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Spectrum 2013 Edition Number 1

In this inaugural edition of Spectrum for 2013, we
look at the different ways we are “shaping the future”
for a variety of our stakeholders: from developing
ground-breaking initiatives like the Vale Clean AER
initiative and innovative district cooling projects, to
encouraging young engineers through our recognition
and internship programs.

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Spectrum 2013 Edition Number 1

  1. 1. Shapingthe Futurevol. 22EDITIONno. 12013quarterlymagazine ofSNC‑Lavalin
  2. 2. Paper made fromrecycled materialXXXXXXXSpectrum is publishedfor SNC‑Lavalin Group Global Corporate Communications.Spectrum est aussi disponible en français.N.B.: All figures are in Canadian dollarsunless otherwise indicated.Editor-in-Chief:Monica Bhattacharya, Director,External CommunicationsWriting and coordination:Noel Rieder, Senior WriterContributors:Nicola CardwellMarie-Claude DubeaultPeter McCarthyÉtienne PlanteCraig SegalCopyright deposit:Bibliothèque nationale du Québec.Articles may be reproduced,with attribution, upon request.Design and production:mosaic designPrinting:L’EmpreinteCover:The RTB Bor smelter complex in Serbia,where SNC-Lavalin is carrying out a majorretrofitting project.Please send all correspondence to:SpectrumSNC‑Lavalin Inc.455 René-Lévesque Blvd. WestMontreal, Quebec, Canada H2Z 1Z3Tel.: 514 393-1000Fax: 514 875-4877E-mail: spectrum@snclavalin.comWe invite you to visit our websiteto learn more about SNC‑Lavalin:www.snclavalin.com04Sustainable Retrofitting:The Future Looks Cleaner08SNC‑Lavalin’s DistrictCooling Team ona Winning Streak10Calgary Mass TransitExtension Up and Running13Four ReasonsWhy SNC‑Lavalin’sNew Code of Ethics Matters14Snc‑LavalinEnvironment Leadsthe Way with InnovativeGreen Solutions16Meeting our Full Potential18Shaping Tomorrow’sLeaders: Putting Stockin Student Interns
  3. 3. 03Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013President’s MessageShaping the FutureIn this inaugural edition of Spectrum for 2013, welook at the different ways we are “shaping the future”for a variety of our stakeholders: from developingground-breaking initiatives like the Vale Clean AERinitiative and innovative district cooling projects, toencouraging young engineers through our recognitionand internship programs.The world around us is changing at a dizzying pace. Demographic shifts,globalization and rapidly evolving technologies are transforming ourwork environment and combining to profoundly impact the role ofengineering in society. Succeeding on a project today, regardless of where itis, means recognizing and understanding how these trends are shaping theneeds, interests and expectations of all stakeholders. In short, you must havea comprehensive approach to project development and delivery.This comprehensive approach is especially valuable to the developing world,which has a great need for resources and infrastructure. Improving the accessof these emerging economies to essential commodities, and providing themwith state-of-the-art hospitals, waterworks and transit systems will helpenhance their standards of living. And by partnering with regional subcontrac-tors and purchasing materials and equipment from the local market, it ispossible to have an ever greater positive impact. This is the approach to proj-ects that SNC-Lavalin embraces.SNC-Lavalin is also committed to being a good corporate citizen. As such, ourteams dedicate considerable time and effort to supporting local charities andschools, both in developing and developed countries. Our employees and thecommunities we serve around the world also expect a certain standard ofbehaviour and values from a company like ours. We are committed to excel-lence in that regard. World-class ethical standards, safety, environment andquality create the framework from which we go forth to shape the future.As a global company that has the ability to change lives for the better throughour dynamic projects and local presence, we at SNC-Lavalin work to shape abetter future for all the citizens of the world, from Montreal to Melbourne andMarrakesh to Moscow. In the end, it is the local villagers, townspeople andcity-dwellers who will use our infrastructures to improve their own lives andshape their own futures in the many decades ahead.Bob CardPresident and Chief Executive Officer“World-class ethicalstandards, safety,environment and qualitycreate the frameworkfrom which we go forthto shape the future.”
