Melanie Jeannotte named national president of Gallagher Benefits Services Canada

08 February 2019

Insurance and HR consulting firm Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. has appointed Melanie Jeannotte in the newly created role of national president of its Gallagher Benefit Services (Canada) Group Inc. The role's creation is the result of strong merger-driven growth in past years.

Gallagher’s benefits consulting offering was significantly augmented over the past year through an aggressive M&A strategy. The second half of 2018 saw the firm bolster its benefits and retirement offering with the acquisition of a number of Canadian consultancies, including Winnipeg’s Belton Boisselle, Ottawa’s Leystone Insurance & Financial, and Toronto’s Accompass.

The Illinois-based firm’s benefits & HR consulting offering incorporates a total employee well-being framework, spanning executive, group, and voluntary benefits solutions, retirement plan consulting, compensation, performance management, and communications and workplace culture programs. Gallagher has 24 locations across Canada, with offices in 35 countries.

Melanie Jeannotte named national president of Gallagher Benefits Services Canada

"We are proud to be locally grown and globally known,” Leslie Lemenager, president of Gallagher's International Employee Benefits Consulting and Brokerage, said. “Our business in Canada has reached a size where it is important to evolve our management structure to scale for the future.”

Jeannotte joined the firm in 2015 as area president for Western Canada in the benefits and HR consulting practice. Prior to that, she spent nearly nine years as managing partner of Calgary-based benefits consultancy Vital Benefits Inc., which was acquired by Gallagher in 2015.

An expert in the area of benefits and pension consulting, Jeannotte is a regular speaker and commentator on benefits trends and business practices. She was named one of Calgary’s "Top 40 Under 40" in 2012 and was also recognized by Advantage Magazine as one of Canada’s leading female entrepreneurs.

“Given Melanie's leadership skills and expertise in growing businesses, naming her to this new role of national president for GBS Canada will enable us to continue to expand our client-service capabilities across Canada," Lemenager added.

"I'm excited for this new opportunity and to be a part of GBS Canada's tremendous growth story. I feel fortunate to work alongside some of the best consulting experts across the country," Jeannotte said. "Together, we have unlimited opportunity to help employers of all sizes manage their benefits and HR programs more strategically to reward and attract the talent they need to grow while benefiting their balance sheets." 


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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