Day 1 – Wednesday, November 4, 2015

This program has been submitted for continuing education credits with the following regulatory bodies:

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

To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff.

Seminar Legend:

AR – Architecture
BC –  Building Code
CO – Construction & Renovation
EN – Engineering
GR – Green
ID – Interior Design
PD – Professional Development
PM – Property Management

Wednesday, November 4 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45

W01 – Rain Screen Design Solutions for the Building Envelope [AR BC EN CO]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LHs; BOMI 1.0 CPD ]
Room: Quarter Horse A/B/C

This presentation provides an overview of innovative rain screen design technology and will address the impact of moisture infiltration on the building envelope, weather resistive barrier design and constructions, and sustainable rain screen design systems for the building envelope.

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Aaron Gould

Speaker:
Aaron Gould, Technical Manager, East Coast & Latin America, VaproShield

Biography
Aaron Gould has over 15 years of combined experience in design and construction. He has participated in a large spectrum of projects from Passivhaus ADUs to rock climbing gym retrofits. He is currently a Technical Design Manager for VaproShield where he develops durable building envelope systems. Aaron possesses a diverse educational background and ample experience in a range of disciplines including: construction contracting, architectural design, and backcountry medical training. Aaron’s expertise centers on incorporating the latest building science technologies into projects. He emphasizes thorough detailing and robust interface simplification to resist bulk water infiltration (foremost), control air movement, and allow interstitial moisture to escape as rapidly as possible.

Wednesday, November 4 • 8:30am–11:30am • $125

W02 – Contract Management Planning and Implementation [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

[ 3.0 AAA Structured LHs; BOMI 3.0 CPDs; 0.3 IDCEC CEUs ]
Room: Mustang

This presentation will provide an overview of the best practices in Contract Management Planning and Implementation. This involves the understanding of specific planning and procurement activities including Project Scope Definition, Solicitation Planning and Process, Vendor Evaluation and Selection, Contract Award, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.

This presentation will include an overview of the following topic areas:

  • An Introduction to Basic Contract Law
  • Canadian Trade Agreements
  • Business Case Planning (Checklist)
  • Project Scope and Procurement Planning
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Market Identification
  • Risk Management
  • Solicitation Types and Planning
  • Evaluation of Tenders / Quotes and Proposals
  • Pre-Award Discussions and /or Negotiations
  • Key Components of a Contract Statement of Work
  • Contract Monitoring and Evaluation

Court Stevens

Speaker:
Court Stevens, Principal, Stevens Consulting Group Inc.

Biography
Court Stevens is the President of Stevens Consulting Group Inc., based in Victoria BC. His company provides training courses on the best practices of business and management processes associated with all phases of procurement management. This includes Contract Management Planning and Implementation, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Preparing Well-Written Proposals, and Negotiating Effectively.

Court has been directly associated with procurement and contract management, both as a project manager for various Canadian military equipment procurement projects and as a consultant and instructor for over 25 years.

Court was one of the primary designers and instructors of the BC government’s award winning Procurement and Contract Management Program.

His organizational and professional development education includes the following:

  • Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Management
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
  • Graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College

Wednesday, November 4 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45

W03 – Competencies in the Workplace and How They Impact Your Bottom Line [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

[ 1.0 AAA Structure LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD ]
Room: Arabian A

Companies need to get beyond the revolving door mindset of hiring, and instead focus on selecting, hiring, and managing employees based on underlying competencies.

Companies that focus on competencies report better safety stats, higher quality, higher productivity, more innovation and initiative, lower turnover, and higher bottom-line performance. By focusing on the key competencies that underpin higher performance, rather than focusing on task-based job descriptions and traditional credentials, construction companies can excel despite a tough Alberta economy.

This 60-minute session presents the key concepts behind competency management for selection, hiring and retention, providing “start tomorrow” steps that can have immediate benefit for organizations.


Jeff Griffiths

Speaker:
Jeff Griffiths, Co-Founder & Certified Management Consultant, Griffiths Sheppard Consulting Group Inc.

Biography
Jeff Griffiths is a seasoned management and organizational development consultant who assists his clients to become more competitive, working collaboratively as a change agent to apply Organizational Development and Change Management principles and practices in a holistic approach to improvement that balances purpose, people and processes and enable sustained high performance.

