our story

From our local beginnings over 130 years ago to our vast international presence today, WSP has enjoyed continuous growth and enrichment of its service offering. Every milestone reached has enabled us to better fulfill our purpose of preparing our communities and environment for the future.


WSP Today

WSP is a globally-recognised professional services firm employing 50,000 people. 

 

We welcomed experts from six different acquisitions in 2019, adding to existing expertise in all our operating regions. We established a presence in the Dutch market, strengthened our Strategic Advisory Services offering in environment, and much more.

Expanding our horizons to build the premier professional consultancy in our industry
WSP 2019-2021 Global Strategic Plan vision

History in Australia

In 1970, Parsons Brinckerhoff established offices in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne and in 1978, Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Hong Kong office was the first location established in Asia. In 1995, overseas expansion of WSP began with the formation of WSP Asia and in 2000, WSP increased its presence in Asia. In 2007, WSP completed a further acquisition in Australia. In 2014, the acquisition of WINWARD Group, a specialist structural engineering consultancy, strengthened WSP’s presence in Australia prior to the Parsons Brinckerhoff transaction. The acquisition of New Zealand’s Opus in 2017 enabled WSP to enhance its activities in the region and gain expertise in the water-related infrastructure sector and asset management. In 2018, WSP acquired Irwinconsult, once again strengthening its presence in Australia, particularly in the Property & Buildings sector. In 2019, Elton Consulting was acquired boosting our strategic advisory services experience, also in the Australian market.

Key Dates in Our History

2019

WSP acquires Elton Consulting and strengthens its strategic advisory services expertise in Australia.

2019

WSP acquires Lievense, a Netherlands-based multidisciplinary consulting firm, which enabled us to establish a footprint in the Dutch market.

2019

WSP acquires Orbicon, a Danish environmental consulting firm, which will bolster our presence in the Nordics and strengthen our Strategic Advisory Services offering in environment.

2019

WSP announced our intent to acquire Ecology and Environment Inc., US-headquartered environmental consulting firm that provides professional services to governments and private customers worldwide.

2019

WSP is ranked 1st once again in the Transportation sector in Engineering News-Record’s annual list of Top 225 International Design Firms.

2019

WSP unveils its 2019-2021 Global Strategic Plan, aimed at building the premier professional consultancy in its industry by the end of 2021.

2018

WSP is 1st in the transportation sector among the “Top 225 International Design Firms” in Engineering News-Record.

2018

WSP acquires Louis Berger, a US-headquartered leading international professional services firm with approximately 5,000 employees.

2019

Wsp acquires elton consulting and strengthens its strategic advisory services expertise in Australia.

2018

WSP ACQUIRES AUSTRALIAN BASED IRWINCONSULT. THE ACQUISITION INCREASES OUR FOOTPRINT IN PROPERTY AND BUILDINGS.

2017

WSP ACQUIRES NEW ZEALAND BASED OPUS AND COMPLETES ITS 100TH ACQUISITION SINCE THE IPO. THE ACQUISITION ENABLES WSP TO ENHANCE ITS ACTIVITIES IN THE AUSTRALIA/NEW ZEALAND REGION AND STRENGTHEN ITS EXPERTISE IN THE WATER-RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE SECTOR AND ASSET MANAGEMENT.

2017

WSP ACQUIRES CONCOL, PROVIDING A LEADERSHIP POSITION IN THE COLOMBIAN MARKET IN A WIDE ARRAY OF SERVICES AND SECTORS, WHILE SOLIDIFYING THE COMPANY’S PRESENCE IN CHILE, PERU AND MEXICO.

2017

WSP ACQUIRES POCH, PROVIDING THE COMPANY WITH A LEADERSHIP POSITION IN THE CHILEAN MARKET, WHILE ALSO STRENGTHENING WSP’S PRESENCE IN COLOMBIA, PERU AND MEXICO.

2017

WSP UNITES UNDER ONE NAME, ONE BRAND AND ONE VISION ACROSS ALL GEOGRAPHIES, CULTURES, SPECIALTIES AND BACKGROUNDS; ANCHORED BY ITS GUIDING PRINCIPLES AND MANIFESTO.

2009

Balfour Beatty acquires Parsons Brinckerhoff

2016

ALEXANDRE L'HEUREUX IS APPOINTED PRESIDENT AND CEO, TO LEAD WSP IN THE NEXT PHASE OF ITS EVOLUTION.

2016

WSP ACQUIRES MOUCHEL CONSULTING, A LEADING UK FIRM RECOGNISED FOR ITS BROAD EXPERTISE IN THE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND INFRASTRUCTURE SECTORS.

2015

WSP ACQUIRES CANADIAN-BASED MMM GROUP RENOWNED FOR ITS EXPERTISE IN TRANSPORTATION, AND LEADERSHIP POSITION IN PUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS.

2015

WSP ACQUIRES LEADING NORDIC PROJECT MANAGEMENT FIRM FAVEO GROUP, PROVIDING A STRONG ENTRY-POINT IN THE NORWEGIAN MARKET, WHILE STRENGTHENING THE COMPANY’S POSITION IN SWEDEN.

2014

WSP ACQUIRES FOCUS, A CANADIAN- BASED ENGINEERING AND GEOMATICS FIRM, EXPANDING THE COMPANY’S PLATFORM IN OIL & GAS ENGINEERING SERVICES, AND STRENGTHENING ITS PRESENCE IN WESTERN CANADA.

2014

WSP ACQUIRES US-BASED PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF, A PREMIER INFRASTRUCTURE CONSULTANCY, AND BECOMES ONE OF THE LARGEST GLOBAL PURE-PLAY PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FIRMS.

1959

G.B.G.M. LTD AND LES CONSULTANTS DUPUIS, CÔTÉ INC., BEGIN OPERATING IN QUEBEC CITY, CANADA.

2014

GENIVAR AND WSP REORGANISE AS WSP GLOBAL INC., AND ADOPT WSP AS THE CORPORATE BRAND.

2012

GENIVAR ACQUIRES UK-BASED CONSULTANCY WSP, CREATING A WORLD-CLASS GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES FIRM, WITH EXPERTISE IN BUILDING, TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE AND INDUSTRIAL, ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT SEGMENTS.

2006

GENIVAR IS LISTED ON THE TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE AS AN INCOME FUND.

1993

THREE MONTREAL FIRMS ARE ACQUIRED BY GROUPE-CONSEIL SOLIVAR INC. AND THE COMPANY’S NAME IS CHANGED TO GENIVAR.

1987

G.B.G.M. LTD AND LES CONSULTANTS DUPUIS, CÔTÉ INC. MERGE TO BECOME GROUPE-CONSEIL SOLIVAR INC., BASED IN QUEBEC.

1969

WILLIAMS SALE PARTNERSHIP LIMITED IS ESTABLISHED IN SURREY, UK.

1885

PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF FOUNDED IN NEW YORK CITY, USA.