Richard K. Allen

Richard K. Allen is the former Chief Operating Officer for Stantec Inc.’s global operations. Stantec is a $4 billion, 22,000-employee international professional services company in the design and consulting industry. Mr. Allen’s leadership at Stantec focused on the aggressive growth and profitable operations of their 400 global-wide locations. Prior to his COO role, Mr. Allen served as Stantec’s Regional Operating Unit Leader responsible for operations’ financial performance and actively involved in their acquisition and integration programs, strategic planning, budgeting and project contract and dispute resolution activities.

As former President and CEO of Dufresne-Henry, Inc., Mr. Allen led their major growth initiative in the Northeast region and later the sale of that company to Stantec in 2005 — transitioning into his COO role. Prior to joining Dufresne-Henry, he was a general partner at the Boston and Washington D.C. based law firm of Gadsby Hannah, LLP serving as the chairperson of their design and construction law practice. Mr. Allen has an expansive engineering and construction background with strong North American industry knowledge coupled with extensive construction-industry legal experience.

A registered professional engineer in numerous U.S. states, Mr. Allen earned his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and his Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in Seattle after completing graduate research at McGill University in Montreal. He also earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Hampshire and is a member of the bar’s numerous state, federal and appellate courts. Richard is a construction dispute arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers.