Caption : Stéphane Lambert, Eng. and Vice-President of the Akifer inc. Division and Jean-François Poirier, Eng. and Agr. and President of Groupe Conseil UDA inc.
Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, September 14, 2022—Groupe Conseil UDA inc. announces the acquisition of Groupe Akifer inc. and Entreprises Foraspec 2016 inc. and Solneuf inc. on July 16. With these acquisitions, the Environmental Services Leader, headquartered in Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu, reaffirms its commitment to become a front-line player in Quebec.
“This acquisition fits perfectly with our strategic planning. We were keen to expand our range of services to offer our clients value-added turnkey solutions to develop projects respecting the environment,” says Jean-François Poirier, President of UDA Consulting Group Inc.
Groupe Akifer inc. has been providing expertise and solutions tailored to hydrogeological and environmental issues and to the remediation of contaminated sites for more than 35 years. The company has conducted over 7,000 projects for industries, businesses, cities and governments.
Foraspec Enterprises 2016 inc. specializes in drilling for geotechnical and environmental studies, and mineral exploration (quarries and gravel pits).
Solneuf inc. is one of the most advanced treatment facilities in Quebec for soil contaminated with light or heavy hydrocarbons such as gasoline, fuel oil and diesel fuel.
A Workforce Nearing 100 Employees
Groupe Conseil UDA inc. is thrilled to bring the 45 professionals on board. With the arrival of this new expertise, the company will reach the 100-employee mark in the coming months. “We’re extremely pleased to welcome these professionals with their cutting-edge expertise recognized throughout the industry. As long-time partners and collaborators, we share the same values. Our companies teaming up is perfectly natural and brings great potential for growth and opportunities,” adds Jean-François Poirier.
The human values and drive of the UDA team convinced Groupe Akifer inc. and Entreprises Foraspec 2016 inc. and Solneuf inc. to join their expertise to that of Groupe Conseil UDA inc. The shareholders remain shareholders or employees of the company.
“UDA carries out large projects and we see a strong potential for development and long-term growth,” says Stéphane Lambert, Vice-President of the Akifer Division. “This transaction allows us to pursue our projects with the support of a larger team, and a diversified and very complementary expertise. This transaction will allow us to reach new levels and create great opportunities for our teams,” he adds.
Making Great Strides
Since Jean-François Poirier and Frédéric Fulham took over the helm of Groupe Conseil UDA inc. in 2021, the company has seen strong growth. Last June, they also acquired the Groupe de Recherche et d’Études en Biostatistique et en Environnement (G.R.E.B.E.), which specializes in ecology, environment and conservation of natural environments.
“This second acquisition within two months reflects our dynamic approach and our desire to provide a more comprehensive and personalized range of services in Quebec. Besides expanding our service offering, we’re improving our geographic presence. We’re now firmly rooted in Quebec: on the Montreal South Shore, in the Lanaudière region and in the city of Québec,” says Frédéric Fulham, Vice-President of Groupe Conseil UDA and President of the Akifer Division.
About Groupe Conseil UDA inc.
For nearly 45 years, Groupe Conseil UDA inc. (UDA) has been assisting, guiding and supporting its clients in their environmental, agricultural and forestry projects thanks to its proven knowledge of the regulatory processes related to permits and authorizations and a complete range of related services. UDA also provides expertise in solutions adapted to hydrogeological and environmental issues, in ecology and in the conservation of natural environments.
With close to a hundred permanent employees throughout Quebec, Groupe Conseil UDA inc. is based in Saint-Charles-sur-Richelieu and is 100% Quebec-owned. UDA works with municipalities, MRCs, industries and private contractors, agricultural producers, and other consulting firms such as law firms, urban planners and engineering firms. Certified ISO 9001-2015, Groupe Conseil UDA inc. has carried out more than 6,000 mandates for a wide range of clients and industries since its establishment in 1978.
Caption : Stéphane Lambert, Eng. and Vice-President of the Akifer inc. Division, Frédéric Fulham, Vice-President of Groupe Conseil UDA inc. and President of the Akifer inc. Division and Jean-François Poirier, Eng. and Agr., President of Groupe Conseil UDA inc.
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