HKA expands in Canada with nine hires in Montreal and Calgary

16 August 2021 2 min. read
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HKA, a risk and disputes consultancy specializing in the construction sector, has announced nine new hires in its Montreal and Calgary offices.

The new hires will bring the firm’s consulting executive headcount in Canada to 37 people, including nine testifying experts. The London-headquartered firm has operated in Canada for more than 20 years, and has offices in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Vancouver.

HKA’s hiring spree in Canada coincides with the launch of a new construction advisory services practice that provides support in project development, commercial advisory, infrastructure delivery, PMO and risk advisory, and strategy and optimization.

The firm's Canadian expansion will aim to capitalize on a half a trillion dollars in budgeted infrastructure spending from Canada’s federal and provincial governments.

HKA expands in Canada with nine hires in Montreal and Calgary

“As our growth demonstrates, HKA has made the Canadian construction claims market a top priority,” said Rick Moffat, HKA partner. “We welcome our new team members and look forward to their contribution.”

Frank Giunta, HKA partner and head of Americas, added, “The addition of these professionals expands our ability to support clients throughout Canada. Their skill sets complement our existing team and add depth to our Montreal and Calgary operations.”

Maged Abdelsayed joins as a partner based in Montreal. A former partner at Deloitte Canada, Abdelsayed brings 35 years of experience in the construction industry, with expertise in dispute management and claims on international and domestic construction projects. He has served as an expert witness in numerous jurisdictions on cases related to project delays, labor productivity losses, and damages assessments.

Michael Bodnar joins as a principal in Calgary, bringing 25 years of engineering experience with a focus on forensic engineering. Bodnar specializes in fire investigation and analysis of other failure events, including water loss events. He joins HKA from forensic engineering firm EFI Global, where he was a vice president.

Charles Bucci joins as a director in Montreal. Bucci brings 13 years of experience in construction, with a focus on preparing and defending construction claims related to delays, loss of productivity, and quantification of damages. He most recently was a director in the capital projects practice of Deloitte Canada.

Nader Akkaoui also joins as a director based in Montreal. He has over 14 years of construction, project management, and claims and dispute resolution experience, with expertise across the infrastructure, mining, and natural gas industries.

HKA also welcomed:

Vincent Laroche, associate director, Montreal
Pierre-Olivier Dionne, manager, Montreal
Sung Ho Lee, senior associate consultant, Montreal
Kristaps Thompson, senior associate consultant, Montreal
Stephanie Ladurantaye, administrative assistant, Montreal

HKA has more than 1,000 employees across the Americas, EMEA, and Asia-Pacific.