ACEC’s first ever virtual conference was an unqualified success with the over 150 industry members participating.
The business program, with the theme of Reimagining our World, explored 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 tackled the questions of how our industry should recalibrate and what consulting engineering firms need to do to position themselves for the future.
Missed the opportunity to be part of this discussion?
You still have a chance to hear from the great line-up of keynote speakers, panelists and moderators who shared their views on how we can 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.
Click here to view the following sessions recordings in the ACEC Members Only website
Opening Keynote & Fireside Chat with:
Stephen Poloz, Special Advisor - Osler, 9th Governor of the Bank of Canada and Jeff Lutzak, CA, CPA, Partner, RSM Canada
A green and sustainable future - reimagining the relationship between the economy and the environment with:
Mathieu Bélanger, Director, Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, City of Gatineau Leon Botham, Principal Engineer, NewFields Canada Mining & Environment ULC Michelle Chislett, Managing Director, Canada & US Development, Northland Power Jérôme Pelletier, President and CEO, BBA 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.
A place for everyone - reimagining our communities to create a diverse and inclusive society with:
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.
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.
Looking Ahead to 2022
On the heels of this success, we’re already looking ahead to 2022. Help us make next year’s conference an event you won’t want to miss. What would you like ACEC to organize for 2022 – an in-person conference, a virtual event, both?Let us know by answering this 2 minute survey!
Thank you to our generous sponsors for their support.
2022 national leadership conference
Save the date! ECONOMY + ENVIRONMENT = An Integrated Vision will be an opportunity for the consulting engineering sector to come together to discuss the role our industry can and should play in creating a more resilient and robust economy.
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.