Day 2 – Thursday, November 9, 2017

This program has been accredited by:

  • AAA = Alberta Association of Architects
  • BOMI = BOMI Canada
  • IDCEC = Interior Design Continuing Education Council

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Seminar Streams:

  • Urban & Community Planning
  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment
  • Health & Wellness
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • Property Management
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Business & Strategic Planning

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TRANSFORMATIVE ∙ INSPIRATIONAL ∙ DISRUPTIVE

Wednesday, November 8 • 2:00pm–4:00pm • 20 Minute Presentations

Topics include: Inflection Points, The Free Agent Economy, Unconventional Paths, The Collaboration Equation, Exponentialism: Culture is Key

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Thursday, November 9 • 8:30am–10:00am • $55 • Quarter Horse A/B

T01 – Living and Learning – Passive House Style

(Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment)

[1.5 AAA Structured LHs • 1.5 BOMI CPDs]

The Passive House standard is redefining how we approach and evaluate architectural and engineering solutions for high performance buildings. Defined by super-insulated wall, floor and roof assemblies, an extremely airtight building envelope, world class high performance windows and doors, continuous heat recovery ventilation and thermal bridge free construction details, Passive Houses are paving the path to Net-Zero Energy Buildings by reducing energy demand all while providing an incredibly comfortable environment.

Through their collective experience, Brett and Trevor will review three unique scales of projects including a single-family Net-Zero Passive House, a Passive House Daycare and a 30 Unit Multifamily Net-Zero Passive House.  Topics covered will include architectural solutions including site built vs. prefabricated thermal envelopes to mechanical solutions ranging from heat recovery ventilation systems, earth tubes, VRF mini-splits and air source heat pumps, hot water via heat pumps and solar thermal panels and finally air admittance valves for plumbing vent stacks.  Living and learning – Passive House Style!

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Trevor Butler
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Brett Sichello

Speakers:
Trevor Butler, PEng CEng LEED AP
Brett Sichello, CPHD, LEED AP BD+C, B. Arch. Sci.

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Biographies

Trevor is qualified as both Civil and Mechanical Engineer, with over 22 years of design experience delivering integrated sustainable designs into the built environment. His focus is on regenerative design and engineering on building and district scales.

Brett Sichello of NIDO Design Inc. is a Certified Passive House Designer who has completed a number of Passive Houses to date and is currently involved with a 30 unit multifamily Passive House as well as numerous single family Passive Houses.  With a focus on high quality architectural design, building envelope science, optimization and performance, Brett is also an active member and educator at Passive House Canada providing training courses to share his passion and knowledge for designing and building better.

Thursday, November 9 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45 • Palomino C

T02 – Making Sense of NECB 2011 and Its Impact on Building Enclosure Design

(Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD]

This presentation will explore and demystify Alberta’s new energy code (NECB 2011) by:

  • Summarizing the three available compliance paths.
  • Detailing the benefits and draw backs of each compliance path.
  • Discussing considerations for choosing a compliance path for your project.

The presenters will look at how to achieve a compliant building enclosure for your project, specifically:

  • How to determine the required building enclosure thermal performance for each of the three compliance paths.
  • How to demonstrate that the design for the building enclosure complies with those requirements.
  • Design and construction challenges that could compromise compliance.
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Clayton Bond
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Nicole Parsons
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Hamid Vossoughi

Speakers:
Clayton Bond, Manager, Sustainability and Energy (Edmonton), WSP
Nicole Parsons, Manager – National Façade Centre of Excellence, WSP
Hamid Vossoughi, Leader – National Façade Centre of Excellence, WSP

Biographies
Clayton Bond joined WSP in 2012 and provides design, construction and operations support for sustainable and energy efficient buildings. Clayton has more than 12 years of engineering experience in the design, construction, and commissioning of mechanical systems for buildings and industrial process equipment. His background in building construction allows a practical approach to identifying, understanding and resolving issues. He works on projects across Alberta and leads the Edmonton team in building energy performance, sustainability and commissioning. His professional experience includes sustainability work with some significant projects in the Alberta including the Edmonton International Airport Expansion, the New Edmonton Remand Centre, the Edmonton Federal Building, and Net-Zero Homes. In addition Clayton has contributed to minimizing the environmental impact in several emergency services buildings, healthcare facilities, commercial buildings, residential projects, and more than twenty schools.

Nicole is a member of WSP’s National Building Science group. She is a Project Manager and Technical Lead based in WSP’s Hamilton, Ontario office. She also manages WSP’s National Façade Centre of Excellence. Nicole’s 11 years of consulting experience focus primarily on building enclosures for new and existing buildings in Ontario and Alberta. Her project experience includes health care, post-secondary, high-rise commercial and residential, as well as specialty spaces with stringent interior environmental requirements.

Hamid Vossoughi is driven by delivering unique solutions to complex and challenging problems by exploring innovative ideas with each new project. Based on his diverse experience in structural and restoration engineering combined with his specialty contracting experience, Hamid strives to deliver an optimum solution meeting client’s business and technical needs on every project. Since joining WSP in 2007, Hamid has delivered many iconic projects through technical excellence, innovation, and leadership of internal teams. This includes providing the vision and inspiration necessary to deliver a trend setting service that complies with company standards and is compatible with client needs, while providing training and growth opportunities for team members. Prior to joining WSP, Hamid practiced for 16+ years in one of the top consulting firms in the US and delivered specialty contracting services across the US for over 5 years. The knowledge and level of expertise Hamid gained through the investigation, evaluation, and rehabilitation of tall and significant structures in North America is of considerable benefit when delivering services for both new and existing buildings. Hamid’s primary technical focus at WSP is on building facades.

