The Allen D. Williams Foundation Board elected to have two winners receive the 2014 scholarship award in recognition of the outstanding candidates for consideration this year. The co-winners are Selena Wilson, P.Eng. of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. and Simon Davidson, P.Eng., of Roche Ltd., Consulting Group. Ms. Wilson and Mr. Davidson were presented with their awards at ACEC’s national Summit in Lake Louise, Alberta on June 21, 2013.
Selena Wilson is a Transportation Engineer at McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. She has served as a steering committee member with the ACEC-BC Young Professional (YP) Group, the ACEC YP Network, and the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) YP Forum Steering Committee (YPFSC). Most recently, she was elected Chair of the YPFSC serving a two-year term that will conclude at FIDIC’s 2014 annual conference. As Chair of the steering committee, Ms. Wilson has worked to develop regional Young Professional forums in the Asia-Pacific, Africa, and European FIDIC Member Organizations.
Within her company, Ms. Wilson has exhibited leadership and a high level of professionalism and is recognized by clients for her leadership, innovation and quality of work. Ms. Wilson first worked for McElhanney’s Campbell River branch during the summer of 2002. She returned every summer until joining the company permanently in 2005. Today, Ms. Wilson specializes in major transportation design/build and P3 projects. Her technical accomplishments include: the detailed design of the Horseshoe Bay Interchange(probably the most challenging element of the award-winning Sea-to-Sky Highway Improvement Project); the detailed design of the Golden Ears Bridge Northern Approach Roads, which won an Award of Merit at the 2010 ACEC-BC Awards for Engineering Excellence; and the $3.5B Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project, one of the largest design/build projects in Canadian history, for which Ms. Wilson was the project-wide Civil Coordinator.
Ms. Wilson was featured alongside some of Canada’s top consulting engineering talent in the December 2012 article “Seven Inspiring Engineers” of Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.
Click here to see Selena Wilson’s essay.
Simon Davidson is a Project Manager with Roche Ltd., Consulting Group, and manager of Roche’s start-up office in Ottawa-Gatineau. He is the Founder and Chair of the Roche Young Leader Network and Co-founder and current Chair of the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec (AICQ) Young Professional (YP) Forum, as well as Chair of the ACEC YP Network. He is a member of the FIDIC YP Steering Committee and instigator of a new international training platform for YPs within FIDIC.
Mr. Davidson has been involved, since its inception, in the activities of the AICQ's Forum des jeunes professionnels, of which he has been the president for the past two years. Thanks to his leadership and tremendous determination, Mr. Davidson has succeeded in consolidating this dynamic group which has enjoyed a quick growth in its membership and now boasts 1,215 Young Professionals aged 35 and under in Quebec. In recognition of the success of the AICQ YP Forum, in 2012, Mr. Davidson became the first appointed YP to the AICQ Board of Directors.
A highly skilled and ethical professional within his firm and with his clients, Mr. Davidson demonstrates leadership and determination, along with a solid skill set that is recognized by his peers. Adept at forging relationships in a spirit of partnership, he was quickly entrusted with important responsibilities in the areas of business development and project management. In his consulting engineering role, Mr. Davidson has designed creative solutions for his clients, which always reflect a sustainable development perspective. His contributions to the Rapibus public transportation project in the Outaouais region are an eloquent testimony to his skills and talents.
Click here to see Simon Davidson’s essay.