The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) has announced that Perry Mitchelmore, president and chief executive of Meco, has been elected chair of its Board of Directors for 2015-2016.
Mitchelmore was elected to the ACEC Board of Directors in 2012 and has served as ACEC's Treasurer and as chair-elect for the past year.
On June 12, during the association's Annual General Meeting in Niagara Falls, Mitchelmore spoke of the importance of incremental improvement on past successes in the face of transformation in the marketplace.
Summarizing his intentions for the year ahead, Mitchelmore said, "We need to continue to move forward at a steady pace, building on the success of past boards and evolving to meet the needs of our members and our industry."
According to ACEC, over the past decade Meco has become a leader in civil engineering in the areas of dam engineering and dam safety, particularly as these relate to geotechnical, hydrotechnical and structural engineering. Mitchelmore's responsibilities at Meco include corporate strategies, financial performance and client satisfaction.
In addition, he provides project management and technical advisory services for select projects. Mitchelmore is a Fellow of Engineers Canada, a past president of Engineers Nova Scotia and a former member of the board for the Canadian Dam Association and Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia.
ACEC also announced the winner of its Chair's Award and its Allen D. Williams Scholarship.
The Chair's Award went to the Technical Women In Consulting Engineering (TWICE) Committee. The Chair's Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the consulting engineering community and was presented at the Chair's Gala at the close of the 2015 ACEC Leadership Summit in Niagara Falls this month.
Formed in 2013 under the ACEC-Manitoba umbrella, TWICE was established to provide strategic advice to the industry on increasing diversity in consulting engineering.
"Although some universities are now claiming to have 30 per cent women in their engineering program, it has been a struggle to maintain even 20 per cent women in the workplace at the early career level, or the senior level" said outgoing ACEC chair Anne Poschmann. "Any profession which does not include nearly half of its population suffers in its creativity and creative potential."
The Allen D. Scholarship was awarded to Owen Mierke of Associated Engineering.
Mierke, P.Eng., is a project manager with the Northern Infrastructure Group at Associated Engineering. He has extensive experience in municipal consulting and construction, having worked on projects like the Highway 69 water supply line, the TaigaNova Eco-Industrial Park for the Wood Buffalo Housing and Development Corporation and the subdivision expansion for the Fort Mackay First Nations, among many others.