BC’s Consulting Engineers Step Up to Deliver Essential Services and Keep the Provincial Economy Running

April 29, 2021

British Columbia’s Consulting Engineers Step Up to Deliver Essential Services and Keep the Provincial Economy Running

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) celebrates innovation, technical excellence, equity and diversity, and collaboration at its annual ACEC-BC Awards

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, April 29, 2021 – Everyday, British Columbia’s consulting engineering firms work tirelessly to deliver innovative and invaluable services, solutions, and projects with their public- and private-sector clients in regions across the province. Member companies of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of British Columbia (ACEC-BC) support many different industries and sectors, delivering work that spans engineering disciplines and practice areas, including Buildings, Municipal and Civil Infrastructure, Transportation and Bridges, Natural Resource and Habitat, and Soft Engineering. The impact of these contributions is felt in communities across BC, the country, and beyond Canada’s borders.

“This year, perhaps more than any other, is a time to recognize the contributions consulting engineering firms make every year,” says Caroline Andrewes P.Eng., ACEC-BC President and CEO. “BC’s consulting engineering firms contribute up to $4 billion annually to the economy, employing more than 9,500 British Columbians in high-value jobs. ACEC-BC members are delivering world-class projects here in the province, in Canada, and beyond our borders; they also keep our economy moving, in good times and bad.”

As the voice of consulting engineering companies in BC, ACEC-BC has been honoring the best of consulting engineering firms and individuals through its ACEC-BC Awards program since 1989. The association received 60 nominations for the 2021 awards.

The Awards for Engineering Excellence recognize technical excellence and innovation in consulting engineering projects. Projects nominated are located in the Central Interior, the Lower Mainland, in Northern BC, and on Vancouver Island; in Yukon, Alberta, and Saskatchewan; and throughout the United States of America. Ten organizations with offices located in BC receive awards this year, including AECOM Canada Ltd., Associated Engineering (B.C.) Ltd., BGC Engineering, Fast + Epp, McElhanney, Morrison Hershfield Limited, Parsons, SNC-Lavalin, Westmar Advisors, and WSP. Learn more about the nominees and award winners here.

The City of Burnaby receives the Client of the Year Award, recognizing the benefits that result from positive collaboration and good client relationships. Learn more here. And Mott Macdonald is the organizational recipient of ACEC-BC’s first Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award. Learn more here.

ACEC-BC and its members also recognize individuals for career contributions to the consulting engineering profession, Industry, and the broader community.

Steve Fleck P.Eng., MBA, ICD.D is Stantec’s Executive Vice President, Chief Practice and Project Officer, and the recipient of this year’s Meritorious Achievement Award. Steve has spent his 35-year career working across borders and sectors, actively promoting the value of consulting engineering, and serving his professional community. He is described by a peer as a “perfect example of the best of our industry, and the type of person we should all aspire to be.” Learn more here.

Siobhan Robinson P.Eng., M.A.Sc., Project Engineer at Kerr Wood Leidel Associates Ltd., receives the Young Professional Award for excellence in consulting business practices, outstanding achievements in her field of practice, and her passionate leadership and advocacy in improving the industry and encouraging young people to consider careers in engineering. Learn more here.

Chunpreet Sahota P.Eng., Structural Engineer at WSP Canada Inc. is recognized with the individual first annual Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Award for her role as a difference maker within WSP’s regional, national, and global operations, and into the broader engineering community. Learn more here.

“Our award recipients – individuals and organizations – are a testament to the consulting engineering profession, to our membership’s shared belief we are better together, and our deep-rooted commitment to our professional community and the communities where we work,” continues Andrewes. “Over the last 12 months, since the Province declared Engineering an essential service, our members have shown up for one another, and for British Columbians, in every municipality across BC to keep communities safe and the economic engine of our province running.”



ACEC-BC is the voice of Consulting Engineering companies in British Columbia. We collaborate with members and industry stakeholders to advance the business interests of consulting engineering firms in BC, serving the interests of our members through advocacy, creating opportunity for collaboration, and building awareness of the industry’s contributions to society and innovative technical expertise. Values unite our members and our governance. Together, we act collaboratively, promote innovative thinking, and invest in our community.


Ben Abbasipour, BBA
Marketing and Communications Leader

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