  4. 4. 04Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013FeatureSuch projects are certainly sustainable, but it could beargued that retrofitting older facilities with clean,mo­dern technology is the most sustainable kind of proj-ect. By incorporating the best available technologies into agingplants, it is possible to dramatically decrease their impacts on theenvironment and local communities, all without building on newsites, using more resources or extending utility networks.“With sustainable retrofits, we’re helping our clients reduce theirenvironmental footprint by reusing old infrastructure and recy-cling what we can into more efficient, less polluting factories,” saidMark Osterman, SNC‑Lavalin’s Vice-President, Environment, incharge of corporate environmental policy. “In just about all cases,sustainable retrofits lead to more efficient factories which costless to operate, perform better and improve the quality of life forthose who live near them.”SNC‑Lavalin teams are currently at work on many projects of thiskind around the world. Three of the largest are the Vale CleanAtmospheric Emissions Reduction (AER) project in Ontario, theBoundary Dam carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) project inSaskatchewan, and a modernization and upgrade of a miningequipment, copper smelter and sulphuric acid complex in Bor,Serbia. All three mega-projects demonstrate that it is ­possible tovastly improve the environmental performance of aging industrialfacilities. All it takes are governments with a commitment to aclean future, clients with the will to act, and engineering andconstruction companies with the right expertise.Vale AER: A healthierfuture for SudburyThe region around Sudbury, Ontario, is known as one of the fore-most mining areas in Canada. Companies have been pulling min-erals from its ground for well over a century. But while themining boom has been great for the economic growth of theregion, it has taken a toll on the surrounding environment (a localmyth persists to this day that NASA trained astronauts for itsApollo mission around Sudbury because some areas had beenreduced to a rocky wasteland by acid rain).It is understandable, then, why there is so much enthusiasm inthe area for Vale’s $2-billion environmental retrofit of its Sudburynickel smelter. The facility, which features the tallest smoke-stack in the Western Hemisphere, currently sends around175,000 metric tonnes of acid rain causing SO2 into theSustainable Retrofitting:The Future Looks CleanerWhen people think sustainable projects, they tend to imagine futuristic buildings andfacilities, such as LEED-certified office towers or innovative industrial plants that employstate-of-the-art technologies to minimize waste generation and energy consumption.­atmo­sphere each year. Once the new improvements in technol-ogy are integrated into the plant, however, emissions of the gaswill fall to less than 45,000 metric tonnes per year, well belowthe Ontario government-mandated limit of 66,000.The project will see four new converter vessels—complete withprimary and secondary hoods—incorporated into the facility.There will also be numerous additional process units to reduceemissions and particulate matter into the local atmosphere,as well as a 1,500 tonne-per-day sulphuric acid plant.Project Director Hank Froese finds Vale AER highly rewarding towork on. After a long career of building industrial facilities—including the largest refinery in the world in India—he takes pridein knowing that his work will have a palpable and positive impacton the health of locals.“People in Sudbury are very glad to meet you and shake yourhand when they hear that you’re working on this project,” he said.“I’ve worked on major industrial facilities around the world, soI can tell you that’s not always the case on major jobs. This retro-fit is good for the people of the region, good for Vale, and goodfor SNC‑Lavalin.”     The superstack at Vale’s Sudbury nickel smelter rises 380 metres, making it the tallest chimneyin the Western hemisphere.
  5. 5. 05Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Feature“People in Sudbury are veryglad to meet you and shakeyour hand when they hear thatyou’re working on this project.This retrofit is good for thepeople of the region, good forVale, and good forSNC‑Lavalin.”Hank FroeseProject DirectorOnce improvements in technology are integrated into Vale’s Sudbury plant, emissions of SO2 will fall to less than 45,000 metric tonnes per year.
