To promote the business interests of the Consulting Engineers of Manitoba: and to promote the application of engineering for the benefit of Society.
Increase Public awareness of the pivotal role that consulting engineers play in the application of technology, safety and protection of society.
Ensure Government recognition of consulting engineers' leading role in the management and application of technology , and of its benefit to Manitobans.
Continuously strengthen and increase Association membership.
Become the definitive voice on critical issues facing the consulting engineering industry.
Strengthen and increase the working relationships with organizations and associations closely affiliated with Manitoba's consulting engineering industry.
Promote the engagement of consulting engineering firms using the industry recognized process of Quality Based Selection (QBS).
Message From The President
The coming year promises to be very exciting and busy at ACEC Manitoba and I am honored to be elected as the 36th President. The Board and Committees have been very active in taking our initiatives to higher and higher levels and we are very fortunate to have so many individuals stepping forward and volunteering their valuable time. Without their dedicated and extraordinary efforts many of the important projects we are working on would not be possible.
When I look back to when I was first elected to the Board, I am astounded by how many challenges have been overcome, and how the Associations goals have expanded to deal with the ever changing business climate we live in.
This year will include a very special event with Winnipeg hosting the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada Summit and National Convention this spring between June 19 and 24th. This will be a rare opportunity for Manitobans to easily attend the summit and network with peers from coast to coast. We are hoping to be well represented by our local engineering community.
We were very excited to note that on June 1, 2013, the British Columbia government passed Bill 34, a new Limitation Act. The new Act reduced the ultimate limitation period for civil actions from 30 years to 15 years. The ACEC – MB board has been striving to reduce the ultimate limitation period in Manitoba for years. Our efforts have been falling on largely deaf ears and we have been struggling to gain any momentum. We are planning on trying to leverage the BC success story to gain a more sympathetic audience in Manitoba. The Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA), the Certified Technicians and Technologists Association of Manitoba (CTTAM) and representatives from the insurance industry, have been joining us in our efforts.
Many of you are likely aware that ACEC – MB sent out a survey to members recently to find out where our members would like us to focus our efforts. Yes, I also groan when YET another survey drops into my inbox, but this one directly benefits our members and it would greatly benefit us if you could take a moment and complete it. For those firms and members not represented on the board it is a chance to have your good ideas heard and to influence the direction of future initiatives.
This year is the 15th anniversary of the Annual Awards of Excellence Gala and it is promising to be an excellent event! This year we would like to have a record number of project submissions. We all do great work on exciting projects and this is an opportunity to showcase them at the Gala. They will also be included in the Annual Manitoba Consulting Engineer Publication that is sent to all our clients.
The Professional Development Group got off to a great start last year and have another very exciting program planned for this year. I encourage all our member firms to have staff attend some of the sessions.
Our Young Professionals have also been very active with their upcoming Gala, establishing ACEC – MB on LinkedIn, the U of M Mentoring Program and many more initiatives. It is inspiring to see so many young people in our industry take such a strong interest in the Association.
Another exciting recent development is the creation of a new committee formed for Women in Consulting Engineering. The committee is just now getting up and running and will have a mandate shortly, stay tuned!
There are so many exciting committee activities and initiatives that I could easily keep writing almost indefinitely. I am informed that I can only fill my allotment of space in the Manitoba Consulting Engineer Publication and I am unable to individually thank and acknowledge every committee and initiative that certainly deserves recognition.
In closing, the engineering business climate is improving and with it the need for volunteers in the association. I encourage you to step forward and join us in building for the engineering future.
Steve Reaburn P.Eng., LEED AP, HFDP, CPMP