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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 WORKSHOPS


Wednesday, November 6 • 9:45am–11:15am • $55 • Arabian A/B/C

W03 – Evaluating Risk: Living in the Realm of "Good-Better-Best" in Building Envelope Design and Construction

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1.5 AAA Structured LH • 1.5 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

In this session, you will learn how to embrace risk and critically evaluate your projects. You will gain a greater understanding of how the construction team can work together to evaluate risk by looking at the following topics through the lens of the developer, designer and consultant:

  • Cost vs Performance - Evaluating the risk due to the building climate (inside and out)
  • When to push for the "best", or when is "good" is good enough
  • Constructability - It looks good on paper, but can you build it?
  • When to use "the latest and greatest" with respect to new systems and materials
  • Off shore products - Risk vs potential cost savings
  • How to mitigate the risk - When to dig in your heels and when to be flexible

Learning objectives:

  • Through past project building science failure investigations, you will gain a heightened awareness of areas that require careful attention to detail
  • You will gain a greater understanding of risk as it relates to constructability issues with common details, and the importance of working with the contractor to ensure that the details are constructed as designed.
  • Through a case study where offshore products were specified, you will gain an understanding of the risks involved for the construction team and owner.

Hillary Davidson

Randy Smith

Speakers:
Hillary Davidson, Engineering Manager Building Science, Williams Engineering Canada Inc.
Randy Smith, Practice Leader, Building Science, Williams Engineering Canada Inc.

Hillary Davidson, P.Eng. is the Engineering Manager for the Building Science group in Calgary. She has been with Williams Engineering Canada since July 2011. She earned her Bachelor of Science in the Integrated Engineering program at the University of British Columbia where she focused on Civil Engineering and building/construction related courses. While with Williams Engineering, Hillary has been a project engineer and project manager on various new construction and restoration projects including building envelope leak investigations, exterior cladding, roofing and window restorations, new construction consultation and quality assurance, and capital replacement fund projects. Hillary has a keen interest in sharing her building envelope knowledge through working with architects and owners, discussing constructability with contractors, and contributing to and publishing technical articles.

Randy Smith, P.Eng. is a senior building scientist and civil engineer with over 30 years of experience in the fields of building science and materials engineering. He has a broad, detailed knowledge of building envelope performance and design and has conducted an extensive number of projects of this type. Randy is a senior shareholder in the firm and is currently Practice Leader for Williams Engineering. He is a past president of the Alberta Building Envelope Council and a precedent member of the CSA A440 Window Standard committee. As a LEED® AP he has worked on several LEED® projects.

Randy has numerous technical building science articles published in Canadian construction and trade journals, and has provided numerous technical presentations for construction industry conferences and symposiums.


Wednesday, November 6 • 9:45am–12:45pm • $125 • Mustang

W06 – Workshop: Integrated Project Delivery Action Guide and Myth Buster

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 3.0 CPD • 3.0 AAA Structured LH • 3.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Alberta is one of the North America's hottest Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) market places with over 25 projects initiated in just the last 4 years. This workshop, facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team including Owner, Architect and Contractor, will introduce participants to the Integrated Project Delivery: An Action Guide for Leaders which was developed in 2018 drawing on input from IPD experts from across North America. This guide provides no-nonsense instructions on some of the key considerations you should be aware of if contemplating participation in an IPD project. In addition to the guide, this session will explore the myths, and common challenges associated with this new delivery method including:

  • What commonly goes wrong
  • Complexities of assembling a team
  • Are there too many stakeholders at the table to be able to agree on one design?
  • Will I always be under budget?
  • Is it possible for everyone to work together to find innovative solutions to problems?
  • Is there a Canadian form of IPD agreement?

Attendees can expect interactive sessions, exercises and talks that will help identify and prepare them for challenges, pain points and benefits of this form of delivery that is rapidly advancing in Alberta and Ontario.
After this workshop, attendees will be able to:

  • Create a strategy for tangible next steps to implement Lean IPD in their projects
  • Describe the goals and processes in a typical IPD validation process and tailor them for their projects
  • Identify characteristics that would create a successful IPD team
  • Have a guideline on how to approach validation, financial management and cultural management of an IPD team
  • Anticipate what might go wrong in a Lean IPD project and what to do about it
  • Compare and contrast the cultural expectations of Lean IPD compared to traditional projects

Craig Webber

Workshop Leader:
Craig Webber, President, Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA)

A founding member of the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA), Craig has held roles on the Education Committee and as Chair of Research, and the Performance Committee. Currently he is serving as president of this volunteer led organization. He has participated in various University led research projects on IPD throughout North America collaborating with the University of Minnesota, the University of Washington and UBC. Craig is an architect and principal with Group2 Architecture. He has over 20 years’ experience and has completed 5 full IPD Projects.

