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Our Story

Mission

To provide best value solutions to our clients and communities through rock, soil, water, and environmental management.

Since 1978

Welcome to Clifton, an award-winning engineering and environmental consultancy. Our story began in 1978 with three engineers who valued curiosity, collaboration, and excellence.

A Simple Goal

The founders had a simple goal: Create a consultancy that would provide pragmatic and customized solutions to highly technical challenges involving rock, soil, water, and air. Solutions would be geologically informed, technically excellent, and above all, tailored to the unique needs of clients and communities.

Guided by Core Values

Guided by our core values, we have earned a reputation for our commitment to excellence.

Clients

Creating value for clients through careful listening, customized solutions, and consistent delivery on commitments.

Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We understand that each client’s needs are unique, and we take pride in creating customized solutions that meet their short- and long-term goals.

As a private, mid-size engineering firm we have the flexibility to adopt a genuinely client-focused approach, which has helped us build strong relationships with our many long-term private- and public-sector clients.

Our ‘One Clifton’ approach allows us to mobilize our people and resources across any of our offices to meet client needs.

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Curiosity

Developing innovative, technological solutions powered by curiosity.

Innovative solutions begin with curiosity, wonder, and a sense of possibility.

Through constantly asking, “How about?”, “Why not?”, and “What if?” our practical and innovative solutions come to life.

As lifelong learners, we are at the forefront of engineering technologies and practices.

Our curiosity keeps us agile and adaptable, always ready for new opportunities and challenges.

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Collaboration

Maintaining wide-ranging relationships rooted in a fundamental respect and regard for people and communities.

We collaborate with clients, listening carefully to understand their core values and overarching objectives.

Our interdisciplinary teams create and assess solutions from multiple disciplinary perspectives.

We have well-established relationships with regulators, contractors, and other stakeholders.

We create platforms to actively listen to community members’ perspectives and share context and technical information with stakeholders.

We have formalized several mutually beneficial partnerships with First Nations, including Misty Clifton Engineering Ltd., Temixw Engineering Ltd., and Lee-Bo Clifton Projects Ltd.

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Care

Supporting employees and communities through attentiveness and responsiveness to needs.

No employee is ever just an employee. No job is ever just a job. And every community in which we work is somebody’s home.

Our colleagues seek to make a difference through their professional and personal lives. We develop policies and practices that promote safety, encourage a healthy work-life balance, and support personal and professional growth through continued education and development.

Our work impacts communities. We listen carefully to the public to understand a community’s needs, hopes, and concerns. Together, we build resilient and thriving communities.

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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Reconciliation

Recognizing historical and ongoing social injustices, as well as the advantages of diverse teams and communities.

We strive to do our part as we collectively acknowledge and seek to remedy historical and social injustices.

We also know that diverse teams with diverse perspectives develop better, more innovative solutions, responsive to the needs of a broader range of stakeholders.

Our partnerships with First Nations empower individuals and communities and strengthen our industry.

We endorse Engineer Canada’s 30 by 30 initiative, aiming to increase the number of women who are engineers.

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Excellence

Obsessing over quality.

A culture of excellence permeates our organization.

Our dedicated Quality Matters Team methodically scrutinizes our operations, seeking opportunities to improve and ensuring our standards remain high. We strive for excellence in all that we do.

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Integrity

Acting with honesty, transparency, and accountability.

Honesty, transparency, and accountability govern our interactions with each and every stakeholder and define how we do business.

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Safety

Leading the way toward realizing and maintaining an Incident-Free workplace.

Through our collaborative culture of safety, we engage in the ongoing work of designing, implementing, and continually improving safety systems to realize our goal of an incident- and injury-free workplace.

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Growth

By finding, mentoring, and developing the best and brightest new talent, we have grown into one of the region’s most respected private engineering consultancies with five regional offices and over 250 engineers, scientists, and technologists.

Reach

We provide a full range of engineering and environmental solutions to clients in Canada, in the northern USA, and select locations around the globe.

Founder's Story

Do It Right. This has been the guiding precept behind Wayne Clifton’s life’s work, setting the standard for his company, collaborators, and the profession as a whole.

In 1978, Wayne founded Clifton Associates Ltd., a private engineering firm focused on serving clients and communities. He has since grown Clifton from a three-person start-up to a firm with five regional offices and 250 scientific and technical staff. Reflecting on this, Wayne quipped, “Well, we were just setting out to have some fun—and we have.”

Wayne’s emphasis on sound geotechnical practice and environmental stewardship has made him a highly sought-after consultant for challenging or complex problems. He has consulted on over 3,000 projects and has been called upon by major corporations and provincial and federal governments to assist with developing environmental policies, regulations, and strategies. Wayne has been fortunate to participate in many landmark projects in Canada and abroad. Projects range from major investments in water, road, and rail transportation to the development of our resource and agricultural industries to upgrading our environmental management and permitting processes, enhancing the protection of our precious bio-physical landscape. But, perhaps, rehabilitating Wascana Lake by deepening it (The Big Dig) and rejuvenating Wascana Park for generations to come was among his most satisfying accomplishments, given its significant and lasting contribution to his home community (Regina, SK).

Wayne has always taken a keen interest in supporting the growth and development of individuals and the profession. Clifton has provided scholarships for many employees to return to school, particularly for advanced degrees, investing in people and the future of the profession.

Wayne’s commitment to excellence has been recognized through numerous honours and awards, including an honorary DSc from the University of Saskatchewan for his contributions to engineering teaching and research. He has also received The Julian C Smith Medal from the Engineering Institute of Canada for “achievement in the development of Canada” and the Legget Medal from the Canadian Geotechnical Society, the most senior prestigious award recognizing “significant lifelong contribution to the geotechnical field in Canada.” He also received ACEC’s Beaubien Award, which recognizes his “lifetime contributions to the advancement of the profession and the consulting engineering industry.”

In 1978, Wayne Clifton founded an engineering start-up so that he could have some fun and the freedom to “do things right”. Almost 50 years later, countless individuals and communities continue to be improved and inspired by Wayne and his infectious commitment to excellence.

The Clifton
Difference

Listening. Our natural curiosity makes us excellent listeners. This enables us to understand our clients’ broader values and tailor solutions to meet their goals.