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101 – Sustainability without a CookbookDesignProperty ManagementGreen

Green certification systems have their place, but using a checklist is a poor substitute for applying the fundamentals of sustainable design. Architects, designers, developers and building operators can realize aesthetically pleasing, functional and enduring buildings by observing three basic sustainable design principles: biomimicry, connectivity and long life, loose fit. Using examples from the built and natural environments, this interactive presentation will provide inspiration through concrete examples of sustainability without a recipe. These same principles can also be successfully applied to innovation in organizations.

Presenter:
Andrée Iffrig, LEED AP, DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Biography: [more]

Award-winning graduate architect, community builder, storyteller and professional writer, Andrée Iffrig is passionate about sustainable design. Her critiques and stories can be found online at Suite 101, at DIRTT Environmental Solutions where she works in Communications, and in a variety of professional publications. An RAIC medalist, she uses her design background to collaborate with others in building more sustainable communities and environments.

102 – What's SEXY in Kitchen and Bath DesignDesign

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The most important place in the house is the Kitchen and no less noteworthy is the Bath. Monika will present the latest in what’s SEXY in Kitchen & Bath design, including spaces and product styles from: New Elegance to Simplicity. A stimulating mosaic of unique products, sophisticated materials, unusual finishings, even how to customize small details such as drawer pulls. The latest “It” items for kitchens and baths from what’s HOT in appliances and COOL in fixtures along with definitions of the artistic trends in cabinetry. You will be inspired to integrate the Culinary Connoisseur Kitchen and the Spa Worshippers Bathroom as important elements of the architecture.

Presenter:
Monika Siebert, Principal, Monika Inc.

Biography: [more]

MONIKA Siebert D.I.D. is one of Western Canada’s foremost creative and artistic designers. She is frequently celebrated for her passion of Kitchen and Baths, in Canadian and International Design publications. Known for pushing the envelope in her design work by using a multi-layered approach to each of her projects, by injecting art, design, technology, travel influences, her trademark attention to detail, texture and color palettes, gives all her project that signature “M” look.

A Mom, Interior Designer, Kitchen & Bath Design Specialist, Blogger, Writer, Mentor to design students, Gardener and Speaker. The designer was on the original development board creating the Chapter of NKBA PP Chapter, Past VP Tech & Communications Officer of NKBA PP Chapter, currently a Vice-Chair of CDECA, and developing a Alberta chapter of CDECA.

103 – The Art of Customer Service…Influence with EaseDesignProperty ManagementConstructionProdessional Development

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One way or another, you influence others. When you discuss an idea with a co-worker, resolve an issue with a spouse, or interact with a customer you are exercising influence. The problem is when people are rushed or focusing on the task, it isn’t always easy to create trust. Enter Jeff Mowatt’s approach that he calls, Influence with Ease®. In this session, Jeff shares subtle, powerful principles on how to earn and hold people’s trust. The result is reduced conflict, strengthened customer loyalty, and increased spending per customer.

Participants learn the Influence with Ease® approach to:

  • Enhance people’s perception of you by 12% by using a two word phrase more often (hint: it’s not "please" or "thank you")
  • Move beyond repeat business to create loyalty (there is a difference)
  • Use the most prevalent shift in buying trends to boost your business
  • Position your ideas, products, and services so that people select higher value options
  • Prevent customers from defecting just to save a few dollars
  • Meet and exceed the 7 top customer expectations
  • Avoid 5 common expressions that unwittingly raise scepticism in others
  • Reduce your customers' buying choices, and increase purchases by 7 fold
  • Prevent miscommunications that lead to stress and work overload
  • Boost communication skills both at work and in your personal life
  • Recharge your spirit and brighten your interactions with others

Whether you and your team members deal with external customers or internal co-workers, you'll discover valuable strategies that generate immediate results. Click here for presentation preview >>

Presenter:
Jeff Mowatt, BComm, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) Customer service strategist, bestselling author, award-winning speaker

Biography: [more]

Jeff Mowatt is an authority on the fine points of influencing people and organizations. His Influence with Ease® column has been syndicated and featured in over 200 business publications. He is the author of the best-selling business book, “Becoming a Service Icon in 90 Minutes a Month.” Clive Beddoe, Chairman, President & CEO of WestJet Airlines said, “If you are serious about creating a customer focused team, this book is a must.” Jeff also recently released his second book, “Influence with Ease.”

A dynamic student of his experience, Jeff has “exercised influence” himself as a marketing director, business owner, and black belt martial artist. An award-winning international speaker and trainer, Jeff brings over 25 years of successful influence experience to his programs and clients. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and has served as National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. The International Federation of Professional Speakers awarded Jeff with the highest earned speaking designation in the industry; the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).  Of the over 5,000 professional speakers in the worldwide federation, less than 7% achieve this degree of distinction.

In addition to speaking for corporations and associations, Jeff provides his clients with a full compliment of consulting services and training tools including: executive retreats/planning sessions, service assessments, and multimedia training kits. Jeff’s goal is to create substantial measurable results for his clients. Murray Gottselig, Manager of Corp Customer Service for SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance), reports… “Within six months of Jeff working with us… employee morale improved significantly, productivity increased by 34% and the amount of public complaints decreased by 400%.”

Every encounter with another human being is an opportunity to add to, or subtract from, our sense of community and cooperation. Why settle for cynicism, detachment, and mediocre results - in our market place, in our workplace, in our connections with others? Why try to communicate through resistance and barriers? Success almost always requires that we convince someone of something. Exercise influence… with ease…for results.

104 – Real Estate Market OutlookProperty Management

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An inside look at Calgary’s real estate market sectors — office, industrial, retail and global investment properties. A panel of industry experts will explore the strengths, weaknesses and opportunities that affect the Calgary commercial real estate market.


William Partridge

Jay de Nance

David Lees

Luke Stiles

Susan Thompson

Moderator:
William Partridge, President & CSO, BOMA Calgary

Panelists:
Retail: Jay de Nance, Associate, Fairfield Commercial Real Estate Inc.
Office: David Lees, Associate, Gordon Realty Corp.
Industrial: Luke Stiles, Partner, Advent Commercial Real Estate Group
Global: Susan Thompson, Business Development Manager, Real Estate, Calgary Economic Development

Biographies: [more]

William Partridge is the Executive Vice President of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Calgary, a position he has held for the past several years.

A native of Kingston, Ontario, Bill is a graduate of Queen's University at Kingston with degrees in Urban Geography and Political Science, and graduate degree in Urban and Regional Planning. His continued education commitment has earned him certifications in management, adult education and association management.

Bill is a member of the Canadian Society of Association Executives, and the American Society of Association Executives. As well, Bill has lectured on various aspects of Association Management in Canada and Internationally. He has authored articles on association management topics which have been published in international association journals.

He also teaches BOMA Floor Measurement and other subjects to industry members. He serves on the BOMA International (Washington, DC) Floor Measurement Standard Committee. He has pioneered internet-based distance learning for the commercial real estate sector in North America and has positioned BOMA as a leader in this form of adult training and professional development with. His most recent achievement is the successful introduction of Competency Certification for floor measurement professionals. He serves also as Chair of BOMA Canada’s CSO Council and is a member of the national board of directors.

Presently, Bill is actively involved in several conservation-related organizations, and cultural societies and serves on the Boards of several not for profit organizations. When not working or volunteering, Bill enjoys many outdoor pursuits and his latest avocational challenge, the Great Highland Bagpipe.

Jay de Nance is a successful commercial real estate professional who has brought his ability to win as an athlete to the Fairfield Commercial Team. Jay de Nance is an Alberta based retail real estate professional with specialized expertise in retail real estate. Mr. de Nance has earned a reputation for excellence in retail leasing as illustrated by the numerous projects and lease transactions complete on behalf of retails and building owners across Alberta.

David Lees is an Associate with Gordon Realty Corp., where he specializes in office leasing within the Calgary market. Since 2004, he has successfully negotiated leases for more than 300 office and land transactions for a wide range of clients. An extensive construction background, stemming from a position as senior project manager for a Calgary-based construction firm, allows David to add insight into the costs and logistics issues faced by nearly all office tenants.

Luke Stiles is a founding partner of Advent Commercial Real Estate Group. He began his commercial real estate career in 2002 as an assistant in a boutique brokerage and in this role covered all aspects of marketing and research for a wide range of commercial product categories. In the progression from assistant to a top producer Luke has worked on the sales, leasing and development of industrial buildings, industrial land and suburban office projects. While Luke’s focus is on the industrial market, he has the tools to provide his client’s with insight to the dynamics between the industrial, land and suburban office markets. A diverse list of clients involving regional to national, and start up to publically traded entities, has given him a broad expertise to provide ‘value add’ to past and current projects. To this end he has been involved in transactions representing approximately 1,000,000 square feet, 750 acres and over $100,000,000 in value.

Susan Thompson joined Calgary Economic Development in March, 2011 as the Business Development Manager for the Real Estate portfolio. After starting her career in assessment, Susan spent over seven years with RealNet Canada, the leading provider of third-party commercial real estate sales information. Working her way up from Research Analyst to Manager for the Calgary office, Susan analyzed thousands of commercial real estate transactions and is extremely knowledgeable about the commercial real estate market in Calgary. Susan also spent over four years as the Research Manager at Avison Young and was responsible for dozens of reports on the Calgary commercial real estate market, covering office, retail and industrial leasing as well as business condominium properties and commercial property sales. Susan’s breadth of knowledge in this important sector is an asset to Calgary Economic Development. Well recognized in the industry, Susan is a member of NAIOP, CREW, BOMA and UDI and her name is often seen in the media as she provides commentary and insight on current commercial real estate topics. Susan has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta and is an avid runner. As a native Calgarian, Susan enjoys spending her free time on the trails alongside the Bow River.

