2022 national leadership conference

Mark your calendars for November 1st to November 3rd!

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.

Overview

The economy and the environment go hand in hand - we do not and should not have to choose between the two. That’s why Canada needs a long-term integrated environmental and economic vision to ensure future sustainable prosperity. The 2022 national leadership conference program will explore why an integrated vision is essential to a prosperous and sustainable Canada, the socio-political and economic dynamics driving such a vision, and how the consulting engineering industry can play an important role in making it happen.

When?

Tuesday November 1 to Thursday November 3, 2022.

Where? Join us in Ottawa or virtually

We’re excited to host this year’s ACEC national leadership conference in person! For the first time in three years our industry will come together at a national event to network, share insights, and celebrate the consulting engineering industry.

Can’t make it in person? The business program will feature some virtual content that you can take part in from anywhere!

Registration

Registration will open in May. Stay tuned!

Registration fee

$935 plus taxes for the in-person conference.

Registration for the virtual sessions will be free.

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

What to expect

Here’s what you can expect if you attend in-person:

  • Two full days of in person and virtual business content (learn more about the panel discussions below)
  • Networking receptions, lunches, and nutrition breaks
  • A technical tour of the Ottawa Art Gallery – the conference host venue
  • Ticket to the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala

Health and Safety

We are committed to producing a safe event for our attendees. ACEC has determined that only fully vaccinated individuals will be permitted to attend the in person national leadership conference and the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards in Ottawa. Requiring vaccinations for in-person attendees helps safeguard those attendees who may be immune compromised, who have health conditions that may have reduced the efficacy of their vaccinations, and/or who have family members who fall into these categories. Fully vaccinated means that 14 days have passed since receiving a second dose of Health Canada approved vaccines.

Our safety protocols and best practices around COVID-19 will continue to respond to the public health guidance and will be updated to reflect changes to circumstances.

Business program: in-person sessions

The business program for the in-person conference will features keynote speakers and panel discussions on the following subjects:

Canada’s economy – where are we today and where will we be tomorrow
As Canada comes out of the pandemic and looks to recovery, what is the state of our economy and what is the forecast for the next year to five years? What is needed to ensure sustainable growth, a strong labour market and continued prosperity?

Major shifts in the consulting engineering industry
Our most popular panel from the 2021 conference is back! In this year’s edition, the participating CEOs will reflect on what has changed since last October and look ahead to share what they predict the future holds for the Canadian consulting engineering industry. What shifts have they seen in the delivery of consulting engineering services and where will the middle ground be when the pendulum swings back to center? How is the international market impacting the Canadian landscape and what will be the long-term impact over the next 5 to 10 years? Hear from the leaders of our industry as they discuss their perspectives on these important questions.

Achieving net-zero policy – an achievable goal for Canada?
Canada is a vast and diverse country in terms of geography, economics, histories, etc. This adds to the existing challenges around creating net-zero approaches and policies. What are the implications for our built environment? How do we reconcile the need for mineral extraction to achieve net-zero? Net- zero will require great capital investment. How do we respect Indigenous traditions/land/equity partnerships in achieving clean mineral extraction? What role does procurement play? How do we leverage net-zero to grow the economy? Our panelists will address these considerations in their discussion.

The firm of the future
What will the consulting engineering firm of the future look like? How will corporate culture differ from todays? What are the goals and values of the next generation that will lead our industry? What will attract and retain the best talent in tomorrow’s global marketplace? During this panel discussion, future leaders of our industry will be invited to share their vision for what their own firm of the future will look like, providing insight to current leaders of what they need to consider to attract and retain the sectors rising stars today. 

Understanding and navigating new and emerging risks
From climate change to cyber crime, the demands and risks faced by our industry are evolving and increasing on all fronts. Increasingly, infrastructure investments are being leveraged to achieve social policy objectives. Are current “standards of care” and delivery models able to address the expectations of clients, regulators, and policy makers? What can firms do structurally to mitigate risk? How do we monetarize and price risk?

Business program virtual sessions

Join us virtually as a host of subject matter and industry experts discuss the following topics:

Canada’s potential to create an integrated environmental and economic vision
Climate induced disasters, as witnessed in BC and Alberta in the summer of 2021 and early winter of 2022, are causing massive damage to infrastructure and the natural environment – with dramatic consequences for communities. As we look to address climate change, do we need to look beyond sustainability and adaptability to achieve resilience? The link between circular economies and climate mitigation is being explored by many institutions, NGOs and governments. What role could a circular economy play to increase social-ecological resilience? What are the trade-offs? What needs to be in place for a circular economy to work and be inclusive? Is this a viable framework for Canada in achieving an integrated environmental and economic vision? These are a few of the questions our panelists will speak to during their discussion on the viability of circular economy policies for Canada to better address climate change mitigation.

Understanding ESG and its impact on our firms and how we execute our clients’ work
While Environmental, social, and governance (ESG) frameworks first emerged in the financial management sector, they are now common in most sectors. Measuring a company’s impact beyond the traditional profit and shareholder earnings is becoming the norm as society focuses on the global challenges and impact of climate change.  With no uniform reporting standards, metrics, or criteria, what should consulting engineering firms consider when creating ESG strategies and reporting on their own programs? How to they support their clients when reporting on design and construction of projects? During this panel discussion, ESG practitioners will share their thoughts on the considerations that should be given to working within ESG frameworks.