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Arup names new leader for Canada Group

May 6, 2019

Craig Forrest brings more than 24 years of experience to the new leadership role, and the Canadian office also welcomes a new associate principal and announces a number of recent promotions.


Craig Forrest

Craig Forrest has been appointed Canada Group Leader for Arup, working out of Arup’s new Toronto office overseeing the company’s Montreal office as well.

Forrest brings more than 24 years of experience in major infrastructure projects in energy, aviation, water, transport and cities. For the past five years, he has served as the Global Leader for Arup’s Business and Investor Advisory services, providing strategic business, financial, economic, regulatory and asset management advice. Forrest joined Arup in 2007 as the Commercial Director for the Infrastructure of Europe Group.

“I am honoured to be joining the Canadian team at this exciting moment as the region is poised to achieve significant growth,” said Forrest in a company release. “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.”

Forrest will work closely with Andrew McAlpine, the previous Canada Leader who remains at Arup as a principal.


Melissa Burton

Melissa Burton, a Toronto native, joins Arup’s Toronto office as an associate principal. Burton joined Arup in 2006 in London and has been a leader in the advanced technology and research team in New York since 2017. She is a global thought leader in wind engineering and climate consulting.

Other recent promotions at Arup Canada include:

Associate principal:

  • Kirsten Warren, CPSM, the marketing and business development leader for Arup in Canada and a key member of marketing and communications leadership for the Americas region.


  • Eden Almog, CEng, leads the Montreal office geotechnical and tunneling team.
  • Chris Haylock, P.Eng., a project manager in the Toronto office.
  • Lachlan Miles, the product director for MassMotion, Arup’s crowd-simulation software.
  • Rowan Mills leads the transaction advisory practice for Arup across Canada.
  • Edward Poon, P.Eng., RCDD, an engineer and digital consultant in the Toronto office.
  • Svetan Veliov, P.Eng., an electrical engineer in the Toronto office with over 12 years of electrical design experience on large- and small-scale building and infrastructure projects.

Arup’s two Canadian offices, which currently employ over of 320 people, both recently moved to larger spaces to support a growing business. Arup has seen organic growth in Canada in recent years and expects around 20% this year, says the company.


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