About CENS

President’s Message:


October 2018

CENS President’s Message

By most accounts, Nova Scotia’s consulting engineering industry is doing well.  Recent events such as CENS AGM and Engineers Nova Scotia have highlighted the amazing breadth and depth of engineering talent within our province and, specifically among us consultants.  As measured by the infamous “N” number, we have more consulting engineering members than we have had in recent memory and, anecdotally, most of us are keeping “busy” with projects both in and outside the province. 

CENS continues to be the consulting engineer’s advocate, promoting quality based-selection, opportunities for NS consulting engineers, and remuneration appropriate to professional engineering services.  Our committees are actively engaged in meeting with representatives of federal, provincial, and municipal government departments to promote our members and appropriate procurement methods, while understanding what future opportunities are in the pipeline.  Through our export committee, we continue to work with NSBI, ACOA, and Global Affairs Canada to promote NS-based engineering services.  Our energy committee continues to collaborate with the energy industry to promote the responsible and sustainable development of Nova Scotia’s resource to meet society’s energy needs.  Our image committee continues to advance our profile, updating the website with showcase projects of our members and expanding our outreach through our new Linked-In group.  We encourage members to submit projects they would like highlighted on the website and/or link with us via Linked-In.

Future success of our industry, however, requires that we be ever vigilant to the forces that affect it including, but not limited to:  continued devaluation of engineering services through cost driven selection, demographic homogeneity, continued consolidation among engineering firms, poor succession planning, and a general exodus of young practitioners (either from the province or working for government).

The CENS Board of Directors has been working very diligently on your behalf.  In the next few months, we will initiate the development of our next 5 year strategic plan.  We welcome your input on what you want CENS to do for you, and how we should position ourselves to address some of these longer-term challenges to the industry.  Please reach out to Skit Ferguson, our Executive Director, me or any of the Directors or committee members, the names of whom can be found on the CENS website.

Respectfully at your service,
Andrew H Thalheimer, P.Eng.
President, CENS



Our Mission & Vision

To promote and improve the success and growth of our members’ firms. 

   Meet our Board Members

   Andrew Thalheimer - President
   tel. (902) 450-4000    athalheimer@dillon.ca

   Perry Mitchelmore - Vice President
   tel. (902) 444-3131    perry.mitchelmore@MECOengineers.com

   Phil Sullivan - Past President
   tel. (902) 480-5444    philip.sullivan@woodplc.com

   Skit Ferguson - Executive Director
   tel. (902) 461-1325    cens@eastlink.ca

   Troy Droesbeck - Treasurer
   tel. (902) 476-2533    troy.droesbeck@smithandanderson.com

   Nick Tobin - ACEC Representative
   tel. (902) 422-2000    nick.tobin@eastpoint.ca

   Selin Aniscikli - Director
   tel. (902) 461-9999    saniscikli@pinchinleblanc.com

   Aaron Baillie - Director
   tel. (902) 492-6750    aaronb@cbcl.com

   Michel Comeau - Director
   tel. (902) 429-5454    mcomeau@campbellcomeau.ns.ca

   Brian Donnelly - Director
   tel. (902) 468-0420    brian.donnelly@stantec.com

   Cliff Johnson - Director
   tel. (902) 492-4544    cliff.johnson@snclavalin.com

   John Lam - Director
   tel. (902) 453-5555    john.lam@exp.com  

   Suzanna Lewis - Director
   tel. (902) 536-0967    suzanna.lewis@wspgroup.com

   Andrew Philopoulos - Director
   tel. (902) 468-1248    andrew.philopoulos@ghd.com

   Tony Ramia - Director
   tel. (902) 468-6486    tony.Ramia@englobecorp.com


A bit about our Executive Director - Skit Ferguson

For almost 25 years, Skit Ferguson has supported and guided the volunteer leadership of the Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia. A native of Reserve Mines, Cape Breton, Skit’s hockey and baseball prowess caught the eye of a local priest who thought St. F.X. University needed a good addition to their hockey team. He also told Skit he should use his smarts for a career other than working in the coal mines. With his support and encouragement, Skit began his university career. He graduated from St.F.X. (BSc.) and N.S.T.E.C.H - Dal (B.Eng - Mechanical).

And thus began Skit’s career and passion for the engineering profession. During his career he was employed with a major oil company where he held several senior managment positions in Atlantic Canada.

He has seen CENS grow tremendously both in membership and programs. These include a strategic plan, a regularly published directory, the guideline for consulting engineering services, this website and a committee structure which addresses all issues and concerns with government and private sector stakeholders. Some of this growth can be attributed to Skit’s determined approach, support of his volunteer
leadership and his belief in giving back to the profession that was so good to him.

For more information about CENS, our members, how to hire an engineer or general questions about the profession of consulting engineering in Nova Scotia, contact Skit at (902) 461-1325 or cens@eastlink.ca.