Toronto – LRI executives and CEP Forensic Inc. are pleased to announce the acquisition of LRI Engineering Inc. (LRI).   The LRI executives consist of Eric Esselink (Chief Executive Officer), Jon Winton (Chief Operations Officer) and Michael Devine (Chief Financial Officer).

Based in Toronto, and also operating an Ottawa office, LRI is a Canadian-owned engineering firm specializing in Building and Fire Code consulting, fire protection engineering, and emergency planning. Services are provided from building design conception through occupancy and include fire protection programs, drawing reviews, fire alarm and suppression system design, emergency response planning and training, fire drills, and liaison with regulatory authorities. LRI works closely with many of the country’s largest property owners as well as the most prestigious architectural firms.

Commenting on the acquisition, Eric Esselink, Chief Executive Officer of LRI Engineering Inc. said, “We are pleased to join forces with CEP, which is recognized nationally as a successful firm. We are truly excited and look forward to the future as both management teams share similar values and possess an in-depth understanding of their respective business segments, geographic markets and potential for growth.  We believe it will provide our employees and our clients with enhanced opportunities in the areas in which we excel. Having been immensely proud to lead LRI Engineering Inc. for several years, we now look forward to working with the CEP team to deliver value to all stakeholders”.

For his part, Jean-François Joubert, P.Eng., President and Chief Executive Officer of CEP said: ” We are delighted to join with Eric, Jon, Michael and the LRI team as we truly believe this is the start of a long and fruitful partnership. The LRI vision lines up with our own of providing uncompromising ethical services, efficient management systems respectful of our engagements, and unbiased independent opinions from our full-service offices strategically located across Eastern Canada.’’

About LRI Engineering Inc. (LRI)

LRI provides Building and Fire Code consulting, fire protection engineering, and emergency planning. Founded in 1986, LRI is the largest wholly Canadian-owned engineering firm that specializes exclusively in these services. LRI applies creativity, innovation and integrity to fire protection engineering to assist our clients in realizing their goals. For additional information about LRI or questions about this notice, please contact Nate Simpson, Manager – Business Development at, or 416-515-9331.

About CEP

CEP Forensic specializes in Forensic Engineering and Sciences. Founded in 1972, the company has five strategically located offices in Canada and now employs over 75 employees covering all fields of Forensic Engineering and Sciences. CEP’s multidisciplinary team is dedicated to analysing the cause of accidents and losses to help clients take appropriate actions depending on their respective professional practice. For additional information about CEP, please contact Benoit Godin, National Director, Business Development at, or 450 686-0240.

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