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Question: What are the Biggest Civil Engineering Companies in Canada?

February 5, 2013

Elias, one of our followers on twitter, asked the following question:

(Thank you for the question, Elias!)

The Biggest Civil Engineering Companies in Canada

What are the biggest civil engineering companies in Canada (specifically, Ontario)? This question can be answered in several ways.

The largest employers of civil engineers, for example, are probably not “civil engineering” companies at all, but government agencies or larger multidisciplinary engineering and construction companies. The largest Canadian civil engineering companies by gross revenues may be a better metric, but they may not be the largest employers of civil engineers and many are still privately held. Lastly, we considered the “largest Canadian civil engineering firms” by number of employees, but again, that would have limited the scope of the list to only civil engineering companies, missing the wider construction or (especially relevant in Canada) energy industry companies.

Below is our loosely-organized list of the highest grossing, largest, or otherwise-employs-the-most-Civil-Engineers-in-Canada list of companies.

AECON

They are Canada’s largest publicly traded construction company and operate primarily in Canada (but are now performing some work abroad). Their headquarters are in Toronto, Ontario and, on the West coast Calgary, Alberta. They have 29 subsidiaries and employ over 10,000 people. You can view their landmark projects here.

AECON Engineering Jobs

Bantrel

Bantrel is a multidisciplinary engineering company based in Alberta with over 1,500 employees. Their core business is in engineering, procurement, and construction management for the petroleum industry. They are very active in Canada’s energy sector (notably in providing engineering services to the oil sands) as well as power generation, pipeline construction and refining projects.

Bantrel Engineering Jobs

Canadian Natural Resources

Canadian Natural Resources, while not a civil engineering company, employs many civil, mining, and mechanical engineers. This Calgary, Alberta company has had explosive growth over the last 24 years – they employed just 9 people and produced only 1,400 barrels of oil in 1989. Today they have nearly 5,000 employees, produce over 565,000 barrels of oil and have a market capitalization of $40 billion. Many of their current job listings are for engineers to work on the Horizon Oil Sands, a young mine that began operations in 2009.

Canadian Natural Resources Engineering Jobs

CIMA+

CIMA+ is a Laval, Quebec based multidisciplinary engineering firm that employs more than 2,300 engineering, project management, and urban planning professionals. Their fields include “building construction, urban services, transportation, hydroelectricity, infrastructure, telecommunications, environmental impact studies and mining, among others.”

CIMA+ Engineering Jobs

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

Conestoga is a mixed engineering, environmental, construction and information technology consortium of companies. Their headquarters is in Waterloo, Ontario and they have over 3,000 employees.

Dessau

Dessau (based in Montreal) is the fifth-largest engineering-construction firm in Canada and posts annual revenues of C$750 million. The company is active in both national and international markets, employs over 4,800 people, and enjoys a storied history of landmark projects.

Dessau Engineering Jobs

EllisDon

EllisDon is a global engineering and construction services company with 12 offices worldwide. They complete in excess of C$2.5B in new construction annually and employ approximately 1,400 people, of which over a thousand are based in Canada. Their headquarters are in Mississauga, Ontario.

EllisDon Engineering Jobs

exp

exp, formerly known as Trow Global, is headquartered in Brampton, Ontario. They self-identify as “one of  North America’s fastest-growing consulting firms, providing Building Engineering, Earth + Environment, Infrastructure Engineering, Planning + Design, Program + Project Management and Sustainability services to clients around the world.”

Genivar

Genivar is a multidisciplinary firm of architects, engineers and planners that provide integrated solutions for both governments and businesses. Their work includes “environmental remediation to urban planning, from engineering iconic buildings to designing sustainable transport networks, and from developing the energy sources of the future to enabling new ways of extracting essential resources”. They have over 14,500 employees across 35 countries, but their corporate headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec.

Genivar Engineering Jobs

Golder

Golder is another Canadian employee-owned engineering firm. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta with over 8,000 employees, their specialties include independent consulting, design, and construction services in the areas of earth, environment and energy.

Golder Jobs

Hatch Group

Hatch “supplies engineering, project and construction management services, process and business consulting and operational services to the mining, metallurgical, energy and infrastructure industries.” They are based in Mississauga, Ontario and have over 11,000 employees across more than 65 global offices. They firm has more than $35B in projects currently under management.

Hatch Engineering Jobs

McElhanney

Founded in 1910, McElhanney is the oldest combined engineering, surveying and mapping company in western Canada. This employee-held company based in Vancouver, British Columbia employs over 500 people.

McElhanney Engineering Jobs

Morrison Hershfield

Morrison is a civil engineering firm headquartered in Toronto, Ontario specializing in the areas of: energy, buildings, transportation, environment, water, wastewater and land development. Founded in 1946, they employ over 700 people in 16 offices across North America.

Morrison Herschfield Engineering Jobs

PCL Construction

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, PCL Construction is a privately-owned group of independent construction companies and is the largest general contracting organization in Canada. They are active in commercial, institutional, heavy industrial, multi-family residential and civil construction. They have over 3,800 salaried employees and 9,000 contractors and tradesmen.

PCL Construction Engineering Jobs

SNC-Lavalin

Based in Montreal, Quebec, SNC-Lavalin is the largest engineering and construction company in Canada. They employ more than 29,000 people and have a wide range of expertise, including (but not limited to): Transportation infrastructure, construction, hydroelectricity, mining, oil/ gas, chemical engineering, petroleum engineering, defense, nuclear engineering and environmental engineering.

SNC-Lavalin Engineering Jobs

Stantec

Stantec is an international design and engineering services company. Founded in 1954, they are headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta and employ over 12,000 employees in 190 locations around the world. Their areas of expertise include: “planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics for infrastructure and facilities projects”.

Stantec Engineering Jobs

WorleyParsons

WorleyParsons is actually an Australian company, but in the mid 2000’s acquired both SEA Engineering and the Colt Companies to become one of the leading companies in Canada’s oil sands industry.

The Canadian division of Worley has been recognized as “One of Canada’s Top 100 Employers” (Maclean’s, 2007) and they employ 37,800 spread across 148 different offices in 44 countries worldwide. Their Canadian regional head office is in Calgary, Alberta.

Canadian Civil Engineering Jobs (by Province)

What Companies Did We Miss?

Is there a civil engineering employer or company in Canada that should be included in this list? Please drop a comment below and let us know.