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COMPANY NEWS UPDATES: Stantec, Arup, Golder, WSP – awards, appointments and an acquisition

Michael S. Whitford, vice president for Canada geotechnical at Stantec, will be awarded the President's award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-New Brunswick on Wednesday. The award will be part of the ACEC-NB Awards Gala...

April 8, 2014   Canadian Consulting Engineer

Michael S. Whitford, vice president for Canada geotechnical at Stantec, will be awarded the President’s award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-New Brunswick on Wednesday. The award will be part of the ACEC-NB Awards Gala to be held in Saint John, and is to mark an individual’s contributions to the consulting engineering industry.

Whitford was a founding partner of the well-known Atlantic Canada company Jacques Whitford, which at one time had 1,700 staff and 45 offices, working primarily in the environmental and geosciences fields. The company was acquired by Stantec in 2009.

Whitford is cited for being “pivotal in establishing and building Jacques Whtford’s leading status throughout Atlantic Canada,” and for being a “technical and business leader, mentor, and role model.”

Arup has a new global chairman: Gregory Hodgkinson. Hodgkinson took over on April 1 and is joined by deputy chairmen Tristram Carfrae and David Whttleton. Hodkinson has spent his professional career at Arup, which now has more than 11,500 staff worldwide. He worked on major projects in Australia and the U.K. before leading the firm’s expansion into the U.S. in 1988. He has previously been chairman of the Americas Region and the European business.

Golder Associates has appointed 66 professionals as principals and associates in Canada. The 20 new principals are:  Atlantic Canada & Quebec: Mayana Kissiova (Montreal), Brenda Tyedmers (Halifax); Ontario: Storer Boone (London), Mike Cunningham (Ottawa), Danny da Silva (Toronto), Steve Kogon (Mississauga), Paul Palmer (Sudbury), Andre Zerwer (Sudbury); Prairies: Paula Bentham (Edmonton), Colin Dunne (Calgary), John Faithful (Calgary), Delwyn Fredlund (Saskatoon), James McQuaid (Calgary), Kurtis Saker (Edmonton), John Virgl (Saskatoon), Sean Webster (Calgary), Tom Wingrove (Winnipeg), David Wytrykush (Calgary). British Columbia: Dave Caughill (Victoria), Barbara Wernick (Burnaby).

The new appointees join 1,000 other principals and associates in the company worldwide.

Mark Brightman, president of Golder in Canada, said: “We extend a hearty congratulations to these exemplary individuals, who have been selected by their peers to take on a greater leadership role in Golder. Their accomplishments, passion and dedication to excellence have earned them the trust and respect of their colleagues. I look forward to working with them to grow and build our organization.”

To see the full list of principals and associates, click here.

Wood Group has acquired Sunstone Projects of Calgary. Sunstone is a pipeline consulting company serving the oil and gas industry in Canada. It employs approximately 70 people. Wood Group is an international company employing about 46,000 people worldwide. Registered in Aberdeen, Scotland and Houston, Texas, the company provides engineering, production, maintenance and other services in the energy and power generation industries, operating in 50 countries. It acquired Sunstone for CDN $14.5 million.

WSP (formerly Genivar), has concluded an agreement to acquire TPS, a French company that specializes in building and infrastructure engineering. The company will add 100 people to WSP’s existing workforce in France. TPS had revenues of approximately $30 million in 2013.


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