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Talking productivity: Q&A with ICE President Ed McCann

Event organised by ICE

23 March 2022

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What needs to change to enable civil engineers in Australia and New Zealand to improve productivity and increase efficiency and effectiveness?

ICE President Ed McCann invites ICE members in Australasia 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 across Australasia 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.

Matt Colton, Managing Director, Management Commercial Engineering (MCE) and ICE Council Member for Asia Pacific, will be chairing the discussion.


Matthew Colton

Matthew Colton



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Matthew Colton

Matthew (Matt) Colton is a Chartered Civil Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and Engineers Australia and was previously on council at the ICE representing Asia Pacific’s 1,700 members.

Over the past four years, Matt has developed several successful avenues to increase international membership. With an aim to sustainably improve our built environment, Matt works closely with other internationally reputable professional organisations to identify synergies and positively influence political vision to benefit our wider society.

Matt has been heavily involved with the ICE since 2010, when he was elected as Chair of the New South Wales (NSW) ICE Local Association Committee. Through this role, Matt brought governance, structure and improved opportunities for ICE-NSW members, increasing the active membership by 40 per cent. He was appointed as the ICE NSW Representative in 2015. During this time Matt curated and delivered the ICE Asia Pacific Conference in 2018 as part of the ICE’s Bicentenary Celebrations in Sydney.

Matt sits on a series of international expert panels including NEC Contract. He is also an ICE Mentor and Professional Reviewer, promoting the importance of maintaining our Institution’s highest professional standards and superior reputation as the premier international engineering and infrastructure professional qualifying body.

In 2017, Matt won the Warren Medal in recognition of his valuable service to the NSW region. Professionally, Matt has delivered a wide variety of civil engineering schemes including earthworks, bridges, viaducts, tunnelling and sea defence schemes. He has been involved with significant projects in both the UK and Australia including Birmingham New Street Station, London Bridge Station and Parramatta & Newcastle Light Rail.

Matt is the Managing Director of Management Commercial Engineering (MCE), a highly regarded infrastructure advisory business based in Sydney, New South Wales. He is currently the Engineering Director for Sydney Metro West program, the biggest public transport project in Australia. The project consists of a fully automated metro rail system (a first in Australia) that will increase Sydney's rail capacity by up to 60 per cent by 2024.

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.

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Gabriella Lai