Jennifer Gagnier joins WSP USA as head of health and safety

18 September 2023 2 min. read
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Jennifer Gagnier has joined WSP USA, a design and engineering consultancy, as senior vice president of health, safety, environment, and quality (HSEQ).

Based in Madison, WI, Gagnier will oversee strategic direction, development, and management of all HSEQ frameworks, metrics, and reporting standards in WSP’s US operations.

She brings more than 30 years of experience in all aspects of HSE programs, as well as in planning, design, construction management, program management, design build, operations, and maintenance projects.

"Jennifer plays a pivotal role in bolstering our unwavering commitment to delivering a consistently high level of excellence for our clients," said Lou Cornell, president and CEO of WSP USA. "She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this role and is an integral part of WSP's dedicated efforts to ensure and maintain a best-in-class HSEQ culture throughout our business operations."Jennifer Gagnier joins WSP USA as head of health and safetyGagnier spent the last 28 years at rival consultancy Jacobs, where she most recently served as senior HSE director for buildings & infrastructure, Americas & West regions. Before that she held increasingly senior roles within the firm’s HSE function.

Prior to joining Jacobs in 1995 as an HSE supervisor, Gagnier was a safety coordinator at Fermilab.

She has a bachelor’s degree in occupational safety from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and is a member of the American Society of Safety Professionals and Women in Safety Engineering.

"I'm ready to work with our amazing team at WSP and collaborate with our clients to help set the firm's standards and strategic direction of HSEQ," Gagnier said. "The number one goal is to build a robust culture that leads to continuous HSEQ performance. To accomplish that, it means benchmarking best practices and establishing strong relationships — internally and externally."

WSP is headquartered in Montreal, Canada and has more 67,000 people globally. The firm provides engineering and consulting services in property and buildings, transportation and infrastructure, earth and environment, water, energy and resources, and sustainability and ESG.

WSP USA, the firm’s US operating company, has approximately 16,000 people across 300 offices.