1998-99 Directory Updating

All Head Offices should expect to receive their 1998 ACEC Corporate Data Sheets starting the week of February 2. Please read them carefully: this year, a special marketing opportunity is available to all member firms. The format has been improved dramatically, including on-screen updating options, so review them and return to the National Office no later than February 27th. We are again targeting an early May distribution of the Directory. We need your co-operation to meet the publication deadline.

If you know of people who might be interested in purchasing a copy, please let us know: the greater the distribution of the Directory, the greater the marketing potential for members.

1998 Awards Submissions

Remember to notify us of your intention to enter the 1998 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, which are held this year in conjunction with FIDIC '98 in Edmonton, September 6-10.

FIDIC will attract over 500 participants from 55 countries _ perfect exposure for all companies with international business in their sights. The entry deadline is May 15 for the notice of intention and June 1 for the submission and entry fee. To get a Notice of Intention, visit the ACEC web site at by the end of this week to download a copy or check out this month's issue of CCE Magazine.

Export News

FEPAC in the Sun!

For those who are already tired of winter, take advantage of the next Annual Meeting of FEPAC being held in Caracas, Venezuela from March 4-6. Details can be obtained by contacting Waine McQuinn at ACEC.

New U.S. Law re: Licences

A member has brought to our attention a new U.S. federal law requiring U.S. social security numbers (SSN) from all people applying for a professional, commercial or occupational licence. The professional engineers associations of Utah and Nevada are currently enforcing the new provision for applications or renewals of membership. If this affects you and you want to know how to deal with it, contact Anne-Marie Schneider at the National Office.

Major Change in ACEC Member Benefits Program

As of the end of 1997, Benefit Partners is no longer offering ACEC members a National Life and Health Insurance Program. It seems that National Life, the plan's Underwriter, rescinded its offer to provide national coverage this past December. Ontario members, however, will continue to benefit from the plan developed jointly by Benefit Partners and Consulting Engineers of Ontario.

ACEC's Board of Directors has agreed to pursue other potential underwriters for a national program if member firms and member organizations are interested in sufficient numbers. Please contact Dan Matko at the National Office at

Early AGM Registration Bonus!

By mid-February, you will be receiving the early registration kits for the 1998 ACEC Annual Convention this year taking place in Whitehorse, Yukon, June 17-20. Convention Chair and incoming ACEC Chair Bob Lorimer promises a "once in a lifetime experience!" He is also pleased to announce an attractive early bird special of $395 for Convention delegates who book by March 31st.

Problems with MERX (aka OBS)?

Members have been reporting dissatisfaction with the operation of MERX, the system formerly known as OBS. If you have specific examples of problems you have experienced with the new system, please let us know. Anecdotal information from end users is often the best way to make a point at the federal government level.

Design/Build: On-Going Work

ACEC is continuing its work on Design-Build. Specifically, Task Forces are developing a draft contract between Owners' Representative and Owner modeled on Document 31, and a draft contract to cover the relationship between consultant and design-builder. For those who wish to obtain a copy of Document 14 (Owner/Design-Builder Agreement) you may do so through the ACEC National Office.


ACEC Staff on the Move

Please be advised that there have been a few staff changes over the Holidays at ACEC. Karen Voronoff has left to pursue other interests. Miao Tsai has returned to PWGSC after a year-long secondment to ACEC. Suzanne Paradis, with the winding down of ACEC's Human Resources Program, has left to take up the job of Director, Human Resources at the House of Commons in Ottawa.

A New Kid on the Block!

We are pleased to report the mid-December birth of Sophie Kneisel's second baby. Mother and daughter Hadley are doing well. Sophie is expected back at the helm of Canadian Consulting Engineer by Spring.