Thursday, November 9 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45 • Palomino E

T03 – Social Ergonomics in the Workplace

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Health & Wellness, Property Management, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Business & Strategic Planning)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

A workplace that helps us build personal and professional relationships, initiate and regulate social interaction, and that takes into consideration factors like personal space, physical and psychological proximity, and territoriality, helps us feel better. And when we feel better, we are more engaged and satisfied.

By the end of this presentation, attendees will:

  • Understand how social ergonomics interacts with cognitive and physical ergonomics to create positive experiences at work
  • Understand how people use office tools and furniture to demonstrate
    their sociality
  • Understand the design considerations related to social ergonomics
  • Be better equipped to use the workplace as a strategic asset

The presenter will explore how social ergonomics interacts with other areas of ergonomics to create a full human experience at work.

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Alex Osborne

Speaker:
Alex Osborne, Human Factors Specialist, Herman Miller

Biography
Alex has a background in biomechanical engineering and is a licensed Professional Engineer. He completed a Master’s degree in biomechanics focusing on carpal tunnel research. Additionally, he holds a Certified Ergonomic Assessment Specialist designation. This passion for ergonomics and well-being led him to conduct human factors research within the military domain for the Department of Defense, the Canadian Armed Forces, and the United States Marine Corps for four years prior to joining Herman Miller. His ergonomic work experience includes projects involving human-technology interaction, protective equipment, seating (helicopter and military transport vehicles), and posture/biomechanical analysis (firearm research, helicopter pilots). As a Human Factors Specialist with Herman Miller, Alex provides designers, business leaders and their companies ergonomic research and solutions to support their greatest asset: People. He uses his knowledge of physical, cognitive, and social ergonomics as components of human-centered design to create a balanced and holistic outcome.

Thursday, November 9 • 8:30am–11:30am • $105 • Arabian

T04 – The 3 Mistakes to Avoid When Growing Your Renovation Company

(Business & Strategic Planning)

[3 AAA Structured LH • 3 BOMI CPDs • 3 General Hours IDCEC Approved]

Most renovators are experts in their field but often lack the guidance and systems required to grow their business to its full potential.

In this workshop, the presenter will provide three solutions to the biggest mistakes renovators make when growing their businesses. You will leave with the tools and insights to develop a highly effective organization, including:

  • How to effectively combine active & passive marketing strategies to drive results in an economic downturn
  • Set processes to track your numbers and predict how much profit you will make in 2018
  • A simple way to break down your annual goals into daily tasks
  • Complementary templates you can use immediately for your renovation business
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Danny Kerr

Speaker:
Danny Kerr, Co-Founder, Breakthrough Academy

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Biography
Danny learned two important things as a young age: to work hard and be humble in everything he does. Coming from a modest family, he was forced to create his own success in life. As a Dyslexic student in school, he was treated differently throughout his upbringing and his potential was questioned by everyone around him. As he grew up, these experiences fueled his desire to push boundaries and prove what was possible. From a struggling middle school student, Danny graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, and then started his own painting business employing 12 full time staff and making enough money to buy his first home. At 20 years old, Danny took a leadership position for a franchise company and grew sales from $400,000 to $1,300,000 in one year. Such rapid growth was only possible through selecting top caliber franchisees and being an open, honest, and flexible coach to them. Growing that business launched Danny’s journey in developing companies, where he spent the next six years scaling businesses. Through these experiences, he decided to commit his life to assisting others to move past adversity and reach their full potential. Danny has since left the franchising world and opened horizons to all trades business owners seeking guidance through their growth stages. Through authentic relationships and always putting his heart into what he does, Danny looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of business owners everywhere.

Danny lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia with his wife and two beautiful young daughters. When he’s not helping prospective BTA members, you can usually find Danny exploring mountains in his Jeep.

Thursday, November 9 • 9:30am–10:30am • $45 • Palomino F

T05 – Key Strategies for Urban Development in Addressing Climate Impacts

(Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Health & Wellness, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD]

Impacts of urban development and climate change are converging in dangerous ways. Cities are major contributors to climate change: although they cover less than 2 per cent of the earth’s surface, cities consume 78 per cent of the world’s energy and produce more than 60% of all carbon dioxide and greenhouse gas emissions, when discussing climate change mitigation strategies, the global conversation tends to focus on energy — the switch to renewables or increasing energy efficiency. Urban development and land use is an underrepresented part of the climate dialogue — how cities and communities are designed and how people move within them – even though land use has long-term consequences for a city to mitigate and adapt to climate change. This session will explore the critical strategies and best practices necessary to mitigate these negative climate impacts in urban development projects.

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Carla Guerrera

Speaker:
Carla Guerrera, Principal, Purpose Driven Development

Biography
Carla melds the fields of real estate development, planning, design and sustainability, leading with innovation in all areas. With 16 years of experience, Carla has led numerous award-winning, complex mixed-use, masterplan projects. Carla is a globally recognized land use professional who has led over $870 million in real estate development in Canada’s top markets. Her collaborative approach and integrated team focused approach to development has successfully led the transformation of complex sites into world-class, multi-award-winning projects including the master plan and redevelopment of the West Don Lands waterfront neighbourhood. Carla is a highly skilled strategic leader of teams, with an exceptional track record of bringing vision to reality for projects that benefit of communities and investors.

Thursday, November 9 • 10:00am–11:00am • $45 • Palomino C

T06 – A Prescription for Success: Engineering Insights for Medical Marijuana Production Facilities

(Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Property Management)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD]

Responding to growing demand for medicinal marijuana, and in anticipation of the federal legalization of recreational marijuana, both new and experienced producers are rushing to construct high-tech growing facilities to cash in on the cannabis boom.

The presenter, James Furlong of MCW, has been involved in the design of such facilities across Canada, and has found that while there are several similarities in design approach for most projects, there are a surprising number of decisions that are left to the project team to navigate. Decisions that can be mission-critical.

