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  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Property Management



Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–9:30am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 218/219


W08: Capital Project Controls | Risk Management in Construction and Real Estate

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Professional & Personal Skills Development, Project Planning, Management & Best Practice, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Effective owner oversight is a critical driver in the execution of successful capital projects.

The size and complexity of major construction projects has always presented a challenge for project managers in terms of balancing cost, quality and schedule.

With the evolution of contracts and new approaches to major capital project management, there is now additional risk to project owners that they may assume greater responsibility.

Capital project controls create an oversight framework that will reduce risk by increasing transparency, accountability and value for money.

Attend this panel presentation and learn how to reduce risk and prevent, deter and detect cost overruns that can happen during the course of a capital project life cycle. The panel will discuss the following matters:

  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Fraud risk within construction and development
  • Contract “leakage” – unintentional errors and overpayments
  • Availability of debt or equity funding
  • Fluctuations in the local or national economy
  • Housing market “bubbles”
  • Litigation risk
  • Reputation risk resulting from poor project delivery

Doug Bastin

Kristina Davies

Derek Strong

Shane Troyer

David Waldref

Doug Bastin, Partner, Advisory Services, Construction & Real Estate Practice Leader, Grant Thornton LLP


Kristina Davies, Litigation Associate, Koffman Kalef LLP
Derek Strong, Regional Director, Roynat Capital
Shane Troyer, Partner, Advisory Services, Grant Thornton LLP
David Waldref, Vice President, Finance, Wesgroup

As a management consultant specializing in all aspects of the real estate industry, Doug Bastin has been with Grant Thornton and its predecessor firms since 1985. Doug conducts strategy and operational improvement assignments, including: feasibility studies, economic impact assessments, operational reviews, appraisals/valuations, real estate purchase investigations, strategic plans, and business plans. A Certified Management Consultant, Doug received his BA in Commerce and Economics from Simon Fraser University. Doug is a frequent speaker at hotel and real estate industry association events and conferences, with presentations on:

  • The Impact of Strata Hotel Development.
  • A Review of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Financing
  • The Financial Feasibility of a Development Project

Kristina Davies is a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group at the law firm, Koffman Kalef LLP. Kristina practices exclusively commercial litigation with an emphasis in prosecuting and defending construction claims. She is experienced in claims arising from non -payment, Builders Liens, delays, insurance coverage issues, deficiencies, extra work, design and construction defects. She is adept at handling disputes involving multiple parties with conflicting interests. Kristina also focuses on alternatives to litigation including dispute resolution processes such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration when they are best suited to achieving a favourable outcome for her clients. Her clients include real estate owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals.

Derek Strong is a 25 year veteran of the Pacific Northwest financial community, having spent the last 22 years with Roynat Capital, one of the largest providers of long term capital in Canada with over $3 Billion in assets. Derek’s current role with Roynat is directing their Pacific Northwest and Southern Alberta operations which include a $700 Million portfolio of mid-market manufacturing/service and distribution companies with loans in the $1-$50MM range. In his career with Roynat, Derek has been involved as a provider of Construction and Take Out financing on numerous Industrial and Hospitality projects of various sizes and industries in the US and Canada.

Roynat Capital is a financial partner that provides flexible capital solutions to mid-sized businesses facing today’s challenges and opportunities. We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bank of Nova Scotia and exist to bring a fresh perspective to financing. We can provide creative financing solutions tailored to your priorities, to assist with situations such as real estate financing, expansion, acquisitions and buyouts.

Shane Troyer leads Grant Thornton’s Business Risk Services Practice in Western Canada and brings 18 years’ experience in the delivery of risk management, internal audit, and advisory services initiatives.

He is a specialist in the design and implementation of control compliance, operational internal audit, anti-fraud and anti-corruption programs and has advised numerous publicly accountable organizations in this regard including public companies listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and TSX. Shane is frequently asked to present to industry and professional associations on risk management and internal control related topics. Shane is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and an Information System Security Professional.

