2017 BUILDEX Edmonton Program Day 2

Seminars have been approved for educational credits with the following organizations:

Seminar Streams:

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

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 8:00am–11:30am • $125 • Ballroom 104 

W01: PM 150: Alternative Project Delivery Methods

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 3.5 SLH • BOMI 3.0 CPDs • 3 Hours General IDCEC Approved ]

This workshop will move outside standard project delivery, exploring alternative methods. Focusing on a selection of techniques that have been implemented, the speaker will provide information on Integrated Project Delivery, Design-Build, Construction Management-at-Risk and Public-Private Partnerships. This workshop will provide a high-level how to and resources for each method, highlighting advantages and disadvantages as well as impact on project outcomes.

 Dr. Bud MacAuley Lush

Dr. Bud MacAuley Lush, Chairman & Chief Technical Officer, Atocrates Project Sciences

Bud is a highly informative and entertaining international speaker with over 30 years of management and technical consulting, mentoring, teaching and coaching focused on:

“inspiring and equipping individuals, teams and corporations to provide the most worthwhile experience to everyone they serve.”

Expertise in Leadership & Change, Strategy Execution, Creativity & Innovation, Project Management, Requirements Engineering & Management, and Team Development.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45 • ROOM 108/108A 

W02: Solar Energy in Alberta

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Trends]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

With 20% more sunshine than Ontario and 50% more than Germany, Alberta has an excellent solar resource. This presentation will provide context around the potential of solar energy in the Alberta market. The presenter will explain how solar thermal and solar photo-voltaic systems work, expanding on the amount of heat energy and electrical energy they can produce. Residential applications will be used as examples with the presenter providing insight on how to scale up solar energy applications to industrial and utility scale projects. This presentation will highlight the barriers to solar energy implementation, discussing and emphasizing the financial, social and environmental benefits of solar energy.

Tom Jackman

Tom Jackman, Researcher, SAIT Polytechnic

Mr. Jackman is applying his professional background to advance solar energy following 25 years professional experience in Engineering and Executive Management positions in the manufacturing sector. He is currently a solar researcher at SAIT Polytechnic and President of Simple Solar Heating. He holds two patents in the field of solar heating, is a certified solar installer and instructs solar heating methods and installation. He is also Chairman of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, Chairman of the Friends of Fish Creek Park and serves as a Director in other business and environmental organizations.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 8:30am–9:30am • $45 • ROOM 109/109A 

W03: Developer’s Roundtable

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This presentation will provide an overview of proposed and existing development projects in the City and surrounding areas, touching on different property sectors such as industrial, office, multi-residential and retail. Esteemed panelists will discuss market trends, highlighting the challenges and opportunities that exist for the local marketplace. Panelists will provide a future forward look, sharing insights on changing market demands and what to expect over the coming year.

Colin Clish

Hilary Lumme

Nolan Montgomery

Patti Walsh, Partner, Grant Thornton LLP

Colin Clish, President, Clish Development Corp
Hilary Lumme, Vice-President, Property Management, Operations and Leasing, Katz Group Real Estate
Nolan Montgomery, President, Camgill Development Corporation
Curtis Way, ‎Principal, RMS Group

Colin Clish has been engaged in real estate development in the Edmonton region for 13 years. Over that time, Colin has been an integral part of the development, leasing and sale of over 2.1 million square feet of industrial and office space with a value of over $325 million. Colin is now the President of Clish Development Corp which is capable of providing a diverse range of real estate to the market. Clish Development Corp is a developer, owner, and manager of industrial and commercial real estate in Alberta. Colin continues to serve the industry as a Past-President of NAIOP Edmonton, the commercial real estate developers association.

Hilary Lumme, RPA, CPM is the Vice President, Property Management, Operations and Leasing for Katz Group Real Estate. She is responsible to oversee all areas of property management, operations and leasing. She has more than 20 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry, and has held progressive leadership positions with organizations doing business in North America. Hilary currently sits as a committee member with Edmonton CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) and has previously sat as President with NASCA (Northern Alberta Shopping Centre Association).

