2019 BUILDEX Alberta Program Day 2

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* See individual sessions for details.

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)

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 • 1.5 HSW- Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved ]

BUILDEX Alberta and CaGBC Alberta are pleased to announce the second annual 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

Juan Monterrosa

Azzeddine Oudjehane

Melanie Ross

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

Susan Kapetanovic-Marr, Principal, Sustainability Specialist, Morrison Hershfield
Juan Monterrosa, Branch Manager of Development Services (Acting), City of Edmonton
Azzeddine Oudjehane, Construction Project Management, SAIT
Melanie Ross, Research Associate/General Manager, SAIT

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.

Juan Monterrosa is a P.Eng, LEED accredited professional and a Certified Passive House Consultant. He is currently the Director of Safety Code, Permits and Inspections at the City of Edmonton after spending his first year and a half implementing the energy code for the City of Edmonton. He acts as a conduit from sustainability strategies and policies to implementation. With over of 11 years of experience working in energy from source to end use he has worked on sustainability project ranging from full neighbourhoods (Southeast False Creek LEED ND), high performing buildings (Reliable Controls Annex and Telus Gardens) to infrastructure projects using ENVISION certification.

More recently he has worked on the C532 policy for City of Edmonton buildings requiring a thermal energy demand intensity (TEDI) to be used with a reduction in energy use and greenhouse gas savings. With a passion for positive change in the built environment, Juan is continually is looking to collaborate with change makers.

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.

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.


Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–10:15am • FREE • TECHCENTRIC

D03 – ACS – Connected Construction & Digital Transformation

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD Approved ]

Discussing the benefits, pitfalls, and road maps of technology in the construction industry and how the Autodesk Construction Solutions aim to help companies drive value and think big about the issue at hand. Understanding themselves, the industry and the types of technology that can help push their companies into the next level of digital transformation. By digitizing, integrating, and optimizing the data at hand in order to break down the siloes of data, we are driving more profitability and predictability into your projects. Autodesk Construction Solutions Is making waves in the industry to do exactly that, leverage your data and get the most out of your technology. Autodesk is the only company in the industry who is now enabled to connect this data from design all the way through every phase of the construction project life cycle.

Taylor Dean

Taylor Dean, Technical Solutions Executive, PlanGrid, an Autodesk Company

Technical Solutions Exec as part of Autodesk’s Construction Solutions. An industry expert in the MEP space as he has spent 5 years working for a commercial mechanical contractor in the greater Seattle areas. With a degree in Managing information Systems (MIS) and Construction Management, he is well versed in the technology and challenges faced by the industry today. He has worked in project management and has held a position of BIM/VDC manager with extensive knowledge into many of the Autodesk design products as well as the ACS suite of construction products. He works directly with customers to understand the ACS products and how their companies can begin to integrate and leverage their data, while helping to develop work flows suited for their business.


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

T02 – The Retail Renaissance

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

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

What worked 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago, doesn't work today. Retail must respond to the needs of the people. Developers, architects and designers must rethink retail design, offering a curated experience responding to the ever-changing demands of the people it engages with.

Retail has the ability to build an asset and stimulate excitement, a sense of belonging, and ultimately community wellbeing. Physical retail and the thinking behind what retail can do for an asset needs to be looked at differently than in previous years. The right retail is becoming increasingly important to driving the building experience from the ground up. The amenity at the base of buildings can create an asset that is extremely attractive to the new workforce.

Retail is at its best when it engages with the entire environment; the workplace, residential, events, theatre, civic, and art all need to contribute to one another and respond to what each other needs. It will consider the human needs first while continuing to satisfy the economic needs. It will allow more creative contribution and encourage innovation.

Mixed use spaces must attract the modern tenant, not defined by an age demographic, but rather by behavior and needs. These modern tenants seek a mix of flexible spaces, sense of community, access to rich amenities and services, and improved quality of downtown, urban life offering an integrated live-work-play mix. The design needs to consider tenant and user personas as they will provide the necessary validation and insights from a customer perspective.

Susan and Ken's presentation will explore these concepts, leading to a lively discussion amongst audience participants about the future of the retail experience.

Ken Bautista

Susan Carter

Ken Bautista, Partner, Makespace Group Inc.
Susan Carter, Designer, DIALOG

Ken is a partner at Makespace Group Inc., building at the intersection of brand, culture and physical space. He's leading development of Factory, a retail campus for modern creators and consumers. Previously, he co-founded Startup Edmonton, a community hub for entrepreneurs - building, advising and investing in local tech start-ups. Ken has been recognized in Avenue Magazine's inaugural "Top 40 Under 40" and Alberta Venture Magazine's "50 Most Influential People".

Susan pushes the design quality and aspiration of the retail/mixed use team every day with her work at DIALOG. Her team is responsible for the design of one of the largest shopping centre, mixed-use proposed redevelopments in Calgary, Northland Village Mall. Joining the Calgary studio in 1999, she became a critical part of the DIALOG team and became a partner in 2015. In addition to work in the Calgary studio, Susan engages with the teams across studios on complex projects, integrating her passion and expertise in a truly collaborative fashion. Recent project examples include the Lansdowne Mall Mixed Use Redevelopment and the Park Place redevelopment with the Vancouver studio, as well as Bayview Village redevelopment and Commerce Court retail master-planning with the Toronto Studio. Bringing 29 years of experience, Susan continues to lead design excellence through her passion for retail/ mixed-use developments.

Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–10:45am • $50 • Palomino C

T03 – Innovating Infill: Providing Inspiration for Urban Densification

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture]

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

In North American cities, vast landscapes of suburban development are a ubiquitous characteristic manifestation of an ethos steeped in the perception of unlimited resources, safely based on the separation of uses, a sense of worth based on ownership, and freedom expressed in a car centric culture.

In recent decades, a new consciousness around long-term thinking and environmental stewardship has emerged in response to the acknowledgement that resources are in fact limited, that our design and building traditions are untenable, and that our actions today will determine the quality of life tomorrow, for the entire planet.

  • How do we recalibrate this suburban landscape to create a more sustainable future? 
  • What is the role of architects in this recalibration?
  • How does the idea of infill address urgent questions around designing and building in a more sustainable manner?

These questions will be discussed by a panel of infill-experience designers, framing their responses through a presentation of recent infill examples that offer exemplary design and building strategies.

David Vera

Mark Erickson

Rohit Handa

Yves Poitras

Philip Vandermey

David Vera, Architect, Vera Architecture

Mark Erickson, Principal, Studio North
Rohit Handa, Lawyer, Architect, Problem Solver, Holo Blok Architecture Inc.
Yves Poitras, Intern Architect
Philip Vandermey, Founding Partner, SPECTACLE

DAVID VERA, B.E.D.S., M.Arch, Architect AAA, MRAIC. David graduated from from the Master of Architecture program at Dalhousie University in 2003, receiving the School of Architecture Thesis Prize. Over the years, David has been brought in to the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design as a guest critic and is currently mentoring two intern architects.

David was born in Chillán, Chile and at a young age moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Following the path of two of his siblings, David studied fine arts at the University of Saskatchewan and was completing a double major in drawing and art history prior to being accepted into the architecture program at Dalhousie University. During his studies, David spent 7 months working in Valparaíso, Chile at Servicios de Vivienda y Urbanización (SERVIU, the architectural social housing branch of the Chilean government). David has also worked in architecture firms in Taipei, Taiwan and Montreal, Quebec and has a love of travel that his taken him around the world.

David follows a design methodology rooted in the vernacular, the practical and believes beauty can be drawn from functionalism and simplicity. He currently works with Modern Office while running his own practice, Vera Architecture, where he was able to design two multi-family projects for RNDSQR; Peaks and Plains, a twenty unit townhome project in Altadore, and WH19, a four unit townhome project in West Hillhurst, Calgary. Both are currently under construction.

In his early life, Mark Erickson spent a lot of time in the workshop with his dad learning how to use tools and make things. For him, the process of making has always involved learning through experience and being hands on. While studying Fine Arts at the University of Calgary with a focus on drawing and sculpture, Mark found an interest in articulating spatial concepts using a variety of media. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts with distinction in 2007.

He then achieved his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Masters of Architecture at Dalhousie University in Halifax where he received his Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's (RAIC) Honour Roll Certificate.

He has worked in architectural offices in London, UK, Vancouver, and Halifax, and taught architectural technology at the Bachelor of Community Building and Design (BCBD) program at the University of The Gambia, Banjul, West Africa. Working internationally has helped broaden his understanding of how architecture is shaped according to culture, climate, geography and ways of living.

