Events & Awards

Annual General Meeting

2016 AGM & Industry Luncheon

Attended by about 65 members and guests from other engineering associations, CEO’s 2016 Annual General Meeting was hosted on June 8, 2016 at the Royal Canadian Military Institute in Toronto, Ontario.
 
The AGM not only served as a forum to reflect on the key activities CEO has achieved over the past year, but also to discuss the association’s new vision and objectives as another cycle of Strategic Plan kicked off.  
 
In his speech, the outgoing Chair, Bruce Potter, emphasized the need for more active member engagement for CEO’s future. He said, “CEO will be initiating a more aggressive communications plan with our members to ensure that the key decision makers in the CEO member firms recognize the importance of their firms’ contributions. We are an organization based upon the dedication of our volunteers. We are always looking for more”.
 
Chief Executive Officer Barry Steinberg gave a report recounting the achievements CEO accomplished in different pillars of the Strategic Plan. He briefed the members on the steps CEO took to create a better business environment for the consulting engineering industry, such as Conflict of Interest Guidelines for Consulting Engineering Services in Ontario, Bill 6, the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act and Queen’s Park Day.
 
Later in his report, Barry paid tribute to the association’s attitude for its success. Barry stated, “The past 12 months clearly demonstrate that. When we see a need for action we don’t hesitate. CEO makes the most out of what we have to pick our battles. That’s why we have been able to solve many of your problems and achieve positive change since 1975. But we haven’t always been able to respond as quickly as you would have liked; a result of resource limitations”. CEO has the lowest membership dues compared to the other member organizations of ACEC.  
 
During the AGM, Peter Mallory was appointed as the new Chair and Steve Dyck, SNC-Lavalin, Angela Iannuziello, AECOM, Brian Ruck, GHD, Joe Sframeli, WSP/MMM Group and David Tipler, Exp were elected as directors by acclamation.
 
As the first act as Chair, Peter Mallory presented the highlights of CEO’s new Strategic Plan and key goals for the coming year.
 
Past Chair Dave Bannister and Secretary Mike Tulloch were recognized as their tenure on the board has come to an end. Mike Tulloch will continue his involvement in CEO as a committee member of the Audit and Finance Committee.
 
The AGM was followed by a special presentation on the new MOECC client account management system was given by Walter Lee, Manager, Implementation Unit, Modernization of Approvals Branch, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
 
Following the lunch, Bruce Reynolds and Sharon Vogel from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP shared their insights on bidder exclusions and their process on the Construction Lien Act.
 
Click here to see the 2016 AGM gallery.
Click here to download the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change presentation on Environmental Approvals in Ontario Demonstration of the EASR eECAS system