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Company news round-up: Urban Systems, H.H. Angus, SMS, SNC-Lavalin


Urban Systems, a consulting engineering company that is concentrated in western Canada, is on the Blackbird Infrastructure team that was just awarded a contract to build a major Ontario highway. Blackbird Infrastracture was selected by the province of Ontario to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 407 East Phase 2 project. Phase 2 is a 22-kilometre stretch extending the toll highway east from Oshawa to Highway 35 in Clarington, and will include a link south to Highway 401 east of Oshawa. The $1.2-billion project is due to be completed by 2020. Phase 1 of the Highway 407 extension from Pickering to Oshawa is being done by the “407 East Development Group” and is due to be completed by the end of this year.

H.H. Angus and Associates, mechanical and electrical consulting engineers based in Toronto, hosted a breakfast “IDEATION” forum on April 16 in Toronto. The speaker was Dr. Donald Sadoway, one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People who presented his findings on “The Missing Link to Renewable Energy.”

SMS Engineering, mechanical and electrical engineers of Winnipeg, are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year and have launched a new brand and logo.

SNC-Lavalin rearranged its executive team on April 15. It appointed Neil G. Bruce to a newly created position of chief operating officer. Bruce joined the company in 2013 and led the acquisition of Kentz. He will be based in Montreal and will continue to report to Robert G. Card, president and CEO. The company said that this and other appointments are part of its effort to simplify and streamline its operations for operational efficiency. Several other changes were made, including the appointment of José Suárez, previously executive vice president of integrated management systems, who becomes executive vice president of mining and metallurgy. Dale Clark, previously executive vice president of mining & metallurgy is appointed executive vice president of integrated management systems. Ian Edwards was appointed executive vice president of infrastructure. Alexander Taylor stays as president of power, and Christian Brown stays as president of oil and gas. Hisham Mahmoud and Christian Jacqui are leaving the company in May, and Réjean Goulet, the company’s executive vice president and general counsel is retiring in July after 30 years with the company. The company says it will continue to focus on the power, infrastructure, oil and gas, and mining and metallurgy markets.

Bruce Neil, SNC-Lavalin.

Bruce Neil, SNC-Lavalin.