Meet our 2021 Speakers

EXP

Iain Ward

VP Transportation – Western Canada
Chair, ACEC-BC Board of Directors

Iain is a UK Professional Engineer and leader with over 30 years’ experience in the global infrastructure market. A visionary leader successfully taking companies to the next level of growth and profitability. A focus on people and teams, has helped build a portfolio of over 20 infrastructure projects delivered over the past 10 years in Canada, having a combined project value of over $7.5 Billion. Working in some of the worlds most interesting locations has resulted in many interesting stories.

Friday, September 24 @ 4:00 - 4:45PM PDT

Working Through Economic Extremes

Many of us will have to work through economic extremes in our careers. 2020-2021 represented a unique economy for many of us. This session will focus on lessons learned from working through past economic extremes. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Julia Steele (Golder, Member of WSP), Chris Newcomb (Chris Newcomb Consulting) and Iain Ward (EXP).

Golder, member of WSP

Julia Steele

Group Leader – Mine Waste Canada
Julia is a senior geotechnical engineer leading the Canadian mine waste group at Golder. She has 20 years of experience in geotechnical engineering for mining and civil projects in Canada and abroad. Julia is passionate about finding unique strategies to reduce risk for her clients, supporting innovation around building safer facilities to protect communities and the environment, and developing and mentoring younger engineers.
Friday, September 24 @ 4:00 - 4:45PM PDT

Working Through Economic Extremes

Many of us will have to work through economic extremes in our careers. 2020-2021 represented a unique economy for many of us. This session will focus on lessons learned from working through past economic extremes. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Julia Steele (Golder, Member of WSP), Chris Newcomb (Chris Newcomb Consulting) and Iain Ward (EXP).

Stantec

Brian Yates

Vice President, Regional Leader
Director, ACEC-BC Board
Responsible for Stantec’s overall business in British Columbia, Brian has spent his career leading large-scale environmental assessments and consultation efforts for a range of energy, ports, mining, and linear infrastructure clients. His passion? Building great teams and helping them grow and succeed. Brian serves on the Boards of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia, and Clean Energy BC. He’s active in the community with Scouts Canada, Little League, and the parent advisory group for his kids’ school.
Friday, September 24 @ 10:45- 11:15AM PDT

Imposter Moments

Have you ever felt less competent than others perceive you to be? Many of us have! During this session, Faye Hirshfield (Northwest Hydraulic Consultants) and Brian Yates (Stantec) will discuss their experiences with ‘imposter moments’. In addition to normalising imposter moments, Faye and Brian will provide YPs with tips on how to tackle these feelings and thrive in your career.

Jacobs

Sany Zein

VP Transit & Transportation, Western Canada

Sany is a professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience. He has served in senior leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, and has led major transit, highway, municipal, bridge, decarbonization and asset management projects and programs. He lives in the Vancouver area with his wife Leila and they are adjusting to life as recent empty nesters.

Thursday, September 23 @ 10:00- 10:30AM PDT

Negotiation skills

Negotiation skills are a core attribute for successful consultants. These skills are seldom taught in school; as such they often need to be developed. Learn from Sany Zein (Vice President, Jacobs) about how to approach negotiations and have successful outcomes. 

Chris Newcomb Consulting

Chris Newcomb

Professional Engineer

Chris Newcomb has 52 years experience in Europe, N & S America, Africa & SE Asia, specializing in pipelines, highways, and land development, and was McElhanney’s CEO for 16 years. He Chaired ACEC-BC & ACEC Canada Boards and was a FIDIC Director, responsible for YP liaison. Now operating as Chris Newcomb Consulting, Chris undertakes assignments for engineering firms, provides expert opinion in engineering litigation, and serves on the EGBC Discipline Committee and FIDIC Business Practice Committee.
Friday, September 24 @ 4:00 - 4:45PM PDT

Working Through Economic Extremes

Many of us will have to work through economic extremes in our careers. 2020-2021 represented a unique economy for many of us. This session will focus on lessons learned from working through past economic extremes. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Julia Steele (Golder, Member of WSP), Chris Newcomb (Chris Newcomb Consulting) and Iain Ward (EXP).

Klohn Crippen Berger

Mary-Jane Piggott

North America Regional Manager, Mining Environment Group
Mary-Jane manages the North America region of KCB’s Mining Environmental Group and enjoy being part of a team of experienced scientists and engineers. Together, Mary-Jane and her team work collaboratively with clients to find solutions to each individual challenge. Mary-Jane’s experience as a Senior Water Resources Engineer spans Australia, Canada, U.S.A, and South America. Outside of work she enjoys camping, photography, riding her Harley, and spending time with family.
Thursday, September 23 @ 10:45 - 11:30AM PDT

How to self-advocate

As YPs, we often struggle to self-advocate and make our voices heard in adverse conditions. This session will discuss how to find allies and provide strategies to speak up in challenging situations. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Mary-Jane Piggott (Klohn Crippen Berger), Anne-Marie Langlois (COWI) and William Johnston (WSP).

