OTTAWA, May 9, 2013 /CNW/ - The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) welcomed delegates of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) to Canada yesterday. FIDIC's governing executive committee are meeting in Ottawa to discuss issues affecting the global engineering market and how consulting engineering can make a greater contribution to economic, social and environmental quality of life for people around the world. Topics discussed included promoting sustainability, fostering innovation, building industry capacity and ensuring business integrity. The executive committee is elected by the FIDIC membership and currently has representation from the UK, Spain, Tanzania, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Sweden and Canada.
"We are honoured to host such a distinguished group of engineering executives in our nation's capital," said ACEC President, John Gamble. "It's been a real pleasure engaging FIDIC on global issues facing our industry and recognizing the very important work of consulting engineers across our country and abroad."
To showcase the important role of the consulting engineering industry in Canada and internationally, ACEC hosted a reception on Parliament Hill in FIDIC's honour. Attendees included Cabinet Ministers, Members of Parliament, Senators, Ambassadors and ACEC stakeholders from both the private and public sectors.
Also this week, ACEC met with the Hon. Ed Fast, Minister of International Trade, and with senior representatives of several federal government departments to discuss how Canada's consulting engineering community can contribute to prosperity in Canada and world-wide.
"FIDIC is very grateful for the leading role of Canadian consulting engineers in the development of our global industry," said Geoff French, FIDIC President. "Their continuing input regarding Sustainability and Business Practices are helping FIDIC develop new global guidelines for these crucial issues."
FIDIC is the global voice of the consulting engineering industry and its members are national associations representing consulting engineering companies. Founded in 1913, FIDIC promotes and implements the consulting engineering industry's strategic goals on behalf of its Member Associations and disseminates information and resources of interest to its members. Today, FIDIC membership includes consulting engineering associations from 94 countries around the world.
ACEC represents nearly 500 companies that provide professional engineering services to both public and private sector clients across Canada. 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.
SOURCE: Association of Consulting Engineering Companies
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Emily Reid, ACEC Public Affairs Consultant