Vice-President, Mechanical & Electrical, Infrastructure Engineering, SNC-Lavalin
Larry Bock received his Bachelor of Engineering Science at the University of Western Ontario in 1984 and has since been active within the building industry. He joined SNC-Lavalin in 2007 and is currently Vice President, Infrastructure Engineering, Ontario division. Larry manages a staff of engineers, designers and project managers in the design of commercial, industrial, life-science and transit buildings.
John Boyd, International Consultant and Educator
John Boyd served as Global Practice Lead for Infrastructure in the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from October 2012 to November 2014. He also served as Canadian Co-Chair of the Infrastructure Working Group of the Russia-Canada Intergovernmental Economic Commission. John worked for Golder Associates for 35 years, 20 of those years in senior management roles.
He is a former member of the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and served as FIDIC's President from 2007-09. John is a member of the FIDIC Committee on Sustainable Development, and was the author of FIDIC’s Project Sustainability Management Applications Manual. He taught a graduate course at the University of Toronto in Sustainability for Engineers and provides training in management of engineering consultancies through his partnership in Design Firm Seminars.
Mark Casaletto, V.P. and General Manager, Construction Market Data-Canada (CMD)
Mark Casaletto, V.P. and General Manager for Construction Market Data-Canada (CMD) has over 15 years leadership experience in the industry. He is an active speaker at industry events providing insight and intelligence on the state and economics of the Canadian construction industry, trends and current events impacting the industry as well as how the digital space is transforming and changing the way we work in Construction.
Mark is a Ryerson University graduate completing a Commerce degree with a major in economics. In 2005, he joined Construction Market Data as General Manager, completed the Strategic Leadership Program at Harvard University and has since steered this 90 year old authoritative voice of Canada’s construction industry into the digital age by enhancing their web presence to a respected and popular Canadian source for construction news, project data, and industry analytics.
Mark sits on the Innovation board of CMD which puts him at the forefront of emerging technologies and changing markets and enables him to offer opportunities for new products, new services, and new business models to the industry. In July 2009, Mark accepted a seat on the George Brown Advisory Board for Construction and Engineering Technologies, in 2014 was asked to sit on the advisory board of the School of Engineering Technology and Environmental Studies at Georgian College. In 2012, he was appointed as a Director-at-Large of the Canadian Construction Association and currently sits on the Board of Directors.
Jason Choo, Manager, Channel Sales, Deltek
As Manager, Channel Sales, Jason Choo works with Deltek customers and partners across North America and speaks regularly on managing Project Based businesses.
Jason’s career includes tenures in Canada, the US and Europe and, prior to Deltek, he worked at Microsoft, KPMG Consulting and Siebel Systems.
Kyle V. Davy, President, Kyle V. Davy Consulting
Kyle Davy’s consulting practice has provided leadership and management development services to architecture, engineering, and design firms since 1992. Kyle is a principal faculty member of ACEC-US’s Senior Executive Institute (SEI), the pre-eminent leadership development program for professionals in the design and construction industry. He lectures widely and has published numerous articles on project management and other aspects of the A/E industry.
HHis book, Value Redesigned: New Models for Professional Practice (2005), charts a breakthrough course for developing new sustainable models of professional practice for architects, engineers, and other design professionals.
Alana Gauthier, Manager, Industrial Engineering at WSP
Alana Gauthier, P.Eng. is part of WSP Canada’s Industrial leadership team and manages the Division’s Winnipeg operations. A graduate from Queen’s University in Chemical Engineering in 1989, she started her career as a Process Engineer (Project Metallugist) in the smelter and refinery at Vale (formerly Inco) in Thompson. During that time, Alana acted as Inco’s operations representative for a $10 million rebuild of a molten nickel electric furnace.
In 2000, she switched from being an Owner’s engineer to being an engineering consultant. Alana was the process engineer for the High rate Thickener which won an award of Merit in the 2006 Consulting Engineers of Manitoba Awards (Thompson Smelter Upgrades).
