2017 BUILDEX Calgary Program Day 1

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Seminar Streams:

  • Urban & Community Planning
  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment
  • Health & Wellness
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • Property Management
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Business & Strategic Planning

Wednesday, November 8 • 8:00am–11:30am • $150 • Arabian

W01 – PM150: The Risks Inherent in Planning for Project Success

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ 3.5 AAA Structured LH • BOMI 3.5 CPD • 3.5 General Hours 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 well-designed 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
  • The six detailed processes critical to effective risk management
  • The key elements of cost and schedule management
  • How to apply practical RISK management techniques in the planning, tracking and monitoring the health of your project

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush, MSc, PhD, MCSE, CSM, FRCPM, Chairman & Chief Technical Officer, Atocrates Project Sciences

Bud is a highly informative and entertaining 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.

It’s 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 as one of the best and most engaging speakers in the field of Project Management, receiving high praise from past workshop and conference attendees.


Wednesday, November 8 • 8:30am–10:00am • $55 • Quarter Horse A/B

W02 – A Primer on High Performance – Passive House Buildings

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LHs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 HSW-Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Passive House designs are ultra-efficient, affordable and healthy buildings that can transform our built environment. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials alike are all turning to the Passive House standard to deliver high performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. This shift is starting to alter the Canadian construction industry. This seminar will explore the fundamental principles and practices behind Passive House, the world’s leading high performance building standard, and reveal how it’s spreading across Alberta. The speaker will also shine light on the benefits of offsite construction and the integration of Passive House design.

Rob Bernhardt

Doug Owens

Rob Bernhardt, CEO, Passive House Canada
Doug Owens, Senior Director of Operations, Housing, Brookfield Residential

As CEO of Passive House Canada, Rob works to advance building energy efficiency. A certified Passive House consultant and the developer of several certified Passive House projects, Rob is familiar with the economic and social advantages of high performance buildings. As a participant in numerous policy development initiatives he is familiar with the challenges facing regulators as they seek to meet climate change objectives. Rob works with Passive House Canada’s members, government and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.

Doug is a passionate, driven individual, loving work most when he can positively influence the business and share in success with people. Twenty plus years of progressive management experience and education has provided him with a well-rounded background and an opportunity to act as a leader, mentor, strategist and innovator. Forever curious, he recognizes that long-term success is only possibly by being the best at what you do – while continually focus on innovation within a trusting environment.
Sustainability, specific to real-estate development is a particular passion. He believes that industry has a responsibility to play a key role in shaping sustainable building and development practices in addresses climate change. Moreover, he believes it can be done affordably, responsibly, and profitably – noting that it will take smart, passionate and creative people to get the job done.”

Specialties / Interests : Smart Energy Communities, District Energy, Combined Heat and Power, Solar, Geo-thermal, Passive House, Net-Zero, Energy Storage, Modular Construction, Manufacturing, Integrated Project Management, Lean Manufacturing.


Wednesday, November 8 • 8:30am–9:30am • $50 • Palomino A/B

W03 – KEYNOTE: Cities of the Future: Beauty, Brains and Brawn

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Property Management; Business
& Strategic Planning]

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Cities are changing. Now, more than ever, we are seeing more densely populated urban areas, changes in real estate development, a shift in societal values and behaviour, and the rise of smart technologies. These factors, paired with the need for social equality and environmental balance, present unique challenges and great opportunity for our cities.

Futurist, Nikolas Badminton, will examine the trends innovating some of the world’s greatest cities, improving the life of their inhabitants, and minimizing environmental impact. Exploring what these trends could mean for Calgary, Nikolas will make some bold predictions to help inspire you to think outside of the box when imagining the future of our real estate.

Nikolas Badminton

Nikolas Badminton, Futurist

Nikolas is a world-respected futurist, speaker, author, teacher, and conference producer. He wows audiences with keynote speeches on how exponential technologies are revolutionizing the world. He is a renowned expert in the sharing economy, the future of work, and how cities are evolving.

He regularly appears on BBC, CBC, CTV, Global News, VICE, and writes for Techcrunch, Huffington Post, Forbes, Venturebeat, Betakit, TechVibes, Business.com, and other media. More of his thinking can be seen at www.nikolasbadminton.com.

