In 2018, we launched our new Strategic Plan, titled Shaping our Shared Future. The vision of our new plan is "creative solutions for a healthy, resilient world". With this aspiration in mind, in this new series, you will meet members of our staff and learn about what they are doing in their professional and personal lives to help shape a more resilient, sustainable world.
Tia Hill (front row, left) at the 2019 ACEC-Canada YP Forum
Tia Hill, Project Engineer in our Calgary office, has taken on the role of Chair of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of Canada (ACEC-Canada) Young Professionals Network (YPN), serving a two-year term from October 2019 to October 2021.
Since assuming this role, Tia has led the update of the YPN Terms of Reference, which formalized the YPN’s objective to advise and provide recommendations to ACEC-Canada staff regarding the annual YP Forum. Tia has also worked with the YPN to refresh a database of resources to support provincial and territorial representatives with the creation of new YP groups in their regions. New groups are currently being formed in Ottawa, Toronto, Whitehorse, and Yellowknife, with support from Tia and the YPN.
In March 2020, the COVID-19 global pandemic significantly affected the delivery of programming, preventing in-person meetings from occurring, including the annual YP Forum. As a result, Tia worked with ACEC-Canada staff to offer a webinar series for YPs, titled From Contracts to People Skills: How to Successfully Manage Projects to Profitability, which was delivered in May 2020.
Tia is currently working with ACEC-Canada staff on developing a program (ACEC Certificate in Management Essentials) for a virtual professional development offering for YPs. Registration begins November 1 and the program will replace the annual in-person YP Forum and will commence in January 2021 and runs for six months.
In June 2020, Tia participated in the International Federation of Consulting Engineering (FIDIC) Future Leaders webinar: Building Successful Future Leader Groups. As the Chair of a well-established Young Professionals Group, Tia gave a presentation to over 400 attendees from around the world on the structure and benefits of involvement with the ACEC-Canada Young Professionals Network.
In her role as YPN Chair, Tia is also serving a two-year term as the YP Director with the ACEC-Canada Board of Directors. Here, she acts as the voice of YPs in decisions regarding the consulting engineering industry. Recently, Tia participated in and contributed to a task force which developed a draft climate change position statement for ACEC-Canada. She also represents ACEC-Canada on the Engineers Canada 30 by 30 Committee industry working group for the remainder of her term on the ACEC-Canada Board. The goal of 30 by 30 is to increase the percentage of newly licensed engineers (P.Eng.) who are women to 30% by 2030.
As ACEC-Canada YPN Chair, Tia is helping to build a foundation for future leaders, and, in doing so, shaping a better future.