In 2007, she joined WSP (previously Genivar) and was given the opportunity to create her own role. She immediately set out to develop an industrial capability for her region. This resulted in Alana becoming the Project Manager for the $460 million Lalor Mine Project near Snow Lake, Manitoba. Over the last 8 years she has also worked as a project manager on numerous industrial sites and has successfully delivered on a number of multi-discipline engineering projects. Her technical expertise is in project management, process engineering, feasibility studies, optimization studies, trade-off studies, pilot and plant scale engineering and test work.
In 2012 Alana was chosen by the provincial Minister to deliver a speech at the MB Legislature on “Women’s Role as Mentors” in support of the province’s Women’s History Month celebrations. In 2014 she was selected to receive the Engineering Action Award, presented by ACEC Manitoba, which recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the association, engineering profession and the community.
Alana has been an active participant in ACEC Manitoba for over 6 years serving on various committees and board positions. In May of this year she became the first female president of ACEC-Manitoba.
Rudyard Griffiths, Munk Debates Organizer, Broadcaster and Author
Rudyard Griffiths is business commentator with Amanda Lang on the CBC News Network. He is the former co-host of Business News Network’s top rated show
As well as writing Who We Are, Griffiths has edited twelve books on Canadian history, politics, business and international affairs. A former National Post and Toronto Star columnist, he is also the President and CEO of the Peter and Melanie Munk Foundation; one of Canada’s largest private charitable trust, and a founding board member of His Highness the Aga Khan’s Center for Global Pluralism in Ottawa.
In 2006, Griffiths was recognized by The Globe and Mail as one of “Canada’s Top 40 Under 40”.
Griffiths studied history and political science at Trinity College, University of Toronto and completed a master’s degree in political theory at Cambridge University.
Stewart Haney, President and Chief Executive Officer at Wendel
Stu Haney is President & Chief Executive Officer at Wendel, a nationally recognized design and construction firm. He has over 25 years of experience leading projects in the design and construction industry. His initial focus as an Electrical Engineer expanded into project management and firm leadership.
Stu’s participation in several professional and community boards are a reflection of his passion for achieving goals through the collaborative efforts of talented people.
Christine Harries, Junior Engineer, Structural Building Design, Infrastructure Engineering – Eastern Canada, SNC-Lavalin inc.
Christine Harries. (B.Eng., Building Engineering 2013) is a junior engineer in structural building design within SNC-Lavalin’s Infrastructure and Construction –Eastern Canada division. She is also currently pursuing her master’s degree in Building Structures. Christine is the Quebec young professional (YP) representative on ACEC’s board as well as a board member for the YP FORUM of the Quebec consulting engineering association (AICQ).
She is actively involved in the planning of local conferences in Montreal as well as in federal initiatives such as student outreach advisory group for ACEC’s annual YouTube competition. Christine also participates in FIDIC’s Latin America Task Group which is attempting to implement a YP group in FIDIC member Latin American countries.
Stephen Panciuk, Vice-President, Architects & Engineers, ENCON
Stephen Panciuk, P.Eng. is Vice-President and Architects and Engineers (A&E) Practice Leader for ENCON Group Inc. In this role, he specializes in large design firms, single project Errors and Omissions, as well as ENCON’s extensive risk management program. Stephen also manages ENCON’s ongoing relationships with several provincial and national engineering associations. Since joining ENCON in 1997, Stephen has worked on both the claims and underwriting sides of the business, managing large, complex professional liability accounts.
Stephen has a broad background in engineering, with a Civil Engineering degree from Queens University and five years in the heavy civil construction industry. He has leveraged his experience and expertise to manage and grow ENCON’s A&E Loss Control Program. Stephen is a frequent speaker at conferences and annual general meetings for various associations. In addition to being a member of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies’ contracts committee, Stephen also sits on the Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s communication committee.
James S. Paul, President and Chief Executive Officer, Defence Construction Canada
Mr. Paul became President and Chief Executive Officer of Defence Construction Canada in September 2009. His career has spanned over 30 years and includes executive and senior management roles in large Canadian technology firms. Mr. Paul has worked extensively on managing major infrastructure projects—from the proposal stage through to contract award and delivery—in particular, for critical infrastructure projects in the civilian, government and defence sectors.
