Geza R. Banfai is a Counsel with McMillan LLP, practicing infrastructure – construction law and mediation. He is the recipient of the 2016 Award of Excellence in Construction and Infrastructure Law from the Ontario Bar Association, and was named the 2017 Toronto Construction Law Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in Canada. He is a Fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, and is listed in Chambers Global, Construction – Canada, the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada (Lexpert/American Lawyer), Best Lawyers in Canada (Woodward/White), International Who’s Who of Professionals, Who’s Who Legal, Canada and International Who’s Who of Public Procurement Lawyers. In his extensive construction law practice, he has represented participants at every level of the construction pyramid throughout all phases of the construction process.
His past directorships include the Canadian Construction Association, Consulting Engineers of Ontario and Toronto Construction Association. In addition, he is a member of the Construction Law and ADR Sections of the Ontario Bar Association, the Forum on the Construction Industry of the American Bar Association and the Society of Construction Law. He sits as the ex-officio legal representative on the Canadian Construction Documents Committee, and was chair of CCDC’s IPD Task Force which created the CCDC 30 standard form Canadian IPD contract. He served as a member of the Advisory Group assisting the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General in the finalization and implementation of the new Construction Act. He continues to write and lecture extensively on various issues involving the industry.
Stephen has a broad background in engineering, with a Civil Engineering degree from Queens University and five years experience in the heavy civil construction industry. Before joining Marsh in January of 2016 Steve worked on the insurance carrier side of the business in both claims and underwriting for 18 years. In the role he was responsible for managing large, complex professional liability accounts.
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, Steve also sits on the Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s Business Resiliency Committee.
Steve is Stantec’s chief practice and project officer, responsible for leading the strategic positioning, pursuit, and governance of Stantec’s largest projects while overseeing alternative project delivery for the Company. He also oversees the efficient operation of Stantec’s corporate Functional Services Teams, who focus on advising and enabling the business.
An expert on the topics of project management and public private partnerships, Steve has presented to organizations and conferences throughout North America and has lectured at numerous universities, including the University of Alberta, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Penn State University.
He’s applied this practical knowledge to client relationships and projects throughout his more than 39 years of experience in engineering, project management, and business management. His current role at Stantec is global, while his project experience has taken him to the UK, Sweden, Chile, the United States and Canada.
In 2020, Steve was the recipient of the ACEC-British Columbia Meritorious Achievement Award. Steve currently serves as a director on the National Research Council (NRC) advisory board. His board service over the years includes Providence Health Care, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC-Canada) and ACEC – British Columbia.
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