After graduating from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Management in Finance, Nolan Montgomery pursued further education in Europe at the HEC Business School in Belgium. After returning home, he took a keen interest in real estate and development and joined Camgill’s team in 2007. Nolan has taken on many roles during his tenure at Camgill and with his thirst for knowledge and continuous improvement, he completed his Diploma in Urban Land Economics at the UBC’s Sauder Business School. In 2016, Nolan was named President of Camgill Development Corporation. He is involved UDIs Commercial Committee and is a member of the Entrepreneur’s Organization.


Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 8:30am–10:30am • $85 • Ballroom 102 

W04: Tools for Turbulent Times: Developing A High Impact Board

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

[ AAA 2.0 SLH • BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

Attend this seminar to learn about Key Principles in Building and Leading a Peak Performing Board. A Peak Performing Board is a competitive advantage – especially when market conditions are difficult and all businesses are looking to leverage every bit of competitive advantage possible. Corporate boards – whether advisory or legal / statutory / fiduciary – can help set a business apart from its competitors.

Beyond mere governance, truly Peak Performing Boards help craft a strategic future for the organization that pushes toward vision fulfillment while adapting to changes in the operating environment. FMI will lead participants through a discussion of the key steps in creating and leading a Peak Performing Board, as well as an overview of the process and critical roles involved.

Michael Mangum

Michael Mangum, Principal, FMI Corporation

As a senior consultant with FMI’s Center for Strategic Leadership, Michael brings his 35+ years of experience in the construction industry to bear on the challenges confronting today’s leaders. He is particularly passionate about helping drive organizational change through strategic thought and personal transformation. Michael is a lifelong construction guy, having been born into a family construction business in Raleigh, N.C. Sunday afternoons were spent touring jobsites and playing on big tractors. Summers meant working at asphalt plants, laying pipe, and fi nishing concrete. He continued this industry involvement post-college, assuming various leadership roles including president & CEO. Engineering News-Record named him one of its 21st century leaders of the transportation industry. Still other business interests exposed him to related industries like commercial and residential development, midstream oil and gas, mobile heavy equipment telematics, and golf course design / construction / management. He has been heavily involved in corporate governance, having spoken at National Association of Corporate Director events and been instrumental in the organization and launch of two independent, outside board of directors. Michael is also a past chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (2000) and led a segment of its worker health and safety initiative dealing with asphalt fumes for more than a decade. During those years, he developed close working relationships with members of organized labor, regulatory agencies and academia – in both the U.S. and Europe. Michael earned a civil engineering (construction) degree from North Carolina State University, continuing with post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has lectured in the graduate schools at both UNC and Northwestern University and is a 20+ year member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). As such, Michael has been fortunate to count some of the most outstanding business leaders in the world as his teachers.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 8:30am–10:30am • $65 • Ballroom 103 

W05: Increase the Power of Your Personal Brand

[Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ AAA 2.0 SLH • BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 2 Hours General IDCEC Approved ]

A strong personal brand is the foundation of a strong career. The people who matter to your career and business growth have an opinion about you. Whether you are the CEO of a large corporation, a student, warehouse worker, teacher, online marketer, pest control technician, truck driver, welder, farmer, salesperson or Bootstrapper, what others think will impact your success or failure.

Defining your personal brand requires authenticity and transparency. Begin the process by asking pointed questions that require thoughtful and honest answers.

As a review, my definition of a brand is simply this; A brand is what others think it is. Full stop! The definition is never more relevant than when it is applied to your personal brand. You will leave this seminar with a complete definition of what your personal brand is. You will also receive tips and practical ideas for growing your personal brand.

The speaker will review the following important elements of branding:

Personal Brand Analysis

  • What is the difference between career and personal brand?
  • What do others think of you; strengths, weaknesses?
  • What does being the real you mean? – transparency, authenticity, trust?
  • What is your real and perceived value?
  • How do I build career equity – What does that mean?
  • Career goal setting – plan the work and work the plan?

