Community Involvement

Collings Johnston and its employees believe in giving back to the community and are actively involved in a number of organizations and events. We are a proud supporter of the Port Fundraising Gala which raised a grand total of $240,000 this year for the Harvest Project, Mission Possible, and Reach Child & Youth Development Society. CJI is also sponsoring a Christmas tree for Christmas at Canada Place with Hatch Mott MacDonald in support of the Strathcona Community Centre’s Food Security for Children Program.

 

Robin Johnston, P.Eng.

BC Construction Roundtable

Robin Johnston is currently a director of the BC Construction Roundtable and was previously the president. The BC Construction Roundtable is a non-profit organization that began as a forum for sharing of experiences, ideas and knowledge. Today the members represent all sectors and interests of the construction industry and include engineers, architects, public and private owners in commercial and industrial sectors, large contractors, lawyers, financiers and major suppliers. The BC Construction Roundtable supports the industry and its members by hosting regular breakfast meetings, social networking events, tours, and seminars attracting high profile, knowledgeable speakers.

Canadian Blood Services

Robin has donated blood to Canadian Blood Services on over 180 occasions. Canadian Blood Services is a not-for-profit, charitable organization whose sole mission is to manage the blood and blood products supply for Canadians. Canadian Blood Services collect approximately 850,000 units of blood annually and processes it into the components and products that are administered to thousands of patients each year.

Beach Grove Golf Club

Robin is on the membership committee at the Beach Grove Golf Club, situated in the heart of sunny Tsawwassen. Beach Grove is a club with deep ties to the community where members come together in a comfortable setting to socialize and enjoy the game of golf. Beach Grove is a championship golf course layout par 71 playing 6200 yards from the back tees. The course is lined with mature trees and offers well groomed fairways and the truest greens in the Lower Mainland. Superior drainage and professional maintenance practices ensure our members can play golf year round.

 

Ian Rokeby, P.Eng., MBA

Ian is an active member of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC, and a Fellow of Engineers Canada.  Currently he is a member of the board for St. Andrew’s Hall, the Presbyterian theological college at UBC, and chairs their Property and Development Committee.  Ian is a former board member and president of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society, and a former board member of the BC Construction Roundtable.  He is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Metro Vancouver Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.  Ian and his wife Barbara have two grown sons. In his leisure time, Ian enjoys cycling, skiing, bee-keeping, wood-working and boating.

 

John Collings, P.Eng.

ACEC-Canada

John is currently an executive director of the Association of Canadian Engineering Companies (ACEC) as well as chair of ACEC contracts committee. ACEC is a not-for profit organization that has been the voice of Canadian consulting engineering companies since it was founded in 1925. They represent the commercial interests of businesses that provide professional engineering services, to both the public and the private sector. Their members’ services include planning, designing and implementing all types of engineering projects, and providing independent advice and expertise in a wide range of engineering-related fields.

Vancouver Board of Trade

John is currently chair of the Vancouver Board of Trade’s Regional Transportation Committee and has previously chaired the Community Affairs Committee. The Regional Transportation Committee was formed to maintain a high-level view of transportation planning and decision-making concerning the movement of goods, people and services in the Greater Vancouver region. Their objectives are to ensure that: there is a unity of purpose among transportation stakeholders, and to try, where possible, to reconcile differences between parties; the region as a whole is being properly addressed; there is an appropriate balance being given between the movement of goods and services versus the movement of people; and corresponding action is being taken on a timely basis.

 

David Collings, M.Sc.

David Collings is an avid adventurer and outdoor enthusiast. In his free time, he can be found cycling the streets of the Lower Mainland, kayaking white-water rivers, or hanging out on top of a local mountain. David often acts as a local guide for friends, family, colleagues, and visitors who are interested in exploring the mountains. David was formerly the president of the UVic Kayak Club and is involved with various outdoor organizations. While out on excursions, David shoots photographs of nature and wildlife. He recently won an award at the Vancouver International Mountain Film Fest in the category of wildlife photography.

 

Brie Hemingway, BDes

Surrey Search and Rescue

Brie Hemingway volunteers for Surrey Search and Rescue (SSAR). Founded in 1973, SSAR is a registered non-profit society devoted to the recovery of missing persons primarily in the Southwest region of British Columbia. Powered by a dedicated group of volunteers, SSAR also provides personal preparedness education and resources to the community through participation in special events and public engagements. Our members train and practice regularly so that we are always ready to answer the call. SSAR primarily covers the municipalities of Surrey, White Rock, Delta, and Richmond. Mutual Aid Support is also provided to other search and rescue organizations across British Columbia. The team’s many capabilities include: ground search and rescue, rope rescue, mountain rescue, swiftwater rescue, inland water rescue, evidence searches, evacuation assistance, spotting and tracking.