105 – Introductory Project Management: 12 Steps to Ensure Success and Avoid Construction DisputesDesignProperty ManagementConstructionProdessional Development

More than ever before, companies need to be able to respond quickly, focus resources and deliver projects on time and within budget. If you are a building owner or manager, you need to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies to help you be an effective project manager/team leader.

Presenter:
Doug Land, Vice President, Atocrates Inc.

Biography: Doug is currently Senior Vice President with the Atocrates Project Management Group and teaches Project Management in a variety of settings, including corporate and academic. He also teaches Procurement and Contract Management throughout British Columbia, Canada, to provincial government procurement specialists. [more]

Doug is also the Western Canadian Program Director of the Masters Certificate in Project Management, through the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto and a member of the faculty.

As a “people builder” first and a business builder second, Doug’s wealth of experience is enthusiastically and effectively shared with a variety of audiences throughout Canada and the USA. Doug is a strong proponent of the role of a disciplined project management methodology in the success of any project or organization, and uses every opportunity to share his passion with audiences in both the public and private sectors.

Doug has held senior management positions in both public and corporate environments, as well as being owner / operator of his own businesses.

He has effectively managed many construction projects as well as large community development projects in a cross-cultural environment. He has also led a number of business development projects, all of which enables him to relate the theory of Project Management skills, and the importance of good communications, to everyday work situations in a variety of settings.

Combining his business experience with his training skills, he has helped many individuals reach new levels of excellence. A natural facilitator, Doug likes to “coach” and mentor his students and does so in a very entertaining and stimulating way.

106 – Construction Due DiligenceConstruction

If an incident occurs at your worksite an employer, or individuals working for that employer, could be found to be in contravention of the Occupational Health & Safety (OHS) Act and be subject to prosecution. What would you do?

Due diligence is a legal defense in which an employer or person charged with an offence under OHS legislation, may exercise or demonstrate that all reasonably practicable steps to protect a workers health and safety were taken.

Presenter:
Donald Turnbull, Manager Compliance Programs, Alberta Occupational Health & Safety

Biography: [more]

Don Turnbull has been with Alberta Employment & Immigration for 10 years and is currently a Compliance Manager with Occupational Health & Safety (OHS). Prior to his current role, Don also held the positions of Technical Advisor and Officer within the OHS department. Don has a wide-ranging background in the Construction, Manufacturing, and Oil & Gas industries. During his tenure with OHS, Don has also been involved with numerous serious incident and fatality investigations in many industry sectors.

107 – BiomimicryDesignGreen

Biomimicry is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes and elements to emulate or take inspiration from, in order to solve human problems. Illustrated with examples of their work, Blue Sky Architecture will explore their interest in the natural world and how its forces have shaped their buildings.

Presenter:
Bo Helliwell, Principal, Blue Sky Architecture

108 – Competing Beyond PriceDesignProperty ManagementConstructionProdessional Development

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You may have great products and services, but what if customers view them as mere commodities – easily provided by any number of suppliers? The challenge is how to help customers recognize - and be willing to pay for - the unique value your company provides. Imagine if your team members knew how to help customers ‘get’ what makes your company different. What if, in a single conversation, you could help leverage the existing business you do with your current clients so that they did more business with you in your more profitable lines? What if, as a result of that same conversation, your best customers also referred more high-end business to you and your company?

This isn’t just wishful thinking. These are skills you’ll develop in this module of the Influence with Ease® series, with Jeff Mowatt. You will learn how to:

  • Clarify what makes your company different from your competitors, and why that difference is worth paying for.
  • Ensure that customers feel appreciated and remain loyal – other than by offering discounts.
  • Stimulate pre-qualified word-of-mouth referrals – without pestering your client for leads.
  • For those customers you’ve been ‘courting’ for some time, get them to finally either take a baby step towards taking the next step with your company, or let you know it’s not going to happen, so you can avoid wasting resources and move on.

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Presenter:
Jeff Mowatt, BComm, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional) Customer service strategist, bestselling author, award-winning speaker

Biography: [more]

Jeff Mowatt is an authority on the fine points of influencing people and organizations. His Influence with Ease® column has been syndicated and featured in over 200 business publications. He is the author of the best-selling business book, “Becoming a Service Icon in 90 Minutes a Month.” Clive Beddoe, Chairman, President & CEO of WestJet Airlines said, “If you are serious about creating a customer focused team, this book is a must.” Jeff also recently released his second book, “Influence with Ease.”

A dynamic student of his experience, Jeff has “exercised influence” himself as a marketing director, business owner, and black belt martial artist. An award-winning international speaker and trainer, Jeff brings over 25 years of successful influence experience to his programs and clients. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing and has served as National President of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. The International Federation of Professional Speakers awarded Jeff with the highest earned speaking designation in the industry; the Certified Speaking Professional (CSP).  Of the over 5,000 professional speakers in the worldwide federation, less than 7% achieve this degree of distinction.

In addition to speaking for corporations and associations, Jeff provides his clients with a full compliment of consulting services and training tools including: executive retreats/planning sessions, service assessments, and multimedia training kits. Jeff’s goal is to create substantial measurable results for his clients. Murray Gottselig, Manager of Corp Customer Service for SGI (Saskatchewan Government Insurance), reports… “Within six months of Jeff working with us… employee morale improved significantly, productivity increased by 34% and the amount of public complaints decreased by 400%.”

Every encounter with another human being is an opportunity to add to, or subtract from, our sense of community and cooperation. Why settle for cynicism, detachment, and mediocre results - in our market place, in our workplace, in our connections with others? Why try to communicate through resistance and barriers? Success almost always requires that we convince someone of something. Exercise influence… with ease…for results.

109 – Building Information Modeling in a Practical WorldDesignProperty ManagementConstruction

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Learn how BIM is changing the construction industry as we know it and why you should implement BIM in your organization. We have assembled a panel of BIM experts and users who are using BIM on live projects to give you their thoughts on what’s good about BIM, where it isn’t working, and how it needs to be developed in the future.

Participants will learn about case studies, lessons learned and hands-on implementation strategies.


Sheryl Staub-French

John Jansen

Allan Partridge

Ian Trudeau

Rod Yeoh

Moderator:
Sheryl Staub-French, Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, University of British Columbia

Panelists:
John Jansen, Building Solutions Team Manager, IMAGINiT Technologies
Allan Partridge, Executive Director of Integrated Practice, Group2 Architecture Engineering Ltd.
Ian Trudeau, CAD/BIM Manager, Halsall Associates Limited
Rod Yeoh, Principal, OMICRON

Biographies: [more]

Sheryl Staub-French is an Associate Professor in the Civil Engineering Department at the University of British Columbia where she teaches and conducts research in the Construction Engineering and Management program.  Sheryl received her BS in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and her MS and PhD from Stanford University. 

She has several years of industry experience on building and infrastructure projects in the United States.  Much of her experience over the past decade has focused on implementing, evaluating, and promoting the use of 3D and 4D 
Building Information Modeling (BIM).  

Her research focuses on developing methods and tools to leverage BIM for design coordination, cost and constructability analysis, and visualization of building projects.  She teaches courses on project and construction management, BIM for construction, and technology entrepreneurship.

John Jansen draws upon his vast experience to manage IMAGINiT's knowledgeable team of services professionals and ensure clients receive the best possible solutions. John is proficient with a broad range of Building Solutions technologies and is extremely skillful with all aspects of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. He is adept at assessing the clients’ needs, defining their requirement and putting together comprehensive plans to execute complete BIM implementations (including training and software customization).

Throughout the process of selecting, implementing, and optimizing technology solutions for architectural and MEP firms, John and his team put into practice new workflow processes which will significantly advance clients’ productivity and efficiency.

Allan Partridge has been practicing architecture for over 25 years and continues to be involved in all aspects of his projects especially focusing on fast-tracked, construction management processes where budget, schedule and function are major issues. At Group2 Allan ensures their commitment to being at the forefront of Integrated Practice is achieved by combining design, technology, construction and practice methodologies with a much broader project team. Allan's approach, (especially since starting with BIM in 2002) has resulted in high quality built results with marked reduction in costly design errors found in traditional delivery methods. Allan has spoken at many venues on the importance of the transition firms must start making now to move towards Integrated Practice models using emergent technologies such as Building Information Modeling (BIM), Parametric Solids Modeling (PSM) and tools that encourage data interchange vs. data exchange.

Ian Trudeau is based in Toronto, Canada and has 13 years experience in the building and construction industry, 8 of which he has been with Halsall Associates Limited. He has been using Revit since 2005 and more specifically, Revit Structure since its initial beta release. Halsall was retained by Autodesk to adapt the Autodesk Official Training Courseware for Revit Structure to the Canadian market. At Halsall, Ian leads the CAD/BIM Group and has worked on a variety of commercial, residential, institutional and educational buildings in the Canadian and Middle Eastern markets using BIM. He is also a member of AUGI, Ontario Revit Users Group (ORUG), buildingSMART Alliance and the Canada BIM Council, and speaks regularly about his experience with BIM at industry conferences and events.

Rod Yeoh is a Principal with Omicron, a 200-person integrated design and construction firm. Omicron’s head office is in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but also has offices in Calgary, AB, and Victoria, BC.

Rod is responsible for leading Omicron’s Mechanical Engineering discipline and focuses on HVAC, plumbing systems and fire protection design, design management and coordination for commercial, light industrial, institutional and retail projects. As Director the Virtual Construction, Rod is also responsible for the development and implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) within Omicron’s integrated design and construction practice.

As a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, Rod also brings to the design process a keen interest in the field of high-performance buildings and sustainable design practices. Rod was one of the key team members involved with the design and construction of the award winning LEED® Gold certified City of Vancouver National Works Yard project.

Rod graduated from the University of British Columbia in with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, and has over 20 years of experience in the Building Construction Industry. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Colorado.

Rod has given presentations on various topics to numerous organizations throughout North America. Some of these include: the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC, Greenbuild 2005), BC Hydro, Terasen, Light House Sustainable Building Centre, ASHRAE, APEGBC, and Buildex Vancouver and Calgary.