Rohit (Roddy) Handa is the CEO of holo-blok. He is responsible for overall company direction and strategic pursuits for the firm. He is also instrumental to our project production. Roddy is involved with all aspects of design, documentation, Building Information Modelling (BIM), research, development and implementation. Roddy is all about finding unique solutions to project objectives so that all project participants can have a successful outcome.

Roddy is a registered architect with experience in a variety of sectors. With more than thirteen years of experience with BIM technologies, Roddy’s interest in BIM and Integrated Project Delivery have allowed him to develop novel practices for project delivery. In addition, Roddy is a non-practicing lawyer in the province of Alberta. This legal background gives him a multifaceted perspective during projects and a deepened understanding of opportunities and challenges which may arise.

Yves Poitras is an alumnus from the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape in Calgary and the recipient of the 2015 Prix de Rome for Emerging Practitioners. After graduating, Yves worked at the Marc Boutin Architectural Collaborative before spending time abroad working at Amanda Levete Architects in London. He has spent the last year investigating how we can reach across conventional building typologies to create new opportunities for living and working in our cities.

Philip Vandermey is an architect and urbanist, and a Founding Partner of SPECTACLE. An award-winning office with a focus on improving our cities, SPECTACLE was recently nominated for the New York MOMA PS1 Young Architects Program and published in Canadian Architect Magazine’s 2017 Emerging Talent issue. Philip has worked on a wide range of project types around the globe, including affordable housing prototypes for Beijing that were exhibited at the 2012 Hong Kong Shenzhen Biennale. He has worked on a wide range of other housing projects such as a mixed-use intensification scheme for the Bijlmermeer housing district in Amsterdam, the mixed-use Coulee building in central Medicine Hat, the ongoing Badlands Motorsports Resort, and the recent third-prize winning entry to the Edmonton Missing Middle competition, entitled Spectrum. Philip also teaches part-time as a sessional instructor in the University of Calgary School of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape in the Master of Architecture program.

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

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–10:45am • $50 • Palomino F

T05 – Discussing the Past, Present and Future of Edmonton’s ICE District

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Provincial Developments]

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

ICE District is Canada’s largest sports and entertainment district located in the heart of Edmonton. What once was 25 acres of surface parking, is now becoming a mix of vibrant uses including condos, a public plaza, entertainment uses, retail and office, all anchored by a state-of-the-art arena. We will take you through the vision, process, and how ICE District has been a catalyst for redevelopment, transforming Downtown Edmonton.

Bob Black

Yolanda Lew

Bob Black, Executive Vice President, The Katz Group
Yolanda Lew, Community Development Sector Lead, Stantec Consulting

J. Robert Black, Q.C. Born in Yellowknife, NWT, Bob is a graduate of the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law and practiced law and was a senior partner with the respected Alberta law firm, Brownlee LLP, where he served on the firm's management committee for many years. During his legal career of 25 years, Bob appeared in all levels of Court, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

In October, 2009 Bob assumed the position of Executive Vice-President of Rexall Sports & Entertainment for the Katz Group, the parent company of Rexall Sports and Entertainment and the Edmonton Oilers. He has since assumed the roles of Executive Vice-President of the Katz Group; Executive Vice-President of Edmonton Arena Corp.; and Executive Vice-President, Special Projects of Oilers Entertainment Group.

Bob oversaw every element of the Design and Construction of Rogers Place Arena in Edmonton, including the negotiation of the public/private partnership; media relations; public relations; negotiations of all major design and construction contracts; design oversight; and construction project management. Bob was also a contributor to the Capital City Downtown Plan and lead in the rezoning and master planning of the ICE District. He also leads a number of ongoing special projects in ICE District.

He currently serves on the One Edmonton Committee, the Downtown Vibrancy Task Force, the Board of Directors for the Edmonton Downtown Business Association, the Downtown Bike Network Advisory Group and the Winter City Advisory Council. In July 2010, he was named among 50 of Alberta’s Most Influential People by Alberta Venture magazine.

Yolanda Lew is a creative, hands-on professional with a passion for city building. With over 17 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Yolanda has worked with teams in a collaborative nature to implement new and innovative approaches to design and build communities. Yolanda is currently a principal planner with Stantec as well as the Sector Lead for Stantec Edmonton’s Community Development group. For the past 10 years, Yolanda has been working on the master plan for ICE District including the plan amendments and zoning to allow for an arena and the tallest building west of Toronto, in Downtown Edmonton. Yolanda has also worked on a variety of planning projects including new neighbourhood plans, infill projects, rezonings and subdivisions.


Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–10:45am • $50 • Palomino G

T06 – Biomimicry ~ Sharks, Termites and More of Nature's Brilliance

[Health, Safety & Wellness; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

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

What is this field called Biomimicry all about?

Today's scientists, chemists, biologists, zoologists, architects, engineers, designers and many more are solving their challenges by looking to nature’s design. Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature's time-tested patterns and strategies. The goal is to create products, processes, and policies for new ways of manufacturing and living that are well adapted to life on earth over the long haul.

Designing, creating and building; whether spaces, places or things, can be directed and learned from the natural world. Nature holds a catalog of products within it. Each with nearly 3.8 billion years of research and development.

Nature uses five elements from the periodic table, it does not use high heat for coatings or outer layers. Glues are made with the simplest of internal compounds, yet it can withstand heat and pounding water. Silk that is spun with a tensile strength 5 times stronger than steel, and shapes of fins that reduce drag by 40% are only the beginning story.

Humans are clever, but without intending to, we have created massive sustainability problems for future generations. Fortunately, solutions to these global challenges are all around us.

We need to rethink and shift our minds quickly from the conventional ways of building and manufacturing.

We will bring you on a journey of successful stories inspired by lessons from nature. Whether it is water collection screens designed from the Nabib Beetle or fabric designed from shark skin that does not hold bacteria, we will show you the future of design and inspire you to lean into nature’s brilliance.

Kira Hunt

Linda Selin

Michael Williamson

Kira Hunt, Landscape Technologist, IBI Group
Linda Selin, Associate Senior Interior Designer, Stantec
Michael Williamson, Landscape Architect, Stantec

Kira is a Landscape Technologist who works with a team to create parks and public spaces. For the last seven years she has worked at IBI Group on a wide range of projects in and around Edmonton, including neighborhoods and heritage sites. Kira volunteers with Biomimicry Alberta and Prairie Urban Farm and finds inspiration in geometry, art, and living systems.

After 30 years of working within the field of Interior Design, Linda's career continues to unfold as she looks to gentler ways to design spaces, places and things.

She is passionate about creating environments that promote health for where we live, how we work and what we do to enjoy. By leaning into biomimicry and biophilic principles, real sustainable practices, and understanding WELL Building, she is confident we can create happier and healthier communities.

Michael's career as a Landscape Architect is rooted in designing places for all matter of plants, animals, and people. His passion comes from nature, where he strives to make places that can sustain themselves and become better as they evolve. By thinking about natural processes, the idea of Biomimicry helps influence Micheal and his design work to create more than just copycat environments, but places that utilize the genius of mother nature to create simple solutions to complex problems.

Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–10:45am • $50 • Palomino H

T07 – Cold Weather Passive House

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

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

This technical course will explore the opportunities of energy efficient building in a uniquely Canadian setting. Alberta's cold, dry, and sunny climate presents many challenges and opportunities for building to the Passive House Performance Standard. Case studies from across Alberta will highlight the successfully implemented details and lessons learned using this performance standard. Costing and budgeting increases to achieve the standard for Passive Houses are common; however, we will show you options to help mitigate them including the value of material selection for durability, resilience, reducing environmental impact, and working towards zero carbon construction. Appropriate and achievable performance metrics are discussed throughout. While this course is targeted at those with experience in the construction industry, newcomers are encouraged to attend as well.

Frank Crawford

Oscar Flechas

Frank Crawford, Board Vice Chair, Passive House Alberta Foundation
Oscar Flechas, Principal, Flechas Architecture, and Board Chair, Passive House Alberta Foundation 

Frank Crawford is a civil engineer with 15 years of commercial construction project management experience. A refocused drive on designing a Passive House building in the Calgary area enabled Frank to build, and now currently live in, one of Calgary's first Passive Houses. He is an Energy Efficiency and Passive House consultant advising others on high performance buildings, including retrofits and new builds. He is a founding board member of Passive House Alberta, assisting the non-profit foundation to promote Passive House throughout the province.

Oscar Flechas is an Architect with a broad range of experience in various sectors and on different scale projects. His firm, Flechas Architecture, is a progressive, small and young studio that uses simple and creative design solutions to produce innovative, environmentally and socially responsible results. He’s an early adopter of the Passive House standard, and his firm now strives to design buildings that meet or use the principles required by the standard in each of the projects. Passionate about low-energy and low carbon buildings for the future generations, Oscar is one of the few architects certified as Passive House Designer in Alberta and embraces most tools that encourage better building standards to help achieve greener buildings in Canada.


