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AdVOCACy IN ACTION
ON BIG ENGINEERING PROJECTS, TEAMWORK IS KEY: OSPE PANELLISTS
Given the involvement of multiple stakeholders and complex decision-making processes, the implementation of major infrastructure projects poses unique public policy opportunities and challenges for Ontario’s professional engineers and engineering firms. This was the consensus among expert panelists and speakers at OSPE’s summer Policy Series Breakfast.
L-R: Danny Young, P.Eng., Paul Acchione, P.Eng., Drew Fagan, Todd Latham (moderator), Andy Manahan, Rick Everdell, P.Eng., David Amm, P.Eng.
Panelists representing infrastructure projects in energy, public transit, mining and urban redevelopment agreed that teamwork among engineers, architects, project managers, contractors and project owners is vital to the success of large-scale infrastructure initiatives. Following a keynote address by Andy Manahan, Executive Director of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario, which provided an overview of the state of infrastructure policy in Ontario, David Amm, P.Eng., Deputy Chief Project Manager (Design & Construction) for Toronto’s Spadina subway extension spoke on the importance of a project-focused “integrated team” of engineers and other professionals representing different companies and organizations. Rick Everdell, P.Eng., Project Director of the $1.6 billion Niagara Tunnel project, echoed this view in discussing the cooperation between the tunnel owner, Ontario Power
Generation, and the project’s design-build team. Ellis Don’s Senior Vice President, Tim Smith, P.Eng., who delivered a presentation about the development of the Pan Am Games/ Parapan Athletes’ Village in Toronto, noted that there are approximately eight engineering firms involved in this undertaking. Smith emphasized the importance of a strong working relationship among all team members. The event wrapped up with a second keynote address by Drew Fagan, Ontario’s Deputy Minister of Infrastructure, who provided an overview of the Province’s 10-year infrastructure plan, “Building Together.” Copies of selected panel presentations from this event are available to OSPE members in the Resource Library at www.ospe.on.ca. OSPE thanks Ontario Power Generation for generously sponsoring this discussion.
For details on our next OSPE Policy Series events on Energy and Sustainability, visit www.ospe.on.ca.
OSPE’S INFRASTRuCTuRE TASK FORCE RELEASES POLICY STATEMENT
Chaired by Greg Cook, P.Eng., OSPE’s Infrastructure Task Force works to profile the vital role engineers play within Ontario’s infrastructure sector and to promote engineers as essential contributors to public infrastructure policy development. This summer, the Task Force released its first policy statement, emphasizing strong support for the Province’s long-term approach to sustainable infrastructure planning and development. The policy statement also advocates for the consideration of alternative funding models, quality-based procurement and innovative engineering within Ontario’s construction industry. view OSPE’s full Infrastructure Task Force Policy Statement at www.ospe.on.ca/infrastructure.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012
OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012
A Great Day on the Green
Don’t Miss the 65th OPEA Gala
Engaging Tomorrow’s Engineers
The Business End of Engineering
Profile: Pierre Lassonde, P.Eng.
Continuing Professional Development: Mandatory or Not?
PAN Expands Outreach to Ottawa
You’ve just had an auto accident. Now what?
Ask the Expert: Facing a Complaint
Keep Yourself Covered
What’s 2 + 2? Depends Who’s Answering!
Custom-built Learning for Engineers
OSPE - The Voice - Fall 2012