Speaker Profiles

José J. Suárez, M.Eng., P.Eng.

José J. Suárez, M.Eng., P.Eng.

Executive Vice President, Global Mining and Metallurgy

SNC-Lavalin Group, Inc.

José J. Suárez is the Executive Vice President responsible for the Mining and Metallurgy business sector for SNC-Lavalin Globally. SNC-Lavalin provides Engineering and Construction (E&C) services for mining clients from pit to port. This includes mine planning, study project work, sustaining capital project work, expansionary capital project work, and operations support via its project delivery centers in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Australia.

He is also the Executive Sponsor for Latin America for SNC-Lavalin. SNC-Lavalin is one of the largest players in Engineering and Construction (E&C) sector in Latin America.

Prior to his current role, he was the Executive Vice President, Integrated Management Systems (IMS) for SNC-Lavalin.

He has over 25 years of experience in engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC); engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) and in the start-up and operations of major industrial plants for the mining and metallurgy, power (coal-fired, combined cycle, and gas-fired), pulp and paper, oil and gas and cement industries.

In the mining sector, José has worked on copper, nickel, alumina, iron ore, steel, gold, potash, and titanium projects and operations. He has worked in six continents.

José has deep expertise in program management in the design and project management of mining, power, oil and gas, and infrastructure /environmental projects, including light rail projects, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, water and wastewater and wharf/pier/port facility projects from the conceptual/study phase, EPC/EPCM phase to the start-up and commissioning phase, and the operations project stages.

His business and corporate management experience includes CSR management, business process management (BPM), and the creation and transformation of capital project organizations, project teams, and projects to improve performance and delivery. José also managed both open shop and union construction companies.

He is a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario (P.Eng.), has a BS Civil Engineering Degree from The Virginia Military Institute, and MS Engineering Degree from The University of Kansas. In 2011, José was selected as one of the Ten (10) Most Influential Hispanics in Canada by Hispanic Business Canada. He is a frequent speaker and author on project execution matters and on the mining industry on major trade publications/forums.

José and his wife, Frances Panarese Suarez, Attorney-At-Law., live in Saint Bruno de Montarville, Quebec, Canada

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