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Seminar Streams:

  • Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value (new stream)
  • Community & Urban Planning, Culture
  • Health, Safety & Wellness
  • Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials
  • Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership
  • Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices
  • Property, Asset and Facility Management (new stream)
  • Provincial Developments (new stream)


Wednesday, November 6 • 8:00am–9:30am • $65 • Palomino D/E • Breakfast Included


Alberta's Economy 2020: What Next?


[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

After surviving the worst recession in three decades, Alberta's economy had started a hesitant recovery in 2017. But almost three years later, the economy remains sluggish. What factors will weigh on Alberta in 2020? Which critical elements will shape the province in the long-term? And how will Alberta adapt to the rapidly changing global and national economy? Join ATB Financial’s Chief Economist Todd Hirsch as he demystifies the economy and answers these important questions.

Todd Hirsch

Keynote Speaker:
Todd Hirsch, VP and Chief Economist, ATB Financial

Todd Hirsch is the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial, an Alberta-based financial institution that provides banking services and investment management expertise to over 600,000 clients.

He holds a BA Honours in Economics from UAlberta and an MA in Economics from UCalgary. For over 20 years, he has worked as an economist at numerous organizations including the Canadian Pacific Railway, the Canada West Foundation and the Bank of Canada. He also taught economics at the University of Calgary for nearly a decade, both in the Department of Economics as well as the Faculty of Continuing Education. He is currently an instructor in the Executive Education program at the Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta.

Todd is also the author of three books. His latest, “Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change,” was released in 2017. He is also a strong advocate in the arts and culture community. He’s the board chair of the Calgary Arts Academy, and is on the boards of the Glenbow Museum and the Alberta Ballet.

Todd has been recognized as one of Alberta’s most influential people. He’s received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the University of Alberta's Alumni Honour Award, and an honorary degree from Mount Royal University.

Building the City that People Love and Why It’s Critical in Today’s World


[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Health, Safety & Wellness; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Building cities that people love has been identified as one of the most critical tasks for cities in the 21st century. In today’s world, people are prioritizing place quality like never before. It grows their sense of belonging and attachment to a city, which in turn is associated with improved outcomes for people, places and economies.

Dr. Loflin was the lead consultant in the ground-breaking US research that empirically established the critical components of the loved city and their relationship to human and economic outcomes. While consistent across cities, the three chief components of the loved city must be personalized to reflect the city’s character and narrative. Dr. Loflin will present the Place Science framework to show that skillsets of traditionalists and innovators in city building are both required to take cities into the 21st century and beyond.

Dr. Katherine Loflin

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Katherine Loflin, Principal, The City Doctor

Dr. Katherine Loflin is an award-winning, internationally-recognized trailblazer in place science: loved places and why they matter to people, places, and economies. For over a decade through her global consultancy, she has held leadership roles in some of the most ground-breaking place science projects in the world, earning her the moniker of The City Doctor.

Dr. Loflin is a leading global voice on cities, being the first to bring the topic of place science to the TED stage through two TEDx talks, her book “Place Match: The City Doctor’s Guide to Finding Where You Belong”, her former radio show “Place Matters”, and countless invited keynotes and city conversations around the world.

Dr. Loflin leads Strategic Partnerships for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab. She also co-founded and serves as principal of Amazing Place Productions, an innovative production company specializing in telling the stories of places through original stage productions and community events.

Previously, she was awarded the international Place Marketing Award and was an invited member of the global Placemaking Leadership Council. She was also Program Director for the Knight Foundation in Miami, Florida, guiding the foundation’s charitable investment of millions of dollars annually into communities.

Dr. Loflin received her Masters and Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her most recent engagements include keynoting Calgary’s Report to the Community and the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Australia.


Wednesday, November 6 • 9:45am–10:45am • $50 • Palomino A/B

W02 – GREEN KEYNOTE: Futureproofing Our Cities for a Shared Low-Carbon Future

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 HSW-Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved ]

As cities struggle with the pressure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better support green jobs, and combat hyper-competitive real estate markets, they must find new and creative solutions that address short and long-term issues. This includes creating a low or zero-carbon future, which requires a step-by-step process to retrofit our existing communities, and ensure all future builds are net zero carbon operations by 2050. From policy to infrastructure to new and old buildings, this session will look at how we can create cities that improve lives through deep carbon reduction, creating co-benefits for both people and the planet.

