Chris Pal

Chris Pal


Vice President, Engineering, North America

Chris has been a champion of large-scale, complex domestic and international projects during his 40-year career in engineering. He is well-versed in all aspects of the built environment, from system design to construction, and has deep experience with BGIS and PSPC federal government projects and processes. Chris works across multiple market sector including: Commercial, Education, Health Sciences, Hospitality, Justice, Public Buildings and Transportation. He maintains a close connection to project work and understands that no matter how large or small a project may be, it is of primary importance to his client, and therefore important to him.

In the last decade, among other activities, Chris has provided senior leadership and technical direction to the repurposing of a ten-building 2,153,000 SF (200,020 SM) campus as headquarters for the Department of National Defense, has designed a highly efficient manufacturing plant for Niigon Machines Ltd, was deeply involved in the repurposing of two heritage buildings across the street from Parliament Hill for use by Parliamentarians, the Senate and the Prime Minister of Canada’s office. At the same time, he has continued to maintain close contact and personal customer service to long-term clients such as the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and Canadian Blood Services.

Chris is a LEED® Accredited Professional for the design and construction of green buildings. He believes that well-considered architectural and engineering design contributes positively to the energy footprint and sustainability qualities of any building design. He is a firm supporter of projects that have stated carbon neutrality, net zero and passive environmental features and is a champion of interdisciplinary collaboration and integrated design. For older buildings, Chris is actively working on Carbon Neutral Retrofit projects, where targeted strategies can achieve meaningful improvements in energy consumption, carbon reduction and greenhouse gas reduction, as well as improvements in occupant comfort and health.

Outside of work, Chris keeps his mind and body active through tennis, skiing and golf – and voracious reading. His active lifestyle and mindset, combined with the interesting work that we do at NORR, makes him want to get up in the morning and seize each day.