Practical Brand Building Tools

  • Systems and approaches
  • Networking
  • Life long learning
  • Bootstrapper (Guerilla) strategies
  • Body language, speech
  • Social media
  • Professional and Community Awards
  • Volunteering – professional and community

Robyn T. Braley

Robyn T. Braley, President, UniMark Creative

Robyn T. Braley is a writer, speaker, media coach and communications specialist. He is known for his humor, 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, Mar. 22 • 9:30am–10:30am • $45 • ROOM 107A 

W06: Project Communication – So Easy, Yet So Difficult

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

The root cause of most, if not all, project issues is the same: a communication breakdown somewhere along the line. While this is a seemingly simple concept, it is amazing how many times one small breakdown results in a domino effect of issues that can cripple a project.

This presentation will expand upon the intricacies of project management, narrowing in on people practices and expanding upon communication best practices, the value of actually talking to people and the importance of humility.

Patrick Crevolin

Patrick Crevolin, Operations Manager, Scott Builders Inc.

Graduated from University of Alberta in 2002 with B.Sc. in Materials Engineering. Spent first 5 years of career in design/field engineering in Ontario and Fort McMurray. Started as Project Manager with Scott Builders in 2007, promoted to Operations Manager in 2013.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 10:00am–11:00am • $45 • ROOM 108/108A 

W07: Solar Heat Pump Technology

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning; Management & Best Practices; Facility Management & Building Maintenance]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Solar Heat Pump technology is a highly efficient and cost effective renewable energy heating system that combines the benefits of solar thermal with the efficiency of heat pumps. This technology isn’t new – it’s just being used differently!

We’ve always had geothermal heat pumps. We’ve always had solar thermal panels. We’ve always had air source technology. This is all three in one. It uses a heat pump just like geothermal to absorb heat and redistribute it. The solar panel is a revolutionary technology that combines air source and solar thermal technologies for increased renewable energy performance.

This presentation will take you through the solar heat pump technology including history, components, applications, benefits and return on investment.

Ken McCullough

Ken McCullough, Chief Executive Officer, Think Mechanical Inc.

Ken McCullough, CEO of Think Mechanical Inc, is a Journeyman HVAC Refrigeration Mechanic by trade, who has worked in the industry for 20 years and has owned and operated Think for the past 10 years.

He is Edmonton’s only Certified Sustainable Building Adviser, a board Member of Alberta Geothermal Energy Association, a founding member of Green Energy Alliance, and an active member of Canadian Solar Industries Association.

Ken is passionate about making the world a better place, and accelerating Alberta’s transition to a sustainable future. He is certified with the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association as well as a Canadian GeoExchange Coalition for system design and installation. Ken is a Certified Hydronic Designer, and he designed and built the first radiant heating and cooling system in Alberta which is run off of geothermal and a heat recovery system.TBA

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 10:00am–11:00am • $45 • ROOM 109/109A 

W08: The Future of Fort Mac — Resilient or Not?

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

A group of ardent green building advocates who were concerned about the wildfires in Fort McMurray collaborated with the Government of Alberta, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and the Insurance Bureau of Canada to support a Build Back Better campaign for the municipality. The first phase of the campaign launched successfully in Nov. 2016 with a resilient design outreach program for local homebuilders and home owners. A second phase planned for 2017 will educate tradespeople on what it means to build better.

Build Back Better was inspired by the work of two other organizations that have been instrumental in demonstrating how to build for resiliency: FireSmart Canada and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction or ICLR. This is a great story of building, environmental and insurance professionals acting on behalf of the public good to improve construction in a region more noted for the oil sands than sustainability.

Andrée Iffrig

Rebecca Davidson

Glenn McGillivray

Rob de Pruis

Laura Stewart

Andrée Iffrig, Sustainability Team Lead, DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Rebecca Davidson, Principle Investigator of Net Zero Home Design, SAIT Polytechnic
Glenn McGillivray, Managing Director, Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction
Rob de Pruis, Director, Consumer & Industry Relations, Western & Pacific, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Laura Stewart, FireSmart Engagement Specialist, Alberta Agriculture & Forestry; President, FireSmart Canada

Rebecca Davidson’s research focuses on collaboration with industry partners who endeavour to create high performance buildings, overseeing projects from design through fruition. Her role also includes verification on the effectiveness of innovative materials and technologies prior to construction market commercialization including feasibility analysis and structural testing.

