Over 100 years of global value creation

As a world-leading engineering and project management company, we’re always looking to the future and evaluating how best to execute projects that thrive today and will continue to do so tomorrow.

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Our ability to achieve this so successfully is grounded in our heritage of delivering excellence that stretches back over a century.

Our company was formed by Arthur Surveyer in 1911, following a distinguished career in the Canadian Department of Public Works. By the early 1920s, it had already become one of Montreal’s leading engineering service providers for power projects. This success was built on two qualities: a passion for providing high-quality technical studies and objective expert counsel, and a rigorous work ethic dedicated to creating value.

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Over the following decades, the company that originally bore Surveyer’s name transformed into SNC as it began to expand into diverse new sectors. From oil and gas, to mining and metallurgy, to infrastructure, SNC played a pivotal role in building the power plants and industrial facilities that would elevate Canada to its position as one of the world’s leading producers of natural resources.

SNC continued to grow in success and size, eventually merging with the Canadian engineering giant Lavalin in 1991. Adopting the SNC-Lavalin moniker that exists to this day, the new partnership became the country’s largest engineering and construction company and one of the top engineering and construction firms in the world.

More major acquisitions followed in the new millennium, reinforcing this position: the leading global oil and gas service provider Kentz Corporation was acquired in 2014; the UK-based design, engineering, and project management company WS Atkins came on board three years later, in 2017.

Today, we continue to build on this legacy for our global customers in the resources, power and infrastructure sectors. With every new project and every new success, we can trace a direct line back to Surveyer’s original commitment: creating the utmost value creation, by delivering the highest-quality end-to-end project solutions.