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GHD's heritage in Canada extends back over 50 years. We continue to operate locally while drawing on a global network of talented professionals.

In Canada, GHD has over 35 offices which are supported by our global network of over 8500 people. We proudly work with private and public clients in Canada and across the world in the markets of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, transportation, and business consulting.

Our network of engineers, architects, planners, scientists, project managers and designers collaborate to improve the built, economic and social environment of the communities we serve. In everything we do, we look at projects from a total life-cycle perspective. Our services encompass all phases of a project or asset’s life including:

  • Water & wastewater
  • Water resources, geomorphology & environmental assessments
  • Community development
  • Transport planning & infrastructure design
  • Business consulting

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GHD is committed to making a difference in the communities we serve, by caring for our clients, people and communities. Under the umbrella of our GHD in the Community program, we contribute to a range of not-for-profit organisations, support the volunteer activities our people, provide pro-bono services and respond to natural disasters.

Food Bank Waterloo

Food Bank Waterloo (Canada)GHD employees demonstrated their generosity and commitment to the community by raising a record CAD23,500 to support local families in need. In recognition of our efforts, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region presented GHD with its 2013-2014 Corporate Leader Award. Fundraising efforts included a carwash, an Oktoberfest pretzel sale, raffle baskets, a silent auction, a BBQ, and a karaoke competition.

MS Bike Ride Canada

FMS Bike Ride Canada (Canada)For five years in a row, our team has participated in the MS Bike 150 – Grand Bend to London Tour, in support of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Canada. They have raised approximately CAD135,000 in total, making them a Top 10 fundraiser for the event.

Cans stack up to a great contribution at CANstruction 2013

GHD’s team with their canned food structure which won "Best Meal"

Since 2006, GHD has been a proud supporter of CANstruction, an annual charity design and build competition of structures made entirely out of canned food. As part of this competition our Canada team has donated more than 17,000 lbs. of food to the Toronto Daily Bread Food Bank.

CANstruction aims to fight world hunger, and GHD's people contributed their time and financial support by collecting food and financial donations for the cause. GHD's participation in the 2013 competition resulted in the donation of more than 2200 lbs. of food while the structure won in the 'Best Meal" category.

To view the CANstruction night time lapse video, visit GHD’s YouTube channel:

Rain (or hail or snow) or shine, GHD supports Sporting Life 10k Run

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The team relaxes after the exciting race day

GHD participated in this year’s Sporting Life 10k run/walk event in Toronto. More than 40 GHD people took part in the run/walk event, contributing to the fundraising goal of CAD 2.4 million. Funds support the operation of Camp Oochigeas, a privately funded, volunteer based organisation that provides kids affected by cancer with a unique opportunity for growth through challenging, fun, enriching and magical experiences. With a united spirit, GHD's participants completed the event in harrowing conditions, experiencing rain, hail and snow as they completed the event.

GHD serves up support at Heatwave 2013 Beach Volleyball Corporate Team Challenge

GHD’s team gets into the game at Heatwave 2013

On July 6, 2013, a team of GHD people participated in the 19th annual Heatwave Beach Volley Ball Corporate Team challenge at Ashbridges Bay, Toronto. The team raised CAD578 for the SickKids Foundation which is a pioneer in the study of cancer stem cells. Each year, approximately 1400 Canadian children are diagnosed with cancer of which a quarter will come to SickKids, making it the largest pediatric cancer centre in Canada.

GHD operates in diverse and complex communities across the world. As we grow, our responsibility expands. We define sustainability as improving human well-being without compromising the local or global environment. This means integrating social, economic and environmental issues into core business to achieve responsible operations.

