BC Entrepreneurial Success Story Begins New Global Chapter

Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. merges with ERM

VANCOUVER, Sept. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - ERM, one of the world's leading environmental and sustainability consultancies, announces it has completed its merger with Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. (Rescan), one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies. Effective immediately, Rescan will operate as Rescan, an ERM Group Company.

Both ERM and Rescan share a history of, and commitment to, delivering world-leading environmental management solutions to their clients, spanning decades, industries and borders. Rescan enjoys an international reputation for its work in the mining sector, and has been active for more than 30 years in more than 50 countries on six continents. Begun in 1971, ERM today operates 140 offices in 40 countries, with more than 4,700 employees and 2,000 clients, representing 50 percent of the Global Fortune 500.

Rescan was founded by Clem Pelletier in 1981 and has become a BC entrepreneurial success story. "Early in my career, I recognized environmental assessment and protection would become a major priority in permitting industrial development projects, here in Canada and around the world," said Pelletier. "We've built a very successful business by ensuring sound environmental principles are embedded into our clients' resource development projects. The results speak for themselves in the number of permitted projects we've been privileged to work on." Clem as a Partner in ERM will assume the role of President of the new Rescan Environmental Services for Canada as well as Director of the Company.

Rescan's integration into the ERM Group of companies will take place over the next few months and Pierre Pelletier, Rescan's former President and Chief Operating Officer, will manage the transition and assume leadership of ERM's Canadian operations in 2013 as the Canadian Managing Partner. "This is an important opportunity for Rescan and ERM", said Pelletier. "We now offer our clients added benefits, including access to a broader range of expertise, services and support across geographies and industry sectors."

"Adding 170 plus Rescan staff to our business here in Canada allows us serve our clients more effectively across our strategic sectors: Mining, Oil & Gas and Power. The alignment of business culture and technical capabilities is strong, and together, the sum of the parts is clearly greater than the individual parts," said David McArthur, ERM CEO Americas. "We now have 220 plus staff in the Canadian market, and another 2,500 in the rest of the Americas, and intend to continue grow the business as we always have - serving our key clients across all of our practice offerings."

About Rescan
Rescan Environmental Services Ltd. was a private, Canadian-owned, environmental consulting firm offering a wide range of services to the resource development industry. It operates with offices primarily in Western and Northern Canada. Rescan has developed excellent working relationships with First Nations across Canada. In particular Rescan has an ongoing successful joint venture with the Tahltan Nation Development Corporation through an operating partnership, RTEC Environmental Consultants.

About ERM
ERM is a leading global provider of environmental, health, safety, risk, social and sustainability consulting services. ERM has more than 140 offices in 40 countries and employs more than 4,700 staff. Embedding sustainability into everything that it does, ERM is committed to providing a service that is consistent, professional and of the highest quality. ERM established a permanent presence in Canada in 2003, after working with Canadian clients for more than 25 years. The company has offices in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal. For more information, visit www.erm.com.

SOURCE: Rescan, an ERM Group Company

For further information:

Clem Pelletier, President

David McArthur, CEO Americas

Profil de l'entreprise

Rescan, an ERM Group Company

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