  6. 6. Boundary Dam:a showcase for clean coalIn Saskatchewan, SaskPower is testing the limits of CCS tech-nology with a retrofit of one 150-MW unit at its 800-MW coal-fired power plant known as Boundary Dam. Earlier in 2011,SNC‑Lavalin, which is providing full EPC services for the project,integrated a 225-tonne carbon dioxide (CO2) stripper into theunit. The stripper will work as part of a sophisticated amine-based capture process to remove 90% of the CO2 from the fluegas. To this will be added a second amine-based process thatwill remove all SO2 from the flue stream as well.The process used at the Boundary Dam is called “post combustion”because the capture of the CO2 occurs after the combustionpro­­cess that produces the facility’s power. This is the most cost-effective way to proceed for an existing coal facility. When theproject is completed in late 2013, it will be the first commercialscale post-combustion carbon capture project ever implementedon a coal-fired power plant. And once proven at Boundary Dam, thetechnology has the potential to be commercialized worldwide.The project is good for the environment, but it also makeseconomic sense. The CO₂ that is removed will be sold to oilproducers, who can inject it into the ground to coax moreresources from mature wells, while the SO₂ will be convertedinto sulphuric acid for the local market.“This project will create one of the world’s cleanest coal-firedpower plants, in terms of emissions of air pollutants,” said GuyCouturier, Project Sponsor. “The plant will also now be producingtwo commodities of value. Everyone wins when you can turnwaste into valuable products.”RTB Bor: a measurable benefitfor allIn operation since 1903, Serbia’s Bor integrated copper mine andsmelting complex is one of the region’s foremost producers ofcopper and precious metals. During the last two decades ofoperation, however, significant impacts on local rivers, wildlifeand the atmosphere have been observed. Now, with more strin-gent Serbian and EU regulations in place, the state-owned com-plex is taking a leap into the 21st century.SNC‑Lavalin’s involvement began with a contract to evaluate theexisting smelter and produce a feasibility study in June 2010.That led to the current engineering, procurement andconstruction mandate, which includes a new state-of-the-artflash smelter furnace, new hoods, evaporative cooling chambers,a new acid plant and a waste effluent treatment system.The upgrades will yield a dramatic improvement in copper recov-ery and allow the complex to use less fossil fuel. Meanwhile,capturing 98% of the sulphur from the smelter’s SO2 emissions(complying with the EU’s most stringent standards) should havea noticeable impact on the local environment and social benefitsfor residents of Bor.“This project will increase production at the smelter by 225%,while greatly reducing its impact on local residents and theenv­­­ironment,” said Inder Bhasin, Senior Project Manager. “I thinkthat, as a company, we can be proud of our involvement in sucha project.” Boundary Dam – Unit 3:Doing the Workof 23,000 TreesThrough potentially reducingCO₂ emissions of the 150-MW unit by 90%,1.2 million tonnes per yearof GHG emissions could be eliminated fromthe atmosphere. According to the U.S.Environmental Protection Agency, it would take10 years for 23,000 treesto sequester that much CO₂.Guy Couturier (fifth from left in front row) surroundedby the Boundary Dam engineering and management team.The Boundary Dam: soon to be one of the world’s cleanest coal-fired power plants.
  7. 7. The upgrades to the RTB Bor complex will yield a dramatic improvement in copper recovery and allow the complex to use less fossil fuel.07Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013FeatureCO2reductionof90%SO2reductionof70%SO2reductionof100%Metalsand dustreductionof35%-40%SO2reductionof98%Vale AER Boundary Dam – unit 3 RTB BORHow they stack up
  8. 8. 08Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013SNC‑Lavalin’s District CoolingTeam on a Winning StreakOver the past 12 years, SNC‑Lavalin has become a world leader in astate-of-the-art air conditioning technology known as district cooling.District cooling involves producing chilled water at a central plant, thenpiping it to various buildings where it is used for air conditioning.District Cooling
  9. 9. 09Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013District CoolingSNC‑Lavalin’s district cooling hot streak began in 2000,when Tabreed, a world leader in the sector, awarded thecompany a major turnkey engineering, procurement andconstruction (EPC) contract for two district cooling plants forZayed Military City in Abu Dhabi. This and other successes in theEmirates led to the formation of the SNC‑Lavalin GulfContractors (SLGC) joint venture with Tabreed in 2004.“Today, SLGC is the global leader in district-cooling EPC con-tracts,” says Mohamed Youssef, Managing Director of the AbuDhabi-based joint venture. “We are a microcosm of SNC‑Lavalinitself, with all functions in-house. As a competitive local contrac-tor, we adhere to SNC‑Lavalin’s high engineering standards andhealth, safety and environment (HSE) requirements. We areISO 9001- and 14001-certified, and OHSAS 18001-certified foroccupational health and safety.”A string of close to 40  successful projects in the UAE hasrecently opened doors to new opportunities in Saudi Arabia.Current Saudi district cooling contracts include a 27,000-refrig-eration tonne (RT) plant for Aramco at Dharan, two50,000-RT plants in Riyadh’s King Abdullah Financial District,and a 25,000-RT plant at the Jabal Omar Development in Mecca,all scheduled to open shortly. A 10,000-RT district cooling facil-ity has the same power as 20,000  standard window airconditioning units.