Cambium Celebrates 15 Years in Business

May 7, 2021


Cambium marked its 15th anniversary this week as a consulting and engineering firm based in the Peterborough community. Although a formal celebration cannot be held at this time, Cambium staff proudly reflect on past accomplishments and the changes over the years.

Cambium’s growth and development as a company have been remarkable. Formerly a small business unit of SGS in Lakefield, Cambium was founded in 2006 with nine professionals offering environmental engineering services from an office in the Fleming Industrial Park. Their expansion activities began in 2010 with their relocation to a larger office on Hunter Street in East City. Not long after, Cambium added Geotechnical and Construction Quality Verification to its service suite from a second location on the Queensway.  Since then, the company ranks have swelled to 130+ professionals at offices located in Barrie, Oshawa, Kingston, and Calgary.

Throughout its history, Cambium has periodically received recognition including most recently the Employer of the Year and Professional Services Awards through the Peterborough Business Excellence Awards.  Nationally, Cambium has been ranked as one of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies and as one of Canada’s Top Growing Companies.

The corporate mission of turning uncertainties into possibilities has been as important to the company itself as it has to the clients of Cambium.  Company founders John Desbiens, Jim Bailey, and Dave Bucholtz, “consider themselves fortunate to have established and grown a business based in a community that has always been special to them and their families.” 

Even in the past year, Cambium has been renovating a 25,000 square foot facility at 194 Sophia Street that will consolidate their multiple Peterborough operations. The renovations and relocation are scheduled to be completed by June of this year. This is an exciting revitalization of a unique space that carries the proud history of Fisher Gauge Limited.

Sustainability is foundational to the values of Cambium. Remodelling an existing building and reusing materials has been a rewarding experience that also consumes far less energy and resources than new construction. The design concept of the new future offices makes full use of the best features of the original building; open spaces and natural light.

“When we started Cambium 15 years ago, we had no idea that it would become what it is today.  We aimed to craft a workplace we would enjoy and seek people that shared our beliefs to join us,” says CEO/President, John Desbiens.  “As it turns out, we keep finding those people.”

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