Burns & McDonnell

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Founded in 1898, Burns & McDonnell Engineering Company, Inc., parent Company of Burns & McDonnell Canada, Ltd., is an internationally recognized architectural/engineering, procurement, construction firm, with headquarters in Kansas City, Missouri. Burns & McDonnell is a Top 50 U.S. design firm and ranks as a Top 10 energy design firm. Our volume of annual business is in excess of $4 Billion.

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7,600 professionals;
100% employee-owned;
Founded in 1898;
More than 50 offices

Our more than 7,600 professionals around the world bring extensive experience in a wide range of scientific, architectural, and engineering disciplines. We have people with the knowledge, technology, and background to complete virtually any project and address any challenge — whether known or unforeseen — in a timely, integrated, and efficient manner. This translates to project consistency, lower costs, and the ability to maintain your project schedule.

Burns and McDonnell provides comprehensive services that cover the full life cycle of a project, from initial assessments, consulting, to Design Engineering, Design Build, EPC Project execution in multiple sectors; finding cost-saving solutions to meet client’s specific needs.

Honored with numerous awards for excellence Burns & McDonnell has a reputation for providing high-quality service and innovative solutions to clients. Engineering News-Record ranks Burns & McDonnell in the top 5 percent of the leading 500 design firms and the top one-third of the leading program management firms, design-build firms, construction management-for-fee firms, green design firms, and construction management-at-risk firms. In 2019, 14 of our specific industry services earned spots in the top 10 and 30 of them in the top 40 in their field in ENR’s industry-specific rankings, and 13 earned spots in the top 10 in their field on Building Design + Construction’s Giants 300 list.

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ENR Industry Rankings

  • #1 Power
  • #1 Transmission and Distribution
  • #2 Cogeneration
  • #3 Government Offices
  • #3 Food and Beverage
  • #4 Aerospace
  • #4 Airports
  • #6 Nuclear
  • #7 Refineries/Petrochemical
  • #8 Solar
  • #12 Site Assessment and Compliance
  • #18 Water

Burns & McDonnell has credentials that cross all engineering disciplines and have combined experience ranging from project assessments to oversight of large, complex infrastructure initiatives, including nuclear plant refurbishment. Our bench strength allows us to deftly respond to your plant emergent needs and project requirements. Our team excels at making our nuclear clients successful with robust solutions that meet performance objectives. We respond with high quality, accurate and comprehensive solutions on-time, on-schedule and within budget.

Year 2020 marks our 75th anniversary of executing projects in Canada, we established our roots in 1945, providing the city of Montreal with gas and electric utility services. Years later, we worked with a Saskatchewan city to plan its sanitary sewer system in 1968. Today, we are honored to call Canada home with two regional offices in Calgary and Toronto as well as multiple project sites. We have successfully completed dozens of projects representing the largest utility companies such as Hydro One, Bruce Power, OPG, SaskPower and BC Hydro across Canada.

While Burns and McDonnell supported Westinghouse in the early development of SMR technology and is currently supporting X-energy and Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems (UAMPS) on NuScale SMR development activities, BMcD is strongly committed to the entire nuclear industry.

Burns & McDonnell has worked for most nuclear power plants in Canada and the US. Specific to Canada we are working for Ontario Power Generation in an independent oversight role for the board, overseeing the Darlington Refurbishment. For Bruce Power, we assisted in developing their program management and project controls for the Bruce Refurbishment. At Pickering we’ve assisted in their WANO Peer Reviews and are engaged in other projects as well.

With two established offices in Calgary and Toronto plus multiple project offices, we call Canada home as well. We have successfully completed over dozens of projects representing the largest utility companies such as Hydro One, Bruce Power, Ontario Power Generation, SaskPower and BC Hydro across Canada as shown in the map below.

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Map of Projects

  • BC Hydro: NTL Transmission, JV EPC, CIP Gap Analysis
  • New Gold: PMO Gap Assessment
  • Chevron: Refueler Inspection, Fort McMurray, AB
  • Capital Power: Genessee Generating Station Units 3 and 4, Power Island Procurement
  • Alberta Electric System Operation: Transmission Planning Program
  • Enmax: Shepard Energy Centre, 2x1 CC OE, Downtown Reinforcement, Engineering Services, Substation No. 1
  • Kineticor: Cascade Power OE
  • Altalink: HV Transmission, PMO-EPC Hybrid, CIP Gap Analysis
  • Exxon Mobil: Kearl Power Generation, Cogeneration study
  • TransAlta: Sundance 7 Energy Centre
  • TransCanada: Technology Enablement Program
  • Confidential Food Client: Lethbridge, AB
  • Enbridge: Montana-Alberta Tie Line, White Tail Gas Plant
  • Canadian Solar: Suffield Solar OE, Suffield, AB
  • City of Medicine Hat: Unit-17 Power Plant, Medicine Hat, AB
  • ATCO Power: Confidential Project, Calgary, AB
  • Suncor: Engineering Standards
  • SaskPower: Queen Elizabeth 300-MW CC EPC, Swift Current, 350-MW CC EPC
  • Nextera: Ontario East-West Tie Line
  • Bruce Power: Nuclear Refurbs PMO
  • TransCanada: Halton Hills, 670-MW CC EPC
  • Confidential Food Client: Cambridge, ON
  • ArcelorMittal Dofasco: Various Projects, Hamilton, ON
  • City of Hamilton: Woodward Ave., WTP Restoration
  • Sithe Global: Goreway CC, Brampton, ON
  • TransCanada: F.J. Horgan WTP, Capacity Expansion, Portlands Energy Centre
  • Ontario IESO: NERC Compliance Assessment
  • Hydro One: Project Services/Program Management, Engineering Studies and Design
  • Ontario Power Generation: Darlington Refurbishment Oversight Support, WANO Peer Reviews, NERC CIP Gap Analysis, Napanee Controls Upgrades
  • Confidential Client: Site Assessment Studies
  • Unilever: Etobicoke Redpath Facility Upgrade
  • Proctor & Gamble: Belleville Manufacturing Plant Expansion
  • Kruger: Several Wind Projects
  • Hydro-Quebec: Northern Pass and Transmission Design Study
  • Confidential Food Client: Lauzon, QC
  • New Brunswick Coleson Cove: WFGD, WESP

