CACQS, CIQS and RICS sign memorandum pledging cooperation
Agreement would facilitate joint efforts in numerous areas
Three organizations integral to quantity surveying in Canada have agreed to collaborate in a number of areas on projects of mutual interest. The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), which certifies quantity surveyors and construction estimators in Canada; the Canadian Association of Consulting Quantity Surveyors (CACQS), which represents member firms; and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which develops standards and regulates the profession, recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) representing their shared commitment to the quantity surveying profession in Canada.
Under the MOU, the three organizations agreed to:
- Encourage a positive environment within which they can work collaboratively;
- Provide a basis for joint action in priority areas of common interest, such as continuing professional development, education, member services, professional services; and
- Provide a mechanism at a senior level for continuing dialogue among RICS, CIQS, and CACQS.
The specific areas in which the three groups seek to collaborate include ensuring the competency of quantity surveyors; providing opportunities for them to expand their skills; boosting recognition of the profession; actively considering opportunities to co-develop, co-brand and sell training, educational products, standards and guidelines; and jointly developing events.
“RICS, CACQS and CIQS share a number of important interests related to the quantity surveying profession in Canada,” said Neil Shah, Americas managing director for RICS. “RICS is looking forward to lending its expertise in regulation and standards under this MOU, and excited to be collaborating with these two organizations that are integral to the profession and its members.”
“CACQS is delighted to enter into this MOU as we expand our cross-Canada initiative to advance the consulting quantity surveyor profession in Canada that provides value-added services to our client groups and industry partners,” said Alan Hand, chair of CACQS and senior partner at AW Hooker.
Craig Bye, chair of CIQS and director with Hanscomb, Limited said, “Since our formation in 1959, the CIQS has continued to engage with recognized professional bodies such as the RICS, and this MOU confirms our joint commitment to work not only with members but also the member firms such as those represented by the CACQS.”
Arif Ghaffur, editor of the Construction Economist (a CIQS publication), board member of both CACQS and RICS in Canada, and president of Lakeland Consulting, added, “In bringing together these three key professional bodies, this MOU signals our continuing efforts to ensure that we all work together for the betterment of the quantity surveying profession in Canada.”
The Canadian Association of Canadian Consulting Surveyors seeks to advance the profile of consulting quantity surveying firms within the construction industry in Canada, enhancing communication and information-sharing with member firms and industry partners, maintaining healthy and productive relationships with public and private sector groups on behalf of member firms, monitoring and intervening in trends and threats to the industry, particularly regarding regulations and procurement policies, and identifying and developing new markets for the consulting quantity surveying profession in Canada.
The Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors is the premier professional association that sets the highest standard for construction and infrastructure economics in Canada. The Institute oversees the designation of Professional Quantity Surveyors (PQS) and Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) professionals. In 1959, a group of quantity surveyors in Toronto founded the CIQS and today, the organization represents more than 2000 members across the country.
RICS promotes and enforces the highest professional qualifications and standards in the development and management of land, real estate, property and construction. Our name promises the consistent delivery of standards – bringing confidence to the markets we serve.
We accredit 118,000 professionals and any individual or firm registered with RICS is subject to our quality assurance. Their expertise covers valuation and management across all asset classes; the costing and leadership of construction projects; the development of infrastructure; and the management of natural resources, such as mining, farms and land. From environmental assessments and building controls to negotiating land rights in an emerging economy; if our members are involved, the same professional standards and ethics apply.
With offices covering the major political and financial centers of the world, our market presence means we are ideally placed to influence policy and embed professional standards. We work at a cross-governmental level, delivering international standards that will support a safe and vibrant marketplace in land, real estate, property and construction, for the benefit of all.
In the Americas we have staff in New York, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Sao Paulo and Barbados.