Cecile Toupiol, PE
Cecile Toupiol is a water and public-private partnership (PPP) expert who delivers innovative projects across the Americas and the Middle East. She has led numerous water and wastewater projects from the planning, design and construction to the operation phase, and has extensive experience in seawater desalination treatment, PPP projects such as build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT), design-build-operate (DBO) and program management.
Cecile is fluent in three languages: her native French, English, and most recently, Spanish. After more than a decade spent working on water supply and water treatment projects in Florida, she relocated to Chile in 2014 to help open CDM Smith’s Santiago office. She is currently working to deliver desalination projects in Chile, Jordan and Peru.
“Changing culture, building the business in Chile, and learning to work in another language was very challenging, but also rewarding,” she says. “Life is a constant challenge, but it is important to seize opportunities when they arise. I have grown and learned so much from this experience.”
“When I started working with CDM Smith, I quickly realized and valued the fact that CDM Smith is a company that cares about people. This culture allows us to better serve our clients, and also to provide support and career opportunities to our employees,” she says.