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December 2014

Demystifying succession planning

Gain insight on effectively managing this complex process

Recently ACEC and corporate partner Grant Thornton collaborated on a thought piece entitled “Demystifying succession in a professional engineering firm: Make transitioning your equity a smooth and painless process” and presented the information in a webinar. Both are now available to ACEC members for download and viewing.

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Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) releases new resources

Join the BIM community

The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) has released a number of valuable resources, including BIM execution plan toolkits, contract language and guides, to facilitate the adoption of building information modelling (BIM) in the Canadian built environment. In addition, buildingSMART Canada, a council of IBC, invites firms and individuals to join as members and help shape the future of BIM in Canada.

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November 2014

Webinar: Demystifying succession planning

Managing succession in a consulting engineering firm
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. EST

ACEC members are invited to join a webinar on succession planning for consulting engineering firms. ACEC and corporate partner Grant Thornton have collaborated to provide valuable insights into the key considerations for managing succession. This webinar will be of interest to all, including C-suite, VPs, HR professionals, and Young Professionals. Learn more about your role in your firm’s succession planning.

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Panel on employment challenges of new Canadians – provide your input

The Panel on Employment Challenges of New Canadians is holding consultations to identify ways to better integrate newcomers into the workforce, and identify the barriers faced by employers when hiring and retaining newcomers. If you wish to contribute to the consultation, please complete the online questionnaire by December 1, 2014.

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New Country Risk Quarterly by EDC gives small companies best-in-class market risk information

A new quarterly report by Export Development Canada (EDC) will help small Canadian companies make better decisions when selling or entering into new markets.

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October 2014

Professional Liability and Construction

Loss Control Seminars

Register today


ACEC corporate partner ENCON is offering a series of Loss Control Seminars this fall in the following locations: Halifax, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal.

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Consulting engineers compensation survey

All organizations need to know if they are compensating their employees competitively. The Consulting Engineers Compensation Survey allows ACEC member to benchmark themselves against the competition.

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FIDIC Contracts Training in Miami, 6-7 November and in Rio de Janeiro, 10-11 November 2014

This special FIDIC Contracts seminar is a two-day master-class that will be taught by leading internationally renowned FIDIC Contracts experts.

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September 2014

A Strategic Plan for Keeping Your Staff Strong

The PSMJ Human Resources Model™ identifies four personnel categories for A/E firms: Market Leaders, Client Leaders, Top-Notch Doers, and Everyone Else. Who’s on your team?

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BIM Worldwide: Solutions for Canada

Solutions for all project sizes – Success for lifecycle management

October 30, 2014
Toronto, ON


The Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC), jointly with ACEC and its other constituent organizations and buildingSMART Canada, is pleased to invite you to a rare and unique opportunity to explore the use of BIM from an international perspective.

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Summer 2014

New resources from Deltek

Business benchmarking information for ACEC members

ACEC is pleased to offer member firms access to two valuable, new resources from our corporate partner Deltek: results of the Clarity A&E Industry Study and IDC Worldwide Survey: Managing Your Consulting Firm for Growth.

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Participation invited in consulting engineers compensation survey

Where does your company fit into today’s market realities? Participate in the 16th Annual Consulting Engineers Compensation, Benefits & Employment Practices Survey by August 31 and find out.

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Transparency International Canada launches third edition of anti-corruption compliance checklist

The TI-Canada Anti-Corruption Compliance Checklist Third Edition includes a new self-study e-learning tool, Doing Business Without Bribery, available in English and French.

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May 2014

ACEC Supports Members' Right to Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

ACEC-Canada’s Board of Directors has formally adopted a position on procurement during litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

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Transparency International Canada Inc. presents fourth annual Day of Dialogue: Spotlight on Corruption, June 3, 2014

Canadian and international anti-corruption experts will address: resource revenue transparency; corruption in the engineering and construction industry; whistleblowers; and enhanced corporate transparency.

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The Canada Green Building Council needs engineers to help green Canada’s building landscape

The Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.

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April 2014

Seminars on documents for the use of BIM in Canada

The Institute for BIM in Canada will be conducting a series of seminars across Canada during April and May, 2014.

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Engineering research labs are open for business

Companies can stay competitive by tapping into Canada’s incredible storehouse of research capability — if they know where to find it.

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March 2014

Canadian Chamber unveils Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2014

In its new Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness report, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce identifies skills shortages and inadequate plans for addressing deficiencies in public infrastructure as key impediments to Canada’s progress and future prosperity.

