Queen's Park Day - 2019

ACEC-Ontario (formerly CEO) held its 5th Annual Queen’s Park Day (QPD) on Monday December 2, 2019. Since its beginning, QPD has been an important element of the association’s advocacy program. Organized annually to coincide with the fall legislative session QPD serves to raise awareness and provide education about the issues important to Ontario’s consulting engineering industry.

Through targeted meetings with Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) and their staff, Our delegations made up of member firm volunteers advocate to shape government policy affecting our sector.

This past year 13 participants met with Minister of Infrastructure, Laurie Scott and her senior staff, the senior policy staff to Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Andrea Khanjin and Minister Yurek’s policy staff. These discussions focused on our chief priority of alleviating the stifling of our industry’s market capacity through a more progressive approach to procurement. Delegates spoke to how difficulties in obtaining and retaining skilled staff are being driven by unreasonable pressures on professional fees and procurement policies, practices and regulations. To resolve these issues recommendations were presented calling for the timelier sharing of market sensitive information signalling procurement intentions and improvement in the selection and application of the most appropriate procurement model based on the needs of projects to be completed.

Following the afternoon’s round of meetings, delegates convened at the Legislative Assembly for an evening reception with MPPs and their staff to mingle and further discuss the issues of the day.

The event was again made possible through the sponsorship and support of ACEC-Ontario’s Member of Provincial Parliament, and Associate Minister of Transportation, the Hon. Kinga Surma who attended our evening MPP reception and engaged in discussions with various members and staff.

Stay tuned in for the next ACEC-Ontario's Queen's Park day.