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Ian L. Edwards

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Ian L. Edwards

President and Chief Executive Officer

Ian L. Edwards was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SNC-Lavalin on October 31, 2019. On June 11, 2019, he was named Interim President and CEO and became a member of its Board of Directors. He has over 30 years of global experience in delivering complex infrastructure and resources projects and leading businesses in many sectors and across numerous geographies including North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

As President and CEO, he is responsible for reviewing the strategic direction of the Company on an expedited basis and in developing a plan for sustainable success that de-risks and simplifies the company’s business model and generates consistent earnings and cash flow.

Before being appointed to his current role, Mr. Edwards was named Chief Operating Officer (COO) in January 2019 where he has taken the lead in executing the initiative to simplify, focus, and grow the business and implemented numerous measures to improve the operational performance of the company, ensuring that the efficiency and project oversight measures are being successfully executed.

Mr. Edwards joined SNC-Lavalin in 2014 and was later appointed President, Infrastructure in 2015. As President, Infrastructure, he led employees within SNC-Lavalin’s global Infrastructure business and oversaw the successful turnaround and transformation of the sector.

Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, he spent six years in senior roles with the Leighton Group, where as Managing Director, Leighton Asia, India and Offshore, he led a diverse business of 20,000 employees spanning the construction, infrastructure, oil and gas and mining sectors in 14 countries.

Mr. Edwards holds Higher and Ordinary Certificates in Civil Engineering from Lancashire University in the United Kingdom. He is an incorporated Member of the Chartered Institute of Building, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. 

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William (Bill) L. Young, P.Eng?

Chairman of the Board

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William (Bill) L. Young, P.Eng?

Chairman of the Board

William (Bill) L. Young was appointed Chairman of the Board of Directors of SNC-Lavalin on September 9, 2020. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Magna International Corporation, a Canadian headquartered global autoparts manufacturer, and is a Board Director at Intact Financial, Canada’s largest P&C insurer, and the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR).

Mr. Young has significant private company board and board leadership experience during the past 20 years, including a number of European and US based companies.

Mr. Young began his career as a chemical engineer at Imperial Oil before transitioning into management consulting as a partner in Bain & Company’s European practice from 1981-1989. He was a founding partner of the Westbourne Management Group, a business focused on turnaround management opportunities. He would later become co-founder and partner of Boston-based private equity firm Monitor Clipper, a mid-market private equity firm with over $2 billion invested in 45 portfolio companies in North America and Western Europe, from 1996 to 2018.

Mr. Young holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He was the former Chair of Queen’s University’s Board of Trustees and has been Chairman Emeritus since 2012. 

 
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Gary C. Baughman

Member of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee

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Gary C. Baughman

Member of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee

Mr. Baughman is a corporate director and brings more than 35 years of international engineering, construction, operations, maintenance and environmental industry experience. From 2017 to 2019, he was Chairman and CEO of Texas-based APTIM Corp (global design, construction, environmental remediation and maintenance services supplier). He previously worked at M+W Group GmbH (global high-technology engineering company), where he first served as COO, Americas in 2015 until he was appointed CEO, Americas in 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Baughman served as Executive Vice-President at AECOM (Engineering and Construction) from 2012 to 2015, where he was responsible for leading growth for the industrial end market in the Americas as well as globally for the chemical/pharmaceutical market. He began his career at Fluor Corporation, where he spent 15 years in a number of sales, marketing and finance roles.

Mr. Baughman is a member of the executive management team for Elixsys Inc., a specialty chemical company, President of Back Tee Sports, LLC a global event management company and a partner in an organizational development consultancy firm that delivers a platform called The Collaborative Way.

Mr. Baughman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Clemson University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

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Mary-Ann Bell

Member of the Audit Committee

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Mary-Ann Bell

Member of the Audit Committee

Ms. Bell is an engineer and a corporate director and brings more than 30 years of experience in the telecommunications sector. Prior to her retirement in 2014, she was Senior Vice-President, Quebec and Ontario at Bell Aliant Regional Communications Inc. from 2009 to 2014, and from 2005 to 2009, Chief Operating Officer, Quebec, where she led different operational functions, including engineering, field services and customer services. She previously worked at Bell Canada from 1982 to 2005, where she held various management positions, including Senior Vice-President, Contract Centres and Vice-President, Operations.

Ms. Bell is a director of Cogeco Inc. and NAV Canada and a former director of Énergir Inc./Valener Inc. and Cominar Real Estate Investment Trust. In addition to these public company memberships, Ms. Bell is a director of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP) and chairs its audit committee. Ms. Bell has been actively involved in the community. She is a former director of the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the International Women’s Forum of Canada, the Y of Montreal Foundation, the Quebec Council on Science and Technology, Centraide du Grand Montréal and Women’s Y of Montreal.

