Crozier Launches First-Time Home Buyers’ Assistance Program for Employees as Housing Prices Continue to Rise

Crozier Launches First-Time Home Buyers’ Assistance Program for Employees as Housing Prices Continue to Rise

June 23, 2021

Residential development in Collingwood, ON

Crozier is pleased to announce its First-Time Home Buyers’ Assistance Program which provides a contribution of up to $20,000 per employee to help fund the down payment on the purchase of their first home. The program is designed to address the evolving needs of employees and help remove the barriers to home ownership.

“We have seen first-hand the increasing demand for residential development and the frustrating situations our employees find themselves in, such as extreme bidding wars, when trying to buy their first home in today’s market,” said Nick Mocan, President, Crozier. “We established the First-Time Home Buyers’ Assistance Program as a creative way to help make home ownership a reality for our employees because we strongly believe that their personal growth is as important as their career growth.”

The First-Time Home Buyers’ Assistance Program is part of Crozier’s ongoing investment to enhance the employee experience and establish the firm as an industry leader championing professional and personal development. Created with the Government of Canada’s Home Buyers’ Plan in mind, this program provides financial assistance for the down payment on a home which is often a significant obstacle for first-time home buyers.

Crozier also offers various scholarships and mentorship initiatives to foster employee development and support the company’s ongoing expansion.

Industry insights into residential development needs and trends in today’s market

As housing prices continue to rise and with many first-time buyers migrating outside urban cores due to the pandemic, developers are continuing to look for ways to enhance the development of new communities. They are now tasked with accommodating buyers’ changing lifestyle needs as well as managing the limited supply of suitable and zoned lands for residential development.

“Many developers are finding success offering innovative communities with accessible transportation options and a concentration of healthy living amenities like recreational facilities and multi-use trails,” said Mocan. “There are tremendous opportunities for developers who embrace and meet the changing needs of home buyers through creative site planning and design.”

By staying on the cutting-edge of trends and industry leading research, Crozier is contributing to Ontario’s growing communities while catering to today’s changing environments and market demands.

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Crozier’s Research Initiatives Continue – Lab Results Are In!

June 3, 2021

On May 31, 2021, Amanda Pinto represented Crozier at the Canadian Water Resources Association National Conference. Amanda had the honour of co-presenting with our research partners from Western University and Wilfrid Laurier University on a virtual platform.

Over the past year, both universities continued the next phase of research in their respective labs after retrieving samples from stormwater managements ponds and soil media from bioretention cells in neighbouring communities. While both research projects are separate, analysis of samplings continued with little disruption amid the pandemic.

Watch the presentations here:

Combined field and laboratory evaluation of the performance of multiple bioretention systems in retaining phosphorus in urban stormwater

 

Assessing the function of stormwater management facilities in a changing climate

 

Nick Mocan presented results from Western’s field testing at the EWRI-ASCE International Low Impact Development Conference in July 2020 prior to the most recent findings. View his presentation on our research page here.

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Crozier Launches Its Inaugural $25,000 Bursary

February 16, 2021

Photo of Crozier staff at McMaster event., Madeleine Fergson, P.Eng., Chris Crozier, P.Eng. (Founder and President), Lisa Crozier, Nick Mocan, M.Sc. (President), P.Eng., Stephen Hamelin, P.Eng., Ashish Shukla, P.Eng.

Crozier is pleased to announce its inaugural fund of $25,000 as a gift to McMaster University. The C.F. Crozier & Associates Inc. Bursary is valued at $5,000 and will be awarded annually over the next five years to provide financial support to eligible students enrolled in Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical & Computer Engineering programs.

“We have a long-standing relationship with McMaster and felt it most appropriate to support students at an institution that shares similar values as our firm,” said Chris Crozier, founder and CEO, C.F. Crozier & Associates Inc. “The exceptional Engineering & Management Program at McMaster University provided me with the foundation I needed to pursue my career in engineering and business, and I’m forever grateful. It’s time to give back and I’m excited to award the annual bursary to support students who will transform the future of engineering.”

