Standing Committee

Business Practices Committee (BPC)

About the Business Practices Committee

The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Ontario (ACEC-Ontario) client relations goal is rooted in the association’s Missions Statement of, ‘To promote and advance the business interests of our Member Firms and the value of the engineering work they do.’ This statement draws from what was then Consulting Engineers of Ontario’s (CEO’s) specific client relations objective that sought, ‘To promote fair procurement and business practices among member firm clients’. To support this stated goal and specific objectives, CEO established a Business Risk Committee that was later renamed the Business Practices Committee. These legacy ‘Client Relations’ activities have been integrated with ACEC-Ontario Chapter and Liaison Committee activities, and supported through the associations strategic activities.

The ACEC-Ontario Business Practices Committee’s mandate will be to provide assistance to ACEC-Ontario and its constituent member firms by improving their business practices conditions specifically related to the consultant procurement process and the commercially onerous, and often uninsurable, agreement/contract terms of our industry’s client organizations.

Location: All committee meetings are held virtually.

Time Commitment: 5-6 committee meetings annually, approximately 90 minutes in duration each. Additional time will be spent on meeting preparation (reviewing documents) and committee tasks, as assigned.

Term Length: 2 year commitment

Key Responsibilities:

  1. Attend committee meetings, provide regular input and participate in committee meetings in a consistent and timely fashion.
  2. Work collaboratively with industry and government stakeholders and ACEC-Ontario member employees.
  3. Contribute to ACEC-Ontario’s business practices activities, including but not limited to developing materials for government and members, meeting with government officials on behalf of the consulting engineering industry, and educating members on issues related to risk, contracts and procurement.


  1. Network with other existing ACEC-Ontario Member firms and their employees.  
  2. Opportunity to directly contribute to the association’s business practices activities.
  3. Enhance your knowledge and understanding of municipal/provincial procurement and business risk.
  4. Opportunity to speak on behalf of the consulting engineering sector on issues that matter the most to both the industry and your firm.

Qualifications & Other Requirements

  1. Must remain non-partisan in government relations activities and engagement within or on behalf of ACEC-Ontario.
  2. Must ensure and maintain confidentiality.
  3. Only employees of ACEC-Ontario member firms are eligible to participate. Candidates must have their firm’s permission to participate.
  4. Must not be employed by a member company already represented on the committee.


Extensive experience in risk, contracts and procurement.

Candidates with historically excluded identities (gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

Interested in becoming a volunteer?