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ACEC-BC Celebrates 30th Annual Awards

The top prize, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence, was awarded to WSP Canada Group Ltd. for the firm's New Solutions for Safe Water in Remote Communities project.


The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC), together with member companies, customers and guests celebrated innovation and technical excellence at the 30th Annual Awards for Engineering Excellence Gala, held Saturday, April 6th at the Westin Bayshore Hotel in Vancouver.

Awards and Excellence and Awards of Merit were handed out in seven categories (buildings; municipal & civil infrastructure; transportation & bridges; energy & industry; natural resource & habitat; soft engineering; and projects under $2.5 million), with the top prize, the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Engineering Excellence, being awarded to WSP Canada Group Ltd. for the firm’s 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 other Awards of Excellence and Merit went to:

Category: Buildings

  • Award of Excellence: Fast + Epp, 3 Civic Plaza project in Surrey
  • Award of Merit: Stantec, University of Northern British Columbia Wood Innovation Research Laboratory in Prince George

Category: Municipal & Civil Infrastructure

  • Award of Excellence: McElhanney Consulting Services, Dual use detention centre/sports field in Township of Langley
  • Award of Merit: WSP, Shedding light on Greater Vernon’s water system-an innovation in UV disinfection

Category: Transportation & bridges

  • Award of Excellence: COWI, Main span design of the Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York
  • Award of Merit: McElhanney, replacement of the Fort Nelson River Bridge

Category: Energy & Industry

  • Award of Excellence: SNC-Lavalin, John Hart Generating Station replacement project, Campbell River
  • Award of Merit: Knight Piésold, Azambi Hydroelectric project, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Category: Natural Resource & Habitat

Category: Soft Engineering

  • Award of Excellence: WSP Canada, New Solutions for Safe Water in Remote Communities project
  • Award of Merit: PBX Engineering, Railway Crossing Information System (RCIS)
  • Award of Merit:  Tetra Tech, Oil spill software for Canadian Waters

Category: Projects under $2.5 million

  • Award of Excellence: Morrison Hershfield, Cloudraker Skybridge & Raven’s Eye Cliff Walk, Whistler
  • Award of Merit: Dillon Consulting, Britannia Heritage Shipyard flood protection improvement project, Richmond

ACEC-BC also recognized the outstanding contributions of two individual consulting engineers.

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

And 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. The 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.