Wednesday, November 8 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45 • Palomino C

W04 – Broadening the Sustainable Design Discussion – Biophilia, Beauty and Fitness

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

As employers seek to attract and retain top talent, they are beginning to embrace more holistic concepts of wellness in the design of their workplaces. Discussions have emerged around designing for biophilia (the human-nature connection), beauty and fitness, and although designers have been applying this thinking for years, the strategies are just now becoming more formalized and explicit. The chatter is often loudest in sustainable design circles, with the release of new standards such as WELL.

This session will discuss what it means to create a building or space that nurtures the human-nature connection, how to promote occupant fitness through design, addressing why this is an important part of the sustainability conversation. This seminar will be co-presented by sustainability and design professionals, to provide a balance of theory and practice.

Ben Campbell

Angela Mok

Ben Campbell, Project Manager and Technical Lead, WSP Canada Inc.
Angela Mok, Interior Designer, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning

Specializing in new and existing commercial buildings, Ben Campbell’s experience encompasses over 50 sustainability projects. Along with confident problem-solving skills afforded by an extensive background in mathematics, Ben’s diverse interests extend to economics and the physical and life sciences. With experience studying and volunteering internationally, Ben approaches problems in sustainability from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Angela Mok is a registered Interior Designer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Interior Design Degree from Mount Royal University. She brings seven years of professional experience working across corporate, hospitality, institutional and commercial sectors. Involved in all project phases, Angela works with clients to ensure vision and goals are carried through from the preliminary design concept to final construction. She assists in creating design concepts, presentations, specifications, and tender packages.

Wednesday, November 8 • 10:00am–11:00am • $50 • Palomino A/B

W05 – KEYNOTE: The Digital Revolution: The New Face of Construction

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Hear Gareth Hayes, Partner at Roland Berger in Chicago, address digitization in the construction industry. Exploring the degree to which digitization is already implemented, Gareth will expand on the areas that have the most to gain from digitization. Speaking to the impact on logistics, procurement, production/construction, marketing/sales, after sales & customer marketing, the keynote will identify the potential and opportunity that digitization presents throughout these areas. This presentation will summarize the benefits of digitization, emphasizing the importance of adoption in the advancement of the construction industry.

Gareth Hayes

Gareth Hayes, Partner, Engineered Products & High Tech Competence Center Chicago, Roland Berger LLC

Gareth Hayes is a Partner in Roland Berger’s Engineered Products & High Tech (EPHT) Competence Center in Chicago.

Since joining the firm in 2009 he has worked with clients across the industrial and construction sectors in topics from growth strategy, operations management and technology areas such as additive manufacturing. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management as part of Northwestern’s MMM Program.


Wednesday, November 8 • 10:00am–11:00am • $45 • Palomino C

W06 – The Focus Game: How to Fix Your Distracted Workplace

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Property Management; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The average person checks their personal device 110 times a day, which is twice as often as many people think they do. Yet one of the most common complaints at work is, “my office is too distracting.”

In this workshop, the speaker will discuss the causes and costs of distraction in the workplace. Attendees can look to discover some of the pitfalls and traps that distract employees, and develop strategies to avoid them.

Sarah Kuzak

Sarah Kuzak, Manager, Sales Skills Development, Teknion

Sarah has been in the design industry for over 20 years and has worked in a variety of roles including Interior Designer, Sales and National Training Instructor, and 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.

Wednesday, November 8 • 10:00am–12:00pm • $65 • Tradeshow Floor

W07 – Building Renewable Energy Beyond Photovoltaics: Targets, Metrics and Trends

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management, Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ 2 AAA Structured LHs • 2 BOMI CPDs • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

With the federal renewable energy targets, compliance to NECB, and every individual’s responsibility to preserve our planet and its resources, the opportunity to transform the way we use energy has never been greater.

This session will offer an introduction to various alternate and renewable energy systems, including:

  • Photovoltaic installations
  • Solar concentrated hot water plants
  • Solar hot water installation
  • Biomass and landfill
  • Natural gas in CCHP installations
  • Fuel cell installations
  • Run-off the river hydro
  • Wind generation

An overview of capital and operational expenditure will be provided, as well as trends and selection metrics to assist professionals in making informed decisions. Following this presentation, participants will understand:

  • Renewable targets for 2020, 2030 and 2050 in Alberta.
  • Achievable renewable energy options for the built environment.
  • Metrics for selecting the most suitable option.