Chris was named one of McMaster’s Faculty of Engineering’s Top 150 Alumni in 2017 and was honoured to join the Dean’s Advisory Board. Alongside fellow alumnus, Chris assists in identifying strategic partnerships within specific industries, anticipating future direction in government policy, and forecasting the potential impact of new technologies on education and research within the school’s Faculty of Engineering.

Responding to the gift, Dean of Engineering and Professor, Ishwar K. Puri wrote, “Despite the pandemic, our faculty, staff and students continue to pursue their goals and do outstanding work and our friends like [Crozier], continue to make that work possible. [This] meaningful contribution is directly impacting the Faculty’s mission to inspire and educate citizen scholars who will transform the world.”

Crozier’s relationships with universities and colleges have favoured well for the company, recently announcing a new president, Nick Mocan, who originally joined Crozier as an engineering student.

“We’ve always believed in our peers, our community, and the younger generation to help us the lead the way,” Chris added. “Everyone deserves a chance and we’re honoured to be able to assist in any way we can.”

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The Future of Stormwater Management

November 10, 2020

By Nick Mocan as featured in Water Canada

Stormwater management pond

By Nick Mocan as featured in Water Canada

Stormwater management in Ontario has come a long way since the flood control efforts of the early 1970s. At that time, communities were concerned with preventing loss of life and property because of the type of devastation left behind by Hurricane Hazel. It flooded the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) in 1954, claimed 81 lives, and caused unprecedented damage to properties and infrastructure. In 1991, the Government of Ontario released additional guidelines regarding water quality treatment of stormwater. These guidelines further evolved in 1994 and 2003 to promote a treatment-train approach, incorporating small-scale, low impact development (LID) techniques for stormwater management (SWM). However, despite the efforts of some local agencies who have adopted their own updated SWM guidelines, there have been no official updates to the Provincial guidelines for nearly 20 years. With changing weather and climate conditions, development pressures, and new and innovative approaches, what will these updated guidelines need to consider for the future of stormwater management?

Greening stormwater infrastructure
Traditionally, stormwater was managed using grey infrastructure approaches like stormwater management ponds, dry detention basins, and oil-grit separators. However, innovative approaches to SWM known as low-impact development—or LID—have been gaining a foothold. LID practices, which include rain gardens and bioretention systems, manage stormwater by mimicking the natural processes under pre-development conditions that infiltrate and treat runoff.

Men in canoe retrieving water for testing

In Ontario, initiatives like the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program (STEP) are leading the charge to incorporate LID practices across the land development industry. This partnership between several Ontario conservation authorities works with partners to assess and research new SWM techniques. In the future, engineers should expect to use tools like STEP’s Low Impact Development Life Cycle Costing Tool more often to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating green infrastructure into their designs. In the next 20 years, it may not be a question of whether a development has green infrastructure at all, and instead what types of green infrastructure it incorporates. However, traditional stormwater management solutions will certainly not disappear. Grey SWM infrastructure will still serve an important role in capturing and detaining large volumes of runoff, particularly in the dense urban landscapes that characterize many parts of the GTA. The next generation of guidelines will likely expand further on how to integrate conventional and LID approaches for stormwater management to provide social, environmental, and economic benefits to communities.

A holistic approach
It’s no secret that the best solutions for any problem result from a multidisciplinary approach. Stormwater management problems are no different. Engineers have traditionally applied basic hydrologic and hydraulic principles to solve SWM challenges. However, the key to optimizing these systems lies in a strong understanding of hydrologic and hydraulic interactions and relationships with local ecology, geomorphology, and hydrogeology. We can expect future innovations in SWM to be advanced by drawing on the expertise of multidisciplinary teams of practitioners and researchers.

