Ian Duncan

Canadian Ian Duncan named Chair of international quantity surveyors’ association

Earlier this month in Yokohama, Japan, Ian Duncan (PQS) was named Chair of the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors at their annual congress. PAQS, which celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, is an international association of quantity surveyors whose members include 14 institutions from countries and cities in Asia and the Western Pacific regions. Duncan’s ascension from Vice Chair to Chair marks the first time that a designation holder from the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS) will hold the organization’s top position.

As Chair, Duncan will be the PAQS representative for the International Committee of Measurement Standards, an initiative that aims to globally standardize processes of measurement to facilitate easier cooperation internationally, while also streamlining applications to global financial institutions such as the World Bank. Under Duncan’s leadership, PAQS will also assist its new members—quantity surveying institutions from Indonesia, the Philippines, and Korea—get their educational programs up and running. PAQS’ education committee—which includes CIQS’s Education Administrator David Lai (PQS)—performs ongoing accreditation assessments of programs in member countries in order establish reciprocity agreements among them.

Ian Duncan

“CIQS’s involvement with PAQS substantially raises the image of Canadian quantity surveyors internationally,” Duncan said. “I look forward to continuing to foster good relationships within our industry across the Pacific and beyond.” Duncan noted that he also plans to continue supporting the education of the next generation of quantity surveyors through the Young Quantity Surveyors Group, an education-focused organization within PAQS for quantity surveyors under 40 years of age.

In 2017, during the second year of Duncan’s two-year tenure as Chair, the annual PAQS congress will be hosted by CIQS in Vancouver. Based on previous Congresses, CIQS expects 500 of the top quantity surveyors from around the world will attend.

About Ian Duncan

A past president of CIQS, Ian Duncan has been one of the Institute’s designation holders since 1990. Born in Somerset, England, he has practiced quantity surveying in England, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, Grenada, and Canada. He resides in Elora, Ontario, where he operates Atrium Consultants.