Feedback on Rod’s presentations has included:
“Finally a workshop that had some content and not broad generalizations”
“Mr. Yeoh’s presentation was very good, he presented many great strategies”
“Great speaker, awesome graphics and visual presentation. He knows how to present and speak to designers about the topic at hand”

110 – Cost Optimization and Cost Savings for Integrated Geothermal SystemsDesignProperty ManagementConstructionGreen

The basics of geothermal and commercial geothermal design will be discussed, covering why a geoexchange system must follow some basic rules, with a progression to the integration of commercial geothermal with other techniques and technologies, with the focuses on how to keep the costs of integrated geothermal down by proper design and construction functions.

Presenter:
Chris Mitchell, Director, Geoexchange Technology, Clean Energy

Biography: [more]

Chris has extensive experience in all aspects of the geoexchange and HVACR industry extending back to 1982. Chris also holds certifications and licenses for oil, natural gas, propane, and wood burning, Fire suppression systems dry, wet chemical and special venting. Chris has hundreds of designs and installations of geoexchange system around the world to his credit.

Chris is a member of the IGSHPA (International Ground Source Heat Pump Association) and the CGC ( Canadian Geoexchange Coalition) as an accredited Residential, and Commercial designer and Installer also as a Qualified Geoexchange Trainer.
Chris has trained over 25% of all Canadian installers and designers across the country, and now spends a large percentage of his time training the engineering community on the aspects of correct geoexchange design and system verification.

From designs to installation and from Distribution to instructor Chris has had a continuous involvement in the geoexchange industry.
Chris is also on the CGC technical committee and the training committee and the IEA (International Energy Agency) Annex 21 on Thermal Response Testing.

Chris is an accomplished speaker that has spoken in many venues around the world and in Canada such as the Annex 21 in Italy, the geothermal introduction in South Africa, Ashrae in Victoria, Calgary, Saskatoon, Ottawa, Edmonton. The national HRAI conference in Kananaskis AB, and the National Construct Canada Conference in Toronto.

115 – How to Trade a Red Paperclip for a HouseDesignProperty ManagementConstruction

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Kyle MacDonald captured the world's attention when he set out to trade a single red paper-clip for a house. Fourteen trades and countless stories later, he succeeded. MacDonald's story is unique not only for its end result, but how he got the ball rolling.

Inspired by the kids’ game “Bigger and Better”, MacDonald set out to trade up his one red paper clip with the end goal of finding a house. He launched his quest on the Internet and used the web to solicit trades from all over the world. The story travelled like wildfire and caught the attention of news and entertainment agencies across the globe.

Audiences will learn about MacDonald’s encounters with Alice Cooper and Corbin Bernsen, and understand that his story isn’t really about the trades he made, but about building relationships, being open to adventure and believing in a dream.

Want to register for the BOMA Calgary lunch?
Please contact Jessica at 403-355-9819 or Jessica.skeith@boma.ca.

Presenter:
Kyle MacDonald, Founder, One Red Paperclip

Biography: [more]

Originally from Belcarra, British Columbia, Canada, Kyle has planted more than one hundred thousand trees, delivered more than one thousand pizzas, but eaten only one scorpion. He has also traded one red paperclip for a house only once.

MacDonald traveled extensively in Canada and the US to make his trades, meeting people in Massachusetts, Queens, Los Angeles and Seattle, to name a few. Each trade had a unique place, person and story to tell, including trading a camp stove to a US marine sergeant and meeting Alice Cooper.

Along the way, MacDonald and his paperclip caught worldwide attention from the likes of ABC, 20/20 and Hollywood. Visitors from as far away as Australia flew to Kipling to watch him make the final trade for his new house, and his story has inspired many others to dream big and begin their own Internet trades. He has made hundreds of media appearances including, The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Hour, MSNBC, BBC, CBS, CNN, CBC, City TV, Global, and has been featured in USA Today, Maclean's, The New York Times, In Touch Magazine, VH1, MTV, The National Examiner, Reader's Digest, LA Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and The Toronto Star, among others.

When he's not stealing a flag from the Prime Minister's office or promoting Alberta Beef by hitch-hiking in a parade, you might find him leaving his wallet in El Segundo or hanging out in Bangkok modeling Italian Soccer jerseys to fund 4am Red-Bull and Rum-fueled urban hitchhikes. He also enjoys writing third-person bio pages for his website and loves to stand on street corners in Montreal hawking shoddily-bound English literature to Francophones in sub-zero temperatures.

His mom still cuts his hair.

111 – You've Achieved LEED - Now What?Property ManagementGreen

What do I do now that I’ve achieved LEED certification? Well, there is plenty to do! This presentation will outline the next steps to take to keep the momentum of LEED going with the buildings occupants, managers, and operators. It will also review potential strategies for implementation that continues the path of environmental stewardship through: energy, water, and waste reductions, site maintenance, and integrating future innovations into an existing building. From programs such as LEED for Existing Buildings to the Living Building Challenge, there are many possibilities to explore and adopt that will continue to drive the benchmarks for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings and keep your building among those top performers.


Jenny McMinn

William Thompson

Presenters:
Jenny McMinn, Project Principal, Halsall Associates Limited
William Thompson, Project Manager, Halsall Associates Limited

Biographies: [more]

Jenny McMinn, a Project Principal and Team leader with Halsall’s Green Building Practice, lends her skills to design teams and building owners in the creation of high performance green building communities.  With a background in sustainable architecture and urban planning, Jenny brings a fresh approach and an attention to detail on every project team that she is part of.  Her roster of projects includes residential, commercial and community-based multi-use facilities ranging in size and scope project delivery type. Jenny has recently been managing the Sustainability initiatives on several Alternate Finance and Procurement projects.

Jenny has a Bachelor of Architecture and a Bachelor of Environmental Studies - both from the University of Waterloo. Jenny's previous experience, prior to joining Halsall in 2006, includes working throughout Ontario, Vancouver, New York City and most recently in the UK with internationally renowned London, England-based architectural firm - Foster + Partners on sustainability projects ranging in scale from interior design to community planning. She is currently an intern member with the Ontario Association of Architects.

William Thompson is a Project Manager with Halsall’s Green Building Practice and has extensive project experience with LEED®, having worked on more than 40 LEED Certified and candidate projects. William became a LEED® Accredited Professional in 2004 and has since specialized in three LEED® specialties – Building Design & Construction (BD+C), Interior Design & Construction (ID+C) and Operations & Maintenance (O+M). He currently sits on the board of the Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and co-chair of the Technical & Professional Development Committee. He frequently lectures and instructs on the topic of green building and is a CaGBC LEED® Faculty Member and Instructor at Mount Royal University for Continue Education courses on LEED®.

112 – Emerging Tablet Hardware and Software for ConstructionDesignConstruction

The pace of technological change affecting building construction has never been faster. The emergence of the iPad and similar tablets, together with the related software, promises to revolutionize Consultant and Contractor abilities to administer construction of even the most complex projects. This presentation will examine a range of computer tablet hardware and software increasingly used by Contractors and Consultants in the field and in the office during construction. The emphasis will be on those tools and techniques that promise dramatic, rather than incremental, improvements to communication and productivity. Topics include principles and early options for basic tablet use as well as emerging trends in hardware and software. Systems to be reviewed include Apple iOS (iPad), Android, Blackberry and Windows 7. BIM will not be considered as it is too hardware and bandwidth intensive, but BIM viewers will be in the mix.

Presenter:
Brian Palmquist, Director, Quality Management, Ledcor Construction Limited

Biography: [more]

Brian was educated at the McGill University School of Architecture, graduating cum laude in 1974. During more than 30 years as a Canadian registered architect, half as Principal of his own small architectural practice, he has been involved in the design and construction of virtually every building type and scale. He is British Columbia’s first accredited Building Envelope Professional, a building code expert and a LEED Accredited Professional. As Adjunct Professor, he taught architectural technology for eight years at the University of BC’s School of Architecture. Starting in 2001, he began development of a web-based quality management system for architects and contractors, called Quality-Works.net (QW). Based on a demonstration of QW in 2007, Ledcor Construction Limited, Canada’s second largest builder with offices in Canada, the USA and the Bahamas, recruited Brian as its Director of Quality Assurance. Brian continues to develop and implement a comprehensive ISO 9001 compliant quality management system for Ledcor, which has become an investor in QW. He lives in Vancouver, Ledcor’s headquarters city.

113 – How Other Designers Approach DesignDesign

Each design has its own creativity and each person has their own taste. Being in the design community, it’s good to observe what everyone else is doing especially the designers whose work you admire and respect. There are effective practices and techniques that most designers learn about and must employ in their work, but great designers use those traditions and rules while also contributing to the evolution of Design.

A group of professional designers from different industries will share their way in approaching design and how they produce great design. This panel includes an architectural designer, interior designer, fashion designer and industrial designer.


Michele Gunn

Lara Presber

Lois Wellwood

Jerilyn Wright

Barry Wylant

Moderator:
Michele Gunn, Associate – Sizeland Evans Interior Design Inc., President – Interior Designers of Alberta

Panelists:
Lara Presber, Fashion Designer, Lara Presber
Lois Wellwood, Principal, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd.
Jerilyn Wright, President, Jerilyn Wright & Associates Interior Design Consultants Ltd.
Barry Wylant, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Calgary

Biographies: [more]

Michele Gunn has been a professional interior designer for over 32 years, having graduated with a Bachelor of Interior Design degree from Ryerson University in Toronto.  She has lived and worked in Calgary for 31 years.

Michele worked with Rice Brydone Limited in Calgary, for almost 10 years. She then had her own company for 10 years. She is now an Associate with Sizeland Evans Interior Design Inc. and her main focus is corporate office interiors.  Her experience is broad, comprising of developer projects, insurance and oil and gas companies, legal firms, and government and institutional projects, ranging in size from 5,000 to 1.2 million square feet.  

