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Robert Card

Snc Lavalin
President & CEO
450 René-Lévesque Blvd. W., Montreal, Quebec CANADA
Robert (Bob) Card is the President & CEO of SNC-Lavalin, one of the world's largest engineering, construction, operations and asset investment firms with 40,000 employees and nearly $10 billion in revenue. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors. The firm operates in nearly 100 countries through its major business units including Mining & Metallurgy, Power, Hydrocarbons & Chemicals, Infrastructure & Construction, Operations & Maintenance, Infrastructure Concession Investment and International. The firm owns interests in many infrastructure and mining assets including sole ownership of Altalink, Alberta's largest power transmission company. His prior responsibility was as President of the 14,000-employee, $3.5-billion Energy, Water & Facilities Division of CH2M HILL. This division covered Energy & Chemicals, Mining, Power, Water, Operations & Maintenance and Industrial Facilities, including Metals. He was also a long-time Board member for the 30,000-employee, $6-billion firm. Over the course of his career, he led in succession each of the firm's other divisions comprising the Transportation, Nuclear, Environmental, Government and International businesses. He also served as the lead consortia partner in CLM, the Delivery Partner for the highly successful $15 billion London 2012 Olympics program; as Deputy Program Manager, he was based in London from 2006 through 2009. Bob was the number-three-ranking executive in the US Department of Energy (DOE) as Under Secretary of Energy from 2001 to 2004. In that role, he was responsible for the DOE's Energy, Science and Environment division, which included 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, the DOE's Human Genome project and genomic research, and the network of DOE research laboratories as the nation's largest funder of physical sciences. He was also responsible for the DOE's safety and environment regulations and function and its environmental remediation and legacy sites program, and he co-chaired the Administration's Interagency Climate Change Task Force. Prior to his Senate-confirmed, presidential appointment at the Department of Energy, Bob 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. Bob also was a pioneer in the sub-surface development of the Canadian Oil Sands, as project manager of the Suncor Fort Kent steam stimulation project. This project won the Schreyer Award, Canada's top engineering achievement award. Bob has testified numerous times before the US Congress, has been a frequent public speaker on sports, energy, water, environment and technology topics, and has been honored with numerous awards including the Energy Secretary's Gold Award. His academic credentials include the Program for Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, Masters in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University and Bachelors in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington. He also previously served as a Senior Advisor to CSIS (Canada's Center for Strategic and International Studies) and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution in the US.