WSP buys communications consultancy Communica

26 March 2024 Consulting.ca 2 min. read
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WSP, a Montreal-based design and engineering consultancy, has acquired Communica, a Calgary-based Indigenous and stakeholder engagement and information management consulting firm.

Founded in 2002, Communica specializes in providing stakeholder and wider community engagement services, including with Indigenous communities. The firm works on projects across oil and gas, mining, and utilities.

Since its founding, Communica has planned and executed over 1,000 community meetings and supported over 300 regulatory infrastructure applications in Canada.

The firm has practices in communications, stakeholder information services, Indigenous engagement, and stakeholder engagement. The firm also provides related software solutions.

As part of the transaction, 50 Communica professionals will join WSP. They will work as a standalone practice as well as serve as a “key element” on “many multidisciplinary projects,” WSP said in a press release.

WSP buys communications consultancy Communica

“Communica’s extensive experience in fostering early and sustained engagement with Indigenous communities and stakeholders is instrumental to our ongoing commitment in supporting and empowering these groups. Together, we will continue to build long-term and trusting relationships while contributing positively to sustainable development across the country,” added Marie-Claude Dumas, President and CEO of WSP Canada.

The addition of the Communica team will enable WSP in Canada to respond to increasing demand for stakeholder engagement and information management services across energy, mining, and infrastructure projects.

“Our team is delighted to be joining WSP. We are eager to contribute our capabilities to the development of WSP’s diverse projects. With this collaboration, we are poised to deliver unparalleled value to our clients and community interests while offering new opportunities to our talented professionals,” said Doug Ford, Communica’s president and CEO.

WSP has 66,500 global professionals delivering strategic advisory, engineering, and design services in transportation, infrastructure, environment, buildings, energy, water, and mining. The public company had $14.4 billion of revenue in 2023.