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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


Alberta's Economy 2020: What Next?


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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD 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 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 • 1:00pm–2:30pm • $50 • Arabian A/B/C

W20 – Finding Equity in Collaboration 
(Panel Discussion Followed by Networking Reception)

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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH ]

A new feature at BUILDEX Alberta 2019, the gender equity panel celebrates inclusion and diversity in the building industry and strives to create a platform for conversation and change. This year, the panel is led by women leaders from within the industry and focuses on how the building industry can come together to find value in collaboration that is inclusive and diverse.

Join our panel to learn how leaders within the building industry have found success by coming together to build stronger leadership skills, find partnerships, and grow their network through a collaborative work approach that is inclusive and accessible to all.

Takeaways from this session will be:

  • For professionals from diverse backgrounds to find community, be inspired, and network
  • To change the mindset about women finding success in the industry and engaging men to create conversation around value-based decision making and inclusive leadership
  • Create awareness on how employers and employees can work together on building better, safer and more progressive environments

The panel will be followed by a 30 minute networking reception and drinks.

Lindsay Scott

Avree Bujaczek

Lara Murphy

Samantha Proulx

Lindsay Scott, Senior Surety Underwriter, Aviva Canada Inc. & Chair, Women in Construction Committee, CCA

Avree Bujaczek, Project Coordinator, Pomerleau & Chair, Young Construction Leaders Committee, CCA
Lara Murphy, Co-Founder, Ryan Murphy Construction Inc.
Samantha Proulx, Accessible Built Environment Specialist, ABE Factors Inc.

Lindsay Scott is passionate about creating environments where people are supported in their roles and respected for who they are as individuals. As the Chair of the Women in Construction committee for the Calgary Construction Association, she leads an amazing group of people driven to support the success of women in the construction industry by offering networking opportunities, mentorship, and industry knowledge in a diverse and inclusive community.

By day, Lindsay is a Senior Surety Underwriter at Aviva Canada Inc. where she helps contractors make money by providing the bonds they need to secure work across the country. When she’s not helping out contractors, she applies her financial acumen to aid energy and mining companies with fulfilling their reclamation security requirements.

By night, Lindsay helps raise two minions with her wonderful and supportive husband, Ben. After bedtime, Lindsay gives her time to help build the future of other children by volunteering with the Lake Ridge Community Church Youth group.

In 2012, Avree Bujaczek moved from Saskatchewan to take the B Sc. Construction Project Management (CPM) program at SAIT. After graduating from the inaugural year of the program in 2015, Avree has worked for two of Canada’s top General Contractors, who have supported her involvement with the Calgary Construction Association’s Young Construction Leaders Committee, where she currently sits as the Chair. In keeping a strong relationship with SAIT, Avree also sits as a delegate on the B Sc. CPM Program Advisory Committee, which provides feedback and assists in the ongoing development of the program. In 2017 Avree was awarded an Outstanding Young Alumna Award from SAIT for her continuous dedication to improving the construction community in Calgary. In her spare time, Avree enjoys in competing (against herself) in various road and trail races and also quarterbacks a women’s touch football team.

Lara Murphy started her first construction business at 16 by handing out flyers door to door to advertise. This business, Handy Student Maintenance started with small jobs and Lara was proud she could fit two lawn mowers in the trunk of her car! During her studies at Mount Allison University, she had opportunity to run several additional businesses within the construction industry and traveling internationally while playing soccer magnified her love of architecture.

Today she is the co-founder of Ryan Murphy Construction; and no, Ryan Murphy is not a man. In fact, its Calgary’s only commercial construction firm owned by two women. In 2008, Lara co-founded Ryan Murphy Construction Inc. with business partner Karen Ryan after meeting on a construction site in Banff with the motive to create a more approachable, transparent and educational construction firm within their industry.

Working with brands like the Sheraton, UNDRCARD, Telus Spark, Junction 9, Village Ice Cream, Gravity Café and The Vin Room, they have been recognized as leaders and featured by Business in Calgary Magazine, Growth 500, Canadian Business, Alberta Venture and MacLean’s Magazine. Ryan Murphy is also proud to partner with several community initiatives including Fast & Female, The Boys & Girls Club, Scotia Bank Charity Marathon, YWCA and Beakerhead to name a few.

