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Stantec acquires Norwest Corporation

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Global Mining Review,

Alberta-based, global engineering and design firm Stantec has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Norwest Corporation (Norwest). With the addition of Norwest, Stantec’s Energy & Resources business operating unit will add a strong mining practice to the company’s portfolio in western Canada.

Norwest, a 140 person energy and resources firm headquartered in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), has offices in Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada); Denver and Trinidad, Colorado (USA); Salt Lake City, Utah (USA); and Charleston, West Virginia (USA).

“We are excited to welcome Norwest to our Energy & Resources business at Stantec,” says President CEO, Gord Johnston. “We are seeing positive momentum in this sector after a number of challenging years. Both firms were able to effectively manage business during the economic downturn, and we are looking forward to expanding Stantec’s geotechnical, geological, and mining work for our Energy & Resources clients across western Canada and the western United States. Together, we will continue to work with our clients to find innovative, sustainable, and safe resource development opportunities.”

Norwest has been involved with western Canadian energy and mining projects for over 35 years. The firm has a long-standing involvement with resource assessment, and mine development in Alberta’s mineable oilsands working closely with clients from early development stages through to operations, and reclamation. Norwest’s capabilities span the full project lifecycle which includes drilling project management, oilsands geological deposit modeling, surface mine planning, hydrology, and geotechnical engineering. More recently, Norwest has shifted its focus to partnering with oilsands operators who require design and construction of compensation lakes, tailings dam design, and onsite geotechnical monitoring.

“Norwest employees are looking forward to joining Stantec and combining our talents to support our clients and communities,” says Steve Cameron, President of Norwest. “When we first explored becoming part of Stantec, it was clear that our professional work aligned, and our company’s values were very similar. We appreciate their continued commitment to our industry, and their desire to grow and diversify operations. We are confident that by joining Stantec our expertise, paired with Stantec’s resources, will provide a positive impact to both staff and clients.”

With the addition of Norwest to Stantec’s current Energy & Resources operations, the mining sector in western Canada will grow to over 100 employees. In the Vancouver market, Norwest’s presence has assisted in the redevelopment of the northeast British Columbia coal mining sector, and new metal mine development projects. In the US, Norwest has established itself as the leading coal mining consultant with expertise in resource and reserve assessments, mine planning, mineral processing, water management and permitting, and due diligence activities.

Norwest has successfully supported a number of international mining projects in eastern Europe, South America and China, drawing on its leadership in geology, mining engineering, and tailings management from its North American offices.

The Norwest acquisition is expected to close in 2Q18.

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