The Privilege of Practising Professional Engineer

It's a great honour and privilege to be elected as your President for the new Session 2017/2018. I am encouraged and energised by the endorsement with strong support given by our current Council Members.

1. Looking Back with Gratitude

I had the good fortune to work with and learned from a group of very dedicated and diligent Council Members who collectively help to strengthen the strong foundation for ACES by creating a conducive environment of corporation and reinforced it with a healthy balance sheet. Our Immediate Past President Er. Ling Shiang Yun had certainly raised the visibility of ACES to a higher level. Under his leadership, profile of ACES has improved, not just to top of the national level but also within the ASEAN region. Thanks also to Past President, Er. Koh Boon Liang for continuing to play an active role to advance the interest of ACES. I would also like to acknowledge the contribution of our Past Presidents for their continuing involvement through the Past Presidents Panel (PPP) by providing their wisdoms which we sought for some critical matters to calibrate ACES path.

Ultimately, it is the ACES members that count the most and we would like to thank all of you again for your continuous support as was evident in our recently concluded 46th AGM held on 30 June 2017.

2. Our Present Priorities

As your new President, I would like to re-affirm ACES priorities which are essentially about the good practices of our profession and to assist you to play an important role in the current and future development of Singapore. High on our list is the Youth of ACES and we intend to improve our outreach to them with the wish to inspire, enthuse and empower them.

ACES are grateful to have the active participation of Singapore's top consulting companies. We greatly valued our large firm members (ACES Cat. III) for willing to collaborate and share their best practices. However, we found there is a need to encourage more participations from the smaller firm members (ACES Cat. I, II and Individual) and will be extending our efforts to reach them so that they could be better represented. In addition, Disruptors could well be hidden in this group waiting to break into the market. Our prompt updates of important circulars and new regulations from various Agencies as well as latest market information to our members will value-add their standard of services to their clients.

ACES encourages our members to widen their vision by giving back to the community we live in. We will facilitate this by organising special events that will allow our members the opportunity to contribute to good causes such as charities. Detail activities will be given to you progressively.

3. Forward with Hope

Many mega and interesting projects are in the pipelines such as High Speed Rail from Singapore to Kuala Lumpur, Cross Island Line from East to West of Singapore, Tuas Mega Port at the West and Changi Airport Terminal 5 at the East. While we are currently weathering through the downward cycle of construction industry, we can take this opportunity to re-focus, consolidate our resources and in so doing gained strength to catch the next upward cycle. ACES with all the years of experience gained in the last 46 years, has the capacity to share more with our members and value-add our members’ service to the industry. We hope to play an active role for the benefit of our members in the current State's initiative of Industry Transformation Maps to the future.

Finally, I wish all of you "Genuine Happiness and Good Health" so that you could continue to pursue your passion in engineering and actively contribute to the community.

Thank you.

Er. Chua Tong Seng
President