Lisa Bate

Keynote Speaker:
Lisa Bate, Global Sustainability Lead, B+H Architects & Chair, World Green Building Council

Lisa Bate is the Chair of the World Green Building Council and is regarded as one of Canada’s global ambassadors for sustainable design. Lisa was a representative to the United Nations’ Environmental Protection—Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative and is a former Director and Board Chair of the Canada Green Building Council. In 2018, Lisa was named the winner of Canada’s Clean16 as the top contributor for the past two years for the Building – Design, Development & Management sector at the Clean50 awards celebration. In her role as Global Sustainability Lead at B+H Architects, she oversaw the design team responsible for the new Net Zero Carbon Design Certified Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario, an advanced net-zero energy, waste and water building, a Canadian pilot project for the CaGBC Zero Carbon Buildings and the WGBC Advancing Net Zero Initiatives. Lisa has demonstrated her management abilities and sustainability leadership globally, leading important projects in the Caribbean, China, India, Singapore, Malaysia, the US and Canada across a variety of sectors and scopes.


Wednesday, November 6 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • $50 • Palomino A/B

W26 – Interior Design Keynote & Networking Reception: In Conversation with Sarah Ward

[Urban & Community Planning, Culture; Health, Safety & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD Approved ]

What can you expect? A fireside chat featuring projects, career highlights and the philosophy driving one of Alberta’s leading lights in commercial Interior Design, Sarah Ward.

The conversation with Sarah will conclude with discussion grounded in the WHY behind interior design, the profession and its community. Attendees will leave with questions to ponder and discuss in the networking reception that will immediately follow the keynote.

Sarah Ward

Jacqui McFarland

Sarah Ward, Principal Designer, Sarah Ward Interiors

Jacqui McFarland , Senior Associate, Interior Design, Stantec Architecture Ltd. & Professor Emerita, Mount Royal University

Sarah Ward, BAID, IDA, IDC, NCIDQ #025804, Principal Designer, Sarah Ward Interiors. With over 15 years of professional experience in a broad scope of project types, Sarah’s expertise lies in her ability to combine pragmatic thinking with an exuberant passion for design, resulting in fully immersive experiences for her clients. She is committed to offering a process that not only results in great spaces, but also seeks to build lasting relationships that challenge and enrich those involved.

Sarah draws on her intellectual and imaginative approach to design to develop strong, creative concepts. She has an exceptional understanding of current lifestyle and culture trends, leading our team in integrating the latest global practices into our work.

A graduate of the Bachelor of Applied Interior Design Program at Mount Royal College, Sarah maintains a strong connection to MRU and has served as President of the MRUID Alumni Association and a Studio Instructor. In 2018, she was honoured with an Outstanding Alumni Award from Mount Royal University in recognition of her exceptional career achievements.

Sarah is a registered member of the Interior Designers of Alberta and Interior Designers of Canada. She has been featured as ‘One to Watch’ by Western Living Magazine and was nominated for a 2016 Foodie of the Year Award. She received a ‘Best in Canada’ award from Canadian Interiors for her work on The Nash Restaurant & Off Cut Bar and is also the recipient of several MASI Design Awards.

A seasoned designer on the Calgary scene, Jacqui McFarland has ‘seen it all’ in terms of design trends and the way our economic, social, and political climate has shaped the way we design. An award-winning designer with more than three decades of experience, Jacqui’s career has spanned a number of realms, including commercial design, academia, visual communication design, business owner, and now Senior Interior Design Associate with Stantec Architecture.

Jacqui was bestowed the title of Professor Emerita by Mount Royal University where she served as Department Chair of the Interior Design program. She presently serves on the Council for Interior Design Accreditation Standards Committee, and is a Board Member for Calgary Reads, which is dedicated to helping children read with confidence and joy.

Her current area of study is ‘The Function of Beauty’, and ‘Creating Cultures of Innovation’—topics she would be happy to regale you with should you be so inclined.


Wednesday, November 6 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • $50 • Palomino D/E

W29 – CONSTRUCTION KEYNOTE: Alberta’s New Reality and the Construction Industry’s Role Today and Tomorrow

[Urban & Community Planning, Culture; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Accredited ]

As Alberta recovers from its worst recession in three decades, our province's construction industry has the opportunity to take a rethink. While seizing the chance to adopt alternatives to conventional practices, improve productivity and reduce cost base, we can demonstrate leadership by designing out waste, respond faster to the climate emergency, reduce community impacts from construction activities, and at the same time grow our industry’s brand.

Although this is a significant opportunity to readjust industry's trajectory, this can only be achieved when financial and environmental sustainability are intertwined.

This Keynote panel convenes a diverse range of industry expertise who will address these opportunities and corresponding risks for Alberta's construction industry. The panel will discuss the following key themes and how each will play a critical role in defining tomorrow's construction industry.

