Canadian Consulting Engineer

Leadership handover at Associated Engineering

July 19, 2019

Kerry Rudd retires as CEO of AE after 37 years with the firm, and Martin Jobke takes on the role of president/CEO.


Kerry Rudd, P.Eng.

On June 30, Kerry Rudd, P.Eng., stepped down as CEO of the Associated Engineering group of companies, retiring after 37 years with the organization.

In a succession transition that was first announced in the summer of 2017, Martin Jobke, P.Eng., who took on the role of president in January 2018, has now added the CEO title.

A civil engineering graduate from Southampton University in the UK, Rudd first joined Associated Engineering’s Vancouver office in 1982 as a design engineer. His resume includes many major BC transportation and infrastructure projects, as a design engineer, project engineer, and project manager.

Over the years, Rudd took on roles of increasing responsibility. In 1996, he was promoted to vice president and general manager of Associated Engineering’s BC operation; in 2005, he was appointed president of the Associated Engineering group of companies, and he became president/CEO in 2006.


Under Rudd’s leadership, the company grew from 450 to over 1,000 staff in 23 offices across Canada. He led acquisitions and expanded the company’s services to include environmental science, landscape architecture, ice engineering, disaster planning and recovery, urban planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and climate science.

Rudd promoted continuous professional development, corporate social responsibility, and sustainable business management.

Through his advocacy, the company fostered development of a Young Professionals Group and the Women in Science and Engineering Retention (WISER) Committee. He also spearheaded a carbon neutral program, and in 2009 AE became one of the first Canadian consulting engineering firms to become carbon neutral.

Although retiring from his operational role, Rudd will remain as the Chair of the Board.


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