John Farrow

President, LEA International 

John Farrow is the former CEO and Chair of LEA Group Holdings and is currently the President of LEA International. LEA is a Canadian company with a head office in Markham, Ontario. The company provides consulting and advisory services on infrastructure in 40 countries.

LEA has been active in India since 1993 and currently has more than 2000 staff there providing services to all levels of government. This team of professionals supported by other LEA staff from around the world play major roles in implementing large infrastructure projects many of which are funded by the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Canadian International Development Agency also major public companies.

John is a professional Management Consultant and City Planner. Prior to joining LEA lead he was a partner in Coopers and Lybrand (now PWC) where he lead the Management Consulting practice and subsequently was the CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute.

He joined the LEA management team in 2001 and since then has been active in India playing leading roles in many major projects, including the preparation of a Transportation Plan and business plan for financing Mumbai infrastructure, the redevelopment of five major railway stations and the preparation of a comprehensive land use and transportation plan for the Greater Visakhapatnam Region. He has been a guest lecture at Indian Universities and is a speaker at events on enhancing Canadian Indian relations.

Until recently he was a member of the Board of the West Northampton Development Corporation in the United Kingdom and recently served as a Distinguished Visiting Fellow in the School of Urban Planning, at the University of Toronto. He is a member of the Global Affairs Canada, Infrastructure Advisory Group, the Canadian Institute of Planners and The Royal Town Planning Institute.