Engineering firm Dillon Consulting appoints Sean Hanlon as president

07 February 2019

Canadian engineering and environmental science consultancy Dillon Consulting has appointed Sean Hanlon as president. Hanlon, a chemical engineer, has been with the firm since 2002, and has more than 27 years of industry experience.

Hanlon took on the position of interim president in April 2018 after Dillon’s former president and chief executive officer Gary Komar left the company after seven years in the role. Komar had spent the entirety of his 40-year career at Dillon.

As president, Hanlon will continue working with interim CEO Terry Boutilier in growing the business. The firm’s strategy will focus on continuous learning and development to enhance employee skills and deliver consistently excellent results to clients. Founded in 1946, the employee-owned firm provides engineering, planning and design, and environmental sciences consulting services. It has 800 employees across 18 Canadian offices, stretching from St. John’s to Vancouver, with headquarters in Toronto. 

Engineering firm Dillon Consulting appoints Sean Hanlon as president

Hanlon has been with Dillon Consulting, which is based out of St. John, New Brunswick, for 17 years. Joining in 2002, he progressed rapidly up the ranks, and made partner in five years. He became a member of the Dillon Board in 2010, and was appointed leader of the Environmental Science group in 2014. He has extensive experience in project, risk, and environmental management.

“Sean is a leader with an exceptional work ethic who always places the needs of others and the firm ahead of himself,” Rick Fitzgerald, Dillon board chair, said.  “Moreover, he brings strong personal motivation and commitment to help the organization achieve its goals for both the short and long term.

“His ability to communicate respectfully, honestly, and directly to engage and inspire have been recognized by many and were particularly evident and appreciated during this past year,” Fitzgerald added. “These attributes have earned him the admiration and respect of our organization and will serve him well as he continues to move forward in his role as president.”

Before joining Dillon, Hanlon was a quality and environmental coordinator at Flakeboard Company Ltd. He also served as an environmental engineer at Jacques Whitford Environment Ltd. (which was acquired by Stantec in 2009). 

In related news, Dillon recently partnered with London Offshore Consultants to tackle a federal contract requiring a risk assessment of wrecked and abandoned ships in Canada’s waterways. Dillon will help “develop the risk assessment framework, program the risk assessment tool, and lead public engagement throughout Canada,” according to a release from the firm.

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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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