Notice to all CIQS members,

It is amazing how quickly things change in regard to COVID-19. In the last week alone, cases have been confirmed in every province and it has even impacted 24 Sussex. The WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, several countries (including Canada) have closed their borders, sports events have been cancelled, schools and daycares have been closed, and there is a general directive to implement social distancing. This means cancelling or postponing large gatherings such as concerts and conferences and limiting one’s exposure to large groups by staying out of bars, nightclubs and crowded restaurants. Many restaurants and bars now only offer take-out or delivery services.

Prime Minister Trudeau has addressed the nation twice in the same number of days. Yesterday he announced that Canada is closing its borders to all non-Canadian citizens or permanent residents, with a few exceptions. During his media conference, he said that “all Canadians, as much as possible, should stay home. By staying home, you can not only protect your health and that of those around you, but ensure that our health care professionals and our health care system can focus on those who need their help”. This morning, Premier Ford declared Ontario under a State of Emergency. Other provinces across the country have implemented various bans and restrictions on business closures and the acceptable size of gatherings.

Learn more about the COVID-19 actions in your province:

According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the COVID-19 presents a risk of severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • 65 and over
  • With compromised immune systems
  • With underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions
  • Canadians returning from international travel

It is important for all returning travelers to:

  • Self-isolate for 14 days after returning from travel outside Canada
  • Monitor for fever, cough or difficulty breathing
  • Practice good hygiene (wash hands for 20 seconds) and take care not to cough or sneeze into their hands

PHAC are continually monitoring the situation across the country and updating their information as new statistics become available. Click here for their latest information.

It is important to get ahead of this virus and flatten the curve of COVID-19 to try and avoid a huge spike of patients requiring hospital care at the same time. It is imperative that we all do our part to stay healthy so that we do not overwhelm the hospitals. We do not want to find ourselves in a situation where we simply do not have the medical equipment needed to help everyone in need.

With this in mind, CIQS has created a directive for all chapters to suspend their meetings and events until May 1, 2020. National will work with our chapters to reschedule any events that are planned within the period to a future date, where possible, once it is deemed safe to do so.

We understand that this may cause your chapter and its members some inconvenience, but we believe that the safety of our members and the community as a whole need to be our priority as we deal with this pandemic. We all must do our part to safeguard the more vulnerable in our community and to curb the virus so that we can all go back to business as usual as fast as possible.


As CIQS Congress is scheduled for July 9-11, 2020, we are at this time proceeding with our conference as planned. With that said, CIQS wants to assure everyone involved (delegates, sponsors, guests and staff) that the CIQS management and Congress committee are monitoring the developments of COVID-19 closely and any potential impact it may have on our event. We are hoping that all safety measures implemented by countries worldwide will mitigate the severity of this virus and that life as we know it will be back to normal by July. Registrations and sponsorship sales are therefore going ahead for the time being. In the event that we are still under strict measures closer to the event, the Committee is creating a plan to deal with a cancellation or postponement of our event, including a refund and/or deferral policy for all registrations and sponsorship dollars.


Sheila Lennon, CAE
Executive Director, CIQS


According to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), the COVID-19 risk for Canadians is still considered low with an increased risk of severe outcomes for Canadians:

  • 65 and over
  • With compromised immune systems
  • With underlying medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes and heart conditions.

PHAC are continually monitoring the situation across the country and updating their information as new statistics become available. Click here for their latest information.

As this is a very fluid situation and information and recommendations about COVID-19 are updated regularly, you can keep yourself informed via the links below:


Human coronaviruses cause infections in the nose, throat and lungs. Infection is typically spread through respiratory droplets from coughing or sneezing; prolonged personal contact (touching or shaking hands) with someone who is infected; and touching a surface that has the virus on it and then touching your mouth, nose or eyes before you wash your hands.


To ensure that you and your employees/co-workers stay safe while at work, is recommended that you do what you can to mitigate your risk.

  • Maintain at least one to two metres distance between each other or work remotely if your able to do so
  • Wash your hands thoroughly (at minimum 20 seconds – sing Happy Birthday – with soap and water) and frequently
  • Do not shake hands
  • Disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily
  • Cough and sneeze into your elbow or tissue, never into your hand
  • Postpone unnecessary travel, especially internationally and/or to COVID-19 hot spots
  • Do not attend conferences, workshops or large gatherings whenever possible


If you have any cold or flu-like symptoms, self-quarantine until you and those around you are all clear. Self-monitor your symptoms by taking your temperature twice a day (morning and night). Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum 30 minutes before taking your temperature. Likewise, do not take acetaminophen or ibuprofen during the 14-day self-monitoring period unless your health care provided has advised your otherwise as these medications are designed to lower your temperature and you would thus not get an accurate reading.

