ACEC Staff

John D. Gamble, CET, P.Eng.
President and CEO

Tel:  (613) 236-0569 ext. 201

John Gamble is a licensed professional engineer with expertise in public policy. As president and CEO of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC), he is widely regarded as a leading expert and spokesperson on industry issues across Canada and internationally. His success is built on his combined experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has run for political office and served as a senior advisor to two successive cabinet ministers in the Ontario provincial government. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Queen's University and spent the first 10 years of his career practicing environmental engineering in the private sector. Throughout his career, John Gamble has actively promoted the importance of engineering to our social, economic and environmental quality of life to a wide range of industry, government, academic and public organizations. In 2006, he received an award from ACEC for his “exceptional contribution to the consulting engineering industry.” He is also a recipient of the Honorary Membership Award from the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. Organizations and associations in which Mr. Gamble has been active include:

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Infrastructure Report Card - Advisory Board
  • Canadian Society of Association Executives
  • Daily Commercial News & Construction Record - Editorial Board
  • Government Relations Institute of Canada
  • Institute for BIM in Canada - Steering Committee
  • International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC)
  • National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy - Business Resilience Advisory Group
  • Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
  • Professional Engineers Ontario
  • Transparency International - Canada

Martine Proulx
Vice President 

Tel:  (613) 236-0569 ext. 203

Martine Proulx, as ACEC’s Vice President, is responsible for the oversight and management of association programs and services, ensuring alignment with ACEC’s mission, vision, and strategic objectives. As a member of the Senior Management team, she takes part in the develop of annual business plans to align with strategic priorities, with a goal of increasing member and stakeholder engagement. In collaboration with the President and CEO, she supports advocacy efforts through enhancement of existing programs and creation of new ones, and by increasing the association’s profile with key federal Ministers and government officials through various activities. She leads the Communication team in the conceptualization, development, and implement of traditional communications and social media campaigns focused on cultivating strong relationships with key stakeholders, such as member firms, Provincial/Territorial Associations and corporate partners and sponsors.

Martine joined ACEC in March 2014 having worked with the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI) since 2005. As Membership Manager at CADSI, Martine was instrumental in the growth of the association’s membership from just under 400 members to over 800 members in less than 3 years. In 2008, she took on the role of Director of Events which required her to lead a cross-functional team in the conceptualization, implementation, and delivery of event programs with a budget of over $2M annually. Martine oversaw the successful delivery of CANSEC, Canada’s largest defence tradeshow as well as SecureTech, a public safety, emergency management and security showcase.

Prior to her tenure at CADSI, Martine was responsible for membership and conference programs at the Canadian Dental Hygiene Association (CDHA). Her career started in the hospitality sector through various positions at the Fairmont Château Laurier hotel in Ottawa.

Martine is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Social Sciences with Honours in Political Science and a concentration in History. She is currently completing the Management Development Program for Women at the Centre for Research and Education on Women and Work at Carleton University’s Sprott School of Business.

Michael Courtright, CPA, CGA
Director, Finance and Administration

Tel:  (613) 236-0569 ext. 209

Michael Courtright is a Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant with significant experience in non-profit financial management. He is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and holds a Diploma in Professional Accounting from Algonquin College.

Michael oversees and manages the association’s financial reporting and information system to ensure that budgets are aligned with the organization’s strategic plan and objectives. He works closely with the Association’s Treasurer in keeping the ACEC Board of Directors informed of the Association’s financial activities and position. As a member of the management team, he is also responsible for administration and human resources.

Christina Locmelis
Manager, Communications

Tel:  (613) 236-0569 ext. 208

Christina Locmelis is ACEC's Communications Manager. In her role, she supports the Vice President and the Management team in executing ACEC’s strategic objectives. Working with the communications team, she is responsible for the implementation of the association’s communications plan and the development and implementation of social media strategies. Christina assists with writing, editing and coordinating ACEC’s communications. She is also involved in planning, promoting and executing ACEC’s events. Lastly, Christina acts as liaison for ACEC’s Young Professional Network and supports ACEC’s Student Outreach Program.

Christina holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and a Master of Arts with a specialization in Organizational Communication from the University of Ottawa. Prior to joining ACEC, Christina worked within the communications sector of the federal government and within the academic sector.

Julie Jacquard
Manager, Programs and Partnerships

Tel:  (613) 236-0569 ext. 207

Julie Jacquard is the Manager of Programs and Partnerships for ACEC. Julie has over 25 years experience working in a client driven environment. She has received various "Service Excellence Awards" for her exceptional service to clients.

Julie facilitates the implementation and execution surrounding the PSMJ business management training offered by ACEC. She also supports ACEC on a number of initiatives including both of ACEC's major corporate events.

Martin Savard
Manager, IM/IT Systems and Web Master

Tel:  (613) 236-0569 ext. 205

Martin Savard is the IM/IT Systems Manager and Web Master at ACEC. He maintains the database, keeps the website up-to-date, and also designs most of ACEC's publications and newsletters. He holds a Bachelor degree in electrical engineering from Carleton University and spent the first part of his career with Environment Canada doing simulation modeling and with Dell doing I.T.


Jacky Ehombe
Executive Assistant

Tel:  (613) 236-0569 ext. 200

Jacky Ehombe is responsible for the coordination of all administrative work from the President’s office and other senior management as well as day-to-day operations within the national office. As the first point of contact for visitors to the ACEC office her responsibilities also include assisting, preparing and sending association correspondence, invoices, messages to the various associations represented by ACEC or to the Board of Directors, coordinating meetings and travel, as well as managing the reception.

Jacky hold a Bachelor of Arts with major in communication from Université du Québec en Outaouais. She comes to us with over 12 years of Administrative experience in the public sector. Jacky thrives in organizing an efficient office environment in order to make work done smoothly and in the right way. Jacky likes challenges, learning new skills and contributing to the goals of the Association.