Sunny Ghataurah

Mo Khan

Sunny Ghataurah, President & CEO, AES Engineering
Mo Khan, Project Manager, AES Engineering

Sunny Ghataurah is one of Western Canada’s leading electrical engineers and has 6 years of experience as an electrician and more than 20 years of experience in the electrical design and construction administration of a wide range of electrical systems. He is skilled in designing high voltage installations, power systems, lighting, fire alarm systems, generators, fire pumps and control & communication systems. Sunny has become a leader in the implementation of ASHRAE & NECB on all types of projects. In addition, his portfolio includes more than 100 LEED projects, three Living Buildings and several regenerative projects.

Mo Khan is the renewables specialist at AES Engineering having designed and commissioned numerous photovoltaic installation projects. As an electrical engineer, Mo has successfully completed more than 250,000 m2 of corporate head office facilities. Mo pushes the boundaries on green and sustainable building initiatives, striving for innovation, energy-efficiency, technological advancements and professionalism on all his projects.

Wednesday, November 8 • 10:30am–12:00pm • $55 • Quarter Horse A/B

W08 – Passive House: Barriers Removed, Lessons from Calgary’s First Passive Houses

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LHs • 1.5 BOMI CPDs ]

The time to build to the Passive House standard is now! But how do you keep costs down? And where does one find suitable materials and trades people? How does one find an accurate energy model, and how do you navigate city permit applications and inspections? Learn from the experience gained from some of the first residential houses in Calgary, and hear how perceived barriers to Passive House construction have been mitigated or eliminated.

Frank Crawford

Frank Crawford, P.Eng, GSC

After 15 years as a Professional Civil Engineer managing major construction projects valued at up to $100M, Frank left his job to design, manage and build his family’s personal residence. The home meets the Passive House standard and includes a secondary rental suite. By managing the full life cycle of the project and doing much of the physical construction work himself, Frank learned an enormous amount about the realities of Passive House and was able to experience it from the perspective of an owner/investor, designer, builder and user. Now living in the home with his family, Frank started a consulting business focused on his passions of Passive House and energy efficiency. Frank holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and completed the Passive House Designer Course. His past work includes project manager for office towers and mixed-use buildings, some certified to the LEED Gold and Platinum levels. This includes responsibility for design development, estimating, budgeting, procurement, cost control and financial oversight.


Wednesday, November 8 • 11:30am–12:30pm • $45 • Palomino C

W09 – The Rise of the Human Factor in Design

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Business & Strategic Planning

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Designing sustainable environments, driving down cost and integrating rapidly emerging technology has been a strong focus in building design. But, ultimately we are designing for people.

The ping factor, that incessant beckoning of technology, is reducing our efficiency and productivity — not to mention our sanity. People need time and space to think, balanced with time and space to build bonds with co-workers. We know that healthy, happy and engaged workers are far more productive, so finding ways to promote movement, cultivate social networks and offer spaces to reflect and refresh are essential.

This presentation will discuss how to best accommodate a variety of work styles, diverse demographics and your unique organizational culture, identifying key design attributes and strategies that increase the level of employee engagement.

Robyn Baxter

Sarah Bramley

Robyn Baxter, Vice President, Regional Leader of Consulting, HOK
Sarah Bramley, Workplace Strategy Consultant, HOK

Robyn has over 30 years of experience helping clients develop effective strategies for their real estate portfolios. Her collaborative relationships with clients helps to bridge the gap between their organizational goals, user needs and portfolio and workplace strategies. She brings HOK’s vast knowledge and research to organizations that are evaluating the business value of real estate investments from both portfolio and workplace perspectives. Robyn excels at engagement and facilitation to bring diverse perspectives to an aligned understanding. Solving complex problems requires new thinking and an approach that integrates business processes, operational needs and stakeholder engagement in an integrated and intentional way.

Specializing in workplace transformation, Sarah Bramley utilizes her creativity and problem-solving skills to develop unique solutions for clients, with expertise in strategic planning, communication, and user engagement through the design process, as well as change management related to workplace change and activity-based working. Sarah has worked with a variety of clients across North America spanning several industries, and is a valued and trusted member of the HOK Consulting team with her attention to detail, responsiveness and professionalism.