David Waldref joined Wesgroup in 2010 as Vice President, Real Estate Lending for Wesgroup Capital LP. In 2012 his duties expanded to include Vice President, Finance at Wesgroup Properties LP. Prior to joining Wesgroup, David spent 10 years with RBC’s Real Estate lending group — managing banking relationships of top tier Real Estate developers and owners; including some of Canada’s largest privately held and publicly traded real estate enterprises. David is currently responsible for managing the capital requirements of the business. Those duties include overseeing Wesgroup’s banking relationships, debt and cash flow as well as Wesgroup Capital LP’s loan portfolio. David is a CFA charter holder with a BBA in Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:30am • EB $45/REG $55 •  ROOM 212

W16: Aging in Place – Universal and Inclusive Design Standards and Best Practices

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

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1 Hour HSW IDCEC Approved • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

With the aging of the population and increasing life expectancy, the construction of sustainable homes that changes with occupants’ needs could have benefits for residents and communities. Attend this presentation to learn about universal and inclusive living design standards, which would allow occupants to live comfortably and independently in their homes as they age, and which could be adapted over time without the need for major upgrades or costly renovations. Presenters will discuss design ideals for the development of accessible and affordable living solutions, in and for our community. Providing context around the SAFERHome certification program, this presentation will expand on the criteria for developing accessible housing solutions, exploring the difference between Visitable, Adaptable and Accessible Housing solutions. Participants will come away with information on the latest trends, insights and industry best practices that illustrate both the benefits and cost-effective strategies for adaptable housing and accessible communities design.

Gordon Porter

Mark Senner

Elizabeth Tang


Gordon Porter, Executive Director, SAFERHome Standards Society
Mark Senner, President, CareAge Home and Health Inc., Director, SAFERHome Standards Society
Elizabeth Tang, Knowledge Transfer Representative, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Mark Senner is a Senior Executive Business Leader with over 25 years of experience in executive management, commercial drug discovery and development, business development, licensing/partnering, sales, sales operations, sales management, project management, marketing and key account management. Currently a business owner for a CAPS/Aging in Place certified renovation company and durable medical accessibility equipment company. In addition to this, focus is being placed on the development of Laneway/In-Fill and Modular homes that meet the certification of SAFERHome Standards through the application of Universal and Inclusive Design principles.

Elizabeth Tang is Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Knowledge Transfer Consultant in the CMHC BC Region, where she is responsible for connecting CMHC’s housing research findings to building and housing industry professionals, government educators and general public across the Region. Elizabeth has been with CMHC since 2006. Prior to working at CMHC, Elizabeth was Trade Commissioner, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She is a LEED Green Associate, and holds a MBA from University of British Columbia with a specialization in sustainability and business strategic management.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:00am • EB $35/REG $45 •  ROOM 218/219

W20: Commercial Real Estate Update

[Professional & Personal Skills Development, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved ]

This presentation will provide an overview of the proposed and existing development projects in the City and surrounding areas, touching on different property sectors such as industrial, office, and retail projects. The speakers will discuss the market trends and major issues and successes they are facing. Please join the panel as they examine what opportunities and threats face the Vancouver real estate market and gain insight into the trends and issues affecting the Vancouver and surrounding markets.

Jocelyne Legal

Carolyn Egan

Stefan Morissette

Mark Trepp


Jocelyne Legal, Vice President, Leasing, Triovest


Carolyn Egan, Senior Director, Leasing – Western Canada, Choice Properties REIT
Stefan Morissette, Associate Vice President, Industrial, Colliers International
Mark Trepp, Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc.


Jocelyne Legal began her career in real estate in 1988 at Bentall and has since worked with some of the largest real estate companies in Vancouver, including Colliers, CBRE, GWL Realty Advisors and Cadillac Fairview. With these firms, her focus was on leasing in the downtown core. In 2009, Jocelyne joined Tonko Realty Advisors, now known as Triovest. Her initial role at Triovest focused on the leasing of Willingdon Park in Burnaby. She is now Vice President, Leasing, overseeing all of the office and industrial leasing for Triovest properties in British Columbia, which represent a combined total of approximately 5 million square feet.