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Employee versus self-employed: tips and traps

Being your own boss can definitely have its perks, however, there are disadvantages to this approach as well.

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Canada’s job growth lacklustre in 2013

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has issued a policy brief, titled Canada’s Labour Market Sputtered in 2013, which highlights the considerable variation in labour market performance last year.

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Now open – Participate in Deltek’s Clarity A&E Study!

Participate now through April 11 and get immediate in-depth financial insight and analysis that will benefit your firm – and have the opportunity to win an iPad Air!

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February 2014

Now open – Participate in Deltek’s Clarity A&E Study!

The 35th annual Deltek Clarity A&E Industry Study is officially open! Now through April 11, complete your submission and get the industry’s most comprehensive financial performance report.

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Now open – Participate in Deltek’s Clarity A&E Study!

The 35th annual Deltek Clarity A&E Industry Study is officially open! Now through April 11, complete your submission and get the industry’s most comprehensive financial performance report.

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January 2014

Deltek’s A&E industry financial performance survey is now open

Get immediate in-depth financial insight and analysis that will benefit your firm - Participate in Deltek’s Clarity A&E Industry Study, and get the industry’s most comprehensive financial performance report.

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ACEC President leads session on asset management for infrastructure at CCPPP conference

This past fall, ACEC President John Gamble moderated a session on asset management for infrastructure at the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships’ national conference.

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December 2013

The single most important thing you should do for your next project

Developing a written contract is the single most important way a design professional can protect against liability exposures. Astonishingly, 40 per cent of the claims reported to ENCON are for projects where there was no written contract in place.

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Skills gap most pressing issue for Canadian businesses

“Employers and policy-makers must keep focusing on skills if we are to avoid current and expected shortages from threatening our growth,” says Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

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Compensation data for Canadian consulting engineering firms

Survey results now available

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase this year's survey and map out the compensation strategy that is right for you.

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November 2013

ACEC-DFS seminars get positive reviews

Recent training seminars on ACEC standard forms of agreement and contracting best practices were well received by participants in Moncton and Vancouver.

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CCDC 14 and 15 contracts now available

The Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) has published two new design-build contract forms.

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FIDIC launches Sustainability Pack

At its recent centenary conference, FIDIC launched the Sustainability Pack, a set of documents and tools to support the involvement of consulting engineers in sustainable development.

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Fall 2013

ACEC and DFS offer training on standard forms of agreement and contracting best practices

ACEC is partnering with Design Firm Seminars to offer a one-day seminar titled Professional Services Agreements: The key to successful projects and client relations on October 2 in Moncton, New Brunswick.

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Consulting Engineers Compensation Survey

All organizations need to know if they are compensating their employees competitively. The Consulting Engineers Compensation Survey allows ACEC member to benchmark themselves against the competition.

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Summer 2013

ACEC recognizes important role of technicians and technologists in consulting engineering

The ACEC Board of Directors has adopted a position recognizing the important contributions of technicians and technologists to consulting engineering companies.

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ACEC identifies the opportunities and risks of P3s

ACEC President, John Gamble, discussed the opportunities and risks associated with the P3 model in a recent National Post special feature.

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Goodbye to just “getting by:” enhancing performance in volatile times.

New ACEC Corporate Partner, Grant Thornton, has shared an article of interest to you and anyone involved in managing a professional services firm.

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Participation invited in Consulting Engineers Compensation Survey

Where does your company fit into today’s market realities? Participate in the 15th Annual Consulting Engineers Compensation Survey by August 31 and find out.

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FIDIC Americas Contract Users’ Conference

FIDIC Americas Contract Users’ Conference is the only event officially organised and endorsed by FIDIC aimed at contract users’ both in the Americas & across the globe. Members of ACEC are eligible for a 20% discount on top of the current early bird price.

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June 2013

New suite of ACEC standard forms of agreement available online now

For the first time, a suite of standard forms of agreement is available, in English and French, at no charge.

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Upcoming CCDC Document Seminar Series

A series of CCDC seminars will be conducted in the last two weeks of June prior to the release of CCDC 14 - Design-Build Stipulated Price Contract and CCDC 15 - Design Services Contract between Design-Builder.

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DCC will continue to use MERX

Important notice to suppliers: Defence Construction Canada (DCC) will continue to use MERX as their prime portal for tender notices and bid solicitation documents.

