About us

The depth and experience of our team in all disciplines allows us to provide a single point of contact and responsibility for building, infrastructure, and site development projects.

Our History

J.L. Richards & Associates Limited (JLR) was established as a multidisciplinary civil, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering firm in Ottawa in 1955, adding municipal planning to its core competencies a few years later.

From the outset, founders Les Richards, Art Fee, and Noel Kirby recognized the value of offering a comprehensive range of interdisciplinary services across the public and private building science and civil municipal sectors.

JLR forged a fully integrated architectural, engineering, planning, and project management practice through its commitment and ambition.


Deloitte CIBC Canada’s Best Managed Companies Award

Under the direction of President Guy A. Cormier and Vice Presidents Bryan Parkinson and Steve Parenteau, JLR received the prestigious Deloitte CIBC Canada’s Best Managed Companies award in 2013. The company has retained its status since then, earning Gold Standard in 2017.


Project management
Building science
Structural engineering
Mechanical engineering
Electrical engineering
Industrial engineering
Process engineering
Process control
Civil/municipal engineering
Urban and regional planning
Asset management
Geographic Information System (GIS) and mapping
Water and waste water treatment
Operations and maintenance


Energy and utilities
Industrial and mining
Land development
Mining and material processing

Leadership Team

President & CEO
Guy Cormier, P.Eng.

Vice President
Saverio Parrotta, P.Eng.

Executive Director & Chief of Building Science
John Moore, P.Eng.

Executive Director & Chief Municipal Engineer
Philip Reeve, P.Eng.

Executive Director & Chief Structural Engineer
John Elliot, P.Eng.

Executive Director & Chief Environmental Engineer
Brian Hein, P.Eng.

Executive Director & Senior Structural Engineer
René Lambert, P.Eng., ing., LEED AP

Executive Director & Director of Architecture
Georges Quirion, OAA, LEED AP

Executive Director & Manager, Sudbury Industrial & Mining Department
Laura Grover, P.Eng.

Executive Director & Manager, Sudbury Building Science Department
Jeffrey Laberge, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP