CRB Opens Its First Canadian Engineering and Construction Office in Mississauga

CRB | July 14, 2020

Kansas City-based CRB, a design, engineering and construction services firm specializing in builds in the life sciences and technology sectors, recently announced it has opened its first Canadian office, in Mississauga, Ont. The firm espouses a One Solution approach to projects, notes a July 9 release, combining architectural, engineering development and design through to construction and commissioning services in one team. The office will be overseen by Daniel Lachapelle, a mechanical engineer and veteran CRB regional team leader with 30 years of professional experience in the field. He also holds a certificate in advanced management from McGill University in Montreal.

“Canada’s concentration of biotech and pharmaceutical talent, research and development and intellectual property makes it one of the world’s most important life sciences growth markets,” said Ryan Schroeder, president of CRB, in a statement. “Opening our new space in the Toronto area sends a strong message that we’re ready to help clients regardless of geography, and with care, responsiveness and difference-making project delivery.”

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Because they don’t have emotions, robots are incapable of having their feelings hurt. That may be a good thing, considering what some people in the manufacturing world say about them. Even though automation has enabled a lot of progress in factories and production facilities around the world, many still fear it.

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Because they don’t have emotions, robots are incapable of having their feelings hurt. That may be a good thing, considering what some people in the manufacturing world say about them. Even though automation has enabled a lot of progress in factories and production facilities around the world, many still fear it.

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