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Established in 1910, McElhanney is an employee-owned company that provides surveying, engineering, GIS & remote sensing, community & transportation planning, landscape architecture, environmental services, and more. We have 30+ locations across Western Canada, with a specialty office in Florida (USA), to serve cities, communities & parks, energy & resources, and transportation sectors. We operate locally in the communities where we live and work and share staff resources across the company to meet our clients’ needs with efficiency and the best expertise.

At McElhanney, we take on our clients’ challenges like they’re our own. Our partners choose us because of our commitment to safety and quality service, because our relationships are rooted in trust, and because our capable teams have the grit and skill to tackle challenging problems.

We value hiring and keeping great people, attaining operational excellence, and delivering outstanding work to our valued clients. It’s what drives us forward every day. Our teams have won over 100 project and professional awards since 2000 alone.

Read more about our certifications, accreditations, and awards below.

McElhanney Safety


Our employees think safe and work safe, so that they can go home safe at the end of each day. It’s woven deep in the fabric of who we are and how we operate. Safety is a core value and safe production a top priority.

We create and adopt innovative Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) best practices in the pursuit of operational excellence. We focus on prevention and take a leadership role on-site to ensure that work conditions and actions are safe, and look out for everyone’s well-being on the job. We pride ourselves on the caliber of our people, our focus on safe production, our use of leading technologies, and our industry-defining organizational culture of safety.

McElhanney Safety


The oldest, employee-owned engineering and geomatics firm in Canada was founded in 1910 in Vancouver, BC by a true trailblazer, William Gordon McElhanney. His early adventures included surveying the 124th meridian, rugged timber lands, and future railroad track on foot with a compass to guide him.  About a decade after he retired, we opened our first two branch offices in 1967 in Surrey and Terrace, BC.

After 110+ years, we’re all over Western Canada and continue to deliver quality work — and then look for ways to do it even better next time. Our history and experience have taught us that staying ahead of the curve keeps us on our toes and allows us to provide the best solutions to everyone we work with.


Our certifications, accreditations, and awards are a testament to our exceptional team:

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Canada’s Best Managed Companies program recognizes excellence in Canadian privately-owned and managed companies demonstrating strategy, capability, and commitment to achieve sustainable growth. Best Managed Companies are engines of economic growth for being adaptable and sustainable in a global market.

Canada’s Top 100 Employers recognizes employers leading their industry and raising the bar higher in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. This designation recognizes employers leading their industry and raising the bar higher in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. Our place on this list affirms the progressive and forward-thinking programs that steer our company.

COR Certification verifies the presence of a fully implemented safety and health management system that meets national standards. A thorough audit program is required to receive this designation. Our commitment to health and safety performance is communicated by our ongoing COR-certified status.

ISO 9001 Certification is earned by quality management systems that include principles spanning strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach, and continual improvement. Because of this certification, our clients know they will receive consistent services delivered by a rigorous framework.