International Affairs

CSCE International Affairs Committee

Wanted: CSCE Liaison Officer for South Asia

The CSCE’s International Affairs Committee (IAC) is looking for a dynamic CSCE member willing to join the committee as CSCE Liaison Officer for South Asia (India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Bangladesh). The CSCE member must be willing to serve a minimum of two years on IAC and to volunteer a minimum of 50 hours per year on unpaid volunteer committee work. Required qualifications include the ability to speak one of the major languages of the region (e.g. Hindi, Urdu, Tamil), regular personal or business travel to the region, and extensive connections with the engineering community in South Asia (especially India or Pakistan). The Liaison Officer for South Asia will work with other Liaison Officers, especially the Liaison Officer for India, and report to the IAC Chair. If interested, please contact Dr. Rishi Gupta, Chair of the International Affairs Committee, at


The International Affairs Committee plans and implements training and technical exchange activities under joint cost sharing agreements with Civil Engineering organizations in other countries. These collaborations include short courses, workshops and seminars.

For further information, please contact:

CSCE National Office
4877 Sherbrooke St., Westmount, QC  H3Z 1G9
Tel.: (514) 933-2634   Fax: (514) 933-3504
OR the Chair of the IAC

Summary of International Agreements

ASCE –  American Society of Civil Engineers
AICCP – Asociacion de Ingenieros de Caminos, Canales y Puertos (Spain)
BSE – Bahamas Society of Engineers
CCES – China Civil Engineering Society
CHES – Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society
CHTS – China Highway and Transportation Society
CIP – Colegio de Ingenieros del Perú
CSES – Chinese Society of Environmental Sciences
ETE  –  Épitoipari Tudomanyos Egyesulet (Hungary)
FECIC – Federación de Colegios de Ingenieros Civiles de la Republica Mexicana
HKIE – Hong Kong Institution of Engineers
IAHR – International Association for Hydraulic Engineering & Research (The Netherlands)
ICE/ESE – Institution of Civil Engineers of the Egyptian Society of Engineers
ICE – Institution of Civil Engineers, UK
IE (Australia) – Institution of Engineers, Australia
IE (Argentina) –  Instituto de Engenharia Argentina
IEI – Institution of Engineers (India)
IPENZ – Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand
ISCE – Israeli Society of Civil Engineers
ISOPE – International Society of Offshore & Polar Engineers (USA)
JIE – Jamaica Institution of Engineers
JSCE – Japan Society of Civil Engineers
KSCE – Korean Society of Civil Engineers
PICE – Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers, Inc
PZITS – Polish Association of Sanitary Engineers & Technicians
SISF – Société des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France


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The Engineers’ Conference 2014 was conducted by the Bahamas Society of Engineers and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering at Melia Nassau Beach Resort, Bahamas on October 31, 2014 on the topic Public Private Partnerships (P3’s) in the Effective Delivery of Infrastructure Projects.

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The conference was attended by approximately 100 private and public sector delegates from Canada, the Bahamas, USA,  Jamaica and Cayman Islands, including the Rt. Hon. Perry Christie, Prime Minister and Minister of Finance for the Bahamas.

The Prime Minister said Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) will be considered to meet the funding demands of massive capital infrastructural development going forward. Historically, he said, it has been primarily the government that has built airports, roads, harbours, docks, and public buildings like hospitals and schools; however, increasingly the government has had to find new and innovative ways of funding such massive capital formation. Engineers are integral to the process of development implementation.

The conference comprised individual presentations from regional and international organizations who addressed the topic of public-private partnership from historical, regional, international, financial, utilities and other important aspects. The conference presentations are available for download on the BSE website:

Pictured at the conference are: Prime Minister the Rt. Hon. Perry G. Christie as speaker; and seated from left, Master of Ceremonies, Carlos Palacious; Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Works, the Hon. Philip Davis; President of the Bahamas Society of Engineers, DeCosta Bethel; and Canadian Society for Civil Engineering International Affairs Officer, David Pratt. (BIS Photo/Peter L. Ramsay)


