Two celebrations for Beca at the 2015 IPENZ Fellows’ and Achievers’ Awards Dinner

Sponsored by Beca, The Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ)'s key event of the year – the Fellow's and Achiever's Awards Dinner – was held at Te Papa in Wellington on Friday 13 March. There were two Beca celebrations on the night: Garry Macdonald, Business Director for Water was honoured with a supreme technical award – the Angus Award for Water, Wastes and Amenities; and Craig Price, our Regional Manager in New Zealand’s South Island was announced as IPENZ's new Vice President.

The IPENZ Fellows' and Achievers' Awards are an opportunity for IPENZ members to acknowledge and honour their peers. It celebrates IPENZ Members' technical achievements and recognises commitment to the Institution and contribution to the advancement of the engineering profession. The annual black tie event is widely attended by IPENZ members (from students to graduates and leaders, Government agencies, major consultancies and ACENZ groups).

Garry Macdonald received the 2015 Angus Award in recognition of his expertise in water engineering. In his 38-year consulting engineering career with Beca, he has led many technical and project teams in the delivery of improved wastewater schemes for New Zealand’s major cities.

His citation goes on to say, "Garry's ability in this branch of engineering and his experience in strategic planning for wastewater management have been recognised through his appointment to lead peer reviews of major local authority wastewater schemes.

"Garry is a former IPENZ President, was the President of the NZ Water and Waste Association (now Water New Zealand) in 2000/2001 and has been on the Board of Trustees of the Washington-based Water Environment Federation for a number of years. He has authored and co-authored 45 technical papers, won 12 technical and project awards and in 2001, he received the Richard S Engelbrecht International Activities Service Award from the Water Environment Federation for furthering advancements in the global water environment."

Craig Price has played a key role in the growth and strategic development of our South Island business and serves on our New Zealand Board. He's been a long-time active member of IPENZ and was previously awarded the Fulton-Downer Gold Medal – the President's Award for public service.

We interviewed Craig to find out more about his new role as Vice President of IPENZ:

What will your role as Vice President of IPENZ involve? The IPENZ Board governs and sets the strategic direction of IPENZ. My role will involve being a member of the Board, supporting the roles of President and Deputy President, chairing some of the Board subcommittees and preparing for subsequent succession to the Deputy and ultimately President's role.

How did you get into the role? I was invited to put my name forward for election to the Board and the Vice President role by the current board, I presume because of my on-going involvement and contribution which dates back to when I was a graduate member in 1987. Throughout the years, I've been a Practice Area Assessor, contributed as a member (and latterly chair) of the IPENZ Competence Assessment Board, and been involved in international reviews (having recently Chaired the review of Engineers Canada).

What do you enjoy the most about your involvement with IPENZ? There are lots of things! The interaction and engagement with so many engineering professionals from different fields and other companies. The ability to contribute to the development, reputation and profile of the professional body. And the fact that through the opportunities I've had at Beca and through my IPENZ activities, I am now able to give something back to the profession.

A big congratulations to Garry, Craig and all the newly announced Fellows and award recipients for 2015.

Photos courtesy of IPENZ. For more information on the dinner, please visit the IPENZ website.

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