His pathway to organizational development and change management covers over a quarter century, combining the accumulated learning and experiences from a varied career in the Canadian military, the private sector, and as an independent consultant. One recurring theme throughout that experience is the realization that organizational development requires organizational change – planning for and managing that change is the key to getting a multi-talented group pulling in the same direction for both organizational and personal success. Jeff’s clients, which range from small businesses to multi-nationals to industry associations to local non-profits, are aided on their pathway to excellence through the appropriate application of organizational development and change management processes in order to achieve world-beating performance.

Jeff has written extensively on the subject of workplace and workforce competence, and has collaborated with TalentPool, the Canada West Foundation and other agencies on developing a greater understanding and a broader dialogue on the subject.

Wednesday, November 4 • 8:30am–10:00am • $55

W04 – LEED, WELL, BOMA – The Evolving ABC’s of Green Building Labeling [AR CO EN GR ID]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.5 CPD; 0.1 IDCEC HSW CEU ]
Room: Palomino H

The popularity of green building labeling continues to grow, and the diversity of labeling systems has grown alongside. BOMA has long focused on a practical and accessible approach, LEED targets ever-improving performance at the higher end of the market, and most recently WELL has taken direct aim at human experience. These are just a few of the options available, and the ever-emerging versions and iterations of these labeling systems have created a true alphabet soup of possibilities.

This session will break down and demystify the various green building labels available to both new and existing buildings. Key features of the latest versions of these systems will be examined. Furthermore, the concept of recertification will be introduced, in the context of a playing field that will continue to evolve over time.


Ben Campbell

Kyle Smith

Speakers:
Ben Campbell, Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.
Kyle Smith, Project Associate, WSP Canada Inc.

Biographies
Ben Campbell is committed to delivering high quality results for new and existing building projects ranging from LEED implementation to Retro-Commissioning and Energy Modeling. Inspired by each opportunity to impact a building’s journey to higher performance, he enjoys bridging the gap between the rigor of engineering and the practicalities of everyday operations.

Along with confident problem solving skills afforded by an extensive background in mathematics, Ben’s diverse interests extend to economics and the physical and life sciences. Combined with experience studying and volunteering internationally, this allows Ben to approach problems in sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Kyle Smith is dedicated to providing high-quality technical support on a wide variety of projects including; LEED® NC/CS/EB:OM Facilitation, Energy Auditing, Retro-Commissioning, Environmental/Energy Related Case Studies and Renewable Energy System Design. He strives to work closely with project teams who have diverse experience in order to provide the best possible deliverables. Kyle believes that being able to communicate effectively with clients, as well as understanding the lexicon and engineering practices of the multitude of skilled trades, is the key to being a successful consultant.

Wednesday, November 4 • 10:00am–11:30am • $55

W05 – Become a more Effective Sales Person through Understanding the Psychology of Sales [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LHs; BOMI 1.5 CPDs; 0.1 IDCEC CEU ]
Room: Quarter Horse A/B/C

Evaluating and reacting to a potential client’s emotions is one of THE most challenging part of securing a sale. Understanding the psychological nuances of the “other side” can help set you up for success.

This seminar will provide you with the building blocks needed to predict, read and react to a prospects emotions. This presentation will define the thought processes that occur throughout the lifecycle of a sale, identifying how internal feelings translate into external behavior. Concluding with proven methodology on how to respond to certain behaviors, attendees will walk equipped to create a positive shift in their sale.


Randy Hnatko

Speaker:
Randy Hnatko, President & CEO, Trainwest Management & Consulting Inc. | Sandler Training

Biography
Randy Hnatko is President of Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc., a Sales and Management Training and Consulting organization powered by Sandler Training. Randy has over 33 year’s senior business experience, and is a Trainer, Speaker, Author and Consultant to domestic and international companies.

He is the Official Sales Trainer of The Vancouver Canucks & The PGA of BC and is a multiple award winner in the Sandler organization, being awarded the Canadian Franchisee of the Year eight (8) times from 2006-2014.

Randy Hnatko believes national culture influences how individuals make decisions and interpret their roles. Differences between cultures create important opportunities for growth and development, but can also cause serious problems if they are not understood.

