Stewart Dickson

Vice President
“I’ve treated life as a series of crossroads where you get to choose your own adventure. When you don’t focus on a specific destination, but the journey, I find that approach will always take you places. This has been true in both my personal and professional lives.”
Stewart Dickson

Bio

Since his early days as an Engineer-in-Training, Stewart has never been one to shy away from a good challenge. After earning his Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Guelph, Stewart began his professional journey at a privately held consulting firm. One of his first major projects was York Region’s 404 Trunk Sanitary Sewer, for which he designed the 9.5 km long pipeline and was the site inspector for one particularly challenging construction contract. He also had the opportunity to live and work in Trinidad for several years, where he managed a large team that delivered the Water and Sewer Authority’s Modernization Program to improve access to safe drinking water and sanitation services for the citizens of Trinidad and Tobago. Following his journey abroad, Stewart would go on to further develop his financial and business acumen as the leader of a large linear infrastructure team at a publicly traded engineering firm, where he oversaw the delivery of many successful underground rehabilitation projects for clients across the country.

Finding himself drawn to team environments that operate without silos, Stewart joined RVA in September 2021 as the Manager of our Municipal Conveyance team and quickly advanced to becoming Associate Vice President in 2023. He has been instrumental in growing the firm’s expertise and client base in Central and Eastern Canada, as well as developing enhanced internal project control measures. The diversity and depth of Stewart’s background has afforded him a well-rounded approach to design challenges based on his first-hand experience with a variety of projects, people, and geographies.

With almost 25 years of experience and several award-winning projects under his belt, Stewart’s greatest achievements have come from being a people leader. He finds daily inspiration in mentoring the next generation of young engineers and project managers who bring fresh perspectives and endless resourcefulness to think their way through any problem. Stewart’s people-centered approach enables him and his teams to truly listen to clients as partners, to have the right person doing the right job, and to ultimately become trusted advisors to his clients. No matter the size or budget, he believes that every project is an opportunity to observe, learn, and exceed clients’ expectations, ultimately leading to a result that all members of his team are proud of.

Stewart’s ideal weekend starts in Collingwood, where he, his family, and friends enjoy taking the turns on the slopes and the après-ski at the Georgian Peaks Club. Stewart currently sits on the Board of Directors and acts as the Vice President for the Club, while his daughter and son, ages 14 and 11 respectively, both participate in the ski racing programs. During the warmer months, Stewart loves exploring the backcountry in Algonquin and Killarney Park on canoe trips with his wife and kids, making a point to visit a new lake or trail every time. Wherever they go, there is only one rule for family getaways: enjoy the adventure!