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Stantec expands infrastructure, environment and geosciences leadership in Australia

Global firm positions for accelerated growth across infrastructure, environment and geosciences in Australia by appointing Shane Higgins, David Pitronaci, and Natalie Muir to leadership team.

08/17/2022 Sydney, NSW TSX, NYSE:STN

Global engineering and consulting firm Stantec has made three leadership appointments to grow its infrastructure, environment and geosciences practices in Australia.

Shane Higgins will lead Stantec’s infrastructure group to deliver smarter, sustainable transport and community infrastructure across urban and regional centres. He will be joined by David Pitronaci as Regional Director, Community Development.

Shane has over 30 years’ experience working within government and consulting while David has 24 years’ industry experience delivering landmark recreational, community infrastructure and master planned residential projects. Both Shane and David are based in Sydney.

Natalie Muir will lead Stantec’s Environment and Geosciences team ensuring environmental science, engineering expertise and sustainable design are woven into all our projects. Natalie is based in Brisbane and has more than 23 years’ experience within the engineering profession. She is also Stantec’s climate solutions leader for Australia and New Zealand.

‘Shane, David and Natalie join us through our acquisition of Cardno which has doubled our size in Australia and expanded our service offering,’ said José Granado, Stantec’s Australian and New Zealand Regional Leader.

‘They each have strong industry and leadership experience and are effective team players. I am looking forward to working closely with them as we grow our presence in Australia during this period of significant investment in public and private infrastructure projects.’

Shane, David, and Natalie’s appointments are effective from 1 January 2023 when they will formally join Stantec’s leadership team in Australia. In the interim, they will continue supporting our integration program and business operations in their existing senior leadership roles.

About Stantec

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

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Stantec Australia leadership team effective 01 January 2023

José Granado, Regional Leader Australia and New Zealand

Ashok Sukumaran, Country Leader, Australia

John Ciccotelli, Regional Director, Water

Shane Higgins, Regional Director, Infrastructure

Scott Nield, Regional Director, Transportation

David Pitronaci, Regional Director, Community Development

Natalie Muir, Regional Director, Environment & Geosciences

Brett Davis, Regional Director, Buildings

Wayne Peel, Regional Director, Energy & Resources

Shane Higgins

Natalie Muir

David Pitronaci

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