Regardless of one’s position on legalization, from a mechanical and electrical engineering perspective the buildings present a unique and challenging combination of requirements similar to designing a chef’s professional kitchen, inside an urban farm, inside a hospital, inside a bank.

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James Furlong

Speaker:
James Furlong, Principal, MCW Hemisphere Ltd.

Biography
James Furlong is Managing Principal for MCW in Southern Alberta. He leads a multidisciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, energy and commissioning professionals. James has a background in mechanical technology and building science. James is an active design consultant on several medical marijuana production facilities. He presently serves as a director of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, is an industry advisor at SAIT and NAIT, and is a member of the CaGBC Faculty.

Thursday, November 9 • 10:00am–12:00pm • $65 • Palomino E

T07 – LEAN Mean Manufacturing Machine – How a Lean Implementation Delivered Superior Results

(Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Business & Strategic Planning)

[2 AAA Structured LHs • 2 BOMI CPDs • 2 General Hours IDCEC Approved]

We hear the word “Lean” being tossed around a lot, but what does it mean to truly be lean?  Join us as we explore the value of Lean and how a mid-sized cabinet company in Western Canada used Lean methodologies to build productivity, remove waste and create a unique culture.

This is a workshop style session that will combine interactive presentation elements to help better equip you to apply Lean methodology and processes in your organization.

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Michael Kachur
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John Povhe

Speakers:
Michael Kachur, Continuous Improvement Manager, Superior Cabinets
John Povhe, Chief Financial Officer, Superior Cabinets

Biographies
Michael Kachur and John Povhe, members of the first Lean Greenbelt program offered in Saskatchewan, share the story of how their company made the decision to implement Lean concepts that drove positive change to both the corporate culture and the bottom line.

The story began in 2012 with a decision to enhance a positive culture with a decision to embrace continuous improvement on the shop floor.  Positive changes were made and tracked through an easy and engaging concept called the Quick Kaizen.   The momentum quickly spread to other areas of the organization and with the involvement of the finance team has been applied in the corporate office and is now moving to the sales and operations teams in the Company.

Michael and John share the fundamental Lean concepts of 5S and Tim Woods waste identification and reduction and show real dollar savings through formal scorecards.  Businesses contemplating their own journey as well as seasoned Lean practitioners will find value in the how the concepts were adopted and success measured.

Thursday, November 9 • 10:00am–12:00pm • $65 • Tradeshow Floor

T08 – Disrupting the Building and Infrastructure Industry

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency, & Environment, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Business & Strategic Planning, Property Management, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Business & Strategic Planning)

[2 AAA Structured LHs • 2 BOMI CPDs •2 General Hours IDCEC Approved]

Technology is a double-edged sword bringing both opportunities and risks. A large portion of today’s jobs are expected to be obsolete. Start-up companies are disrupting heavily regulated industries worldwide. The building & infrastructure industry in North America has been slow to adopt innovative new technologies, but change is inevitable. Looking ahead, technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) will be integral to how we conduct business. Autonomous transportation, automated construction, vertical farming and quantum computing are poised to shake up the transportation, construction, agriculture, and financial industries. How can we leverage the rapid pace of innovation to stay ahead, and is now the right time to adopt new technologies?

Topics covered will include:

  • Emerging technology, trends and their implications
  • Technology and its effect on life and behaviors
  • Technology and its impact on building and infrastructure planning and projects

Being a technophile, Sunny has his finger on the pulse. He will share with you the key paradigm shifts he foresees occurring in the building and infrastructure industry. Attend this session to stay ahead of the curve!

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Sunny Ghataurah

Speaker:
Sunny Ghataurah, President & CEO, AES Engineering

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Biography
Sunny Ghataurah is President & CEO of AES Engineering, one of the largest electrical engineering firms in Western Canada.  Sunny is an electrical engineer and lighting designer, licensed in BC, AB & Washington State, with more than 25 years of experience in the construction industry.  His skills in designing electrical and architectural lighting systems have been applied to hundreds of buildings across many sectors, including healthcare, education, hospitality, civic, recreational, retail, corporate office, industrial and residential.

Sunny’s projects have won numerous awards including Awards of Merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC), and a Special Citation and an Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES).  In 2014, Business in Vancouver honoured Sunny with a Top Forty under 40 Award.

A passionate pioneer of sustainable design, Sunny’s portfolio includes 100+ LEED projects, 3 Living Buildings and several renewable energy projects.  Recognized as an industry thought leader, Sunny was invited to speak at the Alberta Electrical Inspectors Conference, BUILDEX Calgary, BUILDEX Edmonton, IES Edmonton and the Alberta Safety Codes Council.

Thursday, November 9 • 10:30am–12:00pm • $55 • Quarter Horse A/B

T09 – An Affordable Reality: Bringing Passive House to Yale First Nation

(Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment)

[1.5 AAA Structured LH • 1.5 BOMI CPDs]

Like many First Nations households in Canada, homes in Yale First Nation struggle with high heating bills. When Yale decided to invest in building new rental housing, they turned to Britco Construction, a modular building company, to construct 10 two-bedroom units in a pair of buildings that meet the highly energy efficient Passive House standards. In this session, the presenters will speak about what Passive House design entails, how the community made the Passive House project an affordable reality, as well as the community’s plans to track the two complexes energy use. In addition, Yale First Nation will speak about the BC First Nations Housing Mentoring Network, which aims to build the capacity and offer resources to First Nations housing managers across the province.

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Craig Mitchell
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Crystal Sedore

Speakers:
Craig Mitchell, Director of Innovative Solutions, Britco
Crystal Sedore, Housing Manager, Yale First Nation

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Biographies
Craig Mitchell is an experienced modular building technical sales professional. A graduate of both UBC and BCIT (Hons.), Craig has been in the building industry for over 25 years with the past 20 years been devoted to the modular building industry in BC. Craig is currently Director of Innovative Solutions with Britco Construction, an innovative award winning modular builder. He is also currently the Board Chair of the Manufacturers Association for Relocatable Structures (MARS), and is on the Board of the Modular Building Institute’s (MBI) Canadian Foundation promoting education in the modular building field.

