Back row from left:
Ron Tenove, P.Eng., Rick Prentice, P.Eng.,
Shawn McKeown, P.Eng., Jack O'Brien, P.Eng.,
Ken Pilip, P.Eng., Dave Chalcroft, P.Eng.,
Paul Ruffell, P.Eng., Bob Kavanagh, P.Eng.,
Bob Gomes,P.Eng., Al Stretch, P.Eng., Don Ferrier,
P.Eng., and Stan Ragan, P.Eng.
Front: Herb Kuehne, P.Eng., Allen Williams, P.Eng., Barry Lester, P.Eng.,
Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., and Bill Eadie, P.Eng.
A 25th anniversary, an office move and the planning of another
celebration of member excellence have kept the Consulting
Engineers of Alberta worksheet full these days.
The 2004 Showcase Awards Gala will be held in Edmonton, this
year, on Feb. 7 at the Ramada Edmonton Inn, featuring the
theme Mobsters, Malls and All That Jazz. Movers planted the
CEA in new digs in the Scotia Building in Edmonton in mid-December,
making the association an APEGGA neighbour. And on Oct. 22,
CEA held a 25th anniversary party in Edmonton, attracting
about 330 members and other well-wishers.
CEA celebrated its anniversary as a well-structured, focused
organization that has earned the respect of government, clients
and the consulting community in Canada and beyond. The association
has come a long way since 1978, when principals from several
consulting firms met in Edmonton to launch it under the Alberta
Societies Act, with Associated Engineering’s Jack O’Brien,
P.Eng., as president.
The founding firms already belonged to the Association of
Consulting Engineers of Canada, but by the late 1970s it
was apparent Alberta would benefit from consultants speaking
with a united voice to government and others.
Former CEA president Darrel Danyluk, P.Eng., explains: “CEA
had a vision of being recognized and of being influential
with government and clients. We’re there, we’ve
established that identity.”
As the industry continues to evolve, expect CEA to pursue
its role in educating members and clients. CEA-sponsored
seminars foster understanding of technical and business issues?such
as the environment, liability, taxation, marketing, quality
management and exporting.
It is very important to make clients understand the benefits
of quality-base selection of consultants,” says Allen
Williams, P.Eng., CEA’s 1999-2000 president. Slated
to assume the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada
chairmanship in 2004, Mr. Williams is among numerous CEA
representatives who have contributed nationally.
Since 1997, CEA’s Showcase awards and magazine have
celebrated and drawn wider notice to CEA members’ achievements.
These and other events, like the annual golf tournament,
demonstrate that CEA also finds ways to have fun.
For ticket or other information on this year’s Showcase
Awards Gala, call Kate Osler at CEA’s new phone number,
421-1852, or e-mail her at kosler@ceaca. New address for
the CEA is 511 Scotia Two, 10060 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, T5J
3R8. New fax number is 424-5225.
Impressed by CEA’s quarter century of accomplishments,
its founding treasurer and former R.M. Hardy & Associates
principal Harold Morrison, P.Eng., says: “CEA is everything
that any of us could have realistically expected.”