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People, mergers and special awards – a miscellany of consulting engineering firm news

Following is a summary of some recent happenings in consulting engineering companies across Canada, including news...


Following is a summary of some recent happenings in consulting engineering companies across Canada, including news about people, corporate mergers and special awards.Kilbride Land Surveying has merged with McElhanney Associates Land Surveying of B.C. Principal Gordon Kilbride and the staff will move to McElhanney’s Prince George office.Klohn Crippen Berger of Vancouver has acquired IEG Energy Services, an aboriginal-owned environmental firm based in Alberta. At the beginning of April, Klohn Crippen Berger announced its new president and chief executive officer as Bryan Watts, P.Eng. Ernest Potfors, P.Eng. was appointed chairman of the board at the same time.Jacques Whitford, a consulting engineering company based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, has made a $200,000 donation to the University of New Brunswick in support of science and engineering scholarships.Kazimir Olecnowicz, president and director-general of CIMA+ in Quebec, has received the Prix Merite 2005 from the Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in recognition of his contribution to engineering and community affairs.Former chairman and president of Associated Engineering, Jack O’Brien, passed away on December 24, 2005 after a long illness. He retired in 1988 after almost 40 years with the company. During his career he oversaw a wide range of water supply and waste treatment projects in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, the Yukon and Northwest Territories. He also directed the development of operations in British Columbia.AMEC has partnered with the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation to create two new scholarships for women in engineering. One is the $10,000 AMEC Masters Scholarship in Engineering. The other is the $5,000 undergraduate AMEC Scholarship in Engineering for Aboriginal Women. Both will be awarded annually for three years beginning in the fall of 2006. The Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation was founded in 1990 in memory of the 14 female engineering students at Ecole Polytechnique who were murdered on December 6, 1989. AMEC in Canada is headquartered in Oakville, Ontario.Paul Breeze, P.Eng. of CH2M Hill is the new president of Consulting Engineers of Alberta (CEA). Vice president is Brian Pearse, P.Eng. of Stewart Weir & Co. and past president is Don Chambers, P.Eng. of Walters Chambers. The new CEA board was announced on May 24 at its Annual General Meeting in Edmonton.S. James Statham has been named executive director of the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors. Mr. Statham comes from a 30-year career with Marshall Macklin Monaghan of Toronto as senior-vice president, geomatics and chief administration officer. He was also a director of the firm.David Harvey, P.Eng. of Associated Engineering has been elected as president of the Institution of Structural Engineers (IstructE) in the United Kingdom for 2006-2007. He is based in Associated Engineering’s Burnaby office. His 37 years of experience in bridge design includes most recently the Sea to Sky Highway Test Section near West Vancouver which won a 2005 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence.