ACEC is the voice of consulting engineering companies on national issues.
Speaking out for consulting engineering
ACEC year in review
ACEC has made the voice of consulting engineering heard on many important national issues over the past year. ACEC and the consulting engineering sector are regarded as credible and key stakeholders on many issues by both the public and private sectors.
ACEC member engagement and sector study: what member firms value from membership in ACEC and provincial/territorial association
The member engagement and sector study that has been taking place over the past four months was presented to the ACEC Board. The study aimed to understand the value proposition consulting engineering firms assign to being a member of the association both nationally and provincially.
MPs reach out in response to ACEC Parliament Hill Day cancellation
Due to the tragic events that occurred in Ottawa on October 22, ACEC’s Parliament Hill Day, which was scheduled to take place the following day, was cancelled. However, several key meetings have been rescheduled at the request of Members of Parliament who recognize the important contribution of the consulting engineering sector.
Member engagement – a constant process of consultation
We want to hear from you!
In an effort to keep our finger on the pulse of the association’s membership, we will be reaching out to you each month with a quick poll on questions or issues that impact you, your colleagues and your firm. Taking a few minutes to respond will help us provide the support that best meets your needs.
ACEC’s Parliament Hill advocacy sets sights on 2015 federal election
ACEC members will be visiting Parliament Hill on October 23 to brief MPs on important industry issues. With a federal election anticipated in 2015, this year’s Parliament Hill Day will be especially important.
ACEC-NB advocacy campaign focuses on infrastructure investment
Prior to the recent election in New Brunswick, ACEC-NB issued a media release urging all parties to commit to a long-term infrastructure plan for the province.
ACEC-SK hosts SaskPower at first Consulting Engineering and Geoscience Industry Forum
Initiated by ACEC-Saskatchewan’s Industry Resources Committee, this forum provided an opportunity for discussion on key industry issues. An objective of SaskPower, a crown corporation, is to strengthen vendor relationships.
ACEC’s Parliamentary Partners program kicks off with great success
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 in their own communities, engaging them in advocacy on an ongoing basis and creating a pool of experienced “citizen lobbyists” on behalf of the industry. Based on feedback to date, ACEC will be expanding the program to strengthen advocacy and image building leading up to the federal election in 2015.
ACEC member and sector study in its final stage
Make sure your voice is heard – online survey opens this week
After a busy summer conducting focus groups across the country, ACEC’s comprehensive membership study is coming to you.
QBS may soon be a reality
Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) may soon be the reality for selection of consulting engineering services in Alberta. Excellent relationships with government elected officials and staff have led to a clear understanding of the benefits of QBS.
New Chair Anne Poschmann to lead ACEC Board
Priorities include member engagement, growth and retention
At ACEC’s Leadership Summit in June, Anne Poschmann, P.Eng. began her tenure as Chair of the association’s Board of Directors for 2014-2015.
ACEC seeks members’ input on programs and services
Feedback will improve value to members
ACEC is working with member firms and member organizations to better understand and improve the benefits and value members seek from the association.
ACEC focuses on value to its members
To ensure ACEC offers value to its members, we have made member engagement one of our highest priorities. It is one of ACEC’s four strategic pillars and a crucial element of the work we are doing. But what does member engagement really mean?
Introducing ACEC-Manitoba’s Technical Women In Consulting Engineering (TWICE)
Formed in 2013, the TWICE committee was established to provide strategic advice to the industry on increasing diversity in consulting engineering.
New Building Canada Fund: ACEC seeks clarifications, proposes improvements
Following the announcement of the New Building Canada Fund (NBCF), ACEC and other stakeholders have identified a number of issues requiring clarification by the federal government.
ACEC's upcoming initiatives for 2014-2015
In promoting a business environment that recognizes and rewards our members’ expertise and contributions to society, here’s what ACEC is doing for you.
ACEC to launch Parliamentary Partners program
Parliamentary Partners is an outreach program designed to connect ACEC representatives with federal Members of Parliament in their local ridings.
Joe Oliver appointed Minister of Finance
Following the resignation of long-serving Finance Minister Jim Flaherty on March 18, Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed Joe Oliver to the key position, moving him from his previous role as Minister of Natural Resources.
