Reimagining our World will be an opportunity for the consulting engineering sector to come together and rethink the fundamentals of our industry and the role we should and can play in supporting society’s evolution toward a greener, more inclusive world.
The past year’s crisis has changed how we look at our environment, our society and our industry. We are revisiting long-standing assumptions and viewing the future through a new lens. It is an opportunity to renew our approach to challenges such as diversity and inclusion, the state of our environment, the impact of evolving business models.
The 2021 national leadership conference business program will explore the larger themes with which Canada and the world have been trying to come to terms with. Where are we as an industry? Where should we go and how do we get there? Through meaningful dialogue, panelists will tackle the questions of how our industry should recalibrate and what consulting engineering firms need to do to position themselves for the future. This is your chance to be part of that discussion!
Who should attend?
Current and future leaders in the consulting engineering sector
Industry stakeholders and partners
Public and private sector clients looking to gain insight into the sector
Wednesday October 20, 2021
This year’s conference will be presented virtually via an online platform
11:00 am to 11:15 am
MC & Chair
Opening Keynote & Fireside Chat
11:15 am to 12:00 pm Stephen Poloz, Special Advisor - Osler, 9th Governor of the Bank of Canada
Fireside chat moderated by: Jeff Lutzak, CA, CPA, Partner, RSM Canada
A green and sustainable future - reimagining the relationship between the economy and the environment
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Panelists:
Leon Botham, Principal Engineer, NewFields Canada Mining & Environment ULC
Angel Ransom, Director of Operations and Impact Assessment Lead, First Nations Major Projects Coalition (Moderator)
With climate change at the forefront of society’s concerns, governments look to transition to a green economy while balancing economic and environmental realities. These actions raise important questions. How can our industry facilitate an economically viable transition to a green economy? Is net zero an achievable goal? What role does the natural resource sector play in the development of renewable energy and achieving a greener economy? This panel will explore the influence of the consulting engineering industry on innovating and implementing eco-conscious design, build and maintenance of infrastructure and how Canada can position itself as a reliable and responsible player.
1:00 pm to 1:30 pm
A place for everyone - reimagining our communities to create a diverse and inclusive society
1:30 pm to 2:30 pm Panelists:
Nick Schiavo, Director, Social Policy and Government Relations, Impact Public Affairs (Moderator)
Diversity and inclusion, race relations, gender identity, and the impact of privilege are at the forefront of the social transformation taking place across the Western world. How can we as an industry ensure there is space for underrepresented and marginalized groups in the sector and in our communities? Is this an opportunity to access much needed skills and abilities to ensure our industry is future-ready? What steps need to be taken to harness everyone’s potential? During this discussion, panelists will address these challenging questions and share their perspective on how our industry is making a meaning contribution to this important change.
Industry in flux - reimagining business models for future success
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm Panelists:
Successive shutdowns and stay at home orders have created unprecedented challenges and uncertainty for businesses in all sectors of the economy. Traditional business models, organizational structures, and business processes had to be reimagined to survive. Is there an opportunity to adapt lessons learned and apply new perspectives to how we conduct business? Or do we need a more fundamental reimaging of our businesses? What do consulting engineering firms need to consider for future success? How will business models evolve? Do firms need to adapt their HR policies and operating structures to ensure they are attracting and retaining talent in the post-pandemic world? How can firms address and support employees’ mental health? Have client expectations shifted and/or will they remain what they were post-pandemic? Join industry leaders and clients as they look to the future and share their insights on how the sector will change in the coming months and years as we transition beyond the COVID pandemic.
3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Closing Keynote & Fireside Chat
4:00 pm to 4:55 pm Anna Maria Tremonti, former host of CBC’s “The Current”
Fireside chat moderated by: John Gamble, President & CEO, ACEC-Canda
Conference Closing MC
4:55 pm to 5:00 pm
*All times are Eastern Daylight Time
Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support.
2021 ACEC Annual General Meeting
The ACEC-Canada Annual General Meeting, taking place on Tuesday, October 26, 2021 will be hosted in a virtual format. All members are encouraged to participate.
Over a hundred leaders and emerging leaders from the consulting engineering sector, along with major clients and stakeholders, gathered in Ottawa from October 27-29 to learn of the latest industry trends, challenges and opportunities, and to network with peers and national decision makers.