The firm was founded in 1978 by Mr. Urgel Delisle, agricultural engineer and agronomist, to provide agricultural, forestry and environmental services. UDA was then known as Urgel Delisle and Associates. At a time when consulting services in agriculture, forestry and environment were less common, the company rapidly established a reputation for quality, competence and vision in sectors such as manure and biosolid treatment and management, environmental impact assessment for large projects such as pipeline projects, research and development as well as international development.
In 2003, three long-time employees, MM. Réjean Racine, Claude Veilleux and Michel S. Cournoyer, agricultural engineers and agronomists, acquired the company. At that time, the firm adopted the name of Groupe Conseil UDA inc.; the acronym UDA referring to its original name. In 2010, UDA welcomed another associate, Mr. Jean-François Poirier, also engineer and agronomist.
UDA is comprised of a multidisciplinary team that can undertake projects requiring competence in agriculture, forestry and environment. The organization includes agricultural engineers, agronomists, forest engineers, biologists, assisted by technologists in forestry and agriculture. They are also supported by experienced drafters and administrative staff dedicated to quality.
Depending on the nature of the project, UDA can also count on specialized professionals and contract employees, to ensure that all required components of the mandates are well integrated into the projects and in compliance with client requirements.
The mission of UDA is to provide consulting services in agriculture, forestry and environment, in order to establish a specific partnership relation with each client and to answer their needs with integrity while respecting the receiving environment.
The company’s general objective aims at satisfying the client while promoting the personal and professional development of the employees. In order to favour a framework of continuous improvement of the quality of its services and the performance of the firm, UDA subscribes to the preservation of its ISO 9001-2008 certification, the Health and Safety in the Workplace Policy as well as the Wage Equity Policy.
This mission joins in the tradition of excellence, of professional integrity, and of partnership with its clients, suppliers, sub consultants and employees.
Located on the chemin des Patriotes along the Richelieu River in Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, UDA’s office is installed in the magnificent Chicou-Duvert house, built around 1810 by two leading citizens, the Duvert brothers. François was a doctor and Louis a notary. The house became the residence of agricultural farmers before being reconverted into a professional office in 1982. This historic building witnessed the events that marked Low Canada and Quebec history. In fact, it is from this house that Louis Joseph Papineau spoke to more than 5,000 persons during the 1837 Six-Counties Assembly.
Its location serves well UDA’s interest, being in the heart of agriculture, forestry and environment and, at the same time, proximate to highways and the major urban area formed by the Montreal Metropolitan Community (MMC).