Ms. Carolyn Egan is the Senior Director Leasing, Western Canada, for Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust. Carolyn has over 20 years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry having tackled a wide array of leasing and development assignments across Canada and in the US. She has had a variety of senior leasing and asset management positions including; A&W Food Services of Canada Ltd, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Cadillac Fairview, and First Capital Realty. Carolyn is pleased to have joined Choice Properties REIT in the Fall of 2014 to head up the Leasing and Merchandising strategies for the aggressive Western leasing and development program for Choice.

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust is an owner, manager and developer of well-located retail and commercial real estate across Canada. Choice Properties’ portfolio spans approximately 43.3 million square feet of gross leasable area and consists of 535 properties primarily focused on supermarket and drug store anchored shopping centres and stand-alone supermarkets and drug stores. Choice Properties’ strategy is to create value by enhancing and optimizing its portfolio through development, accretive acquisitions and active property management.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 11:30am–12:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 •  ROOM 218/219

W30: Canadian Flooring: A Panel on the Current and Future Forward Outlook of the Industry

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

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved ]

The contract flooring industry serves many market segments for the advancement of interior environments and life balance – our well-being. Vital to the evolution of the Canadian Building, tuning into the flooring challenges that are common across industry is of utmost importance to the progression of products and practice.

Join us for a panel presentation, where national and regional leaders will explore the challenges common across the British Columbia marketplace, focusing on the themes that have been identified as critical to the success of the industry. Taking an in depth look at new products, technologies, innovations, materials and labour practices, panelists will present success stories and derived best practices implemented to overcome challenges and ensure success.

Rick Wagner

Don Brletic

Tammy Darling

Meryl Dyson

Wayne Laforet

Tanya Touzalin

Rick Wagner, President, Maxwell Floors Ltd.

Don Brletic, Regional Sales Manager, Ardex Americas
Tammy Darling, Sales Representative, J&J Industries
Meryl Dyson, Territory Manager, Shaw Industries Inc.
Wayne Laforet, Principle, flooring solutions.ca
Tanya Touzalin, Territory Sales Manager, Armstrong Flooring

Meryl Dyson has spent her career as a salesperson to the interior finishes market; the last 17 of which have been with Shaw Contract. Shaw is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial flooring in North America. During that time, Meryl has been involved in large commercial projects such as the Electronic Arts campus in Burnaby; many projects at the UBC and small office renovations downtown. She spends most of her day working with interior designers and architects in the selection of flooring products to meet the performance, budget and aesthetic needs of a project. Meryl served as the Trade Representative to the Interior Designer’s of Canada and has been on the board of the Vancouver chapter of IFMA.

Wayne Laforet has been installing flooring since 1978. In 1983 he became a certified flooring mechanic through N.A.I.T. Additionally, he became a certified carpet inspector in 1993m, and a certified hard surface inspector in 2004. He recognized that the NWFA hardwood inspector program was the best in the industry so he became a certified inspector with them.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 220-222

W32: Interior Design Keynote: Exploring the Myths and Realities of an Intergenerational Workforce

[Health and Wellness, Property Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Now that we have 4 — and increasingly 5 — generations in the workplace, designers, consultants and the media have often generalized the characteristics of those groups, resulting in the oft repeated stereotypes like “Millennials all want open, collaborative spaces” and “Baby boomers hate technology and love private offices.” But are any of these true? Can you draw any collective conclusions about cohorts so large?

Join an inter-generational panel as we go beyond stereotypes and get real about designing environments for a wide range of users. This panel features an intergenerational group of design experts who represent the various groups in the workforce who have their own ideas about what “work” really means.

