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Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada president John Gamble to address New Zealand conference

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by Patricia Williams

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada president John Gamble will deliver a presentation on trends and issues facing consulting engineers in this country at a joint conference of the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) and the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation.
Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada president  John Gamble to address New Zealand conference

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada president John Gamble is slated to carry the flag for Canada at an upcoming industry conference in New Zealand.

Gamble will deliver a presentation on trends and issues facing consulting engineers in this country at a joint conference of the Association of Consulting Engineers New Zealand (ACENZ) and the New Zealand Contractors’ Federation.

He will share the podium with consulting engineering industry officials from the United Kingdom and Australia as well as the U.S-based current president of the International Federation of Consulting Engineers.

“Historically, we have enjoyed a very constructive relationship with our colleagues in New Zealand,” said Gamble, who was invited to participate in a panel by ACENZ chief executive Kieran Shaw.

“I think the conference organizers wanted to bring an international element to the program.”

Gamble, whose association represents 500 firms across Canada collectively employing 60,000 people, said the event will provide an opportunity not only to share Canada’s perspective but also to gain insight on the state of the industry elsewhere.

In his presentation, Gamble will cover such items as a tendency to treat engineering as a commodity, risk transfer versus risk management, the infrastructure deficit, changing client demands, globalization and free trade, consolidation in the industry and promoting consulting engineering as a career of choice to students.

When it comes to alternative methods of project delivery, Gamble said New Zealand has “a great deal of experience” with alliancing, which he described as a hybrid between conventional and P3 projects.

”There are certain aspects of alliancing that merit further consideration, regardless of the project type and project delivery style.”

The conference will be held Aug. 3 to 6 on New Zealand’s North Island. The New Zealand consulting engineers’ association has 165 corporate members, employing more than 8,500 people in a variety of professional and technical roles.

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