Recent initiatives and policies:

  • Participation in the 2008 UN Climate Change Summit.
  • Support of core environmental activities around the world including World Environment Day, Earth Hour, Clean Up Australia, Clean Up the World.
  • Global agenda: GHD recognizes the rapidly increasing urgency for society and business to address the global sustainability challenges of efficient use of natural and human capital, loss of biodiversity, poverty and population growth.
  • Policy: Our Sustainability and Environment policy reflects GHD's commitment to being a responsible corporate citizen.
  • Strategy: In 2008, we established a Sustainability Advisory Group (SAG) to guide the implementation of our sustainability strategy.


Sustainable operations

GHD LEED gurus present insights on certification process

Gretchen BeVard and Peter Lindabury, of our Syracuse, NY office, recently presented at the annual ESF Environmental School of Forestry Green Building Conference in Syracuse. Their presentation focused on LEED certification and the detailed process and individual credits associated with building design and construction.

After completing the LEED certification review process more than 30 times, Peter and Gretchen exhibit significant experience regarding the review process and criteria. Their presentation explained what the LEED certification process entails, including a credit by credit breakdown explaining what the concept of the credit is, what the submittal requirements are and what to include for extra documentation.

Recycle at Work Business Program award goes to pragmatic Portland office

GHD's Portland office won Washington County's 2011 Recycle at Work Business Program award for buying 100% recycled office products and furniture, equipment with EnergyStar ratings, recycling all allowable content, using motion sensor lighting throughout the office, adopting sustainable printing practices, and using reusable kitchen dishware, silverware and water bottles.

GHD Sustainable Seminar Series

GHD is bringing industry and academic leaders together to discuss environmental issues at the GHD Sustainable Seminar Series held in New York and Connecticut. The most recent forum focused on the long-term management and monitoring of green infrastructure practices. By hosting and facilitating these seminars GHD is providing a forum for knowledge sharing and collaboration around sustainability.

We're committed to excellence and take great pride in the performance of our projects and people. Together with our clients and partners, we celebrate our success and value the recognition of our achievements.

Global Recognitions

Business Review Weekly (BRW)

  • 2012 GHD ranked 37th in the BRW Top 500 Private Companies Listing
  • 2012 GHD ranked 16th in the Top 50 Trenchless Design Firms in the US

Engineering News Record

  • 2012 GHD ranked 41st in the Top 150 Global Design Firms
  • 2012 GHD ranked 53rd in the Top 200 International Design Firms
  • 2012 GHD ranked 8th in the global award market
  • 2012 GHD ranked 9th in the international sewerage and waste market

Regional Recognitions


  • Stormwater Asset Management Plans for the City of Barrie
    2013 Capacity Building Award - Association of Municipalities Ontario (AMO)
  • Arizona Department of Transportation Facilities
    2013 Award of Merit for outstanding safety record, Arizona Water Association
  • Don Ferlow
    2013 Top Award for Environmental Preservation, Cazenovia Preservation Foundation
  • Borough of Huntingdon Wastewater Treatment Facilities Improvements Project
    American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania Diamond Honor
  • Beth Ann Smith
    Engineer of the Year, New York State Society of Professional Engineers (Broome County Area Chapter)
  • Business of the Year finalist, CenterState CEO (Corporation for Economic Opportunity)
    Syracuse, New York


  • Malheur National Wildlife Refuge - Fish Screening and passage Projects
    Engineering Excellence Honor Award, American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon
  • Otisco Lake Water Treatment Plant Improvements
    Platinum Award, Water Resources Category, American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Portland State University Campus Infrastructure for Steam and Chilled Water Utilities
    Grand Award, Building/Technology Systems, American Council of Engineering Companies
  • Water Transmission Covered Storage Program - Marcy 3MG Water Storage Facility
    Environmental Project of the Year, American Public Works Association NY Central Branch
  • Larry Brown
    2012 Educational Outreach Award, Central Pennsylvania Engineers Week Council
  • City of Santa Rosa Utilities Field Office
    • Outstanding Architectural Engineering Project of the Year State Award (region 9), American Society of Civil Engineers
    • Green Award, Top Project Award, North Bay Business Journal


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