Canadian Consulting Engineer


March 1, 2008
By Canadian Consulting Engineer

Consulting Engineers -Trusted Advisors to Society

Consulting Engineers -Trusted Advisors to Society

Safe drinking water, secure transportation, reliable communications and efficient energy are the backbone of our global economy. Consulting engineers serve as trusted advisors to society on the planning, development and management of our natural and built environment.

FIDIC 2007 Singapore explored the key factors that lead to successful relationships between all the partners supplying professional services to the infrastructure sector.

FIDIC 2008 Quebec will challenge consulting engineers to build a strong industry that can serve society better. The focus will be on the role of engineers in influencing decision-makers and opinion-leaders and delivering quality to meet effectively global needs.

Sunday 7 September 2008

09.00 Registration, Fairmont Le Chteau Frontenac 14.00 Day Tours, leave from conference hotel 19.00 Welcome Reception, Chteau Frontenac

Monday 8 September 2008

Day’s Theme: Influencing Society

09.00 Opening Ceremony, Palais Montcalm 10.00 Plenary Session, Palais Montcalm 10.00 Day Tours, leave from Chteau Frontenac 14.00 Concurrent Sessions and Workshops, Chteau Frontenac 19.00 Local Colour Night, Cocktail Cruise and Dine-around

Tuesday 9 September 2008

All sessions at Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac Hotel

Day’s Theme: Delivering Quality

09.00 Plenary Session – Panel of Clients 10.30 Concurrent Sessions and Workshops 12.00 Day Tours, leave from conference hotel 13.30 Concurrent Sessions and Workshops

Wednesday 10 September 2008

All sessions at Fairmont Le Chteau Frontenac Hotel

Day’s Theme: Building Strong Organizations

09.00 Plenary Session – Panel of Industry Leaders 09.00 Day Tours, leave from Chteau Frontenac 10.30 Regional Seminars 14.00 Closing Plenary -Reports from Workshops 15.30 FIDIC General Assembly 20.00 Gala Dinner -“Circus Magic”

Thursday 11 September 2008

09.00 Post-Conference Tours Organized by FIDIC 2008 Conference Leave from conference hotel The programme of the FIDIC 2008 conference is based on a central theme, “A strong industry serving society.” During the plenary sessions to be held each day, three sub-themes will be explored:

Plenary Sessions

Influencing society –Monday morning plenary

Delivering quality –Tuesday morning plenary

Building strong organizations –Wednesday morning plenary

A strong industry serving society –Wednesday afternoon closing plenary

Speakers representing society at large, clients and industry leaders will propose goals and strategies to meet society’s needs while ensuring that consulting engineering further develops into a strong and viable industry, one that promotes innovation and optimizes quality and sustainability.

Building on the three sub-themes, a closing plenary on Wednesday afternoon will revisit “A strong industry serving society” and identify clear goals and actions for the industry.

Concurrent Sessions

Following the morning plenary sessions, a series of concurrent sessions, seminars and workshops will be held on the following topics:

• Sustainable development

• The economy and the environment

• Managing growth and profitability • Business integrity management

• Construction industry trends

• The role of development banks

• P3s and the infrastructure challenge

• The economics of good business

• Quality-based selection or best practice for selecting consulting engineers

• The world-wide recruitment challenge

• Best practices in engineering

• Liability and risk management

• The contribution of young professionals

• Conditions of contracts

• Effective government relations


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