Trindent Consulting adds Bob Baird and Bruce Stroever to advisory board

22 January 2019

Toronto-based management consultancy Trindent Consulting has added two experienced executives to their advisory board. Bob Baird (oil & gas) and Bruce Stroever (healthcare) both have over three decades of experience in their respective industries.

Founded in 2008 and based in Toronto, Trindent is a fast-growing consultancy that provides performance improvement services to clients in the energy, healthcare, and financial services industries. According to the firm, its unique improvement approach can yield between 500 and 1500% in ROI within one year. The firm has particular expertise in solving business problems linked to process, management tool, or behaviour-related performance barriers.

Trindent has completed over 300 client projects across 3 continents. The firm has been named a Profit 500 Canada Fastest-Growing Company every year since 2014. Aside from its Toronto headquarters, Trindent Consulting has offices in Montreal, Atlanta, Tokyo, and Hong Kong.

The high-growth, privately held consulting firm will be adding a pair of executives from the oil & gas and healthcare industries to its Advisory Board. The industry experts on Trindent’s advisory board – currently including Shane Kelly, Oscar Zimmerman, Paul Meade-Clift, and Stephan Rajotte – provide non-binding strategic advice to management.Trindent Consulting adds Bob Baird and Bruce Stroever to advisory boardBob Baird boasts over 36 years of experience in the oil & gas industry, while Bruce Stroever has over 47 years of product development and general management experience in medical devices and orthobiologics.

"On behalf of Trindent's management team, we are both honoured and excited to welcome Bob and Bruce to our Advisory Board," said Trindent President Adrian Travis. "Bob and Bruce have been leading executives in their fields and will be a great resource for Trindent."

Seasoned energy industry exec Bob Baird has been Senior Vice President, Downstream at Husky Energy, since 2012. Before that, he served as VP, Downstream and VP, Upgrading and Refining (Canada).

Prior to Husky, Baird held numerous leadership roles at Shell Canada, including VP of Business Development, VP of Strategy and Business Growth, and GM of the Montreal Refinery. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University, as well as a Management Certificate from IMD in Lausanne, Switzerland.

"As a former client of Trindent, I know first-hand the results that Trindent has achieved in our industry," commented Baird. "I'm excited to join the Advisory Board and be a part of this Canadian business success story."

Bruce Stroever recently retired from the position of President/CEO of the Musculoskeletal Transplant foundation, a role he held for over 20 years. He joined the organization in 1988 as General Manager, was appointed President in 1992, and then also CEO in 1996. Under Stroever’s leadership, the firm became the largest tissue bank in the world, employing over 1000 people and generating annual revenues in excess of $400 million.

Stroever is currently a board member of biotech firm Bone Biologics, and an advisory board member of the Engineering School at Stevens Institute of Technology. He holds a bachelor of engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, as well as a master’s degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering from Columbia University.

"Like Bob, I am also a former client of Trindent," remarked Stroever. "I look forward to joining the other Advisory Board members and Trindent's management team in continuing to build this firm."

Trindent President Adrian Travis highlighted that the two new appointments are a testament to the firm’s client-centered approach. “As former clients themselves, they have the unique perspective of understanding and experiencing first-hand our passion for solving our clients' most complex business problems.”

“We are fortunate to have Bob and Bruce join our Advisory Board and are fortunate to have their expertise and guidance as we move forward as a firm," he concluded.

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Engineering consultancy Arup appoints Craig Forrest as Canada leader

17 April 2019

Global design and engineering consultancy Arup has named Craig Forrest as the leader of its Canadian operations.

Founded in London in 1946, Arup is one of the world’s largest engineering consultancies, with 16,000 global employees, including 1,700 in the Americas. Over the course of seven decades, the built environment specialist has worked on projects in more than 160 countries.

Arup opened its first Canadian office in 1999, and today has more than 320 employees in locations in Toronto and Montreal. The firm’s Canadian offices have seen strong organic growth in recent years, with Arup further projecting approximately 20% growth for 2019. The firm has completed many notable projects in Canada, including the structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering work on the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Engineering consultancy Arup appoints Craig Forrest as Canada leader

The consultancy has now appointed company veteran Craig Forrest as its Canada Group leader effective April 1. Forrest, who has been with Arup for 12 years, was most recently the global leader of its business and investor advisory practice, which is based out of London.  Forrest brings more than 24 years of experience in infrastructure advisory, tackling projects across energy, aviation, water, transport, and cities to his new role as the head of Arup in Canada. He will be based out of the Toronto office.

Forrest takes over from Andrew McAlpine, who will remain at Arup as a principal.

"We are excited to welcome Craig to the Toronto office as we continue to grow our business and investor advisory work throughout Canada," Andy Howard, chair of Arup Americas, said. "Craig's track record of providing owners, operators, and investors with strategic market and financial advice combined with his deep technical knowledge positions him well to champion Arup's growing influence in Canada."

Forrest joined Arup in 2007 as the commercial director of its infrastructure practice in Europe. Before that, he was a general manager at Rolls Royce Power Ventures, where he oversaw the development, construction, project financing, and operation of investments across the EMEA region. Forrest started his engineering consulting career at Mott MacDonald

"I am honored to be joining the Canadian team at this exciting moment as the region is poised to achieve significant growth," Forrest said. "The Canadian market is experiencing robust levels of public and private sector investment, and I am confident Arup will continue to deliver a broadening spectrum of highly valued services to our clients to help them conceive, plan and deliver important projects of all types."

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