With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Commerce, and a Masters of Business Administration with specialties in International Business, International Management and Culture, Randy Hnatko is extremely knowledgeable in a number of fields.

His company Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc. has trained many organizations ranging from small/medium sized companies and up to Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, BMO, Starbucks Canada, The Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Giants, Bell Media, PGA of BC and Group Health Global.

Wednesday, November 4 • 10:00am–11:30am • $45

W06 – Construction Keynote: State of the Industry: Boom or Bust? [AR CO EN]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LHs; BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]
Room: Palomino A/B

After nearly a decade of explosive growth, an economic downturn threatens the prosperity of one of the provinces driving industries. Will the Alberta construction industry sink or swim?

Hear from key construction executives as they gather to discuss the state of the industry. This presentation will provide an overview of the national, provincial and regional construction landscape. Focusing in on the Alberta marketplace, panelists will identify challenges being realized across the province, providing insight on how to mitigate there impact. Taking a future forward look, panelists will project what the coming years will hold for the lively hood of the industry, providing knowledge on how to embrace challenges and seek new opportunities in a volatile marketplace.

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Bill Black
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Michael Brimer
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Tim Coldwell

Bert DeBruin
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Bob Hildenbrandt

Moderator:
Bill Black, Founder & President, Mindnetworkx

Speakers:
Michael Brimer, Director, Business Development, Clark Builders
Tim Coldwell, Vice President, Origination, CHANDOS
Bert DeBruin, President, Alta Pro Electrical Ltd.
Bob Hildenbrandt, Vice President, Business Development, Graham

Biographies
Bob Hildenbrandt has been a significant part of the commercial construction landscape in Calgary for over 30 years.After graduating from the University of Calgary in Civil Engineering, Bob joined PCL and quickly developed his career.  In 1992, he moved to Ledcor where he continued to be a strong part of a growing company, taking on the role of Branch Manager and Vice President in 2000.  Most recently in 2014, Bob joined Graham as Vice President, Business Development.

Bob has also been active at all levels of the Construction Association.  He was a board member of the Calgary Construction Association from 2001 to 2013, and Board Chairman in 2002.  Bob was a part of the Alberta Construction Association Executive from 2002 to 2007 and Board Chair in 2005 and 2006. He joined the Board of the Canadian Construction Association in 2005 and in 2015 became part of the Executive as well.  In addition, Bob served on the board of Canada BIM Council (CanBIM) from 2009 to 2011.  He was an original member of the Institute for BIM in Canada (IBC) from 2011 onward where he served as Vice Chair until 2014 when he became Chair.

Bob enjoys the outdoors, golf, travel, and spending time with family.  He and his wife Gail reside in Calgary.

Wednesday, November 4 • 10:00am–11:00am • $45

W07 – Biophilia: Design at the Intersection of Sustainability and Well-Being [AR CO GR ID]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD; 0.1 IDCEC HSW CEU ]
Room: Arabian A

Far from replacing the focus on sustainability, today’s emphasis on well-being in the workplace incorporates a broad array of design objectives for human sustainability, including limiting disruption, promoting movement, offering choice and flexibility, and supporting the inherent human need to connect to nature. In many ways, the conversation about well-being and the conversation about environmental sustainability intersect with the principles of Biophilic Design. As the benefits to our minds and bodies of a connection to nature are being understood more and more, Biophilia has come to the forefront of our thinking and behavior. Increasingly, it is inspiring design and architecture that supports human health and well-being–with measurable economic benefits to organizations that embrace it.


Jennifer Busch

Speaker:
Jennifer Busch, Vice President, Architecture & Design, Teknion

Biography
Jennifer Busch, Hon. IIDA, is Vice President A&D at Teknion, where she is responsible for the development of key business relationships and sales and marketing strategies for major architecture and interior design firms throughout North America.