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.


Thursday, November 7 • 9:45am–10:45am • $50 • PerformEX Stage

T09 – The Good. The Bad. And the Ugly – Three Approaches to a New Façade on an Existing Building

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Property, Asset & Facility Management]

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

We are living in a time where many of our existing buildings are approaching their design service life. Energy costs continue to rise along with expectations for building occupant comfort. This talk will present case studies to explore three approaches to extending the life of the building including partial façade retrofit and glass replacement; installation of a new veneer system over the existing framing; and full replacement of the complete building skin.

Leonard Pianalto

Leonard Pianalto, Associate, RJC Engineers

Leonard is an Associate and Group Leader at RJC in the Vancouver Building Science and Restoration team. His group is comprised of specialty engineers that focus on facades, glazing and building components. His group works closely with manufacturers, designers, builders and operators in developing creative and practical solutions for the built environment. He has also added considerable depth to the industry on the topic of seismic retrofit of building components. Clients and staff alike are inspired by his integrity and ethics.

Prior to joining RJC in June of 2007, Leonard worked in the fall protection manufacturing industry and then as a specialty structural engineering consultant primarily serving the architectural manufacturing industry.

Outside of Leonard’s industry involvement, he is also a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in the School of Construction and the Environment.

Thursday, November 7 • 11:00am–12:00pm • FREE TO ATTEND • Quarter Horse A/B

F02 – Accountability: A Tool for Results in Tough Times

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

[ BOMI 1.0 ]

Everyone at times struggles to hold themselves and others accountable. When everyone feels comfortable holding each other to account, full potential can be unleashed.

Based in the 5 Keys to Accountability by John Spence this workshop will focus on the importance of 1. 100% Clarity, 2. 100% Commitment, 3. Track and Post Progress, 4. Coach, Mentor and Train, 5. Celebrate Results or Deal with Mediocrity.

Each Key will be discussed and analysed to determine how best to incorporate it into your business.

Jeffrey Scott White

Jeffrey Scott White, Practice Director, Results Inc

Jeffrey Scott White is the Practice Director and Partner at Results Inc. Calgary. Results works with mid-sized companies to unleash the potential of their businesses, their leaders, and their employees. We have developed and refined “The Results Execution System” which helps companies achieve their strategic goals and unleash their full potential. Jeffrey arrived in the Calgary Business Community after a 20 + career in the Royal Canadian Navy. His leadership background from commanding warships alongside a project management and Masters Degree in Strategy provided Jeffrey the acumen to approach business problems in a unique way. A founding member of the Canmore Brewing Company and Partner with Results, Jeff is dedicated to bringing discipline and accountability into every organization.


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.


Thursday, November 7 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $50 • Palomino C

T12 – Beyond Building Code – Creating Universally Accessible Environments

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Health, Safety & Wellness; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices; Property, Asset & Facility Management]

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

Creating universally accessible environments can be challenging. This session is designed to help you go beyond the Alberta Building Code and the Barrier Free Guidelines to look at a day in the life of a person with a disability and learn to design functional spaces that work for everyone. It will address challenges persons with a variety of disabilities face regularly and propose practical solutions. We will also discuss key concepts in barrier-free design and address why certain aspects of the code are not sufficient. These concepts will springboard us into a discussion of the Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC) program—a Canadian rating system that assesses meaningful access in various buildings types with various programs. This session is open to everyone with beginner to advanced knowledge of accessibility, as well as all design industry professionals.

Samantha Proulx

Darby Lee Young

Samantha Proulx, Building Code Specialist, ABE Factors Inc.
Darby Lee Young, Accessibility Strategist, Level Playing Field

Samantha Proulx is a leading Accessibility Code Consultant and Specialist in Canada with over seven years of experience. Samantha works 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.

Darby has over a decade of experience working as an accessibility strategist. She is an expert in universal design, has a deep understanding of building codes and drawings, and has contributed to the success of
removing barriers at a municipal level, provincial level and across North America. Darby’s passion for Universal Design has developed over a wide range experiences including her achievements as a para-alpine ski racer and her role in team services for Hockey Canada. She is committed to contributing her unique lived-experience perspective as she passionately advocates for a more inclusive and inviting built environment for all.

Prior to starting the agency, Darby served as chair of the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility. In that role, Darby reviewed drawings and provided specialized consulting on publicly funded recreational centres. Since founding Level Playing Field in 2015, Darby has been highly influential in building accessibility awareness on a municipal, provincial and federal level. Key project successes include working with Alberta Parks and BC Parks, consulting on inclusive work environments for ATCO World Headquarters, leading accessibility strategy for major outdoor music festivals, and securing lifetime contracts with institutional and urban development projects. In 2016, just one year after launching her consulting agency, Darby was awarded the Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Award for Innovation. Most recently, Darby was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 2018.

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

T13 – Rivers District Master Plan: A Vision for Calgary’s Culture & Entertainment District

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Provincial Developments]

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

Learn about the master plan for east Victoria Park that imagines a 20-year vision for Calgary’s Culture and Entertainment district from Kate Thompson, Vice President, Development at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation who is leading the project. Kate will discuss the organization’s strategy to build a vibrant, high-density, mixed-use community that draws on the spirit of entertainment that resides in its DNA, as well as its natural surroundings.

The vision for east Victoria Park will result in four million square feet of mixed-use development and more than 8,000 new residents moving into the district. Kate will describe how her, and her team are implementing thoughtful design and placemaking to enhance the existing urban fabric—including several heritage buildings, Calgary Stampede Park and the Elbow River—and reshape east Victoria Park as an active, walkable, and accessible community with sustainable connections to adjacent neighbourhoods.

Kate and her team are currently leading the BMO Centre Expansion and 17th Avenue Extension projects, CMLC also sits as a representative on the City of Calgary’s Event Centre Assessment Committee.

Kate Thompson

Kate Thompson, Vice-President, Development, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Kate joined CMLC in January 2013 to lead our Construction & Development division in delivering the master plan vision for East Village and the Rivers District. Currently, she is leading development of the BMO Centre Expansion Project, overseeing the project management team while working closely with Calgary Stampede, project consultants and stakeholders.

A registered member of the Alberta Architects Association (AAA) and active Member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (MRAIC), Kate manages architectural controls for East Village, ensuring all plans for new development align with CMLC’s vision for the neighbourhood.

Kate is active in the community through her role as Board Chair of the YWCA Calgary Board of Directors and as a member of the Dean’s Circle of Environmental Design (EVDS) at University of Calgary, where she has been an Adjunct Professor since 2014. In both teaching and practicing architecture, she continues to highlight the importance of a well-built urban fabric and support projects that strengthen Calgary’s urban spaces.

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

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 • 11:15am–12:15pm • $50 • Palomino H

T15 – Curbing Urban GHG Emissions Through Innovative Energy Efficiency Retrofits

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment]

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

Existing buildings are responsible for the majority of GHG emissions related to the built environment and represent the greatest opportunity for emissions reduction. Looking beyond simple end-of-life system upgrades, and seeing buildings as a whole, reveals opportunities for combining energy conservation opportunities in innovative ways that can lead to dramatic emissions reductions.

In this presentation, Scott Sinclair, of SES Consulting with Julien Poirier, of the University of Calgary, will showcase a program that changed the status quo for energy efficiency upgrades in Alberta. Since 2016, SES Consulting has been partnering with the University of Calgary on their Utility Reduction Program. This study consisted of energy studies, measurement and verification, retro-commissioning, mechanical upgrades, lighting retrofits, and stakeholder engagement. After 3 years, the program has implemented projects creating 12,500 tonnes of GHG reduction and $1.4 million in utility cost avoidance. SES Consulting continues to work with the University of Calgary to improve their campus' energy performance.

The success of this project highlights just how big of a role innovative approaches to energy efficiency can play in achieving dramatic emissions reductions in our existing building stock.

Julien Poirier

Scott Sinclair

Julien Poirier, Senior Specialist, Energy Performance, University of Calgary
Scott Sinclair, CEO, SES Consulting

Scott is the founder and CEO of SES Consulting, specializing in energy retrofits in the Existing Building Revolution. SES now has offices in Calgary, Vancouver and Victoria. Scott brings his passion for HVAC and Controls, combined with over 25 years of experience in construction and consulting to deliver high-performance retrofit solutions. After graduating from the University of Alberta in 1992, Scott became a partner in the Design-Build contracting firm Petrin Mechanical before founding SES in 2002. He has worked with many clients in various sectors (university, health care, schools, office buildings, data centres, recreation centres, prisons and courthouses) identifying and designing efficiency upgrades to dramatically improve existing buildings.

