Lon LaClaire is the General Manager of Engineering Services and has worked at the City of Vancouver for 23 years. With annual budgets totaling over $500 million and 2,200 staff, he is responsible for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of this world class city’s public works infrastructure. Engineering Services is also mandated with a variety of planning and regulatory functions and plays a central role in the day-to-day functioning of the city. As the largest city department, Engineering delivers a complex array of essential public services while implementing an ambitious policy agenda to become the greenest City in the world by 2020.
Prior to becoming General Manager, Lon held the position of Director of Transportation for five years. As Director, Lon oversaw all aspects of transportation, including transportation planning, transportation design, community engagement, and traffic and parking management.
Lon started his career at the City of Vancouver in transportation design in 1997. Major projects where he was a key contributor include, the City’s newest rapid transit lines – the Millennium and Canada SkyTrain Lines and the award-winning, long range transportation plans – the Downtown Transportation Plan and the Transportation 2040 plan.
Lon completed his undergraduate degree in engineering at Concordia University in Montreal in 1993 and completed his Masters in Transportation Engineering and Structures at the University of Calgary in 1996.