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Keynote Speakers

Wed June 5th - 8:00 AM      CEO Panel Discussion - State of the Industry

Join us for an overview and a comprehensive panel discussion with the leaders of Canada’s largest global engineering firms on the present state of the industry and the consequential topics and drivers that will shape its future both domestically and globally. 


The panel will include Mr. Alexandre L’Heureux, President & CEO of WSP, Mr. Gord Johnston, President & CEO of Stantec, and Mr. Ian Edwards, President & CEO of AtkinsRéalis, and will be chaired and moderated by Dr. Hisham Mahmoud, Chairman of both Cumming Group and Qualus and former Global President & CEO of Golder.

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Alexandre L’Heureux

President and CEO

WSP Global Inc.

Alexandre L’Heureux joined WSP in July 2010 as Chief Financial Officer and held this position until he was promoted to President and CEO in October 2016. Mr. L’Heureux’s vision and leadership have been key drivers behind WSP’s growth. During his tenure, WSP has completed more than 90 acquisitions significantly increasing its geographical presence and bringing its workforce to more than 68,000 talented professionals globally.

Mr. L’Heureux brings over 25 years of international experience to WSP, with a strong skill set in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and business strategy. Between 2005 and 2010, Mr. L’Heureux was a Partner and Chief Financial Officer at Auven Therapeutics L.L.L.P. Throughout his career, he has developed extensive knowledge of the alternative investments industry. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute. Mr. L’Heureux was also appointed Fellow of the Ordre des comptables professionnels agréés du Québec (Quebec CPA Order) in 2017.


Gord Johnston 

President and CEO


Gord Johnston is President & CEO of Stantec. He provides executive leadership to the company and manages its growth. He has over 30 years of private and public sector experience in the design and project management of infrastructure projects throughout North America and abroad. Having progressed through various leadership roles after joining Stantec’s Edmonton-based Water practice in 1990, including serving as the Water business line leader, as executive vice president of the Infrastructure business operating unit, and as an active participant in Stantec’s acquisition sourcing and integration efforts.
Gord earned bachelor of science and master of engineering degrees in civil engineering from the University of Alberta, and is a registered professional engineer, certified project management professional, and Envision Sustainability Professional. He completed the Harvard Business School's Leading Professional Services Firms program and Financial Literacy program for Directors and Executives at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Gord has served on the board of directors for ACEC Canada, as past-President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta, and as Chair of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association Biosolids Committee. He also served on the TELUS Edmonton Community Board.

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Ian Edwards 

President and CEO


Ian L. Edwards is the President and CEO of AtkinsRéalis, a fully integrated professional services and project management company with offices around the world. In his role, he is responsible for the strategic direction of the company, developing a growth plan for sustainable success and pursuing AtkinsRéalis’ purpose to “Engineer a better future for the planet and its people”.


For over 30 years, Ian L. Edwards has been delivering complex infrastructure projects and leading businesses in the engineering and construction industry in North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific. As a global executive with multidisciplinary expertise, Mr. Edwards has redirected vision with a focus on creating value by simplifying business, delivering high-quality global services locally and executing a roadmap for growth that ensures financial resiliency, accelerates organic and inorganic growth, and creates value for shareholders.

Panel Discussion Moderator - Dr. Hisham Mahmoud

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Dr. Hisham Mahmoud

Chairman of Qualus and

Chairman of Cumming Group 

Dr. Hisham Mahmoud’s career spans over 35 years in the Engineering & Construction industry serving the infrastructure, environment, power, commercial, industrial, oil & gas, mining, and government sectors. He built an impressive track record of success leading and transforming companies as they navigate complex challenges and environments, consistently delivering extraordinary results.  He is presently serving as the Chairman & CEO of Qualus, a leading provider of advisory, planning, engineering, program management, and technical services to the power industry, and the Chairman of Cumming Group, a leading international project management and cost consulting firm. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to New Mountain Capital, a prominent Private Equity firm with aggregate assets under management of approximately $40 billion.  He formerly served as the Global President & CEO of Golder, President of the global Infrastructure Division of SNC-Lavalin, Group President of the global Environment & Infrastructure and Emerging Markets businesses at AMEC, and Group General Manager at URS.  He is a registered Professional Engineer and earned a PhD in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University where he was later inducted into its School of Sustainable Engineering and Built Environment Academy of Distinguished Alumni.

Thu, June 6th - 8:00 AM     Keynote Presentations - Industry Partners


Hellen Christodoulou Ph.D., Eng., B.C.L., LL.B., M.B.A.​

Executive Vice-President, Engineering, Sustainability and Business Development.


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Kelley Brown

EPC Operations Manager, Renewable & Clean Power

Bechtel Infrastructure and Power Corp (BIPC)

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Marianne Armstrong, P. Eng., M.Sc.