Julien Poirier as Senior Specialist, Energy Performance at the University of Calgary, is responsible for leadership of the Utility Reduction Program (URP) and all related energy performance initiatives at University of Calgary. Julien has over 10 years of experience providing energy assessments, retro-commissioning, renewable energy consultation, and energy management services. His experience in energy efficiency and climate action includes consulting and operational roles in industrial, commercial, and institutional sectors.

Thursday, November 7 • 11:15am–12:15pm • $50 • PerformEX Stage

T16 – How are Alberta’s Entrepreneurs Driving Innovation in Green Materials?

[Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials]

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

Buildings account for the lion’s share of environmental impact in urban areas. Improving building performance is thus an important way to reduce pollution and improve energy efficiency. Buildings are systems made up of individual products which themselves are made up of diverse material components. Buildings can not only be improved through innovative design but also via the incorporation of innovative products in their construction.
This session will focus on Alberta-based companies driving innovation in the construction sector by greening the material components suitable for a wide range of projects and building types. Speakers will discuss, evaluate and invite critique on novel structural components, cutting edge building automation technology and the use of robotics for offsite construction.

Attend this session to:

  • Discover local new products, components and technologies for use in future projects
  • Evaluate innovative and green materials against traditional components
  • Understand new developments coming down the pipeline
  • Discuss challenges that remain for adoption of green materials and technologies

Jeff Bell

Doug Brown

Andre Lema

Reto Steiner

Jeff Bell, Senior Sector Lead, Renewable Technologies, Alberta Economic Development and Trade

Doug Brown, Vice President Research and Development, MgO Systems
Andre Lema, Business Development, Western Archrib
Reto Steiner, CEO, InGreen Systems

Jeff Bell currently works as the Senior Sector Lead, in the Renewable Technologies department for the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. In this role he supports relationship building and partnership development in technology areas including clean energy, innovative construction technologies, smart transportation and bio-industrial technologies. His diverse background includes international experience in academia, the private sector, not-for-profits and the public sector. He has a long-standing interest in clean technology, sustainable buildings and urban planning. Prior to his current role he worked for Alberta Agriculture and Forestry where he supported local and international companies in their efforts to grow their businesses using agricultural feedstocks for energy, chemicals and materials applications. Before that he spent three years at Alberta Energy developing policies and regulations to support a broad suite of renewable and alternative energy technologies. He has also worked for various environmental non-profits, a trade association for the co-generation industry and a publishing company that specialized in clean energy. Born and raised in Edmonton, Jeff’s educational background includes a Master of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University and Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Sciences from University of Alberta.

Doug Brown is a Material Scientist with over ten years of experience in research and prototype development of next-generation green technologies. He holds several patents, is the author of nearly a dozen peer-reviewed publications, and has received numerous academic and research awards.

Doug began is academic career at McGill University where he received his B.Sc. in Chemistry. He then led significant research efforts for Carbon Engineering, commercializing technology to capture carbon dioxide directly from the atmosphere. He returned to the academic world to pursue his Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of Calgary prior to joining MgO Systems in 2016.

Andre Lema is the Manager of Business Development for Western Archrib, a glulam manufacturer in Edmonton, AB, Canada. A Graduate of NAIT in Construction Technology. A combination of site experience, pre-fabricated wood, and mass timber over a 30+ year career.

Reto Steiner, M. Arch, B.SC Eng, MBA. Reto has a Master’s degree in Architecture, an MBA and a BSC in Construction Engineering. With over 26 years in the development industry Reto is the CEO of InGreen Systems.


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

T17 – Electric Transportation – Past, Present, and Future

[Community & Urban Planning, Culture; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Property, Asset & Facility Management]

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

In a Bloomberg article published earlier this year, Gertz and Grenier (2019) traced the history of electric vehicles as far back as 171 years, citing the development of the first electric carriage in the 19th century, and the high ratio of electric vehicles on US roads in 1900 as “one-third of all vehicles.” However, with the emergence of gasoline fueled cars and mass manufacturing of the Ford Model T, electric vehicles “almost disappeared.”

Almost a century later, our world is returning to electric transportation as the key to automated infrastructure, which is the future of transit. From electric trolleybus systems in cities like Zurich and San Francisco, to completely electric battery-electric buses (BEBs) in Shenzhen China, a growing number of cities and countries around the world are exploring alternative transportation options. Other modes of transportation include electric ferries, float planes, and water taxis.

Local governments in Western Canada such as the cities of Calgary and Edmonton have joined this global movement, as they recognize that the transportation sector presents a tremendous opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which are critical to stemming many of the effects of climate change. Recognizing that electric vehicles need charge stations just as gas cars need gas stations, these cities have commissioned a study on electric vehicle charging in homes and workplaces.

In this session, AES will reflect on the history of electric transportation, provide an overview of its current state in Western Canada, and engage in an exploratory discussion of where we can go in the future.

As EVs grow in popularity, governments are requiring that building owners provide EV infrastructure for residential and some commercial parking. Charging sufficiency is dependent on parking time, total power availability throughout the day, and charging technology efficiency.

Our session will conclude with a presentation of case studies which include our research on EV energy needs related to factors such as environmental conditions, distance, and vehicle efficiency, and the sufficiency and efficiency of residential and commercial charging, as well as case studies on the average cost of installation for vehicles.

Sunny Ghataurah

Brendan McEwen

Sunny Ghataurah, President, AES Engineering
Brendan McEwen, Director of Electric Mobility & Low-Carbon Strategy, AES Engineering

Sunny Ghataurah is one of Western Canada's leading electrical engineers and lighting designers. He has over 25 years of experience in the construction industry, and he is licensed in BC, AB, and Washington State.

His skills in designing electrical and architectural lighting systems have been applied across many sectors, including healthcare, education, hospitality, civic, recreational, retail, corporate office, industrial and residential.

Sunny's projects have won numerous awards including Awards of Merit from the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies British Columbia (ACEC-BC), and a Special Citation and an Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES). In 2014, Business in Vancouver honoured Sunny with a Top Forty under 40 Award.

A passionate pioneer of sustainable design, Sunny's portfolio includes 100+ LEED projects, three Living Buildings and several renewable energy projects. Recognized as an industry thought leader, Sunny was invited to speak at the Alberta Electrical Inspectors Conference, BUILDEX Calgary, BUILDEX Edmonton, IES Edmonton and the Alberta Safety Codes Council.

Brendan McEwen is Director of Electric Mobility & Low-Carbon Strategy at AES Engineering, a leading electrical engineering consultancy with a specialization in the design of EV charging systems. Brendan and the team at AES support campuses, developers, EV networks, utilities, and all levels of governments in the transition to electric transportation and low-carbon energy systems. Brendan is recognized across Canada for his expertise in policy-making and climate action leadership – notably, he led the development of the City of Richmond BC’s requirements for 100% “EV Ready” residential parking (a first in North America), and played a key role in the development of BC’s Energy Step Code. Brendan thrives on helping his clients develop elegant solutions to complex problems. He received his Master City Planning degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Thursday, November 7 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $50 • Quarter Horse A/B

T18 – Beating the Boiler – An Investigation of HVAC Technologies to Achieve Cost, Energy, and Carbon Savings in the Alberta of Today and Tomorrow

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

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

The Alberta problem. With our dirty electrical grid and cheap natural gas, many of the green-building solutions that work in other provinces are a poor economic and environmental fit here. Mechanical Engineering Principal Jeff Rent and Building Performance Engineer Sam Lane present their analysis of the HVAC strategies available to Alberta buildings today with case studies.

Sam Lane

Jeff Rent

Sam Lane, Associate, Building Performance Engineer, Stantec
Jeff Rent, Principal, Mechanical Engineering, Stantec

Sam is focused on providing clients with clear and consistent direction to achieve energy and sustainability goals. As an energy modeler, Certified Passive House Designer, and experienced sustainability consultant, Sam is a valuable partner through all stages of building design and construction. She excels at inspiring teams toward delivering energy efficient and sustainable projects in a smooth and practical manner.

Jeff is a mechanical engineering leader and project manager, and his project experience is focused on developing high performance and environmentally conscious designs. Jeff has overcome many technical challenges by designing creative solutions: he has discovered that the best solutions are ones that balance efficiency, complexity and budget to meet client needs. Jeff has been an essential team member on many process buildings. For the Calgary Compost Facility, he successfully coordinated the process design between design build contractors in Edmonton, technology suppliers in Denmark, material handling vendors in Ontario, odour control specialists in Boston and facility operators in Ontario. Jeff is the Chief Engineer for the Water Delivery Group within Stantec. This means that he is responsible for the overall building mechanical quality and standards for all water and wastewater projects across the company.

Thursday, November 7 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $50 • Palomino G

T19 – The Business Case for an Inclusive Workforce

[Health, Safety & Wellness; 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 ]

Diversity and the related value of inclusion are major and increasingly important topics for business leaders. Diversity and inclusion (D&I) are not just mottos but require active participation and involvement by leaders in order to be successful and to realize benefits for the company.

Beyond the obvious niceties of D&I there are concrete and compelling rationales for businesses to advance and advocate for these principles within their organizations. Greater D&I increases competitive advantage and resilience. Extensive research has shown that D&I brings many advantages to a business including: increased profitability, higher revenues due to innovation, a more creative workforce and better problem-solving abilities. As populations become more diverse and aware of these values themselves, purchasing and employment decisions will be influenced towards companies who more accurately reflect the communities they serve and operate in.

In this panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Lori Campbell, Principle of the Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership at Norquest College, you will:

  • Learn the business case of D&I, from improved problem solving and productivity, employee recruitment and retention, design and creativity 
  • Explore practical approaches to building a culture of D&I, including leadership-level activities and team/employee driven initiatives 
  • Understand how to translate gains in D&I to realize strategic organizational goals 
  • Discuss common obstacles to D&I and strategies to successfully overcome them


  • Diversity is the quality of having teams and people from various background, experiences and other identifying groups within an organization
  • Inclusion is the degree to which people from various often underrepresented groups feel involved in business activities and decision making

Lori Campbell

Wendy McDonald

Val McDougall

Evelyn Porter

Basima Roshan

Darby Lee Young

Lori Campbell, Principal, Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership

Wendy McDonald, Chief Operating Officer, Inclusion Alberta
Val McDougall, Director of Education, Tsuut’ina Nation
Evelyn Porter, Civil Engineering Manager, Williams Engineering
Basima Roshan, Associate Principal, Innovia Partners
Darby Lee Young, Accessibility Strategist, Level Playing Field

Dr. Lori Campbell is the Principal of the Colbourne Institute for Inclusive Leadership at NorQuest College, having worked in the education, diversity and equity fields since 1985. Lori began her career as an E.S.L. instructor in Edmonton before moving to the Northwest Territories to teach adult basic education at Aurora College for a six-month term - staying in the Northwest Territories for 15 years as an adult and community education instructor and leader.

After returning to Edmonton, she led the inaugural Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) at the University of Alberta, and then moved on to Enbridge Pipelines where she served as a Manager of Community Skills and Employment Initiatives, and later as Manager of Diversity and Inclusion where she led the development and implementation of a company-wide strategy for both Canada and the United States.

Lori attended the University of Alberta, where she earned a Bachelor of Education and Special Education, a Master of Adult and Continuing Education, and a PhD in Educational Administration and Leadership.

Wendy is an accomplished trainer and adult educator with over 30 years’ experience in staff training and leadership development. She is currently Chief Operating Officer at Inclusion Alberta.

Wendy is co-founder of an employment partnership securing employment for individuals with intellectual disabilities that has been internationally recognized by the ESSL Foundation and the World Future Council and its Scientific Advisory Committee exemplifying practices consistent with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities after a review by 100 disability experts of practices in 84 countries.

Over the last decade Wendy has consulted internationally regarding increasing employment rates for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Wendy is Past President of the Rotary Club of Edmonton Mayfield, the GRIT Program (an early education program for children with disabilities) and Inclusion Alberta. As President of Inclusion Alberta, Wendy was instrumental in the implementation of a new fund development program that has generated over $6 Million. When her Rotary club chose to honor one member annually with a Paul Harris Fellow, Wendy was chosen by her club, an honor she most appreciates.

Wendy fundamentally believes that individuals with disabilities deserve the opportunity to participate as full contributing members of our community.

Wendy and her husband Blaine have two sons. One of whom has a developmental disability.

Valerie McDougall is the Director of Education for the Tsuut’ina Nation. Valerie is responsible for students who attend schools on the Nation and within the Provincial School system from K-4 to Grade 12, including Adult Education consisting of Post-Secondary, Adult Upgrading and Training and Skills. Valerie is a member of the College of Alberta School Superintendents: First Nation Metis and Inuit Action Committee, Alberta School Board Association: Indigenous Advisory Circle and the Calgary Regional Consortium Board.

As Director of Education for her home community, Valerie ensures Tsuu’tina Culture and Language and Alberta Program of Studies Curriculum Development are incorporated in programs, evaluations and assessments are implemented into the schools. She works closely with provincial’s schools and other school districts for student success and life-long learners. Empowering students through culture and language, identity and a sense of belonging both on and off the Nation, is important to student success.

“It is through our culture and language, land and stories from our Elders that will keep our students strong and build a foundation of success”

Evelyn is a role model in society on behalf of visible minorities/ transgender folks about Trans Issues: Identity, Acceptance, Self-worth & Leadership. Conference delegates will “walk a mile in her shoes” as she shares her personal stories about her journey as a transgender person. Thoughtful discussion about the human spectrum and creating work environment where people feel safe to be themselves will follow.

Professionally, Evelyn is the Civil Engineering Manager with Williams Engineering Canada Inc., and is a registered professional engineer in Alberta, B.C. and NWT. As an Operational Generalist, Evelyn’s experience extends from Coast-to-Coast across Canada and overseas to the Middle East, always involved with infrastructure development and/or rehabilitation. She is actively involved with the APEGA Mentoring Program.

Evelyn’s passions are easily summarized as Family – Fashion – and Problem Solving. This is what makes her day!

Basima leads Innovia’s change and transformation practice. She previously led Fortune-500 companies through complex internal integration projects, which delivered enhanced capabilities and increased effectiveness and profit. Basima guides Innovia’s clients through the changes in structure, processes, and people they need to meet business and market challenges.

Basima is a Queen’s MBA, holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Finance), and is a Chartered Public Accountant (CPA).

Darby has over a decade of experience working as an accessibility strategist. She is an expert in universal design, has a deep understanding of building codes and drawings, and has contributed to the success of removing barriers at a municipal level, provincial level and across North America. Darby’s passion for Universal Design has developed over a wide range experiences including her achievements as a para-alpine ski racer and her role in team services for Hockey Canada. She is committed to contributing her unique lived-experience perspective as she passionately advocates for a more inclusive and inviting built environment for all.

Prior to starting the agency, Darby served as chair of the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility. In that role, Darby reviewed drawings and provided specialized consulting on publicly funded recreational centres. Since founding Level Playing Field in 2015, Darby has been highly influential in building accessibility awareness on a municipal, provincial and federal level. Key project successes include, working with Alberta Parks and BC Parks, consulting on inclusive work environments for ATCO World Headquarters, leading accessibility strategy for major outdoor music festivals, and securing lifetime contracts with institutional and urban development projects. In 2016, just one year after launching her consulting agency, Darby was awarded the Calgary Stampede Western Legacy Award for Innovation. Most recently, Darby was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 2018.


Thursday, November 7 • 1:30pm–2:00pm • FREE • TECHCENTRIC

D04 – To BIM & Beyond

[New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Business Improvement, Professional Skills, Strategies & Leadership; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Software no longer comes in a box and neither should we operate in one! In this presentation we will take a fresh look at BIM and the power of Virtual Reality. We will also explore OpenBIM concepts that empower smart collaboration.


  • From Intuitive BIM to Virtual Reality (ArchiCAD |Twinmotion)
  • Collaboration Without Limits (Bluebeam Revu | Solibri)

Joe Magas

Joe Magas, CEO + Owner, Fusiontek

Joe Magas is the CEO of FUSIONTEK which provides smart technology for building design & construction. He helps create the “fusion” between Virtual Collaboration Technology and the business needs of this clients.


Thursday, November 7 • 1:30pm–2:30pm • FREE TO ATTEND • Palomino F

F03 – Protecting Your Business During Tight Financial Times

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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

With the Alberta economy sluggish over the past few years, businesses are still facing slow demand, tight margins and a reduced ability to access credit. Combine these pressures with trade and talent wars that are increasing input costs, owners face the reality of managing their business through these tight financial times. This session will provide owners with insights into three main topics that can help reduce the pressures faced: managing cash flows in the short and long term, tools and techniques to help insulate their business from creditor risk, and tax tips that can save money in 2019 and beyond. Join Matt Peron, BDO Canada LLP’s National Construction Leader, for an informative session that examines the steps owners need to be considering now and in the future that set them up for success despite the current state of the Alberta economy.

