David A. Smith
David A. Smith
Chief Strategy Officer
David Smith is the chief strategy officer for MWH, now part of Stantec, where he is dedicated to driving business success. With more than 30 years of experience, Smith has led large scale consulting assignments, infrastructure delivery programs and the asset management services initiative across the global business.
Smith applies his expertise in infrastructure services to uphold and surpass the values and expectations of shareholders, clients and employees and to advance the MWH purpose of Building a Better World.
Smith joined MWH in 1997 as program manager, where he was responsible for the financial and technical delivery of MWH consultancy assignments in the U.K. As operations manager in 1999, he was responsible for the program management services and engineering office for a 5-year, $4 billion water industry capital investment program. In 2003, he served as the general manager for strategy, business development and marketing. He became the managing director of infrastructure services in the U.K. in 2007. Most recently, Smith has served as director of strategy for the Europe-Africa region from 2009 to 2012. Also, as executive director, he led the very successful AMP6 Campaign in the U.K. water industry.
Smith was a keynote speaker at the MWH Breckenridge conference and has presented at the Association of Project Management, World-class Infrastructure Investment and Asset Affordability Consideration conferences. His paper on the environmental mitigation effort of the Pollan Dam Project water supply scheme in the Republic of Ireland was awarded first prize from the British Dam Society.
Smith holds board director positions within a number of MWH and joint venture companies. He is a passionate leader on health and safety, undertaking site audits to positively reinforce H&S culture. Specifically, he is executive-in-charge and board member of the 4D Joint Venture for Southern Water and board director of SISTech, which provides sustainability research and professional services.
Smith holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Bristol and an MBA from Henley Management College. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School and the Programme for Sustainability Leadership at the University of Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, U.K.
Smith resides in the United Kingdom.