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Former Goldcorp exec named SNC-Lavalin’s new general counsel

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 @ 9:05 AM | By John Chunn


SNC-Lavalin announced the appointment of Charlene A. Ripley to the role of executive vice-president and general counsel, effective Oct. 15, 2019. Based in Montreal, Ripley will report to Ian L. Edwards, interim president and CEO, and join the executive committee.

According to the firm’s press release, prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, Ripley led her team at Goldcorp Inc. as the executive vice-president and general counsel for six years. In her role, she was responsible for developing and implementing a company-wide anti-bribery compliance program. She also led the legal, ethics and compliance, human resources and internal audit departments.

“I would like to welcome Charlene on board and wish her well as we embrace our journey to excellence across all our businesses,” said Ian L. Edwards, interim president and CEO, SNC-Lavalin. “Her proven track record speaks for itself; her experience will be invaluable for SNC-Lavalin as we continue our path to deliver on our new strategic direction.”

Ripley has won many awards including the 2018 Business in Vancouver Influential Women in Business Award, the 2017 Expert Zenith Award for Diversity Celebrating Women in Law and the Women's Executive Network Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 award in 2016 and 2015.

Ripley replaces Hartland J.A. Paterson.

“I would like to thank Hartland for his considerable efforts and input over the last four years and wish him all the best for the future,” said Edwards. “His contributions to SNC-Lavalin will surely be remembered.”