Matt Peron

Matt Peron, Partner, National Construction leader, BDO Canada LLP

Matt leads the National Construction practice. With over 15 years of experience providing professional services to private company clients, his expertise ranges across a variety of industries with specialization in real estate and construction.

His real estate and construction clients include property managers, land developers, residential and commercial construction contractors and trades and sub trades involved in the real estate and construction industry.

Matt assists his clients with audit and accounting services, including advising on the application of GAAP, as well as tax planning and tax motivated restructuring, financial modeling and the preparation of financial projections.

He is also an active member of the community, as a member of both the Governance Committee and the Finance and Audit Committee at the Real Estate Council of Alberta, as well as well as being involved with the Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants tax clinic program.


Thursday, November 7 • 1:30pm–2:30pm • $50 • Palomino C

T21 – Opportunity Infill – Navigating Change in Established Communities

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Community & Urban Planning, Culture]

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

Infill is one of the most challenging, innovative, and controversial forms of urban development. Lauded by planners, urban designers and architects as a solution to creating resilient cities, catering to the “missing middle,” and building vibrant communities, infill can also provoke resistance within established communities reluctant to change. This panel discussion will explore a myriad of topics around infill, with an emphasis on understanding the why of infill, navigating challenges, and identifying innovative solutions for building better communities.

This panel will cover three key discussions around infill in three parts:

Part 1: Exploring infill opportunities

  • Why infill?
  • What are the community benefits?

Part 2: Exploring infill challenges

  • Navigating policy and zoning issues
  • Overcoming public fears and objections

Part 3: Best practices for infill

  • Lessons for building a better community
  • Leveraging challenges into opportunities

Michael Magnan

Cathryn Chopko Beck

Alkarim Devani

Mick Graham

Christian Lee

Michael Magnan, Public Realm Lead, Urban Strategy, City of Calgary

Cathryn Chopko Beck, Director, Senior Practice Lead, Urban Design/Planning, IBI Group
Alkarim Devani, Co-Founder, RNDSQR
Mick Graham, President, Singletree Builders Ltd.
Christian Lee, Senior Planner, Strategic Initiatives & Infill Liaison, City of Edmonton

Michael Magnan, M.Arch. B.Sc., is an award-winning landscape architect and Public Realm Lead | Urban Strategy at The City of Calgary. In all aspects of his work, Michael leverages his multi-disciplinary education and nearly 15 years of professional practice to deliver innovative solutions to complex problems in the fields of landscape architecture, urban development, community planning, green infrastructure, placemaking, and multi-modal transportation.

Michael’s diverse portfolio of successful projects and leadership of teams in both private practice and the public sector is reflective of his commitment to creative design, innovation, technical excellence, and a passion for mentoring emerging professionals. In 2018, Michael left a successful urban planning and design consulting firm to join The City of Calgary. Since that time, Michael has shifted the focus of his professional efforts towards implementation of high-profile centre city design projects and helping lead The City’s $60M Main Streets Program.

Michael’s passion for his career is reflected in his track record of award-winning projects, including recognition for CIP Awards, CSLA National Awards and Mayor’s Urban Design Awards; published work in Landscapes | Paysages and other design publications; and ongoing volunteer commitments with local non-profits, as Southern Director of the Alberta Association of Landscape Architects, and as a guest lecturer and design critic at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at the University of Calgary.

In his spare time, Michael recharges through outdoor pursuits – primarily growing food, alpine and nordic skiing, flyfishing, travel, and photography.

Cathryn Chopko Beck is an Urban Strategist with over 30 years of experience in urban design, planning, and integration of built forms into the urban environment. As a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner, she understands how the language of urban policy and regulation is translated into the built forms, landscapes, communities and cultures of the city. Her city building experience includes residential, commercial, mixed use, institutional and industrial land uses in greenfield, brownfield and greyfield developments. Her residential projects include high rise, mixed use, high-mid-low density forms and Transit Oriented Development (TOD). She is the Sustainable Urban Integration (SUI) lead for a number of major Edmonton LRT projects such as Capital Line Southeast Extension Phase 1 and Phase 2. She is also providing SUI leadership to the Valley Line Phase 1 LRT Project which is presently under construction, in which SUI and design excellence plays a key role in the “look and feel” of the low floor LRT system and how LRT integrates into the local community.

Alkarim Devani is a passionate entrepreneur who isn't content to simply build homes – he wants to build a better inner-city. His vision is to make thriving communities through elevated design and innovation. He wants to connect more people to the simple pleasure of living in a walkable neighbourhood full of vibrant, local businesses and modern spaces. Calgary is his hometown and he is committed to improving the lives of the people who live in the heart of it. As Co-Founder of RNDSQR, his ideas are reflected in each build.

After earning a marketing degree from the University of Calgary's Haskayne School for Business while simultaneously working as a realtor with Re/Max, Alkarim earned his stripes as a developer working with his brother Afshin. Their first company, Beyond Homes, led to RNDSQR, which has been recognized for its award-winning designs and has been featured in publications such as Avenue Magazine, Western Living, The Globe and Mail and The Calgary Herald.

Mick Graham has extensive experience building single family, multi-family and commercial projects in Alberta. In 2012, sensing the beginnings of a shift in the market, he started Singletree Builders to pursue an interest in the growing phenomenon of infill in Edmonton. His interest evolved to a passion, which led him to join the board of the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (IDEA). Now Past President of IDEA and chair of the Infrastructure Committee, Mick is involved in projects like creating a new funding mechanism for increased utilities infrastructure triggered by higher density infill developments and working with planners to rewrite zoning regulations that are out of step with the market and the aspirations of a growing City.

Christian Lee specializes in leading teams to produce tactical solutions to complex land use planning, planning policy, architectural, and urban design issues. He is a graduate of the University of Waterloo's School of Architecture and currently serves as the Senior Planner for the Strategic Initiatives and Infill Liaison Team for the City of Edmonton's Development Services Branch.

Christian’s team led the City of Edmonton’s Missing Middle Design Competition, the first ever to be endorsed by the Alberta Association of Architects. His team was also responsible for the delivery of other high-profile projects including the Cannabis Legalization Implementation project, the City of Edmonton's Infill Roadmap 2018, and the implementation plan and execution of the Leduc County Annexation.

Prior to moving to Edmonton in 2013, Christian worked for a private architecture firm based in Toronto and the planning department for the City of Cambridge in the Waterloo Region of Ontario.

Thursday, November 7 • 1:30pm–2:30pm • $50 • Palomino H

T24 – Examining the World's First Passive House Car Dealership: Scott Subaru, Red Deer AB

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices]

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

This session will explore the design challenges and solutions of the first Passive House Car Dealership in the world. The client sought a low impact building that would support its growing business. Located in a very cold, dry, windy climate, the improved efficiency, comfort and durability that Passive House buildings deliver were crucial in convincing the client to commit to the standard. Strict corporate design standards, specific client requirements and operational realities forced the design team members to continually re-evaluate proposed solutions in order optimize the design. What resulted is an innovative building that will serve as a beacon for commercial Passive House buildings in the region and province.

Lukas Armstrong

Garrett Scott

Lukas Armstrong, Principal, Certified Passive House Designer, Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc.
Garrett Scott, President, Scott Subaru / Scottsville Group of Companies

Lukas is a founding principal of Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc., a multi-disciplinary studio practicing architecture across a range of scales and building types including residential, commercial, institutional and industrial, using both standard construction practices and cutting-edge sustainable strategies. Cover Architectural Collaborative Inc. is responsible for the first multi-family certified Passive House in Canada, and now the worlds first Passive House Car Dealership.

Garrett Scott is President and third generation to head the Scottsville group of companies. The Scottsville Group is primarily an automotive dealership group. Representing Subaru, General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, and Nissan brands. The Scottsville Group also provides, collision repair, glass repair, short- & long-term rentals, as well as business and personal vehicle financial services. The Scottsville Group is also a real estate holding and investment company.

Garrett earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alberta in Finance. With 15 years of experience in the automotive industry Garrett’s primary goal is to create more efficiencies in what’s traditionally an inefficient business. Passive House building techniques resonate with Garrett’s goals and our first Passive House dealership, Scott Subaru.


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 • Quarter Horse A/B

T26 – Maximizing Return on Investment in Energy Projects for Existing Assets, and Identifying the Cost of Doing Nothing

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Delivery, Management & Best Practices; Property, Asset & Facility Management]

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

Targeting energy reduction in your assets is a constant challenge when there is a pool of competing alternatives to choose from.

