Engineering firm Dillon Consulting appoints Sean Hanlon as president

07 February 2019 Consulting.ca

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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