2017 Winner

On October 25, 2016, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.’s, Tijana Smiljanic, P.Eng., was awarded ACEC’s Allen D. Williams Scholarship, presented annually to a Young Professional employed by an ACEC member firm who demonstrates a commitment to the consulting engineering industry in their province or territory.

Tijana Smiljanic, P.Eng., is a transportation engineer at McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. As a fast-rising star within the firm, she has demonstrated a great aptitude for the business of consulting engineering, a desire to learn, and an eagerness to take responsibility. Her passion, drive, technical knowledge, client understanding and leadership skills make her a successful project leader. From the beginning of her career at McElhanney, Tijana has worked on larger assignments, specializing in major transportation/design and P3 projects, such as the Port Mann/Highway 1 upgrading and the Power Street overpass in Vancouver. She is currently the design coordinator for the firm’s portion of the $200M design-build interchanges project in Winnipeg.

In addition to her demanding role, Tijana is an active young leader at McElhanney, co-leading the development of the YP rotational program which promotes challenging, rewarding and long-standing careers with the firm.

In 2014, Tijana was elected Chair of the ACEC-BC Young Professionals Group. During her term, she worked to have the ACEC-BC Board approve a budget increase that permitted the YPG to host outreach activities, sponsor university events, and fundraise for various school programs. Tijana also initiated the development of a 3-year plan which provides a long-term, clear vision for the network and ensures initiatives spanning multiple committee terms are executed. In her role as Chair of the YPG, she also held a seat on the ACEC-BC Board of Directors and represented her province on the ACEC Young Professional Network. Her contributions in the first ten years of her engineering career were recognized in the spring of 2016 when she was awarded the ACEC-BC Young Professional Award.

Her involvement as a volunteer goes beyond her professional association. Tijana is active in her community at large, acting as a mentor volunteer with KidStart, in which she spends three hours a week mentoring a nine-year old girl.

The Board of the Allen D. Williams Scholarship Foundation selected Tijana for her proficiency in understanding the role of consultants in the engineering industry, her ability to establish strong client relationships and her involvement in large complex projects while expanding her leadership skills. Her commitment and dedication to her profession and her community through her volunteer work were attributes that also stood out to the Board.

The scholarship commemorates Allen D. Williams, past ACEC Chair and Founder of Williams Engineering Inc. It provides the winner with funding to cover registration, airfare and accommodations to attend the annual conference of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC).

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