Aecom hires former Toronto Transit chief

Consultancy Aecom has appointed a former chief executive of the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) as vice president of government relations and transit market sector lead for its Canadian transportation business.

The firm has hired Kirsten Watson to take on the role, arriving after 19 years at TTC, the third largest transit agency in North America.

In her new position, she will lead growth initiatives with transit agencies and service providers, as well as working across all business lines to increase Aecom’s profile in Canada with its government partners and clients.

“With her strong background in operations and service delivery across all modes of transit and firsthand knowledge of major transit expansions and capital programs, Kirsten is the ideal candidate for this role,” said Bruce McCuaig, senior vice president of Aecom’s Canadian transportation business.