Engineering, construction leader sees path to decarbonization and sustainability emerge from Canada’s history of innovation in power, oil & gas, water and telecom
As Black & Veatch celebrates its 60th year of innovative operations in Canada, the company recognizes the more than 1,500 completed projects that span power and energy market segments, essential water management solutions, and telecommunications advancements across the country. With the milestone, the company’s experts – now at the forefront of the decarbonization and sustainability movements – see significant opportunities to accelerate Canada’s deployment of advanced infrastructure assets.
In a country that has long invested in resilient, reliable infrastructure to serve its broad, diverse geographical needs, Black & Veatch opened its Toronto operations in 1960 to help build power and water infrastructure capacity. Decades later, the company has broadened its footprint in Edmonton and Vancouver, growing its local workforce to deliver projects encompassing power generation to water services, grid modernization and zero-carbon transportation markets.
These professionals are key to the company’s globally integrated workforce. The company’s presence is expected to rise as Black & Veatch sees increasing demand in Canada for solutions that balance performance, resilience, reliability and sustainability.
“Black & Veatch’s six decades of work on Canadian infrastructure directly reflects the engineering talent, regional knowledge and commitment of our professionals,” said Ali Assaf, associate vice president for Black & Veatch. “As we look forward to supporting Canada’s infrastructure future, we’re now delivering on tomorrow’s solutions, answering the demand for decarbonization by helping produce advanced solutions in cleaner energy harnessing the wind, sun and hydrogen, all while providing water-related green infrastructure and advanced transportation.”
Over the past six decades, the company’s projects have spanned critical energy, water and telecommunication markets, making Black & Veatch a valued partner in achieving several important milestones in Canada’s infrastructure history:
- Black & Veatch was selected to build Kineticor’s Cascade Power Plant, a 900-MW low-carbon natural gas combined cycle generating facility in Alberta that will help the province transition away from coal-fired power. The company also provided power services on ENMAX’s Shepard Energy Centre, an 800-MW natural gas-fired combined-cycle plant that provides electricity for more than half of Calgary. Black & Veatch is also engaged with several projects supporting multiple carbon reduction and sustainability efforts.
- Canada’s water future is being enhanced by Black & Veatch who is bringing water and wastewater treatment facilities to fruition. This includes working on one of the largest infrastructure projects in Toronto – the Coxwell Bypass Tunnel, a $3-billion, 25-year, a multi-stage initiative to upgrade stormwater control. The company also worked on the Seymour Capilano Filtration Plant in Vancouver – the country’s largest drinking water filtration plant – and on Toronto’s second-largest wastewater treatment plant, the Humber Treatment Plant.
- The company also provides telecommunications work, serving both public and private networks across Canada’s expansive, largely rural geography. This includes delivering consulting and engineering services for the BC Hydro WiMAX Metering Network, Hydro One Telecom Consulting, Hydro Ottawa Telecom Roadmap, Milton Hydro Communications Study, Nalcor Energy Protection and Controls Upgrade, and the Toronto Hydro Feeder Automation Network.
- Black & Veatch is building the charging infrastructure to support the electrification of transportation and was a key contributor building Tesla’s first coast-to-coast network of Supercharger sites across Canada
- Black & Veatch also works closely with the nation's gas, chemicals and mining industries.
“A new, exciting chapter of innovation in infrastructure is emerging as technologies that leverage hydrogen, renewable energy, energy storage, advanced broadband and 5G technology will transform how power, water and telecom services are delivered,” said Alex Bettencourt, Senior Managing Director at Black & Veatch.
- The company has worked with more than 140 Canadian clients throughout its 60-year history, a list that spans utilities, developers, municipalities, government entities and manufacturers. This includes several long-term client relationships with ATCO Power, BC Hydro, Capital Power, KMK Consultants, the City of Toronto, Metro Vancouver, Region of Peel and the Region of York.
- Black & Veatch’s global power business is responsible for delivering more than 5,000 MW in electricity-generating projects and more than 8,800 MW in cogeneration in projects ranging from British Columbia to Ontario.
- The Black & Veatch Canada team has extensive engineering capabilities across multiple sectors, including power, oil & gas, telecommunications, renewables, clean transportation, water and wastewater treatment and the environment, helping Canada evolve alongside smart technologies.
About Black & Veatch
Black & Veatch is an employee-owned global engineering, procurement, consulting and construction company with a more than 100-year track record of innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Since 1915, we have helped our clients improve the lives of people around the world by addressing the resilience and reliability of our most important infrastructure assets. Our revenues in 2020 exceeded US$3.0 billion. Follow us on www.bv.com and on social media.
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