Wednesday, November 8 • 12:00pm–2:00pm • $75 • Palomino E

W10 – Mastering the Power of Personal Communications

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ 2 AAA Structured LHs • 2 BOMI CPD • 2 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Leaders know that effective communication can mean the difference between success and failure. This two-hour workshop will put you on the path to becoming an effective and efficient communicator. Providing practical tips and tricks that will enhance your arsenal of personal communications, whether it’s one-on-one, presenting to large audiences, through the media or in times of crisis, attendees will take away basics that can be immediately implemented. This presentation will cover:

  • Communication Basics; Increase the power of one-on-one communication with employees, customers and others you need to influence. Take away tips that will help you negotiate, motivate, build relationships or deliver good news and bad.
  • Voice & Body Language 101; Learn how to add power and impact to your message whether communicating with 1 or 1,000.
  • Crisis Communications; when disaster happens, you’re never fully prepared. Learn 10 communications tips for what to do if it happens to you.
  • Communicating Through the Media; People respond to news. When a story works – it really works! News stories produce an immediate response. You will learn 10 key performance tips for mainsteam media and social media like YouTube videos and podcasting.
  • Speak Up, Speak Out; Public speaking is a terrifying experience for many leaders. It doesn’t have to be. Performance and production tips will boost your confidence.
  • Social Media Basics; This section will not be “how to” by “why!” Key communications threats and opportunities leaders need to understand.

Robyn Braley

Robyn Braley, President, UniMark Creative

Robyn T. Braley is a writer, speaker, media coach and communications specialist. He is known for his humour, knowledge, insight, and observations based on broad personal experience. He has worked with clients in commercial construction, home building supply and manufacturing for 25 years as the President of Unimark Creative. He has recently been interviewed on 930 CHED, NEWSTALK 770, 660 NEWS and various TV news programs.

Wednesday, November 8 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45 • Palomino G/H

W11 – Climate in Mind: A Dialogue on the Future of Renewable Energy in Alberta

[Urban & Community Planning; Landscape Architecture; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management]

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD ]

The word’s out — renewables are in. With a new incentive plan in place, the future looks bright for solar. Is there potential in wind? Does biomass, geothermal and electrification have a role to play?

Join us for a conversation that will address these and other important questions. Reflecting on the province’s successes, the presenters will expand on the opportunities and benefits that renewables present in the design of sustainable and holistic communities and buildings.

The panel will provide context around the political landscape of renewables, discussing the limiting factors that have inhibited development and adoption to date. The panel will pose potential solutions on how to overcome these challenges, providing predictions on what the future of renewable energy in Alberta looks like.

 Marnie Dawson

 David Dodge

 Anouk Kendall

 Walter Hossli

 Colin Rioux

Marnie Dawson, Principal, Prairie Sky Consulting

David Dodge, Chair of the Board, Energy Efficiency Alberta
Anouk Kendall, Fellow, The Energy Futures Lab, President, Decentralized Energy Canada
Walter Hossli, Founder and Director, Emeritus at Momentum
Colin Rioux, Principal, Renewus Energy

David Dodge is the producer and host of the www.GreenEnergyFutures.ca multi-media series of more than 170 documentaries on green energy technologies, projects, entrepreneurs and leaders in Canada. You can hear his features on CKUA Radio in Alberta. David is also the Chair of the Board of Energy Efficiency Alberta and Co-chair of Edmonton’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee.

David is an environmental journalist and a photojournalist who has worked for newspapers, published magazines and was the production manager for a Canadian nature publisher. He produced more than 350 award-winning EcoFile radio programs on sustainability for the CKUA Radio network. He has has worked for numerous non-profit organizations such as the Pembina Institute, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and Greenlearning.ca

David has been an active volunteer in his own community league for 20 years and served as the president of the Edmonton Federation of 157 Community Leagues in Edmonton and most recently completed a solar project at Evansdale Community League in his neighbourhood.

Wednesday, November 8 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • $55 • Tradeshow Floor

W12 – Northern Climate Passive House Institutional Building: Valley View Town Hall

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment]

[ 1.5 AAA Structured LHs • 1.5 BOMI CPD ]

Passive House is a demanding standard and achieving it in northern climates has been thought to be challenging. What are those challenges? How are they overcome? Attend this presentation and hear the story of Valley View Town Hall. Located 600 kms north of Calgary, it is the first institutional Passive House building in Alberta.

Oscar Flechas

Oscar Flechas, Principal, Flechas Architecture

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.


Wednesday, November 8 • 12:30pm–4:00pm • $150 • Arabian

W13 – PM250: The Risks Inherent in Delivering Promised Value & Benefits

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ 3.5 AAA Structured LHs • 3.5 BOMI CPDs • 3.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Critical to the success of projects is an ongoing rigorous integrated risk assessment and management process. Though not all processes, procedures, or functions perform as expected, your experience, along with this pre-defined risk assessment and management process, will enable you to factor in all current possibilities and work closely with your extended team to execute the plan and to implement contingencies as necessary. The pre-defined risk assessment and management processes will enable you and your team to deliver the value and benefits assured at the start.