Crystal Sedore is the Housing Manager for Yale First Nation. She has worked for and behalf of Fraser area First Nation communities for almost 20 years in many different capacities from Economic development to career development to housing. She will share Yale First Nation’s journey towards sustainable housing and the innovative Passive Housing project going up on Yale reserve lands.

Thursday, November 9 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $50 • Palomino A/B

T10 – KEYNOTE: Designed Leadership

(Urban & Community Planning, Landscape Architecture, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Professional & Personal Skills Development, Business & Strategic Planning)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

Great leaders aspire to manage “by design”—with a sense of purpose and foresight. But too few leaders incorporate the proven practices and principles of the design disciplines. Lessons learned from the world of design, when applied to management, can turn leaders into collaborative, creative, deliberate, and accountable visionaries. Design thinking loosens the mind and activates innovation. It creates the conditions for employees to thrive and for all kinds of businesses to succeed.

Hear from Moura Quayle, the author of Designed Leadership, and strategic-design scholar and urban-systems designer share her plan for integrating design and leadership, translating processes, principles and practices from years of experience into tools of change for all levels of leaders.

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Moura Quayle

Speaker:
Moura Quayle, Director pro tem, UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, Author, Designed Leadership

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Biography
Professor Moura Quayle is the Director pro tem of the new UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs. Since 2014, Moura was the Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues and the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs professional graduate program. Moura’s interests lie in rethinking, refining and rebuilding collaborative spaces at the intersections of academia, government, business and civil society. Her teaching and research focus is the Sauder d.studio and an emerging Policy Studio at the Liu Institute that help students and organizations learn to use design processes and tools.

She has brought her education and professional background in urban design and landscape architecture to bear on a variety of leadership positions. Moura’s experience includes Deputy Minister of the B.C. Ministry of Advanced Education, Research and Innovation, responsible for updating strategic oversight systems for 25 institutions including the research and innovation portfolio; leadership of the B.C. Pacific Coast Collaborative as the BC Commissioner reporting to the Premier, for the Premier and Governors of Pacific Coast states in Canada and the United States; and transforming a faculty and diverse land and academic assets at the University of British Columbia, first as Dean to update UBC’s Faculty of Land and Food Systems, and then as Associate VP, Academic Programs for the reorganization of UBC Okanagan. She has served on the Boards of Genome BC and the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research.

Her community work has included developing and serving as chair of a City of Vancouver Urban Landscape Task Force, and her current service is as the Chair of the Boards of Genome Canada and the Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI). She has been recognized as a Woman of Distinction by the YWCA, a Distinguished Alumna by UC Berkeley, and as an honorary Doctor of Science from The University of Guelph.

Her book, Designed Leadership, was published by Columbia University Press in July, 2017.

Thursday, November 9 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $45 • Palomino F

T11 – PechaKucha: Healing Environments

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Health & Wellness)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD• 1 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved]

Society is embracing wellness more than ever before. With this, we are seeing a shift in the design of historically monolithic healthcare facilities and office buildings to more holistic environments. This PechaKucha style presentation will provide an accelerated look at recently curated environments designed and built to heal. Presenters will discuss project ambitions, design philosophies and the challenges and opportunities their project presented.

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Kaitlyn Gillis
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Dedre Toker
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Melanie Ross
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Matt Williams

Host:
Kaitlyn Gillis, Director, Health & Wellbeing, Lighthouse Sustainable Building Centre

Case Studies and Presenters:
Health & Wellness in the Office
Dedre Toker, Partner, Director of Interiors, Lemay + TOKER

A Future Forward Perspective: The Importance of Health and Wellness in the Built Environment
Melanie Ross, Associate, Sustainability, Integral Group Canada

Ecological Infrastructure and It’s Importance on Citizen Vitality
Matt Williams, Senior Landscape Architect, O2 Planning + Design

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Biographies
Kaitlyn Gillis (BEng, EIT, MSc(Arch), MSc(Env Psyc), LEED AP, WELL AP) recently completed her Master’s of Science in Environmental Psychology, where she focused her research on the restorative impacts of Biophilic Design on indoor environments. Originally from Fredericton, New Brunswick, Kaitlyn comes to us from London UK, where she gained experience with BREEAM, LEED, and working with the newly released WELL Building Standard.

Kaitlyn is passionate about health and wellbeing in the built environment and leads Light House’s projects and educational efforts on human-centred design, healthy building materials and the WELL Building Standard.

Kaitlyn has worked with numerous clients on various projects including LEED projects, reviewing design guidelines, developing employee educational materials, and conducting WELL Building Standard Feasibility Studies. She is also an accomplished public speaker and in 2016 presented at various events including: Light House’s first inspiration Session: Nature, People & Design in April; Women in Architecture, Vancouver in March; BuildEx Express in November; and the PHABC Conference in December. Kaitlyn also participated in the Turncoats Vancouver second debate, Green Wash, in September. She is also leading Light House’s Lunch and Learns: Creating Healthy Environment for People.

Kaitlyn has recently co-published two articles: Healthy Building Syndrome with Dak Kopec in Canadian Architecture Magazine, August 2016; and Designing Interior Environments that Support Human Health with Michelle Biggar in Sustainable Architecture & Building Magazine, January 2017.

Outside of work, Kaitlyn can be found enjoying nature through various activities with her young son, River, and husband, Tom.

Dedre Toker is a LEED™ Accredited Professional and along with her 20 years of professional experience in both interior design and architecture, she leads Interiors and Workplace Design for Lemay + Toker, a 34 person design firm based in Calgary, Alberta.

