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ACEC chair looks to bolster strategic Canadian resources to rest of the world

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ACEC chair looks to bolster strategic Canadian resources to rest of the world

OTTAWA — David Murray, P.Eng. and senior vice-president of energy and resources of CIMA+, has been named to the position of chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) board of directors for the 2021-2022 term.

The announcement was made at the ACEC annual general meeting (AGM) held virtually Oct. 26.

Murray first joined the ACEC-Canada Board in 2016 and served on various committees including the planning and governance committees. He is taking over the role from outgoing chair Anthony Karakatsanis, who led the association through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Murray sees opportunities for the consulting engineering sector such the electrification of transportation, the use of green energy, and accessing critical and strategic minerals and metals that are essential for a strong and environmentally sustainable economy, states a release.

“Canada is in a unique position to provide strategic resources to the world. Our industry will be instrumental to the sustainable and responsible access and extraction of these resources and our ability to get these resources to market,” said Murray in a statement. “We must also explore and identify opportunities to process this raw material here in Canada.” 

Currently, Murray’s responsibilities include overseeing the activities and expansion of the resources sector for all of Canada, as well as managing all operations for the energy and resources sector comprising more than 650 people.

Also at the AGM, Marcia Friesen, Ph.D., P.Eng., was announced as the recipient of the 2021 ACEC Chair’s Award.  

“It is my distinct honour to recognize Marcia’s strong and thoughtful leadership in championing diversity and inclusion within the association, the industry and throughout the STEM sector. Dr. Friesen is truly a most worthy candidate of the ACEC-Canada Chair’s Award,” said Karakatsanis. 

Friesen was invited to the join the ACEC Board of Directors as a director-at-large in 2019. During her time on the ACEC board, she has made and continues to make significant contributions to the association, in particular, providing strong leadership and support to ACEC’s commitment to improve diversity and inclusion within the association and the consulting engineering sector – an important priority of the ACEC Strategic Plan, states the release. 

Friesen holds a doctorate in biosystems engineering and is a professor and the first female appointed dean of the Price Faculty of Engineering at the University of Manitoba. She currently serves on the National Executive of Engineering Deans Canada and is the NSERC chair in Design Engineering. Freisen also served as president of the Council of Engineers and Geoscientists Manitoba.

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