  • In 2014, 100 Awards were given to foreign experts from 25 countries and 5 recipients were from Canada. (28 from the US).  In 2014, the Chinese government celebrated the 65th anniversary on the founding of the PR China on Oct. 1 (National Day in China). Traditionally, the Chinese government doubles the number of the Awards every 5th year.  Therefore, the number of Awards in 2014 were 100 instead of the usual 50.The event was celebrated with a state dinner at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing to celebrate the 65th anniversary on the founding of PR China. President Xi was at the state dinner and gave a speech.Ron Droste, Chair of CSCE’s International Affairs Committee conveyed his personal congratulations to Todd who readily acknowledges that members of CSCE and, of course, IAC have been instrumental in the efforts that have resulted in this recognition. This is Todd’s statement on receiving the award:The award is in fact the Chinese government’s recognition on the work done by many CSCE members in China over the past 30 years. Therefore  I wish to dedicate the Friendship Award to all my CSCE colleagues who have worked with me in China for the last 3 decades, particularly my IAC colleagues and friends. I would not attempt to mention their names because the number of these CSCE colleagues and friends is quite large. In addition, I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to them as a group, instead of individuals, for their constant support and encouragement to me for many years.It has been a great pleasure and privilege on my part to have been associated with all these talented individuals.Canadian presence, and in particular the presence of CSCE, in China will only benefit from this acclaim. We all congratulate Todd for spearheading our efforts and the resulting accomplishments through the past 30 years.
  • Please click here to view the summary report on The “2nd International Symposium & Exhibition on Winter Road Maintenance.
  • Travelling to Hong Kong?  The CSCE is looking for volunteers to make technical presentations to members of the CSCE Hong Kong Branch and (or) the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers (HKIE).  This is strictly on a volunteer basis, with no payment for spent time or travel expenses.  If interested, please send an outline of your presentation and brief resume at least three months in advance of your trip to Doug Salloum, CSCE Executive Director, at or Brian Burrell, CSCE VP-International at

Participation of CSCE Members in a China Water Resources/Ecology Workshop in May 2014


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Please click here to view the report.

Report on the trip to Hong Kong and China by Tony Bégin, (CSCE SVP), Brian Burrell (VP – Technical Programs) and Todd Chan (VP – International) – October 29 to November 8, 2013 – Report on the trip to Hong Kong and China

CSCE partners with Nirma University to host NUiCONE Conference in India (Nov 28-30, 2013)

Nirma University in Ahmedabad, India hosted its annual conference in November.  Through the efforts of Dr. Rishi Gupta, Deputy Chair of IAC and liaison officer for India,  CSCE had the opportunity to be a supporter of the 2013 NUiCONE conference.  More information about this conference is available

At this conference Rishi Gupta was invited to give a keynote presentation on November 29th, 2013.  This presentation was delivered remotely using skype.  The details of the presentation (including the abstract) given by Rishi Gupta are noted below:

Sustainable construction technologies and Canadian Society for Civil Engineering’s vision 2020!

Abstract—This key note presentation by Dr. Gupta outlined some of the recent developments in sustainable construction technologies in Canada.  The presentation highlighted the current state of the Canadian and global infrastructure.  The presentation focussed on materials and various sustainable construction technologies required to alleviate the concerns surrounding our infrastructure. Dr. Gupta presented examples of his on-going and recently completed projects including PVC encased stay-in-place concrete forming system, rammed earth construction, pervious concrete, light gauge steel technology for mass construction, and structural health monitoring.  The presentation also highlighted the strategic plan and vision 2020 of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering.

The Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) and the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (CHES) are jointly hosting an international water resources conference: Water for Today and Tomorrow, Water Availability, Supply and Security in the 21st Century, to be held in Tianjin, China during October 28-30, 2014. Consult the website for the latest updates. Abstract submission is open now until Jan. 31, 2014. The registration fees is $US 250. The advisory committee consists of well-known experts on the conference topics from around the world. CSCE contact is Prof. Ron Droste,

See Brochure: Water for Today and Tomorrow

China Transportation Update, October, 2013

Andrew Liu worked with the CSCE Transportation Division to help organizing the International Conference on Transportation Information and Safety (ICTIS2013), which was held in Wuhan China, June 28 – July 1st 2013. This was the 2nd such conference CSCE helped as a sponsor after an MOU we signed with Wuhan University of Technology in 2009. CSCE sponsored the conference along with ASCE, and China Communications and Transportation Association, etc. The CSCE logo was very prominently shown at the conference program, website, conference proceedings, and conference hotel. Four CSCE members given presentations as invited speakers. The CSCE transportation Division is currently working on conference special issues of several transportation journals.

Also at the mid of July, Andrew Liu discussed with CHTS on organizing the 2nd Canada-China  Winter Transportation Symposium in China in 2014. This is following the first such symposium in Canada last year in Edmonton and as continued co-operation with CHTS after re-signing of the MOU in 2012 in Edmonton. CSCE and CHTS have agreed in principle for the symposium in China in 2014.  Andrew Liu is working with Transportation Division on details of the Symposium.

