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Sunday October 22, 2017


Session Time
and Location
Session Title / Overview Speakers and Moderators
2:30pm - 6:30pm 

YPN Session / Workshop

A session devoted specifically to Young Professionals in the consulting engineering sector. Join other YPs to take part in a ‘War Game,’ a group activity that requires applying problem solving, critical thinking, and strategic methods within a pre-determined competitive procurement scenario. This exercise allows for participants to develop their skills through practical application and will provide the opportunity to network in an engaging and dynamic setting. (This session is included in the YP registration fee and is exclusive to YPs). This activity will be followed by a 1-hour Roundtable discussion for the ACEC Young Professionals Network (YPN) from 5:30pm - 6:30pm.


Monday October 23, 2017


Session Time
and Location
Session Title / Overview Speakers and Moderators

8:00am - 8:15am

Conference Opening   
Welcome remarks from the ACEC Chair and President & CEO will kick-off the business program.

Rick Tiller, ACEC Chair, President and CEO, Tiller Engineering


8:15am - 9:00am 

Opening Keynote   

Eddy Burello, Business Advisor, Tax Services, MNP

9:00am - 10:00am 

Investing Intelligently: Infrastructure Done Right 
Investing in the right infrastructure is a reality communities grapple with in the face of ongoing urbanization. What if infrastructure were developed with a self-sustainable approach? How can consulting engineers bring vision and innovation when participating in the discussion? This thought provoking presentation will provide a new perspective on infrastructure development, challenging communities and the consulting engineering sector to be visionary and innovative in their urban planning and financing.

Michael SchatzGlobal Managing Director, Infrastructure, Hatch 

Bob GomesPresident & CEO, Stantec

Bruce McCuaig, Executive Advisor, Canada Infrastructure Bank Transition Office

Michael Atkinson, President, Canadian Construction Association

Moderator: John Gamble, President & CEO, ACEC 

10:30am - 11:30am 


Moving Projects Forward: What is the Future for Canada’s Resource Sector? 
CEOs from major private and public sector organizations discuss the importance and future of Canada’s resource sector and how we need to work together to balance economic realities with social and environmental responsibility.

Session sponsored by: 

Dr. Wayne Clifton, President, Clifton Associates

David Sword, Ontario Advisor, CAPP

Pierre Gratton, President & CEO, The Mining Association of Canada

David Teichroeb, Business Development Low Carbon Energy Strategy, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.

Moderator: Keith Sashaw, President & CEO, ACEC-BC



1:00pm - 2:00pm

Engineering without a Net: Trends in Law, Liability and Risk
What are current and emerging risks to your firm? Experts from the insurance and legal fields discuss how to identify threats and the importance of managing risk to help you make informed business decisions that balance risk and reward.

Session sponsored by:


Andrew Heal, Partner, Heal & Co. LLP

Sylvia Jungkind, Senior Contracts and Insurance Specialist, WSP Canada, Inc. and Vice-Chair, Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC)

Tony Linardi, General Counsel, Golder Associates Ltd.

Stephen Panciuk, Senior Vice-President National Engineering Practice Lead, Marsh Canada Ltd.

Moderator: Dave Cook, President, ENCON 

2:00pm - 3:00pm

Staying Relevant: Trends in Technology to Support the Business of Consulting Engineering
Technology plays a critical role in all facets of the business of consulting engineering – whether in corporate management, project and asset management or design and delivery.  Learn about the technological trends that can impact the success of your business.  

Session sponsored by: 

Alain Lapierre, VP, Software Engineering, Bentley Systems

Eric DesRoche, Manager, Infrastructure, Business Strategy & Marketing, Autodesk

Chuck Jolin, Eastern Team Manager, Building Solutions, ImaginiT

Mathew Norton, Project Information Management Consultant, Deltek 

Moderator: Bill Moore, Production Technology Specialist, Associated Engineering

3:30pm - 4:30pm

Is Anybody Out There? How to Find, Attract and Retain Talent
This panel of HR experts will share their insights on how to build and protect your most important asset: an agile and effective workforce of engaged and motivated employees.

