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Thirty-two years ago, I started my career at Associated Engineering. As a Design Engineer working on bridges and transportation structures for the resource sector and municipalities, I wanted to design safe transportation infrastructure that supports our economy. Never did I imagine that three decades later, I would become President, and then this year, President & CEO. Thank you to Kerry Rudd, who retired this year as President & CEO, and our Board of Directors for their confidence in me.
One of my first actions as President was to embark on a new Strategic Plan, which we launched last year. Themed Shaping our Shared Future, our vision is to deliver creative solutions for a healthy, resilient world, and, in doing so, create a meaningful legacy for future generations.
I’m very pleased that as we complete the first full year of our new strategic plan, we’ve delivered on many goals. One of the initiatives that I’m particularly proud of is the development of a company-wide member-in-training (MIT) program. I believe the MIT program will help staff develop the competencies they need to become registered as professionals and lead successful careers. The MIT program has the added benefit of helping to connect our young professionals to opportunities that can arise throughout the company.
2019 has been another successful year for the company.
I’d like to congratulate the teams that worked on the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence and Calgary Zoo Flood Mitigation projects. Both projects received Awards of Excellence at the annual Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. These awards are a testament to our innovation and technical excellence.
I’d also like to acknowledge our team who worked on the Regina Bypass, which opened in October. This $1.88 billion project is the largest in Saskatchewan’s history. As Owner’s Engineer, we employed a One Company approach, drawing on the expertise of staff from across the country. Our One Company approach is part of the success of Associated Engineering.
In closing, I’d like to thank all our staff for their contributions and dedication to our clients and the projects they work on. Your service and creativity are what differentiates us.
Thank you to our clients for selecting Associated as your consultant and trusted advisor. We appreciate your trust in us, and the positive relationships we have forged.
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!
Martin Jobke, P.Eng.
President & CEO
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p8 Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct
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Ontario operation achieves requirements for Health & Safety Certificate of Recognition We are pleased to announce that our Ontario operation has met the requirements for the Certificate of Recognition (COR) in Health and Safety. This milestone is the culmination of over a year’s work by staff and reinforces our commitment to a safe work environment. Our External Auditor echoed that our hard work in building a safe and healthy work environment has resulted in positive employee feedback.
Matt Eades, Vice President & General Manager of our Ontario operation, thanked all staff for their hard work and commitment to achieve this major milestone. He recognized the special efforts of Rob Keizer, Cieanna Nandial, and Allison Mumo for helping the company pass our first COR audit.
in this issue 1 Season’s Greetings 2 Associated wins top
honours for Canadian Consulting Engineering Excellence
Ontario operation achieves requirements for Health & Safety Certificate of Recognition
3 Don Kennedy receives Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s R. A. McLachlan Memorial Award, the highest award for Professional Engineers in BC
Lianna Mah elected as President of Engineers & Geoscientists BC for 2019-2020
4 Northern Canada welcomes winter construction season
5 Associated staff showcase expertise and support Western Canada Water Annual Conference
Associated features transportation and ITS expertise at 2019 TAC-ITS Canada Joint Conference & Exhibition
6 Staff profile - Danielle Makari
7 Regina Bypass will save lives
8 Detailed investigation of Toronto’s Prince Edward Viaduct identifies safety improvements
9 Congratulations to our 2019 Service Award recipients
10 New Dawson City Water Treatment Plant designed with resilience in mind, improves drinking water quality
11 Employee News Building Communities
12 Bioengineering is a cost effective means to build ecological resiliency after 2016 wildfires in Fort McMurray
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Associated wins top honours for Canadian Consulting Engineering Excellence
In October, the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine hosted their annual Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards gala recognizing member firms for outstanding achievements in consulting engineering. We’re proud to share that Associated Engineering was presented with two Awards of Excellence for the Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence (LFCE) at the University of Saskatchewan and the Calgary Zoo Flood Mitigation project.
The Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence project won an Award of Excellence in Project Management. Our project team worked with the University of Saskatchewan and a diverse group of government and industry stakeholders to design the facility-the largest and most comprehensive centre of its kind in Canada. The facility is a true showcase of technological advancement, both in its design to accommodate large live animals throughout their lifecycle, and its ability to satisfy the requirements of a wide range of research interests. The awards jury
recognized the project’s technical complexity, the challenges of liaising with the many stakeholders, and the role the facility plays in improving the environmental stewardship of the agriculture industry.
The Calgary Zoo project won an Award of Excellence in Water Resources. In conjunction with ISL Engineering, this project delivered the design and implementation of a flood mitigation plan to protect the zoo’s infrastructure and secure its future on St. George’s Island for the City of Calgary. A unique mitigation system was chosen with complete overland and subsurface isolation of St. George’s Island. The flood mitigation system included a sheet pile cofferdam perimeter wall combined with a dual-purpose dewatering system to delicately manage interior stormwater runoff and groundwater during the annual flood season. The awards jury noted how this project focused on problem solving and redundant design which showcases the true effectiveness of technical engineering.
Congratulations to the team members involved on both of these award-winning projects!
Martin Jobke (2nd from left), Doug Thomson (centre), and Helder Afonso (2nd from
right) accept the award for the Livestock & Forage Centre of Excellence project
Calgary Zoo project team members
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Don Kennedy, Vice President of Transportation Structures for the Associated Engineering group of companies, has received Engineers & Geoscientists BC’s top award for Professional Engineers, the R. A. McLachlan Memorial Award for 2019. The honour recognizes Don’s technical contributions, leadership in the profession, contributions to professional engineering, as well as his professional and community service.
Don has 35 years of experience in the design and management of bridges and transportation structures projects across Canada and in New Zealand. Specializing in earthquake engineering, he has participated in seismic assessment and rehabilitation projects throughout BC. A testament to Don’s technical excellence, his
projects have received many industry awards for innovation.
Don has played a key role in the development and adoption of performance-based seismic design methods and codes in Canada, and is currently working on the update of the Canadian Highway Bridge Code to reflect climate change adaptation and extreme weather events.
Don has also volunteered as a Scout leader for many years, devoting countless hours to teaching and mentoring youth.
Thank you Don, for your service to the profession and the community, and congratulations on receiving this well-deserved award!
Don Kennedy receives Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s R. A. McLachlan Memorial Award, the highest award for Professional Engineers in BC
Lianna Mah elected as President of Engineers & Geoscientists BC for 2019-2020 The results of Engineers & Geoscientists BC’s 2019-2020 Council election were announced in October, and, in a tightly contested race, Associated Engineering’s Vice President of Business Development, Lianna Mah, M.Eng., P.Eng., FEC was elected as President. With a platform of improving professional governance, increasing diversity, promoting climate and seismic resiliency, and raising member engagement, Lianna is highly focused on the issues facing the association at this important time in its history.