About CHES

Who We Are

The Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society (CHES) is a national professional association representing approximately
1,000 healthcare engineers and associates across Canada.

CHES seeks to help members to better manage the healing environment which is imperative for efficient and effective
healthcare delivery.

We promote the principle of integrated design by improved collaboration using a team approach between the professions, and providing leadership in creating more efficient management of the operation, maintenance, and safety of hospitals, their engineering systems, equipment, buildings, and allied support services.

At CHES we help cultivate leaders and attract those with leadership potential, helping them to become all they can be for their sake, for their organization, and for the communities they serve.

CHES members are a source of expertise and knowledge – mentoring young leaders, promoting competence within our profession, and expanding the understanding of sustainable health service delivery through shared environmental stewardship.



CHES Board of Directors

Craig Doerksen

President Executive Director, Capital & Facilities Management
Shared Health
MA109 - 820 Sherbrook St.
Winnipeg MB R3A 1R9

Jim McArthur

Vice President Director, Properties
Albright Manor
5050 Hillside Drive
Beamsville ON L0R 1B2

Roger Holliss

Past President President
Holliss Consulting Inc.
272 Thorncrest Dr.
Waterloo ON N2L 4L3

Beth Hall

Secretary Vice President, Corporate Services, Finance and Planning
Erie Shores Health Care
194 Talbot Street W
Leamington ON N8H 1N9

Reynold Peters

Treasurer & Chair, Manitoba Chapter Manager, Construction/Energy Savings
Southern Health - Santé Sud
316 Henry Street
Steinbach MB R3G 0P9

James Prince

Chair, Alberta Chapter Facility Manager Covenant Health
Edmonton General Hospital
11111 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5K 0L4

Sarah Thorn

Chair, BC Chapter Manager, Planning and Projects, Facilities Management - Fraser Health
Central City Corporate Office
400 - 13450 - 102 Avenue
Vancouver, British Columbia V3T 0H1

Robert Barss

Chair, Maritime Chapter Manager, Environmental Stewardship Building Infrastructure & Asset Management
Nova Scotia Health Authority
90 Glen Allen Drive
Bridgewater NS B4V 3S6

Colin Marsh

Chair, Newfoundland & Labrador Chapter Area Manager, Avalon Acute Care St. John's
Eastern Health, Health Sciences Centre
300 Prince Phillip Drive
St. John's NL A1B 3V6

John Marshman

Chair, Ontario Chapter VP Capital Facilities and Business Development
Southlake Regional Health Centre
596 Davis Drive
Newmarket ON L3Y 2P9

Mohamed Merheb, Ing M. Ing.

Quebec Chapter Representative Chef de services Ingénierie et Opérations
Division des Services Techniques Planifications et Gestion Immobilière
McGill University Health Centre
1650 Cedar Avenue
Montreal, Quebec H3G 1A4

Melodie Young

Chair, Saskatchewan Chapter Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region
1440-14th Avenue
Regina SK S4P 0W5

Tariq Amlani, P.Eng, LEED AP

Chair, Corporate Advisory Council Mechanical Engineer, Buildings
Principal, Stantec Consulting Ltd.
655 Tyree Road, Suite 400
Victoria BC V9A 6X5

Tanya Hutchison

Executive Director CHES Executive Director
CHES National Office
4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 310
Kingston ON K7K 1Z7
Tel: 613-531-2661
Fax: 1-866-303-0626

Awards & Grants

Young Professionals Grant

The Young Professional Grant (YPG) allows architects, engineers, technicians and other technical disciplines who are just starting their careers in the healthcare field the opportunity to attend the CHES National Conference as an educational opportunity and to network with other professionals.

President’s Award

The purpose of this award is to foster engagement and encourage chapter participation in executive and committee work in order to support the work of the Society.

Wayne McLellan Award of Excellence in Healthcare Facilities Management

This award recognizes facilities that have had outstanding success in the completion of a major capital project, an energy efficiency program, an environmental stewardship program, or in a team building exercise.

Hans Burgers Award for Outstanding Contribution to Healthcare Engineering

This award is presented to a resident of Canada as a mark of recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of healthcare engineering.


Any province, territory, or geographical region may establish a local Chapter of the Society provided the constitution and By-Laws of the proposed Chapter are first approved by the CHES National Board of Directors and provided further the said local Chapter is self-supporting financially and therefore responsible for maintaining its own financial records, filing appropriate notices and forms with provincial and federal tax authorities and maintain necessary insurance coverage.

Any proposed local Chapter, at the time of affiliation with the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, shall have at least 10 regular members in good standing with the Society and shall maintain this minimum membership in the Chapter after the approval and acknowledgement of the National Board of Directors.

The purpose of the local Chapter of the Society is to provide an organized structure at the local level for members of the Society and others in the engineering field of healthcare facilities to facilitate their working together in areas of common interest; to conduct educational programs; to serve as a resource to the related local healthcare associations; to provide channels of communications between the Society and local groups, and to promote the purpose of and membership in the Society.

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