Report on Business Magazine is featuring the 2022 winners of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, Deloitte’s awards program recognizing excellence in private Canadian-owned firms. Those winners had the option to purchase a Sponsor Content package highlighting their own achievements.
Over its 65-year history, Hatch has become a Canadian-made global success story by empowering its people while staying true to its mission to produce positive change.
The private, employee-owned company offers engineering consulting and project implementation services for the mining, energy and infrastructure sectors. Today, Mississauga, Ont.-based Hatch employs more than 9,000 professionals in 150 countries, including roughly 4,000 in Canada.
“Most of the projects we deliver are necessary to bring positive change to the world,” says Randy McMeekin, Hatch’s global managing director of engineering.
For example, Hatch’s mining practice is heavily focused on lithium projects that can increase battery supply and ultimately power the green energy revolution.
“We’re involved in the majority of the lithium projects in the world,” Mr. McMeekin says. “We’re very proud of that.”
Its energy practice focuses on green energy production and storage, such as pumped-storage hydroelectricity solutions, as well as innovations in nuclear power, like small modular reactors (SMRs) that provide an affordable, safe, renewable energy source.
“We’re on the forefront of SMR design and implementation,” Mr. McMeekin says.
Hatch similarly champions sustainable transportation solutions through its work in urban solutions and infrastructure, including most of the Metrolinx projects in the Greater Toronto Area and 80 other major tunnelling projects around the world.
In recent years, the company has expanded its work from project development to ongoing management and business support.
“Hatch has the unique ability to provide leading-edge digital project delivery solutions, as well as novel digital applications for operations. This allows our clients to engineer and construct their asset as cost-effectively as possible, and then operate it for decades with unprecedented efficiency,” Mr. McMeekin says. “At Hatch we consider ourselves ‘life cyclists.’ We go beyond engineering and bring unique operation and advisory skills to help our client’s entire business. That’s one of the things that makes us special.”
He says the company owes much of its success to the talent it employs, as well as its management structure and internal culture. As a mission-oriented company, Hatch hires skilled professionals who believe in its values and empowers them to put those skills to use in ways that make a lasting difference.
“We don’t have a complicated organization chart; it’s a very flat hierarchy. We form teams globally, bringing the right expertise that our clients need,” Mr. McMeekin explains. “There’s no rigid chain of command; people are empowered and enabled to bring their best thinking to really hard problems. Every voice is heard.”
The company – which operates in traditionally male-dominated sectors like engineering, mining, construction and professional services – is also committed to improving diversity and inclusion within its ranks and the industry more broadly.
“We have achieved great success in attracting a wide diversity of gender and race, and we believe it’s incredibly important to bring plurality of thought to our client’s challenges. We create an environment where diversity and inclusion are embraced,” Mr. McMeekin says. “We’ve made great strides and we’re committed to continuously improving in this space.”
Hatch remains heavily involved in tackling some of the world’s greatest challenges, and Mr. McMeekin says the company will continue to do so.
“The world is facing big challenges, with climate change perhaps being the biggest. Hatch is directly involved in solving these challenges, on the front lines,” he says. “Our vision is the pursuit of a better world through positive change – and we are all committed to that.”
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