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Engineering Growth from Hong Kong

The city’s strong pool of engineering talent attracts Canada’s WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff to use it as its Asia headquarters

In late 2014, Montreal-based WSP Global Inc acquired Parsons Brinckerhoff and created one of the world’s largest multidisciplinary engineering consulting firms worldwide, with about 32,000 employees in 500 offices across 39 countries.

Engineering Growth from Hong Kong

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Greater China operation now counts 2,600 employees and is headquartered in Hong Kong. The group’s presence in Hong Kong began in the early 1970s and has since grown to be one of the group’s largest offices, with over 1,400 employees. The office has established a reputation for engineering excellence in the industry, buildings, transport and infrastructure, environment and water, and power and energy sectors.

“Hong Kong has a strong and educated workforce, excellent social infrastructure, and great business networks,” said Dr Don Pan, Managing Director, Buildings, Greater China.

Pan foresees that Mainland China will continue to be a growth engine in the near future. In this respect, Hong Kong remains a very important base to tap into opportunities in this important market.

“In a nutshell, we’re a people business. We sell the expertise of our people,” he said. The availability of local talent plays a key role in the group’s ability to grow, and the city continues to produce top graduates from its universities while still attracting seasoned professionals from overseas.

The company’s project portfolio includes some of the region’s largest, tallest and most technically challenging projects, such as the Hysan Place in Causeway Bay, the South Island Line for the MTR Corporation and the Shanghai Tower – China’s tallest skyscraper.

Originally from Shanghai, Pan has lived in Hong Kong for more than 20 years. “Hong Kong is undoubtedly a great place to do business and enjoy life. It will continue to attract some of the world’s best and brightest,” he concluded.

Friday, April 17, 2015

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Fast Facts

  • Headquartered in Montreal, Canada
  • Approximately 32,000 employees in more than 500 offices across 39 countries worldwide
  • Expertise includes environmental remediation, urban planning, engineering iconic buildings, designing sustainable transport networks, developing energy sources of the future, and enabling new ways of extracting essential resources

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