The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) announced the retirement of long-time President and CEO Michael McSweeney who led the organization for 12 years. Adam Auer, current vice president of environment and sustainability, will succeed McSweeney, effective April 1.
“Michael transformed the CAC into a leading trade association focused on positioning Canada’s cement industry as a global leader in the fight against climate change,” said CAC Chair Marie Glenn. “He worked tirelessly on improving the industry’s profile and getting governments and other stakeholders to recognize the importance of cement and concrete. We extend our sincere gratitude to Michael for his leadership and dedication to the cement industry and we wish him all the best in his retirement.
“On behalf of the CAC board of directors, we are delighted Adam Auer has accepted the role of president and CEO of the Cement Association of Canada at this pivotal moment in our sector’s history,” continued Glenn. “Canada’s cement and concrete industry is charting a path to net-zero concrete. Adam brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to this challenge, and we are tremendously excited to have Adam’s leadership in helping us to realize this ambition.”
Prior to joining the CAC in 2012, Auer managed Environment Canada’s Corporate Environmental Innovation initiative – a multi-stakeholder program to promote the business and financial case for corporate environmental leadership and the link between sustainability and an innovative and competitive economy. He holds a Master of Environmental Studies from York University and a Bachelor of Science in Ecology from the University of British Columbia.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work with our members, allies, partners and all level of governments to help deepen the cement and concrete sector’s leadership in Canada’s clean economy transition and in building a thriving, innovative and net-zero future,” said Auer.
McSweeney will remain as a strategic advisor to Auer until June 30, 2022.