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
Similar to last year’s ACEC Manitoba President’s message, it is an honour to serve as your President for 2018-2019 and I wish to thank our Past-President Richard Tebinka, our Board, and our other volunteers for their ongoing commitment to our organization. Without that commitment and the help of those involved, we would not have the strong and well organized association that we have today.
As most of you are aware, we are heading towards a tipping point as a professional organization, and we need to impress upon those who are affected by our works that we are in the value creation business. That means we create more value than the cost to procure our services and in most cases, much more. It requires a great deal of imagination, commitment to our clients, and professionalism on our part to ensure that that always remains the case.
So with that being said, some of the initiatives for the upcoming year will include the following:
- We will continue to pursue the possibility of introducing Qualifications Based Selection (QBS) for engineering services with the City of Winnipeg and Province. This procurement process allows governments to procure high quality engineering services that promote efficient use of taxpayers’ dollars and at the same time helps protect the public’s interest. It improves project delivery and lowers a project’s overall lifecycle cost which should always be the primary driver when procuring professional services on behalf of the taxpayer.
- We will continue to meet with other associations representing technologists and technicians, architects and professional planners to discuss areas of joint interest. Examples may include changes in regulations that do or do not reflect the best interests of the public and all stakeholders including allied design professionals.
- We will continue to meet with Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba (EGM) to discuss areas that affect both associations. For example, we have been successful in having EGM’s Director of Government Relations join our Government Affairs Committee. Together we are working towards reducing current 30 year limits of liability down to 10 to 15 years, which is in line with the other Western Provinces.
- We will continue reaching out to municipal jurisdictions regarding the New West Trade Partnership Agreement and provide input on how this agreement affects procurement of engineering services.
- And we will continue to provide support to those organizations that wish to work with us in streamlining their professional procurement practices such as the recently completed Manitoba Hydro Framework Agreement.
Thanks again and looking forward to the upcoming year