Desjardins Business Luncheon

Global engineering challenges of the future

Friday, May 3, 2013 from noon to 2 P.M.


Robert G. Card

The Honorable Robert G. Card, P.E.

President and Chief Executive Officer
SNC-Lavalin Inc.

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Robert G. Card is the President & CEO of SNC-Lavalin, one of the world’s largest engineering, construction, operations and asset investment firms with 34,000 employees and $8 billion in annual revenue. He also serves as a member of the company’s Board of Directors.

SNC-Lavalin operates in nearly 100 countries through its major business units, including Mining & Metallurgy, Power, Hydrocarbons & Chemicals, Infrastructure (including Transport, Water and Environment), Vertical Construction, Operations & Maintenance, Infrastructure Concession Investments, and International. The firm owns interests in many infrastructure and mining assets, including AltaLink, which operates the majority of the power grid in Alberta, Canada.

Robert was formerly President of the 14,000-employee, $3.5-billion Energy, Water & Facilities division of CH2MHILL. This division contained Energy & Chemicals, Mining, Power, Water, Operations & Maintenance, and Industrial Facilities including Metals. He was also a long-time Board Director for the 30,000-employee, $7-billion firm. Over the course of his career, he lead each of the firm’s other divisions in succession, becoming responsible at one time or another for its Transportation, Nuclear, Environmental, Government and International business lines. He also served as the lead consortia partner in CLM, the Delivery Partner for the highly successful $15-billion London 2012 Olympics program and as its Deputy Program Manager. He was based in London from 2006 through 2009.

As the Under Secretary of Energy from 2001 to 2004, Robert was the third ranking executive in the US Department of Energy (DOE). In that role, he was responsible for the DOE business lines of Energy, Science and Environment, which involved a $14-billion annual budget and 65,000 federal and contractor employees. His responsibilities included nuclear, fossil and renewable energy, energy efficiency, nuclear fuel cycle and waste management, the strategic petroleum reserve, power transmission, climate change, DOE’s Human Genome project and genomic research, and the network of DOE research laboratories (the DOE is the nation’s largest funder of physical sciences). He was also responsible for DOE’s safety and environment regulations and function, its environmental remediation and its legacy sites program. He was also Co-Chair of the Administration’s Interagency Climate Change Task Force.

Prior to the his Senate-confirmed, Presidential appointment at the DOE, Robert was the CEO of Kaiser-Hill, where he managed the $7-billion decommissioning of the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant in Colorado. As documented in US government audits, this program was completed over 50 years ahead of schedule and $30 billion under budget. This is believed to be the largest cost and schedule savings in US history.

As project manager of the Suncor Fort Kent steam stimulation project in Alberta, Robert was also a pioneer in the sub-surface development of the Canadian oil sands. This project won the Schreyer Award, Canada’s top engineering achievement honour.

Robert has testified numerous times before the US Congress, has been a frequent public speaker on sports, energy, water, environment, and technology topics and has received numerous awards, including the Energy Secretary’s Gold Award.

His academic credentials include the Program for Management Development at Harvard Business School, a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and a bachelor in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington.

Robert is on the Board of Governors for the World Economic Forum Infrastructure and Urban Development Group. He previously served as a Senior Advisor to CSIS (the Center for Strategic and International Studies), and as a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.

A flagship of Quebec’s engineering industry, SNC-Lavalin is one of the world's largest engineering, construction, operations, and asset investment firms, with $8 billion in revenue and close to 33,000 employees.

Active on the international scene for 40 years, SNC-Lavalin works on projects in some 100 different countries.

The speech will be held in english.


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A unique opportunity to… 

  • Hear an influential, internationally renowned figure from the engineering sector give an exclusive talk, in Montréal, for the first time
  • Gain a better understanding of the basic characteristics of the strategies of one of the largest engineering and construction groups in the world
  • Examine the challenges awaiting tomorrow’s engineering firms

And to hear about… 

  • SNC-Lavalin’s globalization plans
  • The company’s initiatives with regards to governance and ethics
  • The steps that will be taken to become THE global leader within the next five years

Get a glimpse of the future for engineering firms!

In collaboration with:

  • Alcoa
  • CN
  • Gowlings WLG
  • Hydro Québec
  • Ivanhoé Cambridge
  • Les Affaires
  • SNC Lavalin