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Hydro One Refurbishes Ontario-Michigan Circuit

Posted on October 15, 2014
Hydro One announced the refurbishment of an international transmission circuit linking Ontario and Michigan is complete. The $6.8-million investment refurbished 24 towers on the 5.5-kilometre circuit that runs from Sarnia Scott TS to the Mid River Junction Bunce Creek at the St. Clair River. The work involved replacing five transmission towers and strengthening the steel on 19 towers in accordance with Canadian Safety Authority Standards. “The refurbishment of this critical asset ensures continued reliability of one of the transmission lines that link [...]

SNC-Lavalin Acquires Kentz

Posted on August 28, 2014
SNC-Lavalin Group Inc. has completed its acquisition of Kentz Corp. Ltd., a global company with 15,500 employees operating in 36 countries. Kentz provides engineering, construction management, and technical support services to clients in the oil and gas sector. The acquisition of Kentz supports SNC-Lavalin’s ongoing transformation into a global Tier-1 engineering and construction (E&C) company. The transaction creates a group with approximately 45,000 employees, annual revenues of about $10 billion, and a backlog of roughly $13 billion as per 2013 [...]

FER-PAL Demos Robotic Watermain Rehabilitation in Illinois

Posted on August 9, 2014
This July, FER-PAL Construction demonstrated the firm’s robotic watermain rehabilitation technologies in Evanston, Illinois to state and local officials as a part of the company’s efforts to highlight their environmentally friendly solution to the state’s aging water infrastructure. FER-PAL Construction, based in Toronto, was established in 1986 to provide municipalities with watermain rehabilitation services using “trenchless technology.” Illinois Governor Pat Quinn first met with FER-PAL CEO Shaun McKaigue in 2011 when they travelled to Chicago [...]

Appointments Made to Detroit River Bridge Authorities

Posted on August 1, 2014
Appointments have been made to the International Authority that will oversee the construction of the new publicly owned bridge between Windsor, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan. Kristine Burr and Geneviève Gagnon have been appointed by Canada, and Michael Hayes, Birgit Klohs, and Matt Rizik have been appointed by Michigan. Burr will also serve as the chairperson of the International Authority. A third Canadian member will be selected by the Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority (WDBA) in the near future. Federal Transport Minister Lisa Raitt also announced [...]

$500M Being Invested in St. Lawrence Seaway

Posted on April 30, 2014
The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp. (SLSMC) marked the opening of the Seaway’s 56th navigation season with the transit of Algoma Central Corp.’s newly built ship, the Algoma Equinox, through Lock 3 of the Welland Canal. The vessel is the first of eight Equinox-class ships that are being purpose-built for trade in the St. Lawrence Seaway. “Algoma Central Corporation’s fleet renewal is a leading example of the unprecedented level of investment that is happening throughout our navigation system,” said Terence Bowles, president and CEO of the [...]

Parsons Acquires Delcan, Expands Transportation Footprint

Posted on April 1, 2014
 Parsons has acquired Delcan, an international multidisciplinary engineering, planning, management, and technology firm that provides a range of integrated systems and infrastructure solutions to the transportation market. Parsons says this acquisition signals the firm’s intent to expand its geographic footprint in transportation, one of the corporation’s four key market areas. “In addition to increasing our presence in Canada and other key strategic geographies in the world, the acquisition of Delcan continues the progression of our corporate objectives [...]

P3s Generate Over $51B for Canadian Economy

Posted on March 13, 2014
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are major contributors to Canada’s economy, generating $51.2 billion in direct economic output and 290,680 direct full- time equivalent jobs between 2003 and 2012. According to an economic impact study conducted by InterVISTAS, a management consulting company, P3s play a major role in boosting Canada’s economy. The report notes: “With the public sector facing aging infrastructure, population growth and budget constraints, P3s are bringing together the expertise of both the private and public sector to expand the [...]

Wind Energy Market Continues with Steady Growth

Posted on February 6, 2014
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) released its 2013 market statistics, showing global wind energy capacity has tripled over the past five years to reach a total of 318,137 MW. Despite slower growth rates in some countries, the amount of wind energy installed around the world still rose by over 12 per cent in 2013. Canada recorded exceptionally strong growth in 2013 with a record of close to 1,600 MW of new wind energy capacity installed, placing it fifth globally. Canada sustains its position as a global wind energy leader, today ranking 9th in the [...]

GENIVAR Reorganizes, Announces Name Change

Posted on December 12, 2013
GENIVAR Inc. announced on December 2 that its corporate reorganization in accordance with a court-approved plan of arrangement will come into effect on January 1, 2014. The arrangement was approved by shareholders on May 23, 2013, and received approval from the Superior Court of Quebec on May 27. The arrangement will result in the reorganization of GENIVAR into in a global company structure, resulting in a newly created company named WSP Global Inc. Current shareholders of GENIVAR will become shareholders of WSP Global.   [...]

Construction Industry Sees Renewed Optimism

Posted on December 4, 2013
The majority of companies in the global engineering and construction sectors have fresh optimism and anticipate further growth across the industry, according to KPMG’s Global Construction Survey. After prolonged economic uncertainty, companies are experiencing a general increase in backlogs and margins, showing an overall positive outlook in the industry. “Canadian respondents see stability, leading to cautious optimism,” said Augusto Patmore, a partner with KPMG in Toronto. “The survey results suggest that growth is going to be slow, but there [...]
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