“We have had excellent feedback from our many UAE and Saudicustomers,” adds Ibrahim Guemei, Projects Director, Kingdom ofSaudi Arabia. “That has strengthened our solid reputation forevery aspect of these comprehensive projects.”That good reputation is widespread in the region. In the UAE, forexample, government bodies and real estate developers appreci-ate SLGC’s cost-efficient approach, and lenders are more likelyto provide financing to these developers if SLGC is involved. “Weprovide the best value over the typical district-cooling project’s40-year life cycle,” says Louis Gosselin, Projects Director, UAE.SLGC’s success is linked directly to the talent and enthusiasmof its people. Like SNC‑Lavalin itself, the SLGC joint venture is amelting pot of top global talent. “We have a cross-cultural teamof employees from many countries,” said Gosselin. “The level ofcollaboration and energy in this team is impressive to seein action.”The team is also enthusiastic about the future of district coolingin the region and beyond. They have their sights set on neigh-bouring nations such as Bahrain and Qatar, which will host theWorld Cup in 2022. There is plenty of demand for district coolingin Qatar as it makes plans to build a new stadium, related infra-structure and residential developments.“We’re even looking at opportunities in India,” adds HanyAbdelsayed, Projects & Proposals Manager. “And our districtcooling expertise can also open the door to our clients for otherSNC‑Lavalin offerings.” A stringof close to40 successful districtcooling projectsin the UAE
  10. 10. 10Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Mass TransitCalgary Mass Transit ExtensionUp and RunningBig cities around the world have at least one thing in common: traffic jams on their streetsand highways. Through its world-leading light rapid transit (LRT) expertise, SNC‑Lavalinis playing an important role in easing that congestion by getting people out of cars andonto commuter trains.The SNC‑Lavalin Mass Transit Group recently added a newsuccess story to its growing roster of public transitsystems now in operation around the globe. TheCalgary West Light Rapid Transit (LRT) Extension Project wascompleted on time and was ready for passenger service inlate 2012.The Project, which was awarded in late 2009, is one of Calgary’slargest-ever infrastructure undertakings, its largest design-buildcontract and its first new LRT line in 20 years. It includes aneight-kilometre extension from downtown to the southwest partof the city, six passenger stations, nine traction-power substa-tions, two Park’n’Rides and a major highway interchange.SNC‑Lavalin was chosen because of its extensive experience inurban public transport, including its recent involvement inVancouver’s Canada Line. The company successfully completedthat project a full three months ahead of schedule in 2009.SNC‑Lavalin is the only Canadian company to have singlehand-edly undertaken a design, build, finance, operate and maintainmandate for a large mass transit system.LRTs: Green by natureMass transit projects are, by their very nature, green initiatives,but the Calgary LRT team has incorporated extensive environ-mental considerations across the project to make it a true show-case for sustainability.“Many Calgary road commuters have already switched to thisnew LRT service, cutting their trip downtown by more thanhalf, and eliminating a considerable amount of greenhousegas emissions from the atmosphere,” said Project Director,Dave Weatherby. “Beyond that, the project has acoustic wallsto minimize noise pollution for adjacent residents, and aLEED-certification four-storey office building above one ofthe stations.”The project’s stations were also designed using green principles.Thanks to the east-west alignment of all but one station, pas-sengers are sheltered from wind and summer sunshine, butbenefit from the warmth of winter sunshine. Meanwhile, south-facing windows are equipped with shades, which block high-angle summer sun rays, but let in the lower angle winter sun.
  11. 11. 11Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Mass Transit“Many Calgary road commutershave already switched to thisnew LRT service, cutting theirtrip downtown by more thanhalf, and eliminating aconsiderable amount ofgreenhouse gas emissionsfrom the atmosphere.”Dave WeatherbyProject DirectorDemand is strong,and getting strongerThe time is right for this expansion in Calgary. The city’s popula-tion growth is expected to be more than double the Canadiannational average over the next several decades. Calgary’s quicklyexpanding population also likes its mass transit.“The city routinely reports North America’s highest, or second-highest, per-capita public-transit ridership levels, with very highoff-peak usage rates too,” said Kevin Vokey, the project’sTrackwork Design Manager.The LRT expansion is particularly good news for residents, busi-ness owners and workers in the city’s southwest area, where thecurrent population of 90,000 is expected to grow to 120,000over the next 20 years.While the city’s southwest district has always been served bycity buses, steep grades make wintertime bus travel challenging.With the new LRT expansion, however, downtown work andentertainment destinations will be much more accessible what-ever the weather.“The new LRT extension will also help to rejuvenate the south-west,” says Blair Squire, Project Manager for the SNC‑Lavalinjoint venture. “There will be a brand new high school at theterminal, and considerable residential and commercial develop-ment growth, to cite just two examples.”     The opening ceremony for the Calgary West LRT was held on December 8, 2012.