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Spring 2013

New ACEC documents set for release this spring

ACEC and Design Firm Seminars to offer training on standard forms of agreement

ACEC is pleased to announce the upcoming release of three new standard forms of agreement. ACEC will partner with Design Firm Seminars (DFS) to support the rollout of the suite of revised documents. 

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Industry Canada releases new report: Best Practices of Canadian Engineering and Architectural Firms

A new report, prepared for Industry Canada by the Conference Board of Canada, provides an overview of the key characteristics and drivers affecting the performance of Canada’s engineering and architectural services industry. The research summarizes economic data and the results of a series of interviews with Canadian firms, including ACEC members, to identify key impediments to business, success factors and best practices.
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New standard for BIM to help meet 2016 Government savings target

Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology is considered invaluable to the delivery of a construction project since it provides a common single and coordinated source of structured information throughout the lifecycle of a project.

The Government has mandated that all construction companies tendering for Government work should achieve level 2 BIM* by 2016.

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February 2013

Infrastructure investments drive productivity, new report finds

ACEC has endorsed a landmark study released by the Canada West Foundation last week concluding that Canada's governments should not hesitate when it comes to maintaining a high level of investment in public infrastructure because it is a key driver of economic productivity.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce releases Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2013

In its new Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness report, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has identified public infrastructure planning and investment as key to Canada’s prosperity.

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The Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2020

Engineers Canada has released Engineering Labour Market in Canada: Projections to 2020 showing that Canada faces a shortage of engineers with more than 10 years of specialized experience.

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Participate in the 2012 Deltek North American Clarity A&E Study

Deadline extended to March 17, 2013!

For more than 30 years, the Deltek Clarity A&E Study has served as a roadmap for engineering firms. By participating you'll receive a report of the survey findings free of charge.

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December 2012

ACEC and DCC promote importance of quality over price

In a joint presentation to procurement officials, ACEC President John Gamble and Defence Construction Canada (DCC) Manager of Contract Services Richard Allie emphasized value to taxpayers.

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DCC announces revised Procurement Code of Conduct

Defence Construction Canada (DCC) announced the launch of its revised Procurement Code of Conduct for the procurement of all goods and services related to infrastructure and environmental projects required for the defence of Canada.

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Compensation data for Canadian consulting engineering firms

Survey results now available

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase this year's survey and map out the compensation strategy that is right for you.

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Access PSMJ Resources, Inc.'s Q4 quarterly market forecast

Get the latest market research for the A/E industry, broken down by market sector and subsector – for free.

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HR best practices for your business

Paul Juniper, Director of the Industrial Relations Centre at Queen's University shares insights on how to be an employer of choice and make flexible work arrangements a reality. Mr. Juniper was a speaker at ACEC's 2012 Summit in June.

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November 2012

Compensation Data for Canadian Consulting Engineering Firms

Survey results now available

Don't miss the opportunity to purchase this year's survey and map out the compensation strategy that is right for you.

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Best consultants aren't necessarily the cheapest

Steve Fleck, President of ACEC-British Columbia, discusses value and price-based evaluations for the procurement of engineering services in a recent article in the Vancouver Sun.

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September 2012

The Past, Present and Future of Canadian Consulting Engineering Firms

On-Demand Webinar

Explore the past, present and future of Canadian consulting engineering firms with Deltek's Nancy Sperry and ACEC President, John Gamble.

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Is Your Firm Fast Enough to Survive in the Future?

Article by PSMJ

In 2020, clients are not going to have the patience to wait five years for their projects to be completed. A public that is used to fast-paced change is going to be wondering why a project can't be done quicker.

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Engineers Without Borders: Excellent Recruitment and Networking Opportunity

Each year, Engineers Without Borders Canada (EWB) brings 10-15 dynamic leaders from its African partner organizations to Canada to participate in the Kumvana Program. These African leaders are selected for their outstanding contributions in their home country and their high potential as young managers.

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August 2012

Engineering Labour Market Tracking System: Labour Market Conditions, 2011-2020

Invitation to Review 2012 Tracking System

Canada's labour markets are shifting, changing job and recruiting prospects for engineers. The challenge is matching the skills and experience in the workforce to employer's needs.

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FIDIC Americas Contract Users' Conference 2012

Main Conference: October 2 – 3, 2012
Primer Seminar: October 1, 2012
Workshop: October 4, 2012

New York City

The International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) and IBC Legal proudly present the FIDIC Americas Contract Users' Conference 2012, the first major conference to bring comprehensive information on this internationally recognized form of contract – which is increasingly preferred by engineers and contract administrators around the world – to North American engineers, contractors, arbitrators, mediators and construction law experts.