ACEC launches Parliamentary Partners program
The $53 billion New Building Canada Plan (NBCP) recently announced by the Prime Minister and Minister Lebel is welcome news for consulting engineers and their clients.
Keystone XL Report Positive for Canada
ACEC is applauding a recent report from the United States Department of State indicating that the Keystone XL pipeline will not have a significant impact on greenhouse gas emissions. ACEC is speaking out publicly stating that expanding and modernizing oil and gas transportation infrastructure is vital to Canada’s prosperity.
ACEC applauds decision of Joint Review Panel on Northern Gateway pipeline
ACEC’s recent press release supports the Joint Review Panel’s recommendation, recognizing the need to balance important economic interests with legitimate environmental and sustainability concerns.
Chamber of Commerce invites ACEC President to lead discussion on infrastructure
ACEC is recognized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its members as a leading advocate for infrastructure investment in Canada.
Government responds to industry on new Building Canada Plan
A recent announcement by Minister Lebel signals that the government has heard the industry’s message on the need to expedite the new Building Canada Plan.
ACEC and mining sector concerned engineered solutions not being considered in environmental reviews
ACEC-Canada and ACEC-BC recently partnered with the Mining Association of Canada, the BC Chamber of Commerce and other stakeholders to express concern over a potentially precedent setting decision by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency (CEAA).
ACEC's Parliament Hill Day gets traction
ACEC’s Parliament Hill Day brought over 35 representatives from the consulting engineering sector to Ottawa for meetings with over 65 Members of Parliament. This is a record number of meetings and participants.
ACEC-Canada, ACEC-US send joint letter to U.S. and Canadian governments supporting Keystone XL Pipeline approval
The American and Canadian engineering industries have the know-how and means to bring Canada's vast energy reserves to market while minimizing any negative environmental impacts.
ACEC calls for fast action on framework agreements and more northern infrastructure
During the recess of the House of Commons over the summer, ACEC's government relations team has been working hard on your behalf to move forward on some of the association's key policy areas.
PWGSC clarifies position on Statements of Limitations
In response to ACEC, Pacific Region of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) has clarified its position on accepting Statements of Limitations in consultant reports.
New Chair Jason Mewis to expand member engagement
On June 21, 2013 at ACEC's annual Summit, outgoing Chair, Murray Thompson, welcomed incoming Chair, Jason Mewis.
CEOs and Young Professionals exchange ideas at ACEC Summit
ACEC facilitates discussion between senior management and Young Professionals (YPs). YP Network representative, Michael Egberts, shares highlights from the YP perspective on achieving success and career development.
ACEC welcomes FIDIC delegation to Ottawa, Canada
In early May, ACEC hosted an international delegation from FIDIC (International Federation of Consulting Engineers).
ACEC discusses CIDA/DFAIT merger with Minister Fast
ACEC met with the Hon. Edward Fast, Minister of International Trade, about the new Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development.
ACEC Board approves initiatives to support members
New and expanded programs align with key strategies for 2013-2014
The ACEC Board of Directors has committed significant resources to expand the association’s activities in 2013-2014. These activities will support ACEC’s members by promoting a business environment that recognizes and rewards the expertise of members and their contributions to society.
ACEC promotes consulting engineering as key to Canada's prosperity
President John Gamble appears before government Industry Committee
The consulting engineering sector's importance to Canada's future prosperity was a key message delivered to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology in Ottawa on February 7, 2013.
ACEC engaging with private sector organizations
ACEC's participation in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce strengthens policy development and advocacy.
Public shouldn't pay wage subsidies to thriving industry
Skit Ferguson, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia and Ray Landry, President of CENS recently voiced their opposition to a new provincial subsidy program. Their op-ed in the Halifax Chronicle Herald notes that investing in infrastructure and other forms of economic development would be a better approach to job creation.
Working with New Brunswick municipalities
A recent panel discussion and presentation to the Union of Municipalities of New Brunswick Board provide opportunities for open dialogue for the industry.
ACEC receives support from MPs on Infrastructure
Annual Parliament Hill Day strengthens ACEC's national profile
During ACEC's Parliament Hill Day on October 23, 2012, representatives of the consulting engineering sector from across Canada were in Ottawa meeting with over 40 MPs, including Minister of State for Transport Steven Fletcher and Opposition Transport and Infrastructure Critic Olivia Chow.
