MWH, now part of Stantec, has hired David Rupay to lead the company’s Canadian hydropower and dam operations. Rupay will serve as the client service manager – Canada with a specialized focus on Western Canada, building on the nearly 100 years of MWH hydropower experience within the country.
Rupay brings more than 35 years of experience in renewable energy projects to the role. As the client service manager – Canada, he will focus his efforts on strengthening key client relationships and in combination with business development, ensuring delivery excellence (safety, quality, cost efficiency) and team leadership in hydropower projects.
He joins MWH after serving as senior project manager in the water power business unit at Hatch, where he undertook international hydropower assignments in Iran, India, China, Thailand, Africa and South America and domestically in both greenfield and rehabilitation projects in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia. Most recently, he was the Project Manager for the design and construction phases of the BC Hydro Spillway Gates System Improvements projects. He has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in construction management from the University of Waterloo, and an MBA from Niagara University. He will be based in Vancouver, British Colombia.
MWH, which merged with Stantec in May 2016, has nearly 100 years of waterpower and dam experience including feasibility studies, detailed design and construction management. MWH previously partnered with BC Hydro through a Project Management Services Partnership (PMSP) agreement, to establish a foundation for implementing improved project management practices for BC Hydro’s Generation Division. The partnership improved the capacity and efficiency of BC Hydro to successfully deliver on major capital improvement projects. Mario Finis, leader of the global waterpower and dams group for MWH said:
“David’s leadership and engineering prowess will play an important role in our efforts to deliver renewable, reliable energy solutions that meet the needs of Canada’s growing economy. Canada has proven itself to be a global leader in renewable energy and has had a steadfast commitment to the advancement of hydropower. MWH and Stantec have deep roots within the nation, having worked on dams and hydropower projects dating back to 1921.”