  12. 12. 12Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Mass TransitSome members of the Calgary West LRT team took time out in 2011 to pose for a group photo.The power of teamworkAny project of this magnitude has more than its share of chal-lenges. What distinguishes a great project from a merely goodone, however, is how well the team is able to adapt and over-come them. The Calgary LRT team has been exemplary in thisregard thanks to teamwork.“One of our major tasks was to assemble large teams from dif-ferent corporate cultures,” says Weatherby. “It’s great to workwith a team that is on the same page and fully committed todelivering a project that is absolutely world-class. That allowedus to overcome many obstacles that could have otherwisecaused major issues for the project.”As examples, Weatherby cites the construction of the soleunderground station in the new network, which required deepexcavation under some challenging soil conditions. MotherNature was also busy above ground, with two of the wettestsummers and coldest winters on record.“We overcame these challenges, and many more, because of theexcellent level of communication that existed within the entireteam, including the client, SNC‑Lavalin staff and our local part-ners,” Weatherby said.With Calgary West now complete, work begins on new projects.SNC-Lavalin was awarded the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit proj-ect in Vancouver, a crucial extension of the existing Skytrain. InOntario, the company won the Confederation Line, a major LRTproject for the Canadian capital of Ottawa. No question about it:the SNC‑Lavalin Mass Transit Group is on the move. “We overcame these challenges,and many more, becauseof the excellent level ofcommunication that existedwithin the entire team, includingthe client, SNC‑Lavalin staffand our local partners.”Dave WeatherbyProject Director
  13. 13. 13Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013EthicsFour Reasons Why SNC‑Lavalin’sNew Code of Ethics MattersOver the past century, SNC‑Lavalin has built up its business on the quality of its work andits reputation. The company knows that its individual and collective actions may have adirect impact on its reputation. In 2012, SNC‑Lavalin launched a reinforced Code of Ethicsand Business Conduct, in part to ensure global excellence. The new Code has many newfeatures, including an anonymous third-party ethics hotline available on the company’sintranet and external website. It is also now available in 12 languages, and three separateCode documents have been streamlined into one.Here are the top four reasons the new Code of Ethics matters (in noparticular order), according to Bob Card, President and CEO; RéjeanGoulet, Executive Vice-President and General Counsel; and DarleenCaron, Executive Vice-President, Global Human Resources.▪▪1 Because it mattersto our employees“Everyone wants to work for a company they can be proud of,” said Caron.“A company’s ethical standard is one of the top criteria potential employeeswill assess. It’s also a key driver of our current employees’ level of engage-ment. In our company-wide employee engagement survey, this is somethingwe are very keen to measure, because when employees are engaged andproud, it leads to better results and a better work environment.”▪▪2Because it mattersto our clients“Our clients are demanding that we have the highest possible standards,in many cases higher than laws in certain regions,” said Card. “They need tosee proof, not only that we adhere to those standards, but that measures arein place to ensure them.”▪▪3Becauseit is the law“As SNC‑Lavalin continues to grow, it’s of the highest imperative that weadhere to all laws where we do business,” said Goulet. “We are competing withsome of the world’s biggest firms on multi-billion dollar projects. Our reputa-tion must be stellar because a small misstep could mean the differencebetween winning and losing an important contract.”▪▪4Because it mattersto our future“It’s a matter of sustainability for the business,” said Card. “If you do not havea solid code of ethics, the business will not continue to succeed. The highest stan-dards on this front are what allow us the social license to do what we do best.” Did you know?▪▪ A violation of the Code may bereported via any of the followingresources, and will be treatedconfidentially: an immediatesupervisor; the Human ResourcesVice-President for the businessunit; corporate contacts fromGlobal Human Resources, Finance,Legal Affairs and Internal Audit;and/or SNC‑Lavalin’s Ethics andCompliance Hotline:▪▪ The Code is available in12 languages: English, French,Spanish, Portuguese, Russian,Romanian, Indonesian, Swedish,Norwegian, German, Polish andstandard Arabic.▪▪ Signing the Code upon hiringis mandatory, and renewinga commitment to it every yearis a condition of employment.