Jennifer came to Teknion from Interface, where she served as Vice President A&D Market Development for three years. Prior to joining Interface, she held various editorial positions at Contract magazine for 21 years, including serving as Editor in Chief from 1999-2011. At Contract, she routinely reported on the social, political, technological, economic, and business trends impacting the practice of commercial interior design, with a particular emphasis on design’s influence on business and society, and its power to create positive change. In 2009 she was bestowed with Honorary IIDA status, the first design editor to have achieved such recognition. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the FIT Sustainable Interior Environments Master’s Degree program; as a member of the Market Strategy Group of Advisors for Public Architecture, and as a member of the In Kind Committee for desigNYC.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has participated in the development and organization of key industry events and trade shows, has served as a jury member for numerous industry competitions, has had many speaking engagements as either a moderator or featured speaker, and has served as a guest critic for student work at several academic institutions. At Teknion, she continues to promote the value of good design to commercial and institutional enterprises with real business goals.

Jennifer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in Journalism.

Wednesday, November 4 • 10:30am–12:00pm • $55

W08 – Introduction to the WELL Building Standard [AR CO EN GR ID]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.5 CPDs; 0.1 IDCEC HSW CEU ]
Room: Palomino H

Growing evidence showing the impacts that buildings have on health has broadened the conversation about sustainability beyond just environmental factors, to one that also addresses the human component. The WELL Building Standard® has emerged as a framework to this end. WELL is a new evidence-based system to measure, certify and monitor features of buildings that impact health and wellbeing. It focuses on best practices in design, construction and operations to enhance air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. This session will discuss the opportunities available for owners, investors, and tenants to enhance health and wellness on the path to improving building performance.


Melanie Ross

Mark Terpstra

Speakers:
Melanie Ross, Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.
Mark Terpstra, Project Associate, WSP Canada Inc.

Biography
As part of WSP’s Green Planning and Design project management team, Melanie Ross supports a wide variety of green projects ranging from LEED certification and energy management to sustainability planning and policy development and is committed to understanding a client’s needs while balancing the project’s requirements. Melanie’s experience at architecture, planning and engineering firms in both Calgary and Toronto allows her to understand and respect the various industry viewpoints and bring an integrated design approach to green planning. She is committed to making sustainability an integral part of the project process from beginning to end.

Mark Terpstra is motivated by the challenges and opportunities that exist within the design variation of the building industry. He is dedicated to effecting change on the energy demands and sustainability within the commercial building industry and believes the increasing social and economic drivers related to energy conservation provide an excellent avenue for collaboration and innovation.

As a member of Halsall’s Green Building team, Mark has worked primarily on existing building projects. These projects have included building automation system assessments, energy and water audits, retro-commissioning, and LEED-EB applications. This work experience encompasses commercial office buildings, retail malls, and residential complexes. Prior to joining Halsall, Mark worked with building automation both in HVAC and Fire and Life Safety control systems.

Wednesday, November 4 • 12:30pm–2:30pm • $65

W09 – The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiation [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

[ 2.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 2.0 CPDs; 0.2 IDCEC CEUs ]
Room: Palomino D

Let the games begin! Buyers will always try to get as much as they can for the dollar — but you can’t deliver quality products and services if you give up too much in the negotiating game. It is in both your best interest and your buyer’s that you master the art of negotiating. Negotiating is something that many people dread. In this seminar we’ll explore the 12 Gambits Buyers Use and how to avoid “The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiating.”

The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiating:

  • Failing to Recognize and Deal Effectively with a Player
  • Weak Pre-Negotiation Positioning
  • Making Unilateral Concessions
  • Talking Too Much
  • Losing Control of Your Emotions
  • Entering into a Negotiation Unprepared
  • Thinking that Money is the Real Issue

Randy Hnatko

Speaker:
Randy Hnatko, President & CEO, Trainwest Management & Consulting Inc. | Sandler Training

Biography
Randy Hnatko is President of Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc., a Sales and Management Training and Consulting organization powered by Sandler Training. Randy has over 33 year’s senior business experience, and is a Trainer, Speaker, Author and Consultant to domestic and international companies.

He is the Official Sales Trainer of The Vancouver Canucks & The PGA of BC and is a multiple award winner in the Sandler organization, being awarded the Canadian Franchisee of the Year eight (8) times from 2006-2014.

Randy Hnatko believes national culture influences how individuals make decisions and interpret their roles. Differences between cultures create important opportunities for growth and development, but can also cause serious problems if they are not understood.

