BPR continues its foray into international markets, completing its first
acquisition outside Canada

MONTREAL, Oct. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - BPR, recognized for integrity and imagination in engineering, announced today the integration of the engineering consulting firm Saunier & Associés, of Paris La Défense, France. The transaction calls for a true strategic alliance that is based on the two groups' shared approach to the field of engineering and brings the total number of employees to 2,400.

The acquisition will enable BPR to export its know-how to France and take advantage of Saunier & Associés' expertise in a wide array of engineering services related to sustainable development, while allowing its new affiliate to broaden its access to the Québec, Canadian and North American markets.

A beneficial alliance

Pierre Lavallée, PhD (Water), President and Chief Executive Officer of BPR, explained: "BPR is among the leaders in the engineering field in Québec, and this acquisition is in keeping with our planned international growth strategy. This alliance provides major opportunities in France and Europe, and the resulting sharing of experience and skills will ensure our company is more productive for clients and more attractive to collaborators."

Meanwhile, Saunier & Associés President and Chief Executive Officer Bernard Saunier, PhD (University of California, Berkeley), member, Académie des Technologies, and founder of several engineering firms over the past 30 years, including Saunier & Associés in 2005, stated: "This alliance will reinforce our response capability with all of our clients, both public and private, as well as provide attractive opportunities for our engineers and technicians. We were seeking a partner that would provide access to enter new markets and stronger response capability for our company. This alliance with BPR comes at just the right juncture and will allow us to pursue an accelerated commercial development strategy, particularly in the energy field."

Two strong performers

For more than 45 years, BPR has provided a comprehensive range of engineering and project management services to industrial and commercial companies, major institutions and municipalities. It now employs more than 2,400 people in over 40 business offices located in Québec and Ontario, as well as in France, the United States, South Africa and Jamaica. It is active in the municipal, industrial, transportation, energy and building sectors, and offers a wide array of multidisciplinary engineering services.

Saunier & Associés is an engineering and consulting firm with leading-edge technical expertise in all specialized areas of water management, the environment, energy, development planning and building, as well as decision support and guidance. It has 19 business units in France and the Caribbean and a workforce of 350, strengthening its position as a major player in engineering and consulting for communities and industrial companies.

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For further information: For further information: and source: Kathia Brien, Senior Consultant, BPR, kathia.brien@bpr.ca; www.bpr.com

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