2020 Year in Review
2020 YEAR IN REVIEW – WHAT WE ACCOMPLISHED
Throughout the past year, ACEC-NB continued to speak out on several issues to create a stronger business climate for our members. We are proud of the important work we have accomplished over the past year on behalf of you, our members. Below is a snapshot of what we achieved.
COMMUNICATIONS AND ACTIVITIES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 PANDEMIC
The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our people and our businesses in ways many of us had not planned. Managing a business through a pandemic crisis is a significant challenge. For this reason, ACEC -NB obtained feedback from our firms, the last week of March, which in turn helped us focus our initial advocacy efforts with elected officials and clients. Here is what you said:
Feedback from the survey indicated member firms were looking to stay informed about government and other financial programs, in response ACEC-NB added a link to their webpage with the most up to date financial and assistance programs at https://www.acec-nb.ca/project/acec-nb-response-to-covid-19/
ACEC-NB was in contact with several government departments to ensure that the government was open and operating and that permitting and tendering would continue during this time. All government departments we spoke to understood the importance of keeping business flowing during this time and indicated they were available although in some cases at a reduced capacity.
ACEC-NB always relayed the message to government and all clients that our firms were still open for business. In addition, the following actions were taken:
PROMOTING THE RESPONSIBLE INVESTMENT OF INFRASTRUCTURE DOLLARS
On the advocacy front we continue to spread the message that infrastructure is a core business of government and an investment in our social, economic and environmental quality of life, not a cost to be minimized.
Priority should be given to core infrastructure that grows the economy, creates jobs and expands the tax base. Growing the economy is essential to making further investments in community and social infrastructure viable and sustainable in the long term.
We promote a 10-year spending plan which will de-politicize infrastructure planning and create stability.
Over the course of 2020 we met with not only the Premier to discuss this message but also the Honourable David Coon, leader of the Green Party and Kevin Vickers, former leader of the Official Opposition and the leader of the Liberal Party of New Brunswick.
During the election, in August 2020 we sent the following letter to all political leaders.
Women in Consulting Engineering in New Brunswick: Career Satisfaction & Workplace Experiences Report
With a view towards the future and our ongoing competitiveness, in 2018 the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of New Brunswick (ACEC-NB) created a diversity and inclusion committee. This group, with representation from several member firms, decided to tackle gender diversity and inclusion as its first priority. Our research was geared towards understanding specific career experiences and preferences that impact long-term retention of women in the profession.
Research was conducted over the course of 2019 and this report contains the insights gained from that process. We probed on what types of benefits are most meaningful to women in consulting engineering, drivers of career satisfaction, perception of career advancement opportunities, and work culture.
In addition, we have created a series of recommendations to support our member firms, there are recommendations for individuals, member firms and ACEC-NB.
Recommendations fall into the following themes:
Why did the ACEC-NB complete this work?
2020 Engineering Excellence Awards
Awards were presented to 5 New Brunswick Consulting Engineering firms. The firms and projects range in size, discipline and location, one of the five projects was honoured with The Pinnacle Award which is the top ranked entry deemed to demonstrate consulting engineering excellence by the judging panel.
The Pinnacle Award was presented to Dillon Consulting Limited for their project entitled: Determining the Likelihood of Ship-source Hazardous and Noxious Substance Releases in Canada. Other awards were presented to:
Thank you to the board of ACEC-NB:
Tim Ryan, P.Eng.- President
Jaclyn Currie, P.Eng. – Director
Charles Goguen, P.Eng. – Past President
Christine Plourde, P.Eng. – Director
Andrea Kalafut, P.Eng. – Vice-President
Tim Dulenty, P.Eng. – Director
Kim Gaudet, P.Eng. – Secretary
Philippe Landry, P.Eng. – Director
Jessica Fredericks, P. Eng. – Treasurer
Denis Gallant, Ex-officio Director
Martin Gordon, P.Eng. – ACEC Canada Representative
Lucas Storey P.Eng. – Young Professionals Representative
Finally, we want to recognize that we are a member supported association, we want to thank all our members for their support which makes all that ACEC-NB does possible!