Learn about:

  • The development of a building project for better results
  • The definition of project governance – benefits realization
  • The golden rules of project risk management
  • The most effective strategies and techniques to use to avoid problems and mitigate risk
  • What to look for and what questions to ask to get a true picture of the status of your project(s)
  • The life cycle cost of building ownership
  • A comparison of traditional practice and value management
  • Best practices for implementing value engineering in design-build
  • Value engineering and sustainability

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush, MSc, PhD, MCSE, CSM, FRCPM, Chairman & Chief Technical Officer, Atocrates Project Sciences

Bud is a highly informative and entertaining 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.

It’s 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 as one of the best and most engaging speakers in the field of Project Management, receiving high praise from past workshop and conference attendees.

Wednesday, November 8 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $45 • Palomino C

W14 – Breaking Barriers: Improving Barrier-Free Design Guidelines

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 HSW-Barrier Free Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The current Barrier-Free Guidelines have made progress over the years, however there is still a need for improvement.

As a person living with a disability, the presenter of this session faces a variety of challenges daily. Darby Lee Young will discuss these challenges in relation to the current code, presenting scenarios where it is sufficient and where it is not. Highlighting example scenarios that meet code but are problematic from the user point of view, Darby will present viable solutions that need to be taken into account in design considerations.

Work with all levels of government is under way to update the current code, with significant changes expected in the future. In the meantime, it is critical for design and building professionals to recognize and understand how the bar needs to be set higher when it comes to accessibility.

Darby Lee Young

Darby Lee Young, Principal Accessibility Strategist, Level Playing Field Inc.

Darby Lee Young is a former para-alpine ski racer, born with mild cerebral palsy and a passion for removing barriers. She created Level Playing Field (LPF) to mitigate the barriers she and her team face everyday.

Darby has extensive experience as an accessibility strategist. She is a universal design expert, has a deep understanding of building codes and drawings, and has contributed to removing barriers at a municipal level, provincial level and across North America. Darby sat on the City of Calgary’s Advisory Committee on Accessibility (ACA) for over four years and was the committee’s co-chair for two years.

As Chair of the ACA, Darby spearheaded efforts to support an inclusive workplace, accessible services, and usable facilities for everyone. Her role was to focus on policy issues and advise on accessibility concerns related to municipal properties, information, events and services. She also represented the City at the International Summit on Accessibility. In June of 2017, Darby was appointed to a three-year term on the Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities.

Level Playing Field has allowed Darby to offer her expertise to a wider range of clients. By incorporating barrier-free design features in new builds and conducting accessibility reviews on existing facilities, Darby’s work continues to make a significant difference for people living with disabilities. Her contributions to the full and equal participation of all Albertans via the Premier’s Council and the creation of the municipal government’s universal design guidebook have placed Darby at the forefront of accessibility consulting.

Wednesday, November 8 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $45 • Palomino F

W15 – PechaKucha: Iconic Wood Projects

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials]

[ 1 AAA Structured LH • 1 BOMI CPD • 1 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Wood – it’s a beautiful thing. Which is evident in these iconic projects that utilize a material that was one of the building blocks of our great nation. Hear from some of Western Canada’s leading wood practitioners highlight the design and technical achievements of their iconic wood projects.

Rory Koska

 Bill Marshall

 Troy Smith

 Vedran Skopac

Rory Koska, Program Director, WoodWORKS! Alberta

Case Studies and Presenters:
Canmore Civic Centre, Canmore — Bill Marshall, Principal, Marshall Tittemore Architects

The Meadows Community Recreation Centre, Edmonton — Troy Smith, Principal, Group2 Architecture

Mosaic Centre for Conscious Community and Commerce, Edmonton — Vedran Skopac, Architect, Manasc Isaac Architects

Rory Koska has over 18 years’ experience in the design and building industry in Alberta. A graduate from Architectural Technologies at NAIT. Rory worked with Igloo Building Supplies Group Ltd as a senior truss designer on residential and commercial buildings and later ran his own consulting firm. Rory has led the Wood WORKS! Alberta program for over 9 years and has brought the program through many milestones. The Alberta regional program has evolved into a conduit between industry innovation and the design community. Under Rory’s direction the Wood WORKS! Alberta program has established itself an invaluable resource for communities and the construction industry interested in building with wood.