Lara currently functions as the Director of Business Development & Strategy for Ryan Murphy Construction Inc., serves on the YWCA and Calgary Chamber of Commerce Board of directors and several advisory committees.

Samantha Proulx is a leading Accessibility Code Consultant and Specialist in Canada with over seven years of experience working with building industry professionals to ensure built-environment projects of all occupancy types (existing, new, private or public) obtain compliance with various Codes and Standards from a barrier-free design, meaningful access, Universal Design, fire and life safety perspective. Samantha's expertise and extensive knowledge is in Accessibility related Codes, Standards, regulations and legislative documentation (National, Provincial and Municipal). Working with clients, Samantha ensures user safety, functionality and accessibility is achieved within the built environment.



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.


Wednesday, November 6 • 4:00pm–5:00pm • Food Truck Alley on the Tradeshow Floor

Industry Networking Reception

The BUILDEX Alberta annual Industry Networking Reception takes place at the end of Day 1. Join us to mingle and network with hundreds of industry professionals while enjoying a complementary glass of beer or wine.



Thursday, November 7 • 8:00am–9:30am • $65 • Palomino D/E

T01 – CaGBC Green Leaders Breakfast: The Resilience Factor and the Future of Green Buildings

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1.5 AAA Structured LH Approved ]

BUILDEX Alberta and CaGBC Alberta are pleased to announce the second annual inaugural Green Leaders Breakfast. The Green Leaders Breakfast is a provincial event that recognizes the importance of Green Building Professionals in the advancement of the built environment.

This year’s breakfast features the CaGBC Alberta’s Leadership Board Members who will host a lively discussion over breakfast addressing resilience in the build environment and the future of green buildings before leaving key questions with the audience for further consideration. Learn from Alberta’s leadership while networking with like-minded Green Leaders, enthusiasts and industry activists.

The Resilience Factor and the Future of Green Buildings

Our building systems are increasingly impacted by weather events, changing markets, escalating costs, and social and political will – prompting the need to revaluate how we design, construct, and use buildings to endure and meet our needs. Our panelists will present varied perspectives on resiliency in the built environment and discuss how we need to rethink our approach to the built environment. They represent a range of building systems, from the energy we are trying to reduce to the materials we are trying to improve; from the policy developed to spur action to technology applied to make every building greener.

The panel, along with audience participation, will dig into the varied approaches to addressing resiliency and look at how we can bring these perspectives together and start moving towards solutions for the future.

Lisa Maria Fox

Susan Kapetanovic-Marr

Azzeddine Oudjehane

Justin Pockar

Melanie Ross

Lisa Maria Fox, Regional Director, Alberta Chapter, Canada Green Building Council

Susan Kapetanovic-Marr, Principal, Sustainability Specialist, Morrison Hershfield
Azzeddine Oudjehane, Construction Project Management, SAIT
Justin Pockar, Energy & Environment Coordinator, City of Calgary
Melanie Ross, Associate, Sustainability, Integral Group

For the past decade, Lisa Maria Fox has worked to advance professional and educational resources for accelerating innovation and sustainable solutions. She is recognized for her expertise in designing programs, curating conferences and leading the development of policy frameworks for local and provincial governments.

In her role as Regional Director for the Canada Green Building Council, Lisa is responsible for advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and capacity building across the building, institutional, professional, and government sectors involved in sustainable community development and green building design and construction. In this Senior Management position, Lisa is also responsible for supporting the Alberta Leadership Board in advocating for policy and programs that help the green building sector achieve national strategic priorities for carbon reduction, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship

Lisa is a policy analyst with experience working on several provincial and national boards, including the Alberta Water Council as Chair of Water for Life, and an appointment by Cabinet to represent Watershed Councils for Alberta’s Land Use Framework.

Lisa is the founder of several non-profit initiatives including Sustainability Resources, Pathways 2 Sustainability, the Watershed Resources Program of Alberta, and the Alberta Chapter of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals (ISSP).

Lisa’s work over her past two decades in Alberta has involved developing integrated sustainability plans for rural municipalities, water and wastewater sustainability strategies for regional governments, and revitalization policies for climate impacted communities. She has a passion for research and writing, and has authored global best practices in responsible management education and ecological reclamation.