  14. 14. 14Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Environmental ExpertiseSLE’s GHG verification program is coordinated by Project Scientist John Lindner.Snc‑Lavalin Environment Leads theWay with Innovative Green SolutionsSNC‑Lavalin Environment (SLE) is offering a new set of services that will help its clientsremain where they want to be: at the forefront of environmental issues and regulations.Being proactive rather than reactive when it comes to green issues can make all thedifference for clients—and for the planet.ANSI awardedSLE accreditationIn early2012GHG verification auditing:transparent, reliable,responsible reportingIn early 2012, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)awarded SLE accreditation that allows the division to performgreenhouse gas (GHG) verifications in North America. SLE audi-tors may now enter client facilities to examine and affirm accu-rate gas emissions reports. Such GHG reporting and verificationis now a regulatory requirement in many jurisdictions, and isseen as a precursor to further regulation.The accreditation process was spearheaded by SLE Senior AirQuality Specialist, Bryan McEwen. From May 2011 to May 2012,the project team steadily navigated the application process,before completing a Witness Audit of a limestone quarry insouth-central British Columbia with the client and ANSI staff.“This was a challenging process,” explained Director and LeadAuditor Roger Ord, after the recent Witness Audit. “While wewere looking over the client’s shoulder, ANSI was evaluating us.Overall, however, it was a rewarding and interesting process formy team to be involved in.”With the new accreditation under its belt, SLE is now in anattractive position to win new business in the growing GHG ser-vices sector. The division can provide a wide range of carbonservices, from supporting Carbon Capture and Sequestration(CCS) projects and building risk management systems, to per-forming pre-evaluations and audits.“This process has allowed us to build tool sets that increase ourrigour, as well as our capacity to execute valuable and necessaryservices,” said Ord. “This accreditation solidifies SLE’s positionas an expert in carbon management.”
  15. 15. 15Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Environmental ExpertiseSAM: integrated,innovative, flexibleSLE recently launched an innovative and highly specialized toolthat effectively monitors environmental impacts at multiplesites. The Automated Monitoring System, known as SAM, is acombination of hardware and integrated, web-based softwaremodules that together measure activity across a variety ofenvironmental parameters.Developed over a period of three years, SAM improves uponSLE’s former noise monitoring system by increasing its capabili-ties and scope of services. Clients may select which modulesthey want to employ based on their specific needs andsite specifications.SAM’s versatile, modular architecture allows for the surveillanceof numerous factors. Currently, SAM offers modules for noise,vibrations, particulate matter, pollutants, traffic radars, weather,water level/flow rate and electric power. An additional module,capable of monitoring the pressure, slope, stress and displacementof landslides, is currently in development. Modules can be addedor deleted from the list of services at the client’s discretion.SAM is linked via secure web servers to the client’s internalsystems and bolstered by extensive security features. Motorizedcameras measure activity levels on site. This data is thenuploaded to generate analysis reports and displayed for the“What makes SAM so innovativeis its capability to be ascustomized as the clientrequires.”Jacques SavardDirector of Acoustics and Vibrations­client in real time, allowing for the timely prevention of exceed-ances. Excessive activity or disturbances are reliably recordedwith an alarms and notifications feature.“The client gets to see things as they are happening,” explainedJacques Savard, Director of Acoustics and Vibrations. “All noti-fications received can be used to prevent problems from devel-oping or escalating, making operations considerably smootherfor the client.”“What makes SAM so innovative is its capability to be as custom-ized as the client requires,” he added. “The older technologyallowed clients to monitor some of the same parameters, butdifferent systems were needed for each environmental factor thatwas measured. The client benefits from the one-stop-shop natureof SAM, an all-inclusive, integrated and cost-effective system.” SAM’s versatile, modular architecture allows for the surveillance of numerous factors.