Dedre is also the founder of Workscale™, an evaluation program which enables clients to customize, analyze and assess their workplace(s). As a catalyst to transform space, WorkscaleTM seeks to understand employee work-styles and workplace tools while providing leasing cost avoidance measures and strategic space allocation strategies. A Masters of Environmental Design in Industrial Design from the University of Calgary, LEED™ Accreditation, and experience working with a leading furniture manufacturer, support her interest in developing interiors that fit the image of her clients.

Dedre concurrently teaches Business Development at Mount Royal University’s Design Degree Program.

Leading the sustainable building team at Integral, Melanie Ross supports a wide range of projects ranging from LEED, WELL and other third party certifications to energy management and existing building performance, while managing a growing portfolio in sustainability planning and policy development.

Melanie’s ten years of experience with recognized architecture, planning and engineering firms has brought her a deeper understanding of the industry and a respect for various stakeholder viewpoints. Her work as a CaGBC Review Team member and Education Faculty member gives her further insight into the strategic and technical nuances of LEED projects. With applied experience in marketing and communications, Melanie drives her teams to embrace an integrated design process to deliver for the clients’ needs.

Melanie was appointed to the WELL Building Standard teaching faculty and has delivered several workshops and presentations on the topic of health and wellness in buildings. She was also appointed to the CaGBC WELL Taskforce, working to identify the challenges for Canadian market adoption of the standard. Lastly, she serves as the Vice-Chair of the CaGBC Alberta Chapter board.

Matt Williams is a Senior Landscape Architect and Associate at O2 with over 10 years experience managing high profile urban design, mixed use, campus, facility, and large park projects. He is a recognized leader in the design of riverfront parks, plazas, and promenades. Matt’s work emphasizes the development of multi-functional landscapes and public spaces that meet both the cultural and ecological needs of a site. He works collaboratively through a design process of discovery and exploration to deliver award-winning projects that reflect a genuine sense of place.

Matt is the Southern Director of the Association of Landscape Architects (AALA) and represented the AALA on the City of Calgary’s Urban Design Review Panel from 2012 to 2016.  He holds a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Guelph Merit and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo in Planning.  Matt has been selected to lecture at the World Design Summit 2017 in Montreal on the topic of ecological and cultural transformations along the Bow River in post-flood Calgary.

Thursday, November 9 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • $45 • Palomino C

T12 – The Nuts and Bolts of Lean for Construction

(Project Planning, Management & Best Practices)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

The application of Lean Construction principles within the industry has gained considerable traction over the last decade due to the need for productivity gains and shortened lead times. The challenge is that traditional Lean is centered around manufacturing environments, making some tools ineffective in the construction arena. With the best of intentions, these tools are often implemented for the sake of implementing them, with little or no effect. In this session, learn a simple and practical approach to implementing the Lean concepts within Construction to boost productivity, shorten lead times, and heighten customer value.

In this session, participants will learn:

  • How to define value from the customer’s perspective
  • How to visually capture where waste is hidden in every day processes
  • How to design and implement improvements
  • Simple tools for fostering collaboration, preparing for change, and capturing results as well as do’s and don’ts for delivery

This session is geared towards individuals interested in or tasked with leading improvement efforts within their organization or jobsite.

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Christy Nikel

Speaker:
Christy Nikel, Founder and President, Lean U Consulting Inc.

Biography
Christy Nikel is on a mission to help companies engage employees to solve problems. As a Master Lean Black Belt with 14 years of experience teaching and applying the tools, her goal is to present Lean in a practical, effective and energizing way. She has experience across a multitude of industries and recently led the development of the process improvement strategy for a national engineering and procurement firm. Christy’s energy and passion are contagious and she has gained a reputation for generating enthusiasm while obtaining results.

Thursday, November 9 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45 • Quarter Horse A/B

T13 – Navigating through Building Performance Metrics – Implications and Lessons Learned

(Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD]

Zero Carbon, Zero Energy, Passive House, LEED, National Energy Code for Buildings (NECB)… with so many building energy and performance metrics on the market, what’s the difference in building performance outcomes? Or rather, what gaps or improvements in value exist for clients between these definitions?

This presentation will discuss several case studies where these building performance metrics were considered and compared for design and construction implications, capital and operating cost, and additional benefits to building users. The presentation will explore these and other case studies:

  • City of Vancouver Fire Hall
  • Toronto Walkerton Clean Water Centre
  • City of Edmonton Sustainable Building Policy

The case studies will discuss strategies to achieve different performance targets and implications on building design and construction, capital and operating cost, and other considerations. The outcomes of these case studies are used to inform local or national policy on future building requirements, carbon reduction targets, operation priorities, and climate resilience, which will ultimately impact future building design and construction practices.

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Yichao Chen

Speaker:
Yichao Chen, Building Energy Consultant, Morrison Hershfield

Biography
Yichao is a Building energy consultant based in the Calgary office with the Building Specialty Services Group at Morrison Hershfield (MH). Yichao has six years of experience in sustainable building practices, energy modeling for energy code compliance and LEED credits, level 1 &2 ASHRAE energy audits, diagnostic and fault detection in HVAC & lighting systems, measurement& verification of energy retrofits and renewable systems. Yichao has presented at various building conferences and workshops such as BUILDEX Calgary 2016, Canadian Green Building Council (CaGBC) annual conference, NECB in Alberta workshops, International Building Physics conference, Building energy simulation conference eSIM, and other national and international venues.

Thursday, November 9 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45 • Palomino E

T14 – Mechanical Insulation — Can It Save You Money?

(Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD]

Mechanical Insulation is one of the most under-utilized materials and when used correctly can save you up to 25% of your energy costs. Depending on the situation, the payback of the installation can be as little as 6 to 9 months.

