February 2001


"A review of the past month and what's ahead!"


Julie Payette, ing. Launches National Engineering Week

On March 2, ACEC helped to launch National Engineering Week (March 3-10) in front of 200 students, industry representatives and government officials. This year's Honorary Chair is Canadian astronaut Julie Payette, ing. Over the next week hundreds of events will take place in communities across the country to celebrate engineering and to raise the awareness of young and old alike to "Engineering - Anything's Possible" (Grace au Genie - tout est possible). Please refer to www.new-sng.com for details.

Participation at the DND ADM(IE) Annual Conference/Workshop

Scott McDougall, member of the ACEC Board of Directors, recently made a presentation to a Canada wide meeting of DND base engineers on the services available from ACEC members. For a copy of the presentation, contact Mr. Richard Roulx at rroulx@acec.ca or by phone at (613) 236-0569.

ACEC Client Survey 2000

The ACEC Client Survey, conducted by COMPAS Inc. in collaboration with ACEC Member firms and their clients, is now available to members only. To view and download the survey and its results, please visit the E-Shoppe section at www.acec.ca


ACEC, Member Organizations Special Planning Session held in Ottawa

Members of the Board of Directors of ACEC and Member Organizations met in Ottawa on February 24 to identify the key industry priorities emanating from the ACEC Strategic Plan and to discuss how these core issues should be implemented. Three issues were prominent in our discussions:

  • How can the Association (ACEC/Member Organizations) play a supportive role in improving industry remuneration levels?;
  • What steps can be taken to raise the image of engineering and the value of the services of our membership?; and,
  • What if any operational/organizational changes to the Association might be required to best deliver on these priorities. There was a strong feeling that the Association's ability to deliver value to members in these strategic areas required the collective involvement of the national and each provincial/territorial association working together.


ACEC secures Pem-D support for Latin America

ACEC's database illustrates that over 40% of member firms report that they are active in international markets. From the 1999 ACEC Business Survey, 52% of those who do business at the international level identified the United States as one of their active markets while 34% identified Latin America.

To help improve the business environment for Canadian companies interested in Latin America and to help promote Canadian engineering competencies in these markets, ACEC has just signed a Pem-D agreement with the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. For those who are interested to learn more about this project, contact tpage@acec.ca.

The timing of this initiative couldn't be better as ACEC Past Chair Bob Lorimer, P.Eng. will be voted in as FEPAC's new Chair at it's next Annual Meeting in April. FEPAC is the Pan-American Association of Consultants. Bob has planned for an August meeting of the FEPAC Executive Committee in Vancouver in August.

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