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Newly Consolidated Giffels Westpro Brand Appoints Joel Nauss President

Toronto – March 8, 2011   Victor Smith, President and CEO, Ingenium Group today announced the appointment of Joel Nauss as President of the newly consolidated Giffels Westpro brand. 
The new brand represents the coming together of the expertise and experience of two significant Canadian construction firms. 

Headquartered in Toronto, Giffels has a portfolio of residential, institutional and commercial structures completed under diverse construction delivery methods including projects valued up to 100 million.  Acquired by the Ingenium Group in April of 2010, and headed by Joel Nauss, Westpro specializes in institutional, commercial, infrastructure and heavy civil construction in Western Canada, with a well-earned reputation for ‘getting the tough jobs done well’.

In his new position, Nauss will work closely with the management team to identify new strategic growth opportunities nationally while continuing to work with staff and clients on active projects.  His management team has already commenced the multi-office rollout of unified, sophisticated operating systems, controls, financial infrastructure and management protocols.

“I have worked very closely with Joel over the past year and he has consistently shown that he is a creative thinker and a motivational leader with keen strategic insights.  His vast industry knowledge gives him the unique ability to help us further grow the brand in the ever changing Canadian market,” says Victor Smith.  “Joel is the ideal person for this position and I look forward to continuing to work with him to drive Giffels Westpro’s growth and development.”

“I am honoured to be given this opportunity and am thrilled to have the ability to work with our management team and talented individuals to take Giffels Westpro to the next level,” Nauss commented.  “Giffels Westpro is one of the strongest construction entities in this country and has tremendous opportunities to continue to grow and evolve.  I look forward to contributing to the bright future ahead of us.”

A civil engineer by profession, Joel Nauss has more than 30 years of experience with some of the largest construction companies in Canada.  Over his diverse career Joel rose through the ranks from Junior Engineer and Surveyor to President of Westpro Constructors Group Ltd., a reputable firm based in Surrey, BC, which became part of the Ingenium Group of companies in April 2010.

Westpro was established in 1993 as the BC division of a large multi-national construction group and was subsequently acquired by its Joel and his management team.  Under his leadership, Westpro quickly became an innovative and profitable construction company with a strong reputation for on time, on budget completion of challenging public sector projects.

Westpro was winner of the PMI Project of the Year Award in 1995 and winner of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association Project of the Year Award in 1996.  Westpro has successfully completed work for Greater Vancouver Regional District, University of BC, Simon Fraser University, and Vancouver International Airport, as well local municipalities, school boards and similar public owners in the Lower Mainland.  Westpro was a major builder of the Greater Vancouver Rapid Transit System.

Considered a leader in the industry, Joel has represented the construction industry at a former Premier s Roundtable session.  He is a past president of the Independent Contractors and Business Association of BC and has completed 2 terms on the Board of Directors for the Provincial Health Services Authority, a public Health Care institution with an annual budget of over 1 billion.  He served one term as Vice Chair.  He sat on the board of directors of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA), and is past chair of the General Contractors Board at the VRCA.  Joel is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal for having made significant contributions to the country and community.

Joel lives in White Rock, BC with his wife of 30 years, Diane.

Giffels Westpro
Giffels Westpro is part of the employee-owned Ingenium Group of companies which has offices around the globe. The Ingenium strategic vision is to provide clients with integrated construction, architectural and engineering services and solutions from a single source provider.
Diversified across multiple sectors and geographic regions, Giffels Westpro offers a wide range of services and expertise in construction, design-build and partnership solutions. The regional operations are managed from offices in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Surrey, BC.
Selected projects include: South Okanagan Events Centre, Penticton, BC; Smart Technologies technology development centre, Kanata, ON; Archives One Ontario Government document storage facility, Bolton, ON; Belvedere Seniors Residence, Trois-Riviers, QC; General Motors Centre, Oshawa, ON; Cobourg Multi-Use Community Centre, Cobourg, ON;  Apron construction and East Concourse expansion at Vancouver International Airport; Lake City Skytrain Station, SAR Transit, Brentwood Pedestrian Bridge, Vancouver, BC; Noorish Creek Water Treatment Plant, Vancouver;  National Research Council Institute for Fuel Cell Research, Vancouver; UBC Life Sciences, Vancouver; Harvest Hills Interchange, Calgary.  One of the first joint efforts for Giffels Westpro was the delivery of the Alouette Correctional facility, a 40 million medium security prison in BC.

Ingenium Group Inc.
Delivering global building solutions, the 900 employees of the privately held Ingenium Group of companies offer an extensive range of architectural, engineering, land use and development planning, interior design, project management, construction, design-build and partnership services through 30 offices in the Middle East, Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Asia. It has a broad and diverse portfolio of completed work within the commercial, government, transportation and lifestyle sectors, comprising some of the largest building projects in the world.
The Ingenium Group member company brands include NORR, Archial, Alsop Sparch, Giffels Westpro and CION. 

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