Toronto-based HH Angus and Associates is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, and at the end of May the company announced that Paul Keenan, formerly director of its health division has been named president.

Keenan replaces Harry Angus, the third generation of the Angus family to lead the privately owned firm. Angus remains on as CEO and Chair of the Board.

A Queen’s University grad, Keenan has been with the firm for 25 years and served as director for the past decade. Also, within the past year, HH Angus was selected among Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2019, an achievement received in its first year applying to the Deloitte program. And last fall the firm captured the Schreyer Award at the 2018 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards for its work on the CHUM hospital in Montreal.

We spoke with Keenan to discuss HH Angus and where it goes from here.

You’re the firm’s first president not named Angus. What does that mean for the company?
I think it in part means we’re maturing. The firm has grown to over 250 people, and I think that as a bigger company you need inputs from different areas. The family legacy is important and it continues—Megan Angus, Harry’s daughter, is one of the senior leaders in the organization—and although I’m not part of the family. I’ve grown up in the HH Angus way, so we’re maintaining some of that family connection and we’re enhancing it as we go forward.

Describe the HH Angus culture?
We try to maintain the family feel of the business, and with that comes a responsibility to the staff and a social responsibility to the community. Our turnover has been historically very low—we have 40 or 50 employees with over 25 years service—and that longevity and feeling part of a group is
important for us.

What is your leadership style?
My experience here has always felt like a series of careers within one career. I started on small projects, gaining skills and transitioning naturally from project to project with larger challenges and increasing levels of responsibility.

I want to create those opportunities for our people. We’ve got to give them the opportunity to succeed or fail and go from there. At some point we all make decisions, and we need to believe in our decision making process based on the experiences we’ve had. Trust yourself, trust your team, make your decision and then move forward.

It’s important not to get stuck; we need to keep our momentum going.

How does a consulting firm foster creativity & innovation among its employees?
I think that’s a challenge for the entire industry, and we need to move more quickly now, to get from ideas to execution. One of the things we’ve done this year is create an Innovation Hub, which is a forum and a place to gather a range of ideas and have our people practice making presentations and share ideas, and then flesh them out, incubate them and then execute.

How has the firm changed over the years?
Traditionally, mechanical/electrical consulting engineering-led projects had been half of our business, and then the world changed. We did a lot of healthcare-related work in the ’90s and have become recognized as healthcare experts. As that market has matured we’ve responded and entered different areas, for example transit, data centres, and more commercial work. Our energy group, that traditionally has done a lot of industrial work, is focused on more low-carbon, sustainable energy projects.

We also have some sub-specialities, such as vertical transportation, lighting design, and our ICAT group that does communications and consulting around smart buildings. You need to be diversified enough to respond to what the market is telling you.

How will you measure your success?
One of our primary objectives is to continue to be an independent firm. That comes with its challenges, but it also comes with its rewards.

We’ve been on a steady trajectory of growth and fundamentally we need to continue to grow; growth is important to create opportunities for our employees and for the underlying strength of our business. We need to be strong enough to resist whatever economic forces come along; we need to grow geographically; and we need to grow our share of the market and do the kind of interesting work that motivates our people.

Which HH Angus project has impressed you the most?
There are many projects in the history of the firm that are impressive and set us on the path of wanting to continue doing projects that are special and iconic. Personally, the Sick Kids research tower, a 750,000 sq. ft. research building, is iconic in the City of Toronto and more fundamentally is a place where important things happen for the future of this community and this country. 

Canadian Consulting Engineer
June/July 2019 

Link to the original article: https://www.cbj.ca/EMAG/2019/Sep/32-33/

We’re delighted to announce that Paul Keenan has been named President of HH Angus, following a thorough succession planning initiative.

Paul has been with HH Angus for 25 years, proving himself to be a technically strong engineer and excellent mentor. In 2002, he became a Principal, responsible for hospital, laboratory, university and industrial design. By 2004, he transferred to our UK office to lead engineering operations in London, and played a key role in our work on multiple buildings at the Canary Wharf development. Paul returned to Toronto in 2007, where he was later promoted to Division Director – Commercial. For the past six years, he served as Director of our Health Division, demonstrating exceptional leadership in our largest service portfolio. Paul’s intimate knowledge of the firm, his focus on client-centric service, and his passion for our core company values position him as the ideal person to take on this key leadership role.

Outgoing President, Harry Angus, continues in his dual role of CEO and Board Chair.

