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PEOPLE & COMPANIES COMPANY NEWS ROUND-UP: executive changes and an acquisition – SNC-Lavalin, CH2M HILL, TERA, Hatch

SNC-Lavalin has appointed Preston Swafford as chief nuclear officer, president and CEO of Candu Energy, effective March 1. Now based in Toronto, Swafford joins the company following a seven-year career with the Tennessee Valley Authority where...

March 4, 2014   Canadian Consulting Engineer

SNC-Lavalin has appointed Preston Swafford as chief nuclear officer, president and CEO of Candu Energy, effective March 1. Now based in Toronto, Swafford joins the company following a seven-year career with the Tennessee Valley Authority where he was responsible for managing the nuclear group. At SNC-Lavalin he reports to the power group president, Alexander (Sandy) Taylor.

David G. Wilkins has been appointed as SNC-Lavalin’s chief compliance officer. Wilkins was previously with the Dow Chemical Company, in charge of ethics and compliance. Wilkins said in a release: “Having witnessed the rapid progress SNC-Lavalin has made over the past year to strengthen its ethics and compliance framework, I am thrilled to be on board. SNC-Lavalin’s employees have shown the world that they have turned the page. I want to help this remarkable Canadian company reach its true potential.” Wilkins will succeed SNC-Lavalin’s current chief compliance officer, Andreas Pohlmann, effective June 1. Pohlmann will move into a consulting role, focusing on World Bank compliance. Wilkins reports to Robert G. Card, president and chief executive officer of SNC-Lavalin Group.

CH2M HILL recently named Greg McIntyre as president of its global water market division. McIntyre is responsible for all water activities within CH2M HILL, including overseeing consulting, program management, design, design-build and construction for government, civil, industrial, and energy clients. He served as the global operations director for the company’s water market previously, from 2004-2010. McIntyre succeeds Bob Bailey, who was named president of CH2M HILL’s facilities and urban environments market.

TERA Environmental Consultants of Calgary has agreed to be acquired by CH2M HILL. TERA has over 450 staff and has been in the environmental consulting business for 30 years, serving the pipeline, electrical transmission and oil and gas industries. Besides the Calgary office, TERA has two other offices in Albert and one in Victoria, B.C. The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2014. TERA President Piers Fothergill said, “TERA has had a long history and we are proud to have developed into one of the largest and most trusted environmental services firms in Canada. We are excited to be joining CH2M HILL, a company that shares our core values – particularly those related to client service and employee development. The combination of our companies will create more value for our clients through increased breadth of services and will also expand the development and career opportunities for our staff.”

Hatch has appointed Mario Marchese as the company’s new global director of renewable power. He will be based in Lima, Peru. For the past four years he served as regional director of energy for Latin America, leading renewable power work in Chile and Brazil. Marchese has a B.Eng. in chemical and environmental engineering from University Santa Maria in Chile, and an M.Eng. in mineral processing from McGill University in Montreal.


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