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East Coast Consolidation: CBCL acquires Conquest Engineering

Atlantic Canada's largest employee-owned multidisciplinary engineering firm adds 30+ employee geotechnical and materials testing operation.


Halifax-based CBCL Ltd. has acquired Conquest Engineering Ltd., a 30-plus person geotechnical and materials testing firm based out of Saint John, NB with offices in Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton and Halifax.

CBCL, operating since 1955, is Atlantic Canada’s largest employee-owned multidisciplinary engineering and environmental consulting firm with some 360 employees across eight offices (Halifax, Sydney, NS; Charlottetown, PE; Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, NB; St. John’s and Happy Valley – Goose Bay, NL ).

“This acquisition fits our strategic objective of providing a full portfolio of services to our clients,” said Michael R. MacDonald, CBCL Ltd. president/CEO in a company release.

Conquest will remain a separate corporate entity and will be a 100% wholly-owned subsidiary of CBCL Ltd.

John Flewelling, P.Eng., who has been with CBCL for 19 years, recently managing the St. John, NB office and this year becoming an executive vice-president and board member (and being groomed to take on the role of president/CEO upon the retirement of MacDonald), will take on the position of president/CEO of Conquest.

“Company values that celebrate a commitment to clients and a local employee-owned model are characteristics that align with CBCL and will make this a successful transition,” noted Flewelling in the release. “We’re looking forward to welcoming Conquest into the fold.”