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Stantec appoints Shankar Kalyana as chief technology officer

The IBM veteran will be responsible for leading the firm’s ongoing digital evolution while driving shareholder value


Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, has appointed Shankar Kalyana as chief technology officer (CTO). The IBM veteran brings nearly 40 years of experience and will be responsible for leading identification, deployment, application, and support of emerging digital technology to support existing clients and the firm’s strategic growth initiatives, while driving shareholder value.

In this newly established role, Kalyana will report to John Take, the firm’s chief growth and innovation officer, and be responsible for catalyzing on recent organic growth in Stantec’s digital and technology teams, which now includes more than 200 staff across the world. He will support the commercialization of digital products and services and the development of tools for internal use that drive efficiency. Kalyana will also support the ideation of digital products that will be incubated and brought to market.

“We are thrilled to welcome Shankar Kalyana as Stantec’s chief technology officer,” said John Take, Stantec executive vice president and chief growth and innovation officer. “Shankar joins us at a pivotal time, with our next Strategic Plan, Stantec is positioning for growth, success and continued Global impact. He will play an integral role in our ongoing digital evolution, while driving delivery effectiveness.”

As CTO, Shankar will collaborate with Stantec’s digital practice groups across all business lines, the Global Operations, and Innovation Office to maintain capabilities across the firm’s digital practice areas. These include data analytics, design/delivery and automation, geospatial analytics, project and program information management systems, visualization, and digital development.

“It is a unique privilege to leverage my experience and expertise in digital transformation at scale and apply it to a domain of great importance to humankind using technology in all its positive and constructive intent,” Kalyana said. “I am excited to join Stantec when climate change and sustainability have become center stage themes, and leading our influence in enhancing the quality of life for communities everywhere.”

Kalyana is an ex-IBM Fellow and innovator with multiple technical awards, an evangelist of applying technology for business value, and a thought leader in complex digital transformations. He holds a Master of Science from Pennsylvania State University in Information Science,

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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