Jennifer Busch

Loren Bergmann

Jennifer Chan

Carol Jones

Sara Remocker

Jennifer Busch, Vice President, A&D, Teknion

Loren Bergmann, Director Workplace Strategy, Western Canada, CBRE, Vancouver
Jennifer Chan, Interior Designer, SSDG Interiors, Vancouver
Carol Jones, Senior Principal, Vice President Interior Design, Kasian
Sara Remocker, Associate, Sr. Interior Designer, Dialog, Vancouver

Jennifer Busch, Hon. IIDA, is Vice President A&D at Teknion, where she is responsible for the development of key business relationships and sales and marketing strategies for major architecture and interior design firms throughout North America. Jennifer came to Teknion from Interface, where she served as Vice President A&D Market Development for three years. Prior to joining Interface, she held various editorial positions at Contract magazine for 21 years, including servings as Editor in Chief from 1999-2011. In 2009 she was bestowed with Honorary IIDA status, the first design editor to have achieved such recognition.

Loren Bergmann Director Workplace Strategies CBRE January 2015 – Present; Director, Interior Design Perkins+Will Canada, January 2009 – December 2013; Director, Interior Design, Bunting Coady Architects, January 2006 – December 2008.

Jennifer Chan Interior Designer, SSDG Interiors Inc., April 2016 – Present; Junior Interior Designer on an interim contract, Responsible for supporting the team throughout the design process; Shop Development and Other Stuff , Lead Design Intern, Kit and Ace, May 2015 – May 2016; Student Interior Designer, Inside Design Studio Inc., January 2013 – March 2015

Carol Jones leads the Interior Design practice in Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. Her professional experience has included practice in several Canadian cities and her interest in design education has been reflected in teaching appointments at two universities.

Carol has 40 years of experience in planning and design, with a focus on design for the high performance workplace in both the private and public sector. Considered an expert on workplace strategy, Carol speaks and writes on this topic both nationally and internationally, and projects under her leadership have been widely published and have received numerous awards. She is an NCIDQ certificate holder, a Certified Facility Manager (CFM), a Registered Interior Designer (RID) in BC and a LEED Accredited Professional.

For most of her career, Carol has participated on the boards of interior design professional associations at the National and International level. She was President of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Other boards on which she has served include the IIDA Foundation, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Sara Remocker has been practicing interior design since 2003 with experience working both in Europe and North America. She is an award winning NCIDQ certified interior designer. She is highly creative with strong design, technical drawing and space planning skills with a high attention to detail. Sara demonstrates strengths in client liaison, consultant coordination and project management enabling a seamless involvement from concept through to completion obtaining a high level of design.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:30pm–3:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 218/219

W33: Deconstruction and the Green Demolition Bylaw

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Health and Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour HSW-S IDCEC Approved • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

To become the greenest city in the world, the City of Vancouver has implemented policy to support the recyclers and salvagers in the city with the passing of the Green Demolition Bylaw. This focuses specifically on diverting demolition waste from the landfill and hopefully salvaging non-renewable resources like old growth wood among many other valuable materials. This bylaw currently applies to all houses built before the 1940s and will soon expand to all pre-1950s, then pre-1960s and very soon, all houses. This bylaw prevents traditional demolition’s inherent waste and instead supports the eco-friendly Deconstruction process resulting in the selective disassembly of a structure for reuse, recycling and waste management.

If you are demolishing residential homes outside of the City of Vancouver, you are not excluded. Nearby municipalities are using the City of Vancouver as a precedent for their own upcoming sustainability programs. This panel presentation will address the specifics of this important subject matter critical to the construction industry and our city at large.

Robert Capar

Brad Badelt

Adam Corneil

Richard Drake

Christina Radvak

Robert Capar, Owner, Maison D’Etre Design-Build Inc.

Brad Badelt, Sustainability Group Member, City of Vancouver
Adam Corneil, CEO, Naturally Crafted
Richard Drake, Contractor
Christina Radvak, Deconstruction Manager, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Vancouver

Robert Capar is the owner of maison d’etre design-build inc. – a Vancouver company with over 20 years experience in residential design and renovation. maison d’etre’s continual commitment to innovative and timeless design-build projects has been recognized with provincial Georgie Awards, national SAM Awards and the GVHBA OVATION awards.

