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Director, Water and Wastewater – Linear Infrastructure
Business Line Transportation & Infrastructure
ID # 17785
City Thornhill
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WSP is one of the world's leading professional services firms. Our purpose is to future proof our cities and environments.

We have over 48,000 team members across the globe.  In Canada, our 8,000+ people are involved in everything from environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transportation networks, from finding new ways to extract essential resources to developing renewable power sources for the future.

The excellence we bring to our work and to our workplace has been recognized far and wide. We are among the LinkedIn Top 25 Companies two years in a row, one of the Top 100 Sustainable Companies in the World (and among the Top 10 in Canada), and we earned Platinum Elite Recognition through our participation in more than half of Canada's Top 100 Infrastructure Projects.

At WSP :

  • We value our people and our reputation
  • We are locally dedicated with international scale
  • We are future focused and challenge the status quo
  • We foster collaboration in everything we do
  • We have an empowering culture and hold ourselves accountable




WSP is currently seeking a Director, Water and Wastewater (Linear Infrastructure) to join our Transportation and Infrastructure business line, located at our Thornhill office.  Reporting to the Vice President, Water and Wastewater, Eastern Canada this position will be responsible for and actively involved in the leadership and management of the regional business and in identifying and delivering sewer and watermain modeling, design and construction management services. The Director maintains WSP's position as a leading services provider through promoting the vision and culture of the firm and in executing the strategy and meeting the objectives of the Water and Wastewater Treatment Service Line. The successful candidate is recognized as a motivating leader with a proven ability to build and manage a top-performing team, mentor staff, achieve operational and profitability targets, and have a genuine commitment to the WSP's values.

This is therefore a unique opportunity to grow an existing business as part of our strategic plan that already offers innovative, value-engineered solutions that draw on decades of experience, through your valuable experience building a discipline across Ontario and through your understanding of the challenges and risks of this sector. You will have significant demonstrable experience in working and developing a team, developing clients, optimizing the financial, commercial, and project delivery performance of an existing business; developing plans, programs and organizational objectives to enhance margins, workforce utilization, and cash generation. This will enable the growth of the business and ensure client satisfaction.


  • Manage a large team focusing on their development and retainment
  • Oversee the setting of regional and staff objectives as well as the creation and implementation of local action plans, all in support of achieving goals related to: budgets, standards of financial performance, quality, safety, and culture;
  • Build and maintain strong relationships with other Water and Wastewater managers and senior leadership, representing Ontario's needs and identifying opportunities to resource share and collaborate to improve overall Water and Wastewater efficiency;
  • Maintain a high degree of personal involvement with major clients. Proactively seek to understand evolving client needs, local and industry trends and upcoming project opportunities in Ontario. Anticipate and plan for maximizing business growth opportunities;
  • Manage proposals and contractual agreements originating within the region, liaise with Transportation and Infrastructure Business Development staff to create local business development plans;
  • Understand the short and long-term workforce requirements for the region. This includes identifying future skill sets required and any gaps, utilizing WSP programs to proactively build a strong talent pool; ensuring that a succession plan is in place for key positions;
  • Lead local safety and quality efforts ensuring staff are current on evolving programs and practices; ensure improvement action plans are created and implemented in response to audit results;
  • Provide operational expertise and oversight within the region to team leads and other Managers;
  • Ensure the region meets set financial targets including: Net Revenue, Operating Margin and DSO;
  • Monitor, measure, and report on regional results, opportunities, business development plans, challenges and achievements;
  • Work with WSP's various Support Services groups (IT, HR, Finance, Safety, Quality) acting as the key liaison for the region. Be a change leader, taking responsibility to understand the various national programs and practices which are being rolled out and providing support and training to staff in order to implement these locally;
  • Act as a spokesperson for WSP within the community and encourage staff to do the same.
  • Participate in industry associations and proactively work to raise local WSP brand awareness.


  • Graduate degree in relevant engineering discipline required;
  • Registered as a P. Eng with the P.E.O;
  • Minimum of twelve (12) years of professional experience, including at least seven (7) years of strong experience leading and managing people and teams in a matrix organization, with a record reflecting ability to effectively delegate, communicate with, and motivate staff;
  • Demonstrated track record of technical excellence and ability to grow a portfolio of Water and Wastewater Treatment related business;
  • Optimizing the financial, commercial, and project delivery performance of an existing business;
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to work well under pressure and perform numerous tasks simultaneously;
  • Superior intercultural skills interacting with beneficiaries, clients, and partners in the development arena;
  • Must be comfortable working on concurrent projects and activities with poise and professionalism


Offers of employment for safety-sensitive positions involving fieldwork are contingent upon candidates being able to perform key physical tasks of the job as described in the job posting and interview. This may include the ability to work in a variety of environmental conditions, such as remote or isolated areas, working alone, and in inclement weather (within safe and reasonable limits).

WSP welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.

WSP is committed to the principles of employment equity. Only the candidates selected will be contacted.

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WSP Canada Inc.


Thornhill, ON

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