This presentation will examine emerging technologies and software tools that can aid property managers, owners and operators in making informed decisions in terms of maximizing their returns on investments in energy projects. We will demonstrate how such tools can be used to set appropriate goals and validate the results of the effort, whilst also providing examples of how they were applied to office, retail, and industrial sites. Building on this knowledge, we will then challenge the current approach to presenting energy audits and examine the need to better characterize the benefits in a manner that aligns with the needs of property owners, operators, and managers.

Attendees will discover new strategies, tools, and techniques for targeting energy reduction in their assets, as well as a new understanding of the true cost of doing nothing and dismissing an opportunity due to an apparently unattractive simple payback.

Cherag Mehta

Mihir Shah

Cherag Mehta, Project Manager, WSP
Mihir Shah, Project Manager, WSP

Cherag Mehta joined WSP's Sustainability & Energy team in Calgary in April 2015 and provides energy audit, retro-commissioning, and sustainability services to the team. Cherag has more than 5 years of experience in commissioning, LEED existing buildings, energy audits, and mechanical design project experience in the institutional, commercial, and educational facilities. He has completed over 15 retro-commissioning studies and detailed energy audits. Cherag works on commissioning of both new and existing buildings, allowing him to bring a diverse set of skills to the table.

Mihir Shah is a mechanical engineer with 10 years of experience in energy auditing, retro-commissioning, and new construction commissioning. Mihir's past work includes identifying and implementing energy efficiency improvement measures at facilities all over the United States. He has helped clients achieve over $3 million in annual energy cost savings through improvements to HVAC, lighting, and electrical systems. Mihir also has extensive experience in building energy modeling and simulation. In 2010, he won the first prize in an energy simulation and analysis competition organized by the International Building Performance Simulation Association (IBPSA-USA) as a part of the annual SimBuild conference. Mihir utilizes his background in mechanical engineering, performance analysis, and energy efficiency to effectively inform his work on new construction projects.


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

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 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $50 • PerformEX Stage

T28 – Evaluating the Implications of NECB 2017 Energy Code for New and Existing Builds

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property, Asset & Facility Management]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 AAA Structured LH • 1.0 HSW-Building Code Approved ]

This panel will review and evaluate the implications of NECB 2017 energy code for new and existing buildings.

The panel will provide and discuss:

  • High level overview of energy code changes from NECB 2011 to NECB 2017
  • What are the implications to the design and construction practice, and are there essentials for staying in compliance?
  • Observations with respect to the impact of NECB 2011
  • What’s next for energy codes – Step Codes; how does it help reach Canada’s 2030 carbon quotas?

Trina Larsen

Lindsay Austrom

Eduard Cubi

Lindsey Kindrat

Barry Sullivan

Trina Larsen, Principal, AES Engineering

Lindsay Austrom, Team Lead, Sustainability, Williams Engineering Canada Inc.
Eduard Cubi, Performance Specialist, Sustainability and Energy, WSP
Lindsey Kindrat, Executive Director, Principal-In-Charge, 3 Point Environmental
Barry Sullivan, Principal, Kumlin Sullivan Architecture Studio Ltd.

Trina Larsen is a Principal at AES Engineering’s Edmonton Office, which she opened in March 2017. Trina is an experienced electrical Project Manager and Design Engineer who has been involved with the sustainable electrical design of new buildings, renovations and project planning for over 25 years. Trina specializes in lighting and electrical design through all phases of engineering design, from feasibility studies through to detailed design, daylight modeling, specifications, and construction administration and commissioning. With projects ranging from museums and hospitals to small tenant fit-ups, Trina takes pride in working with clients to develop technical solutions that provide occupant comfort, ease of maintenance, and low energy consumption. Trina works closely with clients and the design architects throughout the project to achieve the project goals. Her designs allow for flexibility and a comfortable end-user experience.

Lindsay Austrom, P.Eng., CEM, LEED AP BD+C. Lindsay Austrom is a sustainability engineering consultant with experience dating back to some of the first LEED projects registered in Alberta. As a mechanical engineer, she draws on over ten years of experience in mechanical systems design. Lindsay leads the Sustainability team in Williams Engineering Canada’s Edmonton branch, managing projects including building assessments, measurement and verification, energy modelling, and third-party performance certifications. She works closely with the mechanical, electrical and building science teams to integrate sustainable practices into their work.

Lindsay is a Professional Engineer, Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional in BD+C, and member of the Canada Green Building Council’s Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group. She served on the board of the ASHRAE Northern Alberta Chapter from 2007-2013. Lindsay also volunteers with students to encourage girls’ participation in STEM fields as well as to promote careers in sustainability, engineering and the buildings industry.

Eduard Cubi is an Analyst, Consultant, and Researcher in energy and environmental performance assessment of buildings and communities. Eduard’s experience combines consulting and applied research projects. As a Performance Specialist, Sustainability and Energy, Eduard uses energy modelling techniques in combination with environmental assessment tools to inform design and operational decisions for sustainable buildings and energy systems.

Eduard’s modelling experience includes commercial and residential buildings, critical spaces, complex mechanical systems, community energy systems, cogeneration plants, and renewable energy systems. Eduard has participated in research networks in low and net-zero energy buildings and has taught at graduate and undergraduate levels at the University of Calgary, Universitat Rovira I Virgili (Spain), and SAIT Polytechnic.

Lindsey Kindrat is a sustainability professional with over 18 years of experience in green buildings. With expertise in urban planning and construction, she excels in greening high-risk projects, multi-phase development, high-rise mixed-use, schools, seniors housing, commercial, institutional and industrial facilities. Her hands-on approach twice earned her a Directorship with the Canada Green Building Council, as CaGBC Faculty, and as the instructor for Calgary’s Sustainable Building Advisor Program.

Lindsey managed the sustainability portfolio for City of Calgary Corporate Properties & Buildings for 8 years. Her work touched on planning, design, construction, upgrade and renovation of green buildings from offices and fire halls, to operational facilities. She then joined Graham Construction as their LEED Specialist to oversee design, construction and certification of major commercial projects throughout Canada and the USA.

Lindsey is now the proud owner of 3 Point Environmental, actively managing customized, sustainable building projects throughout Canada and the USA. She holds a strong commitment to sustainability education, and mentoring the next generation of green building professionals. A proud Albertan, she is happiest in her greenhouse or doing projects on her farm southwest of Calgary, with her husband and golden retriever!

Mr. Sullivan is a Principal and Co-founder of Kumlin Sullivan Architecture Studio Ltd. and brings with him over 20 years of experience in a wide array of project types and scales. His experience in project types includes multi-family residential, commercial, retail, industrial, institutional, academic, office, and hospitality with projects ranging from British Columbia to Saskatchewan.

Mr. Sullivan brings an in-depth knowledge of the architectural development process ranging from master planning through the design process and including all aspects of building construction. This includes understanding and implementing energy efficient design parameters into our building designs as they relate to the National Energy Code for Buildings through the schematic design and design development process. This includes the culmination of two recently completed LEED Silver projects.

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

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.

Thursday, November 7 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • $50 • Palomino C

T29 – Case Study Insights on the Opportunities, Challenges and Intricacies of Uniting Mass Timber, High-Rise and Passive House

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials]

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

Federal, provincial and municipal levels of government in Canada are developing road maps to achieve near zero energy buildings that dramatically reduce carbon emissions.

Operation emissions are currently the largest part of a building’s carbon footprint but as policies reduce this operational impact, the embodied emissions inherent in the building fabric become significant. Material choice has a profound impact. Producing one ton of concrete emits nearly one ton of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, whereas one metre cube of timber sequesters one ton of carbon dioxide.

Reducing the overall impact of our buildings require a combination of Passive House energy performance targets and mass timber construction. Both have a meaningful impact on the world we want tomorrow.

This presentation will highlight project case studies from Perkins and Will’s portfolio, including a proposed high-rise mass timber Passive House building in Vancouver, known as Canada’s Earth Tower. The talk will focus on the opportunities, challenges and intricacies of using mass timber within high rise builds in conjunction with ambitious performance ambitions such as the Passive House standard.

Passive House projects require a shift in thinking from the status quo. Mass Timber is not just a structural material swap, it requires a multifaceted approach to fire safety and water protection. Both require a change of working method, and design and construction priorities. Often there are synergies – prefabrication, strict quality assurance processes, greater speed, ease of construction and so on. Both advocate for well-considered details, such as continuity of insulation and air and water-resistant membranes, which significantly improves occupant comfort and build quality. In addition, the use of advanced wood technology benefits local economies. High rise buildings with accessible balconies pose design challenges where all these factors coalesce together on the envelope. These and other considerations will be presented during this talk.