In addition to welcoming our new President, HH Angus is celebrating several other important milestones – our 100th anniversary this year is an achievement that few companies can boast of, and is a significant point in our company’s history. We received Canada’s highest engineering honour, the Schreyer Award, this past November and in March, we were named one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2019. It’s great to be recognized for what we’ve done, but we’re not resting on our laurels. To keep improving, we’ll continue to develop our talented employees, as well as invest in advanced technologies, a firm-wide innovation platform, and workplace collaboration tools so we can consistently deliver tailored services to support our clients’ business goals.

HH Angus has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies for 2019 – an honour we credit to our clients and staff who inspire us to continually strive for leadership excellence, client service and innovation. The prestigious program – now in its 26th year – recognizes the overall business performance and growth of best-in-class, Canadian-owned companies with revenue of 5 million or more.

“We’re thrilled to be a 2019 winner of the Best Managed Companies program,” said Harry Angus, President, HH Angus. “We’ve been in business for 100 years and fortunate to work with clients who have trusted us with their important projects – some for over 70 years. Our clients and our dedicated staff continually inspire us to improve client service and innovate.”

We understand that our people are essential to our success. We’re investing in their skills and career development, as well as investing in advanced technology, an innovation platform, and workplace collaboration tools allowing them to deliver tailored solutions to our clients’ engineering, design and business challenges.

This year, a panel of judges evaluated over 700 companies in four key areas: strategy, capability, commitment, and financials. As this was HH Angus’ first time applying for the program, we are especially honoured to have been selected.

HH Angus is no stranger to firsts, however. “By remaining independent with a long-standing, focused and nimble team, we’ve been able to consistently recognize trends in the market place and think proactively on our clients’ behalf,” says Tom Halpenny, Vice President, HH Angus. “We’ve worked with clients who entrusted us to deliver some of Canada’s industry-leading advances and they continue to give our team the opportunity to do great work.”

Those advances include landmark buildings, such as the first skyscraper in Canada (the Toronto Dominion Tower), the world’s first stadium with a motorized retractable roof (SkyDome/Rogers Centre), the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), BMO Field Expansion and Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) – the largest P3 healthcare project in North America. We also recently received the 2018 Schreyer Award – Canada’s top consulting engineering award recognizing innovation and technical excellence.

“This year’s Best Managed winners are a testament to the success found when businesses invest in talent, innovate intentionally, and think long-term,” said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte Private and Co-Leader, Canada’s Best Managed Companies program. “These companies should be proud of this achievement, and their responsibility in acting as role models for other Canadian businesses.”

About Canada’s Best Managed Companies

Canada’s Best Managed Companies continues to be the mark of excellence for Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over 5 million. Every year since the launch of the program in 1993, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies have competed for this designation in a rigorous and independent process that evaluates their management skills and practices. The awards are granted on four levels: 1) Canada’s Best Managed Companies new winner (one of the new winners selected each year); 2) Canada’s Best Managed Companies winner (award recipients that have re-applied and successfully retained their Best Managed designation for two additional years, subject to annual operational and financial review); 3) Gold Standard winner (after three consecutive years of maintaining their Best Managed status, these winners have demonstrated their commitment to the program and successfully retained their award for 4-6 consecutive years); 4) Platinum Club member (winners that have maintained their Best Managed status for seven years or more). Program sponsors are Deloitte Private, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business, and TMX Group. For more information, visit www.bestmanagedcompanies.ca.

HH Angus Contact information:
Sameer Dhargalkar | Vice President, Marketing and Business Development, HH Angus and Associates Ltd

+1 (416) 443 8200

sameer.dhargalkar@hhangus.com

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Congratulations to our HH Angus colleagues on winning the ACEC 2018 Schreyer Award for technical merit and innovation. The winning project is the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM), North America’s largest healthcare P3 project and a milestone in Canadian healthcare.

We’re thrilled to be honoured with this prestigious ACEC award, and so proud that the expertise and creativity of our engineering and design colleagues has resulted in our industry’s highest honour.

On behalf of our CHUM team and everyone at HH Angus, our thanks to the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies | Canada and to Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine (CCE). The CHUM project was also honoured with this year’s Award of Excellence for Buildings.

Congratulations to all our fellow award winners at ACEC’s 50th National Awards Gala. Your outstanding achievements elevate the engineering industry and bring honour to our profession.

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