Speakers

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Squeeze Play and the author of the bestselling book, Who We Are: A Citizen’s Manifesto. An expert on a variety of subjects from the future of Canadian economy to global macro-economic trends to the big political and social debates shaping Canada and the world today, Griffiths leaves audiences enlightened and engaged about the country’s challenges and opportunities in the 21st century.

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.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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