As originating partner of MTa, Bill Marshall has enthusiastically led the growth of the firm. He is a key contributor to MTa’s Living and Workplace Studios, establishing a highly respected expertise in civic, commercial, resort/ hospitality and seniors living design spanning 30 years. Bill brings this same contextual sensitivity to MTa’s award winning architecture and urban design in Calgary & Edmonton. MTa’s diversity of project types and collaborative approach and innovative partnerships reflects Bill’s passion for creating outstanding buildings and environments that enrich all aspects of people’s lives. “I am a strong supporter of Stakeholder engagements ensuring we’re all buying in, since Design is an inclusive process” A “Man in Motion”, Bill can easily disappear into the worlds of fly fishing, road biking, grooming his E-Type Jag, ski touring or pursuing a bucket list of family travel adventures.

Troy Smith is a graduate of the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor’s degree in Art History and the University of Calgary with a Master’s degree in Architecture. After graduation in 2000, Troy worked for 4 years in Calgary before moving to Edmonton to work for noted Alberta architect Barry Johns. In 2007, Barry Johns (Architecture) merged with Group2 Architecture Interior Design. In 2010, Troy returned home to Saskatchewan to raise his family and establish the Group2 Saskatoon Studio with his wife and co-principal, Laura Plosz. Troy is the recreation project leader at Group2 with experience in multi-use recreation facilities in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. Group2 has garnered many awards for projects in which Troy has been involved including WoodWorks Alberta awards for the Queen Elizabeth Outdoor Pool, the Valley Zoo Pinniped Exhibit and the Meadows Community Recreation Centre, all located in Edmonton. Having worked with institutional clients including universities and municipal and provincial governments, Troy understands the systems and processes required to deliver solutions which achieve design excellence while meeting the needs of clients and stakeholders.

Troy is a Member of the RAIC, a registered Architect in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Vedran Skopac believes in DISTINCT, DIVERSE and DYNAMIC architecture – the three sacred D’s of design. His idea of ‘Emotionally Sustainable Architecture’ is focused on building socially sensible communities conducive to thrive of human spirit.

Vedran is an international architect who joined ‘njiric+njiric’ group (see El Croquis No. 114[II]), and delivered work that is best captured in prestigious monographs and publications such as MARK, and DOMUS, and most notably in the international magazine 2G no.57 [Editorial Gustavo Gili, 2011] under the ‘njiric+ arhitekti’ practice.

Currently living in Edmonton and being part of the Manasc Isaac Architects group, Drawing Room artists group, and volunteering in NGO’s that sponsor and settle Syrian Refugees; he is actively building sustainable and contemporary communities.

Vedran’s most recognized design on Canadian soil, The Mosaic Centre, was completed in February 2015 and is the crown jewel of sustainable building in Alberta, becoming the first Net Zero energy commercial office building in Alberta — an example of Alberta’s oil and gas abundance igniting innovative, sustainable projects. With this project he helped steward the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) movement in Alberta — a contract model that is gaining momentum in a marketplace desperately seeking a Better Way.

Eager to learn and share knowledge Vedran is helping teach in four Canadian schools for architecture and design (UofT John H. Daniels in Toronto, UofC EVDS in Calgary, RAIC Syllabus in Edmonton, and UofA Art&Design in Edmonton).

Other notable projects include Red Deer College Student Residence [expected 2018]; and The City of Justice in Zagreb [expected 2020] – a 1.5 mio square feet [USD$300 mio] winning competition proposal Vedran and two of of his partners delivered to help Government of Croatia fight corruption in judicial system, and become a more livable place for all Croatian citizens.


Wednesday, November 8 • 2:00pm–4:00pm • $60 • Palomino A/B

W16 – KEYNOTE: Views from The Edge

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ 2 AAA Structured LH • 2 BOMI CPDs • 2 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Back by popular demand, Views from The Edge reinvents the traditional conference experience. Join fellow delegates for an afternoon plenary featuring a collection of highly relevant, high value, high energy presentations on matters at the forefront of our industry.

Focusing on the themes of DISRUPTION and RESILIENCE, Change Agents and Thought Leaders will expand on experiences that have contributed to monumental shifts in their profession, company and life.

Topics include: Inflection Points, The Free Agent Economy, Unconventional Paths, The Collaboration Equation, Exponentialism: Culture is Key.

