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Christopher Crozier, B.Eng.Mgt. '90

(Civil Engineering) | Doing Business the Crozier Way

Close to 140 employees at C.F. Crozier & Associates offices in Collingwood and Milton know all about “The Crozier Way” – the fundamental principle at the heart of the firm’s engineering services to the private sector land development industry in Ontario.

The Crozier Way is a combination of commitment to the private sector, dedication to delivery and client first relationships established when Christopher Crozier opened the firm in Collingwood in 2004. Over the past decade Crozier & Associates has expanded their engineering services from a core municipal site servicing and water resources expertise to include Alumni Profiles transportation, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, or as they call it, “land development engineering, from the ground up.”

Crozier’s path to founding the company began after his graduation with a Bachelor of Engineering & Management from McMaster in 1990.

He soon landed a position as a water resources engineer with R.J. Burnside & Associates in Brampton where Bob Burnside became an invaluable mentor. The opportunity given to Crozier by Burnside in 2000 to establish a land development presence in their Georgian Bay area Collingwood office proved to be a turning point for Crozier. The community was attracting strong private development interest as it transitioned from a smoke-stack economy to focus on recreation/tourism and knowledge-based sector growth.

His loyalty and respect for his mentor made the decision to open his own company one of the most difficult in his career.

“I will never forget the professional respect and peer encouragement he extended to me when I finally opened my company in 2004,” says Crozier.

That example of mentoring is paid forward in the culture that Crozier and his partner Kevin Morris, P.Eng., have fostered at Crozier & Associates and gets credit for contributing to the firm’s early and rapid growth.

Based in Milton, considered one of the fastest growing communities in Ontario, Crozier & Associates has four offices.

“There was never a question of laying-off any member of my staff when the economy faltered,” says Crozier explaining that “The expansion to Milton not only improved service to our growing GTA client base, it was an investment in our people and our clients.”

Another generation seems poised to follow the Crozier Way. Son David is studying engineering at Western and
son Joseph is a McMaster engineering student who is also Co-President of the McMaster Entrepreneurial Association. With a smile
Crozier acknowledges, “If there’s an entrepreneurial gene, it’s dialled up a notch in all of my children.”