Prior to his appointment with DCC, he was the President of a Canadian technology company that he co-founded, as well as serving as Chair of the Canada Science and Technology Museum Corporation’s Board of Trustees. An Ontario lawyer, he earned a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of Ottawa after studying in the business program at Carleton University.
John Ritchie, Director and Consultant
John Ritchie is a Civil Engineer with more than 40 years of experience with hydropower and water resources projects in Canada and in Asia, and with 10 years of experience with the design and implementation of anti-corruption compliance programs, primarily for major engineering firms and engineering projects.
Mr. Ritchie has served on the Board of Directors of two Canadian consulting engineering associations, and of the Canadian Hydropower Association. He is currently a member of the Integrity Management Committee of FIDIC, and is serving on the Board of Directors of a major Canadian hydro-based electric power utility, BC Hydro, and on the Board of Directors of Transparency International Canada.
Andy Robinson, Chair, Robinson Consultants Inc.
Andy Robinson is the founder of Robinson Consultants Inc., a consulting engineering company with a staff component in excess of 40 engineers, technologists and support staff. He served as company president until 2011, and has remained active as chair of the board since that time. He has also been an active participant in industry and not for profit organizations. He was a director on the board of ACEC, including serving as Chair in 2009/2010.
As a senior executive of an engineering company, in addition to providing technical advice to clients, responsibilities also include mentoring, succession planning, strategic and financial planning and developing an organization with a culture that nurtures growth and professional satisfaction.
Paul Smith, President and Founder, The Flywheel Effect
An experienced and engaging speaker, Paul Smith is the President of Flywheel, a Toronto based boutique management consulting firm. They believe that smart, hardworking business leaders deserve to be profitable and less stressed but don’t always have the right tools to get there on their own. Paul obtained an MA in Economics from UWO, and earned an MBA (Honours) from the Richard Ivey School of Business.
Paul has spent 20 years working side by side with senior management to navigate long-term change efforts. He is routinely invited to give seminars on leadership and management topics by construction industry associations.
Michael Walker, Project Manager, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
Michael Walker, who hails from Alberta, completed his B.Eng. at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, graduating in 2009. He started his consulting career with Stantec in 2003 and worked there and at E Construction (Colas Canada) throughout university. After graduation, he joined the team at AMEC, both in the Calgary and Edmonton locations where he got his registrations as a Project Manager and a Professional Engineer in the USA. After a short tenure with a small start up consulting firm, Michael happily accepted a position at the Calgary office of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. where he works as a Project Manager on large scale infrastructure projects across Canada including the National Parks.
He played a key role in the Elbow River and Trans-Canada Trail reconstruction, adjacent to the Stampede grounds, following the 2013 flood.
Brian Watkinson, Principal, Strategies 4 Impact!
Architect Brian Watkinson leads Strategies 4 Impact!, a professional service firm he established over nine years ago to deliver highly-valued strategic advice and support to businesses in the design and construction sector, their clients and their associations.
To deliver maximum value to clients, Brian invests a lot of his energy into watching and advising on the trends that are transforming the design and construction sector, things like: Integrated and LEAN Project Delivery, procurement, climate change and sustainable design, population and industry demographics, government policy, the growth of multi-disciplinary businesses, value-based pricing for services, and non-traditional procurement models such as public-private partnerships.
In 2010, Brian completed a major assignment for the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada as researcher and principal author of ACEC's publication "Understanding Public Private Partnerships in Canada".
Brian has developed a truly unique perspective on the design and construction sector. He led his own highly-successful architectural practice through the 1980s and into the 90s. He was invited to join the staff of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) in 1991 and three years later was appointed Executive Director. In that role, he provided strategic advice to the association’s governing council and built new bridges of collaboration with other industry stakeholders including Consulting Engineers of Ontario as well as three levels of government. He left the OAA in 2006 to launch Strategies 4 Impact! As well as helping private businesses formulate winning strategies, he has advised the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and facilitated 7 years of constructive dialogue between Infrastructure Ontario and the province’s design and construction associations.
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