From Ireland by way of the U.S., he brought energy, enthusiasm and a clarity of purpose that was to guide us for many years. He created the culture that is Golder.
After completing a master’s degree at Purdue University, Victor Milligan worked on geotechnical projects in the UK, and then spent four years as District Engineer, then Assistant Chief Engineer at Geocon in Toronto. Victor was only 30 when he accepted the challenge of running an expanded consulting practice with Dr. Hugh Golder in 1960. Starting as a Principal, Victor became President, then Chairman from 1974 to 1984, and then served as a Senior Principal until 1994. After that time, he set up his own consulting practice, often acting as a Consultant to Golder Associates, and also serving on consulting boards to international clients. Early on, Victor Milligan set the tone for the company with his vision of an open, collegial environment for people with strong technical capability, focused above all else on doing high quality work. Leading by example, he was an acknowledged world expert in dams, embankments, and soft-ground tunnels, working on over 150 dams up to 200 m in height. Victor’s lifelong commitment to being the best was acknowledged by the Professional Engineers of Ontario, which awarded him a Gold Medal posthumously, “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments and contributions made to society and the engineering professional as a citizen and as a professional engineer.”