She is a Licensed Interior Designer through The Alberta Association or Architects and a Fellow of the Interior Designers of Alberta.

Michele was a sessional instructor in the Interior Design Department at Mount Royal College for eight years and continues to mentor and provide in-house training to the designers at Sizeland Evans, some of whom were former students!

A confessed volunteer junkie, Michele is the current president of the Interior Designers of Alberta, and serves on two Committees for the Alberta Association of Architects.  She is a past Alberta Director to the Board of the Interior Designers of Canada, a past Director of the Alberta Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, and past president of two community, non-design related organizations, for one of which she still serves as archivist.

Lara Presber started her design career in the field of architecture earning her B.Arch from a small atelier based school in Boston. After working as an architect for a number of years she found that it lacked the intimacy she wanted from her design projects and took advantage of a scholarship to study fashion in Milan where she earned her MA degree in Fashion Design. She remained in Italy after graduating to gain valuable experience by interning with Rosa Aiuto for Bruno Magli.

Upon returning to Canada, Lara launched her womenswear line with her Fall 2007 collection merging both architecture and fashion by using 'inhabitable' spaces to inspire 'wearable' pieces.

Lara is conscientious when selecting materials to incorporate sustainable ones as often as possible and minimizes the shipping impact by producing each collection in Canada. Lara approaches the design of each individual piece as one would for a building: designing for a sustained period of use.

As a principal with extensive programming, planning, design, project management and furniture experience, Lois Wellwood provides vision and leadership that engages stakeholders and team members in exploring project goals and objectives. Lois’ strong commitment to a team working environment and her ability to inspire the project team with an inclusive and transparent approach has resulted in the delivery of exciting, successful projects. Lois possesses strong management, organizational and interpretive skills and is able to cross over from process to design with ease.

Following training under two of Canada’s leading Interior Design Firms, Yabu Pushelberg and Cecconi Simone, Lois joined Kasian in 2001. She has led many large interiors projects including the Calgary Courts Centre, NOVA Chemicals relocation, PrimeWest Energy expansion, IMV Projects Relocation, Shell Canada Limited head office, as well as the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Royal Bank executive facilities and the Canada Post Corporation office campus development.

Jerilyn Wright earned her Bachelor of Interior Design Degree at the University of Manitoba and successfully owns and runs one of Canada’s leading Interior Design firms. Jerilyn’s firm, Jerilyn Wright & Associates, has completed over 13 million square feet of corporate, condominium, hospitality, retail and residential custom design. For over 26 years Jerilyn has been known for her creative out-of-the-box approach to design.

Jerilyn’s strong theoretical and practical foundation in all facets of the interior design process have earned her a reputation in the marketplace for excellence and versatility. This excellence and versatility has been consistently recognized by her peers and critics having earned several Design Awards across the country.

Jerilyn had her own television series titled “Open Homes” where she offered homeowners advice on how to improve the “sellability” of their house. The series was filmed over 3 three years and is still running across Canada today and was syndicated outside of Canada.

Jerilyn is an active participant in the community. She currently sits on the board for the Abilities Society. Jerilyn assists the Abilities Society in their goals in the provision of life long services for children with special needs. The Abilities Society has established 5 businesses to raise funds, as a board member Jerilyn assists in the management of their businesses.

She has also participated as:

  • Interior Designers of Canada – Past Board Director
  • Interior Designers of Alberta – Past Director/President
  • Association of Registered Interior Designers Ontario
  • Calgary Philharmonic Society – Past Director
  • Business and Professional Women’s Club
  • Mount Royal College, Interior Design Department – Member Advisory Board
  • Licensed Interior Designers, Alberta Association of Architects – Past President

Jerilyn is committed to the industry and has set up a scholarship fund to honor the most creative Mount Royal College Interior Design student.

She often called upon by the industry to share her expertise of design. Jerilyn has appeared as a regular speaker at the Design Trends Show and Exhibition in Calgary. Jerilyn is frequently requested to submitted articles on such topics as Design and the Environment, Colour Trends and the Changing Business Landscape for several magazine publications.

Barry Wylant is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. As an industrial designer, his areas of expertise include industrial design professional practice, design thinking, design theory and manufacturing materials, processes and technologies. He has published articles in MIT’s Design Issues and the UK’s The Design Journal, and in 2008 he co-edited, together with Ezio Manzini and Stuart Walker, a book entitled Enabling Solutions for Sustainable Living: A Workshop, which was published by the University of Calgary Press. He also maintains an industrial design practice in Calgary, completing product design projects for a number of Western Canadian manufacturers including medical devices, sporting goods, GPS equipment and consumer electronics.

114 – Science Meets Building Code: Using Computer Modeling to Solve Design
ChallengesDesignProperty ManagementConstruction

Have you ever been involved with a project that does not meet Code requirements?  Have you developed an innovative design that deviates from the Building Code?

When building elements do not meet the black-and-white letter of the Code, alternative solutions which ensure life-safety and fire protection measures are met, must be incorporated into the design.  The responsibility falls on the professionals – the design team – to demonstrate that an alternative solution will function as intended.

Computer modeling is recognized world-wide as a method to demonstrate and validate how well building elements and life-safety systems will function.  In this 90 minute session, participants will discover the wide range of capabilities that computer modeling software has to offer.  This seminar includes examples of how computer modeling can be used to assist design professionals in achieving Code compliance.  From everyday Code issues such as travel distance, to complex and innovative designs, learn how this software can assist you in securing your building permit.

Simulations presented in this seminar will include: spatial separation and exposure protection for houses, smoke exhaust systems, heavy timber structural members and occupant evacuation.

Presenter:
Kim Karn, Manager, Larden Muniak Consulting Inc

Biography: [more]

Ms. Karn brings over nine years of experience in the application of the Alberta Building Code, as well as other Canadian and International Standards. With this knowledge, Ms. Karn has provided analysis of compliance for existing and proposed building designs, focusing on fire protection and life safety.

Ms. Karn has developed and presented numerous continuing education seminars, related to various building code, fire protection and life safety subject matters for over 6 years. Kim has presented seminars for IIDEX, ARIDO, Canadian Wood Council/Alberta Woodworks, Canadian Home Builders Association, Safety Codes Council as well as numerous architectural and design firms. The focus of Ms. Karn’s seminars is educating participants on Code topics of current interest within the design and construction community and to offer practical solutions to solving Code-related design challenges.

116 – Project Management: Trouble Shooting and Managing Project RisksDesignProperty ManagementConstructionProdessional Development

(Please note that this session builds on concepts presented in Session 105)

session sponsored by

Effective project management includes the ability to anticipate and forestall problems that could derail your project. The project manager’s success is often linked to his or her ability and skill in managing risk and minimizing the impact of changes to both the project scope and product scope. Usually this ability is developed and the skills honed only through prolonged exposure to the project management environment. This course will give you a head start at developing the necessary trouble-shooting skills you need.

Presenter:
Doug Land, Vice President, Atocrates Inc.

Biography: Doug is currently Senior Vice President with the Atocrates Project Management Group and teaches Project Management in a variety of settings, including corporate and academic. He also teaches Procurement and Contract Management throughout British Columbia, Canada, to provincial government procurement specialists. [more]

Doug is also the Western Canadian Program Director of the Masters Certificate in Project Management, through the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto and a member of the faculty.

As a “people builder” first and a business builder second, Doug’s wealth of experience is enthusiastically and effectively shared with a variety of audiences throughout Canada and the USA. Doug is a strong proponent of the role of a disciplined project management methodology in the success of any project or organization, and uses every opportunity to share his passion with audiences in both the public and private sectors.

Doug has held senior management positions in both public and corporate environments, as well as being owner / operator of his own businesses.

He has effectively managed many construction projects as well as large community development projects in a cross-cultural environment. He has also led a number of business development projects, all of which enables him to relate the theory of Project Management skills, and the importance of good communications, to everyday work situations in a variety of settings.

Combining his business experience with his training skills, he has helped many individuals reach new levels of excellence. A natural facilitator, Doug likes to “coach” and mentor his students and does so in a very entertaining and stimulating way.

117 – East Village Redevelopment Project — Here Comes the NeighbourhoodDesignProperty ManagementConstruction

session sponsored by

Created by Calgary City Council, the Calgary Municipal Land Corporation (CMLC) was incorporated in the spring of 2007 as a wholly owned subsidiary of the City of Calgary. CMLC's mandate is to implement and execute the Rivers District Community Revitalization Plan, a public infrastructure program approved by the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta to kick-start Calgary's urban renewal.

The Rivers District Revitalization Plan provides the city, the province, and the country with an excellent asset, and helps ensure that Calgary is among the best places in the world to live, work, and visit.

Sustainability is the foundation of East Village’s rejuvenation. From the very beginning, sustainable development has been one of the key principles guiding the master plan for the neighbourhood.

CMLC’s vision of East Village as a sustainable mixed-use community embraces the creation of a healthy, vibrant neighbourhood – one that combines environmental stewardship, social well-being and economic prosperity.

So far, we’ve made huge strides in this direction. We’ve cleaned up the soil. We’ve improved the walkability of the neighbourhood. We’ve created green spaces, a community garden and recreational amenities like RiverWalk. We’ve saved heritage buildings and introduced solar recycling units.  Even our funding model is built on the principle of long-term sustainability.

This session will provide an insightful update on the East Village project including the sale of land to date, marketing of the Simmons Building, Cantos Music Foundation and library relocation to East Village. Also, learn more about the Community Revitalization Levy process and how it was able to get East Village to where it is today.

Presenter:
Michael Brown, President & CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Biography: [more]

Michael Brown recently joined CMLC as president and CEO. Michael will assume responsibilities at CMLC on Sept 21, 2011.

Most recently, Michael has been a contributor to downtown Calgary's urban renewal as an associate vice president with Matthews Southwest, the organization responsible for building THE BOW, Encana’s landmark 58-story downtown tower.  Prior to that, Michael's experience includes the positions of vice president at Calgary Economic Development, as well as director of business development at Cushman and Wakefield, the world’s largest privately held commercial real estate services firm.

