2021 program At-A-Glance

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Environmental and engineering consultants rely heavily on remedial contracting, waste management, drilling, laboratory and other heavy equipment and field services to deliver successful projects for their clients. The dynamics between these parties can at times become challenging – resulting in unfavorable outcomes for all involved. For the first time, CE3C is inviting select CEOs of contractors and service providers to attend this leadership forum and meet with executives from consultant and engineering firms to openly explore areas of concern, discuss procurement and partnering and find opportunities to work together for mutual benefit. Special rates for contractors apply – register here. 

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Michael Campbell is one of Canada`s most respected financial and business analysts, Michael is best known as the host of Canada’s top rated syndicated financial radio show MoneyTalks, and Senior Business Analyst for BCTV News on Global.

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Following global business disruptions caused by the pandemic, this panel session will bring executives together to discuss lingering issues from the past year and some of the challenges ahead. Discussions will include pressures on rates and business development pipelines, the competitive industry landscape, consolidation trends and the unforeseen risks to environmental engineering and consulting in Canada.

Ownership transitions remain a complex undertaking for owners, CEOs and the boards of privately-owned companies.  The execution of these transitions has had mixed outcomes.  Creating a balance between shareholder’s return on their investment while maintaining the company culture has been a challenge for many companies considering transition options. Join a dynamic group of CEOs, owners and experts who will discuss various ownership transition processes. We’ll explore options, merger and acquisition trends, valuations, financing and staff integration examples as part of this panel.

The senior executive suite in the environmental consulting and engineering industry remains male dominated and shows little ethnic diversity. This representative panel of executives will share insights on the factors at play such as inadequate supply of qualified people, the lack of disclosure and reporting and some of the hiring and compensation practices that perpetuate the social and governance problems that companies may face. The group will share their experiences and solutions that can help executives adapt policies and actions which inspire a more inclusive, transparent and progressive workplace.

Vancouver boasts one of the most beautiful city harbours in the world. CE3C delegates will board a bus at the conference venue and be taken to experience a cocktail reception and dinner aboard the luxurious yacht, Pride of Vancouver. This fully hosted three-hour dinner cruise will follow a route that includes; Burrard Inlet with spectacular view of Coal Harbour and Vancouver City Skyline, underneath the Lions Gate bridge, through English Bay, underneath Grandville and Burrard Bridges, passing the famous Grandville Island and False Creek with fantastic views of the Science Center, Vancouver downtown views and the Stadiums before returning back to the Coal Harbour while sailing along famous Stanley Park.

Friday, October 1, 2021

Claudiu knows what it takes to protect data and digital information: he has lectured at major academic institutions, presents lectures on privacy the University of Toronto, created Canada’s first course on fintech cybersecurity. He created Canada’s first methodology for information security assessment in healthcare and has introduced security awareness education to companies of all sizes. 

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Engineers and consultants rely heavily on data and information technology to analyze, interpret, compile, compare and report findings to clients, regulators and other stakeholders. According to the World Economic Forum, the average cost of a cyberattack for a business is $380,000 and that C-suite executives are 12 times more likely to be targets of cyberattacks than other employees at their organization. Malware, ransomware, data theft and digital attacks of all kinds are becoming more common, so the protection of IT systems and networks from these threats is a critical company risk.  Attend this panel session to hear what your CEO peers are doing about it. They will be joined by Claudiu Popa, one of our keynote speakers and an expert on cybersecurity, who will provide further insight and advice.

Professional insurance premiums rose by an average of 24% in 2020 and are expected to increase by a similar amount in 2021.   In addition to rising costs, securing sufficient insurance capacity (policy limit) and maintaining adequate breadth of cover will continue to be a challenge for environmental consulting and engineering companies and their boards. During this session, attendees will gain a better understanding of the Canadian professional insurance industry, how professional policies are priced, and how coverage can impact income statements and shareholder value.

We will explore the importance of contract language by reviewing real world Canadian case law examples (both common law and civil code); and discuss how contract provisions help reduce liability and influence insurance costs.   Finally, we will “pull back the curtain” and explain how insurance premiums are influenced by the actions professional service companies take to mitigate their risks and liabilities.