Beating its own forecasts for planned growth in Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Northern Québec, BPR is exporting its expertise to projects from Atlantic to Pacific

SAGUENAY, QC, May 10 /CNW Telbec/ - Launched close to a year and a half ago, BPR's Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and Nord-du-Québec Hub is exceeding its objectives and revising its growth forecasts upwards. Named by BPR to be its fourth Hub of "la francophonie" - French-speaking countries or communities - after Québec, Montréal and France, it has taken the Hub less than 18 months to hire significant numbers of new staffers and carry out major projects in the region.

Regional expertise is recognized, prompting engineers and technicians to return to the area
With its eight business offices in Alma, Baie-Comeau, Chibougamau, Chicoutimi, Jonquière, Labrador City, Roberval and Rouyn-Noranda, BPR is building a solid foundation and strong ties with the community. Now, with close to 300 employees in the region, BPR has almost achieved its initial object of doubling its workforce.

"The  energy and enthusiasm of the communities and the industry, as well as the quality of our teams, are allowing us to take on exciting challenges in terms of projects both here and across the country: Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Ontario and British Columbia… in other words, from Atlantic to Pacific!" notes Denis Roy, vice-president of the Hub.

The project list says a great deal: the engineering for the new mini-hydroelectric stations in Val-Jalbert (Desbiens) and Chute-Gagnon on the Shipshaw River in St-Ambroise; engineering for electricity and instrumentation for the modernization of the pulp tower control room at Rio Tinto Alcan's mill in Kitimat, British Columbia; the structural and civil engineering and mechanical and electrical engineering for the new detention facility in Sept-Îles; engineering for the repairs to the Bridge of Rio Tinto Alcan's Isle-Maligne power station in Alma; structural and civil engineering for the construction of five new bridges on the new section of Highway 138 between the municipalities of La Tabatière and  Tête-à-la-Baleine on the Lower North Shore, for the Québec Ministry of Transportation; as well as mandates in both structural and civil engineering for the expansion of the Alma and Dolbeau-Mistassini Hospitals.

Every new employee strengthens the team of specialists, allowing BPR to be a regional leader in energy, industry, building, transportation and municipal infrastructure. The success of the fourth hub is such that several engineers and technicians have returned to live in the area from which they originally came ‒ which is in line with BPR's values because it cares about the quality of life of its employees. Nor is the youth of the region being left out: UQAC and area CEGEPs are major partners. No fewer than twenty graduates from the area have been hired since last year.

About BPR
For 50 years, BPR has been one of Canada's most significant engineering firms, offering a full range of engineering and project management services to industrial and commercial businesses, large institutions and municipalities. The company's activities are divided among five major specialties: building, municipal infrastructure and transportation, energy, industry and water management.

BPR is part of the Tetra Tech network, a world renowned leader in engineering consulting. This association gives BPR access to a network of 12,000 qualified associates in 330 business locations around the world.

SOURCE BPR inc.

For further information:

Kathia Brien
Director of Communications
BPR
1 877 292-5100
kathia.brien@bpr.ca
bpr.ca

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