Advocacy

Advocacy

Shaping public policy, legislation and regulation of interest to members

As the authoritative voice of consulting engineering firms, CEO advocates for business interests of our member firms. To achieve this goal, CEO works closely with our partners at municipal, provincial and federal levels to raise awareness and influence governments and other stakeholders on issues relevant to our members – procurement standards, liability issues, risk management, contract language, and pricing and payment.

Highlights

Promotion of Qualifications-Based Selection
CEO actively promotes Qualifications-Based Selection (QBS) as the best industry practice for procuring engineering services for public infrastructure projects to both public sector clients and general public. 
 
Conflict of Interest for Consulting Engineering Services Guidelines
CEO developed its Conflict of Interest Guidelines to help member firms and public sector clients better address and make informed decisions when confronted with COI/UA situations.
 
Bill 6, the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act
CEO worked closely with Ontario Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure, Brad Duguid, and ministry officials to shape legislation that best represents the interests of CEO’s member firms.
 
Construction Lien Act
CEO has been taking a leadership role in representing member firms’ business interests through a submission to Review Counsel detailing its position on the application of the Act.  
 
Queen’s Park Day
CEO’s first annual Queen’s Park Day on October 5, 2015 elevated the association’s profile with the Provincial Government and raised awareness of the issues crucial to the consulting engineering industry.  
 
Ottawa City Hall Day
CEO’s first ever City Hall Day on November 24, 2015 built the association’s profile with the City government and raise awareness on issues of critical importance to Ottawa area member firms.
 
Consultations
CEO provides industry positions to government ministries and agencies to ensure the views represented by our member firms are incorporated into the decision making process.
 
Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
CEO continues to strongly advocate for strategic long-term planning and promote a sustainable business environment for members’ business.
 

If you have any questions about CEO's advocacy efforts, or would like more information, please contact David Zurawel, Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations at dzurawel@ceo.on.ca.