July 4, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter
CEP Forensic Inc. and Sintra Engineering Inc., eastern and western Canadian forensic engineering providers, have announced a merger to create what they are calling the country’s largest forensic engineering firm.
The newly created entity, CEP-Sintra, will have close to one hundred employees from coast to coast and will operate in both official languages, said a joint release issued on Saturday by the companies. CEP will have eight offices across Canada: in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec City and Moncton. The merged company will offer multi-disciplinary forensic engineering services, from fire and explosion investigations and accident reconstruction services to structural remediation advice, catering to the needs of its insurance and legal clients, the statement said.
Mark Hughes, president of Sintra Engineering, said that the company is excited to join forces with CEP. “This merger will allow us to offer our services across the country and accelerate our plans to be the first choice for insurance and legal professionals in Canada,” he said in the release. “We believe this merger will answer the needs of our clients, as well as the aspirations of our staff. Both companies come to this merger as a team of energetic professionals with a common set of values. These shared values will drive our desire to provide the best service and technical insight into all of their insurance and legal loss needs.’’
Jean-François Joubert, president and chief executive officer of CEP, said that they are delighted to unite with the Sintra team. “This coming together creates a new entity that will better serve our customers growing national needs, offer new opportunities to our staff and, finally, enable exciting growth,” he said in the release. “Talking to each other over the course of the last year, Mark and I have come to realize that we shared not only the same goals but also the same values… it is truly a great feeling.”
Joubert added that this second transaction this year – the first involved LRI Engineering Inc. – “consolidates our position as leaders in the market.”
Sintra has been providing forensic engineering services since 1997. The privately held Canadian engineering firm specializes exclusively in forensic engineering services for insurance and legal clients. With offices in Edmonton, Calgary and Vancouver, Sintra provides services in all the western provinces and the territories.
For its part, CEP specializes in forensic engineering and sciences. Founded in 1972, the company has five strategically located offices in Canada and employs over 75 employees. CEP’s multidisciplinary team is dedicated to analyzing the cause of accidents and losses to help clients take appropriate actions depending on their respective professional practice.