Burns & McDonnell fully supports the Statement of Principles. We believe that SMRs will provide a source of clean, safe, and affordable energy, significantly supporting a low carbon future. We embrace and are active in the four pillars of the SMR Action Plan:

  • Demonstration and Deployment
  • Policy, Legislation, Regulation
  • Capacity, Engagement, Public Confidence
  • International Partnerships and Markets

Burns & McDonnell has clients throughout Canada, including Ontario Power Generation, Bruce power, SaskPower, Alberta-based utility clients, New Brunswick Power that have embraced Canada’s commitment technically, politically, and financially. We believe the long-term vision of Canada in general and these particular clients can not only benefit but thrive with this technology solution as a core part of their carbon-zero future.

We see our role as one of project integrator. As a multidisciplined, full-service A/E, we engineer, procure and construct projects across the world, and in particular, Canada in many challenging environments. We do this by focusing on client needs, embracing local and Indigenous participation, the environment and all stakeholders to ensure project success and a better quality of life for ourselves and the world.

In addition to Nuclear, our focus in energy includes very much an “all of the above” concept which includes renewables and storage solutions, advancing hydro life extensions, repowering efforts, hydrogen advancements, and reinforcing the grid to bring all the pieces together. When SMRs as the centerpiece are combined with these other clean energy solutions, Burns & McDonnell brings additional strengths to the Canadian landscape.

Burns & McDonnell is currently working with SMR companies to advance their technologies and bring their products to market. We have provided technical and cost studies and design and construction solutions to support the development and advancement of the technologies into demonstration and commercialization. We also work in Owner’s Engineering roles to support and verify that ongoing nuclear projects are well managed and executed, contracted, scheduled and budgeted. Within these roles we are actively canvassing, and in many cases bringing together the licensing, environmental, engineering, Original Equipment Manufacturers, construction organizations, and start up/commissioning to present a complete solution to our clients and the marketplace in general.

We look forward to moving SMRs forward in Canada and elsewhere in the world over the next decade.


Advance OEM designs into demonstration

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): N/A


Work with OEMs to advance their designs/solutions past development into initial deployment


With OEM partners, secure development status in North America for utility and government-sponsored cost share programs for advanced deployment, by 2024 for micro-reactors; by 2027 for SMRs.

Contribution commitment

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): N/A


Contribute either in-kind engineering/development support and/or investment in OEM technologies


Provide additional financial and engineering support to advance concepts into demonstration/deployment

Independent Evaluations

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): N/A


Burns & McDonnell working with stakeholders, provincial and government entities, to utilize our technical capabilities to perform independent assessments of risks and risk mitigation.


Public data, information acknowledging the advancements made in the current state of SMR design in safety and waste management.

Waste Utilization

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): N/A


Engage with OEMs that have re-use of stored fuel as part or all their fuel source.


Develop into deployment technologies that utilize spent fuel as their primary fuel source that is readily available.

Indigenous Engagement

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): N/A


Further our stakeholder outreach of over 100 Indigenous firms in Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta


Training and engagement of the Indigenous community. Burns & McDonnell is actively engaged on projects and project pursuits with Indigenous organizations such as Tron, Des Nehde, George Gordon Developments Ltd to name a few. Advance their knowledge of nuclear to jointly pursue opportunities.

North America Partnerships

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): N/A


Burns & McDonnell is establishing a dedicated team to focus on Canada, working with OPG, SaskPower and others to bring together Canadian and US companies for further Canadian Nuclear projects.


Further the project development plans of Canadian utilities.

UK Partnerships

Responds to SMR Roadmap recommendation(s): 2, 4, 28


Burns & McDonnell has primary offices in UK, one of the 3-4 countries that has actively supported advancement of nuclear. Engage our UK counterparts in active discussion/collaboration.


Broaden the knowledge base and diversity of ideas/concepts.