March 2001


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


Opening the Possibilities

ACEC recommends changes to the Canada

Transportation Act In its recent submission to the Canada Transportation Act Review Panel established by Transport Minister Collenette, ACEC stated that the "National Highway System (NHS) is in a serious state of disrepair due in part to a lack of adequate capital investment by the federal government. Deterioration of the country's highway infrastructure in the face of rising use by Canada's exporters and the traveling public will put Canada at a competitive disadvantage with respect to international and inter-provincial trade, and is exposing the traveling public to unnecessary risk.

We noted that it was "remarkable that the NHS, that carries 65% of Canada's merchandise export trade to the United States, and 70% of all internal domestic shipments of manufactured goods is not considered important enough to be included in the federal government's transportation legislation and regulations". We noted that "38% of the NHS is below minimum geometric design standard or below the 90 km/h minimum operating speed standard. Over 20% of the NHS's 3,500 bridges require major

ACEC goes to Washington on Engineer Mobility

Mike Jolliffe, Vice-President, Government Relations at AMEC and Chair of the ACEC Working Group on Access to the US Market attended a meeting on Licensure in Washington, D.C. at the invitation of the American Consulting Engineers Council. Also invited to attend the meeting were the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), the Design-Build Institute of America, the American Society of Civil Engineering, the American Institute of Architecture and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB). Joining Mr. Jolliffe for ACEC were Wendy Ryan-Bacon, Vice-President, International Affairs at the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (CCPE) and Tim Page, ACEC President.
The meeting resolved to recommend for adoption the NCEES Model Law - an initiative that would greatly increase the mobility of professional engineers within the United States. The Model Law defines a set of criteria (a degree from an accredited program, 4 years of engineering experience and completion of 16 hours of examinations) that once met would be sufficient for getting a license in any U.S. jurisdiction. Each of the Associations agreed to return to their respective governing national bodies and state organizations to promote this resolution.

If successful the adoption of the Model Law would be a small victory for Canadian engineers who, while still having to write initial exams, would no longer have to do so in each state in which he/she wanted to practice.
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