BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — Golder Associates Ltd. acquired Vancouver-based NovaTec Consultants Inc. NovaTec is a specialist process engineering firm focused on industrial and municipal advanced water and wastewater treatment plant design, operations, process optimisation, and technology & process performance verification. The two companies have worked together for nearly 30 years.

Founded in 1984, NovaTec is a 12-person consultancy noted for innovative technical approaches. The agreement presents expanded opportunities to deliver greater value to Mining and Oil & Gas clients, and capitalizes on the reputation earned by the two companies in the Government and Infrastructure project streams. Integrating these two organizations creates a diverse technical portfolio.

“NovaTec’s reputation and experience really further our water and wastewater treatment service offering in Canada and provide all of us with broadened horizons — opportunities to become involved in new business streams and to explore new technical applications,” explains Ateesh Roop, National Leader of Mergers & Acquisitions for Golder in Canada. “There is a lot of enthusiasm, on both sides, around this deal.”

NovaTec offers a complete range of professional services, from feasibility studies through conceptual through detailed design, construction, commissioning of facilities, process optimization, and operator training. Many of these service areas are consistent with Golder’s core consulting and design capabilities, including contaminated groundwater treatment, environmental audits, water reuse, and wetland treatment.

Troy Vassos, President of NovaTec, noted the benefit to employees and clients, saying “NovaTec enhances Golder’s existing water treatment process design capabilities. Integrating the two organizations’ services creates new opportunities for our people, and enables us to better assist clients as we work together to develop sustainable water reclamation and reuse solutions."