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Daniel Leclair joins Stantec as firm bolsters its growing Canadian Federal Program team

Firm’s Federal team provides engineering and science-based solutions in support of the Canadian governments most important, and complex programs


Daniel Leclair has joined Stantec—a global leader in sustainable design and engineering—as senior principal and one of the leaders of the Company’s Canadian Federal Program. Leclair will work from Stantec’s Ottawa office, overseeing major Federal programs and projects across Canada.

Leclair’s hire demonstrates the firm’s commitment to building an even stronger Federal leadership team in Canada. He joins the firm’s Canada Federal Program building on the success of the Company’s US Federal Program and unites the firm’s business lines to provide innovative solutions for the Canadian government’s major  programs.

“Daniel’s wealth of experience managing federal programs across Canada is a perfect fit for our Federal program,” said Chris Williams, senior vice president for Stantec’s North America Federal Government Programs. “I’m know Daniel’s expertise will have a great impact on our business and regional operations across all of Canada. His strategic approach, guidance, and critical thinking will have a great impact on our clients, government and indigenous programs, and our communities across Canada.”

Leclair brings over 30 years’ experience managing major federal programs in infrastructure, real property, environment, emergency, and operations. After working in Canada’s federal government for decades—including most recently as Director General of Strategic Sourcing at Public Services and Procurement Canada—he has a vast knowledge of the key international, national, and regional federal partners and senior officials managing infrastructure and environmental programs. He also brings his extensive experience with Indigenous chiefs, councils, and communities.

“Stantec is one of the top architectural/engineering firms working for the Canadian Government and I’m proud to join such a talented group,” says Leclair. “I’m excited to build on Stantec’s reputation for high quality engineering services and innovative solutions.”

Leclair joins a Federal leadership team that also includes Elisa Brandts, a managing senior principal for the firm’s Department of National Defense (DND) account, based out of British Columbia. This leadership team will provide oversight to grow Stantec’s brand, portfolio, and reputation across all branches and ministries of the federal government. The team’s versatile group of Canadian federal  business leaders includes Gillian Edwards (Water), Iole Faragalli (Buildings), Tanya Shanoff (Environmental Services), Ivor Shaw (Energy and Resources), and Simon O’Byrne and Stephen Willis (Infrastructure). Willis recently joined Stantec as the firm’s Lead for community planning   in Canada. As a Registered Professional Planner and Professional Land Economist, he brings over 30 years’ experience in consulting and various public sector roles. 

Stantec’s recent high profile Canadian government projects include its work with FRAMEWORK Design Partners— a joint venture of Stantec, Merrick and Dialog—to support the renewal of government research facilities across Canada. Stantec and its partners are also working on joint strike  fighter jet facilities in Quebec and Alberta. These facilities will support the operations and maintenance of new fighter jet aircraft for the Canadian DND and the Royal Canadian Air Force.

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