Len Murray, P. Eng.
Chair, Board of Directors |
As an enthusiastic young engineer, fresh from the UK, Len joined KCB in 1981 and soon after spent three years working at a mine site in Papua New Guinea. Since then, he has worked across all continents, apart from Antarctica.
Len became manager of KCB’s Mining group in British Columbia, and in 2006 was promoted to Vice President of the Mining Environmental Group (MEG). In 2014, he was appointed President and CEO. Len’s global business perspective stems from his experience in the design and construction of mine sites, earth dams, tunnels, hydropower facilities and transportation projects across the world.
As a trusted advisor to major mining clients, Len conducts peer reviews, audits and due diligence assessments for tailings disposal systems and water dams.
Key construction projects include the Greens Creek mine in Alaska, the Ok Tedi and Hidden Valley mines in Papua New Guinea, the Escondida Copper mine in Chile, and the Seymour Falls dam in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
As President and CEO, Len has championed the Women-in-Klohn group, the company’s annual sustainability reports, the publication of a new book – Strong Foundations – chronicling the history of KCB, and funding for university research at institutions across Canada and Australia.
Len’s leadership was recognized in 2018 by Business in Vancouver’s B.C. CEO Award for the mid-market category. In 2019, Len was awarded a Fellowship of the Engineering Institute of Canada and a Fellowship in the UK Institution of Civil Engineers – both are prestigious honours recognizing excellence in engineering and services to the profession and to society.
Len has B.Sc. in Physical Geology from Exeter University and an M.Sc. in Engineering Geology from Durham University, both in the UK. He is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and in Washington State, Minnesota and Alaska; and is a registered professional in the UK, Queensland, Australia and in Papua New Guinea.
As a child, Len aspired to become a professional footballer like his uncle, who played and coached in the former English Football League First Division in the 1940s.
“I didn’t want a career where I just went into the same office every day. Engineering was a mix of technical puzzles and the ability to travel and get outside, and there’s always something new happening. What can be better than that?”
based on Business in Vancouver October 2, 2018.