Michael's background, expertise and approach is an integral role for the next phase of East Village development.

118 – Green Building Rating Systems for Existing Buildings: BOMA BESt vs.
LEED® EBOMDesignProperty ManagementGreen

This session will provide an overview of Green Building Rating Systems available for existing buildings, specifically, BOMA BESt and LEED(r) EBOM, and how they are applied and reviewed.

Questions that will be answered include:

  • What are the benefits of getting your building certified/rated?
  • What options are available?
  • What are the differences between BOMA BESt and LEED EBOM?
  • Which certification system is best for your building?
  • What are the pros and cons of each?
  • How much will it cost to get your building rated/certified?
  • Who should be involved in the certification/rating process?

Participants will learn how to go about “greening” their existing buildings and how to get them certified and rated under various rating systems. They will gain a thorough understanding of the basic principles of sustainability and energy efficiency in regards to existing buildings. They will learn about the options that are available from a technical, financial, and operational perspective for greening their existing building systems and operations, and getting third party verification to attract and retain tenants.

Presenter:
Rod Yeoh, Principal, OMICRON

Biography: [more]

Rod Yeoh is a Principal with Omicron, a 200-person integrated design and construction firm. Omicron’s head office is in Vancouver, BC, Canada, but also has offices in Calgary, AB, and Victoria, BC.

Rod is responsible for leading Omicron’s Mechanical Engineering discipline and focuses on HVAC, plumbing systems and fire protection design, design management and coordination for commercial, light industrial, institutional and retail projects. As Director the Virtual Construction, Rod is also responsible for the development and implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) within Omicron’s integrated design and construction practice.

As a LEED® (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Accredited Professional, Rod also brings to the design process a keen interest in the field of high-performance buildings and sustainable design practices. Rod was one of the key team members involved with the design and construction of the award winning LEED® Gold certified City of Vancouver National Works Yard project.

Rod graduated from the University of British Columbia in with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering, and has over 20 years of experience in the Building Construction Industry. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and in the states of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Colorado.

Rod has given presentations on various topics to numerous organizations throughout North America. Some of these include: the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the United States Green Building Council (USGBC, Greenbuild 2005), BC Hydro, Terasen, Light House Sustainable Building Centre, ASHRAE, APEGBC, and Buildex Vancouver and Calgary.

Feedback on Rod’s presentations has included:
“Finally a workshop that had some content and not broad generalizations”
“Mr. Yeoh’s presentation was very good, he presented many great strategies”
“Great speaker, awesome graphics and visual presentation. He knows how to present and speak to designers about the topic at hand”

Day 2

201 – Energy Efficiency and the Building EnvelopeProperty ManagementConstructionGreen

Canadian Building Codes are changing to embrace the environmental challenge of comfortable, safe living environments while minimizing energy use. The changes to insulation, airtightness, windows, ventilation and mechanical systems necessary to achieve these new standards are resulting in dramatic changes to the way we must design and construct homes. But be careful; these dramatic changes can also result in failure of the building envelope in the form of moisture damage. This presentation examines the impact of these changes and explores strategies that do not increase the risk of failure while answering the call of energy efficiency and environmental responsibility. This examination reveals testing, modelling and good old fashion building science using clear graphics, photo's and video of solutions that work. Examples of acceptable assemblies and solutions will be explored.

Presenter:
Murray Frank, Founding Member, BC Building Envelope Council

Biography: [more]

Murray is recognized as a premier building science specialist in British Columbia and has been instrumental in the development of the understanding of moisture problems, energy performance and sustainability relating to single family and multi-unit residential buildings as well as building envelope concerns relating to commercial, industrial and institutional projects. Murray is an acclaimed educator in his field and has been instrumental in the development and presentation of leading curriculum to the construction industry.

Murray was a founding director and Past President of the BC Building Envelope Council, and continues to support this and many other associations including: Western Wood Truss Association, Window and Door Manufacturers Association, Canadian Home Builders Association, Building Officials Association, Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors, and the Thermal Environmental Comfort Association.

202 – Aspire to Inspire: How to Harness the Internet to Usher in a Design RenaissanceDesign

As a creative-writing student at the University of Wisconsin, Avi Flombaum never thought the greatest stories he would ever tell would be in code. After university and a stint managing a hedge fund in New York City, Avi’s career path took another turn with the emergence of an exciting new phenomenon: social media. Designer Pages, the company he co-founded in 2007, connects people in the fields of architecture and design. The Internet continues to change our world, whether disrupting media industries, such as music and print, shifting the paradigms of communication with Facebook and Twitter, or just making tedious tasks easier with sites like Kayak.com or Mint.com. In his keynote, Avi will discuss how the Internet is changing the way we work, communicate and promote design. He will offer suggestions for websites that will make your job and company more efficient and productive, and help you understand how to leverage the conversations on these new social platforms. Click here for presentation preview >>

Presenter:
Avi Flombaum, Co-founder and Chief Product Officer, Designer Pages, New York

Biography: [more]

Avi Flombaum was previously director of information technology at the Whitehaven Group, managing assets in excess of $100 million. Designerpages.com is a manufacturer-generated search platform to help designers search, save and share product information.

203 – Understanding the Alberta Fire Code 2006 and How it Relates to Your Building, Complex, and/or FacilityProperty Management

session sponsored by

This presentation will be in an educational format for building owners, managers, and operators of buildings in the Calgary Area and other Alberta Centers. The Alberta Building Code and Fire Codes 2006 are the overriding documents for construction and maintenance of buildings within the Province of Alberta. The Alberta Fire Code 2006 requirements are more than just the annual checks done by approved agencies. Owners and Managers are required by the AFC to comply fully with code. If you are not aware of the requirements of the AFC it makes it very difficult to be in compliance. This presentation will outline those requirements that are to be conducted daily, weekly, monthly, etc throughout the year. It will also assist you in having a very safe and secure building.

Presenter:
Sandy Mackenzie, Code & Fire Specialist, Riddell Kurczaba Architecture Engineering Interior Design Ltd.

Biography: [more]

Currently Manager of Code, Fire, and Safety for Riddell Kurczaba Architecture. A senior code specialist in Life Safety and Fire Protection, holding formal certifications as an Alberta Safety Code Officer (Fire), a Construction Safety Officer, and a Canadian Fire Investigator. With over 36 years of industry experience. Extremely knowledgeable, and proficient with respect to Fire Prevention, Safety, Investigations, and Management.

The retired Fire Marshal (2003) with the City of Calgary Fire Department who handled the coordination of inter-departmental activities, developed notable connections with the City’s Fire Department and City Building Department and the Provincial Regulatory Authorities. An understanding of the theoretical application and practical implications of Fire and Safety Codes giving proactive, and experienced review to identify and resolve potential design flaws and code contraventions before they are constructed.

204 – Net Zero Sustainable CommunitiesDesignConstructionGreen

The green agenda in Canada is expanding beyond individual buildings to consider whole communities and developments, bringing issues such as transportation planning, walkability, affordable housing, sustainable urban draining and community energy plans into the equation. This presentation will help you understand why there is a demand for sustainable communities, how you can measure, design and deliver sustainable communities and will provide case studies of how Canadian developers are addressing these issues. Strategy frameworks for achieving Net zero and LEED-ND (Neighbourhood Developments) certified developments will be explained and discussed.


Matt Grace

Presenter:
Matt Grace, Division Head, Calgary Office, Enermodal Engineering Limited

Biography: [more]

Matt Grace is a Chartered Environmentalist and a Professional Engineer with 15 years of experience in sustainable building design and assessment. Following degrees in Engineering and Energy and Environmental Studies, Matt started his professional career working on the environmental performance of buildings with a renowned architectural practice in London, England. This was followed by four years at the Building Research Establishment (BRE) where he researched energy efficiency in buildings, building and city integrated renewable energy systems, and played a major role in the technical development of BREEAM (BRE Environmental Assessment Method). Matt brings a holistic approach to energy in buildings, understanding the relationship between good building design and the implementation of the latest technologies to produce the best results. He has experience of a wide range of building sectors and including commercial, healthcare, municipal, industrial and institutional. Matt moved from the UK to Calgary in 2007, from where he runs the Western Canada operations of Enermodal Engineering, Canada’s most successful green building consultancy firm.

206 – Tax Basics for Contractors in the Construction IndustryConstruction

Geared to self-employed contractors and subcontractors in the construction industry, this seminar will also benefit any small business owner looking to brush up on the basics of business taxation and the GST/HST. An experienced and knowledgeable presenter from the Canada Revenue Agency will demystify the basics and give industry-specific clarification on tax topics like registering and filing for the GST/HST; keeping books and records; filing T5018s for contract payments; reporting income; and claiming expenses like motor vehicle use, business use of home, and meals and entertainment expenses. You will walk away with of a clearer understanding of your tax obligations and entitlements as a small business owner.

Presenter:
Bonnie Pratt, Team Leader, Compliance Program, Canada Revenue Agency

Biography: [more]

Bonnie Pratt, Chartered Accountant, has worked for the Canada Revenue Agency since 1991. She is a Team Leader in the compliance division, Underground Economy Section. Part of Bonnie’s duties as an Audit Manager includes the coordination the Calgary Small/New Business Outreach Project. The Project constitutes a new initiative available on request, to interested taxpayers. The purpose of the project is to communicate with, and educate taxpayers regarding the Underground Economy as well as the resources, new services and learning opportunities accessible through the Canada Revenue Agency.

207 – Healthcare Architecture and Design - Symptoms, Epidemics, Diagnoses and
CuresDesignGreen

Nowhere is rapid change more evident in the building sector than in the field of healthcare design. The introduction of new technologies and transformations in healthcare practice and delivery mean today’s designs may be outdated by the time the doors of a facility open. Simultaneously, healthcare providers are trying to save lives under the extreme pressures of financial and human resources, changing demographics and new health issues. Without well designed facilities they have a hard time providing quality care.  Collaboration, evidence based design and agile design are ways architects and interior designers are dealing with the pace and magnitude of change. You are invited to join a group of experienced practitioners as they share their strategies for taking risks and realizing healthcare interiors that are ready for whatever changes occur.


