Infrastructure Advisory Leader Brings Global Experience to Drive Growth of Business and Investor Advisory Services
Arup's Canada Group Also Welcomes Associate Principal Melissa Burton
TORONTO, April 15, 2019 /CNW/ -- Arup, a global leader in the built environment, announced the appointment of Craig Forrest to lead their Canadian operations, effective April 1, 2019. Forrest works out of Arup's Toronto office, and oversees the company's Montreal office as well.
Forrest brings more than 24 years of experience in helping clients invest in major infrastructure projects in energy, aviation, water, transport and cities. For the past five years, Forrest has served as the Global Leader for Arup's Business and Investor Advisory services, providing strategic business, financial, economic, regulatory and asset management advice. Under his leadership, the Business and Investor Advisory services group has received international recognition, winning multiple industry awards, including recent honors as Top Technical Advisor in Europe, Africa and the Americas by IJ Global and the top ranking Technical Advisor by Value in 2018 by Inframation. Forrest joined Arup in 2007 as the Commercial Director for the Infrastructure of Europe Group.
"We are excited to welcome Craig to the Toronto office as we continue to grow our business and investor advisory work throughout Canada," said Andy Howard, chair of Arup Americas. "Craig's track record of providing owners, operators and investors with strategic market and financial advice combined with his deep technical knowledge positions him well to champion Arup's growing influence in Canada."
"I am honored to be joining the Canadian team at this exciting moment as the region is poised to achieve significant growth," said Forrest. "The Canadian market is experiencing robust levels of public and private sector investment, and I am confident Arup will continue to deliver a broadening spectrum of highly valued services to our clients to help them conceive, plan and deliver important projects of all types."
Forrest will work closely with Andrew McAlpine, the previous Canada Leader who remains at Arup as a principal.
To support Arup's recent growth in other practice areas, the Toronto office also welcomed Melissa Burton as the Consulting Practice Leader in Canada. Melissa is Canadian and joins the Toronto office from New York. Also as a leader with Arup's Advanced Technology and Research team, Melissa brings with her a wealth of technical knowledge, client relationships, and business leadership to develop innovative solutions to complex problems.
In addition, both the Toronto and Montreal offices, which currently employ over of 320 people, recently moved to new, larger spaces to support the dynamic and growing business. Arup has seen healthy organic growth in Canada in recent years and expects around 20% this year.
Arup provides consulting, planning, engineering, and design services for the most prominent projects and sites in the built environment. Since its founding in 1946, the firm has consistently delivered technical excellence, innovation, and value to its clients, while maintaining its core mission of shaping a better world. The firm opened its first North American office over 30 years ago, its first Canadian office in 1999 and now employs 1,700 people in the Americas and 16,000 globally. The firm's employee-ownership structure promotes independence, unbiased advice, and ongoing investment in joint research to yield better outcomes that benefit its clients and partners. Visit Arup's website, www.arup.com, for more information.
Senior Communications Leader, Arup Americas