Meritorious Achievement Award

Doug Hinton, P.Eng.

The ACEC-British Columbia Meritorious Achievement Award recognizes an individual consulting engineer for outstanding contributions to the engineering profession, our industry and the community.

The recipient of this prestigious award in 2017 is Doug Hinton, P.Eng., Executive Vice President of Hatch. Doug started his engineering career in 1977 in the mining industry, working for Cominco (now Teck Ltd.) on their new world-class Electrolytic and Melting Plant Project in Trail, B.C. as a Construction Engineer and was quickly promoted to Construction Engineering Manager for this project. While in Trail, B.C., Doug found time to coach and manage the Rossland Junior Hockey Team for six years.

After moving to Vancouver to manage the design, construction, management, and eventual demolition of the Canadian Pacific Pavilion for Expo ’86, Doug began expanding his experience into even larger projects, such as the SXEW Project (situated at 4500m above sea level in northern Chile) and the Red Dog Lead/Zinc Mine in Alaska (100km north of the Arctic Circle). Doug then joined BC Transit in 1995 as the Director of the Capital Improvement Program, where he was offered the chance to be the director of the expansion of the SkyTrain system through the addition of the Millennium Line.

In 2000, Doug joined Hatch (then Hatch Mott MacDonald) to manage the 24km light rail extension project in Sacramento, California. Upon completion, Doug returned to B.C. to lead and develop new business for Hatch’s new Vancouver infrastructure office. Large infrastructure projects include Prime Consultant on the iconic Sea-to-Sky Highway Project and co-Prime Lead on the Port Mann/
Highway 1 Improvement Project.

Promoting consulting engineering has been Doug’s focus since first joining ACEC-BC (then CEBC). Doug joined the board, eventually serving as President in 2011-2012. Doug has also been involved with the BC Construction Roundtable (BCCR) for more than 15 years, and has worked with UBC Civil Engineering’s Industry Advisory Council, contributing recommendations for the curriculum based on the current working environment. His work to promote consulting engineering to students and legislators, make constructive recommendations to improve engineering curriculum, and demonstrate what consulting engineers can achieve have benefitted countless engineers in B.C.


Previous Recipients of the Meritorious Achievement Award

2016 Kerry Rudd, P.Eng., C.Eng., FICE
2015 John Collings, P.Eng.
2014 Brian Johnson, P.Eng.
2013 John Watson, P.Eng., FEC
2012 Chris Newcomb, P.Eng.
2011 Neil Cumming, FACI, P.Eng
2010 Ian Hargreaves, P.Eng
2009 Terry McQuillan
2008 Phil Seabrook, P.Eng FEC
2007 Ernest Portfors, P.Eng
2006 Peter Buckland, P.Eng. and Peter Taylor, P.Eng.
2005 Russell Fraser, QC, P.Eng
2004 Bob Brocklebank, P.Eng
2003 Frank Leighton, P.Eng
2002 Earle Klohn, P.Eng
2001 Tom Simons, P.Eng