With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Commerce, and a Masters of Business Administration with specialties in International Business, International Management and Culture, Randy Hnatko is extremely knowledgeable in a number of fields.

His company Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc. has trained many organizations ranging from small/medium sized companies and up to Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, BMO, Starbucks Canada, The Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Giants, Bell Media, PGA of BC and Group Health Global.

 

Wednesday, November 4 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45

W10 – Navigate the Calgary Construction Market for Individual, Team and Business Success [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD ]
Room: Palomino C

Canada’s construction market continues to be competitive, from hiring to finding your next career. Navigating the career path to achieving a leading role in Alberta, to building high performing teams poses many obstacles. As the economy continues to change, and businesses focus on the bottom line, the career path and employers plans for hiring are changing, responding to the market.

What does this mean for your industry and your career?

Strategic hiring is necessary, digital recruitment becoming the norm, and employers needing to look at transferrable skill sets. Career growth still a priority for most professionals, and attaining a leading position in Canada is changing as the market evolves and technology changes the roadmap.

Find out from Hays research:

  • Which skills are in demand in Alberta and across Canada
  • Common recruitment challenges and how to address them
  • How to plan a career path to reach senior leadership
  • What skills and experience are necessary for individual, team, and business success

Building on the research and analysis in the Hays Canada Salary Guide and DNA of a VP of Construction report, Hays VP Jim Fearon shares his insights about the regional trends currently affecting construction companies and workers.

This talk will interest attendees of all levels, whether it is a junior worker considering their long-term career options, or intermediate and senior construction professionals who want to optimize their resume to get to the next level in their career.


Jim Fearon

Speaker:
Jim Fearon, Vice President, Hays Canada

Biography
Jim was appointed as VP of Central Region, overseeing operations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, in 2011, after more than 10 years leading Hays’ Australian offices. With specific expertise in construction and property, Jim leads one of the fastest growing regions in North America. Over the years, Jim has gained a breadth of experience covering permanent, temporary and contract recruitment in a wide array of industries that include construction, engineering, property and facilities management, oil and gas, mining, energy.

Wednesday, November 4 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45

W11 – Seismic Ceilings [AR CO EN ID]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD; 0.1 IDCEC CEU ]
Room: Palomino H

This presentation will begin with a brief history and summary of non-structural earthquake damage to better understand the impact to life safety, property loss and functional loss. Moving into explanation of the principals of installation, Gale will identify and clarify the category of design required for certain types of projects. This presentation will conclude with an overview of the resources you can use in the design and construction phases of these types of projects.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understands a brief history and summary of non –structural earthquake damage.
  2. Better understand the impact to life safety, property loss and functional loss
  3. Investigate and discuss the principals of different installation required depending on the category of design : Category C  or Category D-E-F
  4. Provide documentation available to be used as reference in design and construction practices.

Gale LeBlanc

Speaker:
Gale LeBlanc, Architectural Solutions Representative, CGC

Biography
Gale LeBlanc , BID ,NCIDQ ,CTR, LEED Green Associate,  Architectural Solutions Representative, CGC Inc.
Gale has been working as an Architectural Representative with CGC for the past 4 ½ years, based out of Calgary, Alberta,  in association with 7 other CGC Architectural Team members across  Canada, the Team has been tasked this year to champion various CEU learning credit presentations offering reputable technical industry knowledge relative to acoustical ceilings and gypsum assemblies.  Seismic Ceilings is 1 of 5 CEU presentations offered by CGC Inc.

Gale holds a Bachelor Degree (BID) in Interior Design from The University of Manitoba as well as   has acquired her NCIDQ certification status.  She sits as an Executive Council Member with Construction Specifications Canada representing the Interior Design and Sponsorship position.  She has been nationally accredited with a CTR designation as a Certified Technical Representative.  She also has been certified as a LEED Green Associate.

Gale has volunteered her time for the past two years as an Industry Member at Large with the Interior Designers of Alberta (IDA) Executive Board providing insightful perspective from a manufacturing representative viewpoint

Gale currently resides in Calgary, Alberta as a proud parent of two “attempting to be adult” children.

