1994 - 1996
1997 - 1999
2000 - 2002
2003 - 2005
2006 - 2008
2009 - 2011
2012 - Today

In 1994, Paul Hemsley left his position as director of what is now the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency and established a new company with a unique vision – to help organizations navigate Canada’s increasingly complex environmental guidelines and legislation. Hemmera immediately gained its first clients: Transport Canada and BC Hydro. Two decades later, those valued clients are still with Hemmera, and have since been accompanied by a long and growing list of other valued, long-term clients.

As the firm attracted both qualified specialists and more clients, Hemmera took on increasingly more ambitious projects, including environmental baseline studies for one of the first diamond projects in the Northwest Territories. Diversification was key to Hemmera’s organic growth, as exemplified by the contributions to the remediation of a Canadian Airlines facility, which garnered industry-wide recognition for Hemmera’s contaminated sites experts.

In 1997, Hemmera was awarded its first multi-faceted project combining environmental assessment and contaminated sites services. This large contract for the Vancouver Convention Centre helped establish Hemmera’s reputation as multi-disciplinary specialists who offered a comprehensive suite of environmental services and solutions.

Soon afterward, Hemmera won a major contract for risk assessment services with Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), which inspired trusted relationships with numerous federal departments and opened the door to many more significant projects with which we have been entrusted over the years.

In 1999, Hemmera doubled in size in just one year.

Hemmera continued to grow, with a headcount of more than 20 employees. The firm’s second office in Victoria was officially opened. An internal Environment Committee was established to help minimize the environmental impact of Hemmera’s operations.

Hemmera’s work with Chevron began in 2000, and today Chevron remains as one of Hemmera’s top 20 clients. A year later, Hemmera installed the world’s largest full-scale Permeable Reactive Barrier at the Pacific Environment Centre Site.

In 2002, Business in Vancouver Magazine added Paul Hemsley to their Top 40 Under 40 list, and Hemmera’s team and client base continued to expand.

2003 was a year of milestones. Hemmera reached the 50-employee mark and won the contract for the Gateway Program, a series of transit, road and bridge improvements that represent the largest infrastructure project in the history of British Columbia. Work on the Gateway Program continues to this day.

Hemmera established a leadership position in the environmental services industry, winning the first environmental certification for a wind-power project in BC. Today, Hemmera has led more environmental assessments for major BC wind projects than any other company.

In 2004, Hemmera celebrated its ten-year anniversary and launched its first annual United Way campaign.

Hemmera’s Vancouver office relocated from Hornby Street to its current location on Burrard Street in 2005. The Hemmera team grew to 60, and some of Hemmera’s key principals helped establish the BC Chapter of the National Brownfield Association.

In just two short years since launching its first fundraising campaign, Hemmera was recognized in 2006 by the United Way of the Lower Mainland with the Quantum Leap Spirit Award for outstanding fundraising.

As the staff count reached 70, Hemmera maintained its proud reputation as a leader in environmental consulting. Hemmera’s Adaptive Management Strategy for the Deltaport Terminal, Metro Vancouver’s largest container terminal, included the first use of adaptive monitoring on the North American coast. Hemmera also became involved with the first wave-energy project in BC.

In 2007, Hemmera completed its first upstream oil and gas project, investigating a former exploration site in Northern BC for British Petroleum. Hemmera’s other major projects at the time included extensive work with BC Hydro on the Strathcona Dam Safety Upgrade, the John Hart Generating Station Replacement, and the Ruskin Dam and Powerhouse Improvement Project.

In 2008, Hemmera opened its third office in Burnaby, BC.

In 2009, as Hemmera approached its 15th year in business, the firm had grown to 125 staff and opened another office in Calgary, Alberta. Paul Hemsley was named to the BC Green Energy Advisory Task Force, working with other industry leaders to maximize BC’s renewable energy potential.

In support of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Hemmera completed work on a number of Olympic projects.

Also in 2010, Hemmera underwent a complete re-branding in philosophy, vision, and aesthetics. The newly defined “Hemmera Way” helped revitalize the company’s driving force.

2011 brought accolades and achievements to the hard-working Hemmera team. The firm was honoured with its first Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award for “Best Small Project” as a result of Hemmera’s involvement with the Davie Village Community Garden. Another Hemmera client, the Squamish Oceanfront Development Corporation, was one of 14 redevelopment projects accepted by the 2011 BC Government Brownfield Funding Renewal Program.

The Province of BC engaged Hemmera to create a toolkit to help guide, inform, and support stakeholders with former service station redevelopments. In 2012, Hemmera won its first Environmental Management Award for “Brownfield Planning Charettes for Former Service Station Sites”. 

Hemmera was also awarded another Canadian Urban Institute Brownie Award, this time for “Best Large Project” for the SOLEfood Farm Project, and in same year, celebrated the launch of a new corporate presence in Whitehorse, Yukon.

In 2013, Hemmera opened an office in Toronto, Ontario.

Currently, Hemmera is partnering with Port Metro Vancouver on multiple aspects of the Container Capacity Improvement Project, a long-term strategy to significantly increase container handling capacity in the Lower Mainland.

On August 25, 2014, Hemmera staff moved into MetroTower III (MT3) at 4730 Kingsway, Burnaby, BC. This shift combined Hemmera’s two Lower Mainland BC offices into an exciting new location in a LEED certified tower.