Session sponsored by: 

Chris NewcombVice-President, McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.

Catherine Karakatsanis, Chief Operating Officer, Morrison Hershfield

Sooky Lee, Vice-President, GM, HR Business Process Outsourcing, ADP Canada

Larry Linton, Partner, Canadian Immigration, PwC Law

Moderator: Christine Harries, Chair, ACEC-Canada YPN

4:30pm - 5:00pm

Closing Keynote:
Minister Sohi will provide an update on the status of the federal government's infrastructure program Investing in Canada.

The Honourable Amarjeet SohiMinister of Infrastructure and Communities

5:00pm - 5:30pm

Parliament Hill Day briefing
This briefing will provide participants of Tuesday’s Parliament Hill Day meetings insight into the key messages they will be delivering to their MPs, protocol suggestions and other important information related to this activity. This session is required attendance for all delegates taking part in the Parliament Hill Day meetings.  

Huw Williams, President, Impact Public Affairs 
John Gamble, President & CEO, ACEC 


Tuesday October 24, 2017


Session Time
and Location
Session Title / Overview Speakers and Moderators
8:30am - 9:00am

Opening Keynote

The Honourable Michael D. ChongOfficial Opposition’s Shadow Minister for Infrastructure, Communities and Urban Affairs, House of Commons
9:00am - 5:00pm Parliament Hill Day
Individual meetings with Parliamentarians
9:15am - 10:30am

A National Corridor: Accessing our Resources, Connecting our Communities

Getting important nation building projects approved is becoming far more complex and far less certain. Are there any solutions? The Senate banking committee’s recent report, National Corridor: Enhancing and Facilitating Commerce and Internal Trade, proposes the building of a national infrastructure right of way across Canada’s North and near-North. This is an opportunity to establish a national network of infrastructure corridors that could be used to accommodate multiple infrastructure assets, including roadways, railways, pipeline and communication projects. A nationwide network of these corridors would connect all regions of Canada, help address social and environmental concerns and facilitate the planning, development and implementation of both public and private projects in a less costly and more timely manner. In this panel, you’ll hear from authors, proponents, and stakeholders of this bold nation building initiative.

The Honourable David Tkachuk, Senator, Senate of Canada

Chief Corrina Leween, Vice-Chair, First Nations Major Projects Coalition 

John Van Nostrand, Principal, SvN 

Andrei Sulzenko, University of Calgary

Moderator: John Gamble, President & CEO, ACEC 



11:00am - 12:00pm  Canada versus the World – Trade and Globalization of Consulting Engineering

In this session, experts will help you understand and navigate a constantly changing global economy. Learn the status of trade opportunities and about services available to consulting engineer firms to help them succeed in new and emerging markets.


Chris Wilkie, Director General - Trade Sectors, Global Affairs Canada

Enrico Vink, Managing Director, FIDIC

Adriana Vega, Director, International Policy, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

12:30pm - 1:30pm Closing Keynote: Canada and the US – Views from South of the 49th Parallel

Bill Smith, well known former congressional staff member and former Chief of Staff to the current Vice-President of the United States, reflects on the relationship between Canada and the US from an American perspective, providing insight on the White House’s views on NAFTA and the “America First” policy.

Bill Smith, President & CEO, Sextons Creek
2:00pm - 3:00pm Question Period (optional)
Watch Canada's federal politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Opposition leader Rona Ambrose, and NDP leader Tom Mulcair spar in the House of Commons during Question Period. The primary purpose of Question Period is to allow Members of Parliament to seek information from the Government and to call it to account for its actions. (Limited space, access will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis as determined by Parliament Hill employees)
6:30pm - 10:30pm Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala​
Celebrate excellence in consulting engineering! The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards Gala dinner will be the culminating event of the conference and industry's night to award the highest honours for achievements in consulting engineering in Canada. Now in their 48th year, the CCE awards are co-sponsored by ACEC and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine. Close your conference experience off at our industry's night of excellence and premier networking event.