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Official Conference SPEAKERS FOR 2020

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
NIK NANOS
FOUNDER – NANOS RESEARCH

Nik Nanos leads Nanos Research, one of Canada’s most distinguished research companies. The Nanos Research Group of Companies includes Nanos Rutherford McKay & Co, an affiliate of Nanos Research and Rutherford McKay Associates with service offerings including public acceptance and engagement,
communications audits, and narrative development. It also includes Nanos-dimap Analytika, an analytics and targeting research practice which is a joint venture with dimap, one of Germany’s top research organizations.

He is the Chief Data Scientist and Founder of Nanos Research, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC, and a research professor at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He is also the current Chair of Carleton University in Ottawa which has 30 thousand students and a budget of over $500M. Nik leads the team behind the weekly Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index, considered a must-have resource for senior executives and is also featured in a weekly segment on CTV’s News Channel, Nanos on the Numbers, which focuses on the latest political, business and social trends.

He is the pollster for CTV News, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, the Globe & Mail, Canada’s national newspaper, Bloomberg News in Canada. His book, The Age of Voter Rage: Trump, Trudeau, Farage, Corbyn & Macron – The tyranny of small numbers, explores how the marginalized and the margins are rewiring democracy through populist style politics, small swings in voter sentiment and
computational propaganda.

INDUSTRY SURVEY PRESENTATION
LEROY BANACK, M.Sc., EP
SENIOR PARTNER – F&M MANAGEMENT AND CE3C PARTNER

Leroy has 25 years of consulting experience, with a specialty in internal business processes and systems improvement. He conducts comprehensive financial performance and operations assessments to advise clients on strategies for performance improvement and prepare business valuations that are specific to the engineering and scientific consulting industry.

With specialized expertise in numerical modelling, network and database management, Leroy builds customized models to provide clients with valuable information to aid in decision making– both for day-to-day operations, and for long-term planning. He creates custom financial models to forecast the short and long-term financial implications of alternative strategic options and builds effective tools for analyzing technical data and market intelligence. Leroy is skilled at gathering, synthesizing, interpreting, summarizing, and effectively communicating complex information. F&M clients especially value Leroy’s proficiency at translating large amounts of complex information into a few simple key concepts and ideas.

COVID-19 IMPACT – MODERATOR
KEVIN NILSEN, EP, PMP, CPHR
PRESIDENT and CEO – ECO CANADA

At ECO Canada, Kevin is responsible for the establishment of the Canadian Centre for Environmental Education (CCEE). He was also instrumental in the launch of regional networking events across the country, the growth of EP certification, and academic partnerships. Throughout his career, Kevin has always had an unprecedented commitment to clients. In his role as CEO, Kevin’s key focus is to ensure that ECO Canada’s products and services align well with industry, government, and academic stakeholders.

PANELIST
RHONDA SMITH, B.Sc., P. Ag. 
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER – TRACE ASSOCIATES

Ms. Rhonda Smith is Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Trace Associates Inc. (Trace), a mid-sized environmental consulting and engineering advisory firm servicing a diverse market in western Canada. Ms. Smith completed her Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia and obtained her Professional Agrologists designation in Alberta. Since co-founding Trace in 2006, Rhonda has been responsible for the Canadian operations of the company, focusing on business management, strategy development, and corporate governance. As a transformational executive, Rhonda has built a company on a foundation of caring about people. Rhonda’s practical business sense helps her navigate the successes and challenges that come with owning and leading a business. The global pandemic in 2020 has been a true test for many organizations, but positivity, and consistent and calm communications has been key to Trace’s success through this unprecedented year.

In addition to her entrepreneurship in the environmental consulting field, Ms. Smith has fostered growth within the industry. She held executive roles on the Board at the Canadian Land Reclamation Association for seven years, specifically Treasurer (2007 to 2011) and Vice President (2012 to 2013). Currently Rhonda is a member of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce where she participates in the CEO Peer Mentoring Group and volunteers as the Secretary for her community association Board. Rhonda is also a regular blood donor and enjoys volunteering as often as possible at her children’s schools.

PANELIST
PAUL VAN DER RAADT, MSc PEng
PRESIDENT – CLIFTON ASSOCIATES

As Clifton’s President, Paul van der Raadt oversees operations, including business planning, delivery of consulting services, operational effectiveness and development.

Paul is one of the original builders of Clifton. He started in 1978 as a Civil Engineering Technology graduate from The Saskatchewan Technical Institute in Moose Jaw. After attending the University of Saskatchewan, he became a geotechnical engineer, and went on to hold a variety of executive positions within Clifton until 2005. Paul then served as a Senior Manager at AMEC Foster Wheeler where he was initially responsible for the overall performance of the Calgary Materials Engineering Division and subsequently the Calgary Geotechnical Engineering Division. In 2015 he returned to Clifton as Executive Vice President and was appointed President in 2017.

His career focus has been on leadership, policy, operational management, business development, and the development and deployment of business systems. He has been instrumental in establishing the strategic direction at Clifton while maintaining the confidence of his executive and operating teams. He quickly builds strong relationships and utilizes his interpersonal skills and positive attitude to draw out the best in people. He is fair-minded and known for his integrity, dependability and setting the right vision.

Mr. van der Raadt is a registered professional engineer in Alberta. He recently completed the Institute of Corporate Directors – Directors Education Program through the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management (2018).

Mr. van der Raadt holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.D

PANELIST
CARL SPENSIERI, M.A.Sc., LL.B.(in progress), P.Eng.
VICE PRESIDENT – BERKLEY CANADA

Carl is focused on delivering better outcomes for clients by using his expertise to underwrite complex environmental risk and deliver creative risk transfer solutions.   

Prior to turning his attention to underwriting, Carl worked as an environmental engineer at a Toronto based environmental consulting company.  He then joined a Canadian law firm, working within their environmental law group.

Carl’s areas of experience include merger & acquisition due diligence; liability assessment and risk transfer; property transactions; and complex infrastructure projects.

Carl holds both a Bachelor and Masters of Applied Sciences and Engineering (Chemical and Environmental Engineering) from the University of Toronto, is a Professional Engineer and is pursuing a law degree from the University of London (UK).

PANELIST
STEPHANIE MEYER, CEA
PRESIDENT – STRATOS INC. 

Stephanie is the President and a Founding owner of Stratos, a leading sustainability consultancy that works collaboratively with governments, business and broader societal interests to solve complex natural resource management and sustainability challenges. Stephanie is a Certified Environmental Auditor (Emeritus) who brings a practical, systems-based perspective to her work. Stephanie works with leaders to help set their organization’s sustainability vision, create alignment with staff and business processes, and develop sustainability management systems. Stephanie is an experienced facilitator and trainer. She is able to create the positive environment needed for true dialogue and collaboration, whether that’s with internal staff or with external partners and stakeholders.
 
Stephanie leads Stratos’ work with the mining sector where she provides strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, performance management and reporting services for such clients as Agnico-Eagle Mines, Sherritt International, Teck, Hudbay and the Mining Association of Canada. Helping clients strengthen their relationships with local communities is an important pillar of Stephanie’s work. Stephanie was formerly the environment, health and safety specialist for NIKE’s Canadian manufacturing operations.

M&A – MODERATOR
FARAMARZ BOGZARAN, CMC, EP
MANAGING PARTNER – F&M MANAGEMENT AND CE3C PARTNER

Faramarz is the Managing Partner of F&M Management Ltd. He founded the Company in 2010, after managing several environmental consulting, waste management and remedial contracting companies in Canada. He has taken several startup companies in the environmental sector from inception to exit. His role at F&M Management is to advise clients on various key corporate matters related to growth, financial management, management buyouts, succession planning, ownership transition and mergers & acquisition, corporate governance and project management. Faramarz has served on several boards of companies and associations in the past twenty years. He is currently Chairman of the Board of ECO Canada. He has a Bachelor of Science degree with an Environmental Professional (EP) designation and is a Certified Management Consultant (CMC)

PANELIST
ANDRÉ-MARTIN BOUCHARD, P.Eng.
GLOBAL DIRECTOR – WSP

André-Martin Bouchard is the Global Head of WSP’s Environment practice, the 9th environmental consultancy in the world. Leading a team of +1,200 employees in Canada and +4,500 globally, he manages operational excellence, key clients, business strategy and development, and synergies across business units. Having been responsible for the firm’s first Sustainability Policy in Canada, he also ensures corporate social responsibility. Mr. Bouchard has been an environmental engineer since 1993. 

PANELIST
ROBERT SEAGER, B.Sc.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT – STANTEC 

Bob is an executive vice president at Stantec Consulting and is currently business operating unit leader (BOUL) for Environmental Services. 

With 40 years of experience in business leadership and environmental management, Bob and his team of 3400 environmental professionals deliver wide ranging environmental services for every sector of industry and government in Canada, the United States and in thirteen countries around the globe.  Bob’s key focus has always been building and maintaining relationships with key clients through understanding specific needs and responding with timely, high-quality technical services. 

As former president of Jacques Whitford AXYS and chief executive officer (CEO) of AXYS Environmental Consulting, Bob joined Stantec with the acquisition of Jacques Whitford in January, 2009.

Bob has many years of experience with all the various environmental  and social aspects of pipeline developments and appeared as an expert witness in numerous Provincial and Federal Hearings in Canada.  He has acted as the project sponsor on major Arctic pipeline projects, including the Mackenzie Gas project and Alaska Gas feasibility study. As part of his work in northern Canada, he facilitated the creation of a number of Aboriginal Partnership companies which continue to provide significant value to communities and our clients across northern Canada.  Bob is active as a Director for many of these companies. 

PANELIST
NORM ROKOSH, MBA, P.Eng.
SENIOR MANAGING DIRECTOR – TRIWEST CAPITAL PARTNERS 

Norm Rokosh is a Senior Managing Director of TriWest Capital based in Calgary, Alberta. TriWest is one of western Canada’s largest diversified private equity firms, having invested in 40 portfolio companies over its 20 year history.

Prior to joining TriWest, Norm was President/CEO of a number of publicly traded industrial and service companies with operations in Canada, USA and United Kingdom from 1997 to 2009. In 2008, Norm was ranked 4 th in Canada’s “Top CEOs of the Year” for three-year investor return from a public company.

Norm holds an Engineering degree from University of British Columbia and an MBA from the London Business School, U.K. He holds a Professional Engineer designation in Alberta.

PANELIST
DOUG CAMLIN, B.Sc. 
CORPORATE & MARKET DEVELOPMENT LEADER, NORTH AMERICA – GHD INC.

Doug has 22 years of experience in the E&C sector in both operations and international corporate development roles. He has worked extensively in North and South America, completing several strategic acquisitions in the mining, water, O&G, and infrastructure sectors. He has played key roles in strategic planning and organization development for privately held and public firms. He graduated from Lakehead University in 1993 and is now a Certified Merger and Acquisitions Advisor. 

Doug resides in Minneapolis and is currently the Corporate & Market Development Leader, North America for GHD Inc. where he leads business development, strategic planning, key client management, and M&A. GHD is a global 10,000 person privately held global engineering consulting firm servicing the markets of water, environment, transportation, energy and property & buildings.