Ms. Bell holds a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Master of Science degree from the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (INRS), for which she also served as chair of the board from 2012 to 2014 and director from 2002 to 2017.

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Christie J.B. Clark

Member of the Audit Committee

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Christie J.B. Clark

Member of the Audit Committee

Mr. Clark is a corporate director and brings more than 30 years of experience in the accounting, finance and professional services industries. From 2005 to 2011, he was CEO and Senior Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (professional services). Prior to being elected as CEO, Mr. Clark served as National Managing Partner and member of the firm’s executive committee from 2001 to 2005.

Mr. Clark is a director of Air Canada, Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust and Loblaw Companies Limited. In addition to these public company memberships, Mr. Clark is a director of the Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Foundation, Own The Podium and the Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the advisory council of the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and a former board member of Brookfield Office Properties Inc., IGM Financial Inc., Hydro One Limited and Hydro One Inc.

Mr. Clark graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree and from the University of Toronto with a Master of Business Administration. He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant and currently the National Academic Director for the Institute of Corporate Director’s course entitled “Audit Committee Effectiveness”.

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Isabelle Courville

Chair of the Human Resources Committee; Member of the Governance and Ethics Committee

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Isabelle Courville

Chair of the Human Resources Committee; Member of the Governance and Ethics Committee

Ms. Courville is a corporate director and is Chair of the board of directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada. She is an engineer and attorney by training and has more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications, IT and energy sectors. Ms. Courville was President of Hydro-Québec Distribution from 2011 to 2013 and Hydro-Québec Transénergie from 2007 to 2011. She served as President of Bell Canada’s Enterprise business segment from 2003 to 2006 and as President and CEO of Bell Nordiq Group from 2001 to 2003.

In addition to her role as Chair of the board of directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada, Ms. Courville is a director of Veolia Environment S.A. and Canadian Pacific Railway Limited. She is also a director of the Institute for Governance of Private and Public Organizations (IGOPP). She is a former director of the Institute of Corporate Directors, Montreal Heart Institute Foundation, école Polytechnique de Montréal and the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal. She is also a former member of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Business Advisory Council. Ms. Courville graduated with a degree in Engineering Physics from the école Polytechnique de Montréal and holds a civil law degree from McGill University. In 2012, Ms. Courville was selected amongst Fortune Magazine’s 50 Most Powerful Women in Business. In 2007, she received the McGill Management Achievement Award for her contribution to the business world and community involvement. In 2010, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec awarded her the Prix Hommage for her exceptional contribution to the engineering profession. In 2017, she received an Honorary Doctorate from the Université de Montréal.

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Steven L. Newman

Chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee;Member of the Audit Committee;Member of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee

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Steven L. Newman

Chair of the Governance and Ethics Committee;Member of the Audit Committee;Member of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee

Mr. Newman is a corporate director and brings more than 25 years of experience in the energy industry. From March 2010 to February 2015, he was President and CEO and a director of Transocean, Ltd. (oil and gas drilling and exploration), the world’s largest offshore contract driller. Mr. Newman joined Transocean in 1994 and held various management and operational positions. He served as President and COO from May 2008 until March 2010 when he was appointed President and CEO. In his early career, Mr. Newman was Financial Analyst at Chevron Corporation and Reservoir Engineer at Mobil E&P US.

Mr. Newman is a director of Dril-Quip, Inc., Rubicon Oilfield International Holdings GP, Ltd as well as a limited partner of Rubicon Oilfield International Holdings, L.P. Mr. Newman was an independent non-executive director of Tidewater, Inc. from 2017 to 2019.

Mr. Newman holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Graduate School of Business. He is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and the National Association of Corporate Directors.

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Michael B. Pedersen

Member of the Human Resources Committee

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Michael B. Pedersen

Member of the Human Resources Committee

Mr. Pedersen is a corporate director and brings more than 30 years of experience in the banking and finance sectors. Prior to his retirement in 2018, he was Special Advisor to the CEO of The Toronto-Dominion Bank (financial institution) and, from 2013 to 2017, President and CEO of TD Bank US Holding Company’s retail and commercial banking business. From 2007 to 2013, he served as Group Head for The Toronto-Dominion Bank’s corporate operations and global wealth and insurance businesses. Before joining The Toronto-Dominion Bank in 2007, Mr. Pedersen worked at Barclays plc (financial institution) in the U.K. where he was responsible for three (3) global businesses and at CIBC where he held senior executive roles in retail and business banking.

