Best of B.C. engineering honoured at 2019 ACEC-BC Gala

Monday, April 8, 2019

Winners of the 30th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Announced

The 30th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, held Saturday night at the Westin Bayshore Hotel, honoured the innovation and technical excellence of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC) member firms.

Awards were given in the following categories: Buildings, Municipal & Civil Infrastructure, Transportation & Bridges, Energy & Industry, Natural Resource & Habitat, Soft Engineering and Projects Under $2.5 Million. ACEC-BC also recognized the outstanding contributions of two individual consulting engineers.

“The Awards for Engineering Excellence winners represent the best and brightest in our industry,” said Caroline Andrewes, President and CEO, ACEC-BC. “The winning projects are some of the most impressive work we have seen from B.C.’s consulting engineers, who have been showcased on this stage for the past three decades.”

This year’s Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence winner was WSP Canada Group Ltd. for their New Solutions for Safe Water in Remote Communities project. WSP worked collaboratively with RES’EAU-WaterNET, a research and development network, to develop an organics removal technology for water treatment in small and remote communities that utilizes natural biological processes, is low in consumables, reduces chemical requirements, has a minimal waste product and is simple for operators.  Through the application of this research, WSP implemented the world’s first full-scale pilot of an innovative treatment technology.

The Meritorious Achievement Award, presented annually to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to engineering, the industry and the community, was awarded to John Sherstobitoff, P.Eng., Ausenco Engineering Canada Inc.

The Young Professional Award was given to David Ellis, P.Eng, of McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd. recognizing his many achievements in the first 10 years of his career, excellence in consulting business practices, and leadership in the community.

The 2019 Client of the Year Award was presented to the City of Kelowna. This award serves to promote and encourage best practices by clients, and nominations are based on criteria that include communication and relationship management, appropriate risk assessment management and allocation, use of fair and balanced contracts and appropriate procurement and delivery methodology that leads to clear scope. The City of Kelowna has developed a collaborative approach to working with the consulting engineering industry, which has brought benefits for the City, the consulting community, and the citizens of Kelowna.  Better communications have resulted in better input on projects, design criteria, construction documents, by-laws, specifications and much more. 

A complete list of award winners is attached.

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About the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies, British Columbia (ACEC-BC)

ACEC-BC is British Columbia's provincial association of engineering consulting firms.  ACEC-BC represents 85 of BC's consulting engineering companies that provide engineering and other technology-based intellectual services to the public and private sectors, and are integral contributors to major projects in British Columbia. ACEC-BC firms employ more than 9,000 people in British Columbia comprised of a workforce of engineers, geoscientists, technicians, technologists and other support staff.

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