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. 


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

2022

WSP acquires Capita REI and GL Hearn, adding 1,000 UK-Based employees and expanding its strategic advisory offering.

2022

WSP aquires WOOD’S E&I BUSINESS, ADDING 6,000 PROFESSIONALS WITH STRONG EXPERTISE ACROSS THE ENVIRONMENTAL SPECTRUM, INCLUDING WATER.

2022

WSP RANKED #1 IN ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD (ENR) MAGAZINE’S 2022 LIST OF TOP 225 INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FIRMS FOR THE SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR.

2022

WSP UNVEILS ITS 2022-2024 GLOBAL STRATEGIC ACTION PLAN, WHICH WILL GUIDE THE NEXT PHASE OF ITS EVOLUTION.

2021

WSP COMPLETES THE ACQUISITION OF GOLDER, INCREASING ITS WORKFORCE BY APPROXIMATELY 7,000 PEOPLE AND CREATING A LEADING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTING FIRM.

2021

WSP ANNOUNCES AMBITIOUS CLIMATE ACTION THROUGH A COMMITMENT TO ACHIEVE NET ZERO EMISSIONS ACROSS ITS VALUE CHAIN BY 2040, SUPPORTED BY SCIENCE-BASED GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSION REDUCTION TARGETS.

2021

WSP ACHIEVES THE TOP SPOT IN ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD MAGAZINE’S TOP 25 INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FIRMS WHILE KEEPING ITS #1 POSITION IN THE BUILDING AND TRANSPORTATION SECTOR RANKINGS.

2019

WSP acquires Orbicon, a Danish environmental consulting firm, enhancing our activities in the Nordics region.

2019

WSP acquires lievense, a netherlands-based multidisciplinary consulting firm, establishing a foothold in the dutch market.

2019

WSP acquires US-based environmental consulting firm Ecology & Environment, expanding our geographic presence in the United States.

2019

FOR THE SECOND TIME, WSP IS RANKED FIRST IN THE TRANSPORTATION SECTOR IN ENGINEERING NEWS-RECORD’S ANNUAL LIST OF THE TOP 225 INTERNATIONAL DESIGN FIRMS.

2018

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

2018

WSP is ranked first in the transportation sector in engineering news-record's top 225 International Design Firms.

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.

2017

WSP acquires Poch, providing it with a leadership position in the Chilean market, while also strengthening its presence in Colombia, Peru and Mexico.

2017

WSP acquires New Zealand-based OPUS and completes its 100th acquisition since its IPO. This 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, Securing a leadership position in the Colombian market in a wide array of services and sectors, while solidifying its presence in Chile, Peru and Mexico.

2016

WSP acquires Mouchel Consulting, a leading UK firm recognized for its broad expertise in the public transportation and infrastructure sectors.

2016

Alexandre L'Heureux is appointed President and CEO with a mandate to lead WSP in the next phase of its evolution.

2015

WSP acquires leading Nordic project management firm Faveo Group, providing a strong entry-point in the Norwegian market, while strengthening its position in Sweden.

2015

WSP acquires Canadian-based MMM group, recognized for its transportation expertise and leadership position in public-private partnerships.

2014

WSP acquires US-based Parsons Brinckerhoff, a premier infrastructure consultancy, becoming one of the largest global pure-play professional services firms.

2014

WSP acquires Focus, a Canadian-based Engineering and Geomatics firm, expanding its platform in oil & gas engineering services, and strengthening its presence in western Canada.

2014

GENIVAR and WSP reorganize 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 the Building, Transport, Infrastructure, Industrial, Energy and 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 CITY.

1969

Williams Sale Partnership LTD. is established in Surrey, UK.

1959

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

1885

Parsons Brinckerhoff IS founded In New York City, USA.