In this seminar, the presenter will discuss different mechanical systems and how insulation can improve their energy efficiency. The presenter will discuss specific examples and how insulation can provide the energy savings expected.

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Paul Blinzer

Speaker:
Paul Blinzer, Promotional Director, Thermal Insulation Association of Alberta

Biography
Paul Blinzer is and has been a journeyman insulator for about 40 years where he has gained experience dealing with many types of insulation related challenges. He was an instructor in the insulation trade at NAIT for about 23 years where he met with many people and taught many of the people in the trade today. He retired about 4 years ago and now spends his time promoting the trade and trying to spread the message that Mechanical Insulation will save money and reduce energy consumption.

Thursday, November 9 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45 • Palomino G/H

T15 – Cities Belong to People: Public Space Activations

(Urban & Community Planning, Landscape Architecture, Health & Wellness, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management)

[1 AAA Structured LH v • 1 BOMI CPD]

Urbanization is on the rise, and rightfully so. Cities are fun and vibrant places to live. They are hubs for cultural diversity, arts & entertainment, academia & business and each urban center has the ability to develop its own unique flavour. Unconventional urban activations help build upon and distinguish that flavour.

Attend this presentation to hear from a leader in Canada’s Architecture and Design space. Paul Fast and Melissa Higgs of HCMA Architecture + Design speak to several of HCMA’s urban activations, including the #MoreAwesomeNow Laneway Activations that reshaped laneways into engaging, accessible public spaces that contribute to the vibrancy of the city. The presenters will expand on project intentions, purpose and outcome, highlighting how they created a space that locals and tourists alike actively seek out as a place to socialize and play.

Known for their TILT Curiosity Labs, HCMA will expand upon how they engage the public in their work, as one of the most valuable resources in the design and facilitation of their projects – large and small.

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Paul Fast
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Melissa Higgs

Speakers:

Paul Fast, Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design
Melissa Higgs, Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design

Biographies
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Thursday, November 9 • 12:30pm–3:30pm • $95 • Arabian

T16 – Structuring Your Company for Maximum Productivity

(Business & Strategic Planning)

[3 AAA Structured LH • 3 BOMI CPD • 3 General Hours IDCEC Approved]

Creating an aligned and defined organizational structure is a key component of running a profitable and scalable business. Having all your staff operating with a clear role, goals, and deliverables is the foundation for productivity and success.

In this workshop, we will cover the proven framework for creating defined Job Descriptions that will allow everyone in your organization to operate with a clear goal and accountability to their supervisor. You will leave with all the basic tools and templates, including:

  • Examples of proven organizational structures for your industry
  • Examples and templates for job descriptions relevant to your business
  • Processes to hold accountability to goals through the layers of your organization
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Danny Kerr

Speaker:
Danny Kerr, Co-Founder, Breakthrough Academy

Biography
Danny learned two important things as a young age: to work hard and be humble in everything he does. Coming from a modest family, he was forced to create his own success in life. As a Dyslexic student in school, he was treated differently throughout his upbringing and his potential was questioned by everyone around him. As he grew up, these experiences fueled his desire to push boundaries and prove what was possible. From a struggling middle school student, Danny graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, and then started his own painting business employing 12 full time staff and making enough money to buy his first home. At 20 years old, Danny took a leadership position for a franchise company and grew sales from $400,000 to $1,300,000 in one year. Such rapid growth was only possible through selecting top caliber franchisees and being an open, honest, and flexible coach to them. Growing that business launched Danny’s journey in developing companies, where he spent the next six years scaling businesses. Through these experiences, he decided to commit his life to assisting others to move past adversity and reach their full potential. Danny has since left the franchising world and opened horizons to all trades business owners seeking guidance through their growth stages. Through authentic relationships and always putting his heart into what he does, Danny looks forward to continuing to make a difference in the lives of business owners everywhere.

Danny lives in Abbotsford, British Columbia with his wife and two beautiful young daughters. When he’s not helping prospective BTA members, you can usually find Danny exploring mountains in his Jeep.

Thursday, November 9 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $50 • Palomino A/B

T17 – KEYNOTE: Innovative Office Environments: Companies Changing the Game

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Health & Wellness, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management, Business & Strategic Planning)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

A monumental shift has begun. Health and wellness, technology, changing demographics, unique work space preferences – these are just a few of the elements evolving today’s office environment. In this presentation, California designer, Mary Lee Duff, will profile the cutting-edge offices of some our continents most iconic brands.

In this visual and vibrant presentation, Mary will speak to the unique design characteristics of highly engaged and inspired workplaces, expanding on the methodology and strategies behind project features, systems and space planning.

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Mary Lee Duff

Speaker:
Mary Lee Duff, IIDA, LEED AP, Principal, Director of Workplace Strategy, Interior Architects

Supported by

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Biography
A Principal and Director of Workplace Strategy at IA Interior Architects, Mary Lee Duff delves into all aspects of the design and planning process; ranging from project management to special expertise in workplace strategies. Her experience working with top performing companies on the leading edge of technology gives her a unique opportunity to apply strategic and design thinking that continues to test the evolution of workplace. Mary Lee believes deeply in the value of engagement of end users from high level visioning to focus groups and ideation exercises that bring new concepts and planning to the forefront. Representative clients include SAP, Mercedez Benz, Salesforce, Google, and LinkedIn.

Thursday, November 9 • 1:30pm–2:30pm • $45 • Palomino C

T18 – Construction Contracts 101

(Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

Constructions projects vary widely and it is essential that those working in, or advising, the construction industry are knowledgeable about the limitations and pitfalls of commonly used contracts and some of the important provisions to pay close attention to. In this presentation, special focus will be paid to the documents prepared by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee including CCDC 2, CCDC 3, CCDC 5A and CCDC 5B.

For those involved with the construction industry, this session will provide invaluable lessons and insights into using construction contracts effectively.