Rebecca holds a Masters in Architecture & Urban Culture from Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in addition to being a LEED Accredited Professional in two disciplines as well as an approved Living Future Institute Ambassador in Calgary, Alberta.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 11:00am–12:30pm • $75 • Ballroom 102 

W09: Unleashing New Sources of Growth

[Professional & Personal Skills Development; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.5 SLH • BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

We all know that Alberta markets are cyclical. Business opportunities can rain in one year, and evaporate the next. That is the nature of the resource based economy we exist in.

At both ends of the scale this is challenging: rapid growth is difficult to resource for, challenging for cash management, and often leaves customer service less that desirable. Scarce economies cause us to scramble to put a business development process in place when we may not ever have had to think about sales or marketing.

What can organizations do to manage this cycle? How can companies be strategic, smart, forward thinking and controlling about growth? How can they generate new sources of growth and revenue to protect themselves against future downturns? How can businesses turn market disruptions into opportunities for growth?

This presentation will be an interactive look at:

  • Generating ideas for new revenue sources
  • The importance of diversification as a strategic initiative
  • The difference between market cycles and major disruptions
  • The connection between deliberate strategic planning, execution of initiatives, and a robust sales engine

Tim O'Connor

Tim O’Connor, CEO, Results Canada Incorporated

Tim O’Connor is a founder and CEO of Results Canada Inc.

Results inspire people to create great companies. Results was created to address a chronic issue in mid-sized organizations – namely, a lack of execution. Business leaders have no shortage of good intentions, goals, and ideas, but often lack the discipline within their organizations to realize those outcomes. This puts Canadian competitiveness at risk, and jeopardizes our communities and society overall.

Results offers a unique blend of business advice, education, consulting, coaching and accountability which has proven to deliver remarkable results over the past 15 years. Results clients are regularly recognized with awards and accolades such as: fastest growth, best culture, best employer, and industry business leaders.

When not working, Tim serves a variety of boards and community associations including the Entrepreneurs’ Organization and God Squad Canada. His personal passion is helping people live a “no regrets” life, and works hard to inspire, coach and ignite those around him.

Tim has lead interactive workshops throughout his 30+ year business career. He brings a practical, no-nonsense style and always provides specific and valuable takeaways for the leaders he meets.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $45 • ROOM 107 

W10: GeoSteel — A Case Study on Structural Geo Exchange Systems in Alberta

[Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

With the ever increasing operating costs in Canada of heating homes and buildings many have included solar panels, thicker insulation, better air barriers and higher quality windows in an attempt to lower costs. The thought that a geo exchange system could offer structural support never had much thought in Alberta or even in Canada until Caleb West sat down with Colin Grindle after a linkedin post. A quick thought process between the pair about bungalow homes and commercial structures and how it could work despite our cold climates deepened the concept. These things paired with the benefit of lower operating costs and even decreased costs of construction were went over in detail and investors were quickly found to proceed. This brought about the installation of the first Structural Geo Exchange Helical Pile into play in central Alberta in just 3 short months in Westlock.

Comparing the costs between traditional structures foundations and required heating systems as well as the cost savings of remote work sites and camps through this technology will be the focus of this one hour speaking engagement. Caleb will go through their approach from supply chain management, engineering, environmental concerns, cost savings as well as technical data on the pile system. Caleb will also present on their commercial application concept where everything from the parking lot to the sidewalks, grade beam, floor and interior columns are structural geo exchange heated components on a 6000 sq foot building. If you are looking to learn and add value to others, your own projects or even add insights into the innovation and development of this technology, this is one you session you don’t want to miss.