Do NOT go to the ER with basic cold/flu symptoms. If you are unsure about your symptoms, call your local telephone medical service.

Click on the link below for information about the telehealth service in your province:

DO go to the nearest emergency room if you are in immediate danger of death such as a spike in temperature or trouble breathing.


  • Fever higher than 38.0°C (100.4°F)
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath/difficulty breathing

Statistics: Canadian confirmed COVID-19 cases between January 15 and March 13, 2020

  • 51% of cases are female
  • 31% of cases are 60 years old and over
  • 13% of cases have been hospitalized
  • 1 person has died of COVID-19
  • 74% of cases are travellers and 6% are close contacts of travellers


Sheila Lennon, CAE
Executive Director, CIQS

We are happy to announce that we are now on Instagram!

Follow us for exciting updates, stories and videos! Stay up to date as we share exclusive details of our nationwide events, industry news and so much more. We can’t wait to connect with our valuable members, and when we have our special conferences and events, we will be sure to post about them so you will feel like you are right there with us.

If you think that you have a story or an image that we would love to hear about, feel free to tag us in your post!

We welcome you to follow us @ciqs_official.

CIQS is officially on Instagram

Please visit the page here.

CIQS is proud to have partnered with RICS on this survey which offers significant insight into the impact of the economy and infrastructure workloads on our industry today and in the near future. CIQS joining forces with RICS for this project ensured that these results give a true representation of industry companies of all sizes in Canada by providing a platform for a fair sample size across the country.

CIQS Q4 2019 Canada Construction and Infrastructure Survey Report CIQS Q4 2019 Canada Construction and Infrastructure Survey Report (PDF) (4880 KB)

The CIQS Congress offers a tremendous opportunity to learn from, and network with, a variety of business and industry experts while earning your points towards your annual CPD quota. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, this is the year to get your employer to add Congress 2020 to your professional development budget. We are proud to present two days of education which include some unique site visits available solely for our delegates.

CIQS Congress 2020


The CIQS Congress offers a tremendous opportunity to learn from, and network with, a variety of business and industry experts while earning your points towards your annual CPD quota. If you have never had the opportunity to attend, this is the year to get your employer to add Congress 2020 to your professional development budget. We are proud to present two days of education which include some unique site visits available solely for our delegates.

NEW FOR 2020!

PARTNER PROGRAM: This year we are launching a partner program which includes certain conference meals and events designed especially for those accompanying our delegates to Winnipeg. Purchasing this package is a wonderful way to meet other partners/spouses and explore the host city.

AGE REQUIREMENTS: Due to the fact that certain events offer alcohol, no one under the legal drinking age of 18 will be admitted to any conference events or meals.


We have secured a room rate of $129 per night and are offering a special Early Bird Registration to offset this year’s increase in registration fees. We encourage everyone to take advantage of our Early Bird deal. Register before May 15, 2020 for a discount on our full Congress registration! The room rate is available until June 9, 2020 but there is a limited number of rooms so we recommend you book your rooms early as we expect the group rate to sell out.

Get a room for $129/night. Book today!

Want to learn more?


or contact:

Registration and Accommodation
Sharon Lui at

Sponsorship Program
Alexandra Parliament at

Registration Early Bird Deadline: May 15, 2020
Hotel Room Rate Deadline: June 9, 2020

Preview our 2019 Congress Photo Gallery here

Your Winter 2019 issue of the Construction Economist is now ready!


  • Integrated project delivery
  • Beyond the 49th parallel
  • Rent control – Economics 101 for the Quantity Surveyor
  • Enhancing security of pensions in insolvency proceedings
  • Earned value management
  • How the PQS may foster the circular economy
  • Getting to know our people – Sharon Lui
  • Leadership interview – Dr. Nelson Ogunshakin


  • Congratulations Corner
  • Legal Corner
  • Education Corner
  • Young Quantity Surveyor Corner
  • Professional Events Corner


  • Chair’s Message
  • Executive Director’s Message
  • Editor’s Message
Construction Economist

Appel de candidatures pour le rôle de porte-parole

Définition: Un porte-parole est une personne qui représente une entreprise, une industrie ou une cause.

L’ICÉC est actuellement à la recherche de membres intéressés à représenter l’organisation dans le cadre d’entrevues ou de conférences avec les médias à titre d’experts en la matière, lors de salons de l’emploi et de présentations dans les écoles, pour des entretiens à propos du matériel promotionnel et des présentateurs lors des événements de l’ICÉC et de l’industrie.

