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Leadership - Executive Committee

John M. Beck
Executive Chairman
Aecon Group Inc.

John M. Beck is Executive Chairman of Aecon and is a leader in the Canadian construction industry. Mr. Beck has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1963. Mr. Beck has also served as Chairman of the Board of the Ontario Power Authority and as a director of the Canadian Council for Public Private Partnerships. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the MacDonald Laurier Institute for Public Policy, a leading Ottawa-based think tank that engages in non-partisan and independent research and commentary relating to public policy matters that affect Canadians.  Mr. Beck is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Financing Authority as well as the Canadian Olympic Foundation.  He is a member of the Advisory Council for the School of Public Policy at the University of Calgary and is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.  In recognition of his distinguished achievements and career-long service to the engineering profession, Mr. Beck was recently inducted as a Fellow into the Canadian Academy of Engineering. A graduate in Civil Engineering from McGill University, Mr. Beck has more than 50 years of experience in the construction industry in Canada and internationally. His background includes corporate leadership in numerous construction activities including heavy civil, commercial and industrial projects, precast concrete manufacturing, and the development of public-private partnerships.

Terrance L. McKibbon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Aecon Group Inc.

Terrance L. McKibbon is President and Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Group Inc. Prior to this role, Mr. McKibbon served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Aecon group of companies from June 2013, and from 2006 to 2012, Mr. McKibbon was Executive Vice-President of Aecon and Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Infrastructure Group. Mr. McKibbon has been a member of the Executive Committee of Aecon Group Inc. since 2006 and has been with the company since 1996.

Mr. McKibbon has been involved with the management of construction-related companies for 30 years including founding, acquiring and integrating companies and the overall management of companies active in all aspects of infrastructure construction. Mr. McKibbon is a Trustee of the Operating Engineers Training Fund and a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives. He is a former Trustee of the Labourers’ International Union of North America (Washington D.C.), and former President of both the Pipeline Contractors Association of Canada and the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association. He has also served as a Board member of the Ontario Road Builders Association and the Utility Contractors Association of Ontario. Mr. McKibbon is certified by the Canadian Construction Association as a Gold Seal Project Manager. Mr. McKibbon attended Carleton University’s Geology as well as Integrated Science and Economics programs.

Paula Palma
Executive Vice President and Chief People and Information Officer
Aecon Group Inc.

Paula Palma has served as Executive Vice President and Chief People and Information Officer (CPIO) since June 2014.  Ms. Palma oversees Aecon’s vast human resources and information technology functions. Ms. Palma joined Aecon as Chief Information Officer in October 2012, and brings more than two decades of extensive experience in Information Technology and Management Consulting. She held senior executive roles in London and Paris with a variety of world class organizations, including Managing Partner of VPX Consulting, Chief Information Officer and Board Member of VERTEX Data, and COO at ATOS ORIGIN. Ms. Palma received her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto, completed her MBA at McGill University, and a Global Executive MBA at INSEAD Paris. She is a member of the International Institute of Marketing and Fellowship, the UK Institute of Directors, and the UK Financial Services Authority.

David Smales
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Aecon Group Inc.

David Smales has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aecon since November 2009 and is responsible for financial reporting, accounting and compliance, budgeting and financial planning, taxation, treasury, operational finance, shared services and Aecon’s capital markets activities. Prior to joining Aecon, Mr. Smales was the Chief Financial Officer of Catalyst Paper Corporation and prior to that held a number of senior financial positions at Novar plc in the UK, focused on international operations. His career also includes roles in general management, strategy, and M&A both in industry and during 10 years with PricewaterhouseCoopers. Mr. Smales is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a BA (Honours) degree from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England.

L. Brian Swartz
Executive Vice President Legal and Commercial Services and Corporate Secretary
Aecon Group Inc.

L. Brian Swartz has served as Executive Vice-President of Aecon since June 2012 and Senior Vice-President, Legal and Commercial Services from June 2006 to June 2012. He has been with Aecon since 1997. Mr. Swartz is Chair of the Aecon Project Review Committee, a member of the Executive Committee and serves on the majority of the boards of directors for its wholly owned subsidiaries. Mr. Swartz has executive responsibility for managing a broad portfolio of corporate services including legal, corporate secretarial, risk management, bonding, office/facility services, and strategic planning services to the Aecon group of companies. He has been actively involved in many major infrastructure initiatives throughout the world. He is Past Chair of the Ontario Bar Association, Construction Law Executive. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Employers Council and a former director of the Canadian Construction Association. Mr. Swartz is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Corporate Counsel (London UK). He was recently appointed to the Board of Advisors for Osgoode Hall Law School’s Professional Development Program that is creating professional development curriculum for senior in-house counsel. Mr. Swartz earned his LLB from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1981 and in 2003 received a Cert. Arb from University of Windsor Law School and a certificate in Advanced Management from the Schulich School of Business, York University. Mr. Swartz writes and speaks regularly in his areas of expertise and has become a mentor for the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association’s young lawyer mentoring program.  

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