Mr. Pedersen is the chairman of the board of the Business Development Bank of Canada, a member of the board of directors of CGI Inc., the vice-chairman of the board of Nature Conservancy of Canada, the co-chair of the Personal Philanthropy Project as well as a member of the board of the advisory committee of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation of the University of Waterloo.

Mr. Pedersen holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Industrial Relations degree from the University of Toronto.

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Jean Raby

Member of the Audit Committee; Member of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee

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Jean Raby

Member of the Audit Committee; Member of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee

Mr. Raby has been the CEO of Natixis Investment Managers since February 2017. He was previously Chief Financial Officer of SFR Group from May to November 2016. Prior to his role at SFR Group, Mr. Raby was Executive Vice-President, Chief Financial and Legal Officer of Alcatel-Lucent S.A. from September 2013 to February 2016. Effective March 1, 2016, he stepped down from his role at Alcatel-Lucent following the acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia Corporation. He served as adviser to the CFO of Nokia from March to April 2016. Mr. Raby has more than 25 years of experience in investment banking, law and finance. Prior to his role at Alcatel-Lucent, he spent 16 years in roles of increasing responsibility at the investment banking division of Goldman Sachs & Co. in Paris, France, where he became Co-CEO of the division in France in 2006 (then CEO in 2009), and in Russia where he became Co-CEO of Goldman Sachs’ activities in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States in 2011. He retired from Goldman Sachs at the end of 2012. In his early career, Mr. Raby was a corporate lawyer with the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in New York (1989-1992) and in Paris (1992-1996).

Mr. Raby is a member of the board of Fiera Capital Corporation and a former member of the board of Université Laval. He holds a law degree from Université Laval, a Master of Philosophy in International Relations from University of Cambridge in the U.K., and a Master of Laws from Harvard Law School. Mr. Raby is also a member of the New York State Bar Association.

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Zin Smati, Ph.D.

Chair of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee; Member of the Governance and Ethics Committee

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Zin Smati, Ph.D.

Chair of the Safety, Workplace and Project Risk Committee; Member of the Governance and Ethics Committee

Mr. Smati is a corporate director and brings 35 years of U.S. and international experience in the energy sector. 

He was President and CEO of GDF SUEZ Energy North America, Inc., part of ENGIE, one of the world’s leading energy groups. For over 10 years, he managed all ENGIE businesses in the U.S., Canada and Mexico until his retirement in December 2015.

He then joined the private equity industry as Senior Advisor to LS Power and became Chairman and CEO of LifeEnergy LLC, a portfolio energy company which was monetized at the end of 2019. Prior to ENGIE, he was President and CEO of BP Amoco Global Power, part of BP p.l.c., where he managed all gas to power businesses worldwide. 

Mr. Smati was a member of the board of directors of Gaz Métro inc., Chairman of the executive committee of the Electric Power Supply Association (EPSA) in the U.S., and also a member of the National Petroleum Council, an industry advisory body to the U.S. Secretary of Energy. 

He is now a member of the board of the University of Houston’s Bauer College of Business and a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Mr. Smati holds a Ph.D., a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Engineering degree, all from U.K. universities.

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Benita M. Warmbold, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Chair of the Audit Committee; Member of the Human Resources Committee

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Benita M. Warmbold, FCPA, FCA, ICD.D

Chair of the Audit Committee; Member of the Human Resources Committee

Ms. Warmbold is a corporate director and brings more than 30 years of experience in the finance industry. She is the former Senior Managing Director and CFO of the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (“CPPIB”), a position she held from December 2013 to July 2017. Prior to that, she was Senior Vice-President and COO of CPPIB from 2008 to 2013. CPPIB is a professional investment management organization responsible for investing funds on behalf of the Canada Pension Plan. Before joining CPPIB, she served as Managing Director and CFO for Northwater Capital Management Inc. from 1997 to 2008. She previously held senior positions with Canada Development Investment Corporation and KPMG.

Ms. Warmbold is a member of the board of directors of The Bank of Nova Scotia and Methanex Corporation. Ms. Warmbold is chair of the Canadian Public Accountability Board, a director of Crestone Peak Resources and a member of Queen’s University Board of Trustees. She holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from Queen’s University, is a Fellow of CPA-Ontario and has been granted the ICD.D designation by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Ms. Warmbold was recognized as a Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2009, 2010 and 2015 and in 2016 was inducted into the WXN Hall of Fame. She was also selected by the Canadian Board Diversity Council for its first-ever Diversity 50, which recognizes qualified, diverse candidates for board of director appointments.