WSP

William Johnston

Senior Director
Director, ACEC-BC Board
William currently leads WSP Structural group in BC, as well as overseeing a number of other initiatives including WSP’s BC Regional Market Focus, and the global Mass Timber Steering committee. In his 20 years in practice, he has worked and delivered projects in a wide range of geographies including Canada, UK, South Africa, Nigeria, and as remote as South Sudan. William thrives on the power of collaboration and diversity, and relishes the challenge of re-imagining how our industry operates.
Thursday, September 23 @ 10:45 - 11:30AM PDT

How to self-advocate

As YPs, we often struggle to self-advocate and make our voices heard in adverse conditions. This session will discuss how to find allies and provide strategies to speak up in challenging situations. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Mary-Jane Piggott (Klohn Crippen Berger), Anne-Marie Langlois (COWI) and William Johnston (WSP).

Associated Engineering

Freda Leong

Manager, First Nations Infrastructure

Freda has over 24 years of experience in the planning, management, assessment, and design of water, sanitary sewer, water and wastewater treatment, roads, drainage assets. She has been working with First Nations communities since 2005. Freda’s projects have included feasibility studies, design projects, construction, and post-construction period services. She has also worked on community building, subdivision, and site servicing projects.
Thursday, September 23 @ 7:45-8:15 AM PDT
Working on projects with Indigenous Communities

Throughout Canada, we are living on land that is on the ancestral territories of Indigenous Communities. Many of us are settlers, and therefore guests upon the land where we work, study and recreate. Learn from Freda Leong, Manager of First Nations Infrastructure at Associated Engineering, how we can work effectively, respectively and transparently with Indigenous Communities.

Thurber Engineering

Andrew Sorensen
Principal
Andrew is an Environmental Engineer with over 20 years of consulting experience and is certified by the Province as a Contaminated Sites Approved Professional. He is a Principal with Thurber and the technical lead for their environmental operations in BC. Andrew provides expert advice to clients regarding the Contaminated Sites Regulation typically in the context of land redevelopment, permitting, capital construction, soil relocation, and liability assessment.
Thursday, September 23 @ 8:30 - 9:15AM PDT

Adapting to clients

As consultants, we often work with a variety of Clients including public entities, private corporations and Indigenous communities. Serving these Clients effectively requires us to be adaptable. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Andrew Sorensen (Thurber Engineering), Mandeep Deol (McElhanney) and Freda Leong (Associated Engineering) as they discuss their strategies in adapting to different clients.

COWI North America

Anne-Marie Langlois

Associate Technical Director & Head of Section
Anne-Marie has ten years of bridge engineering experience in the consulting industry and is registered as a Professional Engineer in British Columbia, Quebec, and Washington State. She is a project manager as well as a specialist in durability assessments and service life design of structures. She is a member of the sub-committee for Durability and Sustainability for the Canadian Highway Bridge Design Code and is involved in technical committees with the Transportation Research Board in the US.
Thursday, September 23 @ 10:45 - 11:30AM PDT

How to self-advocate

As YPs, we often struggle to self-advocate and make our voices heard in adverse conditions. This session will discuss how to find allies and provide strategies to speak up in challenging situations. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Mary-Jane Piggott (Klohn Crippen Berger), Anne-Marie Langlois (COWI) and William Johnston (WSP).

Urban Systems

Jayson Walker
Principal, Communities and Transportation Consultant
Jayson is a Principal at Urban Systems with 20 years of experience in providing planning, engineering, and strategic advisory for local governments, provincial and regional agencies, and First Nations across BC and Western Canada. Jayson has worked in both the public and private sectors with a broad experience base that includes urban roads, active transportation, transit, highways, traffic, safety, municipal infrastructure and community planning.
Friday, September 24 @ 10:00 - 10:30AM PDT
Career adaptability

Ever wonder about how adaptability can benefit your career? Learn from Jayson Walker, Principal Transportation Engineer at Urban Systems Ltd., how adaptability has added value to his career. He will share his thoughts on career adaptability and how it is valuable to today’s Young Professionals.

Northwest Hydraulic Consultants

Faye Hirshfield

Hydrologist
Faye is a hydrologist with Northwest Hydraulic Consultants. She works on a variety of water resources projects through NHC’s Nanaimo office on Vancouver Island. Prior to joining NHC Faye worked in academia and for the Province of BC. Faye completed her Ph.D. in hydraulic engineering at the University of Northern British Columbia. She lives in Parksville with her husband and kids.
Friday, September 24 @ 10:45- 11:15AM PDT

Imposter Moments

Have you ever felt less competent than others perceive you to be? Many of us have! During this session, Faye Hirshfield (Northwest Hydraulic Consultants) and Brian Yates (Stantec) will discuss their experiences with ‘imposter moments’. In addition to normalising imposter moments, Faye and Brian will provide YPs with tips on how to tackle these feelings and thrive in your career.