  16. 16. 16Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Interview with the PresidentInterview withBob CardPresident and CEO, SNC‑LavalinMeeting our Full PotentialSince becoming President and CEO of SNC‑Lavalin on October 1, 2012, Bob Card has beenmeeting employees and learning about our many projects around the world. He is a topindustry expert with close to 40 years of experience, but he readily admits that he has beenamazed by the full extent of the company’s capabilities and global reach.Card reports that he sees fantastic potential in SNC‑Lavalin. The question, of course,is where and how he will seek to apply it. Spectrum recently met with Card to discussthe future of the company, and what he feels SNC‑Lavalin must do to reach its fullpotential in a global market that is more competitive than ever.Spectrum (S): You’ve identified our infrastructureconcession investments (ICI) expertise and portfolioas one of our key strengths. Can you expand on whyyou feel so much of our potential lies in ICIs?Bob Card (BC): ICIs are great for many reasons. One is that theyallow us to take part in really interesting, large-scale projects.The other, which is so valuable, is that these are projects wherewe are also the client. So people who work on ICIs are automati-cally trained to deliver what the client needs because they arethinking from the client’s perspective. That’s the mindset weshould bring to every project, regardless of whether or not wehave an ownership stake. If we are always placing ourselves inthe client’s shoes, we will win more contracts and do a better jobat exceeding their expectations.S: What other strengths have you noticed?BC: Well, we certainly have great employees, and we need tocontinue to find new ways to attract the best talent because thatis our lifeblood as a company. That said, we don’t have any use atSNC‑Lavalin for somebody who is not on the right side of health safety and compliance issues. It doesn’t matter how talentedthey are. So we are looking for talented people who also under-stand the importance of ethics and health safety in business.These are the people who will help us grow the company andtake it to new zeniths.S: You’ve spoken quite a bit about the importanceof health safety since your arrival. Health safetygoes deeper than statistics for you, doesn’t it?BC: To me, health safety has to be a fundamental part of ourethos. We are not even close to done until health safetybecomes a religion for us. And I don’t agree that being highlyfocused on health safety is expensive or will make us lessefficient. I see absolutely no downside to good health safetymanagement. When you are health safety smart on a project,you become leaner because you are not doing anything thatendangers your people. So rather than slowing you down, plan-ning and engineering a job to be as safe as possible makes youmore efficient.S: We know that much of your experience isin the US market. What do you say to businessdevelopment people who look at the US marketas the Holy Grail?BC: There are many attractive markets, of which the US is one.But to really grow our share in that market, we need to be presentthere in a significant way. We are competing against firms withoffices in every state and key city, so we must also have a solidfooting to operate from. That’s something that we would proba-bly need to acquire, but the good news is there are plenty ofcandidates, should we decide to do so.
  17. 17. 17Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Interview with the PresidentBob Card was presented with a personalized Montreal Canadiens hockey jersey at the SNC-Lavalin Awards of Excellence in September 2012.“We certainly have greatemployees, and we need tocontinue to find new ways toattract the best talent becausethat is our lifeblood as acompany”Bob CardPresident and CEOS: There is talk about water and environment beingthe sectors of the future. Would you agree withthat assessment?BC: Yes, with the addition that I feel that water and environmentare already major sectors. What makes them special, however, isthat they are evolving at great speed. So to really capture our shareof business in those sectors we have to stay on top of develop-ments and anticipate what’s coming next.For example, in the water sector there is currently a lot of com-bined sewer overflow work, but that was not really the case15 years ago. There are now also more regional water issues,such as what the State of California is experiencing. So to cap-ture more of those markets, you need to foresee what expertiseis going to be required and where it will be needed. Then youhave to mobilize and be prepared to respond.S: The theme of this issue is “Shaping the Future.”Do you see SNC‑Lavalin as having an influenceon the future, whether environmentally, sociallyor economically?BC: Yes. Just think about what we do as a company. We doresource extraction and development to help strengthen econo-mies, build major transportation and vital water projects and weperform ­environmental studies to protect sensitive ecosystems.So we clearly have an important role to play in shaping the futureand in benefiting populations worldwide.I think, however, that we could provide an even greater value toall our clients by thinking more about the larger context withinwhich these projects get carried out. Our clients should want tohire us, in part, because we are thinking through strategic issueswith them, and because we have a deep understanding of theirmarket reality. By taking on that role, we will help our clientsshape their projects in a way that benefits them and all theirstakeholders in the long term. We have that know-how and exper-tise, and we should be more forward about offering it. 
