Leadership - Executive Committee

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John M. Beck
Executive Chairman
Aecon Group Inc.

John M. Beck is the Executive Chairman of the Board and is a leader in the Canadian construction industry. Mr. Beck has been a member of the Board 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 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 the Ontario Financing Authority and 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 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 projects such as bridges, highways, airport infrastructure, precast concrete manufacturing as well as buildings, commercial and industrial projects, and public-private partnerships for the development of infrastructure, such as airports and toll roads.

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

Mr. McKibbon is President and Chief Executive Officer of Aecon Group Inc. He moved into this role in June 2014 after previously serving as President and Chief Operating Officer, and prior to that he was Executive Vice President and CEO of Aecon’s Infrastructure segment. 

Mr. McKibbon is a well respected expert in the construction and infrastructure industry and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the position.  With more than 30 years experience integrating and managing construction-related companies, he has proven abilities and a deep understanding of the diversity and complexity of Aecon’s operating environment.

Mr. McKibbon is a Trustee of the Operating Engineers Local 793 Training Fund, based in Ontario.  He is a former President of the Canadian Pipeline Contractors Association and the Ontario Hot Mix Producers Association, and a former Board member of the Ontario Road Builders and Utility Contractors Associations.

Mr. McKibbon is certified by the Canadian Construction Association as a Gold Seal Project Manager.  He attended Carlton University where he studied geology as well as integrated science and economics programs.  Mr. McKibbon has been with Aecon since 1996. 

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

As Aecon’s Executive Vice President and Chief People and Information Officer (CPIO), Ms. Palma oversees Aecon’s vast human resources and information technology functions.

Ms. Palma brings to Aecon 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.

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

Mr. Smales is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Aecon Group.  In this role he is responsible for financial reporting and compliance, budgeting, and financial planning, treasury debt and cash management, as well as Aecon's capital market activities.

Before joining Aecon, Mr. Smales was Vice President and CFO of Catalyst Paper Corporation.  He has held a number of increasingly senior financial and operational positions both in Canada and the United Kingdom.  Mr. Smales is a Chartered Accountant and has a BA (Honours) degree from the University of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne in England.

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

As Executive Vice President Legal and Commercial Services, Aecon Group Inc., Mr. Swartz has a broad portfolio of executive responsibilities in addition to his role as Chief Legal Officer. These include corporate secretarial, risk and surety, mergers and acquisitions, labour relations, as well as office and facilities services. Mr. Swartz is also Chair of the Aecon Project Risk Committee, a member of the Aecon Executive Committee, as well as a member of the Board of Directors for each of the wholly-owned subsidiaries of Aecon Group Inc. 

Mr. Swartz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Employers Council and a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Corporate Counsel (London). He is Past Chair of the Construction Law Executive of the Ontario Bar Association.

Mr. Swartz received his Bachelor of Laws Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in 1981.