Lisa has completed post-graduate work in Resource and Environment from the University of Calgary, is a Public Policy Fellow of the Max Bell Foundation, and has degrees in Western Political Philosophy, Sociology, and Political Science from the University of Vancouver Island.

Susan Kapetanovic-Marr is a Sustainability Specialist in the Building Specialty Services group with more than ten years of experience managing sustainability-focused projects and providing expert guidance to successfully achieve green building certification targets. In her role, Susan focuses on integrated design to attain clarity around green building objectives. As the company team lead on LEED project assessments for CaGBC, Susan has been involved in the evaluation of hundreds of submissions and has participated in multiple CaGBC sub-committees for the development of technical guidance documents. She also continues to participate on CaGBC’s Site and Water Technical Advisory Group (TAG). Susan is also a member of USGBC’s LEED Water Efficiency TAG, working with other subject area experts to provide technical advice to USGBC LEED committees and working groups.

Susan’s technical background is in chemical engineering, with a masters on indoor and atmospheric air quality emissions and impacts on human health and the environment. She is a WELL AP with a passion for incorporating people-focused design practices in buildings to enhance human health and well-being. Using her multi-disciplinary expertise and understanding of the synergies and trade offs of the various design solutions, Susan is able to coordinate and guide many aspects of the sustainable design process.

Azzeddine Oudjehane has a unique multi-disciplinary and international background with over 30 years of experience leading multi-disciplinary projects in R&D, business innovation and market development working with various stakeholders from Academia, Government and Industry, in Canada, Europe and the MENA Region.

Dr. Azzeddine Oudjehane holds graduate degrees in both Applied Science and Business Administration. His scientific curiosity grew extensively during his graduate studies when Azzeddine developed some fundamental concepts ultimately validated during his R&D achievements in later years with tools to optimize the manufacturing process of engineered wood products. Azzeddine’s passion and dedication to sustainability in research goes back to the late 90s where he started investigating the life cycle and environmental impact of manufactured construction materials.

In 2012, Azzeddine joined SAIT where he strives through teaching excellence to train the next generation of construction project managers in Alberta and Canada, while developing scholarly applied research that meets the needs of the Alberta industries. Students in his classes or working with him on projects often acknowledge his rigour in the class but more importantly command his passion and enthusiasm to support their learning success.
Azzeddine currently leads several applied research projects demonstrating the feasibility and value of integrating innovation and sustainable practices in construction management of projects. With over 100 publications and presentations at international conferences, Dr. Oudjehane serves in various journal review committees and has chaired sessions at conferences.

Justin Pockar, BSc, M.ARCH, LEED AP, is the Energy and Environment Coordinator with The City of Calgary’s Calgary Planning and Development Business Unit. For the past 10 years with the City, he has worked to advise the construction industry on sustainable building practices, manage energy code adoption and training, and has been the liaison between consultants and the Canadian Home Builders Association. Justin is a subject matter expert for the Alberta Climate Change Advisory Panel and has authored the building envelope chapter in ASHRAE Cold Climate Design Guideline.

Justin has also created a “one permit” process using Building Information Modeling (BIM), and the creation of an Integrated Approvals Process Initiative. Justin has also performed the role of Safety Codes Officer for major commercial projects and residential plans. Justin currently serves on the National Research Council of Canada as the Vice-chair, Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency in Buildings (SCEEB), Chair of the Task Group for Code Coordination, and Vice-chair on Building Envelope. Justin served as a Director on the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC from 2009-2012.

Melanie Ross is the Chair of the Canada Green Building Council Alberta Chapter Leadership Board. Melanie also leads the Sustainability Team in Integral’s Calgary office. In addition to managing projects with green buildings certifications such as LEED and WELL, she develops sustainability policy and planning tools, and acts as the key point of contact for the energy modelling and commissioning teams on the energy management portfolio. She also liaises with the mechanical and electrical engineering teams to ensure the holistic integration of sustainability into all aspects of the firm’s work. Melanie’s work with the CaGBC as a reviewer, faculty and on taskforces gives her intimate knowledge of LEED and WELL project strategies. Combined with her tenure as board member of the Alberta Chapter of the CaGBC, she strives to effect positive change building by building. Her experience in communication and marketing enhances a people-focused skillset. Melanie is committed to understanding the problem, while balancing social, cost and technical requirements. She strives to make sustainability an integral part of a successful and enjoyable project, from start to completion.