25 Years of Engineering Excellence: Reflections on a Silver Anniversary


As everyone in our industry starts to look forward to the December Holiday break and 2019, our TEAM is reflecting on a milestone year. Twenty-five years after opening the doors, 2018 marked the silver anniversary of Cleland Jardine Engineering Limited and was a year of celebration, team building, appreciation, recognition and laughs.  Essentially, 2018 was a reflection of what was, is, and always will be CJE; a place where people come together to work hard, play hard, share in each other’s successes, and most important, come together as a family.

CJE founders Robert Jardine, P. Eng., and Michael Cleland, P. Eng., had two main goals when they opened the office doors on Terry Fox Drive in Ottawa.  They wanted to create a company that reflected their engineering sensibilities, but more importantly, they wanted to create a place that reflected their personal values.  They knew the value of providing a place where people wanted to come to work, as well as, the significance of not only the application of engineering principles to the success of a project, but the personal interactions as well.  They also knew the importance of recognizing that both our staff and our clients are part of our work family.  These simple underlying principles have helped shape the company and have allowed it to grow from a staff of three, to one in excess of 50 spread between offices in Ottawa and Toronto, completing projects across the country and around the world.

Reflecting on the past provides the opportunity to look upon things thoughtfully in order to give evidence of the character or quality of something.  The photographs and memory wall that decorated the room at our 25th Anniversary Event in October brought those reflections to life and provided physical evidence of the accomplishments of CJE.  However, it was the CJE 25th anniversary celebration video played and the staff and client photos taken that night that provided a true indication of the quality of what has been built here and the evidence that CJE’s future is indeed bright due solely to the quality of the people that make us who we are… Our staff, Our clients, Our future leaders, Our family.

The future is bright CJE.  Raise a glass and here is a toast to the next 25.