Thirty-two years ago, I started my career at Associated Engineering. As a Design Engineer working on bridges and transportation structures for the resource sector and municipalities, I wanted to design safe transportation infrastructure that supports our economy. Never did I imagine that three decades later, I would become President, and then this year, President & CEO. Thank you to Kerry Rudd, who retired this year as President & CEO, and our Board of Directors for their confidence in me.
One of my first actions as President was to embark on a new Strategic Plan, which we launched last year. Themed Shaping our Shared Future, our vision is to deliver creative solutions for a healthy, resilient world, and, in doing so, create a meaningful legacy for future generations.
I’m very pleased that as we complete the first full year of our new strategic plan, we’ve delivered on many goals. One of the initiatives that I’m particularly proud of is the development of a company-wide member-in-training (MIT) program. I believe the MIT program will help staff develop the competencies they need to become registered as professionals and lead successful careers. The MIT program has the added benefit of helping to connect our young professionals to opportunities that can arise throughout the company.
2019 has been another successful year for the company.
I’d like to congratulate the teams that worked on the University of Saskatchewan’s Livestock and Forage Centre of Excellence and Calgary Zoo Flood Mitigation projects. Both projects received Awards of Excellence at the annual Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards. These awards are a testament to our innovation and technical excellence.
I’d also like to acknowledge our team who worked on the Regina Bypass, which opened in October. This $1.88 billion project is the largest in Saskatchewan’s history. As Owner’s Engineer, we employed a One Company approach, drawing on the expertise of staff from across the country. Our One Company approach is part of the success of Associated Engineering.
In closing, I’d like to thank all our staff for their contributions and dedication to our clients and the projects they work on. Your service and creativity are what differentiates us.
Thank you to our clients for selecting Associated as your consultant and trusted advisor. We appreciate your trust in us, and the positive relationships we have forged.
I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and all the best in the New Year!
Martin Jobke, P.Eng.
President & CEO