Member Needs Survey will Guide Development of New ACEC Strategic Plan
ACEC will undertake a process to review and update its strategic plan for 2013-2016 based on input from member firms.
ACEC plays Key Role in Federal Infrastructure Roundtables
To ensure long-term economic opportunity for its members, and for Canadians in general, ACEC continues to proactively advocate for long-term federal infrastructure investment.
Consulting Engineering Sector has seat at Infrastructure Roundtables
ACEC and its provincial/territorial Member Organizations are providing input on Canada's new long-term infrastructure plan.
Murray Thompson elected ACEC Chair
On June 23, 2012 at ACEC's annual Summit, outgoing Chair Herb Kuehne welcomed incoming Chair Murray Thompson.
Consulting Engineers across Canada push consistent message on the New West Partnership Trade Agreement
The consulting engineering sector across Canada is working together to promote interprovincial trade rules that will benefit all Canadians.
ACEC Contributes to Infrastructure Canada Report
New report highlights the important role engineers play in society.
ACEC Meets Minister Baird at Post-Budget Breakfast
Minister Baird provides ACEC and other stakeholders with a recap of the federal budget and its implications for Canadian business.
Financial Guarantees on Nuclear Densometers Delayed Indefinitely
ACEC and the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories (CCIL) in Discussions with CNSC.
ACEC to Have Input on Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
ACEC has started working with the federal government and other stakeholders on the first phase of a long-term plan.
ACEC to Release Revised Sub-Consultant Agreement
ACEC modifies Document 32 – Agreement Between Engineer and Sub – Consultant in order to better serve its clients.
Here's What We've Done for You Lately
Government Relations Year-in-Review
See what ACEC has accomplished for our Member Firms in 2011.
Infrastructure Now A Top Government Priority
ACEC Parliament Hill Day Delivers Results
A long-term infrastructure plan now a top priority for Infrastructure Canada as a result of ACEC and stakeholder advocacy efforts.
ACEC to Procurement Officials: Engineering is an Investment
ACEC attends the Canadian Public Procurement Council Forum in Quebec City
ACEC Goes to Parliament Hill to Stress the Importance of Infrastructure Investment
On November 1st, Canadian Consulting Engineer Award winners, members of the ACEC Board, and representatives from ACEC's provincial counterparts will travel to Parliament Hill to promote the importance of long-term investment in infrastructure.
ACEC Promotes Infrastructure Investment to the House of Commons Finance Committee
ACEC continues to encourage the federal government to follow through on its pledge to work with stakeholders to develop a long-term infrastructure investment strategy in its submission to the House of Commons Finance Committee.
ACEC Advocates on Behalf of its Sole Practitioners and Employee-Owned Members
More Retirement Savings and Income Options for Members
ACEC is working with the Retirement Income Improvement Coalition (RIIC) to support the introduction of Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs), and to develop new tax rules for PRPPs benefitting ACEC members.
Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) - NEW Online Training Simulation Offered by CSA Standards
Article by Canadian Standards Association
The Canadian Standards Association is now offering an online training for owners and professional services firms to understand the methodology of Qualifications Based Selection.
Advocacy Update – What ACEC is Doing for You
ACEC prepares for a budget briefing to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance and its annual Hill Day on November 1st.
Promoting Best Practices for Inter-Provincial Trade
ACEC is working with Member Organizations across Canada to ensure that ongoing trade negotiations among the provinces do not compromise the ability of consulting engineering firms to offer high quality services and value to their clients.
How Will the Federal Election Affect
Big changes are occurring in Ottawa. The good news is that a commitment to long-term infrastructure investment is a policy priority shared by the Tories and the NDP.
DND and DCC Discuss Industry Trends
and Expected Work
Firms doing business with Defence Construction Canada (DCC) or the Department of National Defence (DND) can expect more work this fiscal year.
How Will the Federal Budget Affect
Budget reflects ACEC recommendations. Should an election be called, ACEC will challenge all political parties to match or exceed this commitment to infrastructure.
Trade Agreements Must Not Compromise Professional Services
ACEC opposes trade policies and agreements that prevent public sector organizations from adopting fair procurement of consulting engineering services.
ACEC Testifies at Finance Committee
ACEC testified to the Finance Committee and called for a long-term infrastructure investment strategy.