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Construction to Start on $1.5B Highway Expansion

Posted on April 22, 2009
Groupe AGF today said it has been awarded a $100-million contract to provide reinforcing steel for the 42-kilometre extension of Quebec's Autoroute 30 between Vaudreuil-Dorion and Chateauguay. Serge Gendron, Eng., President of Groupe AGF, made the announcement today in Longueuil, telling reporters that this contract is the biggest ever awarded in Québec. This marks the start of construction on one of our Top 10 projects for 2008 (part of our annual Top 100 listing). The contract covers the entire 42-kilometre extension of Highway 30, including the [...]

Hydrogen Showcase at PET Airport

Posted on April 20, 2009
An $11-million hydrogen technologies showcase just opened at Montreal's Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. The demonstration project got $2.4 million in federal funding  through the ecoENERGY Technology Initiative. The rest came from partners like Air Liquide Canada and the province's Agence de l'efficacité énergétique. The goal is to showcase a variety of applications for hydrogen energy technologies at the airport, including a new type of fuelling infrastructure. The captive audience of 20 million travelers who pass through the airport [...]

Terrebonne LEEDs with GMF Funding

Posted on April 8, 2009
The latest community to develop an innovative project with funding from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities' Green Municipal Fund (GMF) is Terrebonne, Quebec. The town will use a $350,000 GMF grant to develop a sustainable neighbourhood. The new development will be a mix of residential, businesses and light industry. All of the project's buildings will meet LEED-Neighbourhood standards. Dorval mayor and FCM representative Edgar Rouleau said during the funding announcement, "The financing and knowledge provided by the supports the development [...]

Infrastructure Planning During a Deficit

Posted on March 23, 2009
Last Thursday's budget announcements in Quebec revealed a debt not experienced in over a decade. Already one of the highest in the country, estimates put the province's deficit at $130-billion by the end of the next fiscal year. But Premier Jean Charest says the government's five-year, $42-billion infrastructure renewal plan will help pull Quebec out of the recession in 2010. "We have placed our priority on the economy and on jobs. The Quebec economy and Quebeckers are doing better thanks to the actions taken by our government," he said during an address [...]

New High-Speed Rail Study

Posted on February 25, 2009
The Governments of Québec, Ontario and Canada have awarded a contract to the EcoTrain Consortium to update the feasibility studies for high-speed rail (HSR) in the Quebec City-Windsor corridor. The $3-million study will be funded equally by each government. The consortium (Dessau, MMM Group, KPMG, Wilbur Smith & Associates, Deutsche Bahn International) will focus on a few areas: HSR technology and route options; transportation demand forecasts; development and operating costs; environmental and social impacts; financial and economic analyses; institutional [...]

New Plan for Griffintown...Again

Posted on February 24, 2009
Without sacrificing the entire $1.3 billion project in Griffintown, Devimco announced that, starting in 2010, it will implement an alternate scenario that better responds to the new economic and financial reality and that will conform to planning regulations adopted in 2008. Devimco will focus its first investments in the southern part of the territory. This revised project, which would be predominately residential and, to a lesser extent, office space and shops, will occupy an area equivalent to 30 per cent of the original site. Full details of this [...]

Romaine Project Belongs to Quebec

Posted on February 12, 2009
Hydro-Québec has confirmed that the Romaine hydroelectric power project, number one on our Top 100 list of projects for 2009, will have no impact on the territory of Labrador since its area of influence is situated entirely within Québec. In a press release earlier today, the company says, "The hydrological regime of the river above Romaine-4 will be identical to present conditions in all respects." Hydro-Québec has filed a detailed environmental impact statement (EIS) for the project that they claim meets the requirements set forth in the directive [...]

Some Companies are Still Growing, Not Downsizing

Posted on February 9, 2009
The GENIVAR Income Fund has acquired ENTRA Consultants Inc. (an Ontario-based transportation planning firm), Sherbrooke-based Envirotel 3000 Inc. and Montreal-based WSATrenchless Consultants Inc. GENIVAR's president and CEO, Pierre Shoiry, says, "Given the need for transportation infrastructure development and improvements across Canada, we are strategically positioned to take part in a wide range of emerging projects." Envirotel has both private and public-sector clients, including a number of private hydro and wind power developers, as well as Hydro-Quebec [...]

Quebec's Bridges go to Rehab

Posted on January 12, 2009
Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, says the federal government will contribute $50 million to redeck the Honoré Mercier Bridge and $11 million to reconfigure the access roads and ramps to the Champlain Bridge. The contribution for the Honoré Mercier Bridge is added to $85 million granted to the project in 2006. "Many Quebecers rely on these bridges daily to commute to work and return home to their families," said Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird. "This investment allows for faster commute times, promotes [...]

Dessau Expands

Posted on December 11, 2008
Dessau Inc. is expanding into Toronto. The engineering-construction firm has acquired Toronto-based geotechnical engineering firm John Emery Geotechnical Engineering Limited (JEGEL). The combination with JEGEL will give Dessau a base in Toronto.  Senior VP of Dessau, Guy Meunier, president of JEGEL, John Emery, and Dessau's president and CEO, Jean-Pierre Sauriol, toured JEGEL's Toronto lab when they made the deal official on December 10. [...]
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