Michael Novak is former Executive Vice-President, Global Government, Aboriginal and Economic Affairs and a member of the Office of the President of SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., Canada’s largest engineering-construction company. Mr. Novak is responsible for SNC-Lavalin’s defence contracting business, and corporately for Strategic Planning, Global Procurement, Global Information Technologies, SNC-Lavalin’s WE CARE Policy including Health, Safety and Environment, Risk Evaluation Committee and SNC-Lavalin International.
Previously, and up to the time of its divestment by the Group in January 2007, Mr. Novak was President and CEO of SNC Technologies Inc. which is specialized in the manufacturing of munitions and related training systems, as well as in the supply of specialized services for military and law enforcement markets. Michael Novak was also responsible for EXPRO Technologies Inc., a producer of energetic materials used in commercial and military products.
Before then, Mr. Novak was President of SNC-Lavalin International Inc. where he was responsible for developing international business activities. Through an extensive international network of offices, he implemented marketing initiatives to promote SNC-Lavalin’s products and services in some 125 countries. His responsibilities also included the Firm’s partnerships with aboriginal peoples in Canada and internationally, relations with the Canadian Government, the World Bank and other international development institutions, as well as SNC-Lavalin Capital, SNC-Lavalin’s subsidiary responsible for financial modelling and arranging financing in support of domestic and international projects.
Mr. Novak joined SNC-Lavalin in 1986 as Legal Advisor, becoming Senior Vice President, Law in 1990. In this position, he managed SNC-Lavalin's legal and insurance departments, and supervised comprehensive legal and risk management services to corporate head office and operating divisions. He acquired extensive experience in managing international business transactions including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, technology transfers, project financing and public-private partnerships for infrastructure development, build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) projects, concessions and turnkey, fixed-price projects. In addition, as a member of the Management Committee, he participated in the general management of, and strategic planning for, the SNC-Lavalin Group.