Our History

Dillon has a long and proud history.

From our beginnings in London, Ontario during the post-war period, we have grown and evolved into a leading professional consulting organization. What makes our history special is what it means to our current clients: enduring values, clarity of purpose, and a vision to aspire to the legacy of our founders.

Our founders – Marmaduke Murray Dillon and George Humphries (pictured to the right, respectively) – served as officers during World War II. When they returned to Canada, they were introduced to each other by a former commanding officer who had worked with Murray before the war. Murray and George agreed to form our consulting practice, which was launched in the basement of a house in London, Ontario in January 1946. With a draftsman, a part-time stenographer/bookkeeper, boundless enthusiasm and unbridled optimism, M.M. Dillon (now Dillon Consulting Limited) was formed.

To our great benefit, Murray and George used the leadership, engineering, planning, and construction skills they developed in their military careers to build a consultancy from the ground up. Having witnessed the power of loyalty and effective teamwork first-hand, they knew they wanted to share the ownership and leadership of the company with the people who worked there – and created the ownership structure and the community that continues today.

We honour our founders when each generation at Dillon continues the tradition of focusing on the most pressing challenges in our communities. In solving these challenges, Dillon creates an enduring legacy for our people and the company itself.

Headshots of Murray Dillon and George Humphries - Founders of Dillon Consulting