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Sunday October 22, 2017


Session Time
and Location
Session Title / Overview Speakers and Moderators
2:30pm - 6:30pm 

YPN Session / Workshop

A session devoted specifically to Young Professionals in the consulting engineering sector. Join other YPs to take part in a ‘War Game,’ a group activity that requires applying problem solving, critical thinking, and strategic methods within a pre-determined competitive procurement scenario. This exercise allows for participants to develop their skills through practical application and will provide the opportunity to network in an engaging and dynamic setting. (This session is included in the YP registration fee and is exclusive to YPs). This activity will be followed by a 1-hour Roundtable discussion for the ACEC Young Professionals Network (YPN) from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.


Monday October 23, 2017


Session Time
and Location
Session Title / Overview Speakers and Moderators

8:00am - 8:15am

Conference Opening   
Welcome remarks from the ACEC Chair and President & CEO will kick-off the business program.

Rick Tiller, ACEC Chair, President and CEO, Tiller Engineering


8:15am - 8:45am 

Opening Keynote   

To be confirmed

8:45am - 10:00am 

Investing Intelligently: Infrastructure Done Right 
Investing in the right infrastructure is a reality communities grapple with in the face of ongoing urbanization. What if infrastructure were developed with a self-sustainable approach? How can consulting engineers bring vision and innovation when participating in the discussion? This thought provoking presentation will provide a new perspective on infrastructure development, challenging communities and the consulting engineering sector to be visionary and innovative in their urban planning and financing.

Michael Schatz, Global Managing Director, Infrastructure, Hatch 

Bob Gomes, President & CEO, Stantec

Bruce McCuaig, Executive Advisor, Canada Infrastructure Bank Transition Office

10:30am - 11:30am 


Moving Projects Forward: What is the Future for Canada’s Resource Sector? 
CEOs from major private and public sector organizations discuss the importance and future of Canada’s resource sector and how we need to work together to balance economic realities with social and environmental responsibility.

Dr. Wayne Clifton, President, Clifton Associates

David Sword, Ontario Advisor, CAPP


1:00pm - 2:00pm

Engineering without a Net: Trends in Law, Liability and Risk
What are current and emerging risks to your firm? Experts from the insurance and legal fields discuss how to identify threats and the importance of managing risk to help you make informed business decisions that balance risk and reward.

Session sponsored by:

Andrew Heal, Partner, Heal & Co. LLP

Sylvia Jungkind, Senior Contracts and Insurance Specialist, WSP Canada, Inc. and Vice-Chair, Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC)

Tony Linardi, General Counsel, Golder Associates Ltd.

Moderator: Dave Cook, President, ENCON 

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Staying Relevant: Trends in Technology to Support the Business of Consulting Engineering
Technology plays a critical role in all facets of the business of consulting engineering – whether in corporate management, project and asset management or design and delivery.  Learn about the technological trends that can impact the success of your business.  

Session sponsored by: 

Senior Representative from - Bentley Systems

Senior Representative from - Autodesk

Senior Representative from - ImagineIT

Senior Representative from - Deltek

3:30pm - 4:30pm Is Anybody Out there? How to Find, Attract and Retain Talent
This panel of HR experts will share their insights on how to build and protect your most important asset: an agile and effective workforce of engaged and motivated employees.

Chris Newcomb, Vice-President, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

Catherine Karakatsanis, Chief Operating Officer, Morrison Hershfield

4:30pm - 5:30pm

Closing Keynote

To be confirmed

5:30pm - 6:00pm

Parliament Hill Day briefing
This briefing will provide participants of Tuesday’s Parliament Hill Day meetings insight into the key messages they will be delivering to their MPs, protocol suggestions and other important information related to this activity. This session is required attendance for all delegates taking part in the Parliament Hill Day meetings.  

Huw Williams, President, Impact Public Affairs 
John Gamble, President & CEO, ACEC 


Tuesday October 24, 2017


Session Time
and Location
Session Title / Overview Speakers and Moderators
8:30am - 9:00am

Opening Keynote
Minister Carr will provide his views on the future of the natural resource sector in Canada and how consulting engineers can play a key role in balancing economic, social and environmental interests in accessing and developing natural resources and getting resources to market. 

The Honourable Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources (Invited)
9:00am - 5:00pm Parliament Hill Day
Individual meetings with Parliamentarians
9:15am - 10:30am

Canada’s Environmental Assessment Act – How are We Going to Move Major Projects Forward?
Major projects are important to the economy but also have implications for the environment and for people’s lives. Against the backdrop of the review of Canada’s Environmental Assessment Act, elected officials discuss striking that balance that allows badly needed infrastructure and resource projects to proceed.

To be confirmed

11:00am - 12:00pm  Canada versus the World – Trade and Globalization of Consulting Engineering
Implementing a fair regulatory regime that ensures large scale private and public sector projects are subjected to environmental approvals that do not impede their execution is one of the most pressing questions members of parliament are grappling with today.  How do we strike a balance moving forward? 

Steve Verheul, Chief Trade Negotiator, Global Affairs Canada

Enrio Vink, Managing Director, FIDIC

12:30pm - 1:30pm Closing Keynote: Canada and the US – Views from South of the 49th Parallel

Bill Smith, well known former congressional staff member and former Chief of Staff to the current Vice-President of the United States, reflects on the relationship between Canada and the US from an American perspective, providing insight on the White House’s views on NAFTA and the “America First” policy.

Bill Smith, President & CEO, Sextons Creek
2:00pm - 3:00pm Question Period (optional)
Watch Canada's federal politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Opposition leader Rona Ambrose, and NDP leader Tom Mulcair spar in the House of Commons during Question Period. The primary purpose of Question Period is to allow Members of Parliament to seek information from the Government and to call it to account for its actions. (Limited space, access will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis as determined by Parliament Hill employees)
7:00pm - 10:00pm Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala​
Celebrate excellence in consulting engineering! The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala dinner will be the culminating event of the conference and industry's night to award the highest honours for achievements in consulting engineering in Canada. Now in their 48th year, the CCE awards are co-sponsored by ACEC and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. Close your conference experience off at our industry's night of excellence and premier networking event.