Andrée Iffrig

Kristin Moore

Alyssa Scholz

Claudia Steinke

Moderator:
Andrée Iffrig, LEED AP, DIRTT Environmental Solutions

Panelists:
Kristin Moore, LEED AP, Director Healthcare Solutions, DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Alyssa Scholz, Director of Interior Design, TAYLOR Architecture, Planning, Interior Design
Claudia Steinke, Assistant Professor, Faculties of Management and Health Sciences, University of Lethbridge

Biographies: [more]

Award-winning graduate architect, community builder, storyteller and professional writer, Andrée Iffrig is passionate about sustainable design. Her critiques and stories can be found online at Suite 101, at DIRTT Environmental Solutions where she works in Communications, and in a variety of professional publications. An RAIC medalist, she uses her design background to collaborate with others in building more sustainable communities and environments.

Kristin Moore is Director of Healthcare at DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a manufacturer of modular interior walls that are aesthetically pleasing, functional and enduring. She is an industry veteran, having previously worked with Haworth and at SMED International. Kristin is a founder of DIRTT and an advocate of cost-effective, agile and sustainable design solutions. She understands the demands imposed by 21st century healthcare environments and how modular construction meets these for various healthcare audiences: Patients and their families, medical staff, facility managers and owners. A LEED AP since 2004, Kristin works with architects, designers and clients on delivering solutions for LEED and other green building rating systems. She has been involved in several LEED projects across Canada and the United States including the Exelon Tower in Chicago (LEED Platinum) and Johnson County in Olathe, Kansas (LEED Gold).

Alyssa Scholz:As a leader in an ever changing healthcare arena, Alyssa’s passion is making a positive impact on patients, families and care staff in all healthcare environments. Those passions combined with her ability to challenge her clients and colleagues to consider the “power of being uncomfortable” has become an asset to the industry, allowing for the discovery of innovative work process and design solutions. With more than 15 years of practice, her design emphasis focuses on the psychological and developmental needs of all individuals in a healthcare setting. Alyssa’s experience in the field of healthcare ranges from master planning and programming of multi million square foot campus projects, to the intricate details of designing facilities for multicultural hospitals around the country.

Claudia Steinke is an Assistant Professor in the Faculties of Management and Health Sciences at the University of Lethbridge and a practicing ER nurse for Alberta Health Services. Claudia is an active researcher and has conducted research for a number of professors, academic institutions and organizations throughout Western Canada. She has a bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of British Columbia, a master of science in management degree from the University of Lethbridge and doctorate in business and public administration from the University of Victoria. Her doctoral research entitled ‘Service Design in the ER’ focused on applying a service industry perspective to the design of health services in emergency rooms. Her work merges the fields of organizational theory and design, health care management, service management and operations, and architecture. She has a particular interest in developing a climate for service within health care, and the physical design of organizations.

208 – Navigating the 2006 Alberta Building CodeConstruction

The Alberta Building Code is not a textbook on building design or construction. The design of a technically sound building depends upon many factors beyond simple compliance with building regulations. Such factors include the availability of knowledgeable practitioners who have received appropriate education, training and experience and have some degree of familiarity with the principles of good building practice and experience using textbooks, reference manuals and technical guides.

Familiarity being the key with finding the information you want when you need it. Designing, building, changing classification or altering a building requires intimate knowledge of the Building Code, and negotiating the Building Code can be an onerous task.

This presentation will look at how you can navigate the 2006 Alberta Building Code and have the answers you need at your fingertips.

Although not required attendees are welcome to bring their copy of their 2006 Alberta Building Code and thumb through some of the highlights and if time permits navigate the 2006 Alberta Building Code with questions from the floor.

Presenter:
Geoff Brownlie, Building Safety Codes Officer, Alberta Municipal Affairs – Safety Services

Biography: [more]

A Building Safety Codes Officer (Building Inspector) for Safety Services Geoff Brownlie has been working with the Alberta Building, Fire Codes and referenced standards for more than 10 years. Formerly a builder and a Red Seal Carpenter Geoff has over 20 years experience in the construction industry with numerous construction projects.

209 – Architectural Keynote Panel: Issues of Sustainable Growth versus Suburban
SprawlDesignConstructionGreen

Suburban Sprawl reinforces the view that metropolitan growth is ugly, inefficient, and the cause of traffic congestion and environmental harm. Traditional Neighbourhood Planning principles exemplified by practices known as Smart Growth, Sustainable Development, New Urbanism, etc. on the other hand, are known to shape our communities in more sustainable, healthy and environmentally friendly ways.

Implementation of sustainable growth principles has generally been slow and difficult for most municipalities despite being discussed for decades. Is sustainable growth really better than suburban sprawl? What are the benefits and detriments to both?  How can private sector developers navigate the wishes of regulators versus the desires of market forces, and be successful? 

A group of panelists will explore the different ways of looking at the issues of implementation including regulatory, financial, market forces, environmental, and social beliefs. 


Max Foran

John Brown

Dan Jenkins

Don Mulligan

Chris Ollenberger

Moderator:
Max Foran, Professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture, University of Calgary

Panelists:
John Brown, Founder, Slow Home Movement
Dan Jenkins, Principal, Jenkins Architecture Ltd.
Don Mulligan, Director of Transportation Planning, City of Calgary – Transportation
Chris Ollenberger, Executive Vice President, OPUS

Biographies: [more]

Max Foran was born in Australia and came to Calgary in 1963 where he attended the University of Calgary, ultimately achieving a Ph.D. in History. He has thirteen books and around a hundred articles to his credit primarily on various aspects of western Canadian history and culture, the latest being Expansive Discourses: Urban Sprawl in Calgary 1945-1978 (2009). He is also the author of the award-winning novel, The Madonna List (2005). Currently a Professor in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Calgary, Max Foran has just completed his latest manuscript: “A Failed Dream: The City of Calgary/C.P.R. Redevelopment Project, 1962-64” which will be submitted to a publisher this fall. He lives at Priddis with his wife, Heather amid green space and abundant wildlife.

John Brown is a Professor of Architecture in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Calgary. He is also a registered architect, a founding Principal of the architectural firm Housebrand, and a co- founder of Slow Home, an international movement advocating for increased design quality in North America’s housing market.

Mr. Brown is a recognized authority on residential practice. In 2003 he received the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Award of Excellence for Innovation. In 2009 he received a Leadership Award from Residential Architect Magazine in recognition of his work to increase public awareness about the value of design.

With over 30 years of experience as an architect in Calgary Dan Jenkins has established a reputation for an approach to design that combines the principles of architecture, urban design, and town planning, winning numerous awards for his work. Jenkins Architecture has extensive experience in urban design and master planning and has also developed architectural codes that have been used to guide builders in creating award winning communities throughout Canada. Dan has been responsible for a wide range of projects, including international hotel and resort developments, large scale community planning, commercial buildings, mixed-use buildings, custom homes, and multi-family housing.

Prior to joining The City of Calgary in 1996, Don Mulligan worked on transportation plans for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary and as a transportation consultant across Western Canada.

Don has been Director of Transportation Planning at The City since 2007 and is a champion of sustainable urban transportation. Don is a member of the Transportation Association of Canada’s Urban Transportation Council; he completed a 10-year review of the 1995 Calgary Transportation Plan and was the lead for transportation for Plan It Calgary and the 2009 Calgary Transportation Plan.

More than 10 years ago Don moved from Scenic Acres to the inner city and has been cycling to work ever since. When not cycling around Calgary, Don enjoys time in the mountains with family and friends— hiking, biking, and skiing.

Chris Ollenberger is currently Executive Vice President of OPUS Corporation based in Calgary, Alberta. A seasoned real estate development executive with over 16 years of broad management, planning and engineering experience in creating innovative, sustainable urban communities, he is well recognized for his ability to conceptualize new neighbourhoods. He can develop and execute visions through planning, engineering, approvals and construction with cost-effective results and problem solving. Mr. Ollenberger strives to incorporate the principals of placemaking into projects through quality public spaces, visual enticement through execution in architecture and landscaping, and inclusion of public engagement as a key component in developing community enthusiasm and support. He enjoys a strong track record of strategic planning, public consultation, visioning and concept development, negotiating with regulatory officials at all levels, complex land use and planning approvals, engineering submissions, feasibility analysis, site acquisition, financing and effective communications. In his previous role as President and CEO of CMLC, he led every aspect of the successful redevelopment of East Village in downtown Calgary, utilizing his broad and diverse experience to bring over $600M of development projects to the community.

210 – Colour: The Ever-Evolving Future TrendsDesign

session sponsored by

This session will include the most notable future color trends that will impact all color and design decisions, providing the incentive to "re-focus" your thinking on the new forecasts. The origins and drivers of the trends will also be discussed. Leatrice Eiseman (www.colorexpert.com) Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute is the featured speaker. Click here for presentation preview >>

Presenter:
Leatrice Eiseman, Director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information & Training

Biography: [more]

Leatrice Eiseman is a color specialist is been called "the international color guru." Her color expertise is recognized worldwide, especially as a prime consultant, spokesperson and color forecaster to Pantone, Inc. She has helped many companies, from small one person start-ups to large corporations, make the best and most educated choice of color for product development, logos and identification, brand imaging, packaging, websites, point of purchase, interior/exterior design or any other application where color choice is critical to the success of the product or environment. She heads the Eiseman Center for Color Information & Training and is also executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Lee is the author of seven books on color, her two latest being More Alive With Color – Personal Colors, Personal Style, and COLOR: Messages and Meanings, a Pantone Color Resource that won an award from Create Magazine. The Messages & Meanings book is a companion to her earlier book the Pantone Guide to Communicating With Color that won an award from How Design Magazine as one of the top 20 books for designers. Her other books include the Color Answer Book and Colors For Your Every Mood, which was chosen as a Book of the Month Club selection and received an award from the Independent Publisher’s Association. Her latest book is titled The Pantone History of Color in the 20th Century and will be released this fall.