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Bill Woodhead

Speaker:
Bill Woodhead, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLC

Biography
Bill Woodhead is a senior associate in Borden Ladner Gervais LLP’s Corporate Commercial Group. Bill practice in corporate/commercial, construction and energy law, with an emphasis on infrastructure, construction and public-private partnerships contracts (negotiation, drafting and review). He has experience with drafting and reviewing procurement documents and project agreements for a variety of construction and engineering projects, internal corporate reorganizations, asset purchase and sale transactions, and mergers and acquisitions.

Thursday, November 9 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45 • Tradeshow Floor

T19 – Give me the Green! The Financial Gains of Solar Energy

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management, Facility Management & Building Maintenance)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD]

The recent announcement of provincial solar rebates for residential and commercial building owners and the drop in solar module prices means solar is often the lowest price electrical energy source for buildings.

In this presentation, the speaker will review solar regulation, electrical code requirements and installer qualifications for the Alberta market. The presentation will also look at how solar integrates with building architecture and electrical systems to deliver low cost renewable energy.  Case studies of Alberta solar installations demonstrate real world examples of successful solar deployment. The Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) from solar compares to current retail delivered energy costs yielding a long-term cost savings for building owners.

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David Kelly

Speaker:
David Kelly, CEO, SkyFire Energy Inc.

Biography
David Kelly, CEO, founder and partner at SkyFire Energy Inc has been in the solar industry since 2001. David received a Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo. He is registered with APEGGA NAPEG and APEGBC. David is serving his fourth term on the CanSIA (Canadian Solar Industries Association) board, is currently Chair and serves on the board of SESA (Solar Energy Society of Alberta). David regularly lectures at SAIT, University of Calgary and at Engineering and Architecture firms throughout Alberta and BC. He has presented at conferences around the country and is passionate advocated for solar energy in Canada.

Married and a father of two, his home is partially powered by a 2kW grid-tied solar system and it uses solar thermal water heating. SkyFire Energy provides engineering and installation services throughout Western and Northern Canada. 

Thursday, November 9 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45 • Palomino E

T20 – Lighting and Human Response

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, Health & Wellness, Property Management, Facility Management & Building Maintenance)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

Lighting is often referred to as the fourth dimension of architecture, an unseen medium which impacts spaces dramatically. In recent years, researchers have studied this medium and its impact on human health in more detail. As a result, successful lighting design solutions have moved beyond energy efficiency, codes and standards, and even enhancing the architecture. Quality lighting is now related to light spectrum, intensity, duration, and its direction.

This presentation provides a fundamental understanding on how exposure to light impacts health and emotions, and how it can be used as a strong instrument to affect and shape the human experience in various spaces.

Participants will be able to understand and explain:

  • The functions and effects of the daylight and electric light beyond providing task illumination.
  • The relationship between human’s circadian rhythm and light.
  • The direct link between light and emotion.
  • The role of light in the WELL building standard
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Ellie Niakan
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Colin van Besouw

Speaker:
Ellie Niakan, Associate, Integral Group
Colin van Besouw, Associate, Integral Group

Biography
Internationally recognized for her award-winning lighting design, Associate Ellie Niakan brings over 17 years of experience to Integral Group, where she leads the Vancouver Integral Light Studio. Through her passion and creativity, Ellie harnesses the power of light to create expressive designs that blend aesthetics and function.

Ellie is the first in Canada to have earned the International Lighting Designer Certification, and is among a select few worldwide that have achieved the distinction of Certified Lighting Designer (CLD). Ellie has led and worked collaboratively on a variety of projects, including cultural, recreational, residential, commercial, healthcare, transportation exterior and urban lighting design. Having worked closely with international architects and designers across the globe, her expansive portfolio includes work from Germany, England, USA and Canada.

With a focus on the human experience, Ellie considers health, wellness, and sustainability as intrinsic elements in developing a harmonious atmosphere expressed through the built environment. She is a sought-after speaker and has served on various lighting design panels throughout her career. Ellie is currently teaching Lighting Design at LaSalle College in Vancouver. A few of her notable projects prior to joining Integral Group include the Creekside Paddling Centre, the New Campus for Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Centre Culturel et Touristique Trifolion (Luxembourg), Betriebs Restaurant in the Boehringer Pharma KG (Germany), and the Northern Rockies Regional Recreational Centre.

Colin van Besouw is an Electrical Engineer at Integral Group, where he leads the Calgary Electrical design team. Colin is passionate about designing sustainable, energy efficient projects and embracing new technology. He sees innovative engineering as playing a critical role in designing electrical systems that focus on the total life cycle cost rather than initial or maintenance costs alone.

Colin is committed to providing clients with innovative solutions through his experience in institutional, airport, commercial, residential, healthcare and hospitality sectors. Colin is able to collaborate and coalesce effectively with designing teams to produce sustainable design solutions that meet and exceed the client’s bottom line.

Thursday, November 9 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45 • Palomino G/H

T21 – The Power of Virtual Collaboration

(Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Business & Strategic Planning)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

As a Designer, Contractor or Facility Manager you need to be in several places at once. Tighter deadlines, smaller budgets and increasing project requirements mean you must do more with less. How can you survive the madness?

Virtual Collaboration allows you to be somewhere you are not and see things that you cannot see. It will keep people on the same page, regardless of physical location. And it will help you see the challenges before they become a problem, saving cost and preventing delay.

This panel of experts will discuss the opportunities and challenges of Virtual Collaboration, covering topics such as:

  • Creating the right mindset for Virtual Collaboration.
  • How Virtual Reality sells stuff, solves problems and manages risk.
  • Coordination of BIM and related data from a variety of sources.
  • The wide range of tools available to facilitate collaboration.

The presenters will go beyond the hype and focus on the tangible results and benefits of Virtual Collaboration.