What will these updated guidelines need to consider for the future of stormwater management?
For example, engineers might leverage the expertise from disciplines such as geochemistry and hydrogeology to identify techniques to optimize SWM pond designs. They may also pursue further collaboration with landscape architects and ecologists to design and enhance the natural features of grey and green stormwater infrastructure. Unveiling a typical future SWM pond design may reveal targeted vegetation plantings that better manage erosion, reduce suspended solids, and selectively uptake problematic pollutants like chlorides. The future of SWM pond designs rely on these field studies now to identify opportunities for future infrastructure. For green infrastructure like bioretention systems, experts in biology and geochemistry might be involved from day one working on how to bind, trap, or uptake nutrients using optimized soil and vegetation characteristics. An increase in green infrastructure will also drive the need for engineering firms to attract and train team members that are scientifically literate and capable of designing, operating, and maintaining these solutions.

Dr. Clare Robinson retrieving samples

This may include hiring staff that come from non-traditional engineering backgrounds, or in some cases, have no engineering background whatsoever. Developing the skillset needed as a civil engineer in the future may involve taking additional courses or gaining certifications that round out traditional engineering expertise with proficiencies in ecology, soil chemistry, or geomorphology.

Fast-tracking innovation
Implementing any type of stormwater management infrastructure comes at a cost. That’s why fast-tracking research towards innovative approaches will be critical to lower the traditionally high up-front cost of LID techniques. Currently in Ontario, financial incentives for developers to incorporate green SWM infrastructure are few and far between. Across the province, colleges and universities have been developing and refining innovations in SWM technologies. Engineering firms are in a unique position to bring these innovations into practice as key players in both design and communication with developers about their needs. For instance, firms can incorporate research and monitoring for LID practices at their project sites to learn about how these systems perform under varying development conditions. For engineering firms without dedicated research facilities and staff, partnering with schools and other organizations can help offset the costs of engaging in research. These partnerships can also cultivate important research skills for in-house staff through opportunities for experiential learning and involvement in field and lab activities. Executing successful research programs will require more than just engineers—they will need experienced technical staff who are comfortable in the field, lab, and on stage presenting at conferences.

students taking samples from pond

We can also expect climate change to be a major driver of innovation in SWM. Future-proofing SWM designs and retrofits for future climate conditions will be critical. While it is uncertain about how these changes will affect rainfall timing and intensity, engaging in research and development now can identify ways to cope with projected scenarios. For example, enhanced water quality treatment through targeted vegetation plantings may be required to handle increased volumes of runoff into SWM ponds during the winter. Changing rainfall patterns may also affect the storm events that grey and green infrastructure are designed to control. This, in turn, will drive the need for innovative ways to develop resiliency in new and retrofitted systems.

The stormwater management solutions of the future will be holistic systems that integrate both grey and green infrastructure to protect communities and the natural environment. These systems will be designed by engineers who go beyond traditional design techniques to create solutions that consider their sustainability, cost, and longterm resiliency in a changing world. Through research and development, as well as collaborating with and learning from other fields, engineers will be able to leverage what they’ve learned over the past 20 years to shape the direction of stormwater management for the next 20.

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From city life to cottage country: homebuyers’ changing needs post-pandemic

September 18, 2020

Ontario real estate has seen a recent surge throughout this pandemic and overall Canadian “home sales increased by 25% and prices were well up from last year’s level, too”, CBC reports. The pandemic has triggered changes in how businesses will operate moving forward and where employees will work from.

Companies in areas such as the GTA have shifted remotely, some indefinitely. The correlation between growth in real estate within cottage country or smaller urban areas and remote-working is no coincidence. Many see this as an opportunity to move away from the hustle and bustle of city life and areas such as Collingwood have seen an increase in construction to accommodate.

In the latest issue of Ontario Home Builders’ Association Magazine, Ted McIntyre discusses these changes and how it has affected homebuyers and employers. One of these employers is Crozier’s founder and CEO, Chris Crozier, where he mentions that “in the Collingwood and south Georgian Bay Area, we’re seeing a big post-COVID-19 uptick in the market. We have builders and developers coming to us—some with projects that were dormant for years, asking how quickly we can get building permits. And we’ve already had a strong run for five to seven years up here. I don’t think we’ve ever been busier, and the forecast is very strong.”

