Overview


Urban Watershed Group (UWG)
is recognized for and specializes in creative and innovative urban land and civil engineering solutions for planners, developers and public sector clients. The team includes environmental, municipal and water resources engineering and other information technology specialists affiliated with the Greenland Group of Companies. UWG provides diverse services and leading-edge capabilities that can support the success of the most challenging urban land projects today. UWG was established in 2002 as a consulting firm with various civil engineering business units that were self-managed, yet worked together as a composite team to produce cost-effective results. In 2006, the company joined GREENLAND® to strengthen its capabilities within increasingly competitive markets and to use all proprietary GREENLAND® decision support system and smart analytical tools. Since incorporation, UWG continues to help shape the world around us – including time-tested experience, comprehensive resources and intelligent solutions for urban land projects.

In February 2017, PLAN by DESIGN (www.plandesign.ca) initiated a strategic alliance with GREENLAND® to support an accelerated UWG growth trajectory. PLAN by DESIGN was established to provide comprehensive consulting services in Urban Land Planning and Landscape Architecture. The company is licensed by the Canadian Institute of Planning and Ontario Association of Landscape Architects and provides urban design, landscape, architecture, site planning, land use planning, and site development services to private and public sector clients. John McMullen manages the daily activities at PLAN by DESIGN. He has practiced urban planning and landscape architecture for almost 20 years - focusing on community improvement, sustainability, and “pedestrian first ” designs. PLAN by DESIGN is committed to providing excellence in community design and implementing appropriate solutions for complex land development problems. Supported by other GREENLAND® team members, PLAN by DESIGN works closely with its clients and associated professionals to create “distinctive places and beautiful spaces.” Projects include streets, waterfronts, parks, trails, urban spaces and natural systems.

The key to Urban Watershed’s success is its people. Direct principal involvement in every project gives clients the experienced project management, effective communication and technical expertise they deserve. From initial meetings through planning, project development and construction, a UWG principal provides experienced coordination and assurance that your project receives the vital resources and hands-on expertise to make it successful. The company also has respected relationships with governmental and regulatory decision-makers and an unequaled grasp of local building and development regulations in the Canadian market. UWG continues to be an extraordinarily versatile company for site and civil engineering projects. We have successfully worked on numerous large and complex mixed-use projects and are recognized as industry leaders in solving challenging issues.
 

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County of Simcoe

Greenland provided exemplary consulting services to complete this landmark project. The firm’s attention to detail and proactive ideas was very important to assist the County in addressing the issues of concern about the study’s findings and also providing defendable, yet provocative, solutions based on best available science and proven technologies for the benefit of all local municipalities.

This letter confirms that the study objectives were met within the approved time frame. Greenland also provided a sizeable in-kind contribution to complete value-added deliverables and established new partnerships in terms of future watershed modeling and technology development initiatives involving the County of Simcoe. 

Rick Newlove, P. Eng.
General Manager of Engineering, Planning and Environment
County of Simcoe

May 1, 2012
 

Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation

The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) is a national applied research centre that focuses on mobilizing practical and cost-effective solutions to address climate change and extreme weather events. To this end, the ICCA is an incubator of new adaptation ideas, conducting research, knowledge mobilization and promoting initiatives aimed at de-risking the negative impacts of a changing climate and extreme weather. One of ICCA’s concerns is a growing uninsurable housing market in Canada relative to sewer backup.
 
ICCA believes the advanced technology and features of the SafeSump system can be instrumental to mitigating basement flood potential.  I have one of the first prototypes of the SafeSump system installed in my home. I have interacted directly with the start-up founder. I view him as entrepreneurial and passionate, and have met other members of his team with whom I was similarly impressed.  I am also familiar with Greenland Consulting Engineers, and congratulate SafeSump Inc. on their choice to create a joint “SafeSump” venture with Greenland.
 
ICCA looks forward to a supportive relationship with SafeSump Inc. upon the larger scale availability of their much-needed technology.

Dr. Blair Feltmate
Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Faculty of Environment
University of Waterloo

October 6, 2016
 

Town of Collingwood

As Public Works Chair for the Town of Collingwood, I would like to thank Greenland for providing exemplary services for the Raglan Street Local Improvement Project, including preliminary & detailed designs; coordination of all consultants; contract administration; and, construction inspection.

Greenland always maintained open lines of communication between the Town, Contractors, affected business and residents, and promptly responded to all questions and issues raised by the public. For the past decade, your firm has worked for the Town and strived for thoroughness and professionalism in order to address all of the Town’s project needs. The Raglan Street project was no exception so your team should feel proud with its successful outcome.
It has been a pleasure for the Town of Collingwood to do business with your team and the Town looks forward to using your professional engineering services again in the future. On a personal note, I would be pleased to serve as a professional reference when your firm bids on other municipal projects.

Rick Lloyd
Chair of Public Works
Town of Collingwood

March 7, 2012
 

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