CIMA+, one of Canada’s largest privately-owned consulting engineering firms, recently announced the acquisition of Westhoff Engineering Resources, Inc., a Calgary-based firm with a quarter-century history of successfully providing groundbreaking planning and engineering solutions for water resource management throughout Canada and overseas.

“At CIMA+, we have a keen understanding of the value of water and its importance to our infrastructure,” stated Steeve Fiset, chief strategy officer at CIMA+. “By joining forces with the water management experts at Westhoff, we will grow our capacity to provide innovative solutions that accommodate sustainable land development and population growth, while protecting existing communities and our natural environment.”

This acquisition supports the company’s strategic growth in Western Canada and provides additional environmental capabilities across all CIMA+ offices. Westhoff’s engineering and environmental services for projects span from conceptualization to planning and design, construction, and inspections, to auditing and monitoring.

“Clients will now have access to a wider array of expertise and services under one banner, thanks to our newly expanded team in the Calgary region,” said Kelly Yuzdepski, executive vice president for Western Canada at CIMA+. “The water resource management market is one of the fastest growing fields of engineering in Canada, and indeed throughout North America.”

With a multidisciplinary team of engineers and biologists, Westhoff’s strategy has been to turn water and environmental constraints into opportunities through the application of holistic approaches to stormwater management, including wetland and stormwater integration, Low Impact Development (LID), and comprehensive modelling techniques to design and evaluate complex drainage systems. The emerging trend in the water industry is towards such innovative stormwater management solutions reflecting the need to address the densification of urban communities, aging urban drainage infrastructure, and the effects of climate change on storm intensity and flood risk.

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By joining forces, CIMA+ furthers these synergies through detailed engineering and construction support projects that relate to these studies.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to provide outstanding engineering and environmental solutions, we are excited to be joining the CIMA+ team, with its shared culture and values,” stated Karen Oldershaw, senior biologist with Westhoff Engineering Resources, Inc. “By leveraging our firms’ complementary strengths, we can add value for clients through a wider range of service offerings. Combining with CIMA+ is the natural next step in our company’s growth.”

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