Opening of the FIDIC 2008 Quebec Conference


    QUEBEC CITY, Sept. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The annual conference of the
International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) opened this morning
in Quebec City under the theme "A Strong Industry, Serving Society." From now
until Wednesday, 500 engineers from 65 countries will be discussing today's
leading issues, such as infrastructure quality, sustainable development,
environmental protection, and new forms of risk sharing, including
public-private partnerships.
    "Never before in human history has the role of a consulting engineer been
so important," states FIDIC president John Boyd. "With globalization, the need
to transport people and goods is increasing, energy needs are growing to match
higher standards of living, and we are facing never before seen environmental
and demographic challenges."

    The consulting engineer: a driver of economic development

    High quality drinking water. Safe, accessible transportation. Reliable
communication networks. These are just a few examples of how consulting
engineers help shape society every day. "Current issues require a global
vision," states Jeff Morrison, president of the Association of Canadian
Engineering Companies, adding that it is important to integrate the
profession's expertise into decisions made by political authorities. It's
better to do things right to from the beginning so you don't have to start
over later. Things like local balance and the responsible management of public
funds are only some of the things at stake."

    Canada and Quebec: leaders in consulting engineering

    In Canada, the consulting engineering sector represents $15.4 billion
annually and employs 90,000 people, including 17,000 people in Quebec. "Canada
is the fourth largest exporter of consulting engineering services. Quebec
alone accounts for half the services provided abroad," says Johanne
Desrochers, president of AICQ (Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec).

    About FIDIC

    The International Federation of Consulting Engineers was founded in 1913.
It is comprised of 78 national associations representing the majority of
engineering firms around the world and a total of 2 million engineers. The
Quebec City conference is organized in collaboration with Association of
Canadian Engineering Companies and Association des ingénieurs-conseils du

For further information:

For further information: Jonathan Gendron, HKDP Communications and
Public Affairs, (418) 523-3352 ext. 222, Cell.: (418) 929-2318,; Source: International Federation of Consulting Engineers,

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