2016 CSC Conference: Setting sail for Halifax Harbour

The CSC College of Fellows was inaugurated by the Board of Directors in 1967 for the purpose of officially recognizing members who have made outstanding contributions to the association. This year, three candidates were elected for Fellowship: Harry P. Forbes (Atlantic Chapter), Herb T. Guhl, RSW (Edmonton Chapter), and Kimberly J. Tompkins, CTR (Vancouver Chapter).

Forbes has been a member of CSC since 2001, earning numerous awards and holding various posts in the Atlantic Chapter executive, including chair, director, and co-chair of two Halifax conferences—this year and 2008. During his career as a successful technical representative, the “CSC diplomat” has maintained a strong presence in the Nova Scotia construction industry.

Also at the conference receiving Fellowship was Tompkins, whose advocacy for CSC professional development courses began soon after she obtained her Certified Technical Representative (CTR) designation in 1999; her work on the CTR Subcommittee was instrumental in improving the designation process. Other national activities include work with marketing and strategic planning and extensive participation at the Vancouver Chapter level, from being chair to co-organizing its national conference in 2007 (and preparing for the 2017 event in Kelowna). A tireless advocate for the association, Tompkins has also been recognized by numerous other industry groups for her passion and achievements.

Guhl, who was unfortunately unable to attend this year’s conference, has been an active member of the Edmonton Chapter for the past 40 years, and a frequent speaker, instructor, and advocate when it comes to CSC education and certification. Formerly the public-sector owner representative on the Canadian Construction Document Committee (CCDC), he contributed to the development of numerous industry standard documents and also updated CSC’s own programs. Guhl was also instrumental in promoting use of CSC Registered Specification Writers (RSWs) on project consultant teams by indicating a preference for CSC members in requests for proposals (RFPs) issued by his employer, Alberta Infrastructure.

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