ACEC Communiqué -- January - February 1999
In this issue:
- Federal Budget '99 -- Highlights of Interest to ACEC Members
- ACEC Celebrates 75 years in business at National Convention
- New eligibility criteria for 1999 Consulting Engineering Awards
- Regional Roundup -- Provincial Association News
- Searching for a Canadian Construction Document Committee Volunteer
- New @ www.acec.ca
- Hurricane Mitch -- Opportunities for ACEC Members
No Funds for Bricks or Mortar in '99 Federal Budget
Info-structure commitments were as close as consulting engineers got to infrastructure spending in this week's federal budget.
The best of the budget announcements that could help some ACEC members include:
At first blush, that's it folks. Full details on the federal budget can be obtained by accessing www.fin.gc.ca. If there is a particular issue that you would like us to investigate further, please let us know by return fax or e-mail.
- $50M additional equity contribution to the Business Development Bank of Canada to strengthen lending to small and medium sized businesses in knowledge-based export fields;
- $50M more to Technology Partnerships Canada to help commercialize technology in aerospace, environmental technologies and advanced manufacturing and materials;
- $60M over 5 years to GeoConnections to promote mapping and its applications;
- $42M over 3 years to Environment Canada to accelerate screening and assessment of toxic substances and improve management and control of toxic substances and track progress;
- $65M to enhance surveillance systems and improve scientific capacity with respect to food safety;
- $75M over 3 years in additional research funding to NSERC (National Sciences and Engineering Research Council);
- $190M to First Nations, in part to develop health information systems and to build better information linkages to provincial health systems;
- $190M to build a National Health Surveillance Network system to electronically link labs and public health officers across the country, and a National Health Network accessible by computer and phone;
- $200M more for the Canada Foundation for Innovation to modernize equipment and facilities necessary to develop and test new health care ideas;
- $50M more to CIDA for Official Development Assistance in 1999 and $75M more per year there after (no apparent targeting of these additional dollars was identified in the Budget documents);
- $175M allocated to improve the quality of life within the Department of National Defence (this figure includes resources for housing but announcement of the exact dollar amount for the latter is not expected before March 26);
- Funds have been set aside to help the Federation of Canadian Municipalities initiate a program to help municipalities identify opportunities for energy savings in their operations.
- $50M over 4 years have been set aside to share costs for a flood protection program with Manitoba for the Red River Valley south of Winnipeg;
- Parks Canada will receive additional funding in 1999-00 to support the development and upgrading of parks and historic sites;
- $430M additional over three years to the Canadian Space Agency to support investments by the government in space projects and science and technology.
ACEC celebrates its 75th by the seaside!
The 1999 ACEC National Convention will be held June 9 to 12 in St. Andrews-By-The-Sea, New Brunswick, so mark your calendars now! The event also highlights ACEC's 75th anniversary, with many business and social activities planned to commemorate this momentous occasion.
A strong technical and business program will be the main focus of the Convention, providing valuable insights into key areas such as risk management, public/private partnerships, infrastructure, etc.
The Consulting Engineers of New Brunswick are holding their Annual General Meeting in conjunction with the ACEC event, and will add their unique hosting talents to the mix of local flavour entertainment and business development sessions.
ACEC members, their clients and partners can sign up for registration kits in advance by visiting the "Events" page on the ACEC web site at www.acec.ca/calendar.html . Just fill in the online form and submit it directly to ACEC. For more information, contact Clara Higgerty at 1-800-565-0569, ext. 207 or email email@example.com
New eligibility criteria for the 1999 Consulting Engineering Awards
To improve participation in our National Awards program, ACEC and CCE Magazine have modified the eligibility criteria to accept projects completed between January 1st 1996 and December 31st 1998, adding one full year to the eligibility period. As well, eligibility is now limited to ACEC members companies ONLY.
Members must submit their «Notices of Intention» right away. Copies of the form are available in the Jan/Feb issue of Canadian Consulting Engineer. Alternately, the form is available by visiting the ACEC web site at www.acec.ca/calendar.html and downloading the Adobe Acrobat file, which can then be printed, filled in and sent by fax for processing. The form provides essential details on project categories, final deadlines and submission formats, in addition to contact and delivery information.
