CRA and GHD have officially merged, with all ongoing employee
shareholders in CRA becoming shareholders of GHD. This unique
feature of the merger makes it one of the largest private stock
transactions in the engineering and environmental consulting
Ian Shepherd, GHD’s CEO, says, “This is one of the largest true
mergers to have occurred in our industry. We are building on the
strengths of two leading companies to crea te a global team of more
than 8500 people across five continents. We are adding significant
growth and scale to our business, while retaining the advantages of
our private, employee-ownership business model for creating client
CRA was founded in 1976 through the merger of Frank A. Rovers
& Associates and Conestoga Engineering. The company’s
reputation for strategic project management at environmentally
impaired properties began through a leadership role on the Love
Canal cleanup project in Niagara Falls, New York, in the late
1970s. This project led in part to the Comprehensive Environmental
Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) Superfund
program in the United States and gave CRA international recognition
in the environmental field.
CRA’s emphasis on technical excellence and an entrepreneurial
spirit accounted for much of its growth in the early years. With
roots in civil engineering and municipal infrastructure, CRA grew
to provide full-service engineering design and construction
oversight to many municipalities starting in the late 1970s. Many
of these early clients remain with the company today, a strong
testament to the quality of the team and technical services. CRA
eventually grew its geographic footprint throughout North America
with 100 offices, employing approximately 3,000 people at the time
of its merger with GHD.
Ed Roberts, CRA's President, says, "CRA’s goal has been to
leverage our outstanding environmental, geotechnical and forensic
engineering capabilities and broaden our business in the municipal
infrastructure markets. With GHD we’re able to do this, while
expanding our global footprint, particularly in Australia and Asia,
to better serve our multinational clients."
By combining resources, melding business practices and pooling
equity interests, the two companies become mutually dependent on
each other for the creation of value over time. CRA and GHD will do
this together by leveraging a deeper and more diverse talent pool,
across a stronger geographic footprint.
What changes should I be aware of?
- We are now operating as one business, under the name GHD.
- The merger and name change includes all of CRA and its family
of companies, including Inspec-Sol.
- The CRA website has been integrated into the GHD website.
Visitors to the CRA website will be redirected to the GHD
- All of our employees are using an @ghd.com email address.
Emails to CRA addresses will be forwarded automatically and people
will receive new correspondence and responses from our employees’
GHD emails accounts.
- CRA social media channels have been integrated into GHD’s
social media. For the latest news, please follow GHD Group on Facebook,
the GHD company page on
LinkedIn and Twitter account @GHD_NAmerica.
For more information on the merger between CRA and GHD, contact
Steve Quigley, General Manager – North