Charles Rate is a recently retired professional engineer having spent his career of over 40 years in project management, engineering and construction roles on major crown projects in the defence and telecommunications sectors and on infrastructure development projects in Canada, Asia and Europe. He retired as Executive Vice-President of SNC-Lavalin responsible for the company’s Operations and Maintenance (O&M) division. He has extensive experience in the implementation of social and transportation infrastructure P3 projects across Canada. As President and CEO of SNC-Lavalin, O&M he was responsible for SNC-Lavalin O&M’s conventional operations and maintenance activities and P3s in the real estate, power, airport, industrial, marine and transportation sectors including asset management, operations and maintenance, project management, energy and environmental management, and logistics support. Charlie is a Professional Engineer, registered in Ontario and is a member of the Institute for Corporate Directors. He sits on several boards and committees, including West Park Healthcare Centre where he is Vice Chair. Charlie is a resident of Niagara-on-the-Lake.