McElhanney

Mandeep Deol

Branch Manager – Surrey Engineering

Mandeep has over 15 years of project management and civil design experience for municipal and land development projects in British Columbia and Alberta. He has a range of design experience, including preparation of servicing cost estimates and tender documents for a variety of clients. Mandeep is the incoming Branch Manager in McElhanney’s Surrey Engineering office, managing an outstanding team to deliver capital works projects. He is a keen snowboarder and loves spending time with his family.
Thursday, September 23 @ 8:30 - 9:15AM PDT

Adapting to clients

As consultants, we often work with a variety of Clients including public entities, private corporations and Indigenous communities. Serving these Clients effectively requires us to be adaptable. Learn from a panel of BC engineering consulting leaders including Andrew Sorensen (Thurber Engineering), Mandeep Deol (McElhanney) and Freda Leong (Associated Engineering) as they discuss their strategies in adapting to different clients.

Canadian Equality Consulting

Marcie Hawranik
Founder & President
Marcie is the Founder of Canadian Equality Consulting; a company that supports workplaces advance diversity, equity and inclusion. She has a M.A. in conflict resolution from Syracuse University, a BA in political studies, and extensive experience in gender analysis, gender mainstreaming, diversity and inclusion, policy and program development, and stakeholder engagement. Marcie co-hosts a podcast called “(ex)clusion,” an exploration of equity, diversity and inclusion best practices.
Friday, September 24 @ 1:00 - 2:00PM PDT
Creating Inclusive Environments: How to address implicit bias and how to be allies

Diverse workforces are essential to foster creative and successful businesses. But diverse workforces cannot thrive without inclusive environments. Learn from Marcie Hawranik, President of Canadian Equality Consulting, how you can make critical steps towards creating an inclusive environment within your workplace.

Framework Leadership

Russell Pollard

Principal
Russell is a consultant for workplace culture and leadership. As Principal of Framework Leadership, he works with clients and consulting partners to initiate meaningful change. He has a Master of Business Administration, a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary leadership, and continued learning in diversity, equity and inclusion.
Thursday, September 23 @ 1:30 - 3:00PM PDT
Influence Change: Initiate, Plan, Sustain

In this session Russell aims to support participants in leading or contributing to office-wide responsibilities. It will introduce a structured way of planning for and leading change within an organization to be successful, considering both people and process. Attributes of change-adaptive leadership will be presented. Activities throughout the session will support the application of learning into one’s daily work and industry

Jenny Reilly Consulting

Jenny Reilly

Founder and Lead Executive Officer
Business Consultant and Executive Coach Jenny Reilly runs her global consultancy from Vancouver, BC. With over 25 years of human-resource-related experience across a spectrum of business domains, she advises senior professionals around the globe. She has worked with individuals in over 130 countries and overseen the hiring of 26,000+ engineers. Jenny is a published author on Leadership in an Oxford Press publication, Fundamental Competencies for the 21st-Century Engineer – Second Edition.
Friday, September 24 @ 5:00 - 5:30PM PDT

What We Learned about Work from 2020-2021

The global pandemic and social justice movements have dramatically impacted our professional and personal lives over the last two years. This transformative time has changed how we work, where we work from and how we communicate. We have adapted to rapid change and demonstrated high levels of resiliency during an exceptionally difficult period.

In this session Jenny will talk about what we have learned about work in 2020 and 2021. She will help us reflect on what we have experienced, highlight takeaways for the future and lead us in formulating a professional roadmap for success moving forward.

Are you ready for the biggest YP event of the year?

The 2021 Young Professionals Conference offers attendees the opportunity to learn about the non-technical skills which are vital to Guide their career to the next level.

Through a series of interactive sessions, panel discussions, and virtual networking events, attendees will learn about Working with Indigenous Communities, Creating Inclusive Environments, Adaptability, Implicit Bias, Influencing Change, Negotiation Skills, and more!

Who will you hear from?

Senior leaders from 11+ ACEC-BC member firms will be at the Young Professionals Conference to discuss their career success and lessons learned.

What platform is the event hosted on?

YP Conference 2021 is hosted on a interactive virtual platform primed for networking.

You can video chat, attend networking rooms, connect your LinkedIn account, and much more to network with speakers and conference delegates from anywhere! 

Do you offer discounts for students?

Yes we do. You are eligible for a student pass if you have a current student ID from a post-secondary institution and register using your school email.

Contact us at info@acec-bc.ca if you would like to purchase a student pass.

Will you be recording the sessions?

Yes! All sessions will be recorded and access to the recordings will be available for up to 3 months following the conference.

How do I attend the virtual event?

To attend the virtual conference all you need is a webcam, internet connection, and a web browser (Google Chrome is recommended). You will receive login details a 7 days prior to the conference.

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Registration is Now Open

Don’t miss this opportunity to network and gain valuable insight to help take your career to the next level!