Join us from May 31 to June 3, 2021 for a virtual series of educational sessions and conversations. How will Alberta’s downtown core cope with the acceleration in remote working? Designing to NECB 2017 and net-zero? What does virtualization of the design and construction process look like and how does it help my business? – Unpack all these questions and find the conversations at BUILDEX Alberta.

Monday, May 31 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT
(Virtual Breakout 1:00pm – 1:30pm MT)

Following the spread of COVID-19 and ensuing pandemic, offices across Canada shuttered as non-essential workers were mandated to work remotely. As economies reopen and employers invite their staff to return, it has become apparent many workplaces will not return to the pre-COVID status-quo. This once in an era disruption to the workplace and work has left many wondering what is next for the office, if a hybrid work model will work for them,  and by extension the impact on commercial real estate markets in our cities.  With uncertainty and speculation rife, we have amassed an expert panel to share crucial insight at a pivotal time and answer the following:

During this opening session, the expert panel will discuss:

  • What will be the enduring changes to the ways we work?
  • How have employee expectations changed due to COVID-19?
  • What long term changes can we expect to workplace and real estate strategies?
  • What are the impacts on office demand locally and nationally, and what does this mean for Calgary and Edmonton's downtown core’s high vacancy rates?

Robyn Baxter

Kim Green

Romin Jarrah

Justin Mayerchak

Robyn Baxter, Senior Vice President & Managing Director, Workplace Advisory, Colliers Strategy and Consulting Group

Kim Green, Principal, Interior Design, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
Romin Jarrah, Manager Corporate Real Estate, Stantec
Justin Mayerchak, Senior Vice President & Partner, Occupier Services Group, Colliers International

Robyn Baxter leads Colliers Canadian team of workplace professionals and is a member of the global workplace advisory leadership group. With more than 25 years of experience developing effective workplace, transformation, and user experience strategies, she investigates the intersection of business, work process, people, and environments to help business leaders make workplace decisions that propel their organizations forward. As an experienced coach, Robyn facilitates courageous conversations, drives continuous innovation, and builds the necessary knowledge and skills within her client’s organization, so that they can move forward with confidence.

Robyn has led Workplace Strategy & Hybrid Work initiatives with organizations across multiple sectors locally and abroad, and brings this depth of research, experience and understanding to help an senior leaders make evidence-based decisions and achieve measurable results.

Kim Green is a Principal and co-chair of the Workplace Sector at Kasian. She oversees the Workplace Interior Design studio in Calgary, providing leadership to team members and projects. With more than 30 years of experience in workplace and commercial interior design, Kim understands the impact of the built environment on corporate brand and culture, employee wellness and productivity, and the support of business goals. Incorporating Lifescape approaches and in-between thinking into project design concepts, Kim works closely with clients to combine corporate culture and organizational needs, achieving an equilibrium that fosters creativity and productivity in both workplace and commercial developments. Kim’s award-winning portfolio and revered reputation for creating elegant, yet practical, interiors is based on the belief that by driving innovation and igniting the human experience there will be business success.

Romin Jarrah is an accomplished leader in real estate with over 15 years of experience in successfully leading lease negotiations, real estate strategy and development for industrial and office projects across Canada, US, Mexico and China.

Romin is skilled in developing long term real estate strategies, with a pragmatic approach in providing bottom line savings and value to the business. In his recent role at Stantec, Romin is responsible for their Canadian portfolio totaling over 2 million SF.

Justin Mayerchak leads a team dedicated to representing the interests of tenants and occupiers, locally and abroad. His group has completed some of Calgary’s largest and most complex projects including leases, acquisitions and design builds for clients like HexagonAB, Computer Modeling Group, Benevity, University of Calgary and Alberta Health Services.

