1974 as Martin Kupferschmidt Ltd. and operated in Gravenhurst. Initially managed from Goodwood, Tom moved his family to Muskoka to better supervise this active firm.
T.A. Bunker Surveying Limited acquired the Muskoka survey records of R. C. Stewart, O.L.S., after his retirement from the position as local Land Registrar and the records of H. E. Gustafsson, O.L.S. after his demise.
In 1996 T.A. Bunker Surveying Limited acquired the survey records of the deceased Bart Tompsett, O.L.S., covering the period from 1963 and including historical Muskoka records of H. Olafson, O.L.S. and S. Nicholson, O.L.S.
In 2002, Tom was joined at the firm by his son Timothy (Tim) A. Bunker, H. B. Comm. who was leaving a career in computer support and would obtain his professional survey C.L.S. commission in 2013. Tim was followed by Tom’s brother Christopher (Chris) D. Bunker, B. Math in 2003 who was licensed as C.L.S. and O.L.S. in 2011.
Tom, Chris, Tim and Paul Francis, O.L.S. joined in 2011 to acquire the assets of Northway-Photomap Inc and moved the business to Barrie, Ontario as Northway/Photomap/Remote Sensing Ltd. to provide aerial photography and mapping and ground-based 3-D laser scanning services.
Tom Bunker acquired his technical undergraduate training in the Survey Specialty program of Civil Engineering at the University of Toronto. He acquired practical survey skills during the summer seasons of 1968 and 1969 across Northern Ontario while working with H. Sutcliffe Ltd of New Liskeard. On his 1970 graduation Tom continued with the firm on cadastral surveys and engineering projects until he qualified as a Professional Engineer and Ontario Land Surveyor.
Tom joined the firm of T. E. Rody Limited at Cochrane, ON in 1973 and gained further experience in mapping and control surveys, from Kenora to the Quebec border and north to James Bay. In 1975 he became a Canada Lands Surveyor, partner of the firm and manager of the Timmins branch building on earlier experiences.
In 1979 Tom was seriously injured in a helicopter crash near the southerly shore of James Bay which resulted in his departure from surveying from 1983-1987. During this time he obtained a business degree at Laurentian University and his Chartered Accountant license with the Owner/Manager division of Coopers and Lybrand in Toronto.
In 1987 he was employed with surveyors Horton Wallace and Davies Ltd of Whitby as a business manager. He consulted on projects across the many offices of the firm, specializing in subdivision and condominium development.
Over his career Tom has supervised over 7000 individual survey projects for private individuals, solicitors, land developers, contractors and Municipal, Provincial and Federal Government departments. He has been elected twice by his peers to the Council of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors and has presented seminar material to surveyors, land planners and realtors.
In 2013 Tom started his succession plan with Tim and Chris by working only part-time and in 2016 consults for the firm on complex projects.
Tim acquired a business degree at Laurentian University in 1997. During his summer periods he developed business management skills by running first a College Pro franchise and then his own Student Brigade, offering painting, landscaping and minor construction services. From the time he was 15, he was helping Tom with field projects. On graduation, he obtained a sales position with London Life and later as an IT support person with Queue Systems in Toronto.
Tim moved to Muskoka in 2003 to help Tom realize a succession plan for the firm and self-studied the 16 courses necessary to meet the academic requirements of a professional surveyor through the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors and BCIT.
Tim is fluent in all the latest technology applications of robotic survey equipment, GPS and laser scanning as well as the boundary law knowledge required for cadastral surveys.
Chris acquired a mathematics and computer science degree at the University of Waterloo in 1992. On graduation he obtained as an IT support person with QUEUE Systems in Toronto, eventually becoming a Team Leader.
Chris self-studied the 16 courses necessary to meet the academic requirements of a professional surveyor through the Canadian Board of Examiners for Professional Surveyors and BCIT. Chris obtained both his C.L.S. and O.L.S. licenses in 2012 after completing Professional exams.
Chris is fluent in all the latest technology applications of robotic survey equipment, GPS and laser scanning as well as the boundary law knowledge required for cadastral surveys.