Lee has been included in the group of 50 top style makers including Donna Karan and Ralph Lauren, in the leading home furnishings publication, HFN. She was fifth of 10 in the “Outside Influencers” category, ahead of both Steve Jobs and Rachel Ray. And Fortune Magazine has featured her as one of the top decision makers for her work in color and forecasting. A little closer to home, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles Magazine named Lee as one of the top 100 people, places and things that define Seattle Design. Lee conducts many color seminars and is widely quoted in publications such as Elle Decor, Home Magazine, Better Homes & Garden, Home Accents Today, Harper's Bazaar, WWD, Glamour, Vogue, People Magazine, Self, Communication Arts, Graphic Design USA, ID Magazine, HOW Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Ad Age, as well as numerous other trade and consumer publications. She has made appearances on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, HGTV, Discovery Channel and the FOX network in the U.S. as well as abroad and has been interviewed by radio stations worldwide. Lee also selects the 10 top fashion colors twice yearly for Pantone and Women’s Wear Daily.

In addition, Lee develops a color forecast for professionals, the Pantone View Home, on a yearly basis and contributes to the Pantone View Color Planner twice yearly. Also twice a year she does the top 10 colors for Woman’s Wear Daily, the “bible” of the fashion industry. She is a Chairholder in Color Marketing Group, a member of Fashion group International, Industrial Design Society of America and an associate member of ASID.

Her academic background includes a degree in psychology from Antioch as well as advanced studies and a counseling specialist certification from UCLA. She has studied both fashion and interior design and has taught in both areas.

211 – Branding Buildings Better: Social Media ImpactProperty ManagementProdessional Development

The world of real estate marketing is at a tipping point. From the old days when a few print ads, a brochure and some hoarding was all it took to create a line-up of buyers on opening day, to the new world where social media, digital media, and traditional media must all be deployed together to earn a prospect registration, the entire rule book has been re-written.

How can you play-to-win in this new arena? How can you use new and old media to your advantage? How can you make sure your company or your offering is getting noticed by the right prospects?

This session will provide concrete, tangible steps for senior real estate development professionals to take back to the office and apply immediately to your marketing efforts. Whether you are building residential urban towers, master-planned communities, suburban town homes or recreational offerings, you'll leave this session with great ideas that can help you succeed.

Presenter:
David Allison, President, Braun/Allison Inc.

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David Allison is President of Braun/Allison Inc., the award-winning real estate development marketing communications firm known for their market-leading campaigns in Canada and the United States. His company works with residential, recreational and commercial real estate developers, and are thought-leaders on the brave new world of marketing real estate developments in the digital age. David is the author of two books on the subject, Sell The Truth, and Branding Buildings Better, has a weekly column on RENX.ca, and is a frequent speaker and media commentator on real estate marketing. Named 2010 Marketer of the Year by the Canadian Home Builders Association of BC, his company philosophy is based on what David calls Marketing Journalism, a new approach that blends digital and traditional mediums, and takes into account recent radical changes in consumer behavior catalyzed by technology. The Braun/Allison client roster includes some of the largest developers Canada, unique projects in various cities, large-scale master planned communities, and, increasingly, commercial property leasing offerings.

212 – The Return on Green: Why Green is Good BusinessProperty ManagementGreen

in partnership with


session sponsored by

Industry experts will demonstrate from their building's experience how to make the business case for pursing green policies and efficiencies. Rather than green-washing, find out why key decision makers overseeing millions of square feet in commercial real estate are continuing to take on new technologies and green initiatives and what they get back for all their efforts. What were the challenges? How were they overcome? What is the ROI of green? This panel will look beyond the green talk of the day, and give you the facts and numbers through the stories of some of the most important buildings in the Calgary skyline.


Lia Robinson

Ken Dixon

Graham Duffy

Don Fairgrieve-Park

Moderator:
Lia Robinson, Manager of Communications & Member Services, BOMA Calgary

Panelists:
Ken Dixon, Director, Real Estate Management, Oxford Properties Group
Graham Duffy, CEO, ExactET Systems Inc.
Don Fairgrieve-Park, Senior Vice President, Operations, Bentall Kennedy Canada LP

Biographies: [more]

Lia Robinson brings her varied background in communications and client relations to her position as Manager, Communications & Member Services for BOMA Calgary. Aside from her client centered approach to member recruitment and retention, Lia is also responsible for various publications and communication materials and is the local administrator for the national BOMA BESt (Building Environmental Standard) program. Lia is currently President of the Business and Professional Women (BPW) Calgary, and is working on completion of the Certified Association Executive (CAE) Designation.

Ken Dixon: Responsible for overseeing all aspects of real estate management for Oxford’s directly owned office and industrial investments in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. With a portfolio of over 5.2 million square feet of income producing properties including: a recently completed Office development project of 1.2 million square feet, an real estate management team of over 120 and portfolio value in excess of $2.0 Billion. Mr. Dixon was recently co-awarded the Oxford Sustainability Award for the LEED-EB certification of Canterra Tower and the pending certifications at Centennial Place and Bow Valley Square.

Graham Duffy is co-founder of ExactET Systems Inc., a privately owned company, based in Calgary, and a leading provider in Canada of weather data specifically designed for the weather based landscape irrigation market.

Before joining ExactET Systems Inc., Graham was President, Forzani Interactive a division of Forzani Group Ltd (Canada’s leading sports retailer).  In that role he was responsible for all e-commerce and online initiatives of FGL. Prior to joining FGL, Graham was one of two co-founder’s of CANOE, a leader in Canada’s new media industry since its launch in 1996, and served as its CEO until his move to Calgary in 1999.  During this time he was actively involved in the development and launch of Yahoo! Canada in partnership with Yahoo! Corporation and was also a founding member/director of The Internet Advertising Bureau of Canada.

Graham also worked for CANOE’s principal owner Sun Media Corporation (Canada’s second largest newspaper group) as Financial Assistant to the President & CEO.

He is an Australian with dual citizenship, has lived in Canada for the past 29 years, and is married with two children.

Don Fairgrieve-Park joined Bentall in May 1998 and was Regional Director, BC before relocating to Calgary in 2002. Don is currently responsible for overall property operations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Don is the co-chair for management of Bentall’s western region Joint Health and Safety Committee.

Prior to that, Don worked for Oxford Properties for over 12 years in both Calgary and Vancouver in a variety of roles in key AAA downtown properties serving both internal and external clients.

Don is a graduate of the University of Calgary with a Bachelors Degree in Commerce majoring in Finance and holds several industry designations. Don is a licensed Real Estate Associate in Alberta and is a Director of BOMA Calgary.

205 – Leveraging Tomorrow's Technology Today to Maintain Real Competitive
AdvantageDesignConstruction

The world isn't just changing - it's changed. The realities of online and mobile are here today and they have completely revolutionized the face of business in all industries, even in home construction, sales and management. This seminar will discuss current technology and market trends focusing on the areas growing businesses need to be aware of. Recent research into today's globalized labour market will be presented along with new ways that Small and Medium Businesses can leverage these workforces to remain competitive. The seminar will then move to discuss practical ways that online tools and mobile can be utilized to engage existing customers, and get more eyes on your business through intelligent, trackable, marketing campaigns.


Mikeal Abramoff

Carlo Perez

Presenters:
Mikeal Abramoff, Director of Business Development, CAD Crowd
Carlo Perez, CEO, Uknowa Group Inc.

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Mikeal Abramoff currently works with CAD Crowd which is an online matching service helping companies hire global CAD Workers. Through Mikeal’s past experience in the building construction industry he realized the massive opportunity for leveraging global CAD workers through an online procurement system. Mikeal has met with executives of global engineering and CAD design firms abroad, verifying the high level of talent and security standards. Mikeal’s educational background includes a duel degree in business and entrepreneurship and is passionate about procurement systems and global market strategy to improve corporate ROI. Previously to working at CAD Crowd, Mikeal worked in research and as a new venture consultant for several construction companies. Mikeal recently was a presenter at the Oil and Gas Conference in Calgary and has been a guest speaker at Mount Royal University.

Carlo Perez is a licensed professional engineer and engaging speaker with over 10 years of experience in the online industry. As CEO of uknowa.com - a marketplace for home renovations - Carlo is a veteran at leveraging search and social media in a pragmatic way that results in real ROI for local businesses. Carlo is also an Adjunct Professor at Humber College's School of Applied Technology, home of one of Canada's largest trades schools.

213 – Moisture Management & Mould — Best Practice OR Extremes?Property Management

Moisture Management is critical in building performance and sustainability. Mould often triggers terror from occupants. Both seem to be misunderstood and you find extreme views and ideas on best practice for both moisture management and dealing with mould outbreaks. This session will examine the extremes and look at the building science that supports best practices, as well as indoor air quality, early warning signs, and preventing issues in the first place.

Presenter:
Darrell Paul, Building Envelope Specialist, Qualistat Builders Ltd.

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Darrell Paul provides building envelope investigation and testing services to many builders and warranty providers throughout the province for both single and multi family wood frame buildings.

Darrell also provides energy modeling & testing services as an NRCan Certified Energy Advisor for Built Green and Energuide for New Homes. He is trained in various diagnostic testing methods including Blower Door Air tightness, HVAC Residential Ventilation, Balancing & Heat loss and as an ASNT level I infrared thermographer.

Darrell began in residential construction as a framing carpenter 33 years ago. He moved into building homes as a site supervisor and construction manager. For the last 15 years he has taught various “Master Homebuilder” management courses for SAIT and PHBIA and has instructed the “Moisture Control Technician” course since 2003.

