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September 2014

ACECís Parliamentary Partners program kicks off with great success


François Plourde, Executive Vice President at ACEC member firm CIMA+ met with Charmaine Borg, Member of Parliament for Terrebonne-Blainville, on August 20, 2014

ACEC’s Parliamentary Partners program, launched as a pilot over the summer, invited past participants of ACEC’s Parliament Hill Day to liaise with Members of Parliament (MP) in their own communities. ACEC’s public affairs team assists registered participants by preparing them for meetings with their Members of Parliament in their riding offices in their communities. Parliamentary Partners exposes members to, and directly engages them in, ACEC’s advocacy on a more frequent and consistent basis. Unlike Parliament Hill Day where participants need to be in Ottawa, the program allows the association to leverage ACEC members’ local connections in their ridings and their communities year-round, engaging them in advocacy on an ongoing basis and creating a pool of experienced “citizen lobbyists” on behalf of the industry. Over time, as the number of participants grows, there may be opportunities to coordinate a very large and broad grassroots campaign on future issues.

The beginning of 2015 marks the official start of the election year and our meetings with elected officials both on Parliament Hill and in the ridings, as well as with nominated candidates, will allow us to educate each of the parties on our industry issues and even influence their platforms leading up to the election.

If you are interested in participating in the ACEC Parliamentary Partners program, download the registration form here or contact Emily Reid at

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