Business Program


In-person sessions = In-Person
These sessions are ONLY available to in-person attendees. 

Virtual sessions = Streamed
These sessions will be virtual for ALL attendees. They are NOT in-person sessions that are live-streamed. In-person attendees will watch these sessions on a large screen in the Alma Duncan salon where the conference is taking place.

Wednesday November 2, 2022

9:15 am to 10:00 am
Keynote and fireside chat In-Person
Speaker: Benjamin Tal, Managing Director and Deputy Chief Economist, CIBC Capital Markets

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? Benjamin Tal, Deputy Chief Economist at CIBC will share his insights on these important questions during his keynote address and fireside chat.

10:30 am to 11:30 am
Major shifts in the consulting engineering sector In-Person
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.

Confirmed panelists:
Marie-Claude Dumas, President and CEO, WSP Canada
Chris Mealing, Managing Director Canada, Mott MacDonald
Saverio Parrotta, President and CEO, JL Richards
Allan Russell, President & CEO, McElhanney
Caterina Milioto, President, intervia

12:45 pm to 1:45 pm
Keynote and fireside chat Streamed
Speaker: Rebecca Zofnass, Managing Partner, Advisory, Environmental Financial Consulting Group

Challenges and opportunities for the consulting engineering firm of today and tomorrow
What is needed to achieve a competitive edge in today’s world of complex markets? How can consulting engineering firms increase innovation, advance sustainability, and ensure long term growth? During this keynote address and fireside chat, hear from Rebecca Zofnass, Managing Partner and Advisory Team lead at Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG), as she provides insight on what leaders need to consider to achieve immediate and future success.

2:00pm to 2:55 pm
Canada’s potential to create an integrated environmental and economic vision Streamed
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.

Confirmed panelists:
Stephanie Cairns, Principal, Wrangellia Consulting
Jury Gualandris, Associate Professor, Operations Management and Sustainability, Western University’s Ivey Business School, Associate Director, Centre for Building Sustainable Value
Reem Tanta, Senior Advisor, Human Environment and Sustainability, WSP Global

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Achieving Net-zero policy – an achievable goal for Canada? In-Person
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.

Confirm panelists:
Mitchell Beer, Editor, The Energy Mix
Catherine Cobden, President & CEO, Canadian Steel Producers Association, Board Director, Canadian Institute for Climate Choices
Monica Gattinger, Full Professor, School of Political Studies, University of Ottawa

Thursday November 3, 2022

9:05 am to 10:00 am
The firm of the future In-Person
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. 

Confirmed panelists:
Julie DiCicco, Associate, Dillon Consulting Limited
Nicholas Kaminski, Assistant Department Head, Structural Engineer KGS Group
Graham Lovely, Partner, MCW Group of Companies
Siobhan Robinson, Project Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal
Aaron Ferguson, Head of Section & Bridge Engineer, COWI (Moderator)

10:30 am to 11:30am
Understanding and navigating new and emerging risks In-Person
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? These are some of the topics our panel will address during this session.

Confirmed panelists:
Geza Banfai, Counsel, Construction and Infrastructure, McMillan LLP
Steve Fleck, Chief Practice and Project Officer, Stantec
Steve Panciuk, National Practice Leader Engineering, Marsh Canada Limited

12:35 pm to 1:45 pm
Understanding ESG and its impact on our firms and how we execute our clients’ work Streamed
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.

Confirmed panelists:
Tony Barry, President of FIDIC, Senior Consultant, Aurecon Australia
Dr. Hentie Dirker, Chief ESG and Integrity Officer, SNC-Lavalin
Alan MacDonald, Senior Associate and Founder, ESG Management Consultants
Mark Podlasly, Director of Economic Policy, First Nations Major Projects Coalition

2:00 pm to 2:55 pm
Keynote address and fireside chat Streamed
Speaker: Dr. Marie-Hélène Pelletier, PhD, MBA, RPsych, Leadership and Workplace Mental Health Expert

Resilience and change: harnessing the opportunity of the moment
In an era of transformational change, workers and the workplace are experiencing the impacts in multiple ways. Some impacts are an acceleration of pre-existing trends. And some are new. But one thing is clear – many of these changes are far-reaching. In this presentation, workplace mental health expert Dr. Mari-Hélène Pelletier brings together her weekly work as a practicing work psychologist with current research in workplace psychology to challenge your assumptions and help your organization understand these changes at individual, team and organizational levels. More importantly, she highlights the ways that organizations and individuals can both manage these changes and turn them to an advantage. By approaching this moment in time with curiosity, agility and renewed energy and purpose, we can not only adapt to change, we can thrive.

3:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Keynote address and fireside chat In-Person
To be confirmed