SNC-Lavalin announced last week the appointment of Hartland J. A. Paterson to the role of Executive Vice-President and General Counsel, effective September 10, 2015. The position is based in Montreal and Mr. Paterson will report to Robert G. Card, President and CEO.
Mr. Paterson will oversee both the Legal and Ethics & Compliance functions, in order to facilitate even tighter coordination and links between these complementary functions that work in tandem across all facets of the business. This is a natural evolution as the company aligns with excellence and best practices in large, global and complex organizations. David Wilkins, Chief Compliance Officer, and Jean Eric Laferriere, Senior Vice-President, Legal Affairs, will report to Mr. Paterson.
Mr. Paterson brings both legal and ethics & compliance executive-level experience in Canada and internationally, with extensive experience in commercial & corporate law, M&A, joint ventures and financing. He joins SNC-Lavalin after 14 years with CAE Inc., where he was a member of the Executive Committee and held the position of General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Secretary. Prior, he was Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Legal and Public Policy, at Cable & Wireless in Japan, and previously held senior positions in the telecommunications industry and at an international law firm. Mr. Paterson holds bachelor degrees in Common and Civil Law from McGill University and was admitted to the Quebec bar in 1987.Robert Card said:
"I would like to welcome Hartland to the team as we continue on our journey towards excellence in everything we do. His extensive general counsel experience and his proven leadership in corporate governance will be invaluable in helping us achieve our goals. I would also like to thank Jean Eric who acted as interim General Counsel over these past months."