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Joe Magas
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Graham Corsar
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Justin James
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Kevin Kretschmer
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Steve Rollo

Moderator:
Joe Magas, Founder & CEO, Fusiontek

Panelists:
Graham Corsar, Business & Technology Consultant, BuildingPoint Canada
Justin James, Founder & CEO, REACH-Consulting Ltd.
Kevin Kretschmer, Associate – Information Systems Manager, Marshall Tittemore Architects
Steve Rollo, BIM Lead, Calgary Buildings, Graham Construction

Sponsored by

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Biographies
Joe Magas is an application specialist and enthusiastic instructor. With over 20 years’ experience supporting CAD, BIM, PDF and ECM software he brings a wide range of knowledge to each new challenge.

Joe started his career in Architectural drafting but his passion for helping people and implementing solutions drew him into teaching and consulting. As CEO of Fusiontek, he assists organizations with smart technology solutions for Building Design, Construction and Facility Management.

Joe is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor, teaches Revit part-time at NAIT’s Computer Training Center and is Western Canada’s Authorized ArchiCAD Reseller.

Graham Corsar is focused on helping Canadian constructors find the people and technology they need to get the job done. He is an active volunteer minister and compulsive developer of people and opportunities.

For the past 7 years Graham has been helping engineers, owner/operators and now constructors use technology to increase value and quality — serving as a global strategic account manager for Bentley Systems and now the sales manager for BuildingPoint Canada — bringing Trimble technology to the verical and industrial segments in Canada.

Prior to this, Graham spent 15 years in Alberta’s Oil and Gas industry caring for information management on awesome projects like Millennium and Edmonton Refinery Conversion.

Graham got his start in the family business as a piping designer, and grew to become an entrepreneur, consultant and leader.

Justin James has lectured on three continents and has been in our industry for over 25 years. Having climbed the ranks after his apprenticeship in the UK from BSE engineer, to lead coordinator and then to project management, he took his skills from the UK to Australia in the late 90’s, he then moved to Canada in 2009 running & co-writing the 1st BIM (Building Information Modelling) 101 sessions. After establishing a reputation in the industry, REACH was founded in 2013 providing virtual collaboration education as part of the shift in industry process. Now REACH has broadened its services to encompass all virtual fields, business development and process change. Justin’s passion is in education, providing a new generation of engineers to enhance the industries future, making them the new leaders in infrastructure design through new collaborative and technological methods. His vision: To make a difference. His belief: To not evolve education is not evolving us!

Kevin Kretschmer is an Associate and Information Systems Manager at Marshall Tittemore Architects and has been working with Virtual Buildings and BIM since graduating from the University of Manitoba Environmental Design program in 1995. With 22 years of experience in the Architecture industry, staff trust and rely heavily on his knowledge of Design, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and Information Systems (IS). His expertise in BIM/CAD, graphics, and productivity software, provides an industry specific, in-depth level of application support to the firm.

As Information Systems Manager, Kevin is the administrator of all servers, networking, software, and hardware. “Efficient use of technology is essential for an architectural firm and enables innovative design. I am passionate about adding value to the design process by leading the implementation and utilization of BIM and technology and within the team.”

Steve Rollo has an extensive background in Building Information Modeling (BIM) with over 10 years experience during all phases from design through construction. He also has spent a significant amount of time working as a BIM Implementation Specialist for an Autodesk Reseller in Calgary. Within the role, Steve was responsible for assisting firms in their transition to BIM Workflows and technologies. As such, he provided training and standard creation and implementation. Passionate about BIM, the development of effective workflows, and its applications towards project collaboration and success, Steve is continually developing and growing within the industry.

Currently Steve is a BIM Lead at Graham construction and is playing an integral role in project planning, design, development and execution. He is primarily responsible for BIM deliverables on projects and coordination with the design teams as well as major subcontractors as well as the development and execution of BIM Standards within the company.

Thursday, November 9 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • $45 • Palomino C

T22 – It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No It’s a Drone! Legal Knowhow for Successful Use and Operation of UAVs on Construction and Commercial Real Estate

(New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Property Management, Business & Strategic Planning)

[1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved]

Did you know that the Canadian drone market is estimated to be worth between $100-$260 million by 2024? How about the fact that more than 300 Canadian companies fall within the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle sector?

There has been a significant increase in the commercial and recreational use of drones. Yet, many are unclear on what is permitted under current laws and regulations.

This presentation will provide you with the information you need to navigate the legal landscape surrounding drone use and what you need to know to profit from the use of drones in your businesses. The seminar will cover topics including:

  • Discussion on current federal, provincial and municipal bodies that regulate the use of drones and how these regulations affect your business
  • Drone related liability and how to mitigate risk
  • Potential privacy, contract and insurance issues
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Erika Carrasco

Speaker:
Erika Carrasco, Partner, Lawyer, Field LLP

Biography
Erika Carrasco is a Partner with Field Law practicing litigation and dispute resolution in the insurance, construction, energy and business industries. She has a wealth of experience providing advice and solutions to her clients relating to contractual disputes, builders’ liens, and property, commercial general liability, product liability, wrap up, builders’ risk and motor vehicle claims. Erika has achieved success for her clients at all levels of Court in Alberta.

Erika is piloting Field Law’s (UAV)/Drone practice by applying her business, insurance, and litigation knowledge to help her clients navigate this new technical landscape to their benefit. Erika is one of few lawyers in Canada with litigation expertise in Drone Law. In 2017, she was counsel involved in one of the first convictions and appeals in Canada under the Canadian Aviation Regulations.

A seasoned speaker for both insurance and construction industry events, she has been asked to present on the subject on panels provincially, nationally and in the U.S. including the 2016 National RIMS Canada and for the Seminar Group in Las Vegas as part of the 2016 InterDrone Conference, speaking to UAV Regulations and the Legal Implications of UAV use.


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