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Wayne Clifton Honoured for Lifetime Achievement


October 24, 2017 – Regina-based engineer Wayne Clifton received the 2017 Beaubien Award from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies (ACEC) at a ceremony last night in Ottawa.

Wayne is President and CEO of Clifton Associates, the largest independent, specialist consulting engineering firm headquartered in Saskatchewan with an extensive client list across Canada and around the world. Wayne has consulted on more than 3,000 projects related to geotechnical and environmental issues throughout his career. In Saskatchewan, he is best known for his firm’s work on the “Big Dig”, a complex $18 million project to deepen Wascana Lake in the heart of Regina.

The Beaubien Award recognizes individuals for their lifetime contributions to ACEC and to the advancement of the consulting engineering profession and industry. The award was created by ACEC in 1984 in honour of Dr. James de Gaspé Beaubien, who founded ACEC in 1925. The Canadian Consulting Engineering Awards are considered the highest form of recognition for excellence in the consulting engineering industry.

“It is humbling to be honoured by my peers in this way. The work of an engineer is not glamorous – I just try to get the job done, solve problems and help people. I have always measured my success by the people and communities that I’ve helped. This award has given me an opportunity to reflect on those projects and all the lives they’ve touched,” said Wayne. 

Wayne has worked as a professional engineer since 1966. Clifton Associates was founded in 1978 and now boasts six offices and 250 staff across Saskatchewan and Alberta. 

“Although my name is on the door, Clifton Associates is a team effort. I would like to dedicate this award to all of the brilliant professionals with whom I’ve had the pleasure of working through the years.”

In addition to his professional accomplishments, Wayne is an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. He has authored several hundred technical reports that have been published in journals and conference proceedings. 

Wayne has been active at senior levels with many industry associations including ACEC-Saskatchewan, the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers (now Engineers Canada). 

In 2003, ACEC-SK recognized his contribution to the profession by presenting him the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan, Meritorious Achievement Award. He has provided leadership in the implementation of an Environmental Code as the basis for environmental regulation in Saskatchewan. He has served on the Prime Minister’s Scientific Advisory Committee, as a member of the National Research Council, and the Standards Council of Canada Advisory Committee on Trade.  


The tribute video can be viewed on the ACEC website.  

For more information, please contact:

Heather Duncan

(306) 721-7611


Posted on 10/25/2017