WEBS DSC 5957The IQSSL held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) for year 2015 on 2nd October 2015 at the Hilton Colombo Residences with the participation of a large number of Corporate Members. AGM proceedings commenced with the President, Ch. QS. Mr. Nishantha Wickramasinghe calling the AGM in to order.  Secretary, Ch. QS. Mr. Indunil Senevirathna read the Notice of AGM.

President then delivered a speech welcoming all Members while elaborating upon activities and achievements of the IQSSL, its associated institutions, Boards and sub committees during the last session of 2014/ 2015. Secretary presented the Report for year 2014/ 2015, followed by Treasurer, Ch. QS. Mr. Mahinda Gunawardane who presented the Treasure’s Report along with audited annual accounts. During his presentation, the Treasurer thanked the Members for timely payment of Annual Membership Subscription Fees while emphasizing on the need for more rigid implementation of rules related to non-payment of such fees as and when they fall due. With the consent of Members present, Ms. B. R. de Silva and Company were reappointed as Auditors of the IQSSL for year 2015/ 2016.

At the AGM, Membership Certificates were awarded to 23 new Associate Members who took their oaths on the floor, obtaining the “Chartered Quantity Surveyor” status of IQSSL.

Secretary, Ch. QS. Mr. Indunil Senevirathna delivered vote of thanks upon conclusion of the AGM.

Annual ForumThe AGM was followed by the Annual Forum 2015 held in the same evening on the theme of “Construction Cost Impact on Investments: Cause and Effect” which was found to be a timely and important topic at the Union Ball Room of Hilton Colombo Residences. The Chief Guest was Hon. Patali Champika Ranawaka MP, Minister of Mega Polis and Urban Development. The Keynote Speaker was Mr. Thilan Wijesinghe, Former Chairman Board of Investments Sri Lanka. The AGM 2015 concluded with a gala dinner that followed the Annual Forum 2015.

Certificate Awarding Ceremony for Technical and Graduate Members was held at the Hilton Colombo Residences on same day, prior to the AGM. Technical and Graduate Members enrolled during the year 2014/ 2015 were presented with non-corporate membership certificates. Students who successfully completed their Higher National Diploma in Quantity Surveying programme conducted by the College of Quantity Surveying were also presented with their Diploma Certificates at this ceremony.

The AGM was preceded by Annual Technical Sessions held under the same theme of “Construction Cost Impact on Investments: Cause and Effect”. The Annual Technical Sessions 2015 was held on 1st October at the Committee Room ‘B’ of Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH). Participants for the event exceeded 400, with majority being young Quantity Surveyors. Chairman of Board of Investments, Mr. Upul Jayasooriya graced the occasion as Chief Guest. The Keynote Speaker was Ch. QS. Mr. Lakshman Ramanayake, Director, LR Associates (Pvt) Ltd. It included a panel discussion on the same theme. Panelists were, Ch.QS. Mr. Lakshman Ramanayake, Ch.QS. Mr. Lalith Ratnayake, Ch. QS. Mr. Upul Shantha and Ch.QS. Mr. Hemantha Aponso with Ch. QS. Mr. Duleesha Wijesiri being the Panel Moderator.