 Markku Allison

 Bill Black

Brandy Burdeniuk

Tom Hodson

Tom Redl

Carrie Sturts Dossick

Shane Wallace

Curators and Hosts:
Markku Allison, Director, Engagement and Strategy, CHANDOS Construction
Bill Black, Vice President, Business Development, Allied Contractors

Featured Change Agents and Thought Leaders:
Brandy Burdeniuk, Founding Partner, EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting
Tom Hodson, President & CEO, Tiger Calcium Corporation
Tom Redl, President & CEO, CHANDOS Construction
Carrie Sturts Dossick, Executive Director, Center for Education and Research in Construction, University of Washington
Shane Wallace, CEO/Chief Facilitator and Engagement Officer, CultureSmith Inc.

Markku Allison is a sought-after public speaker, an early proponent of the green/lean/ipd+bim movement and a pioneer in the field of design work planning.

Markku has over 25 years experience both as an award-winning designer and as a thought-leader on transformative issues in the design and construction industry. During his time with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), Markku was instrumental in developing AIA’s “Integrated Project Delivery: A Guide,” the AIA “50to50” (50 strategies to 50% carbon reduction), as well as a range of other influential industry resources and white papers.

Bill Black is VP of Business Development for Allied Contractors – a commercial drywall and framing contractor in Calgary that is embarking upon an approach to the business that will revolutionize the industry.

Bill is no stranger to the challenges of the industry.

As President and CEO of Brxton Construction LP he led a strategic reorganization of the business to support an orderly wind down on behalf of the owners.

Prior to this Bill was EVP of Commercial at Skyline Building Envelope and part of the leadership team that was instrumental in facilitating a turnaround and sale of the business in 2015.

A highly adaptable individual, as evidenced by his varied career, Bill always brings a fresh perspective to the challenges and opportunities that he is involved with.

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

In Nov 2012 Bill returned to Skyline as Director of Business Development, Marketing and Communications before joining the senior leadership team as Executive Vice President of Commercial.

Frequent keynote speaker at many industry events, a constant champion of change and an outspoken advocate for a better construction industry.

Co-founder of Mindnetworkx Inc. where he applies his varied background, talents and experience in a variety of services to organizations.

Founding member of the Mindshift consortium and co-authored “The Commercial Real Estate Revolution”. Mindshift won the Corenet Global Innovators Award in 2009.

Calgary Construction Association Person of the Year Award for 2014 in recognition of his industry work and incoming chair of the CCA for 2018.

Brandy Burdeniuk is an industrial designer, entrepreneur and founding partner of EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting, a green building consulting firm. As a collaborator, teacher and troublemaker, Brandy has worked since 2006 with her team at EcoAmmo to excite people about living, working, and thriving in healthy and sustainable buildings. Knowing that business can be done a better way, Brandy is always eager to share her knowledge and has presented to numerous audiences throughout North America. Her technical expertise and community involvement enables her to be at the forefront of local market changes and international business trends. Brandy is an engaging and entertaining speaker and is known for her ability to communicate challenging topics in a way that breaks down barriers to sustainability and gets people excited for change.

Brandy currently sits as Chair of the Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and is running in the next City of Edmonton Municipal Election, for Councillor of Ward 11.

Like you, global CEO and business author Tom Hodson has seen the word leadership defined in countless ways over the years. Is it a gift or can it be learned? Is it reserved for those few at the top or does it run through all levels of an organization? What is it really all about?

With over three decades of in the trenches business experience, and having travelled to 45+ countries building businesses as a chief executive he was first classically trained for 15+ years in brand marketing and stealth operations by the blue chip consumer packaged goods company Procter & Gamble. He then created management consultancy Optime International from scratch with two other switched on guys then partnered with clients Pepsi, Cadbury, Molson and General Motors to help them in their pursuit to become great customer centric companies. Free beer and chocolate bars, it was a good gig.

After this decadent experience Tom worked with a bunch of other bright and talented people to transform student learning, teaching and education in classrooms around the world. They disrupted the traditional classroom, turning it upside down much to the delight of teachers and students. As the President of SMART Technologies he and his team pioneered the use of interactive whiteboards (SMART Boards) as a disruptive technology replacing black boards in classrooms globally. He personally travelled the world championing the use of SMART boards as a transformative technology for classroom education. He has spent time with children, teachers, parents, and top government officials in over 40 countries (it was cool), his exposure to so many countries and cultures at a deep level has made him a global thinker and a global citizen, with significant thought leadership on how to build and grow companies domestically and globally. During his tenure at SMART it grew from a medium sized $150 million company to a global powerhouse with an enterprise value of $2 billion +.

