Pierre Duhaime is President and Chief Executive Officer of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. He also sits on the Board of Directors.
SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) is one of the leading engineering and construction groups in the world and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure, and in the provision of operations and maintenance services. SNC-Lavalin has offices across Canada and in over 35 other countries around the world, and is currently working in some 100 countries.
Duhaime has over 30 years of engineering, construction and project management
experience, primarily in industrial process plants and non-ferrous metals.
Born in Quebec in 1954, Pierre Duhaime holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgy from École Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec, and an M.B.A. in Production and Finance from École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Montreal, Quebec.
He began his career with Noranda in 1975 as a technician working in research and development. As a metallurgist during the 1980s, he quickly rose to the position of Project Manager at Canadian Electrolytic Zinc and later at American Iron and Metal Company, in charge of managing modernization, relocation and greenfield construction projects.
In 1989, Mr. Duhaime joined SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC), a global engineering and construction firm based in Canada, as a Project Manager in the Industrial Division. He was promoted to Director of Technology in 1991 and appointed its Vice-President of Projects and Technology in 1997. During this period, he was involved in major mining and industrial projects, such as engineering and construction of the Troilus Gold Mine and the Magnola magnesium mega-plant in Quebec.
Mr. Duhaime continued to take on increasingly senior positions in the Division as well as responsibility for the Aluminum Division. In 2003, he was appointed Executive Vice-President responsible for SNC-Lavalin's Mining and Metallurgy activities worldwide. At the same time, he was appointed to the Office of the President, the senior decision-making management group composed of the President and CEO and Executive Vice-Presidents.
On May 7, 2009, Pierre Duhaime was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.
Throughout his long career, Mr. Duhaime has overseen some of SNC-Lavalin's most prestigious mining projects, including the Diavik Diamond Mine project in Canada's High Arctic and the Skorpion Zinc Mine project in the Namibian desert In the Chemicals and Petroleum sector, he was responsible for the Canaport LNG in New Brunswick, Canada's first liquefied natural-gas regasification plant and receiving terminal. He was instrumental in securing a contract for the Ambatovy nickel project in Madagascar, the Qatalum aluminum smelter project in Qatar, and for a joint venture contract for Inco's Goro Nickel project in New Caledonia.
He has also played a key role in strengthening SNC-Lavalin's position in the copper industry through such Chilean projects as the upgrading of the Alto Norte smelter and the modernizing of the Chuquicamata electrorefinery, the largest plant of its kind in the world, and the Cobre Las Cruces project in Spain.
Pierre Duhaime is a former President of the Hydrogen Industry Council, and a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives; the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, and of the International Advisory Council of HEC Montreal. He is a recipient of the CIM Ainey Award.
Recent volunteering in the community includes co-chairing the 2009 fundraising dinner for the Foundation of the Women's Centre of Montreal, and the Bal de la Fondation des Étoiles, a benefit event in support of paediatric research, in September 2009.