SNC-Lavalin acquires the Qualitas Group

    MONTREAL, Aug. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - SNC-Lavalin is pleased to announce that
it has acquired the engineering firm Groupe Qualitas Inc. (Qualitas) and all
its subsidiaries.

    Active in Quebec for nearly 50 years, Qualitas is an engineering firm
specialized in four sectors: materials engineering, pavement management and
engineering, geotechnology, and environment. Qualitas has some 300 employees
providing services throughout Quebec in more than 12 offices and laboratories
in 10 administrative regions.

    "We are very proud of this acquisition because it not only allows us to
welcome to our ranks a leader in these sectors of activity, but also to
strengthen our presence throughout Quebec," said Yves Cadotte, Senior
Vice-President of SNC-Lavalin's General Engineering Division (Quebec). "In
addition, it reinforces our expertise, enabling us to participate even more
efficiently in construction and rehabilitation projects of all kinds."
    Qualitas is recognized for its strong track record in the hydroelectric,
transportation and infrastructure sectors, as well as in the institutional,
industrial, and municipal sectors.
    "Our partnership with SNC-Lavalin is perfectly in line with our
development strategy," said Charles Malenfant, President of Qualitas. "It
provides us with the means to maintain, and even accelerate, the sustained
growth we have had over the past few years without compromising the two
elements that are the strength of our company and the basis for our success:
the world class expertise of our employees and the quality of the services we
provide to our clients."

    SNC-Lavalin (TSX:SNC) is one of the leading groups of engineering and
construction companies in the world, a major player in the ownership of
infrastructure, and in the provision of operations and maintenance services.
The SNC-Lavalin companies have offices across Canada and in 34 other countries
around the world, and are currently working in some 100 countries.

For further information:

For further information: Media: Dominique Morval, Director,
Communications, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7255,; Investors: Denis Jasmin, Vice-President,
Investor Relations, SNC-Lavalin Group Inc., (514) 393-8000, ext. 7553,

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