From the Leadership Team
2019 — a year marked by change
The year 2018 drew to a close driven by the winds of change. News came at a fairly steady pace until our offices closed for the holidays. New developments included a change to the organizational structure that placed ENGIE MultiTech under the direct governance of ENGIE Services North America. The reason for this change is to create a new division that brings together the MEP companies recently acquired on the east coast of the U.S. to enhance collaboration and the use of best practices. Thus, Luc Duguay, CEO of ENGIE MultiTech, now reports to John Rohde, Chief Operations Officer for ENGIE Services North America. As previously announced, centralized services based at head office will nevertheless continue to support ENGIE MultiTech (e.g. Human Resources, Communications and Marketing, Procurement, etc.).
We also learned that the ENGIE Group is implementing a Global Business Services Structure in NorAm for certain functions such as accounting and procurement with the goal of boosting productivity, cutting costs, and enhancing consistency between the entities. The impact of this decision is already making itself felt and our procurement team has the matter well in hand.
The year ended with us embarking on a transformation through a Common Finance program. The goal is to simplify and standardize our tools and processes to maximize efficiency and effectiveness within our Finance functions—not only within North America but in alignment with the Group. This has brought on certain organizational changes in our finance and accounting departments which began in January 2019.
Furthermore, in Canada, ENGIE North America simplified and optimized its legal structure. This took effect in 2019. The objective, in this case, is to consolidate the majority of ENGIE North America legal entities under a single ultimate Canadian parent company..
The new year also began with a breath of enthusiasm. If you have read your emails, you already know that the consortium to which we belong, Plenary PCL Properties Gatineau, has been retained by Library and Archives Canada to build a second archives preservation centre in Gatineau. The contract should be finalized this spring. In a genuine group effort, our team worked with representatives of ENGIE Axima, ENGIE Cofely and ENGIE UK. This contract confirms ENGIE’s role as an international leader in the highly specialized market of archives, museums and preservation centres. ENGIE will provide complete facilities management, including energy rehabilitation and life cycle work for the Library and Archives Canada complex, throughout the 32 years of the contract. ENGIE will also take charge of the operating and maintenance contract for the existing building adjacent to the new one.
We are also on a roll, so to speak, when it comes to rail electrification. Although ENGIE Transport Canada (ETC) was only created in 2018, thanks to the tenacity of our team, which includes representatives of ENGIE Services, ENGIE Ineo and SCLE Ferroviaire, this subsidiary has carved out a place in the Réseau express métropolitain (REM) project. ENGIE’s experts will participate in design of the catenary.This is just the tip of the iceberg. This market is growing very fast and our team has eyes set on the future! Be sure to read the article on ETC in this newsletter to find out more.
So, the wind is shifting in our favour. We hope this trend will continue and that we will bring home other contracts. We are close to our goal in other major initiatives. These include the Government of Canada’s Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP) and specifically, the modernization of the energy system that supplies heating and cooling services to almost a hundred government buildings in the national capital and Gatineau. Remember that in March 2018, the Government of Canada prequalified two consortia, including ours, Innovate Energy. The teams worked feverishly and the final phase of the bid was submitted on time at the end of February. Government officials will announce the selected proponent in April. We are also in negotiations to manage certain Bombardier and GSK facilities in Canada. Master agreements with these two potential clients have been signed by the Group at the global level. Each ENGIE entity in the field, must reach agreement with the management of local facilities, which is no mean feat.
In closing, I wish to laud the efforts, dedication and determination of all employees of ENGIE Services Canada and our internal and external partners. Although we wholeheartedly congratulate the individuals involved in these projects, we emphasize that this has been a group effort. On February 27, we also recognized the seniority of employees who have completed 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years of service. Note, however, that these are merely milestones and that every effort is appreciated, whether you have been a member of the ENGIE Services team for one, seven or 13 years. Thank you !
As announced last week, I will be stepping into the role of President of ENGIE Canada Investment Services Inc. and will be spending more time in Montreal over the next few months. I look forward to working with you all to make 2019 a success!
John E. Rohde
President, ENGIE Canada Services Investments Inc. and
COO Engie Services North America