ACEC Elects New Chair, Richard Tiller, and Bestows the 2016 Chair's Award to Philip "Skit" Ferguson

OTTAWA, Oct. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) is pleased to announce that Richard W. Tiller, President and Chief Executive Officer of St. John's Tiller Engineering Inc. (TEI), has been elected Chair of its Board of Directors for 2016-2017. Mr. Tiller is preceded by Perry Mitchelmore, of Meco, who presented the 2016 Chair's Award for exceptional contributions to the industry, to Philip "Skit" Ferguson, Executive Director of Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia. The Chair's Award was presented at the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards gala closing the 2016 ACEC national leadership conference in Ottawa.

During the association's Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, Mr. Tiller spoke of the importance of continual focus on Qualifications Based Selection of consulting engineering services. The consulting engineering industry is a creative and innovative business that produces great projects for society. As business models and modes of construction project delivery continue to evolve, ACEC, together with its provincial and territorial Member Organizations, is in a strong position to lead the industry with a focus on value and quality.

Summarizing the Board's intentions for the year ahead, Mr. Tiller said, "We need to continue to move forward building on the success of past boards and evolving to meet the changing trends and needs of our members and our industry."

ACEC's new Chair, founder of Tiller Engineering Inc.
Mr. Tiller was elected to the ACEC Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as ACEC's Chair-Elect for the past year. Mr. Tiller founded TEI, a consulting engineering firm based in St. John's, Newfoundland, in 2001 and is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE), and of Engineers Canada. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the analysis, design, inspection and project management of a wide array of structures – in the heavy industrial, buildings, offshore oil, and telecommunications industries.

Philip "Skit" Ferguson a towering figure in consulting engineering in Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada
Skit is a tireless advocate for consulting engineers. He never misses a chance to highlight to all levels of government the contributions consulting engineers make to Society, in creating wealth and good jobs. For his lasting influence on consulting engineers, tireless work ethic, enthusiasm and infectious positive energy, Skit is a deserving recipient of the 2016 ACEC Chair's Award.

Skit spent his entire career at Imperial Oil after graduating from St. Francis Xavier (B.Sc.) and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (B.Eng – Mechanical). He joined Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia (CENS) after retiring from Imperial Oil as Manager, Distribution and Marine Operations, Atlantic Canada, in 1990. He was given an honorary Life Award from Engineers Nova Scotia in 2003, and is a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In September, Skit received the F.H Sexton Gold Medal Award from Engineers Nova Scotia. It is awarded to an engineer who has been recognized for exceptional achievements in their chosen field of engineering practice and who has had an outstanding career in engineering, contributing to economic and social benefits of society.

About Tiller Engineering Inc.
Established in 2001 by Richard (Rick) W. Tiller, M.Eng., P.Eng., FEC, TEI was founded on the rigorous safety and quality requirements of the offshore oil and gas industry. Since then we have grown into an ever-expanding team of professional engineers, field inspectors, draftspersons and safety professionals. With a paramount focus on safety and quality and an impeccable track-record, Tiller is the premier choice for engineering, project management, and inspection services across Atlantic Canada.

About Skit Ferguson
Skit was never one to sit around. Born in Reserve Mines, the heart of Cape Breton Coal mining, Skit escaped the mines on the baseball diamond. Skit paid for his engineering education playing summer ball with other athletes, like Rocket Richard. He was being scouted by the Red Sox when he decided to pursue Engineering instead, figuring he would only play ball until he was 35, but an engineering job could last him the rest of his life. Skit was inducted to the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame in 1980, the Maritime Sport Hall of Fame in 2014, and the St. Francis Xavier Sports Hall of Fame (for Hockey).

ACEC 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 and the 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards, please visit

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