Views from The Edge

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

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

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

W16 – KEYNOTE: Views from The Edge

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

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


President & CEO, CHANDOS Construction


There may no longer be a case for business as usual — how to shake off complacency and create a deliberate shift.


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

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

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

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

President & CEO, Tiger Calcium Corporation


Are traditional corporate models and organizational roles a thing of the past?

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

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

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

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

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

Founding Partner, EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting


Disruption and Resilience — with a personal touch.


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

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

Executive Director, Center for Education and Research in Construction, University of Washington


There is no easy button when it comes to collaboration.


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

CEO/Chief Facilitator and Engagement Officer, CultureSmith Inc.


Culture trumps strategy — start at the root in order to align with the results.


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

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

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

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



Bill Black, Vice President, Business Development, Allied Contractors


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

Bill is no stranger to the challenges of the industry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Director, Engagement and Strategy, CHANDOS Construction


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

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