Caleb West

Caleb West, Seed Builders -Structual Geo Exchange Helical Pile

Caleb is an Edmonton innovator, mover and shaker in the construction industry who has built his company up through a team mentality of collaboration to success. Caleb focuses on being an ambitious and innovative business owner who helps others get where they want to be; his latest endeavour and team lead on the Geo Steel Pile proves that statement. Seed Builders expanded into the new build side of residential and multi-family sectors in 2016 and delivered their first Seniors Adaptable Living (S.A.L) duplex in December. Together with other industry professionals, he is leading the way in Canada to successfully implement the first structural geo exchange pile foundation. This technology will be installed on a S.A.L triplex that is starting in the spring on a Seed Builders site in Westlock, Alberta. Caleb’s team goal is to successfully implement this technology in a 5000-square ft. commercial building within a year while growing the residential and retrofits installs side by side and pursing industrial acceptance.

If you would like to get a hold of Caleb, you can call 780.288.6938 or email [email protected].

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 11:00am–12:00pm • $45 • Ballroom 103

W11: NECB 2011 and Building Envelope Systems

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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

The NECB 2011 Energy Code is now a requirement in Alberta, with all projects required to comply since November 2016. This sessions will help you understand the new code by addressing which compliances path is appropriate, what the prescriptive or performance requirements are, and how they may impact your projects.

The presentation will discuss Alberta case studies that have navigated the NECB code requirements and lessons learnt from the experience, ranging from prescriptive compliance to energy modeling. Examples of how the trade-off path can be applied will also be presented. When a project pursues the performance path (energy modelling), there is synergy with other sustainability certifications such as LEED or BuiltGreen.

Early design decisions informed through energy modelling and parametric analysis may help design teams achieve NECB compliance or other sustainability targets in a cost effective manner, and allow more freedom in meeting other project requirements aside from energy. We will also review the challenges of new stringent energy standards on building envelope systems and consequential effects such as energy efficiency, air quality and condensation.

Christian Cianfrone

Amir Hassan

Christian Cianfrone, Building Energy Practice Lead, Morrison Hershfield
Amir Hassan, Facade Engineering Specialist, Morrison Hershfield

With over a decade of focused experience, Christian is one of Canada’s industry leaders in building energy efficiency, energy code and energy simulation, having worked on hundreds of projects across North America. In addition, Christian represents MH on numerous North American technical committees. Christian sits on the Energy and Engineering Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for the CaGBC, Chairs the USGBC Energy and Atmosphere TAG and has provided energy policy advice to some of Canada’s largest cities, including Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto. He has also been instrumental in developing and delivering professional education on current industry topics relating to energy efficiency, simulation, codes, and ventilation.

Christian has presented at dozens of conferences across North America, including the AIA National Convention, CaGBC conferences, AIBC, OAA, ASHRAE, and others. E Christian has also developed and delivered course content for post-secondary education and professional programs across Canada.

Amir Hassan has over 20 years of experience in Building Envelope in the Middle East, Europe and North America. He has worked on very complex projects for both existing buildings (including historical and heritage buildings) and new construction. His Building Science knowledge includes work with structural glass, curtain wall design and evaluation, frameless and skylight systems, structural assessment, property condition assessment, building enclosure commissioning, roofing systems, weather-tightness, energy modeling, thermal performance, and thermography.

Amir holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, and a Master of Science degree in Façade Engineering. He is a frequent speaker and author on roofing and building envelope topics. Amir is also versed with AutoCAD, Therm, WUFI, FEA, CAN-Quest, Autudesk-Robot and other widely utilized engineering programs.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 11:30am–1:30pm • $65 • ROOM 108/108A 

W12: New Lighting Metrics, Technologies and Trends

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

[ AAA 20 SLH • BOMI 2.0 CPD • 2 Hours General IDCEC Approved ]

Stay ahead of the curve! The lighting industry has experienced rapid and significant change in recent years, impacting how light is delivered, measured and applied. Integrating with the built-environment, today’s luminaires not only generate light, but can also operate as beacons for autonomous spaces. How does one keep up with the constant change in Lighting? Attend this webinar to learn how global trends translate into new methods for designing and specifying luminaires and layouts. Four major trends will be discussed, including (1) new lighting metrics, (2) smart technology, (3) energy efficiency standards, and (4) green rating systems.

