CIMA+ buys Durham Energy Specialist Limited

24 November 2022 2 min. read

CIMA+, a Laval, QC-headquartered design and engineering consulting firm, has acquired Durham Energy Specialist Limited (DES), a Whitby, ON-based mechanical and electrical engineering firm.

Founded in 1978, DES provides mechanical and electrical engineering services for construction projects in the educational, health, municipal, commercial, industrial, and retail markets. The firm also works on building retrofits.

DES’ mechanical engineering practice includes offerings in HVAC, controls, plumbing, and fire protection, while its electrical engineering practice covers power, lighting, life safety, and communications.

The firm has over 10 employees, according to LinkedIn, and serves clients throughout the Durham region and the Greater Toronto Area.

CIMA+ buys Durham Energy Specialist Limited

The acquisition will expand CIMA+’s Ontario presence and bolster its buildings practice. The Quebec-based firm has Ontario locations in Ottawa, Bowmanville, Mississauga, Burlington, Kitchener, and London.

“The acquisition of Durham Energy Specialist Limited is a sign of our ongoing commitment to grow our expertise and diversify our operations across Canada, and particularly in the Ontario market,” said Steeve Fiset, chief strategy officer at CIMA+.

Matt McBride, VP, buildings, Ontario at CIMA+, added, “Our technical team servicing the Buildings market in Ontario is constantly growing. Through the addition of DES, our clients will now have access to a larger pool of engineering resources and a wider array of expertise under one banner, thanks to our combined team of over 425 employees dedicated to these vital markets.”

The deal builds on CIMA+’s May 2022 acquisition of Ediom, a boutique Mississauga, ON-based electrical engineering firm.

“The ability of CIMA+ to deliver a local, personal approach to supporting their clients’ needs, while leveraging the resources of a large engineering firm, was a major appeal to DES,” said Leanne Skribe, president of DES. “Joining forces with the CIMA+ team is a logical progression to our business and will allow us to better serve our established client base while enabling opportunities to grow.”

CIMA+ was founded in 1990 and provides engineering, environmental and geotechnical, geomatics and surveying, and project management services for buildings, infrastructure, and transportation. The firm also offers complementary specialized services in urban planning and landscape architecture, software development, sustainability, commissioning, and intelligent and mobility systems, among others.

CIMA+ has more than 2,800 employees across 30+ offices in Canada as well as five international locations in Africa.