Cambium is again listed in The Globe and Mail’s third-annual ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies


Peterborough, Ontario

Cambium is pleased to announce we have once again been included in the Report on Business listings of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranks Canadian companies on three-year revenue growth. Cambium earned its spot this round with a three-year growth of 50%.

Founded in 2006, Cambium is a renowned multi-service consulting and engineering company that operates from offices in Peterborough, Barrie, Oshawa, and Kingston. Our team offers expertise in environmental, geotechnical, building sciences, and construction quality verification to support community builders throughout Ontario.

“As a consulting firm that has grown organically over the past 15 years, we couldn’t be more pleased to make the list for the third time,” says John Desbiens, President & CEO of Cambium. “Congratulations to the whole team and thank you for your contributions to this continued success.”

Launched in 2019, the Canada’s Top Growing Companies editorial ranking aims to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in Canada by identifying and amplifying the success of growth-minded, independent businesses in Canada. It is a voluntary program; companies had to complete an in-depth application process in order to qualify. In total, 448 companies earned a spot on this year’s ranking.

“Their growth helps to make Canada a better place, and we are proud to bring their stories to our readers,” says Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail.

The full list of 2021 winners, and accompanying editorial coverage, is published in the October issue of Report on Business magazine—out now—and online.

“As we look toward the future, Canada’s Top Growing Companies offer both inspiration and practical insights for other firms facing similar challenges,” says James Cowan, Editor of Report on Business magazine. “The entrepreneurs behind these companies are smart, tenacious and unwavering in their commitment to their goals.”

Project Profile: Gibbard District


The Gibbard Furniture Factory, founded in 1835 in Napanee, is an iconic landmark for the town. Doornekamp Construction and Studio JCI are transforming the building into a highly anticipated waterfront community.

We are delighted to be assisting Doornekamp Construction do their best work on this project. Our Geotechnical and Construction Quality Verification services will guide informed decisions throughout the redevelopment to produce benefits and pride for all stakeholders.

This revitalized space will incorporate the historical charm of the original storefront and mill while also becoming a modern and vibrant hub for the Napanee community with residential and commercial retail space.

Construction inspections identify and minimize deficiency risks through the stages of design development, construction, and project completion.  Our qualified professionals understand the value of construction momentum, offering timely feedback and guidance to maintain project quality and pacing. 

Cambium’s Tarion Field Reviewers pay close attention to detail and understand the complexity of construction techniques and materials. Our team is well versed in the administration and documentation process for large construction projects like the Gibbard District. 

Gibbard’s District has also incorporated several environmentally-friendly features, such as large green spaces and garden areas. They have focused on utilizing re-used materials and are working with geothermal and hydroelectric energy throughout the building.

To learn more about this exciting development, visit

July Waste Bulletin: Waste Auditing


For decades municipalities have been responsible for managing all residential waste generated in the municipality, as well as a majority of commercial, industrial, and institutional waste, especially in smaller communities. With the upcoming changes to waste policy and regulation including transition to IPR and plastic waste bans it is more important than ever to understand your waste composition. Read the below graphic for ‘do it yourself’ tips for waste auditing.

The summer is busy, especially with all the program changes municipalities are managing. We have included a list of upcoming dates in case they are of interest to your team:

  • September 30, 2021 the MSHW officially winds up and producers will be responsible for the designated hazardous materials starting October 1, 2021.
  • September 30, 2021 – deadline to submit report to RPRA on your municipal blue box program. If your municipality transitions in 2023 additional information will also be required by this date. Visit Blue Box Regulation – RPRA for more information
  • January 1, 2022 – Excess soil notices will be required to be filed for project designated under the regulation

Meet Our Newest Team Member, Ian Murdoch


Cambium is pleased to welcome Ian Murdoch to our expanding team as a Business Development Professional! Ian brings over 17 years of experience in project management, client advisement and mentorship expertise to Cambium. Based out of our Kingston office, Ian is a graduate of St. Lawrence College’s Civil Engineering Technology program. With his tenure in construction, public service and portfolio management & development, Ian will be another value-add for Cambium’s client delivery programming.

We virtually connected with Ian on his hobby farm in Harrowsmith to get a sense of what he’s most excited about joining the Cambium team.