Learning Objectives:

  1. New Lighting Metrics. Identify the new metric (TM-30) for evaluating source color rendition consisting of Fidelity, Gamut and Color Vector Graphic. Understand why traditional lighting metrics such as cutoff classification and color rendering (CRI) are becoming less relevant due to technological advances in lamps.
  2. Technology Trends. Recognize that luminaires have evolved to become technology products capable of an array of functions, including dynamically changing light color temperatures and lighting controls, and how this can benefit occupants. Identify new applications, industries and opportunities resulting from advancements in LED technology.
  3. Energy Standards. Recognize that governments are implementing greater regulations towards energy efficiency, and enforcing standards on both commercial renovations and new construction. Understand that lighting for projects regulated in accordance with building codes must be designed in compliance with ASHRAE or NECB, and how this affects the project schedule.
  4. Rating Systems. Recognize that climate change concerns have spurred the growth of green building rating programs. Understand that projects targeting LEED, WELL, Green Globes, Living Building Challenge, and BOMA Best each have their own lighting design requirements for certification.

Sunny Ghataurah

Sunny Ghataurah, President & CEO, AES Engineering

As lighting designers within the commercial building industry, Sunny Ghataurah and his firm AES Engineering have accumulated industry insights by working collaboratively with lighting manufacturers, the A&D community, developers and municipal governments. They provide an independent perspective as they balance form, function, cost, and sustainability on lighting projects.

Sunny Ghataurah is one of Western Canada’s leading electrical engineers and lighting designers with more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry. His skills in designing electrical and architectural lighting systems have been applied to hundreds of buildings across a number of sectors, including healthcare, education, hospitality, civic, recreational, retail, corporate office, industrial and residential. His projects have won a number of awards, most recently a 2015 Award of Excellence for Interior Lighting Design from the Illuminating Engineering Society.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • $45 • Ballroom 103 

W13: Utility Supply Options and Case Studies

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance & Energy Efficiency; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Facility Management & Best Practices; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

As a building designer/developer, you have options for how a utility brings their supply lines into your location – including how many lines are brought in, their sizing, your contractual requirements, and whether individual suites/CRUs receive their own utility feed or you install a sub-metering system. In this practical session you will hear what some of the options may be, how they can affect the capital cost and the ongoing operating costs for your tenants, and what the risks are for certain supply options. Case studies will be presented covering various utility types, suppliers, and options.

Attendees will learn about:

  • options for utility supply
  • How these options will impact your initial capital and ongoing operating costs
  • How these options may impact the ongoing management and operation of the site

Chris Vilcsak

Chris Vilcsak, President & CEO, Solution 105 Consulting

Chris Vilcsak is President and CEO of Solution 105 Consulting Ltd. and has been active in the energy industry for more than 30 years. He started Solution 105 17 years ago, focusing on “Making Sense of Energy” for companies operating in deregulated environments. Today, Solution 105 is a leading and award-winning global provider of complete utility management solutions. As an example, a few years ago they were chosen by Manulife to track all utility usage, cost, and related emissions for North America and the Asian Pacific Rim, now encompassing 300 buildings. They also bought EPCOR’s submetering business a few years ago and that business has grown extremely fast for them.

Chris graduated with a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Alberta in 1985 and completed an MBA on a part-time basis from the U of A in 1997.

He is active in the community on a professional and personal level, having served six years on the board of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, several more years on the City of Edmonton’s Renewable Energy Task Force, has been on the BOMA Edmonton board since 2005, and participates on Edmonton City Council’s Energy Transition Advisory Committee.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 12:30pm–4:00pm • $125 • Ballroom 104 

W14: PM 250: Quality Procurement: Strategy, Best Practices and Alternatives

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Property Management]

[ AAA 3.5 SLH • BOMI 3.0 CPDs • 3 Hours General IDCEC Approved ]

With a direct correlation to timeline, financial performance, quality assurance, risk aversion, and the end value of an asset, an effective procurement process is critical to the success of a project.

This workshop will explain how to develop (or revisit) a procurement strategy that aligns with owner expectations and overall project objectives. Taking a solution based approach, the speaker will identify the challenges commonly met throughout the procurement cycle while highlighting industry best practices and alternative methods in preventing or mitigating these obstacles.

