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Anatomy of a Canadian Behemoth: pt. 1


SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. is a Canadian corporation that is involved in violations of the UN charter, international law, workers rights, consumers rights, privatization and profit making. Here I am going to do a series of blog entries on the SNC-Lavalin Group which will hopefully illuminate their extensive involvement in each of these areas and provide a rough map for something we can do about it.

I should say that my reason for presenting this information in a series of blog entries is because I find myself overwhelmed by the size of the SNC-Lavalin Group and their various projects that concern me. I’ve been thinking about how to write about it for the past few weeks and decided that this way would give me some satisfaction with being able to publicize these issues one at a time without having to be overwhelmed by their size and complexity, hence my series title…

This first entry will focus mainly on their corporate profile and history, largely derived form their own web site. But since I don’t want to bore readers with these dry details, I’ll keep it short…

The SNC Group began as a small engineering consulting firm in 1911, grew over the years into a leading group of engineering and construction companies. In 1992, it merged Lavalin engineering firm to form the SNC-Lavalin Group Inc.

It has offices and projects spanning every continent. It employs over 15,000 people in offices across Canada and in 30 other countries. Over all SNC-Lavalin is currently working in approximately 100 countries. SNC-Lavalin has annual revenues of about $3.3 billion (CAD).

Jacques Lamarre was named President and CEO of the SNC-Lavalin Group in May, 1996. He also sits on SNC-Lavalin’s Board of Directors.

Additional corporate and financial ties:

Lamarre is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Conference Board of Canada. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Royal Bank of Canada. He is also a member of the Canadian Council of Chief Executives, the World Economic Forum, the British-North American Committee (C.D. Howe Institute), the Engineering Institute of Canada, the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada and l’Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec.

My next entry will be on how the SNC-Lavalin Group has violated the UN charter by supplying the US with ammunition to wage an “illegal” war on Iraq, which I have already written about, but will review briefly before moving on to SNC’s involvement in Afghanistan.

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