Marc Häberli

Derek Newby

Marc Häberli, Architect , Perkins and Will
Derek Newby, Associate Principal, Perkins and Will

Marc Häberli is an Architect and Associate with Perkins and Will’s Calgary studio. He has over 10 years of experience working internationally on mixed use, transportation, multi-family, commercial, and research projects. As a practicing architect Marc expresses a keen interest for addressing social and environmental issues through research driven design. He is involved in research on building and energy performance studies in cold weather climates, technology driven design and fabrication processes and architectural integration of urban agriculture.

Derek Newby is an Architect and Associate Principal in the Vancouver studio of Perkins and Will. He brings 17 years of experience with a keen interest in green building, striving to deliver practical, elegant solutions that exhibit a responsible use of resources. His experience spans across a range of project types and he is involved in all phases of work from conceptual design through construction. Drawing upon his background in urban design and experience in master planning, Derek approaches architecture with a strong appreciation for the building’s setting. Derek offers crucial team guidance regarding building envelope and systems coordination to project teams. His portfolio of work includes projects specializing in innovative approaches to design, including computational design methods, and timber construction techniques.

His recent portfolio includes an industrial workforce accommodation facility in the sub-arctic—an innovative prefabricated modular timber building using Passive House principles, and an off-grid, net-zero energy Passive House home in an alpine setting. Currently, Derek is working on Canada’s Earth Tower - a 340,000 square foot mixed-use, timber-hybrid passive house development designed to exceed the City of Vancouver’s new Zero Emissions Building Plan.

Thursday, November 7 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • $50 • Palomino H

T30 – Advancements and New Applications in Building Integrated Energy Systems

[Optimizing Building Performance & Enhancing Net Asset Value; Green / Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Innovations, Technologies & Materials; Property, Asset & Facility Management]

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

While there are major advancements in building and construction, the energy industry is also experiencing deep transformation characterised by three trends: Decentralisation, electrification and digitalisation. This transformation is creating a demand for energy systems that are integrated into buildings and communities. In addition to this, the way we buy and sell energy is changing, with power transactions beginning to accommodate active participation of end-users as responsive prosumers.

During this time of technological disruption, there are substantial opportunities for innovation in building integrated energy systems. This session explores modern strategies for reducing energy consumption in buildings and the integration of energy generation and energy management systems into the building envelopes.

The session will comprise of short 10-minute presentations by each speaker, followed by a 20-minute Q&A with the audience.

Presenters will cover:

Opportunities in Building Optimisation
Jim Gilliland, Director, Engineering Services, Williams Engineering Canada

Engineering input is critical in all stages of any building development. It starts with a plan that makes sense for a community and considers the decades of use and re-use that is envisioned. Communication is everything as the sustainability process involves a large team of collaborators, from government to designers and through to asset managers. This presentation will review technologies and solutions for optimising building performance while reducing operating costs and enhancing building utility and comfort.

SAIT GBT research and demonstration: High performance/net zero/zero carbon buildings and integrated energy systems
Colin Rioux, Sustainability Manager, Green Building Technology Access Center, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) in Future Buildings
John Rilett, Director, Energy Solutions, ENMAX Energy Corporation

Less than 40 years ago, the move from landline telephones to cellular smart phones drove down costs, expanded choice and capabilities, and increased reliability. Similar innovation is now transforming electricity generation and distribution. Smart grids are being developed all over the world incorporating natural gas, micro-wind, solar, geothermal and energy storage into buildings and communities. This presentation will explore the challenges associated with integrating energy generation technologies into buildings and communities and the benefits that will come with greater choice and enhanced customer experience.

New Data Platforms for Building and Construction
Mike Kennedy, CEO, Green Metrics Technologies

Commercial buildings smaller than 200,000 square feet represent 96% of Canada building stock and roughly 10-12 % of GHG emissions. This presentation will explore some of the new data platforms that are improving access to this segment of the building stock providing more powerful data insights as well as access to labour and capital to drive energy efficiency retrofits in buildings.

Colin Rioux

Jim Gilliland

Mike Kennedy

John Rilett

Colin Rioux, Sustainability Manager, Green Building Technology Access Center, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT)

Jim Gilliland, Director, Engineering Services, Williams Engineering Canada
Mike Kennedy, CEO, Green Metrics Technologies
John Rilett, Director, Energy Solutions, ENMAX Energy Corporation

Colin Rioux is the Portfolio Manager in the Green Building Technologies (GBT) group in Applied Research and Innovation Services at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. GBT’s mandate is to assist industry partners in advancing new or improved green building product and processes towards commercialization. The Green Building Technologies Lab and Demonstration Centre was constructed in 2017 as research infrastructure for the integration and testing of energy and water efficient technologies to enable healthier, greener and smarter building construction and operation. The Centre is Calgary’s first net-zero commercial building, serving as combined research and office space for its diverse team of research professionals who provide testing, training and applied research services for over 40 industry partners annually.

As part of GBT’s senior staff, Colin provides technical, management, and strategic planning support to ensure research and partner obligations are met, coordinating staff and infrastructure resources across the Centre’s diverse portfolio of projects and opportunities. Colin also currently manages the institute’s campus level sustainability initiatives. Colin is a registered Professional Engineer with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and holds a Masters in Sustainable Energy Development from the University of Calgary. He is a founding director of the Alberta Solar Co-op, established to allow Albertans to invest directly in the province’s green, decentralized, electricity future. He has more than 20 years of combined energy development and research experience in Alberta’s energy and building sectors.

Jim Gilliland, P.Eng., PhD, FEC, FGC (Hon.), received his B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1992 and master's degree in civil engineering in 1994, both from Queen’s University. He completed his PhD in structural engineering at the University of Calgary in 2001. At university, and through his professional career, Dr. Gilliland has authored and co-authored many papers in civil engineering journals and conference proceedings.

Dr. Gilliland began his consulting engineering career in 1997, joining Stantec Consulting Ltd. as a structural engineer. In 2006, he joined A.D. Williams Engineering Inc., now Williams Engineering Canada Inc., as the discipline coordinator for structural engineering in Calgary. Project highlights in his career include the Calgary Hyatt Hotel, the Information and Communications Technology Building at the University of Calgary, the Calgary Courts Centre, the Mustard Seed Affordable Housing Initiative in Calgary, and the Atlantic Avenue Art Block in Calgary. Jim became the Southern Alberta Regional Director of Williams Engineering Canada Inc. in 2012 and was recently promoted to the Director of Engineering Services for the organization.

Dr. Gilliland has served as President of both the Association of Professional Engineers & Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in 2014 and the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering (CSCE) in 2016. Jim continues to be actively involved in both organizations. He has served as a board member of the APEGA Foundation, and more indirectly as a warden of Camp 18, part of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens, which administers The Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer in Calgary.

Jim has participated in a variety of committees at the University of Calgary, which include review of solar panel design, construction productivity, and the civil engineering department curriculum. In addition, Dr. Gilliland completed an independent assessment of Professionalism, Ethics and Equity curriculum content in the Schulich School of Engineering as part of a review for the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board.

Dr. Mike Kennedy is a seasoned entrepreneur and research professional. Mike is a Senior technical professional with over 10 years of experience leading complex projects and managing cross-functional teams to design and deliver new solutions to environmental problems. Mike is committed to quality and service excellence with an aptitude for designing and launching new technological implementations, developing highly functioning teams, providing strategic and tactical thinking, and generating operational efficiencies in public and private sector organizations.

Mike holds a Senior Fellow/Post Doctoral Fellow position at the University of British Columbia, Chairman of Green Analytics and CEO of leads Green Metrics Technologies, a start-up focused on developing artificial intelligence for the building sector. He holds a BSc. and MSc. in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick and a Ph.D. in Business (Management Information Systems) from the Washington State University.

John Rilett is the Director of Energy Solutions at ENMAX Energy Corporation. In this role, John is focused on the development and implementation of low-carbon energy products and services for ENMAX customers. These include renewable generation projects, combined heat and power options, energy storage, transportation electrification, and additional energy management services.

Currently the ENMAX generation portfolio is one of the most technologically diverse and lowest-emitting in Alberta, combining natural gas, wind, distributed solar, combined heat and power as well as district energy. ENMAX also provides retail energy products to more than 500,000 residential, commercial and institutional customers across Alberta, including enhanced billing options, technology evaluation, and efficiency project management.

John has over 15 years of experience in the development and implementation of alternative energy, energy efficiency, and carbon market products and programs. Prior to joining ENMAX in 2011, John was the Vice President of Climate Change Central, a not-for-profit company responsible for designing and delivering energy efficiency, renewable energy and carbon reduction programs. In addition to his role at ENMAX, John currently sits on the Board of Decentralized Energy Canada, the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, and is a past Board member of the Canadian Solar Industries Association.

John holds both a B.E.S, and an M.A. from the University of Waterloo.