“Working with clients through project decisions and developing teams to provide exceptional service is the foundation of my approach to business growth and sustainability,” says Murdoch, “Nothing fulfills me more than helping build confidence and capacity in professionals for their own career growth. This level of personal interest naturally improves how we service clients.”

Cambium has also recently been recognized by the Kingston community as the top Engineering Firm in the Community Votes 2020 campaign, receiving the Platinum award.

Welcome to the team, Ian! We’re looking forward to having you contribute to the success of the Kingston community, our company and our clients.

Cambium’s New Materials Testing Lab


The first stage of our big move began one year ago when we moved our lab services from our Queensway location over to Sophia Street. Our operations were outgrowing the space we were in, so finding a building that could house both our head office and lab was very important to us. Through our renovations and the incorporation of some great new features, we have been able to customize the space to fit our needs.

The new lab space has some great new features and equipment that can help us better serve our clients, such as:

  1. Concrete Moisture Room: The Moisture Room is used to cure concrete test specimens. The room is maintained at 23 +/- 2o C and relative humidity of not less than 95% according to CSA standards. This feature has allowed us to reduce the required floor space compared to water storage tanks while still allowing the lab to cure up to 1800 cylinders.
  2. Dedicated rooms for equipment: We have built rooms to house specific pieces of equipment to help reduce noise and dust and improve the health & safety of our staff
  3. Upgraded and larger fume hood for safe testing and processing of asphalt samples
  4. A more thought-out design and overall layout of the lab to allow for better sample flow and improved efficiencies

We are excited to have our office and lab under one roof come this Spring! It will be great for our Peterborough team to be able to collaborate closer together in our new space.

194 Sophia Street’s Legacy


Cambium Peterborough’s new home at 194 Sophia Street was once the home of the infamous Fisher Gauge Ashburnham Plant.

Fisher Gauge, later FisherCast Global, was founded in 1942, as a manufacturer of tools, gauges and diecast metal products at times employing approximately 300 people in Peterborough.

In more recent years, 194 Sophia has been home to Operitel and OpenText, both software management companies.

As we transform this building from its historic use to an environmental and cleantech future, we will strive to continuously support Peterborough and its community in a similar way.

We are excited that the opportunity to move came upon us and that Cambium can still operate in the vibrant East City community. Our move from 52 Hunter Street East office isn’t a far trek for us thankfully.

Sustainability is apart of our mission here at Cambium. It is engrained in the work we do for our clients, but we also hold ourselves accountable. We are dedicated to operating in the most environmentally sustainable way possible. Remodelling the building made more sense to us than tearing it down. With our renovations, we have been able to rejuvenate the building, and have created a bright open space for our staff and visitors.

Be sure to keep an eye out for future posts on the updates we have made to the building, such as our lab and office space!

Cambium’s Move to Sophia Street


Our team has been growing year over year to meet the increasing demand for our services. What started in 2006 as a company of fewer than 10 professionals has grown to over 120 diverse experts at the end of 2020! It is no surprise that we have outgrown all our facilities in all our locations.

Over the past few months, we have been in the process of bringing our multiple Peterborough operations to our new location at 194 Sophia Street. We began by first moving our materials testing laboratory in 2020; not missing a beat in their service activities. We will be finalizing the relocation of our remaining operations to our newly renovated building in the coming months. This is an exciting revitalization of a location that carries the proud decades-long history of Fisher Gauge Limited.

This transition has been a long journey. We are excited to begin a new chapter for Cambium when all our Peterborough employees and operations are under one roof.

Keep an eye on our social media over the next few months to cheer us on with the renovations and our big move in Spring 2021!

Ontario’s Journey Towards a Circular Economy


Cambium’s Senior Operations Manager, Rob Arkell gave a informative presentation at the 2020 Ontario East Municipal Conference on the importance of municipalities in Ontario moving towards a #circulareconomy.

The presentation includes an overview of the Circular Economy, Ontario’s transition, and opportunities for rural municipalities

Know of any other companies following the circular economy approach? Let us know in the comments below!

My Cambium – An Inside Staff Perspective


An insider’s perspective on the unique culture, work and career opportunities with Cambium Inc., an employee-owned consulting & engineering company.