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Working Together to Maximize Trade Opportunities

September 21, 2012 (8:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Toronto, ON

Euro Crisis – Recession – Sovereign Debt – Volatile Markets. Today's trade environment is continually evolving, presenting opportunities and challenges for Canadian engineering companies. Join EDC for a dynamic roundtable discussion about trade risks, opportunities, changing business strategies and the state of your industry in the next 3-5 years. You will also hear Stuart Bergman, EDC's Assistant Chief Economist, speak on the global economy and the impact it will have on businesses like yours.


For more information, contact Natalie Gagnon at 613-597-7081 or ngagnon@edc.ca
Limited spaces available.

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June 2012

ACEC releases new Infrastructure Investment Report

ACEC has commissioned a comprehensive report on current federal government infrastructure funding programs

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Participate in Consulting Engineers Compensation Survey

Don't miss the opportunity to contribute to this year's survey and map out the compensation strategy that is right for you.

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Access PSMJ Resources, Inc.'s Q2 Quarterly Market Forecast

Get the latest market research for the A/E industry, broken down by market sector and subsector – for free.

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April 2012

When In Doubt, Fire Promptly!

Article by PSMJ

 

Deal with issues promptly and fairly as a matter of personal accountability to your team.

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February 2012

5 Tips That Make You Accessible to Your Clients – Even When You Can't Be

Article by PSMJ

To make your clients feel always connected, follow these five steps.

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Design Firm Seminars (DFS)

Design Firm Seminars offers business training for engineers.

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December 2011

ACEC congratulates Jean Laurin, President of ENCON on winning the 2011 CEO of the Year Award!

President of ENCON honoured with 2011 CEO of the Year Award by the Ottawa Business Journal.

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4 Keys to Successful Leadership

Article by PSMJ

To be successful in the transition to firm management and firm leadership, leaders must recognize four points.

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Export Development Canada – Commodity Analyst

Read about the recent trends in the commodity markets, including a report on the latest prices, charts, tables and commentaries.

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October 2011

Client Profiling is a Smart Practice

Article by PSMJ

Gathering information about your clients can help you exponentially when it comes to project delivery and better understanding their needs.

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ACEC/PSMJ Seminar: Winning Proposals and Presentations

Register today!

November 17-18, 2011
Toronto, ON


Attend this seminar and learn how to improve your written proposals and presentations. Tips to help you win over your clients.

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September 2011

PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp

Register today!

PSMJ Seminars offer great training programs for members looking to improve their skills in project management, winning proposals and presentations, and overall business management.

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ACEC-PSMJ Benchmarking Survey 2011 on Sale

Only Available to ACEC Members

See what the business practices and economic trends are in the consulting engineering industry by purchasing the ACEC-PSMJ Benchmarking Survey 2011.

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July 2011

ENCON Loss Control Seminars - Fall 2011

Attend one of the Loss Control Seminars being offered across Canada and receive the most up-to-date information on liability and legal issues affecting the industry.

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Leverage Diversity for Competitive Advantage

Article by PSMJ Resources Inc.


Embracing diversity in your company will produce better results because diverse groups tend to generate more and better ideas than homogeneous groups.

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June 2011

10 Reasons Why Projects 'Go South'

Article by PSMJ Resources Inc.


There are a number of reasons why projects go bad in firms. Find out solutions on how to avoid these problems in your firm.

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Registration Open for the WCBC Consulting Engineers Compensation Survey

The WCBC Survey provides consulting engineering firms from across Canada with comprehensive compensation information specific to the consulting engineering industry.

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April 2011

Design Services will be another Sector to Ride the Commodities Wave

Article by Alex Carrick, Reed Construction Data


Higher commodity prices drive owners in the natural resources sector to take on projects. Design professions will be one of the chief beneficiaries.
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ACEC/PSMJ Project Management Bootcamp

Register now!

May 19 -20, 2011
Toronto, ON



March 2011

Participate in ACEC's Business and Benchmarking Survey!

Deadline to participate is April 29, 2011!

ACEC's Business and Benchmarking Survey will help you manage your firm – do not miss the opportunity to participate!
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WCBC Compensation Survey

Helping ACEC Member Firms Determine Compensation and Pay for Employees
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February 2011

Finding New Ways to Build Your Employee Loyalty

Advice from Business Financial Services, RBC Royal Bank
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