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Corporate Announcement

We are excited to announce that effective July 1, 2021, members of the current leadership team are the new owners of Nichols.  Since the company’s start in 1997, it has always been the goal to transition ownership to the employees, and today that goal is realized.

The new ownership group has a combined 98 years of experience with Nichols and remains committed to advancing the Nichols brand.  On a day-to-day basis, it’s business as usual with the same project managers, employees, philosophy, and dedication to excellence that you have come to expect from Nichols.

Barry Rakewich, P.Ag., EP, who has been with Nichols since 2001 and most recently held the position of General Manager–Environmental, has been appointed as President.  Barry will be supported by Ryan Taylor, P.Biol., EP (2000) and David Nuell, P.Ag., EP (2007) as Executive Vice Presidents–Environmental and Matthew Dean, P.Eng. (2012) as Executive Vice President–Engineering.  Robert Dickie, P.Geol., R.E.T., co-founder and outgoing president, will stay on with Nichols as an advisor and mentor to staff and management.

 “In 1997, with the assistance of Cal Nichols, we began Nichols with the goal of helping our clients in the most effective, innovative, and cost-efficient ways possible.  As the company grew, we worked diligently to instill this thought process in our management and staff,” stated Robert and Sandra Dickie. “Today our dream has been realized and we are very excited to see the management team move forward.  We want to take this opportunity to thank all our staff and clients for putting your trust in us over the last 24 years.  Everyone at Nichols is driven to support our clients and this commitment is stronger than ever during this exciting time.”

 “It is truly a privilege to provide continued leadership to our amazing staff and to support our valued clients,” stated Barry Rakewich, President. “As we move into this new era, we remain committed to maintaining the same high-quality standards our clients have come to expect from us over the past 24 years.  To Robert and Sandra Dickie, we are thankful for the opportunities and support you have provided and look forward to continuing our amazing relationship into the future.”

Nichols is a mid-sized geo and environmental consulting firm that operates in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.  Nichols offers customized service and our reputation for quality work ensures that the most practical approach is taken to address the environmental, civil, geotechnical, and hazardous building material issues of our clients.

Questions related to this corporate announcement can be directed to Mr. Rakewich (, 780-484-3377).

Corporate Announcement