In light of Cambium’s recent Employer of the Year Award, we wanted to re-post the “My Cambium” video.  We have an amazing team  and we could not provide the quality and value of service that we do without them.

y Cambium - Staff Perspective

My Cambium, a staff perspective on the life and work at Cambium. This video is a heartfelt inside view from a staff perspective on the life, work and career opportunities with Cambium. Staff in the video have been with us since the start and others  joined the team over the last number of years. The common thread throughout the video is the shared pride each person has and the opportunities they experienced since joining Cambium. It exemplifies more than words the experience and unique Cambium culture.

Since 2006, Cambium evolved from a small company of 10 employees to one that now employs over 100 across offices in Peterborough, Barrie, Oshawa, and Kingston. We have quickly become an industry leader and one of the largest and fastest growing independent, employee-owned consulting firms in Ontario.Explore your career possibilities with us!

Harmonizing Cottage Redevelopment with the Natural Environment.


Do your cottage redevelopment plans for improvement align with current acts and regulations?

Your cottage is often seen as a place to unwind and centre yourself; a haven among the trees and cool waters that allows you to step back from the business of life and reconnect with nature. It’s where you laugh, play, and spend endless  hours of quality time with family and friends. The design of an environment can have a powerful effect on your life and as such cottage owners will attest to the continual desire for improvements at the cottage to further enhance their connection and experience with the outdoors.

Cottage improvements could involve anything from removing trees to improve the view to replacing the old, rickety dock with something better. On a larger scale, it may be installing a new septic system or expanding the cottage footprint to accommodate your growing family.

As our understanding of the natural environment grows and our approaches to protecting it change, so do the government policies that regulate development. Improvements or redevelopments to your cottage that were allowed 20 years ago may face a very different set of policies and regulations today. With their close connections to nature and water, there are a myriad of policies that may have implications to cottage redevelopment.

Every municipality has their own set of policies for protecting features of the natural environment. Water bodies such as lakes, rivers, and wetlands are also administered by local conservation authorities. The provincial and federal governments have established a number of acts to protect our natural biodiversity, such as the Endangered Species Act, the Species at Risk Act, the Migratory Birds Convention Act, and the Fisheries Act. Likewise, provincial policies such as the Provincial Policy Statement and the new Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (2017) are also in place to guide development in cottage country.

A first step in  redevelopment is to check with your Municipal Development Department. 

With so many guidelines, policies and governing bodies, how can you be sure your cottage redevelopment plans won’t land you in hot water? Which improvements can you implement without the need of an approval or permit? How do you know where to turn if you have to deal with the municipality, Conservation Authority, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) or the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO)?

Cottagers can be left swimming in circles without knowing how to proceed. But don’t give up on your cottage dreams yet. Often the best place to look for answers is the development department of your local municipality. A competent development planner can help guide you through the various policy requirements for cottage improvements, as well as provide details on other regulatory agencies that need to be involved.

An Environmental impact Study is a tool that guides how redevelopment can fit with the natural environment.

Municipalities and Conservation Authorities often require you to complete an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) or a Natural Heritage Evaluation (NHE) to provide details on any implications your development plans may have on the natural environment. An EIS or NHE is completed by an ecologist, often employed at a science and engineering company, and aims to provide plans and recommendations for how a proposed redevelopment can fit with the surrounding natural environment. It demonstrates to the regulatory authorities the way in which your proposed redevelopment will respond to the policies and regulations mentioned above and helps to streamline the approval and permitting process. It is important to choose an ecologist who will collaborate with you, providing advice and input into your redevelopment plans. They offer an objective assessment of potential impacts a development can have on the environment and will recommend ways to avoid or minimize potential adverse effects. Consulting ecologists are your advocates through the EIA/NHE process and strive to deliver mutually beneficial solutions that ensure your project meets the obligations of the related acts and policies.

With the right connection to people who can answer your questions and a consulting ecologist to provide solutions and alternatives, an EIA/NHE assessment is a key tool that will help make your redevelopments fit within the natural environment.

Give us a call and one of Cambium’s ecologist would be happy to provide further information and advice Environmental Impact Studies or Natural Heritage Evaluations.