John Collings, P.Eng. of Collings Johnston Inc. was presented with the Meritorious Achievement Award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC in April. This award is presented annually to an individual for significant lifetime contributions to engineering, the industry and the community. John has been a leader in the transportation industry and has worked hard to achieve engineering excellence.
John grew up in what is now Zambia and completed his engineering degree at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa. In the early 1970s, he headed to Canada to work for what was then Delcan Corporation, where he participated on major transportation projects in every province and territory in Canada.
While raising the profile of the company, John sought out non-traditional opportunities. From creating and managing one of the first automated pavement management companies, establishing the first BC privatized Highway Maintenance Company to starting Standard Parking, a design-build-finance-operate parking company. With an appreciation for innovation and a focus on quality, he introduced the then new AutoCAD technology, and led the development of a corporate Quality Management system amongst other achievements. He went on to assist with the development of the first BC Ministry of Highways design-build procurement and delivery methodology for bridge and highway projects.
One of John’s ambitions was to have his own company, and in 1999 he and Robin Johnston, a fellow South African, established Collings Johnston Inc. From its early days, CJI has been forefront in leading some of the most challenging and interesting projects in Canada and Alaska.
But John’s career hasn’t been simply about engineering the next big project. He has been both a leader and promoter of the engineering profession, the industry and supporter of his colleagues. From his participation on the Transportation Research Board in Washington D.C., as a key member of some of the many committees of the Transportation Association of Canada, the Vancouver Board of Trade, or through his active participation in ACEC-BC, including as Chairman in 1991-1992, and ACEC-Canada, John’s influence, contribution and support of the industry is well recognized and appreciated.
Read more about the event here.