Press Releases

  • Thursday, February 7, 2008
    GENIVAR Income Fund Acquires RFA, a British Columbia Based Firm and Further Strenghthens its Building Group

    MONTREAL, Feb. 7 - The GENIVAR Income Fund (GENIVAR) is pleased to announce the acquisition of RFA Consulting Electrical Engineers Inc. (RFA), a 30-employee firm based in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.

    "I am very pleased to welcome RFA into GENIVAR's team," said Pierre Shoiry, GENIVAR's President and CEO. "They provide complete electrical engineering and lighting design services. The firm is specialised in buildings and other civil infrastructure and, it has developed cutting-edge solutions in green buildings," continued Mr. Shoiry. "RFA has a solid client base, being an important provider of engineering services to large healthcare, institutional, governmental and commercial clients in British Columbia," he added. "This acquisition represents another step forward in increasing our national platform in the building market segment and as well, it expands our operations in Vancouver and establishes our presence in Victoria."

    "This is an exciting period for GENIVAR as we are becoming one of the prominent firms in building engineering in British Columbia," said J. Rob Harmer, Vice-President of GENIVAR Western Canada. "The firm is committed to environmentally sensitive, sustainable engineering and is continuously advancing its electrical designs," he added. "Since 1992, RFA has completed many award-winning and LEED(R) projects, including the first LEED(R) Platinum Certification in Canada for Parks Canada, and, the Vancouver Island Technology Park project. This project received the first LEED(R) Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Buildings Council," said Mr. Harmer.

    "We are very pleased to be joining one of Canada's most dynamic consulting engineering firms, " said Bob Schelle, P.Eng., President, RFA. "This puts us in a better position to offer additional services to our clients and gives us access to extensive financial resources and an impressive network of professionals across Canada. We foresee a future filled with opportunities to develop our team and our clientele," added Mr. Schelle.

    About RFA

    RFA was founded in 1974 and has 30 people working at the firm's Vancouver and Victoria offices in British Columbia. They provide complete electrical engineering services from concept to commissioning for healthcare, institutional, governmental, commercial and industrial clients. RFA's clientele includes all five major BC Health Authorities, Public Works and Government Services Canada, the Department of National Defence, the Universities of British Columbia and Victoria, the Capital Regional District of Victoria, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Kwantleen University.

    About GENIVAR

    GENIVAR is a leading Canadian Engineering Services firm providing private and public sector clients with a comprehensive range of professional consulting services through all execution phases of a project including planning, design, construction and maintenance. Our clients operate in various market segments such as buildings, industrial and power, urban infrastructure, transportation and environment. GENIVAR is one of the largest Engineering Services firms in Canada in terms of number of employees with over 2,400 managers, professionals, technicians and technologists and support staff in more than 45 offices in Canada and internationally.

    Pierre Shoiry,
    President and Chief Executive Officer,
    GENIVAR Income Fund,
    (514) 340-0046, ext. 5104;

    Marlène Casciaro,
    Director of Communications,
    GENIVAR Income Fund,
    (514) 340-0046, ext. 5184;
    J. Rob Harmer, MBA,
    Western Canada,
    GENIVAR Income Fund,
    (604) 736-5421;

    Bob Schelle, P. Eng.,
    RFA Consulting Electrical Engineers,
    (250) 386-6721