OTTAWA — Nicholas C. Kaminski, of KGS Group in Saskatoon, Sask., has been awarded the 2020 Allen D. Williams Scholarship by the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) for his dedication to the consulting engineering profession.
Kaminski, a structural engineer, was presented with the award at the Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards gala, the culminating event of the ACEC national leadership conference on Oct. 29.
The scholarship commemorates Allen Williams, past ACEC chair and founder of Williams Engineering Inc. It provides the winner with funding to cover registration, airfare and accommodations to attend the annual conference of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC).
According to a release, after graduating from the Civil Engineering program at the University of Saskatchewan in 2013, Kaminski spent a year as a project coordinator with a construction firm before choosing to pursue a career in consulting engineering and joining KGS Group as a junior structural engineer-in-training.
In 2017, he obtained his professional engineering designation (P.Eng.) in Saskatchewan as well as his project management professional (PMP) designation with the Project Management Institute.
Kaminski also obtained his Public Sector Governor (PSGOV) designation and certificate with the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy at the University of Regina in 2018.
In 2019, he completed his certificate in Not-for-Profit Governance with the Institute of Corporate Directors and the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.
He also enrolled in the Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) program at the University of Saskatchewan in September 2017 and completed the program in September 2019.
Kaminski also volunteers his time to many professional and community organizations.
Through the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and as a member of the ACEC-SK Young Professional Group (acting as treasurer and taking over as chair next year) he has supported the development of young professionals for many years.
He serves on a total of nine boards and committees and in June 2019 was elected as councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and as a member of the University of Saskatchewan Senate, adds the release.