Tom’s last assignment and current assignment have been a turn around and a growth play in that order. As the CEO of the Skyline Group a Calgary based commercial construction company he and another ‘great team’ brought Skyline from deep financial losses to business renewal and a successful sale of the company. He is presently the CEO of Tiger Calcium Corporation, a large Alberta based specialty chemical mining and manufacturing company where he is less than a year in and is changing the order of things to get to growth- results are improving dramatically. The future looks bright.

He is an author. Co-authored a book titled ‘Winning with Today’s Customer’. Sold lots. Companies bought it for their people. He is educated. Holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. A top school, he doesn’t know how he got in. He serves his community. Cancer is a cause he is passionate about- he has just been appointed Chairman of the Board for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. He also believes in Calgary. He is on the Board of Directors for Calgary Economic Development. Married to a singer (for 32 years) and they have lots of kids (4 – they are kind of adults).

Tom Redl is CEO of CHANDOS Construction Ltd., a market leader in the provision of value-added construction solutions that has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies, an Alberta Top Employer and is Certified as a B Corporation. Tom has held this position since 2001. During his time as CEO, CHANDOS has experienced significant growth and positive change.

An entrepreneur and strategic visionary, Tom is a highly collaborative leader and this is one reason behind his success at CHANDOS. Internally, his focus is on the continuous improvement of the company’s business model and ensuring that people come first. Externally, he is focused on developing long-term strategic relationships with key business partners. This dual focus serves a single purpose – to ensure value is constantly being created for CHANDOS’ clients.

Tom truly believes in giving back to the community. He recently concluded his term as 2016 Co-Chair of the Alberta Capital Region United Way Campaign Cabinet, a role he shared with Edmonton’s First Lady, Sarah Chan. In 2015, he personally created a scholarship fund at CHANDOS entitled the “Amisk Award”, a scholarship to advance the education or community interests of the award recipients. A lover of the City’s arts, Tom currently serves on the Citadel Theatre’s Board of Governors, where he has also served as President & Chair of the Board of Directors in years prior. In 2015, Tom completed a full 8-year term on the Board of the Edmonton International Airport, serving three years as Board Chair. Tom has also served on the Board of Acorn Communities, the Edmonton Construction Association (ECA) and is past Chair of the ECA’s Governance & Human Resources Committee.

Tom holds an ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and is an instructor in both the ICD Director Education program as well as the U of A Small and Medium Enterprise Governance program. He is a frequent speaker and panelist on the topics of governance, employee ownership and corporate social responsibility.

Dr. Carrie Sturts Dossick is a Professor of Construction Management at the University of Washington, College of Built Environment and the Director of the Center for Education and Research in Construction (CERC). Dr. Dossick has over a decade of research and teaching experience primarily focused on emerging collaboration methods and technologies such as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and Building Information Modeling (BIM). She is an active member of the National Institute of Building Sciences, buildingSMART Alliance, the Academic Interoperability Coalition (AiC), and the Construction PDF Coalition. Current research projects include the use of Virtual Reality for Facilities Management Training, BIM workflows for Preconstruction Services, Integrated Project Delivery Case Studies, Record Modeling specifications for transit sector projects, and technology and collaboration strategies for integrated design and construction. She has received funding from the National Science Foundation, U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Education, General Services Administration, Mechanical Contractors Association of Western Washington, Sound Transit, Skanska USA Building, Mortenson Company, University of Washington Royalty Research Fund, University of Washington Capital Projects and Facilities services.

Shane Wallace is the founder & CEO of CultureSmith Inc., an innovative and disruptive Employee Engagement firm based in Calgary, Alberta.

A 17 year veteran of the Professional Recruitment industry, Shane launched his first firm in 2005 after spending 6 years as a Director of a multi-national Fortune 100 Recruitment Firm.

As the leader of a rapidly growing enterprise, tackling employee engagement was a daily challenge. In setting his mind to solving this issue for himself, Shane soon realized that he had created a highly impactful model that was delivering amazing results. After “lending” the methodology to a number of his key recruitment clients, the demand for this service built almost overnight and CultureSmith Inc. was born.

Shane now spends his time tackling the engagement issue on behalf of others. Teaching the four core concepts of Alignment, Assessment, Attraction and Activation, he helps companies leverage all about them that is unique, creating solutions that allow them to find prosperity in even the most challenging market conditions.

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