Wednesday, November 4 • 12:30pm–3:30pm • $125

W12 – RFPS and Proposals [AR CO EN ID PD]

[ 3.0 Structured LHs; BOMI 3.0 CPDs; 0.3 IDCEC CEUs ]
Room: Mustang

One of the most widely used forms of solicitation is the Request for Proposal (RFP). This form of solicitation is used for situations such as product or service replacement, improving organizational effectiveness or problem identification and resolution. The buyer has the need and the seller has the solution.

This presentation will provide a synopsis of the planning and development of an RFP as well as Proposal Response suggestions including planning guidelines, proposal formats and how to respond to RFP evaluation criteria.

This presentation will include an overview of the following topic areas:

  • Understanding the RFP Planning Framework
  • Identifying the Market including the use of Requests for Information, Expressions of Interest and Qualifications
  • Identifying the Project Scope and Establishing the RFP Requirements
  • Understanding Risk Management Planning Requirements and Process
  • Identifying Performance Measurement and Quality Assurance Requirements
  • Establishing Project Budget Options and Pricing Strategies
  • Reviewing a Typical RFP Structure and Format
  • Establishing the Proposal Evaluation Criteria and Process
  • Finalizing the RFP Package
  • Conducting and Participating in a Proponents’ Meeting
  • Establishing Proposal Submission Requirements including Proposal Response Planning Factors, Format and Content
  • Establishing Proposal Presentation Requirements
  • Understanding the Importance of Establishing a Negotiation Strategy
  • The Key Elements of a Contract Statement (or Schedule) of Work
  • Guidelines to Debriefing Proponents

Court Stevens

Speaker:
Court Stevens, Principal, Stevens Consulting Group Inc.

Biography
Court Stevens is the President of Stevens Consulting Group Inc., based in Victoria BC. His company provides training courses on the best practices of business and management processes associated with all phases of procurement management. This includes Contract Management Planning and Implementation, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Preparing Well-Written Proposals, and Negotiating Effectively.
Court has been directly associated with procurement and contract management, both as a project manager for various Canadian military equipment procurement projects and as a consultant and instructor for over 25 years.

Court was one of the primary designers and instructors of the BC government’s award winning Procurement and Contract Management Program.

His organizational and professional development education includes the following:

  • Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Management
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
  • Graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College

Wednesday, November 4 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45

W13 – What’s New in Indoor Air Quality [AR CO EN ID PM]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD ]
Room: Arabian A

Indoor Air Quality guidelines are being impacted by newly updated environmental standards such as LEED V4 and BOMA BESt v.2. Meanwhile, new IAQ standards are coming from Underwriters Laboratories, and the new WELL standard is around the corner.

However, new scientific research is showing these standards and guidelines, while undoubtedly helpful, are not really sufficient to address a true best practices approach to IAQ in well run buildings.

In this seminar, we’ll cover topics including:

  • What are the current IAQ standards, guidelines, and regulations?
  • Who are the organizations behind them?
  • What’s changed and changing in the field?
  • What does current “best practice” for IAQ look like?
  • Avoiding “snake oil” solutions
  • A look at the future and “future proofing” your IAQ decision making in 2015

Curt LaMontagne

Speaker:
Curt LaMontagne, Principal Indoor Environmentalist, C5 Plus Ltd.

Biography
In 1988, Curt started his environmental career as one of the first US EPA accredited asbestos management planners. As such he was responsible for conducting asbestos assessments for millions of square feet across multiple school districts throughout southern California.

He’s since managed indoor environmental consulting projects for all levels of business and government in both Canada and the US, shifting more in recent years to a focus on quantitative IAQ and indoor environmental quality for large office towers.

An enthusiastic educator, Curt is also a published writer and an experienced public speaker on indoor environmental issues. He’s also an accomplished software developer, having written several commercial environmental software packages.

Currently dividing his time between Calgary and Toronto, Curt holds a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, and has successfully completed the Graduate Program in Strategic Management offered by the University of California, San Diego.

