Engineers who want to include sustainability in their designs cannot easily get hold of best practices, feel pressured to reduce costs at the expense of sustainability, and cannot clearly establish the evaluation method for their tenders regarding sustainable design.
Projects that don’t satisfy communities sustainability, growth, and business needs risk being shut down. In addition, requirements for addressing environmental and social impacts are changing. ELC has worked closely with owner’s organizations, consultants, and contractors to create efficient programs that develop project teams and produce results.
In the proposed session, participants will learn how to identify best practices, communicate the values effectively and leverage the procurement decision making process to facilitate these opportunities.
Emerging trends in social impact in the engineering industry will be explained with data on changing procurement requirements, technical definitions, and other business case factors. These have been gathered from executive dialogues in BC, Alberta, and Ontario, as well as through experience facilitating social impact improvements in local Vancouver engineering consulting companies.
Key factors that contribute to business and technical case success and failure will be described. Success in this emerging area of engineering practice starts at individual employee competency. Using success cases we will share how organizations are successfully identifying and developing competencies needed to capitalize on the opportunities in this emerging practice.
This workshop is designed for engineers, managers and executives wanting to implement best practices in the infrastructure development field.
EITs – benefit through hearing how to apply what they have learned to the business case for social and environmental sustainability fields.
Professional Engineers – will benefit by learning methods they can apply to ensure that the clients hear their message and that they understand their clients’ needs better.
Managing Engineers - will hear opinions and concerns from clients/owners and engineers regarding valuation and implementation of sustainable practice, opening up business opportunities.
Owners/Executive – will gain a better understanding of the reasons why their desire to build sustainable infrastructure at reasonable cost is not being addressed. Enabling them to break the barriers and ensure they are heard.
Pamela Rogalski, P.Eng. - Engineering Leadership Council
At her best building movements and coaching people, Pam is currently committed full time to the Engineering Leadership Council. When engineers agree to a shared set of values, an incredibly strong group with clear actions can result. Pam’s engineering experience includes major capitol program engineering procurement and strategy advising at BC Hydro. While at BC Hydro she co-founded the first corporate chapter of Engineers Without Borders. She was a member of EWB’s Governance and Rural Infrastructure team in Ghana, Africa. She has also worked in the field on teams of geophysics and geotechnical engineers at Golder Associates and other consulting companies.