Darrell has taught the CMHC National Renovator program in Alberta for the past 10 years. He earned his Master Homebuilder and Master Renovator certifications in 1997 and recently obtained the HRAI’s Residential Air System Design Technician certification. Darrell is also a speaker at many association conferences and meetings. His company Qualistat was formed in 1986.

214 – You Are Not Your Job! How To Create Sustainable Work/Life BalanceDesignProdessional Development

Peoples’ most important “product” is their creativity. Clients and employers expect innovative and creative solutions to their complex design problems and depend upon their workers to deliver results.

It’s critical, therefore, that people cultivate inspiration and replenish it with a healthy work/life balance based on core values, confident decision-making skills, and a visionary outlook.

Without it, business people quickly burn out and produce mediocre results.

Attendees will learn unconventional tools and strategies to help them be good stewards of their time, energy, and creativity…the 3 most important resources of their professional and personal lives regardless of economic conditions.

Through interactive lecture, small group discussion, worksheets, real-life stories and games, designers will:

  • Explore the direct correlation between sustainable design concepts, creativity and work/life balance.
  • Identify & reclaim core values.
  • Test intuition as an effective decision-making tool.
  • Develop a personal benchmark for “success.”
  • Create an action plan based on vision & intention rather than just “goals.”
  • Learn a new approach to a “to-do” list.
  • Gain inspiration & motivation to reinvent career path & quality of life.

Attendees will learn that “sustainable design” is not just a trend in the built environment, but a lifestyle that can maximize their creative talents and personal fulfillment through a renewable and inspired process. Click here for presentation preview >>

Presenter:
Liesbet Trappenburg, National Speaker, Windmill Worldwide

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Dutch-born, Liesbet Trappenburg has corporate experience in advertising, sales, marketing, and management positions in Fortune 500 companies including Irving Trust Bank and Eastman Kodak. Her previous position as VP of Sales with Eastpak, Inc. took her to Europe and Canada where she observed other cultures' values regarding work/life balance.

In 1995, Liesbet left her corporate job to start her own company, Windmill Worldwide. She offers compelling keynote speeches, seminars, and company retreats to interior designers, architects, industry vendors and corporate executives.

She's inspired real changes for members in a variety of organizations such as NKBA, IIDA, IFMA, ASID, IDEC, NeoCon IIDEX, Callison Architecture, DuPont Antron/Invista, Steelcase, Allsteel, LEES/Mohawk, Collins College of Design, AARP, the Boeing Co., Children’s Hospital, United Behavioral Health, US Federal Courts, Virginia Mason Hospital, Metropolis Magazine, and Gensler Architecture.

An ASID Distinguished Speaker for 2008-2011, Liesbet is currently writing a book, Tilt: Life-Balance Strategies from a Windmill.

215 – Eight Avenue Place Case StudyDesignProperty ManagementConstruction

Eight Avenue Place is the latest addition to Calgary’s skyline. This project is truly different from anything else in Calgary; from a partnership of three diverse owners, a first time relationship between developer, consultants and contractor, a first development in Canada for a US developer, to a world class, first LEED CS Platinum office building project in Canada. We will discuss the unique environment and set of circumstances that this project resulted from, how it has been received by the users of the project and the community and what the specific details are that make it different. Representatives with Gibbs Gage Architects, the Architect of Record, EllisDon Construction Services, the General Contractor and Hines Canada, the Developer and Owners Representative, will lay out the challenges they faced in bringing this project in on time and on budget in a time when construction activity was at its height in the Calgary market.

Complimentary tour at the 8th Avenue Place follows (3:30 – 4:30pm). Free shuttle ride by Lone Star Mercedes-Benz 3:00 – 3:30pm.


John Frank

Keri Himmelreich

Martyn Wesley

Presenters:
John Frank, Vice President – Construction, Hines
Keri Himmelreich, Architectural Technologist, Gibbs Gage Architects
Martyn Wesley, Construction Manager, Ellisdon Construction

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John Frank is based in Chicago, Illinois and lives in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated in 1977 from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, became a registered Architect in 1981 and a member of the National Council of Architectural Registrations Boards (NCARB) that same year. He practiced Architecture in Houston, Texas with Morris * Aubry Architects for 8 years where he joined Hines, a global leader in real estate development. He has remained with Hines for 26 years participating at various levels of construction management. While with Hines, he has participated in and directly managed the development and construction of over 8.5 million square feet of high-rise office building development in many major North American cities (Houston, Minneapolis, Detroit, Los Angeles, Chicago, Calgary) and several secondary cities (Toledo, Louisville, Nashville, Chattanooga, Kansas City) throughout the Midwest Region of the United States and now Western Canada. His role in these Hines equity and third party management assignments has changed since he started with Hines from Tenant Constriction Manager, Assistant Construction Manager, Senior Construction Manager, and currently Vice-President of Construction. He is currently completing the successful development of Eight Avenue Place, Canada’s first LEED CS Platinum high-rise office development in downtown Calgary and will soon kick-off Phase II, the West Tower of that development.

Keri Himmelreich graduated from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology with a Architectural Technologies Diploma in 1997.

Keri has been with Gibbs Gage Architects since graduating from SAIT. Keri has worked closely with our Contract Administration department and is currently responsible for the preparation and coordination of contract documents. He has completed the contract documents for several large commercial and institutional additions to existing structures and has gained valuable experience in resolving the complications that arise from such complex projects.

Martyn Wesley joined EllisDon Construction Services Inc. in 2006 as Construction Manager. Mr. Wesley has been in the construction industry since 1962.

216 – Living Through the Challenge: a Contractor’s Perspective on the
Living Building ChallengeConstructionGreen

The Living Building Challenge has quickly become the most advanced green building rating system in the world. Creating living buildings requires a fundamentally different approach to building design, construction and operations. To meet the challenge buildings must generate their own energy, harvest and treat their own water and use only non-toxic and locally sourced materials. As constructors of two living buildings - the New Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical Garden and SFU UniverCity Childcare Centre - the presenters will discuss the challenge of turning ideas into reality as they share lessons learned in the successful delivery of LBC projects.


Marsha Gentile

Rebecca McDiarmid

Presenters:
Marsha Gentile, Construction Sustainability Specialist, Ledcor Construction Limited
Rebecca McDiarmid, Project Manager, Ledcor Construction Limited

Biographies: [more]

Marsha Gentile is the Construction Sustainability Specialist at Ledcor Construction Limited.  She graduated from the National Sustainable Building Advisors program where she also taught the Sustainability in Construction module.  Marsha has a decade of hands-on experience with LEED projects across the country and is presently involved in the SFU UniverCity Childcare Facility which is pursuing Living Building Status.  Earlier this year Marsha presented the Contractors Perspective on “Lessons Learned in Building a Living Building at UniverCity” at the Living Futures unConference in Vancouver and participated in “Live Knowledge Capture for LEED and Living Building Challenge Projects” at the ASQ’s World Conference on Quality and Improvement in Pittsburgh.

Rebecca McDiarmid is a Project Manager at Ledcor Construction Limited.  She was responsible for the construction of the New Visitor Centre at VanDusen Botanical Gardens, which is pursuing Living Building status.  She works collaboratively with the project consultants, owner group, trade contractors and suppliers to assist the team with LBC compliance and constructability challenges. Rebecca is a Past President of Canadian Construction Women and is currently on the Steering Committee for the Metro Vancouver Branch of the Cascadia Green Building Council.  She has born witness to the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women regarding women in non-traditional careers.  Earlier this year she presented “Delivering the Challenge – A Contractor’s Perspective” at the Living Futures unConference in Vancouver.

217 – Energy Planning: Theory, Land & UseGreen

Energy conservation has become a fundamental tenet of building and community design as a response to potential climate change. This discussion proposes that the conventional parameter of energy conservation — simply quantifying energy consumed by a project – is not sufficient for comprehensive planning to maximize energy efficiency. Starting with the first principles of energy, its unique characteristics and associated transfer mechanisms, an argument is made that energy efficiency may be greatly improved through appropriate planning, and that substantial energy conservation improvements are possible through the distribution and arrangement of land uses and typical building occupancy profiles associated these occupancies.

Presenter:
Justin Pockar, Energy & Environment Coordinator, City of Calgary, Development and Building Approvals

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Self-described as a physicist by choice and architect by training; Justin previously worked for several high-profile architectural firms prior to joining the city of Calgary in 2006, collaborating on several projects achieving LEED Gold or better. His involvement on projects has encompassed a wide range of roles, from design, technical and administrative roles to working with the University of Calgary as critic and external thesis advisor.

Accepting the position of Energy & Environment Coordinator for Development & Building Approval at the City of Calgary, responsibilities include the administration of sustainable design programs and associated technical aspects, in addition to reviewing and authoring sustainable policy within the City of Calgary as it relates to the construction and design of buildings. With a background in both science and architecture, it is the full integration of these fields that continues to expand his interest and passion for sustainable design.

218 – Enter a $15-billion-a year Market — Doing Business with the Government of
CanadaDesignProperty ManagementConstruction

In a short presentation, the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises will provide information on

  • goods and services purchased by the government of Canada
  • where businesses can register
  • where to look for opportunities
  • where to market your offerings
  • contracting process

At the end of this seminar, participants will have Facts and figures about federal government procurement and they will know what they have to do to access this market:  registering their company, searching for opportunities, and marketing their product. They will better understand the Contracting process: Competitive versus non-competitive, recurring versus one-time and bidding.

Presenter:
Darlene Chuka, Supply Team Leader, Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, Public Works and Government Services Canada

Biography: [more]

Darlene Chuka began her career with Public Works & Government Services Canada in Saskatchewan in as the Client and Supplier Promotions officer. Over the years she worked extensively with the supplier community offering “How to Do Business” seminars throughout the Province. In 2002, she moved to Edmonton and worked in PWGSC Acquisitions as a Program Advisor. In 2009, Darlene joined the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises, where she continues to help the supplier community navigate the procurement system.