Denver — During Singapore International Water Week 2016, CH2M launched a new Leadership Development Programme at its Singapore InfraHub — a strategic infrastructure hub positioned to address Asia's growing infrastructure gap by investing in the firm's Singapore operations, local delivery and expertise.

The Leadership Development Programme will help prepare the company's next wave of multi-disciplinary talent to develop and execute complex infrastructure projects in Singapore and the region. This programme, which is supported by the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), is the first-of-its-kind globally for CH2M, where employees will undergo mentoring and overseas training stints in countries in Asia-Pacific including India. During these stints, employees will learn how to structure and execute infrastructure projects in these Asian markets, many of which involve challenging public-private partnerships, due to the gap between the public funds available and the funding requirements to meet the region's infrastructure needs.

The introduction of this leadership development curriculum marks an expansion in the capabilities of CH2M's InfraHub launched in Singapore in 2015, aimed at strengthening the company's engineering and consultancy services such as industrial water, underground spaces, and smart cities solutions. InfraHub was launched in collaboration with utilities, government agencies and city planners to help deliver complex infrastructure projects, advance development of high quality, sustainable infrastructure for Asia's mega cities through best practices, quality design and capacity building, as well as cultivate tomorrow's engineering talents to build cities of the future.

"For more than 20 years, CH2M has partnered with clients in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region to deliver key cross-sector infrastructure projects in water and industrial facilities, which have enhanced Singapore's socio-economic backbone, livability and long-term sustainability," said Greg McIntyre, CH2M Global President of Business Groups. "As the region's needs for infrastructure increase, we are committed to harnessing Singapore's engineering talent to lead larger, more complex projects for our clients and contribute to the city's desire to be Asia's infrastructure hub."

In Southeast Asia alone, it is estimated that US $7 trillion will be needed for infrastructure, housing and commercial space from 2015 to 2030, according to McKinsey Global Institute. Apart from fulfilling the region's existing infrastructure needs, CH2M's trainees from this program will also have the opportunity to work in sophisticated markets such as the U.S. to develop new capabilities in anticipation of future infrastructure needs such as data center facility development and advanced water quality modeling. 

"We are committed to growing our pool of talent in Singapore and beyond, and we are excited about the opportunities to offer services across the full value chain of infrastructure development to create the greatest value for our clients and the region," added McIntyre. "With this new talent initiative in place, we will accelerate the development and deployment of disruptive technologies in the infrastructure sector and groom a highly-technical workforce to fill specialized roles to execute infrastructure projects involving niche disciplines."

Mr. Lim Kok Kiang, Assistant Managing Director, EDB added, "By leveraging cross-sector synergies through the InfraHub, CH2M is well-positioned to capture local and regional growth opportunities in Asia. We are confident that the InfraHub will serve as a key enabler to groom talent with the necessary skills to design and deliver complex infrastructure and urban solutions for the region."

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