Meet Our Senior Leadership

Our leaders are team builders, motivators, coaches and visionaries. We depend on them to guide us in achieving our vision.

Meet Our Senior Leadership

Anthony Karakatsanis, P.Eng., B.E.Sc.

President and Chief Executive Officer

Anthony has been part of the Morrison Hershfield family for over 25 years, joining in 1989 as a Project Manager. Since then, he held numerous leadership positions in both our vertical and horizontal practice groups before being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. Anthony is a graduate of Western University with a Bachelor of Engineering Science. He has contributed to numerous industry organizations and committees, and is a member of Consulting Engineers Ontario Business Risk Committee. In his capacity as President & CEO, Anthony is responsible for ensuring that the firm is continually providing innovative and valued solutions for our clients and the communities we serve. As he leads the firm toward its long-term vision of being the first call for engineering solutions that make a difference, Anthony will continue to safeguard our unique culture and Core Values & Principles, providing the stewardship for Morrison Hershfield to remain a sustainable, employee-owned, leading North American engineering firm for years to come.

Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., M.E.Sc., FEC, FCAE

Chief Operating Officer

Catherine joined Morrison Hershfield is 1989 as a structural engineer and her career progressed as she successfully moved through a series of roles gaining extensive engineering and management experience. As COO, she is responsible for domestic and international operations providing business leadership and engaging staff to leverage their collective strengths. Catherine has also held professional leadership volunteer roles including serving as President and Chair of Engineers Canada, representing the 250,000 Professional Engineers in Canada. She currently sits on the board of Engineers Without Borders and chairs Western University’s Faculty of Engineering Advisory Council. She has consistently been recognized for her business and engineering contributions including having been inducted in to the Canadian Academy of Engineering as a Fellow; awarded the ‘Engineering Medal of Management’; been named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in three categories, and was awarded Ontario Women’s Directorate – Leading Women Building Communities Award, among others. Ms. Karakatsanis obtained her Bachelor of Engineering Science and Masters of Engineering Science at Western University.

David Pavey, CPA, CA, HBA

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President

David joined Morrison Hershfield in 2006 as Vice President, Finance & Corporate Services. As Chief Financial Officer, David leads a team of experts who provide financial, IT&S and facilities management support services to our growing multi-national consulting engineering firm. David’s financial and general management experience spans professional services, retail, distribution, technology and education industry sectors. David is a graduate of The University of Western Ontario – Richard Ivey School of Business.

Pelly Shafto

Vice President, Human Resources, Organizational Development and Safety

Pelly joined Morrison Hershfield in 2006. Pelly brings international experience from a variety of industries with a focus on enhancing business performance through the creation and implementation of strategy, change management, integrated HR practice, talent development, and progressive organizational practice that results in improved business performance. Pelly is a graduate of the University of Toronto.

Kevin Chouinard, P.Eng.

Senior Vice President, Building Specialty Services

Kevin joined Morrison Hershfield in 1989 as a project engineer in our Buildings group. In his capacity as Senior Vice President, Kevin oversees our consulting practice focused on Specialty Services in Buildings, which includes Building Science, Building Envelope design and construction, Code and Life Safety, Sustainability and Energy modeling. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo (undergraduate) and Queen’s University (masters).

Jon McCarthy, P.E., MBA

Senior Vice President, Integrated Engineering Design

Jon joined Morrison Hershfield in 2005 as the Vice President of our U.S. practice. Today, Jon oversees our business unit working on telecommunications, mission critical facilities and the integrated engineering design of buildings in both the U.S. and Canada. Jon is a graduate of the University of Missouri – Columbia (undergraduate) and Jacksonville University (masters).

Rob Selby, Ph.D., P.Eng., B.Sc., M.A.Sc., P.E.

Senior Vice President, Community Infrastructure & Environment

Robert joined Morrison Hershfield in 1994 as a Research Engineer. Today, he oversees our Community Infrastructure practice, which has a focus on Land Development, Water & Wastewater, Transit, Environmental, and Project Management services. Rob holds multiple degrees from both the University of Alberta and the University of Toronto. In 1999, Robert was awarded the American Concrete Institute’s Structural Engineering Award. This award was for a paper he co-authored which described analytical investigations into the failure of a concrete offshore platform.

Jim Weir, P.Eng.

Senior Vice President, Transportation

Jim joined the firm in 1997 as a Transportation Engineer working on Morrison Hershfield’s first large project for the Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO). The great work completed on this project led to Morrison Hershfield becoming a trusted, and “go to” provider of Engineering Services to MTO that continues to this day. As the leader of our Transportation business, Jim oversees our teams working on roads, highways and bridges. Jim is a graduate of the University of Ottawa. He has over 25 years experience leading design teams on highly complex transportation projects.