Canadian Consulting Engineer


  • André Rochette – a story of resourcefulness and optimism

    September 26, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    André Rochette, president and CEO of Ecosystem, started a
    company in his parents’ basement in Quebec City 20 years ago.

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    School Project – Upgrading Calgary Schools’ building automation systems

    September 26, 2016 by Terry Irwin, CEM and Annie-Claude Thibeault, P.Eng., Ecosystem

    Over 100 schools in the Calgary Board of Education are having their building automation systems revamped and put under central control, but the buildings are diverse and each requires its own BAS logic.

  • Feature Engineering

    Drones and Engineering

    August 25, 2016 by Bill Corbett

    Unmanned aerial vehicles open up new vistas for surveying and photographing construction sites. They also can save companies time and manpower.

  • Feature Buildings

    New Products

    August 24, 2016 by CCE

    From the June-July 2016 print issue, page 25 STRUCTURAL Legacy Building Solutions’ Solar Ship Brantford off-grid hangar, a joint venture with Canadian Energy and Solar Ship, was awarded the “Game Changer Project of the Year” by CanSIA. Located in Brantford,

  • The Green Drinks Phenomenon

    August 24, 2016 by Interview by CCE

    Jim Lord runs Green Drinks Toronto, a casual monthly event where up to 400 people who are interested in sustainability issues might drop by.

  • Feature Energy

    Reinvigorating Chaudiere Falls

    August 24, 2016 by Jim Law, P.Eng., Hatch

    Just over a kilometre from Parliament Hill in Ottawa, a new run-of-river hydroelectric generating station is being built underground.

  • Pangnirtung Wastewater Treatment Plant, Nunavut

    August 24, 2016 by Daryl Burke, P.Eng. and Ed Bowes, exp

    The addition of an MBR system to the sewage treatment plant of a hamlet in Canada’s High Arctic helps to preserve the pristine environment.

  • Feature Environmental

    Flood Protection in Manitoba

    August 24, 2016 by Patrice Leclercq, P.Eng. and Colin Siepman, P.Eng., KGS Group

    After doing an
    extensive study of
    flood prone areas of the
    Assiniboine River and Lake Manitoba basins
    KGS Group went on to analyze and conceptually design scores of solutions.

  • Feature Industrial

    Humbled by the huge responsibility of engineers

    August 24, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons, Editor

    From the June-July print issue, page 4.  Editorial Comment. Looking at aerial photographs of the 2014 Mount Polley Mine tailings spill, I was shocked by the size of the tailings pond. This one in the Cariboo Region of B.C. was

  • Plants to the Rescue: Sechelt Water Resources Centre

    August 24, 2016 by Sophie Kneisel

    At the Sechelt Water Resources Centre in B.C. innovative technologies save wastewater effluent from being discharged into the ocean.

  • Danger is my middle name

    June 23, 2016 by Chad Eggerman, Miller Thomson

    Five considerations when signing a contract to consult on a remote international project.

  • Sioux Lookout Water Treatment Plant

    June 23, 2016 by J.R. Cousin Consultants

    A 1990s-era membrane filtration plant in a northern Ontario town was creating too much backwash until upgrades enabled the process wastewater to be recycled.

  • Mount Polley – the Aftermath

    June 22, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    The failure of a 40-metre high tailings dam at a copper mine in the B.C. interior caused widespread environmental damage. It has also shaken up the mining industry — and its engineers.

  • Feature Uncategorized


    June 16, 2016 by CCE

    HVAC Johnson Controls now has a full line of York chilled beams. The beams deliver comfort while reducing energy use and require 60% less vertical space than conventional all-air systems. The Dri-Steem Wetted Media System (left) for evaporative cooling

  • The Female Advantage

    June 16, 2016 by CCE

    Marg Latham, P.Eng. believes that the engineering companies who support women have a competitive advantage.

  • Minority Shareholders – Moving On

    June 16, 2016 by Paul Mandel, Collins Barrow

    When you are a minority shareholder at a private firm and decide to leave and sell your shares, the situation can become complicated and lead to disputes.

  • Biomass Energy Evolves

    June 16, 2016 by Jean Sorensen

    Across Canada everyone from universities,
    to utilities, to farmers are finding diverse ways to turn waste organic materials
    into bioenergy, and so reducing
    our carbon footprint.

  • Flywheel Energy Storage

    June 16, 2016 by Geoff Osborne, NRStor

    The Minto flywheel project in Ontario is a “mechanical battery” that stores electricity in the form of kinetic energy — one ingenious solution to the search for the “holy grail” of the electricity system.

  • Feature Buildings Energy

    Infrared Thermography

    June 16, 2016 by Gord Rajewski, R.E.T., Williams Engineering Canada

    Infrared thermography is a powerful tool for discovering where energy is leaking from building roofs and wall assemblies.

  • Seawater Exchange at 351 Water Street

    June 16, 2016 by Brad Daw, P.Eng., Stantec

    An office building in St. John’s, Newfoundland draws energy for its geo-exchange system from seawater that permeates the ground below the site.

  • Earth Benefits: Environmental Science and Chemistry Building, U of T Scarborough

    June 16, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    At the Environmental Science and Chemistry Building at University of Toronto Scarborough, massive earth tubes that temper incoming air help to reduce the energy use.

  • We’re seeing a groundswell of green action

    June 16, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    From the May 2016 print edition, page 3. Today  the impulse to do what’s right for the planet is becoming entrenched in what we design and build. Big shifts are taking place in the political stratosphere, worldwide and in Canada.

  • Staying Small

    April 13, 2016 by CCE

    Dick Walters and Don Chambers started their own structural engineering company in Edmonton during the depths of the 1980s oil crisis. The company thrived, but they consciously decided to keep it to a modest size.

  • Damages for Contaminant Migration – Engineers & the Law

    April 13, 2016 by Tamara Farber and Bryan Buttigieg, Miller Thomson LLP

    Environmental contamination on adjacent lands in Ontario has resulted in a Court of Appeal decision that could have important repercussions.

  • Internationally Educated Engineers

    April 13, 2016 by Marjorie Friesen

    Engineers who come to Canada from overseas have a great deal to offer consulting engineering companies, but firms have to be prepared to provide soft skills training and support.

  • Controlling Odours from Wastewater Treatment Plants

    April 12, 2016 by Kim Fries, P.Eng., CH2M

    Communities are often worried about odours emanating from wastewater treatment plants in their backyards, but standards for establishing reasonable odour levels are only just being developed in western Canada.

  • Montreal’s Sewage Drama

    April 12, 2016 by Nathalie Ross, Ph.D.

    Last fall Montreal had little choice but to release a large quantity of raw sewage into the St. Lawrence River — unleashing a storm of public protest that was largely unfounded.

  • Landslide Protection in B.C.

    April 12, 2016 by Klohn Crippen Berger

    After a landslide fell on a CN rail line in the steep mountains of B.C., Klohn Crippen Berger was asked to analyze the risks of potential further rock falls and design new protective structures for the track.

  • Highway in a Park – Rt. Hon Herb Gray Parkway

    April 12, 2016 by By Biljana Rajlic, M.Sc., P.Eng., Svetozar Majstorovic, P.Eng., Andrew Lambert, P.Eng., Hatch Mott MacDonald

    A new parkway built in the Windsor-Detroit trade corridor
    of southwest Ontario has long stretches sunk below grade.

  • When the public has had enough

    April 12, 2016 by Bronwen Parsons

    From the March-April print edition, page 4 Worldwide 5.5 million people die every year from air pollution. So said researchers at an international science conference held in Vancouver in February. Over half of these deaths occur in the two countries