Consultant Aecom has launched a push to lure British engineers with experience of working on privately financed projects to its booming Canadian operation.
Privately financed projects, dubbed P3s in the United States and Canada, are extremely popular in Canada with bridge, road, hospital, fire station and prison construction all using the model.
Canadian local authorities represent a significant potential market for P3s, with construction capital expenditures in 2008 estimated at C$15bn (£9.2bn).
The provinces of British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta and Quebec have been early adopters and have made clear policy commitments to P3 procurement. These four provinces have carried out most P3 procurements in Canada to date.
But local authorities lack the skills and expertise to implement P3s and their take up has been lacking as a result.
Aecom wants to become a major player in the market and is seeking British engineers to fill the skills gap.
“P3 and design and build experience is an area where resources are lacking in Canada, both within Aecom and the marketplace itself,” said Aecom vice president and country director for Canada Bob Learmouth.
“We are looking for qualified, professional engineers and project managers - rising stars and veterans - to have people to put on these projects,” he said.