Dr. Bud MacAuley Lush

Dr. Bud MacAuley Lush, Chairman & Chief Technical Officer, Atocrates Project Sciences

Bud is a highly informative and entertaining international speaker with over 30 years of management and technical consulting, mentoring, teaching and coaching focused on:

“inspiring and equipping individuals, teams and corporations to provide the most worthwhile experience to everyone they serve.”

Expertise in Leadership & Change, Strategy Execution, Creativity & Innovation, Project Management, Requirements Engineering & Management, and Team Development.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • $45 • ROOM 107 

W15: Change or Die: Building a Lasting Practice

[Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour General IDCEC Approved ]

Being innovative and agile are a requirement in today’s business world and few companies and managers know how to do this well. Most leaders believe they can drive change through analysis or sheer will, when the reality is that change done in this manner does not stick and will result in a divided team. This dynamic has led to the development of the Change Management Profession as businesses have learned there is a science and an art to implementing positive change in small and large companies. The AEC (Architects, Engineers and Contractors) is poised for significant change as new technologies come to market and a millennial workforce becomes the productive engine of our industry. The bottom line is companies need to learn to not only embrace change, but to be effective at it. This session will teach you the fundamental principles of what is required to build a change ready organization and give you practical tools and tips to get this process started in your business.

  1. Upon completion, participants will be able to identify what business systems are lacking in the company that will make change challenging.
  2. Upon completion, participants will be able to define a plan that will position their company to embrace change with a higher likelihood of success.
  3. Upon completion, participants will be able to structure their respective businesses or departments to embrace change and innovation, thereby ensuring their practice is built for long term sustainability.

Tony Cancellier

Tony Cancellier, Managing Director, Syntropy Group

Tony Cancelliere is the Canadian Country Lead of the Change Management Institute (CMI), a not-for-profit organization that is uniquely positioned to advance the interests of change management. The CMI is a global organization with members in countries including Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada and Singapore. Since 2005, the CMI has been providing opportunities for change management professionals to build knowledge, skills and network with other change professionals. Its mission is to promote excellence in the management of change by setting standards, educating and supporting change management practitioners and promoting the value of change management.

Tony is a licensed Professional Engineer and has over 2 decades of experience working in the construction industry. He has held field, project management, estimating, accounting and operations management positions working for contracting and engineering firms. He understands the profession of construction intimately. This experience combined with his passion for building great businesses has allowed him to develop a keen insight into the challenges of driving change in a slow moving traditional industry. This led him to found Syntropy Group, a consulting firm that helps businesses grow and optimize their operations. His clients combined have had significant increase in profits from his transformation initiatives. His entrepreneurial skills are strengthened by his education where he was among the first group of graduates of the Rotman School of Management’s Jeffrey Skoll Engineering.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 1:00pm–3:00pm • $65 • Ballroom 102 

W16: Leadership Competencies for Green Building Professionals

[Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ AAA 2.0 SLH • BOMI 2.0 CPD • 2 Hours General IDCEC Approved ]

Most green building professionals―engineers, architects, designers, technicians, consultants―receive technical training but few have been exposed to techniques for persuading clients and management to adopt more sustainable options. What competencies do you need to talk a laggard into net zero energy or a more resilient solution? This seminar is an interactive learning event designed to identify and develop the skillsets required for success as a change agent.

During the seminar you will be introduced to practices from systems thinking, an approach to cultivating change used internationally in support of sustainable development. There will be time to test out various methods and you can expect to leave with a toolkit for use on the job.

Originally designed for the CaGBC, Alberta Chapter, this seminar was warmly received. Past participants felt it filled a hole in their professional development and enjoyed the camaraderie they experienced during the session.

Andrée Iffrig

Andrée Iffrig, Sustainability Team Lead, DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45 • ROOM 108/108A 

W17: The Why and How of Environmental Health and Wellbeing

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Health & Wellness; Facility Management & Building Maintenance; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour HSW IDCEC Approved ]

Health and wellbeing is a hot topic right now in the building industry. Intuitively we know that our environments can positively or negatively affect our health, and we’ve see an increased awareness on this topic thanks in large part to work done by the World Green Building Council and the International WELL Building Institute.

