Peterborough business success story Cambium Inc. marks its 15th anniversary

Since 2006, award-winning consulting and engineering firm has grown to five locations and more than 130 employees

Cambium's new materials testing laboratory at Sophia Street in Peterborough's East City. The company, which is currently renovating the location to consolidate its multiple Peterborough operations, also has offices in Barrie, Oshawa, Kingston, and Calgary. (Photo: Cambium Inc.)
Cambium's new materials testing laboratory at Sophia Street in Peterborough's East City. The company, which is currently renovating the location to consolidate its multiple Peterborough operations, also has offices in Barrie, Oshawa, Kingston, and Calgary. (Photo: Cambium Inc.)

Local business success story Cambium Inc. is marking its 15th anniversary this week.

The consulting and engineering firm was founded in Peterborough in 2006 by John Desbiens, Jim Bailey, and Dave Bucholtz, former employees of SGS Lakefield Research’s environmental consulting services unit.

The company initially operated with nine employees offering environmental engineering services from an office in the Fleming Industrial Park. Today, Cambium has more than 130 employees — including around 75 in Peterborough — with additional offices in Barrie, Oshawa, Kingston, and Calgary.

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“When we started Cambium 15 years ago, we had no idea that it would become what it is today,” says Cambium CEO and president John Desbiens in a media release. “We aimed to craft a workplace we would enjoy and seek people that shared our beliefs to join us. As it turns out, we keep finding those people.”

In 2019, the Globe and Mail’s Report on Business ranked Cambium among Canada’s top 400 growing businesses and, in 2020, Canadian Business ranked Cambium as one of 500 of Canada’s fastest-growing businesses, with five-year revenue growth at 135 per cent.

Locally, Cambium received the Employer of the Year Peterborough Business Excellence Award from the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce in 2018, and the Professional Services award in 2020.

Cambium was founded in Peterborough in 2006 by John Desbiens, Jim Bailey, and Dave Bucholtz. (Photos: Cambium Inc.)
Cambium was founded in Peterborough in 2006 by John Desbiens, Jim Bailey, and Dave Bucholtz. (Photos: Cambium Inc.)

Cambium is currently renovating a 25,000-square-foot facility at 194 Sophia Street to consolidate its multiple Peterborough operations. The former home of Fisher Gauge Limited’s Ashburnham Plant, the location has also been home to software companies Operitel and OpenText.

“Sustainability is foundational to the values of Cambium,” reads a media release. “Remodelling an existing building and reusing materials has been a rewarding experience that also consumes far less energy and resources than new construction. The design concept of the new future offices makes full use of the best features of the original building — open spaces and natural light.”

The renovations and relocation are scheduled to be completed by June 2021.

For more information about Cambium, visit cambium-inc.com.

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