François Plourde has served on CIMA+’s Executive Committee since 1996. He received the Beaubien Award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies in 2019 and was granted the title of Fellow by the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering in 2005, in recognition of his excellence in the field of engineering, and for services rendered to the profession.
He also received the Josef-Hode-Keyser honorary award from the Association québécoise des transports (AQTr) in 2015, saluting his impressive career in the industry. In addition, he was a board member of the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada from 2010 to 2014.
Main challenges facing CIMA+ today
With a growth plan that focuses on mergers and acquisitions, it is important to welcome and integrate new talents in order to grow together while preserving the distinctive culture and strengths of our company.
How has the engineer profile changed in recent decades?
With employees from every continent, CIMA+ now benefits from broader cultural diversity, which enriches interaction and benefits the company as a whole. The role of women in engineering has evolved tremendously. In 2001, Mr. Plourde appointed the first female partner at CIMA+. That may seem trivial, but at the time, it required updating the shareholders’ agreement, specifically to add clauses concerning maternity leave.