Nos porte-paroles seront:

  • capables de transmettre un message cohérent pour établir et maintenir la position officielle de notre marque sur diverses questions;
  • des orateurs expérimentés;
  • diplomatiques et capables de penser sur le vif tout en respectant les paramètres du message;
  • des auditeurs actifs (capables de se concentrer entièrement sur la question au lieu de penser à ce qu’il faut dire ensuite);
  • des orateurs prudents qui réfléchissent avant de parler et qui comprennent l’importance d’être concis (répondre seulement à la question posée);
  • capables d’instaurer la confiance et la crédibilité pour eux-mêmes et pour l’organisation;
  • confiants dans l’établissement de relations de réseautage.

L’ICÉC offrira à ses porte-parole:

  • une formation officielle pour vous familiariser avec les médias, parler devant une caméra ou une foule;
  • des outils de présentation adaptés à la situation (matériel de marketing, présentation Powerpoint, etc.);
  • Tous les événements/entrevues seront gérés par le personnel du national et des consultants. Ils correspondront à l’événement/l’entrevue avec le porte-parole en fonction de son expérience dans l’industrie, de la logistique et de l’intérêt.

Nous nous efforçons d’offrir à nos porte-parole le plus de temps possible pour s’exprimer, à l’exception des entrevues avec les médias, en particulier dans les situations où l’ICÉC est invité à commenter une histoire. Dans ces situations, le journaliste est souvent soumis à des délais serrés et nous aurons très peu de temps pour répondre. Nos porte-parole seront donc invités à se rendre disponibles pour ces opportunités dans un bref délai. De nos jours, la plupart des entretiens peuvent être effectués à distance, soit par téléphone, soit en ligne via Skype ou un logiciel similaire.

Les parties intéressées sont priées d’envoyer une copie de leur CV accompagnée d’une courte lettre de présentation énumérant les éléments suivants:

  • expérience préalable avec les médias (le cas échéant);
  • expérience en matière de représentation;
  • domaines d’expertise dans l’industrie;
  • zones logistiques où vous êtes disposé à voyager pour des présentations/formations.

Intéressé par: (cochez toutes les réponses qui s’appliquent)

  • présentateur aux événements de l’ICÉC (par exemple, introduire un conférencier);
  • porte-parole auprès des médias;
  • participation aux salons d’emploi, aux foires commerciales et aux rencontres professionnelles dans les écoles;
  • Vidéos promotionnelles de l’ICÉC;
  • relations gouvernementales.

Il est à noter que toutes les formations se dérouleront en anglais. À ce titre, nous exigeons
que tous les bénévoles soient bilingues et/ou parlent couramment l’anglais.

Formulaire de candidature

Veuillez soumettre votre formulaire de candidature, votre CV et votre lettre de présentation
à Alexandra Parliament à

Date limite de soumission des candidatures: Lundi 20 janvier 2020

Call for Spokespeople

Definition: A spokesperson is a person who represents a company, industry or cause.

CIQS is currently looking for members interested in representing the organization in media interviews and/or conferences as subject matter experts, at school career fairs and presentations, internal interviews for promotional material and presenters at CIQS/industry events.

Our spokespeople will be:

  • able to deliver a cohesive message to build and maintain our brand’s official position on various matters;
  • a strong public speaker;
  • diplomatic and able to think on their feet while keeping within the message parameters;
  • an active listener (able to concentrate fully on the question rather than thinking of what to say next);
  • a careful speaker who thinks before they speak and understands the importance of not oversharing (answer only the question asked);
  • able to build trust and credibility for themselves and the organization;
  • confident building relationship/networking.

CIQS will offer our spokespeople:

  • official media training to make you comfortable dealing with media, speak in front of a camera or a crowd;
  • presentation tools appropriate to the situation (marketing material, PowerPoint presentation, etc);
  • all events/interviews are managed by National staff and consultants and they will match the event/interview with the spokesperson based on industry experience, logistics and interest.

We strive to offer our spokespeople as much as lead time as possible for speaking opportunities with the exception of media interviews, especially situations where CIQS is asked to offer a comment to a story. In those situations, the journalist is often on tight deadlines and there will be a very small window for us to respond. Our spokespeople will therefore be asked to make themselves available for these opportunities on short notice. These days, most interviews can be done remotely either via phone or online via Skype or similar software.

Interested parties are asked to send a copy of their CV along with a brief cover listing the following:

  • past experience dealing with media (if any);
  • presentation experience;
  • areas of industry expertise;
  • logistical areas willing to travel to for presentations/training.

Interested in: (mark all that apply)

  • presenter at CIQS events (such as introducing a presenter)
  • media spokesperson
  • present at school careers fairs, tradeshows, career meetings
  • CIQS promotional videos
  • government relations

CIQS Spokesperson Application Form

Submit Application Form, CV and cover letter to Alexandra Parliament at

Submission deadline: Monday, January 20, 2020