Matrix Solutions—a Canadian environmental consulting, water, and engineering design firm—has announced a merger with Ontario-based Ecosystem Recovery Inc. (ERI).

ERI specializes in helping clients effectively assess, manage, and restore built and natural infrastructure with the goal of protecting communities from flood and erosion hazards.

The merger further expands Matrix’s water resources presence and reputation in Southern Ontario and bolsters the firm’s national community of technical practitioners.

“The recent flooding in B.C. and Atlantic Canada highlights the direct link extreme climate events have to water and associated infrastructure,” said Matthew Sutton, president and CEO of Matrix Solutions. “This merger strengthens Matrix’s position as a dominant water resources market player that can meet the need as communities and industries look to assess climate risks and increase the resilience of critical infrastructure to a changing climate.”

ERI was founded in 2013 and has progressively grown in market position and size to a team of approximately 20, comprised of consulting engineers, geomorphologists, ecologists, water quality experts, and technologists.

“We’ve built a strong reputation over the past eight years, by focusing on client service, technical proficiency, and cost value,” said Jeff Prince, CEO of ERI. “I’m enthusiastic about what the future holds for Matrix and the important solutions our combined team will provide to our clients.”

Based in Kitchener and London, Ontario, ERI’s professionals are experienced in the assessment and detailed design of watercourse works/restoration, stormwater management, and structural flood mitigation measures.

“I envision that our collective resources will learn from each other to strengthen expertise in water resources, geosciences, and ecology and work together to develop not only more diverse opportunities, but to ultimately advance the state of practice,” said Wolfgang Wolter, president of ERI.

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The merger closely follows Matrix Solutions announcing Quentin Chiotti as the firm’s climate risk and resilience practice lead. Matrix’s vice president of operations Sam Bellamy says the company is focused on being a leading provider of climate adaptation and related water resources solutions.

“These recent moves support our business strategy and reflect the critical importance of water and climate resilience to Canadian people, communities, and businesses,” said Bellamy. “The ERI merger results in an even stronger team who have the right integrated skills to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow.”

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