We are built on the strength of our people. In every region where we operate, our Canadian leaders guide the mission, drive the vision and uphold our collective beliefs.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Based in Montreal, Quebec, Marie-Claude Dumas is WSP in Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Since joining WSP in January 2020, Ms. Dumas has served as Global Director, Major Projects and Programs/Executive Market Leader – Quebec, working closely with our Global and Canadian operations and leadership teams. A member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Ms. Dumas brings a proven track record as a global engineering and construction executive with over 20 years of multi-disciplinary management and consulting experience acquired with several multinationals.
Chief Financial Officer
George Niktaris is the Chief Financial Officer responsible for advising and leading financial and strategic matters in partnership with the Chief Executive Officer and executive leadership team. He is highly operational and results-oriented and a seasoned executive with 20 years of experience building forward-looking teams and driving significant turnarounds in businesses. He possesses strong business acumen and understanding of the engineering and construction industry, having led financial portfolios in various capacities at COWI North America, SNC-Lavalin and Cegertec WorleyParsons prior to joining WSP. As the CFO, George plays a critical role in establishing and elevating WSP in Canada’s value proposition to the Canadian and international marketplace.
Chief People Officer
Zoe Nutten brings deep expertise in the areas of People Strategy and Management from a career rooted in Strategy and Operations. This includes workplace transformation, setting talent strategy, broadening employee development programs, professional development and resource staffing. As Chief People Officer, Ms. Nutten helps drive WSP’s culture to higher performance levels through partnership, collaboration and innovation on critical strategic human capital issues.
Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary
André Desautels brings with him over 18 years of experience in managing complex international negotiations, operations, mergers and acquisitions, organizational transformations and compliance. He has a track record for working hand-in-hand with the business to offer sound legal advice and innovative thinking supporting organizational growth. Prior to joining the company, he served as Global Vice President of Contracts and Compliance Officer for AGT International, a growing global security organization based in Zurich, Switzerland. Previously, he held various General Counsel and Legal Affairs positions in Toronto, New York and Montréal.
Senior Vice President, Commercial and Risk
Charles-Olivier Bernard is Senior Vice President, Commercial and Risk for WSP in Canada. Based out of Montréal, Québec, Charles-Olivier oversees commercial, risk, subcontractor management and information technology for WSP's Canadian operations. He has more than 20 years of experience and acts as a strategic commercial advisor with the executive leadership team and for national operations. He is the Chair of Canada's Opportunity Review Committee and focuses on operational excellence, results, business governance, efficiency and agility. Prior to joining WSP, he served various executive roles at SNC-Lavalin, where he led commercial and risk activities for large business units. He is also a practiced lawyer who began his career as a litigator at a large national law firm before entering the engineering and construction industry. Charles-Olivier graduated from the University of Sherbrooke with a Bachelor of Law and is a member of the Québec Bar.
Senior Vice President, Project Delivery Excellence
Shawn Scott joined WSP as Senior Vice President, Project Delivery Excellence, in December 2020. He has over 25 years of project leadership experience in the engineering and construction industry. Shawn is responsible for ensuring excellence in WSP’s best-in-class project delivery and leadership, support and governance for our most significant projects. Shawn is a Professional Engineer and received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Renée Sauriol is Vice President, Marketing and Communications for WSP in Canada. Ms. Sauriol oversees all external and internal communications including brand and marketing and serves as a strategic advisor to executive leadership. She is a highly experienced communications strategist constantly working at creating an inclusive and engaging environment to empower teams and people. She has a wide experience in stakeholder relations, as well as delivering innovative marketing and communications strategies. Prior to joining WSP in Canada, Ms. Sauriol held senior leadership positions at leading organizations in the financial, health care and public utilities industries.
Chief Information Officer
As Chief Information Officer, Marc is responsible for leading the company’s information technology services. A proven IT leader with more than a decade of executive experience in the telecommunications and financial services sectors, his expertise lies in IT infrastructure, transformation and integration, cybersecurity, and data management. In this role, he also provides strategic advice to the Canadian leadership team on issues related to emerging trends in IT, cybersecurity and digital innovation. He holds both a Bachelor of Business Administration, and a Master of Business Administration, from the Université de Moncton.
Regional Executive Leader, Ontario and Atlantic
Angela Smith is an experienced leader with a successful track record leading mega transit projects and providing program management services. As Regional Executive Leader, Ontario and Atlantic Canada, Angela provides strategic direction underpinned an extensive background in Transportation, Infrastructure and Buildings to clients within the Buildings, Transportation, and Infrastructure sectors. She possesses strong business acumen focusing on financial management, forecasting, planning, and achieving strategic goals. Angela is also an active member of ACEC-Canada, where she sits on the board of directors and volunteers with ACEC-Ontario’s finance and audit committee.
Regional Executive Leader, Quebec
Sébastien Fecteau is WSP’s Regional Executive Leader for Quebec. Responsible for overseeing the company’s strategic growth and operational direction regionally, he supports clients by leveraging his experience in delivering projects across the public- and private infrastructure sectors. Sébastien first joined WSP as a co-op student and throughout his career has progressively advanced to more senior project- and executive-level roles.
Business Line Executive, Earth and Environment
Olivier was appointed National Business Line Executive, Environment, in April 2019. He has been with WSP for nearly 15 years, holding progressively more senior roles within the Environment team, most recently as leader of Environment for Quebec. A geologist by training, Olivier is known as a dynamic and results-driven leader with a structured and focused approach to client engagement.
Business Line Executive, Transportation and Infrastructure
With more than 32 years of professional experience managing a wide variety of linear infrastructure and land development projects, Joe Sframeli operates as WSP’s Business Line Executive Vice President of Transportation and Infrastructure. Joe has extensive experience in all aspects of complex infrastructure work related to site grading, utility infrastructure, stormwater management and site servicing for both private developers and public agencies. His diverse portfolio of projects spans from largescale trunk feedermains to the design of complex integrated site servicing solutions for international luxury hospitality redevelopment projects. Joe has a B.A.Sc., in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto, Ontario.
Joe’s hands-on approach to problem solving, planning and design is also reflected in his leadership style with both staff and clients. The Transportation and Infrastructure Business Line offers multidisciplinary engineering services related to rail and transit, aviation, marine and ports, tunnelling, bridges, highways, land development, municipal engineering, water and wastewater, transportation advisory services, planning, landscape architecture and urban design, and project management across Canada.
Business Line Executive, Energy, Resources and Industry
Satvinder Flore was appointed Business Executive, Energy, Resources and Industry (ERI) in October 2019. Over his 18-year career, he has held senior-level international executive roles with a focus on business development, strategy, operational planning and mergers and acquisitions in global energy markets. Satvinder holds a BA (Hons) from the University of York (England).
Business Line Executive, Property and Buildings
François Lemay is Business Line Executive of Property and Buildings at WSP, recognized as a people-oriented leader with a strong focus on Clients and Employees and a solid understanding of the industry and market trends. He holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Ottawa and is a licensed engineer in Ontario and Quebec. Before joining WSP in 2021, François served as National Vice President, Public Sector – Federal, at SNC Lavalin, managing the strategic growth of a portfolio of federal clients. With 30 years of experience in Property and Buildings consulting, François possesses strategic insight instrumental to growing WSP’s Property and Buildings business to the next level.