Since joining Colliers nearly 15 years ago, Justin has been consistently recognized as a Top Producer, winning Colliers Award of Excellence every year since 2014 and was asked to become a Partner in the Calgary office in 2017. Justin is an active member of Colliers global Tenant Advisory Council, is a founding member of Colliers Technology Advisory Services group and sits on the Board of the Remington Charity Classic in support of the Prostate Cancer Centre. Justin’s team has also received several NAIOP Real Estate Excellence Awards including Development of the Year in 2019 and Office Lease of the Year in 2018.

Tuesday, June 1 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT
(Virtual Breakout 1:00pm – 1:30pm MT)

Both legislated and voluntary responses to the climate emergency are becoming more ambitious. Consequently, design teams, owners, and operators need to understand how they will be affected and what they need to do ensure the buildings and infrastructure they build today will ensure a more sustainable future for all of us. With the built environment contributing almost 40% of global greenhouse gas emissions, it is imperative that AEC professionals understand the whole life carbon picture and what strategies exist to reduce carbon on our projects. This presentation includes an overview of climate policy targets, the benefits and client drivers for adopting sustainable buildings, and the carbon balance. We will discuss strategies for measuring and reducing both operational and embodied carbon, and review which approaches have the biggest impact on building performance.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the severe impacts of climate change, the policies in place to address it, and where they fall short
  • Understand key drivers for adopting sustainable buildings
  • Identify synergies and differences between operational and embodied carbon as part of the carbon balance
  • Develop their understanding of how to measure and reduce both operational and embodied carbon as well as what questions to ask of their design teams to ensure project success.

Emily King

Tristan Truyens

Emily King, Sustainable Performance Lead, Entuitive
Tristan Truyens, Building Performance Analysis Lead, Entuitive

Emily leads the Sustainable Performance Group at Entuitive and has a deep passion for finding solutions in service of a sustainable future. She has experience working on projects in various applications, including transportation, institutional, industrial, healthcare, residential, and restoration.

Emily’s positive attitude and desire to problem solve at every stage of the project allow her to work proactively with the client, design team, and contractor to achieve the desired result and sustainable outcome for each project.

Emily is committed to delivering value for our people, our clients, and our communities and she is dedicated to reducing the carbon footprint of the built environment and working towards a sustainable future.

Tristan leads the Advance Performance Analysis team at Entuitive and has been engaged in the thermodynamic simulation of buildings for over 16 years. He has contributed to the design of some of Canada’s highest performing projects including the country’s only project to be fully certified through the Living Building Challenge.

Tristan is certified by ASHRAE as a Building Energy Modeling Professional and is also qualified as a Certified Energy Manager giving him a comprehensive understanding of not just high-performance building design, but also operation.

Wednesday, June 2 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT
(Virtual Breakout 1:00pm – 1:30pm MT)

How can you do more with BIM models using data visualization? As more and more parameters are needed in a BIM process, maintaining the quality of the data can be increasingly difficult. Learn how to integrate tools like the data manager and data visualization for your quality assurance workflow to help minimize data discrepancies with your 3D models. Join Luc Lefebvre and Sarah Barrett to learn how advanced BIM tools can enhance your workflow, reduce errors, and increase quality output for your 3D models.

Learning objectives:

  • Explore various sources of data and determine how to use them with your model for optimal results
  • Learn what data visualization is and how it can be used for data verification
  • Discover the benefit of data mapping to improve your open BIM workflow with Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data
  • Identify best practices to maintain consistency with your models

Neil Barman

Sarah Barrett

Luc Lefebvre

Neil Barman, Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.
Sarah Barrett, Senior Architect Product Specialist, Vectorworks, Inc.
Luc Lefebvre, Architect Product Marketing Manager, Vectorworks, Inc.

Neil Barman is an architect in British Columbia, Canada and a product specialist with Vectorworks Canada, providing workflow consulting, software training, and support for clients across the country. He has a deep understanding of Vectorworks and enjoys empowering others to become efficient and create more with the software. He is also co-designer of Victoria, BC’s first LEED Platinum home.