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Wednesday, November 6 • 11:30am–12:30pm • $50 • Arabian A/B/C

W14 – Turning Bad Actors into Star Performers: The Challenge of Managing Difficult People

[Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Every day managers face challenges such as site downtime, missed deadlines, and ever-shrinking budgets. However, managing people often trumps them all and contributes to the stress that keeps leaders up at night.

Examples of difficult behavior in the workplace are not hard to find. The employee who seems unable to control their temper, the manager who has challenges connecting to their staff, and the salesperson who can't stop talking in meetings. The disruption to productivity, morale, and turnover can be costly.

What makes a person difficult is often subjective, dependent upon the context, and exasperated by the fact that they do good work. Many leaders are unsure of how to decrease conflict between personalities to increase productivity.

Join Ian Whitfield as he outlines the incredible importance of emotional intelligence in a leader's life to manage people. You will discover the four personality types, their strengths, needs, and stress responses. You will leave with a better understanding of your behavior and the behaviors you will naturally struggle with, and tools to better manage them. This seminar is a must for anyone managing others, whether 1 or 100!

Ian Whitfield

Speaker:
Ian Whitfield, President, Whitfield Executive Development

Ian Whitfield is a Professional Certified Executive Coach and Communications Specialist.

For more than 15 years Ian has worked with senior leaders and their teams in Canada, the States, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. When asked what he does, Ian responds, “I help create healthy organizations by developing great people”

His energetic and practical approach has helped him establish a reputation as an outstanding trainer and communicator.

Ian received his coaching certification through RoyalRoads University and is a Master certified consultant in the Birkman Method. He received an Administrative and Commercial Studies Degree from Western University in Ontario, Canada. He is also a member of C.A.P.S (Canadian Association of Professional Speakers).

Calgary, Alberta is home where he loves to spend time with his wife Andrea, play golf and enjoy great conversation.


Wednesday, November 6 • 1:30pm–4:30pm • $125 • Mustang

W21 – Structuring Your Company for Maximum Productivity

[Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 3.0 CPD • 3.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Creating an aligned and defined organizational structure is a key component of running a profitable and scalable business. Having all of 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 to grow your business in a structured and systematic way.

This session includes:

  • A defined organizational structure outlining all the roles you will need in your company in order to achieve your goals 
  • Job Descriptions for your staff that define each of their deliverables, all methodically leading towards your business achieving its annual goal 
  • Processes to hold accountability of staff to those goals through the layers of your organization
  • A week-by-week sales and production plan that aligns with your year-end goal, and a system to monitor actual results throughout the year
  • Done-for-you forms and templates to use in your business immediately

Benji Carlson

Workshop Leader:
Benji Carlson, Assessment Specialist, Breakthrough Academy

As the son of two proven entrepreneurs, Benji’s spirit for self-starting business runs deep. Since he was a young teen, Benji has been starting and running profitable small businesses; most recently culminating in a highly successful 4-year career as a franchisee with College Pro Painters. Benji’s enormous heart and passion for people is what drove him to produce over $1,000,000 in revenue while taking the highest quality care of his employees and customers. He was consistently acknowledged for having the most productive staff in the company, while leading more junior franchisees to fulfill their potential. Benji’s uncanny ability to find the right people and put them in the right place make him a natural fit for Breakthrough Academy’s Assessment Team.

Upon finishing up his career with College Pro, Benji set out on the ultimate victory lap: a nine-month transcontinental motorcycle trip from Canada to Peru.

Originally from Kelowna BC, Benji now lives in Vancouver alongside his friends and colleagues at BTA. During the summer, Benji is usually found on two wheels: either bombing down a trail on his mountain bike or cruising the pavement on his motorcycle. When the snow falls, he escapes to the Okanagan where the mountains draw him and his snowboard.


THURSDAY WORKSHOPS


Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–10:45am • $50 • Arabian A/B/C

T04 – Master the Power of Personal Communication

[Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership]

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

Knowing how to communicate well can mean the difference between career success or failure. This two-hour workshop will put you on the path to becoming a better communicator. It will provide practical tips and tricks that will add to your communication toolbox whether it’s one-on-one, speaking to large audiences or on social media. You will take away ideas that can be immediately used.

