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November 2016      


ACEC national leadership conference 2016 



The ACEC national leadership conference took place in Ottawa from October 23 to 25. Over a hundred leaders and emerging leaders from the consulting engineering sector, along with major clients and stakeholders, gathered to learn of the latest industry trends, challenges and opportunities, and to network with peers and national decision makers. 

The first day featured trend forecasts from business experts, discussions on industry challenges and opportunities with major clients and industry leaders, as well as a pre-recorded interview with the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure.  ACEC’s Parliament Hill Day was in full swing on the second day. The morning kicked off with a breakfast address by the Honourable Judy M. Foote, Minister of Public Services and Procurement.  Throughout the day, delegates made their way to the offices of Members of Parliament to discuss opportunities for the consulting engineering sector.  

During the annual general meeting, outgoing Chair Perry Mitchelmore welcomed Rick Tiller as the new chair of ACEC’s Board of Directors for 2016-2017. The President of Tiller Engineering, Rick was elected to the ACEC Board in 2012 as the Newfoundland and Labrador representative.  In his inaugural speech as ACEC Chair, Rick spoke of the importance of building on his predecessor’s success, strengthening relationships with private sector stakeholders, and growing ACEC’s influence with decision makers in Ottawa. 

During the 92nd annual meeting, the membership also voted to change the association’s French name to Association des firmes génie-conseil – Canada (AFG-Canada) to align with AFG in Quebec. This change will further strengthen the voice of consulting engineering in Quebec, a province that has seen incredible growth in the past year. 

The conference closed with a celebration of engineering excellence at the 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards.  As well as the 20 awards of excellence, five special awards were presented. The Beaubien Award was conferred to Réjean Breton in recognition of his lifelong dedication to consulting engineering.  Tijiana Smiljanic received the 2017 Allen D. Williams Scholarship, presented annually to a Young Professional employed by an ACEC member firm who demonstrates a commitment to the consulting engineering industry in their province or territory. The Chair’s Award was also presented by Past Chair Perry Mitchelmore to Philip S. (Skit) Ferguson, Executive Director of CENS.

Preparations are already underway for the 2017 national leadership conference, which will take place October 22-24, 2017. Mark your calendar and stay tuned to future Source newsletters for details regarding next year’s business program and activities.