KENORA, ON, July 26, 2012 /CNW/ - Today, the Association of Consulting
Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) is stating its support for regional
roundtables organized by the federal government to inform the
development of a long-term infrastructure plan.
On June 1, 2012, the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport,
Infrastructure and Communities announced that a series of regional
roundtables would be hosted by the federal government over the summer
of 2012 to gather first-hand input on a new long-term infrastructure
plan. This plan will set the stage to replace nearly $2 billion in
annual infrastructure funding that is due to expire in 2014.
"As a leading industry stakeholder, we are very pleased to have the
opportunity to participate in these important discussions," said ACEC
President, John Gamble. "This opportunity will allow ACEC and the
consulting engineering sector across Canada a leadership role in the
development of the long-term infrastructure plan, a process that ACEC
has long advocated for."
ACEC believes that infrastructure is an investment - not an expense.
Through proper preparation and a strategic approach to infrastructure
planning, Canadians will receive the best return on that investment.
ACEC requested seats at five roundtables held in different regions of
the country. Representatives of ACEC's Member Organizations
participated in the following locations:
June 29 - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Mr. Darrell Fisher of ACEC-Prince Edward Island
July 5 - Québec City, Québec: Mr. François Plourde of l'Association des ingénieurs-conseils du
July 13 - Toronto, Ontario: Mr. Barry Steinberg of Consulting Engineers of Ontario
July 16 - Edmonton, Alberta: Mr. Sheldon Hudson of Consulting Engineers of Alberta
July 26 - Kenora, Ontario: Mr. Bruce Wilton of ACEC-Manitoba
"ACEC looks forward to participating in the national roundtable in the
fall and to continuing to work with the federal government towards the
implementation of the long-term infrastructure plan," added Gamble.
"Our industry members have direct knowledge and expertise on the
benefits of infrastructure investment and it is essential that our
recommendations be considered in the drafting of a new plan for
For additional background information, the association's position paper
titled "The Benefits of Infrastructure Investment" is attached.
The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies - Canada represents companies in Canada that provide professional engineering
services to both public and private-sector clients. These services
include the planning, design and execution of all types of engineering
projects, as well as providing independent advice and expertise in a
wide range of engineering and engineering-related fields. For more
information about ACEC, please visit www.acec.ca.
SOURCE: Association of Consulting Engineering Companies
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Randi Goddard, Project Manager, Events and Communications
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