This session will cover:

  • Learn why strong communication skills increase the power of your personal brand
  • Improve one-on-one communication with colleagues and others you need to influence
  • Strengthen your message with practical speaking, listening and body language tips 
  • Reduce the terror of speaking to audiences with performance and production tips that will boost your confidence
  • Prepare for delivering – or receiving, those tough conversations
  • Knowing the “whys” of social media are more important than the “how” when content impacts your brand
  • Take-away 10 tips for video and podcast performance and production

Robyn T. Braley

Speaker:
Robyn T. Braley, President, Unimark Creative Inc.

Robyn T. Braley is a brand specialist, writer and speaker. He speaks to sold-out audiences at major conferences as an expert on communication and branding, Robyn is known for his humor, knowledge, insight, and real-life stories based on broad personal experience.

Robyn is a sought-after media commentator. He has been recently interviewed on NEWSTALK 770, 660 NEWS, 930 CHED, CITY TV and Global TV about various communications topics.

He is active on social media and is an avid blogger. He can be found on LinkedIn, Twitter @RobynTBraley and his blogsite Brandit at www.robyntbraley.blogspot.com

Robyn’s speaking career grew out of working with clients in commercial construction and manufacturing. His company, Unimark Creative Inc. designs websites, produces videos, provides media services and graphic design. He is active in the community as a member of the Calgary West Rotary Club.


Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–12:45pm • $125 • Mustang

T08 –  Workshop: PM150: The Risks Inherent in Planning for Project Success

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 3.0 CPD • 3.0 AAA Structured LH • 3.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Integrated project planning is a process and expertise-driven approach to ensuring project success. As project managers and leaders of high-quality teams, we need to understand how the pieces of the product and project are connected and the risks involved. Through a collaborative and inclusive process, we can develop effective and adaptable plans that provide enhanced assurance of successful project completion.

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • The Project Manager’s key responsibilities throughout the project with a focus on project integration
  • How to keep your key stakeholders and team committed throughout the project
  • Accounting for change and evolution in project, business, technology, and political environments
  • Combining traditional, adaptive, and hybrid project methods, for example: Design-Build (Architect or Contractor Led) or Design-Build Operate
  • The six detailed processes critical to effective risk management
  • The key elements of cost and schedule management
  • Measuring and monitoring project turbulence 
  • How to apply practical RISK management techniques in the planning, tracking and monitoring the health of your project, including how to build a risk register

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush

Workshop Leader:
Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush, Chairman & Chief Technical Officer, Atocrates Project Sciences

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush, MSc, PhD, MCSE, CSM, FRCPM. Bud is a highly informative and entertaining international speaker with over 30 years of management and technical consulting, mentoring, teaching and coaching focused on Leadership & Change, Strategy Execution, Creativity & Innovation, Project Management, Requirements Engineering & Management, and Team Development.

Its Bud’s goal to inspire and equip individuals, teams and corporations to provide the most worthwhile experience to everyone they serve.

Bud is regularly ranked one of the best and most engaging speakers in the field of Project Management, receiving high praise from past workshop and conference attendees.

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Thursday, November 7 • 11:15am–12:15pm • $50 • Palomino G

T14 – Construction Contracts 101

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership]

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

Construction 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 CCDC2, CCDC 3, CCDC 5A and CCDC 5B.

This workshop is best taken with Construction Contracts Negotiation Workshop course [T27 – Construction Contracts Negotiation Workshop, 2:30pm–3:30pm].

Bill Woodhead

Speaker:
Bill Woodhead, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP    

Bill Woodhead is a partner in the Corporate Commercial, Construction and Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Sectors Groups of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's Calgary and Vancouver offices. Bill practices in the areas of public-private partnerships, construction contracts (negotiation, drafting, and review), shipbuilding contracts, power plant and industrial EPC contracts, and generally contracts to design or construct any asset. He acts for public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers. In addition to his involvement in infrastructure projects throughout Canada, he has prepared and negotiated contracts for major projects in the United States and Chile.

As part of his corporate commercial practice, Bill also focuses on asset purchase and sale transactions, and mergers and acquisitions for private companies.

Bill often speaks at construction conferences on all aspects of construction and procurement law.


Thursday, November 7 • 1:30pm–3:30pm • $65 • Mustang

T25 – Friends: What a TV Show Can Show Us About the Importance of Social Space Design

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Health, Safety & Wellness; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 2.0 CPD • 2.0 AAA Structured LH • 2.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The TV show FRIENDS ran for 250 episodes with 42% of the scenes filmed in two social spaces – a coffee shop and a living room. Central to its success is its story about the value of engagement, and we still find power in this message.

