Consulting Engineers of Ontario discusses contract language and other hot issues at Queen’s Park
Twenty representatives and staff of Consulting Engineers of Ontario met with government officials on October 17. The event was CEO’s 2nd Annual Queen’s Park Day at the Ontario Legislature in Toronto.
They had meetings with representatives of several portfolios: the attorney general, infrastructure, finance, transportation, economic development and growth, environment and government and consumer services.
The day began with the session with Opposition Caucus Members and staff, including Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli, Oxford MPP Ernie Hardeman, Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris and Lambton-Kent-Middlesex MPP Monte McNaughton. CEO brought its experience and knowledge to the table to discuss core issues such as infrastructure investment, procurement practices, contract language, qualifications-based selection (QBS), the Construction Lien Act and municipal asset management planning.
The meetings also included in-depth discussions around the challenges of contract language, risk transfer and the impacts they have on consulting engineers undertaking public infrastructure projects.
Minister of Infrastructure Bob Chiarelli met with CEO representatives during the working lunch meeting and acknowledged a strong relationship with the association. “The ministry worked closely with CEO to produce Ontario’s long term infrastructure plan Building Together,” he told the CEO delegation “Especially now when Ontario is committed to the largest infrastructure investment, the ministry will continue to work with CEO to tackle industry issues and develop sound public policy,” he added.
Liberal MPP for Etobicoke-Centre Yvan Baker sponsored an evening reception with approximately 100 attendees.
Barry Steinberg, chief executive officer of CEO, said: “Events like today are important because they elevate the profile of our profession and provide an opportunity for government officials and industry leaders to become partners in finding solutions to problems of common interest,” adds Steinberg.
Consulting Engineers of Ontario represents nearly 200 consulting engineering firms employing more than 20,000 Ontarians.