A few weeks ago we let you know that we have postponed the 2020 ACEC-BC Awards Gala due to concerns around COVID-19. Since then, we’ve been closely monitoring the situation and after consulting with our Board of Directors we’ve made the difficult decision to postpone the Awards Gala to 2021.
This was not an easy decision to make as we know this celebration is fundamental in recognizing the excellence and innovative leadership within our industry. However, as you’re aware the health, safety, and well-being of our community is core to our values, which is why we’ve made this decision to ensure we can host this celebration at a time that guarantees safety and provides the best experience for members, guests, volunteers, and our staff.
What happens to project submissions?
There is no impact to submissions as only the gala celebration date has changed. All project submissions will be honoured and winners will be announced in 2021. The new gala date will be announced in the coming weeks.
We understand that members put a lot of time, effort, and resources into their submissions, which is why we will be launching a number of awareness campaigns over the coming months to recognize all project submissions.
What about new submissions?
The 2021 Awards Gala will not be accepting new submissions. As part of the call for entries for the 2022 Gala we will be extending the eligibility window to two years so members can submit projects completed in 2020 and 2021.
What else is ACEC-BC doing in response to COVID-19?
Our website has been updated with a COVID-19 Resource Centre to provide member firms with general updates, resources, and information on our advocacy work during this crisis. Members are encouraged to connect with us through the Feedback Portal.
We’ve also formed the COVID-19 Advisory Team with senior leaders from member firms and critical infrastructure owners to protect the public interest, safeguard the health and safety of our teams, and ensure the consulting engineering industry remains resilient.
ACEC-BC is also participating in the COVID-19 Cabinet with the BC Business Community which is focused on actions to support our economy today and accelerate recovery in the coming months.