How might we design for FRIENDS?

A recent Gallup poll shows that 70% of office workers are “not engaged”. This majority group shows up but is indifferent to organizational goals, doesn’t feel particularly connected to colleagues, and many are “sleep working”. Compounding the issue of employee disengagement and reducing workplace productivity is the incursion from personal devices and workspaces many consider “too distracting”.

From a combination of lecture, interactive exercises, discussion and use of a workplace modelling tool, attendees will discover how we can design the workplace to improve employee engagement and productivity.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand the business costs of disengaged employees
  • Discover how to identify disengaged employees
  • Learn how effective design can engage employees

NB: This session is an interactive workshop and numbers will be capped at 32 attendees to maximize participant experience.

Sarah Kuzak

Workshop Leader:
Sarah Kuzak, Manager, Sales Skills Development, Teknion

A note on the author: ‘Friends: What a TV show can show us about the importance of social space design’ was originally developed by Greg Dekker. Greg is Vice President, Sales Effectiveness, at Teknion Corporation. Greg is a professional facilitator who speaks, advises, and creates immersive experiences around the powerful shifts and challenges happening in today's workplace. He has served many of the most dynamic corporations around the globe, bringing his expertise in change planning, innovation, and workplace effectiveness.

Sarah has been in the design industry for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of roles from Interior Designer, Sales and National Training Instructor, most recently joining the Teknion Sales Effectiveness team based in Toronto. She is a passionate trainer and educator, sharing her expertise and skills to help others broaden and develop their knowledge.


Thursday, November 7 • 2:30pm–3:30pm • $50 • Palomino G

T27 – Construction Contracts Negotiation Workshop

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 2.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Contracts are intended to reflect a business deal and the risk allocation parties are willing to accept. It is essential that the parties get this right during negotiation. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to negotiate various terms of a construction contract with real time guidance and feedback from a lawyer specializing in this field.

This workshop is best taken with the Construction Contracts 101 course [T14: Construction Contracts 101, 11:15am-12:15pm].

Bill Woodhead

Speaker:
Bill Woodhead, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Bill Woodhead is a partner in the Corporate Commercial, Construction and Public-Private Infrastructure Projects Sectors Groups of Borden Ladner Gervais LLP's Calgary and Vancouver offices. Bill practices in the areas of public-private partnerships, construction contracts (negotiation, drafting, and review), shipbuilding contracts, power plant and industrial EPC contracts, and generally contracts to design or construct any asset. He acts for public and private owners, contractors, subcontractors, consultants and suppliers. In addition to his involvement in infrastructure projects throughout Canada, he has prepared and negotiated contracts for major projects in the United States and Chile.

As part of his corporate commercial practice, Bill also focuses on asset purchase and sale transactions, and mergers and acquisitions for private companies.

Bill often speaks at construction conferences on all aspects of construction and procurement law.


Thursday, November 7 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • $50 • Palamino F

T22 – Winning Work Through Storytelling

[Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

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

Often, organizations have one chance to make an impression with a Request for Proposal (RFP). How do you make it great? It starts with telling a story – one that’s relative to your client. Studies show that storytelling can humanize the buying process. B2B selling is really about people to people connections. Even today, with the progress in artificial intelligence, automation and machine learning, proposals are still read, discussed and rated by real people. Jennifer challenges you to think of your next RFP response as a “B2P” or “business to people” storytelling opportunity. Understand your client’s goals and objectives; then tell the story of how you’ve done what they need in a way that matters to the people who will review your submission. Be relatable, be human, be interesting! The goal? Win more of the business that’s aligned to what you do best.

Jennifer Leedy

Speaker:
Jennifer Leedy, Director, Marketing Communications, DIALOG

Jennifer is a charismatic and persuasive leader who has had a progressive history of success within marketing, communications and business development over the last 20+ years. She’s passionate about telling stories, making connections and helping teams succeed to grow their business. Specifically, Jennifer has a strong track record in the proposal and client pitch space. She’s created and implemented an RFP Centre of Excellence for Xerox Canada and was the National Pursuit Management Lead at PwC Canada where she led the firm’s most significant client pursuits. Today, she leads Marketing Communications for DIALOG where a significant portion of her team members are dedicated to proposal management or in other words, business to people storytelling. DIALOG is an integrated design practice with studios across San Francisco, Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. Their work includes designing for community wellbeing and urban vibrancy, health and wellness, transportation, education, arts and culture, residential, retail and commercial, as well as mixed-use solutions.