Companies have had to learn to adjust and pivot to the changing times all while continuing to maintain business-as-usual. The article also forecasts that designs of residential buildings will see the most changes, and examines the new challenges that architects and builders will be faced with in adapting to the post-pandemic life.

To read more of Ted’s article, click here.

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CROZIER NAMES NICK MOCAN AS NEW PRESIDENT

July 7, 2020

Crozier is pleaseNick Mocan d to announce the appointment of Nick Mocan, P.Eng., as president. Nick will succeed Chris Crozier, P.Eng., founder and CEO, who has held the presidency since the company’s inception in 2004. This significant development in the leadership team marks a new chapter for the company and will support its continued growth in residential, commercial, industrial and recreational resort land development sectors across Canada.

“Nick’s dedication and expertise strengthens our leadership and represents a key milestone for Crozier,” said Chris Crozier, founder and CEO, C.F. Crozier & Associates Inc. “Nick has risen through the ranks with an entrepreneurial mindset that aligns with our company’s values and he will continue to contribute greatly to our future success. As our first student hire, he’s a perfect example of how Crozier fosters the growth and advancement of our talented engineers.”

With offices in Toronto, Milton, Bradford and Collingwood, Crozier specializes in civil, transportation, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering for the private sector.

As president, Nick will work with the senior management team to advance initiatives including business development, day-to-day operations, marketing and recruitment among other key responsibilities, and will continue to enhance the company’s participation within the communities it serves. He will also work alongside Chris to advance Crozier’s long-term corporate strategy and growth.

In his previous role at Crozier, Nick led the company’s business operations in the Greater Toronto Area and was instrumental in providing leadership in business development and community relations. He also spearheaded the opening of Crozier’s offices in Toronto and Milton to meet the growing demand for engineering services.

In addition to Nick’s leadership at Crozier, he is currently leading research projects with some of Canada’s top universities including Wilfrid Laurier University and Western University to improve the future of stormwater management.

Commenting on his appointment, Nick said: “It’s an honour to take on this new role as president at Crozier – a company that’s truly committed to excellence and the growth of vibrant communities. I look forward to continuing to accelerate the growth of the company while serving as an advocate for our clients, communities, and the industry.”

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Crozier COVID-19 Update

July 6, 2020

On behalf of Crozier and our COVID-19 Committee, we’d like to thank all our partners and team members for the continued support and immense effort during these past months. Together, we were able to keep projects on track with the support of clients, agencies and development partners. We’d like to thank our IT team for providing a smooth work-from-home transition to the entire company and allowing us to efficiently serve our clients.

With recent announcements by the provincial government, we are pleased to share that our team is carefully re-entering our offices and will continue to over the summer months by taking a cautious and staged approach.

We’d like to assure our clients, partners and company friends that we are taking all appropriate measures to keep our team and those we interact with safe by following the guidelines of Public Health Agency of Canada.

We look forward to providing our clients with exceptional service as we navigate through the ‘new normal’ together.

Sincerely,

Nick Mocan
President

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Mike Hensel Receives Award for Service to the Environment: OALA Carl Borgstrom Award

May 7, 2020

 

Mike HenselCrozier Consulting Engineers would like to congratulate our landscape architect, Mike Hensel, as a recipient of the Ontario Association of Landscape Architects (OALA) Carl Borgstrom Award for Service to the Environment. This well-deserved recognition is awarded to an OALA member “whose practice promotes special or unique contributions to sensitive, sustainable design and use of the environment”.

Mike received the honour for his ongoing land evaluations with First Nation Communities. His efforts have led him to complete Traditional Knowledge Assessments in various Communities where he’s advanced the understanding of effects that projects within Traditional Land Use Areas will have on the associated health, welfare and safety of the potentially affected First Nation Communities.  Landscape architecture is a unique service with the opportunity to manage technical and scientific support to identify potential land-use conflicts between First Nations Communities and developments.

Mike has been cited as “making a real and positive change” in the profession and we’re proud to have such an expert within the Crozier team.

Congratulations, Mike!

