In 2016, ACEC-BC introduced the Client of the Year award to recognize clients whose people and practices support strong partnership between client and consultant. Clients selected for this award encourage positive collaboration with consulting engineering companies through effective communication, fair and transparent processes, and respectful working conditions.
Partnership is the cornerstone of excellence in consulting engineering practice, and this award gives our members the opportunity to show our appreciation to select clients who go above and beyond to build community and partnership with our industry.
In selecting the District of Kitimat, the jury highlighted the open and collaborative culture fostered between the District and their partners in consulting and construction including fair and transparent processes for consultant selection, scope definition, and communication.
The District’s exceptional relationship with the Haisla First Nation is rooted in their respect and understanding of the importance of the river to generations of the Haisla People. The jury hope that recognizing the District’s thoughtful and comprehensive community engagement would encourage similar engagement between other municipalities and their host nations.
Learn more about the District of Kitimat by visiting kitimat.com