Sarah Barrett brings more than a decade of experience as an architect and graphic designer as well as professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling to her role as senior architect product specialist at Vectorworks, Inc. In addition to serving as an architectural expert and BIM specialist for the company, she helps create best practices for Marionette, the integrated algorithmic modeling tool in Vectorworks software. She leads webinars and workshops on a variety of industry topics and develops materials to help customers improve their workflows and design processes. Barrett received her M.Arch. from the University of Michigan and her B.A. in architectural studies from Brown University.

Luc Lefebvre, OAQ, LEED AP, received his undergraduate degree in architecture from Montreal University, and since then, he’s enjoyed more than 20 successful years in the business. Before joining Vectorworks as a senior product specialist, he served as project manager and BIM manager at King + King Architects in Syracuse, New York, where he designed educational facilities and acted as a BIM consultant for both internal employees and external firms. For the last three years at Vectorworks, Lefebvre has used his knowledge of Vectorworks and his professional practice experience to help other firms transition to a BIM process. His role as the product marketing manager for architecture entails bridging market demand with the engineering team, supporting sales and customer success, and cultivating relationships with Vectorworks users.

Thursday, June 3 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm MT
(Virtual Breakout 1:00pm – 1:30pm MT)

When you ask a Canadian about air pollution, they may quickly point out that this is a foreign problem. On the surface they have substance to their argument, the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that 90% of the people on earth breathe polluted air but Canada ranks in the top 10% in the world for clean air. However, on average Canadian’s spend 90% of their time indoors and the pandemic has only amplified this trend. Consequently, we should be more concerned about indoor air quality, or our inmosphere™ rather than our atmosphere.

Join this session to find out why, and learn:

  • The importance of Clean Air in a post-pandemic world
  • How the focus on energy efficiency has compromised air quality
  • How the convenience attached to parkades may be compromising the air we breathe throughout the building
  • How building regulations and even Green Building Standards are failing us
  • Why it is critical to ‘Flattened the curve on indoor air pollution’
  • How exhaust gas monitoring sensors are working by luck, not design
  • How wall coatings can help destroy toxic air pollution

Kae Shummoogum

Kae Shummoogum, Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Gasonic Group Ltd.

Kae Shummoogum P.Eng has an Engineering Degree from City University in London, England. He founded Gasonic Instruments in 1985 to service a growing need for hazardous gas detection and indoor air quality monitoring in commercial buildings mainly underground parking garages. In 1995, he founded EnviroRentals to rent environmental testing instruments for both indoor and outdoor environmental consultants. In 2016 he founded EnviroLight Retrofit and Recycling (a social enterprise of the Gasonic Group) to introduce a Zero Waste/Circular Economy Recycling system for mercury-filled Fluorescent Light bulbs.

We at Gasonic were about to celebrate our 35th anniversary in 2020 when the pandemic changes everything for all of us in the world. When I saw the images of how the air over the most polluted cities in the world started to clear, I began to build a new vision for the company.

To pursue a strategy of ‘Flattening the curve on Inmosphere pollution’. For several months after the lockdown, I worked as an undercover field technician to develop the strategy for clean air in buildings especially parkades.

I realized that the future of clean air for the next generation is to a large extent the electrification of the transportation system. Although this will affect my business negatively, I am committed to promoting low and zero-emissions vehicles whenever possible. I have driven low emissions vehicles since 2003 and for the last 6 years zero-emission electric vehicles.

Virtual Breakouts: Speaker Q&As, continue the conversation, networking.

Looking to question the speakers after their presentation? Want to discuss the ideas shared with other attendees? Perhaps you’re seeking an opportunity to connect to someone new in your industry…

Join the Virtual Breakouts after each presentation. Reserve 1:00pm to 1:30pm MT in your calendars, be prepared to turn on your camera, and join speakers and attendees for a follow on conversation and networking.