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Talking Productivity: Q&A with ICE President Ed McCann – South Africa

Event organised by ICE

18 May 2022

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What needs to change to enable civil engineers in South Africa to improve productivity and increase efficiency and effectiveness?

ICE President Ed McCann invites ICE members in South Africa and across the wider Africa region to join an online meeting to discuss the themes of his 2021/22 presidency, outlined in his film, How to thrive in the 21st Century.

He’ll share his insights on why improving productivity in the industry is crucial to address the key challenges of today, including climate change, and he’ll explain why civil engineers need a relentless focus on efficiency and effectiveness. 

The informal event is an opportunity for members in South Africa and across the wider Africa region to put their questions direct to the President and raise concerns about moving forward on productivity. Attendees will gain useful insights into how they can improve their own performance in this area.

Alain Jacquet, Director at SABEeX and ICE volunteer Representative for South Africa, will be chairing the discussion.


16:45 - 17:00


17:00 - 17:05

Chair’s Welcome & Introduction

17:05 - 17:20

Keynote Speaker: President

17:20 - 17:55

Q&A session

17:55 - 18:00

Closing remarks and event closes


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Expedition Engineering

Senior Director

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Ed McCann

Ed is an experienced project director and is the Immediate Past President of the Institution of Civil Engineers. He was fundamental in growing Expedition from a startup to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012. As a senior director at Expedition, Ed provides invaluable leadership and experience to our organisation.

He is technical, an excellent communicator, enthusiastic, and has a deep understanding of the construction process. He is particularly skilled in strategic consultancy, feasibility studies, and design.

Ed’s career has taken him to lead projects all over the world. He was the project director for the multi award-winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. Environmental factors and efficiency are drivers for Ed’s current projects that see him work with infrastructure clients to improve processes and implement new technologies. Projects include creating and delivering a productivity workstream for HS2, designing the Rolls-Royce SMR Program Site Factory for BAM Nuttall, and helping develop the Berkeley Homes modular housing system.

Ed is a founder trustee and trustee board member, former chair of the USL Board.

He is passionate about developing talent in the industry with quality training and education, a passion that led him to become the co-creator of the Constructionarium. This non profit organisation delivers education and training to students and professionals across the built environment sector. He is also co-founder of the Get It Right Initiative which aims to reduce errors in the industry.

As a respected thought leader, Ed is often invited to speak at various events, write articles, and deliver lectures, and has also made television programmes on civil engineering.

Alain Jacquet CEng MICE

Alain Jacquet CEng MICE


owner and principal

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Alain Jacquet CEng MICE

Alain Jacquet is a Chartered Civil Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and is currently in his second term as a volunteer ICE Representative for South Africa, promoting professional registration support.

Alain has over 30 years experience in the civil engineering industry and for over 20 years he has specialised in construction procurement, developing and implementing procurement systems for various public sector and private sector clients. He is the Convenor of the ISO Working Group for Construction Procurement Standards and has been the procurement advisor for several prominent projects within South Africa and across Africa. His passion for socio-economic development has driven the registration of Construction Mentorship with the SA Council for Project and Construction Management Professions in South Africa.

Alain is Owner and Principal at SABEeX, a company which specialises in construction procurement.

For more information please contact:

Gabriella Lai