Wednesday, November 4 • 1:00pm–3:00pm • $65

W14 – Implementing Energy Standard NECB 2011 in the ABC 2015: Design and Building Permit Application Requirements [AR BC CO EN GR ID PM]

[ 2.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 2.0 CPDs; 0.2 IDCEC HSW CEUs ]
Room: Palomino E

As of November 1, 2015 construction projects regulated in accordance with the Alberta Building Code (ABC) must be designed in compliance with the National Energy Code of Canada for Buildings (NECB) 2011 edition. Provincially trained Safety Codes Officers will be certified to handle Energy Codes as part of the permitting, inspection and approvals process. All relevant professionals will be required to comply with the applicable provisions of the adopted NECB, including architects, interior designers, engineers, and surveyors.

Three compliance paths are available (prescriptive, trade-off and performance) requiring either a checklist or report submitted with construction drawings as part of the building permit application. The authority having jurisdiction (AHJ) will require confirmation that your building design complies prior to issuing a building permit. Don’t risk the possibility of a rejection of your building permit resulting in a delay in your project!

Learn how the new energy code may affect the design and construction of your projects, in particular:

  • NECB 2011 code requirements
  • How to incorporate provisions of NECB 2011 in electrical design
  • Submission requirements for building permit
  • Project types applicable to NECB 2011
  • Where NECB 2011 is not applicable
  • Alternative options to NECB 2011
  • Lessons learned from the implementation of NECB 2011 in BC

This seminar is suitable for all stakeholders involved with the design, construction and inspection of projects regulated by ABC, including Building Owners, Developers, Project Managers, Architects, Interior Designers, Code Consultants, Electrical Engineers, Electrical Contractors and Inspection Authorities administering enforcement of NECB 2011.


Sunny Ghataurah

Speaker:
Sunny Ghataurah, Director, AES Engineering

Biography
Presenter Sunny Ghataurah is a professional electrical engineer with more than 22 years of experience in the construction industry including the implementation of NECB 2011. He has successfully led projects through the new permitting and occupancy procedures in British Columbia where compliance with the NECB 2011 has been legally mandated since December 2013.

Wednesday, November 4 • 1:30pm–3:00pm • $55

W15 – Building Material Health Impacts – Crisis or Craze? [AR CO EN GR ID]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.5 CPDs; 0.1 IDCEC HSW CEUs ]
Room: Quarter Horse A/B/C

The building product and materials industry is witnessing a trend not unlike the pharmaceutical industry of the 1970s – many ingredients and manufacturing processes remain untested in terms of their impact on population health, and the market is beginning to demand transparency. Recent advances in green building labeling, such as LEED Version 4 and the WELL Building Standard, have recognized this trend and offer new reward mechanisms to address material health impacts. Skepticism is not unwarranted, and conflicting messages can be heard on whether there is truly a materials health crisis, or if this is simply a fringe movement that may complicate building projects needlessly. As the industry attempts to meet new demands for a healthy built environment, it is important to understand the body of research into how exposure to building materials and finishes can impact our health. This session will present compelling and perhaps unexpected findings in this research. We will introduce new concepts in LEED v4 and WELL that are designed to promote transparency and an informed approach to product selection, and offer insight on how owners, architects and builders can incorporate this kind of thinking into any project right now.


Ben Campbell

Speaker:
Ben Campbell, Project Manager, WSP Canada Inc.

Biography
Ben is committed to delivering high quality results for new and existing building projects ranging from LEED implementation to Retro-Commissioning and Energy Modeling. Inspired by each opportunity to impact a building’s journey to higher performance, he enjoys bridging the gap between the rigor of engineering and the practicalities of everyday operations.

Along with confident problem solving skills afforded by an extensive background in mathematics, Ben’s diverse interests extend to economics and the physical and life sciences. Combined with experience studying and volunteering internationally, this allows Ben to approach problems in sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Wednesday, November 4 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45

W16 – Evidence Based Decisions in Real Estate and Design [AR CO EN ID PM]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD; 0.1 IDCEC CEUs ]
Room: Palomino H

How have the criteria and data by which we plan for our real estate needs changed? Today’s organization works much differently than past decades, and attraction/retention are playing an active role in how an organization plans their portfolio and workplaces. What is the data we need to collect and consider to make better informed decisions, and how is this changing the decisions we make?


