GENIVAR and the ARCOP Group establish a strategic alliance

MONTREAL, Aug. 29, 2011 /CNW Telbec/ - GENIVAR Inc. (TSX: GNV) ("GENIVAR" or the "Corporation") one of Canada's largest services firm, and the ARCOP Group S.E.N.C. ("ARCOP"), a Montreal-based firm, internationally known for design and architectural excellence, today announced the establishment of a strategic alliance. ARCOP, including the senior and recently appointed partners will continue to offer professional architectural services from their Montreal and Toronto offices. This alliance will allow GENIVAR to expand its global presence, while offering integrated design and engineering services. It will also enable GENIVAR to undertake the planning and design of more projects at every scale and in every building category, both in Canada and internationally, with a further emphasis on sustainability.

ARCOP, recipient of numerous design and architectural awards including the prestigious "Aga Khan Award for Architecture", the "Canadian Architect Award of Excellence" and the "Governor General Medal" in architecture, established its reputation for design quality with the architectural conception of major landmark projects such as Place Ville Marie, Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier of Place des Arts and Place Bonaventure, each one transforming the architectural landscape of downtown Montreal. More recently, the firm has collaborated on numerous design mandates including the expansion of the Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau International Airport in Dorval, the Montreal World Trade Center, as well as hospitality projects both locally and in India, Afghanistan and the Caribbean.

Regarding healthcare mandates, ARCOP participated in the completion of the 1200-bed Medi-City hospital complex in Gurgaon, India. ARCOP also is a member of the Master Architectural Team for the new CHUM hospital in Montreal and is active in a variety of major projects in Canada, India, Tajikistan, Cuba and China.

In addition, ARCOP's role in the design for the renovation and conservation of the West Block Building on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, the Maison Alcan Building, the Power Corporation of Canada Building, the Sun Life of Canada Building, and the Château Frontenac Hotel's Mont-Carmel wing in Quebec City, position the firm as experts in the conservation, restoration and transformation of heritage buildings.

"ARCOP's design culture, expertise, creativity and professionalism as well as their pioneering spirit to seek design mandated internationally was evident since our first meeting," commented Pierre Shoiry, President and Chief Executive Officer of GENIVAR. "After our first collaborations, it became obvious that both firms' strategic objectives and complementary abilities led to a growing interest by both firms to form a multidisciplinary team. This strategic alliance between GENIVAR and ARCOP will provide us with skilled specialists to give our clients access to top level professional services required for the planning and design of their projects," he added.

"ARCOP's strategic alliance with GENIVAR is viewed as an ideal match of corresponding skills and personalities and will strengthen ARCOP's position while competing for larger scale projects internationally and within Canada," said Norman Glouberman, ARCOP's Managing Partner. "The expertise clients are seeking today requires design leadership, up-to-date sustainable design and technical design knowledge, a deep reserve of problem solving experience as well as the breath of resources and network that GENIVAR can contribute. We are convinced that this strategic alliance will allow us to deliver on those client expectations while working towards creating a truly integrated multi-disciplinary design approach, offer an even higher level of service and strive for design excellence in a rapidly evolving and more competitive global marketplace," he concluded.

Founded in 1955, ARCOP is a full service architectural practice that has built a solid reputation for the quality, scope and variety of important projects executed throughout Canada, the United States, the Middle-East and Asia. ARCOP, which has 64 employees and partners, has offices in Montreal and Toronto. ARCOP remains as an independent architectural partnership.

GENIVAR is a leading Canadian services firm providing private and public-sector clients with a complete range of professional consulting services throughout all project phases, including planning, design, construction and maintenance. Ranging in size and scope, GENIVAR's clients primarily operate in the building, industrial and energy, municipal infrastructure, transportation and environmental sectors. GENIVAR is one of Canada's largest services firm by number of employees, with approximately 4,700 managers, professionals, technicians, technologists and support staff in more than 100 offices in Canada and internationally.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain information regarding GENIVAR contained herein may constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements may include estimates, plans, expectations, opinions, forecasts, projections, guidance or other statements that are not statements of fact. Although GENIVAR believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to have been correct. These statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties and may be based on assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements. GENIVAR's forward-looking statements are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement.


For further information:

please contact:

Pierre Shoiry
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: (514) 340-0046, ext. 5104

Isabelle Adjahi
Director, Communications and Investor Relations
Phone: (514) 340-0046, ext. 5648

Norman Glouberman
Managing Partner
The Arcop Group S.E.N.C.
Phone: (514) 878-3941

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