  18. 18. 18Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Human ResourcesShaping Tomorrow’s Leaders:Putting Stock in Student InternsA chance to stand out fromthe crowdThe SNC‑Lavalin internship program focuses on “strengtheningthe supply of high-quality ambassadors in selected universitiesand future successors in engineering.” Its objective is threefold:to build relationships with top engineering students and universi-ties; recruit top talent engineering students from the top univer-sities; and develop our reputation.The internship program is clearly successful on all three fronts,and it easily proves its value, year after year—both to the com-pany and to the students themselves. “SNC‑Lavalin’s internshipprogram stands out from the crowd,” said Antonella Nizzola,Career Advisor at Concordia University. “I really appreciate thatSNC‑Lavalin takes the time to reward students for their greatwork. It teaches them they are valued for what they do andmakes the company a more desirable employer.”One recent SNC‑Lavalin Award winner who was hired by thecompany says her internship launched her engineering career.“I always had very high grades,” said Sarah Dépont, a JuniorEngineer in the Transport, Infrastructure and Buildings (TIB) divi-sion, “but it was the internship that really gave me my chance to“The internship at SNC‑Lavalin was incredible,” saidHarries. “It had always been a dream of mine to workfor the company. It has amazing, huge projects andI wanted so badly to work on one. My main job was inspecting thereinforcing steel prior to concrete pouring on the Glen Campussite, but I went on to participate in the design of a steel structureand assist in the design of concrete slabs. I was lucky enough towork with three structural engineers who served as project man-agers, each responsible for their respective blocks: PatrickBourgeois, Daniel Ménard and Fernando Leblanc-Carrera. Theywere all very supportive.”Harries is one in a long line of young people who have wonSNC‑Lavalin Awards, which were presented in 2012 to studentsfrom Canada, the United States, Chile, France, Belgium, Braziland Egypt. The winners are awarded $2,500 on top of the com-petitive student salaries all interns receive. In 2012 alone, therewere 23 winners around the world. Since 2000, there have beena total of 169.Christine Harries desperately wanted an internship at SNC‑Lavalin. After applying three times,her determination finally paid off when she earned a spot on the McGill University HealthCentre (MUHC) Glen Campus project in Montreal. She demonstrated so much talent anddrive that her supervisors at the MUHC threw increasingly challenging projects at her.Again and again, she proved herself, and by the end of the summer, she walked away witha $2,500 SNC‑Lavalin Award.© Concordia UniversityChristine Harries, Intern
  19. 19. 19Spectrum Edition No. 1 | 2013Human ResourcesAge: 24University: Universidad de ChileInternship: Layout and mechanicalengineering at the SAG MillSecondary, Tertiary and PebbleCrusher Upgrade Project forCODELCO’s ChuquicamataCopper Mine in ChileSupervisor: Víctor GuaicoMechanical Engineering andMechanical Discipline Lead“My internship at SNC‑Lavalin was an excellentexperience. I had the opportunity to workwith professionals in a variety of disciplinesand learned many things, such as technicalknowledge, teamwork and safety protocols.”stand out. There are so many junior engineers looking for jobsthat, in today’s market, unless you have an internship, you’regoing to have a very hard time finding a job.”Dépont’s SNC‑Lavalin internship challenged her in a wayschool did not. Clearly, she proved herself. Today, at 24 yearsold, Dépont is working on designs for a highway in Haiti, a proj­ect she takes tremendous pride in. “From my little office inMontreal, I’m building highways that will add value to somany people’s lives.”“My SNC‑Lavalin internship was invaluable,” added Harries, whois in the last year of her undergrad in Building Engineering atConcordia. “School teaches you a lot, but it’s when you apply it onthe job site that it really sticks. You really have to ask questions,and be curious and willing to take on new challenges. You don’tget that chance in school. That’s one of the things I love aboutengineering: it’s not an individual success; it’s a team success.”We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Age: 22University: Université LavalInternship: Two internships withthe Building Structures teamSupervisor: André Caron,Director, Infrastructureand Bridges“I had to make decisions on my own, and whenI worked the night shift, I had to know to contact mysupervisor at home if I felt something needed hisattention. I did have to call him one time, and it wasthe right decision. I really enjoyed the relationshipswith my colleagues and the on-the-spot decision-making. After all those years studying, it was greatto have the chance to apply what I had learned atschool in a real, practical way.”Renaud LafontaineRichard Wendler“From mylittle officein Montreal,I’m buildinghighways thatwill add valueto so manypeople’s lives.”Sarah DÉPONTJunior EngineerTransport, Infrastructureand Buildings (TIB)
  20. 20. HELP USBUILDA BETTERTOMORROWThe SNC-Lavalin Award offers you the chance to gain practicalexperience supervised by skilled professionals. Award winnerswill receive a competitive student salary during their four monthinternship, as well as a $2,500 scholarship upon completion ofthe work term.PrintedinCanada,March2013

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In this inaugural edition of Spectrum for 2013, we look at the different ways we are “shaping the future” for a variety of our stakeholders: from developing ground-breaking initiatives like the Vale Clean AER initiative and innovative district cooling projects, to encouraging young engineers through our recognition and internship programs.


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