About Us

About Us

About Thurber

Building Canada with
great people and great ideas.

We are a Canadian consulting engineering firm with a mission to deliver specialist advice and services where projects meet the ground. As a team of engineers, scientists, geologists, technicians, and support staff, we work together to solve complex geotechnical and environmental challenges.

Our success since 1957 is attributed to the hard working, innovative group of people who proudly deliver engineering solutions. Whether we’re solving seismic design and natural hazard challenges in British Columbia, addressing slope stability and slide stabilization concerns in Alberta and Saskatchewan, or helping design bridge foundations in Ontario, our team of specialists work together to help our clients solve their most complex challenges. 

Thurber is owned by our senior practicing professionals. Our team works out of 15 offices with locations in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.


Vision, Mission, and Values

Our Vision

Building Canada with great people and great ideas.

Our Mission

Delivering specialist advice and services where projects meet the ground.

Our Values

Passion and quality in what we do: working collaboratively, respectfully, sustainably, and safely.

Our history


Reginald Cameron Thurber opens R.C. Thurber & Associates in Victoria, BC.


Thurber expands in advanced soil testing for large BC Hydro dam projects.


Reg Thurber, Harvey Dishaw, and Gary Foslien are lost during a flight from Vancouver to Edmonton. Reg’s colleagues purchase R.C. Thurber & Associates and continue operation’s under Thurber’s name.


Using the name Thurber Consultants, the firm expands into Alberta and adds heavy foundation design, slope stability, and soft soil services.


Thurber expands into environmental assessments and brings on a team of environmental scientists.


Thurber becomes involved with Alberta’s first Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) project for Alberta Oil Sands Technology and Research Authority (AOSTRA), which leads to the creation of Thurber’s Deep Instrumentation Group in Edmonton.


Thurber Consultants Ltd. becomes Thurber Engineering Ltd.


Thurber opens a new office in Toronto, Ontario.


Thurber begins work on the Sea-to-Sky Highway, the firm’s first large Design-Build project, in preparation for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games.


Hikers locate the missing Thurber plane near Golden, BC, ending the 38-year mystery. A nearby peak is renamed Thurber Mountain by the BC government.


Thurber purchases two High Strain Dynamic Testing units and expands into high complexity dynamic pile testing.


Thurber opens a new office in Ottawa, Ontario.


Thurber expands into Saskatchewan.


Thurber opens offices in Cambridge, Pickering, and Squamish.


Thurber acquires Prince George-based GeoNorth Engineering and opens a new office in St. Catherines. Today the company operates out of 15 offices across Canada and employs over 500 employees.

Health and Safety

The personal health and safety of all our employees is of primary importance at Thurber. We are committed to maintaining a Health and Safety program that is founded on the prevention of occupationally induced injuries, illnesses and property loss. We consider this aspect of our business as important as production, quality, and cost control.

To support the health and safety of our team, we:

  • Purchase and properly maintain tools, equipment, and facilities
  • Conduct formal and informal inspections to find and correct unsafe acts and conditions
  • Investigate all incidents promptly and thoroughly to prevent re-occurrence
  • Provide the necessary training to complete the task at hand
  • Conduct hazard assessments before starting any work
  • Provide all employees with approved personal protective equipment

We are experienced working in the role of prime contractor/constructor to manage geotechnical programs. Our clients include:

  • Municipalities
  • Major pipeline corporations
  • Ministry of Transportation Ontario
  • Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure British Columbia

We maintain COR in the following provinces:

  • British Columbia
  • Alberta
  • Ontario
  • Saskatchewan

We are currently registered with the following compliance networks:

  • Avetta
  • Comply Works
  • ISNetworld
  • CQ Network
  • Other client specific networks