Steve is Stantec’s new chief practice and project officer (CPO). This new role combines the responsibility for how we execute work (practice) and the responsibility for governance and oversight of the successful execution of projects for our clients (project).
Stantec’s Practice Services is responsible for our ISO-certified Integrated Management System, which includes the Project Management Framework that guides all our projects. Project Delivery, part of Stantec’s Programs and Business Solutions, is responsible for implementing our key strategic objective of exceptional project execution.
Included within this breadth of responsibility are Stantec’s quality, occupational health and safety, and environmental management systems, our project management ecosystem, and strategic positioning, contracting, and governance of Stantec’s largest projects. Steve also chairs Stantec’s Project Risk Committee.
Steve has 35 years of experience in engineering, project management, and business management in Sweden, Chile, the United States, and Canada. The best advice he ever received from a client? “Don’t surprise me.” Steve has applied that advice to client relationships throughout his long career. His signature projects include the South Fraser Perimeter Road, the Kelowna General Hospital and Vernon Jubilee Hospital expansions, and the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant.
Steve has represented Stantec as a content expert on project management, risk management and public private partnerships throughout North America. This includes lecturing at Penn State University, the University of British Columbia and the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Steve currently serves as director of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC-Canada) and is also a past chair of ACEC-British Columbia. From 2011 to 2016 he was a director and vice chair of Providence Health Care, the governing organization for 15 health care sites in Vancouver, British Columbia. Since 2009, Steve has cycled with ride2survive, raising over $25,000 for the Canadian Cancer Society.