  • Designing out waste for competitive advantage, streamline schedules and brand equity
  • Optimizing asset utilization and monetizing construction materials 
  • New non-linear, fully-iterative and non-traditional project teams for improved productivity
  • Risk management through inclusive collaboration and innovation
  • Digital construction methods and information management for people and asset productivity
  • Grow intellectual capital through interdisciplinary research and industry partnerships, while navigating regulatory environments

Clint Undseth

Bill Black

Chris Dambrowitz

Allan Partridge

Reva Bond Ramsden

Joshua M Taron

Clint Undseth, VP, Innovation, Stuart Olson Inc.

Bill Black, President & COO, Calgary Construction Association
Chris Dambrowitz, Associate Vice-President, Service Development & Delivery, NAIT Industry Solutions
Allan Partridge, Principal, Next Architecture Inc.
Reva Bond Ramsden, Dean, School of Construction, SAIT
Joshua M Taron, Associate Dean Research + Innovation, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, University of Calgary

Bill Black is the President & COO of the Calgary Construction Association which is celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2019. Prior to taking over the position in late 2018 Bill’s career in the Design & Construction Industry spanned nearly 40 years in a broad variety of roles and sectors.

Beginning in Scotland as a Quantity Surveyor Bill moved to Canada in 1991. After working with Helyar and Associates and then as an estimator with Skyline Roofing, he joined Smed in 1999 in their architectural product division just prior to their acquisition by Haworth a global manufacturer of office systems furniture and . Over the next years Bill’s role grew and his during his travels across North America working on projects and business development activities with numerous blue-chip companies, industry influencers and stakeholders.

Bill returned to Skyline in fall 2012 and, as EVP of Commercial at Skyline Building Envelope Solutions, was part of the leadership team that was instrumental in facilitating a turnaround and sale of the business in 2015.

Following starting his own consulting business in 2015, Mindnetworkx Inc, Bill took over the role of President and CEO of Brxton Construction LP, a masonry contractor with offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina and Vancouver. He led a strategic reorganization of the business in support of an orderly wind down and closeout on behalf of the owners.

Bill also spent a number of months with Allied Contractors as VP of Business Development assisting with a review of estimating and establishing business development strategies for the commercial drywall company.

No stranger to the challenges of the commercial construction sector and a highly adaptable individual, as evidenced by his varied career, Bill always brings a fresh perspective to the challenges and opportunities that he is involved with. A frequent keynote speaker and participant at many industry events, a constant champion of change and an outspoken advocate for a better construction industry, Bill believes in always pushing for opportunity no matter what the challenges may be.

Bill was a founding member of the Mindshift consortium, an industry think tank with contributors from all over North America, and as part of that group he co-authored “The Commercial Real Estate Revolution” detailing the issues and opportunities facing the design & construction industry. Mindshift won the Corenet Global Innovators Award in 2009.

Bill joined the Calgary Construction Association Board of Directors in 2012 and was recognized in 2014 as CCA Person of the Year, recognizing his industry work over his career. Bill was elected Chair CCA for 2018 leading up to taking over his current role as President and COO and along with the great team at the association is looking forward to writing the next chapter in the history of this great organization.

Chris Dambrowitz joined the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in 2014 as AVP - Research and Innovation. He has been instrumental in the development and launch of NAIT’s Industry Solutions initiative, and in establishing NAIT’s Productivity and Innovation Centre, a 200,000 sq.ft. facility supporting industry clients through applied research facilities, advanced manufacturing labs, acceleration spaces for business innovation, and corporate workforce training services.

Prior to joining NAIT, Chris was Director of Strategic Initiatives with the Biorefining Conversion Network (BCN), an industrial-academic collaborative research network. He was the founding Program Director of the Alberta Prion Research Institute, and later served as Director of Planning and Development with the Alberta Research & Innovation Authority (ARIA) Secretariat - providing domain expertise on global bioindustrial strategies, innovation policy, and business support programs. Chris brings technology development experience from his time in the bioanalytical and biotechnology industries in both Canada and the US. Chris has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the University of Alberta.

Allan Partridge is active as a “player/coach” of a talented group of colleagues focused on “Speed to Market”. Through highly integrated teams, the emphasis is on satisfying client needs by reducing capital requirements, accelerating the schedule, preserving quality and maximizing life cycle cash flows. Moving beyond the current IPD methodologies ncx+ looks at Making Buildings rather than traditional Design & Construction. Allan also sees leveraging technologies to eliminate wasteful intermediaries to go directly from File > Fabrication > Field.

Allan has been the recipient of numerous design awards over the last three decades and was personally honored as a recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal in 2005 in recognition of outstanding service to the people and province of Alberta. Allan is the past president of the Canada BIM Council and has lectured nationally and internationally at conferences since 2004 speaking about BIM, IPD and other related topics.

Reva Bond Ramsden, BA, BSc, MBA. Before joining SAIT in 2009, Reva had a multi-disciplinary, progressive career in hospitality, tourism, manufacturing, health care and industrial construction. Working as a Contract Administrator for Aecon Industrial for over 5 years she was an integral member of the build team on multi-million dollar projects for owners such as Shell, Suncor, and Esso.