As part of ACEC's 75th Anniversary celebrations, the 1999 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards will be held in Toronto this coming October. Last year's event drew students, clients, politicians and members alike, in a light-hearted yet dignified celebration of Canadian engineering excellence.
Get on the advance ticket list from the "Events" page of ACEC's web site. Just fill in the online form, hit the "Submit" button and you're in the queue! Details on seat prices will be announced soon, along with the exact date and venue.
- CEA, in conjunction with the University of Calgary, is holding a two-day workshop for middle and project managers to enhance the value firms can bring to clients. The workshop will guide members in understanding the basics of customer focused marketing, and how customer focused marketing increases profitability. The workshops are being offered in Calgary and Edmonton in February, March and April. For details, please contact CEA at (403) 458-1852.
- CEBC is holding its 2nd Annual Awards evening in Vancouver on March 6th. For details, contact CEBC at (604) 687-2811.
- CES has just held its 6th Annual Meeting with Premier Romanow and the Saskatechewan Cabinet. In a well-received presentation, CES emphasized the importance of outsourcing engineering services and in eliminating public sector competition as preconditions for a strong provincial consulting engineering industry.
- CEO hosted a reception for Premier Harris last week that attracted 150 business and government attendees. CEO's message was unequivocal: domestic experience on infrastructure work is good for the provincial economy and provides the engineering community with the skills required to export its services; QBS encourages innovation.
In search of a volunteer for CCDC.
Chris Dunham, Project Manager at Dillon Consulting, has served on the Canadian Contract Documents Committee (CCDC) for the last 12 years and was appointed Chair in 1994. During that time, the CCDC developed contracts and guides such as CCDC 2 (Stipulated Price Contract), CCDC 3 (Cost Plus Contract), CCDC 4 (Unit Price Contract) and CCDC 24 (A Guide to Model Forms and Support Documents).
Chris, one of the two ACEC representatives on the CCDC, is moving on to other business activities. ACEC is now looking for an industry representative to step in as a member of the CCDC. In the short term, CCDC is planning to work on the following documents:
The committee usually meets 2 days every 2 months (12 working days a year) and have electronic conferences to deal with issues between meetings. If you or someone from your firm is interested, please contact Anne-Marie Schneider at 1-800-565-0569 ext 208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- CCDC 4 -- Civil Works Contract
- CCDC 21 -- Guide to Construction Insurance
- CCDC 22 -- Guide to Construction Surety
- CCDC 23 -- Update to Guide to Calling Bids and Awarding Contracts
- CCDC 9A, B, C -- Statutory Declaration
Thank you Chris for your hard work!
New @ www.acec.ca
- View the revised Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by ACEC and PWGSC last December - visit the "Government" page for all the details!
- Download your «Notice of Intention» to submit a project to the 1999 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards - visit the "Events" page to get all the eligibility information
- Get on the advance list to register for the 1999 ACEC National Convention in St-Andrews-by-the-Sea, New Brunswick, this coming June 8th to 12th, by visiting the "Events" page
- ACEC Communiqué is now online - visit the "Publications" page to view or download back issues of ACEC's monthly member newsletter.
- Get a free, confidential online quote from GAN Canada as part of ACEC's home and auto insurance program - visit the "Services" page or follow the link from the ACEC home page.
ACEC on site of Hurricane Mitch devastation
Along with several ACEC members, International Programs manager Hélène Schneider represented the Canadian consulting engineering industry in Central America during the last week of January. The partnering mission, initiated by the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica and organized with the cooperation of CIDA, visited San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa in Honduras as well as Managua, Nicaragua.
A total of 3 days of meetings between Canadian and local potential partners had been arranged with the help of local organisations FIDE (Honduran Foundation for Investment and Development of Exports) and CEI (Centro de Exportaciones e Inversiones Nicaragua). Morning conferences in each of the cities allowed the participants to hear from the local government and business community as well as from our Ambassador to the region and the Inter-American Development Bank.
The overall objective of the mission was to facilitate the creation of partnerships between Canadian and local firms at an opportune time, and to determine the specifics of the assistance required to rebuild those areas most affected by the storm. For more information, please contact Hélène at 1-800-565-0569 ext 210 or email at email@example.com