Val-David, QC, based construction company Tisseur is the general contractor for the migrant prison construction. Tisseur has a history of building schools and bridges, and at $50 million, the migrant prison contract is by far their largest contract to date. Their website boasts about their green construction projects and prominently features their code of ethics, which was published in late June 2019, shortly before the announcement of their contract to build the prison.
An architecture firm with headquarters located in the Montreal neighbourhood of St-Henri. Lemay prides itself on “environmentally sustainable” buildings and projects that create “tangible and measurable value for our clients, users and communities.” We say there’s nothing sustainable about a world that locks people in cages, and no way that building a migrant prison can create anything but pain and destruction for those locked inside and their communities
An architecture and urban design firm based in Québec City, Groupe A (and its subsidiary, Annexe U) prides itself on “participative design” and the construction of LEED-certified buildings. The firm is no stranger to designing detention centres: they are responsible for the design of several courthouses and the new LEED-certified Sept-Îles detention centre, which opened in 2016. The firm boasts that its prison design centers “human-scale residences” [d’unités de vie à échelle humaine], but any firm which proudly specializes in carceral architecture is a collaborator in the violent system of imprisonment and incarceration.
Loiselle, an excavation and civil engineering company, is based just outside of Montreal in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC. Loiselle boasts that they value “Respect and Integrity” in their projects, and hopes to contribute to “the wellbeing of neighbouring communities”. Unfortunately, Loiselle accepted a government contract to remediate the ground at the proposed construction site for the new migrant prison, contributing directly to the viability of this unacceptable project.
A large design, consulting, and engineering firm, Stantec, is deeply implicated in consultant work for multiple aspects of the prison project. The company has agreed to consult on electrical, fire alarm and fire protection, telecommunication, mechanical, structure, and civil engineering. Stantec engineers working on this project include Alexandre Manseau-Nguyen, Bruno Lehoux, Jonathan Hallee, Louis-Stephane Racicot, Alexandre Jean, Michel Gendron, Patrick Bourgeois, and Michel Charron. Among many locations worldwide, Stantec has offices in most major Canadian cities, including Montreal, Longueuil, Laval, Hamilton, Ottawa, Toronto, Guelph, London, and Vancouver.
KJA Consultants Inc.
KJA Consultants Inc., an engineering consulting firm that specializes in “vertical transportation systems,” has agreed to be involved in conveyor systems for the migrant prison. Engineer Louis Beauchemin is working on the project. KJA has offices in Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary, Toronto, Ottawa, and Philadelphia.
Bouthillette Parizeau (BPA)
Bouthillette Parizeau (or BPA) is an engineering consulting firm, who is acting as a consultant related to food services and commissioning for the migrant prison. The company has offices in Montreal, Longueuil, Quebec City, Gatineau, Ottawa, and Laval. BPA engineers Sylvie Savoie and Dalia Ramy are working on the project.
Englobe, a massive Quebec-based soil, materials, and environmental engineering company, was tasked with conducting a site evaluation in preparation for the remediation work done by Loiselle. Englobe has many locations throughout Quebec and France, but is headquartered in Quebec City. Englobe claims it has “acquired credibility and a reputation for people-centred values.”