OTTAWA — Francois Plourde, the president and CEO of CIMA+, was awarded the 2019 Beaubien Award for lifetime achievement at the Canadian Consulting Engineering (CCE) Awards gala held in Ottawa Oct. 29.
Plourde was a board member of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada (ACEC) from 2010 to 2014 and was previously granted the title of Fellow by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in recognition of his contributions to the field of engineering.
The Beaubien winner also contributes to his community, with his participation in the fundraising campaign for the Fondation du Centre de cancerologie Charles-Bruneau among his contributions.
A total of 20 projects received CCE Awards of Excellence at the awards gala. The CCE Awards are presented jointly by ACEC and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.
“This is an opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions that Canadian consulting engineers make both here at home and around the world on a national stage,” said ACEC president and CEO John Gamble in a statement. “They highlight the role that consulting engineers play in our daily lives and the important impact that their work has on all Canadians.”
Among other individual awards, the 2020 Allen D. Williams scholarship, recognizing a young professional’s commitment to consulting engineering, was awarded to Nicholas C. Kaminski of KGS Group. The Chair’s Award for exceptional contributions to the industry was given to Jean-Marc Carriere, former ACEC vice-president of finance and administration, who retired at the end of September after 21 years with the association.
Four projects were recognized with Special Awards.
The Shreyer Award, which recognizes a project that best demonstrates technical excellence and innovation, was given to WSP for its Solving Small Community Drinking Water Challenges project. The project also won the Outreach Award.
The Tree for Life Award, for projects that demonstrate environmental stewardship, went to Morrison Herschfield for the Kaliti Wastewater Treatment Plant project in Ethiopia. The Engineering a Better Canada award was presented to Entuitive for its contributions to the New Central Library in Calgary. And the Ambassador Award, given to a project outside of Canada that best demonstrates Canadian engineering expertise, went to COWI for its work on the Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York City.
In addition, three ACEC member firms were recognized for awards they received from the International Federation of Consulting Engineers (FIDIC) in Mexico City in September. Kerr Wood Leidal Associates received a FIDIC Award of Merit for its Squamish Integrated Flood Hazard Management Plan project. Stantec and Tetra Tech Canada Inc. received a FIDIC Award of Special Merit for the Inuvik Tuktoyaktuk Highway project.