Workshop photo- all attendants at “Changing Hydrologic Cycle and Water Security”


Meeting with China Association for International Exchange of Personnel

Yangtze River Model at Hydraulics Lab of Changjiang Water Resources Commission
in Wuhan

Dinner with Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society after meeting

IAC’s Selected Projects and Activities (2009-2012)

Protocol – Civil Engineering for A sustainable Future

The American Society of Civil Engineers, the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and the Institution of Civil Engineers believe that emerging global challenges over the last decade, including the financial crisis, population migration, and food and energy crises, have reinforced the need to secure and fulfill internationally agreed commitments to sustainable development. Please click here to read Protocol Triennial 2012 .

Civil Engineering and Climate Change Protocol

At the close of the 2009 Triennial Conference held in St. John’s, NL from June 1-2, 2009, the Presidents of ICE, ASCE and CSCE jointly signed a Civil Engineering and Climate Change Protocol. Please click here to read Protocol Triennial 2009 – .

CSCE President’s Visit to Beijing and Hong Kong.   With arrangements made by IAC, the CSCE President, Mr. Gordon Jin, visited China in April 2010.  In Beijing, he was warmly welcomed by the Presidents of the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society, the China Civil Engineering Society and the China Highway and Transportation Society.  During meetings, past technical exchanges were reviewed and new cooperative programs discussed.  The CSCE President’s visit to China strengthened CSCE relationships with the three Chinese sister engineering societies.  In Hong Kong, the CSCE President met with members of the CSCE Hong Kong Branch, the first Branch of the Society outside of Canada.   He also met with senior leaders of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, one of the most influential engineering societies in the Asia-Pacific Region.  Read more about this visit – click here. Presidential Visit to China 2010

Shiyang River Basin Project. 
This 3-year project of the Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society (CHES), the Gansu Research Institute for Water Conservancy (GRIWC) and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) concerns environmental / ecological assessments and restoration of the Shiyang River basin in the central part of Gansu Province,  north-west China.   In November 2009, a delegation of three CHES members and three GRIWC members visited Canada for discussions with members of the CSCE project team and for collecting technical information from universities and the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa.  In April 2010, five CSCE technical team members went to China to discuss some of the experimental and numerical data that will go into the final project report.

The 2nd International Conference on Waste Engineering and Management  (ICWEM 2010).
This Conference, being organized jointly by the CSCE, the China Civil Engineering Society and the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, will be held in Shanghai, China from October 13 to15, 2010.  The “First Call for Papers” was sent out in December 2009.  In May 2010, the abstract review/ paper acceptance process was completed.

International Conference of Transportation Information and Safety  (ICTIS).
In September 2009, the CSCE signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wuhan University of Technology (WHUT) to co-organize the ICTIS in 2010 and subsequent international conferences in China.  The Wuhan University has agreed to take 100% of the financial risks for organizing the conference.  The CSCE will implement this MOU through the IAC and the CSCE Transportation Division.

Liaison with IE (I)  (Institution of Engineers, India). 
Work continued on  a proposal to initiate a “CSCE e-membership to select IE(I) student members would entail providing initially limited one-year memberships to IE(I) student members in Pune (a city 200 km south of Mumbai).  The aim is to create awareness of the CSCE, and its various services and the activities   If the pilot project proceeds and is successful, it could be extended to other cities in India and possibly to other countries.

Water Project in Cameroon, Africa.  The Kumbo Water Improvement project agreement with CIDA came into effect in October 2009.  In December 2009, a local coordinator was hired and partnership arrangements, logistics and financial systems established for the project.  During December 2009 and January 2010, terms of reference and schedules were established and volunteers recruited to undertake the work.  In 2010, six assignments will involve Canadians going to Cameroon and two assignments will involve Cameroonians coming to Canada.  In April 2010, the Manager of Operations worked a month with the City of Guelph in operations and maintenance management training.  In October 2010, the KWA General Manager will spend three weeks in the Ottawa meeting utility managers and participating in management training.

Proposed Project in Haiti.  
Kirk Thompson has worked closely with Doug Salloum (CSCE Executive Director) in preparing a CSCE proposal for a project to develop updated building codes for Haiti to allow construction to withstand expected natural disasters such as  earthquakes, hurricanes, mudslides, and flooding.

Domestic Program.  IAC is attempting to increase its services to CSCE members in Canada.  Special presentations, updated website information, webinars, and informational publications were planned for the forthcoming year.  IAC continues to provide information to CSCE members in CIVIL Canadian Civil Engineer (CCE).  The 2009 summer issue of CIVIL on the theme of “International Perspectives of Civil Engineering” was published in June 2009.