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Enhancing Year-Round Function in Stormwater Management Facilities Through Targeted Vegetation Plantings

November 13, 2019

 

How well are existing stormwater management facilities coping with climate change?

Crozier Consulting Engineers and Wilfrid Laurier University have been studying stormwater management pond vegetation and its ability to enhance water quality.

Thanks to an NSERC funding extension granted earlier this year, the Laurier and Crozier research team has continued through summer and fall to chase storms, collect samples, analyze data, and interpret the results.

The next phase of this research project will include growing plants in temperature-controlled chambers to simulate changing weather conditions while being subjected to simulated urban runoff. Water quality samples will be taken from these chambers to determine pollutant removal efficiencies. Following the cold chamber experiments, our team plans to deploy some targeted vegetation plantings in the field for study.

Stay tuned for more updates as the research progresses, and we work toward improving the future of stormwater management.

For more information on this research project, please contact Nick Mocan from Crozier at 905-875-0026 or at [email protected]

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Crozier & Associates Celebrates 10th Anniversary in Milton

September 5, 2019

On September 3, 2009, Jim Firth and Nick Mocan officially opened Crozier & Associates Consulting Engineers’ second office in Carriage Square in downtown Milton. As the company’s first expansion out of Collingwood since its founding in 2004, Crozier & Associates was drawn to Milton’s business-friendly atmosphere and rapid growth, which company founder Christopher Crozier knows well – Milton is his hometown.

In 2015, Crozier & Associates moved to the High Point Business Park, more than tripling their office space to accommodate the additional Professional Engineers, technologists, and support staff who had joined the team.

Earlier this week, Crozier & Associates celebrated the Milton office’s 10-year anniversary with over 100 employees and guests. Mayor Gord Krantz, Councillors Mike Cluett and Colin Best, Scott McCammon from the Milton Chamber of Commerce, and Milton Economic Development team members Mike Launslager and Jenna Patterson attended the festivities.

Left to right: Councillor Colin Best, Nick Mocan, Mayor Gord Krantz, Chris Crozier, Jim Firth, and Councillor Mike Cluett

In his welcoming remarks, Nick Mocan commented on why he feels Milton is a great place for business:

“Milton is a place of extraordinary growth and opportunity for businesses looking to diversify and expand. We have been so fortunate to be able to build our business in one of Canada’s fastest growing communities with the support of the Town and the Chamber.”

One of the Company’s core values is getting involved and giving back to the community through volunteer events, sponsorships, and donations to local organizations. Over the past decade, the office has raised thousands of dollars to support local charities, including donations to the Milton Centre for the Arts, Halton Learning Foundation, the Milton District Hospital Foundation, and several other local non-profits. The Milton team has also built and strengthened relationships over the last decade with community partners including the Town of Milton, Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Milton Chamber of Commerce.

Some of Crozier & Associates’ Ownership Group were at the 10th Anniversary celebrations. Back left to right: Nuno Gama, Brittany Robertson, Jurgen Koehler, Kevin Morris, Aaron Wignall, Chris Crozier & Nick Mocan. Front left to right: Chris Boyce, Janet Hughes, Jim Firth, Jon Proctor & Ashish Shukla

Since opening, Crozier & Associates has provided engineering services for hundreds of projects in Milton and the surrounding areas and expanded its services to include transportation, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering.

The company has seen many changes in the town over the past decade, including construction of the Mattamy National Cycling Centre, Milton Centre for the Arts, and the Milton District Hospital Expansion, along with multiple new developments. If the past is any indication of the future in Milton, the company is excited to see what the next 10 years will bring.

 

About Crozier & Associates
Crozier & Associates Consulting Engineers provides private sector land developers with civil, water resources, traffic/transportation, structural, mechanical, and electrical engineering services, complemented by natural heritage project management and building science services. With offices in Toronto, Milton, Bradford, and Collingwood, Crozier & Associates serves the Greater Golden Horseshoe and beyond. Their engineers work collaboratively with planners, developers, architects, landowners and other stakeholder groups to advance commercial, industrial and residential projects from conception through to construction completion.

 

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705-446-3510

 

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