October 20th. Toronto. ACEC's premier showcase event of the year, designed to promote our industry to the public and to clients. Invite your clients and enjoy an exciting evening of fine food, entertainment and mystery at "The E Files: The 1999 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards" at the Westin Harbour Castle hotel.
A fax order form has already been sent to all ACEC member firms, but if you haven't received it, there will be a postal version of it sent shortly.
The event, organized by ACEC and by Consulting Engineers of Ontario in conjunction with Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine, is this year's best opportunity for member firms to invite and mingle with clients, suppliers, political figures, media and industry peers in a light-hearted social environment to celebrate engineering excellence.
In addition to profiling this year's award participants in a dynamic multi-media presentation, the evening also features the Second City comedy group performing skits designed specifically for our audience. Second City is the well-known home of world class comedy, having produced stars Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Dave Thomas, the late John Candy and many others.
The evening's Master of Ceremonies is none other than Ms. Erin Davis, the well-known and highly entertaining morning radio show host for CHFI in Toronto. Her fast paced, no holds barred show is an instant "wake me up" for tens of thousands of morning commuters in the Toronto area.
Only 500 tickets are available. Don't wait too long to get yours. Reserve today by calling the ACEC National Office at 1-800-565-0569.
Building on the success of last year's National Business Survey, ACEC will release its 1999 survey questionnaire to member firms at the end of September. This year's edition, which should take most firms no more than 15 minutes to complete, will explore in greater detail our industry's direction and trends. Firms will be asked to respond to the questionnaires by no later than October 31.
We hope that an even greater number of firms will participate. The 1998 Survey was useful for comparison purposes amongst firms and to educate the public and governments on value and role of consulting engineering. Provincial summaries were also well received by Member Organizations for their lobbying of provincial governments.
You may have read in the newspapers this summer more and more talk about highway and municipal infrastructure needs across the country. The subject was on the agenda of the provincial Premiers' meeting in Quebec City in early August and then again at the federal Liberal Caucus meeting later on in Halifax. ACEC continues to press the federal government for a long-term program to redress Canada's $60m billion infrastructure deficit starting with the next Budget.
ACEC is aware of more than two dozen members having played an important role in support of this initiative by sending over 350 letters to their elected officials and attaching an information flyer which outlines our industry's concern for the health and safety of Canadians due to inadequate and antiquated infrastructure. We invite members to keep up the pressure on their officials as we promise to do here in Ottawa.
Also mark your calendars for December 2 and 3 when ACEC will be hosting its 3rd Annual Government Relations Day in Ottawa. Take the opportunity to meet with your MP on Parliament Hill and help to reinforce our infrastructure lobby. Registration and program information will arrive shortly.
ACEC's efforts to improve the standing of engineers with respect to certification in Design/Build projects are showing positive results after a summer of drafting with respect to Document 14 (Owner-Design/Builder Contract) and Doc. 15 (Design/Builder - Consultant Contract). ACEC, working closely with RAIC and CCA, hopes that the documents will be ready for endorsement by CCDC's constituent member organizations by December.
As it stands, Doc. 14 (1997) is not endorsed by ACEC, while Doc. 15 has not been published.
ACEC recently entered into an exchange with Infoconstruction.com of Montreal whereby members outside Quebec with one or more specializations in the construction field are included in a searchable CD-ROM database designed for the construction industry. Quebec firms are listed courtesy of the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec. The Info/Construction/Canada CD currently provides the most comprehensive Canadian construction industry database available. Professionals, contractors, manufacturers and distributors of products, light and heavy equipment, tools, and software are all represented.
All ACEC members listed receive a free copy of the CD-ROM (a $200 value). They also take advantage of Infoconstruction's arrangement with Chapters Books to distribute the CD across Canada in exchange for a searchable listing of more than 10,000 construction-related Chapters titles available for direct Internet purchase.
The disk is set for delivery at the end of September. More news will follow, but visit their web site at www.infoconstruction.com for more information.