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June 15, 2011 12:00 ET


MONTREAL, June 15, 2011 - GENIVAR Inc. (TSX: GNV) ("GENIVAR" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that WHW Architects Inc. ("WHW Architects"), the largest and one of the most successful architectural consulting firms in Atlantic Canada will become its business partner in architecture for Atlantic Canada. Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, WHW Architects has approximately 70 employees. As part of the transaction, the firm that will continue to operate under the name WHW Architects has also sold its shares to PBK Architects Inc., GENIVAR's current partner in architecture.

WHW Architects is a full service architectural practice with outstanding design and technical work which has been recognized with numerous awards, including several "Lieutenant Governor's Design Awards for Architecture". Their broad range of work includes projects in education, healthcare, recreation, transportation, cultural, retail and commercial buildings.

"We are very pleased to welcome WHW Architects as a business partner as it has become a brand recognized for its excellence in architectural consulting. This transaction will enable us to increase the array of services we offer our clients and will further position us as the "must-go-to" global consulting firm," commented Pierre Shoiry, President and Chief Executive Officer of GENIVAR. "Through their leadership, expertise and creativity, WHW Architects' principals and their team have built and grown an exceptional practice of architecture serving both public and private sector clients. We view this as a great opportunity to accelerate our growth in Atlantic Canada," he added.

"Partnering with the GENIVAR team of experts is great news for WHW; we are happy to be associated with a team whose values are aligned with our own, reflecting a similar dedication to excellence and strong client relationships. This joining of forces signals a strong vision for the future of architecture in our region and across Canada and we are pleased to be part of the realization of this vision. As partners with an organization that has a global presence, we believe the strength of our brand coupled with their outreach will allow us to leverage our respective expertise and resources to better serve our clients," said Keith MacGillivray, President and CEO of WHW Architects.

Established in 1945, WHW Architects provides quality services across a full range of planning, design, building assessment, adaptive re-use, project management and construction administration roles for a wide variety of building types. In addition to offering architectural and interior design services, WHW Architects are leaders in green building design, building science and building information modeling (BIM), as well as in the latest in 3D computer modeling technology.

GENIVAR is a leading Canadian services firm providing private and public-sector clients with a complete range of professional consulting services throughout all project phases, including planning, design, construction and maintenance. Ranging in size and scope, GENIVAR's clients primarily operate in the building, industrial and energy, municipal infrastructure, transportation and environmental sectors. GENIVAR is one of Canada's largest services firm by number of employees, with approximately 4,500 managers, professionals, technicians, technologists and support staff in more than 90 offices in Canada and internationally.

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Contact Information

  • Pierre Shoiry
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    GENIVAR Inc.
    Tel: (514) 340-0046, ext. 5104

    Stephen Wallace
    Vice President, Atlantic Canada
    GENIVAR Inc.
    Tel: (902) 835-9955

    Isabelle Adjahi
    Director, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
    GENIVAR Inc.
    Tel: (514) 340-0046, ext. 5648

    Keith MacGillivray, B.Arch., MRAIC
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    WHW Architects Inc.
    Tel: (902) 429-5490, ext. 111