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  Every day you may make progress, every step may be fruitful. You may never see the journey’s end. So far from discouraging, this only adds to the joy and glory of the climb. - Churchill

Steve Fleck

Executive Vice President, Chief Practice & Project Officer

Vancouver, British Columbia

Steve is a member of our executive vice president leadership team and leads programs and business solutions. He’s responsible for managing the strategic positioning, contractual elements, and governance of Stantec’s largest projects while overseeing alternative project delivery for the Company. 

The best piece of advice Steve ever received from a client was “don’t surprise me.” He’s applied this practical knowledge to client relationships all throughout his more than 30 years of experience in engineering, project management, and business management in Sweden, Chile, the United States, and Canada.

An expert on the topics of project management and public private partnerships, Steve has presented to organizations and conferences throughout North America and has lectured at the University of British Columbia, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Penn State University. He’s also adept at navigating Stantec through the P3 project implementation on big endeavors such as the South Fraser Perimeter Road.

He’s the past vice chair of Providence Health Care, the governing organization for 15 health care sites in Vancouver, BC, including St. Paul’s Hospital, and as an active member of his community, he’s served on several other notable boards.

WHAT I'M UP TO

THE CONFERENCE TRAIL
Not sure about alternate project delivery? There are a few types to get familiar with, but as I shared with the Risk Management Society (RIMS) Canada at a recent conference, the benefits balance the novelty.

We need to move our products. At the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Transportation Summit, I spoke about how we can make change happen and support British Columbia—and Canada’s—economy.

How can P3 projects help? My presentation at the Construction Super Conference in San Diego looked at how an arrangement between the public and private sectors can improve public infrastructure by sharing objectives, risks, expertise, and rewards.

WHERE I’M PUBLISHED
You’ve got a budget, but you also want the best work for your project. A few years ago, I wrote “Best consultants aren’t necessarily the cheapest,” an editorial for the Vancouver Sun that contrasted lowest-price selection and qualification-based selection in engineering design.

WHAT I’M READING
Looking to enhance your decision-making skills? Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is a fascinating book that explores how we make decisions.

IN MY COMMUNITY
Since 2009, I have ridden my bike with ride2survive, the Canadian Cancer Society’s largest independent fundraiser—personally raising over $25,000.

I’m the past chair for the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies, British Columbia (ACEC-BC), and I’m the current director and vice chair of ACEC-Canada, the national organization.

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