Director, Climate Resilient Built Environment Initiative

National Research Council’s (NRC’s) 

Keynote Moderator - Clare Robinson

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Clare Robinson

Professor, Western University

Fri June 7th - 8:00 AM     Keynote Presentation - Industry Partners

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Fred Dermarkar


Atomic Energy of Canada

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Andrew Spencer

EVP, Capital Portfolio Delivery

Hydro One

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Jim Sarvinis

Global Managing Director, Energy


Fred Dermarkar is AECL’s President and CEO. He was appointed in February 2021 for a term of three years. Prior to joining AECL, Fred was President and CEO of the CANDU Owners Group, where he led the not-for‐profit organization to advance collaboration between CANDU nuclear reactor operators worldwide.


Fred has been working in the Canadian nuclear industry for close to 40 years. Throughout his career, he has occupied a variety of key technical and senior leadership positions at Ontario Power Generation in support of the design, commissioning, operation and refurbishment of its CANDU reactors. Fred has received the Canadian Nuclear Association’s Ian McRae award in recognition of his substantive engineering contributions, leadership and positive influence on the Canadian nuclear industry and the advancement of nuclear energy in Canada, and the Nuclear Excellence Award from the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) in recognition of his contributions to Ontario Power Generation’s overall post-Fukushima response.


As President and CEO of AECL, Fred is leading the organization in its oversight role, seeing that the priorities of Government are delivered safely and efficiently under the Government-owned, Contractor-operated model.

Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto and is a registered professional engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Andrew Spencer is the EVP, Capital Portfolio Delivery at Hydro One in Ontario, Canada, and responsible for leveraging our internal capabilities and working with key stakeholders and Indigenous partners to efficiently deliver our growing capital plan, ensuring Hydro One can support the increasing need for clean energy and economic growth in the province. Hydro One has approximately $6.5B of projects in construction with a growing portfolio in development. Andrew is accountable for the project management, engineering, construction, and environmental services functions. Additionally he is also responsible for leading and growing subsidiary Acronym Solutions Inc., a full-service Information and Communications Technology company, and is the President of Hydro One Sault Ste. Marie, a subsidiary and separately licensed transmitter.

Since starting at Hydro One as an engineer-in-training in 2002, Andrew has risen to progressively more senior roles and is highly regarded at Hydro One and across the sector and has a consistent track record in driving continuous improvement, supporting diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives, and delivering large-scale capital projects.

Jim Sarvinis has global responsibility for Hatch's Power Business Unit, which provides consulting, engineering and project delivery services in the following industry segments: eGRID, Nuclear, Hydropower & Dams and Thermal Power.  Jim is passionate about the transformation taking place in the electricity sector in developed countries (driven by climate change mitigation, electrification goals, the renewal of aging infrastructure and disruptive technologies such as energy storage, small modular reactors, distributed generation, digitalization, green hydrogen and its derivatives); as well as the need for new power assets in developing countries.  

His technical background includes nuclear and thermal power generation, as well as reactor design in several industries.  Jim has been heavily involved in the development of new technologies and first-of-a-kind projects.  He has provided consulting and engineering services related to both brownfield and greenfield projects.  Jim is Hatch’s executive sponsor for our teams providing services to utilities and independent power producers around the world.      

While Jim is based in Mississauga, Ontario his project work has taken him around the world, including a three year assignment in Hatch’s Brisbane, Australia office.   He joined Hatch in 1995 immediately following completion of his B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto. 

Jim serves on the Advisory Board for the University of Toronto Institute for Sustainable Energy.

Keynote Moderator - Dr. Susan Tighe

Dr. Susan Tighe

Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and

professor of civil engineering at McMaster University

 Susan Tighe, PhD, PEng, FCAE, FCSCE, FEIC, C.Dir., is Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and professor of civil engineering at McMaster University.

The position serves as the senior Vice-President, Chief Academic Officer and Chief Budget Officer of the university. Dr. Tighe’s reputation as a scholar, educator, and professional engineer is illustrated by the breadth of her honours and awards. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to the development, design, and management of sustainable concrete and asphalt transportation infrastructure. She has secured more than $25 million in research funding (PI/Co-PI).

She was elected a member of the inaugural class of the Royal Society of Canada’s College for New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists. She is a Fellow Canadian Academy of Engineering; Fellow Canadian Society for Civil Engineering; Fellow Engineering Institute of Canada and a past president of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. She won two prestigious Fellowships to undertake high impact research in New Zealand (Erskine Fellowship) and England (United Kingdom Royal Academy of Engineering Fellowship).

Dr. Tighe has been a professional engineer in Ontario since 1995 and was a professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo from 2000 to 2020 where she held a Canada Research Chair, the Norman W. McLeod Endowed Chair in Sustainable Pavement Engineering and served as Director of the Centre for Pavement and Transportation Technology.

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