But what does it mean to really create a healthy environment? What does wellbeing even mean? How can we actually incorporate design strategies to achieve spaces that are better for people? Taking a holistic approach to the field of environmental health and wellbeing, Kaitlyn Gillis and Chris Taylor will give you look into the why and how of designing healthy spaces. Focusing on air quality, acoustic comfort, and lighting, Kaitlyn will first dive into the evidence that supports designing for people, drawing upon current and past research from the fields of environmental psychology and public health. Chris will then provide a practical solutions based perspective on achieving health and wellbeing goals for projects, while keeping in mind contextual constraints. Interactive in nature, this session will provide an opportunity to hear from two perspectives on healthy design and is sure to be of interest to anyone fascinated by designing for people.

Kaitlyn Gillis

Chris Taylor

Kaitlyn Gillis, Director, Wellbeing + Sustainability, Light House Sustainable Building Centre
Chris Taylor, Practice Leader – OHS, Western Canada and NW Ontario, Pinchin West

Mr. Chris Taylor is the Regional Practice Leader for Western Canada and NW Ontario in the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) group. He is a Registered Occupational Hygiene Technologist and a member of the American Industrial Hygiene Association.

Chris has over 23 years of experience as an occupational hygienist, in both industrial and commercial environments, with a strong focus on education. He is consultant and former instructor in occupational hygiene at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension, where he has taught for over 12 years.

Chris has been involved in a number of higher profile projects, including the clean-up of the CN/Wabumun oil spill, developing residential air-quality assessment techniques for the Municipality of Wood Buffalo as part of the forest fire response and has been involved in research projects regarding exposure with the Government of Alberta.

He also does regular presentations for BOMA Edmonton and the Insurance Institute of Canada.

Wednesday, Mar. 22 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • $45 • Ballroom 103 

W18: Infrastructure and Major Projects Update

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Property Management]

[ AAA 1.0 SLH • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

With investment in various sectors, the City of Edmonton is undergoing a rejuvenation it hasn’t seen in years. As more Cities build up, Edmonton is adopting a build IN, UP and Out approach.

The City is exploring expanding its boundaries to accommodate new residential developments designed to meet the demands of a growing population. In 2020, residents will be able to hop on the Valley Line – an Intensive 27 km LRT systems with a $1.8 billion price tag. Local neighbourhoods will also get a boost with the City’s new Major Neighbourhood Renewal Program, a $615 million project that will improve the Infrastructure of 43 neighbourhoods, plus seven more in the next three years.

This seminar will provide an update on current infrastructure and major projects occurring within the greater Edmonton area. Provide status updates on projects currently underway, the presenter will also provide an overview of projects coming down the pipe within the next 5 years.

Jorge Castellanos

Jorge Castellanos, Branch Manager, Infrastructure Delivery, City of Edmonton

Jorge Castellanos is a Professional Engineer with a 24-year career in Civil Engineering including a PhD. in Structural Optimization. His professional experience includes teaching engineering at a university level as well as designing bridges, dams, hydroelectric plants and steam assisted gravity drainage facilities for Engineering, Procurement and Contract Management companies in Montreal and Calgary.

After relocating to Edmonton, Jorge managed the maintenance and construction operations for the Facility Division of Aramark Remote Workplace Services. For the last five years, Jorge has been managing, as Senior Director of Engineering, the R&D, engineering, quality and the Project Management Office for Civeo Corporation.

As of September 2016, Jorge is the Branch Manager of Infrastructure Delivery with the City of Edmonton. Infrastructure Delivery accountable for the delivery of City capital construction projects with the exception of LRT and the Building Great Neighbourhoods program. The infrastructures within his portfolio include facilities, open spaces, roads, bridges and utilities. Jorge also manages the internal construction team that delivers utility infrastructure projects. With a staff of over 400 employees, oversight an annual operating budget of approximately $180 million and a four-year capital budget over $1 billion annually.