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Catherine Karakatsanis, BESc'83, MESc'91, COO of Morrison Hershfield, builds strong foundations. As a respected civil engineer and one of Canada's most powerful women, she is advancing industry expertise and serving as a role model to female engineers. And she got her footing at Western.


Catherine Karakatsanis, BESc ’83, MESc ’91, is the Chief Operating Officer and Director at Morrison Hershfield, a North American engineering firm headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Catherine has had a progressive career at Morrison Hershfield moving successfully through a series of roles with extensive engineering and management experience. As COO, she provides business leadership and is responsible for the domestic and international operations of the firm.

In addition to her role at Morrison Hershfield, Ms. Karakatsanis is the immediate past president of Engineers Canada, is a Board member of Engineers Without Borders and the Hellenic Heritage Foundation, a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and Chair of the Faculty of Engineering Advisory Council for Western University. She has also served as President and Chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineering and Professional Engineers of Ontario.

An alumna of Western Engineering’s undergraduate and master’s programs, her dedication to best management practices and commitment to the enrichment of the engineering profession have earned the respect of her colleagues and her peers.

Ms. Karakatsanis has been named twice by the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners - in 2013 and again in 2015. Co-Presented by Scotiabank and KPMG, these Awards celebrate and highlight the professional achievements of women across the country in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.

Earlier in 2013, she was recognized by the Province of Ontario for her exceptional community leadership to improve the lives of women and girls in Ontario. She was further recognized for her commitment to advancing the role of women through mentoring and by raising awareness of gender issues at her numerous speaking engagements.

In November 2012, she was awarded with the Ontario Professional Engineers’ Medal for Management. The award recognizes professional engineers who have contributed significantly to achieving excellence in engineering, primarily through their management skills.

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