Robyn Baxter
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Nevin Filipchuk
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Doug Townsend

Moderator:
Robyn Baxter, Vice President, Consulting, HOK

Speakers:
Nevin Filipchuk, Director Workplace Solutions and Real Estate, Enbridge Inc.
Doug Townsend, Director, Administrative Services, Corporate Services Branch, Alberta Energy Regulator

Biographies
Robyn Baxter has over 25 years of experience helping clients develop effective workplace strategies. Her collaborative relationships with clients help bridge the gap between their organizational goals, user needs, and workplace strategy. She brings HOK’s vast knowledge and research to organizations that are redefining their work environments. As an Interior designer and a Prosci Change management Certified professional, Robyn speaks at university, business and design events on generations at work, workplace culture and space, alternative work strategies, and the case for a strategic workplace.

“Organizations are searching for more meaningful solutions. Corporate real estate understands the need for efficiency, flexibility and cost management, while business units and human resources are concerned with enhancing business outcomes, attracting top talent and engaging staff. Solving these complex problems requires new thinking, a different engagement process and an approach that integrates business processes, technology, and human resources with real estate in a much more integrated and intentional way.”

Clients include: City of Calgary, Shell Canada, ATB Financial, Manitoba hydro, Grant MacEwan University, General Electric London UK & Norwalk Connecticut, and Hatch Engineering.

Wednesday, November 4 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45

W17 – Roofs, Attics, Decks: To Vent or Not to Vent? [AR BC CO EN GR]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD ]
Room: Palomino C

This presentation will review ventilation requirements in the Alberta Building Code for decks, attics and roof spaces. Exhibiting the pros and cons of ventilation in these environments, we’ll provide clarification on the common debate, to vent or not to vent? Expanding on energy and insulation requirements, the presenter will take a case study approach providing first-hand examples of how to eliminate ventilation in these scenarios. The presenter will also touch on additional details in relation to the building envelope.


Julio Reynel

Speaker:
Julio Reynel, President, JRG Building Engineering

Biography
Julio Reynel-Gracia is the president of JRG Building Engineering, Inc. He is a Building Enclosure Professional Engineer specializing in the building envelope and energy efficiency for Part 9 buildings and small structures. Julio works closely with residential home builders on energy efficiency as it pertains to the Building Code and also on building envelope design and building assemblies.

Born and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Julio is a proud graduate of Concordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering. Recruited by Owens Corning Canada in September 2008, Julio took a role as the Western Canadian Technical Manager based out of Alberta, where he resided for 6 years. Now living in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia, Julio operates an engineering and building envelope consulting firm whose primary focus is to work with residential builders on envelope design and deciphering the contents of building code.

Wednesday, November 4 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45

W19 – Generation mYsunderstood [PD]

[ 1.0 AAA Structured LH; BOMI 1.0 CPD; 0.1 IDCEC CEU ]
Room: Arabian A

By 2025, 75% of the workforce will be Generation Y: What does this mean for the future of work? With the average company tenure for a Millennial being just over two years before heading elsewhere, how can organizations leverage and build institutional memory? How do we reduce the time, energy, and finances lost as the recruiting cycle becomes shorter and shorter? How are students being educated about their careers and how can we engage them once they join our companies? This seminar will outline how to better attract, engage, and retain a highly misunderstood generation. The future of work is happening now and businesses have to be sure that the communication of their culture is being done properly to attract the best employees for their organizations.


Eric Termuende

Speaker:
Eric Termuende, Co-Founder and Director, Gen Y Inc.

Biography
Eric Termuende is a Co-Founder and Director of Gen Y Inc., a culture consultancy focused on the future of work. Eric is Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. He also sits on the Leadership Committee for the Canadian G20 YEA Delegation, and is a founding member of the Haskayne Alumni Advisory Council. A former University of Calgary SU Vice President, Class Ambassador (2014), and Ditchley Foundation attendee, Eric has worked and spoken in numerous places across the world over the past years both personally and professionally. Eric was recently named as Calgary’s youngest Game Changer by BRANDED Magazine and has spoken and written for the Conference Board of Canada and the Globe and Mail, respectively. Eric recently returned from Cambridge and Oxford attending the 800th Anniversary Conference of the Magna Carta and in early June 2015 was recognized as one of the 2015 American Express Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 globally.


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