Her educational accomplishments include a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology, a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Microbiology/Immunology and a Masters of Business Administration degree. Reva has managed diploma, applied degrees and degree programs within the School of Construction during her Academic Chair tenure. Becoming the Associate Dean in the School of Manufacturing & Automation in 2017 and then for the School of Transportation in 2018 she added apprenticeship to her portfolio. That is when her interest in promoting women to enter non-traditional careers really turned into action, becoming the Chair for Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) on the SAIT campus. She is also a Board member on the Manufacturers Health and Safety Association (MHSA) in Alberta and was appointed to the role of Dean in the School of Construction in the spring of 2019. Additionally, Reva is a wife, a mother to three young daughters and a doctoral student in the Ed. D. program at Athabasca University.

Josh Taron is the Associate Dean Research and Innovation and an Associate Professor of architecture at the University of Calgary’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape (SAPL) where he also co-directs the Laboratory for Integrative Design (LID). His current research focuses on the way in which new modes of automated design, fabrication, and construction can yield new performative effects in the built environment with an emphasis on designing out waste. This work is done in partnership with a variety of disciplines such as computer science, medicine, transportation engineering and city planning. He earned his undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and holds a Master of Architecture degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Clint Undseth was 30 years of experience in the construction and technology industries ranging from design to strategy and policy for business, government and not for profit organizations. Throughout his career he has provided strategic and tactical advice to boards and organizations focused on accelerating innovation and is currently Vice President of Innovation at Stuart Olson where he leads the Smart Sustainable Building Program.
Stuart Olson’s vision of the future is one where buildings are intelligently connected, healthy, environmentally proud and financially justified. Leading the innovation team at Stuart Olson, Clint and his group have developed a deep repository of knowledge of technical know-how and the culture of innovation.

His innovation expertise is well-recognized, evidenced by advisory roles he has with entities such as the Richmond Chamber of Commerce Innovation Committee and NAIT’s Construction Innovation and Smart Buildings group. As well, he is actively involved in the Rideau Hall Foundation’s initiative to create a culture of innovation in Canada. He currently studies strategic change management and Design Thinking at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and in his spare time he studies Eastern Philosophy with Pak Hok Gung Fu.



Thursday, November 7 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $50 • Palomino A/B

T11 – ARCHITECTURE KEYNOTE: Architectural + Urban Design Strategies for the New Real

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Urban & Community Planning, Culture; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The session will highlight how smart design can contribute to a sustainable future, create a competitive edge for cities and companies, and help build a design economy that has an impact from the macro to the micro scale.
Alberta may never again experience the kind of boom that we are so familiar with from years past. What is this new competitive edge for the province and cities across North America going to look like? How should the building industry respond? The session will focus on the connection between economy + design and smart strategies for future-oriented building that not only respond to current and anticipated environmental crises, but to the developers' bottom line.

Johanna Hurme is a contributor to a new publication titled 'Innovative Solutions for Creating Sustainable Cities’ and a co-author of 'platform:MIDDLE', a research initiative that brings together practitioners, critics and developers across Canada, the U.S. and Mexico in an effort to explore the current state of multi-family housing, the architect’s role in shaping its future, and how to deliver better outcomes when designing innovative cities.

Johanna Hurme

Keynote Speaker:
Johanna Hurme, Founding Partner + Principal Architect, 5468796 Architecture

Johanna Hurme MAA SAA AAA OAA AIBC FRAIC B.E.D. M.Arch LEED a.p. Johanna Hurme is an architect and a co-founder of Winnipeg-based 5468796 Architecture. In the past twelve years the firm has received numerous awards and recognitions regionally, nationally and internationally, and its work has been published in over 200 books and publications. In 2012 5468796 represented Canada at the Venice Biennale in Architecture, and in 2013 was selected as recipient of the 2013 Prix de Rome Award in Architecture for Canada by the Canada Council for the Arts.

In addition to the practice, Johanna is an activist and an advocate. She has initiated and co-created a number of design related events and programs that serve to improve the public appreciation of architecture, including Table for 12, Table for 1200, Chair Your Idea and Design Quarter Winnipeg, which she chairs. She is also the immediate past Chair of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and a past Council member of the Manitoba Association of Architects. Johanna is a member of the International Council of the New-York based Van Alen Institute, and has taught design at the University of Manitoba’s FAUM, the University Toronto Daniels Faculty of Architecture, the University of Montreal, and lectures extensively at universities, forums and festivals across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. Most recently Johanna was named Visiting Professor-Morgenstern Chair at the College of Architecture, IIT, Chicago.