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Talking Productivity: Q&A with ICE President Ed McCann – Americas East Coast

Event organised by ICE

11 May 2022
18:00 - 19:00 BST (GMT+1)

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What needs to change to enable civil engineers in East Coast USA and Canada, and the wider Americas region, to improve productivity and increase efficiency and effectiveness?

ICE President Ed McCann invites ICE members in the Americas (East Coast) 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.

Ed will 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 based on the East Coast of USA and Canada, and the wider Americas 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.

Phil Holliday, Chair of the ICE Americas Regional Committee, will be hosting the discussion.

This event is the second of two online sessions with the President which focus on the Americas, with the first event being held on 4 May 2022. While the two events are related, each is a standalone event, and they have been scheduled to accommodate the East and West Coast time zones.


17:45 - 18:00


18:00 - 18:05

Chair’s Welcome & Introduction

18:05 - 18:20

Keynote Speaker: President

18:20 - 18:55

Q&A session

18:55 - 19:00

Closing remarks and event closes


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2021-22

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Ed McCann

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle. 

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment. 

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.


Phil Holliday

Phil Holliday

bid director at Aecon Infrastructure Management Inc and ICE Chair of the Americas Regional Committee

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Phil Holliday

After graduating from University College London Phil Holliday BSc CEng FICE spent ten years working on major civil engineering projects in the UK and Europe. During this time Phil developed technical and professional competencies culminating in membership of the Institution of Civil Engineers, and recognition as a Chartered Engineer with the UK Engineering Council. Phil was also admitted to the European Federation of National Engineering Associations (Feani) as Eur Ing. Phil worked on projects including the Piccadilly Line Extension to London Heathrow Airport, Heysham Nuclear Power Station Phase 2, A406 Highway Extension in East London, a number of marine works projects to support the redevelopment of London’s Docklands and The Storebaelt Crossing West Bridges in Denmark.

Phil then transitioned into the pre-construction world, developing estimating and bidding skills, eventually leading bid teams and pre-construction teams on numerous major civil engineering projects throughout the UK and Europe. Phil’s significant achievements included Design-Build of widening London’s M25 Orbital Motorway, Design-Build of widening UK’s A2/M2 highway, Design-Build of the Dublin Port Tunnel, DBFOM of Manchester Metrolinx Phase Three, two Design-Build-Finance for the Istanbul-Ankara High-Speed Rail in Turkey and two Rail Remodelling projects for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (now UK High Speed One – HS1).

Since 2013, Phil has been engaged in a senior pre-construction role with Aecon in Toronto, Canada. Acting as Bid Director on several large and complex infrastructure projects. Notable projects were the Waterloo Light Rail DBFOM, Eglinton Crosstown DBFM, Union Station Enhancement Project Alliance and the Ontario Line South Civil, Tunnels and Stations DBF.

Phil is currently Regional Chair for the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) in the Americas and is actively involved in the activity of the ICE in Ontario, leading a committee supporting EDI initiatives in the construction community.

For more information please contact:

Gabriella Lai