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  My job is to listen to my clients and figure out what their needs are to see if, and how, Stantec can help them.

Dave Calder

Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Industrial (Manufacturing)

Waterloo, Ontario

The first questions that cross Dave’s mind when he meets a prospective client are “What are this client’s real business needs, and how can Stantec’s expertise or relationships help them achieve their objectives?”

Dave’s areas of expertise include industrial engineering analysis and design, process mechanical engineering (steam, chilled water, and compressed air), automotive manufacturing engineering, and design of building mechanical systems—this included being part of a major model launch for Toyota. When it comes to manufacturing engineering, Dave specializes in product launch, current production, and special projects.

Inspired by the teachings of the Dalai Lama, Dave is a natural leader, able to build genuine, long-term relationships with clients and assemble successful, multi-disciplinary teams to meet his client’s needs.

After nearly 20 years at Stantec, Dave continues to admire the company for its ability to align actions with values, and lives his life outside of work doing the same. In his community, Dave supports the local minor baseball association, giving kids the opportunity to participate and build lasting character. 

WHAT I'M UP TO

THE CONFERENCE TRAIL
My colleague Jean-Claude Paradis and I recently presented on Lean Energy at the IEEE/PCA Annual Cement conference.

WHAT I’M READING
I just started reading “Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future” by Ashlee Vance. Elon Musk is making quite a mark on the future of this generation, and maybe beyond.

IN MY COMMUNITY
I was the vice chair for Listowel Memorial Hospital Board of Directors for four years.

From logistics support to actively delivering the ceremony, I’ve contributed to the annual Iron Ring Ceremony in Waterloo, Ontario, for over 10 years.

For six years I’ve served as a guest speaker as part of the Professional Engineers Ontario “Engineer in the Classroom” program.

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