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 Qualifications Based Selection (QBS).
Message From The President
It is an honour to serve as ACEC Manitoba’s President for 2017-2018. I wish to extend my thanks to the example and accomplishments set by our Past-President, Allyson Desgroseilliers, our Board, our volunteers, and of course, going forward, the person who will have the challenge to keep us all on track, Kerri Hiebert. Without the commitment and work of all of these individuals we would not have the strong, well organized, and well led organization that we have today.
For those who don’t know me, I joined the Board in 2013, and have served on the Transportation, Government Affairs, Nominating, and Golf Committees. I have found it to be a very rewarding experience and trust that the coming year will be the same. I would encourage staff of all of our member firms to consider joining one of our many committees, and down the road, the Board – you will not regret it. If you are working for an engineering consultant that is currently not a member, encourage your firm to join our association. By doing so, you will better understand and be aware of the many roles available to volunteers, and the many initiatives being undertaken by the Board and the committees. The goal is to increase our association’s, and hence our member firms’, profile and make operating and working in Manitoba a positive experience, offering opportunities for growth and advancement.
Some of our recent accomplishments, as well as initiatives that will continue over the coming year(s), include:
- We have initiated closer ties with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, specifically, inviting their association’s Director of Government Relations to join our Government Affairs Committee, with joint interest in issues such as limits of liability, the workings of the New West Trade Partnership Agreement, as well as other matters.
- We regularly meet with other associations representing technologists and technicians, and architects in Manitoba. We have also initiated contact with Manitoba Professional Planners Institute and will begin meeting with them in the coming year. We are also looking at initiating meetings with the Winnipeg Construction Association and Manitoba Heavy Construction Association on possible areas of joint interest.
- We have been involved in the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, and recently began attending events hosted by the Manitoba Chamber of Commerce, with key ones being the annual dinner with Government Ministers, and the MLA December reception. We also plan on attending the upcoming dinner with Deputy Ministers. Our representation on the Winnipeg Chamber Board ensures we have a voice in business matters affecting our industry.
- We have resurrected the Past Presidents meetings, asking past presidents to be involved in drafting our new criteria for Board nominations and membership (completed in early 2017), led by our then Past President, Alana Gauthier, as well as input to the Government Affairs Committee.
- We reviewed and streamlined membership categories, including the creation of a new membership category – Retired Members, with two members to date.
- We have had positive feedback from the Provincial Government on opening discussions to potentially reduce the current 30 year limits of liability down to 10 to 15 years, in line with all other Provinces. We must continue to pursue this matter.
- Manitoba has signed the New West Trade Partnership Agreement, and as an Association, we will be reaching out to municipal jurisdictions with input on how that may change, or not change, how they procure engineering services.
- We will continue to pursue the possibility of introducing Qualifications Based Selection for engineering service with the City of Winnipeg and Province.
As you can see, our Board has been active, and we have a number of initiatives we plan to pursue over the next year.