Rob is the past President of the Canadian Home Builders Association BC and is a Certified Housing Professional and Certified Renovation Professional.

Robert continues to work towards increasing the availability of educational courses and to promote education as the one main defining element which promotes the professionalism of the industry. To this end he sits on the Provincial Homeowner Protection Office Advisory Board regarding the newly implemented education requirements for licensing in BC.

Robert is also an instructor at Langara Community College teaching Home Renovation Planning.

Brad Badelt is a senior sustainability specialist with the City of Vancouver. In his current role, he manages a variety of projects in support of the City’s Greenest City Action Plan, including the green demolition program. Brad has a master’s degree in water resources engineering and nearly 15 years of experience working in local government.

Adam Corneil has been involved in the construction industry over fifteen years. Working on framing and cabinet crews. Between university, he began to shape his hands-on skills while learning about conservation and sustainability. Over the years he has honed his carpentry and project management skills on large capital projects running the gamut of styles from modern multi-unit buildings to green renovations to custom timber frame homes. Adam has steered his company in the last few years into deconstructing houses and salvaging the lumber to re-manufacture into finishes for his clients.

Adam’s motto is simple: “Live Sustainability”. The desire to build homes in an environmentally friendly fashion stems from a fundamental belief in consciously choosing products and materials that least impact the environment and an individual’s health. This belief extends into every aspect of his life from clothing and fabrics to soaps and diet. With a love for the outdoors and mountains as his playground, his desire is to build great healthy homes and products with minimal environmental impact so together we can do our part to leave a better planet for future generations.

Richard Drake has spent the last two decades involved in numerous environmental projects, including founding the Comox Valley’s first recycling program – Comox Valley Recycling, and implementing BC’s first public computer recycling program – CompuCycle. Heading a multi-stakeholder process, he acted as the Principal Researcher for 6 years collaborating with The Institute of Health Promotion Research at UBC targeting water pollution in Baynes Sound, Canada’s largest shellfish growing area.

He has served as a director on the boards of The Recycling Council of British Columbia, and the Comox Valley Credit Union, and advised the Provincial Government in the development of the GVRD Solid Waste Management Plan.

He is an experienced builder, having built his own home by hand in the wilderness, and then as a contractor and CEO of Cumberland Construction Services, moving, renovating and preserving historic houses on Vancouver Island.

Richard currently is working as the Project Coordinator with SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) Elders Project – helping to pass on the acquired wisdom distilled from a lifetime dedicated to sustainability. His passion for conservation and building finds him at the center of a group that is establishing a deconstruction industry in Vancouver.

Christina Radvak is the Deconstruction Manager at Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, determined to increase the amount of salvaged material recovered from renovations and demolitions. As a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Environmental Design honors degree, she is passionate about green building, sustainable initiatives and business innovation.

In July 2015, Christina initiated Habitat for Humanity’s Deconstruction program. Starting with interior salvage from renovations and demolitions, the program has progressed into salvaging residential framing lumber across Greater Vancouver. Today, Christina is spearheading the organization to becoming leaders in the sustainable demolition industry. The program aims to divert lumber from the landfill to support innovative upcycling within the organization, in the community and ultimately supporting the circular economy.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 3:00pm–5:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 224 SOLD OUT

W08: Capital Project Controls | Risk Management in Construction and Real Estate

[Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved ]

3:00pm–4:00pm Seminar
4:00pm–5:00pm Reception

IDIBC leads a panel discussion that explores the recent and upcoming changes to the interior design industry and how these changes will impact the future of our profession and our professional organization. Hear first-hand from IDIBC and IDC board members about the steps that are being taken, and hurdles that are being overcome, in order to gain recognition of the Interior Design profession in British Columbia.

Sarah Stanford

Susan Steeves

Megan Bennett

Patricia Desmet

Aandra Currie Shearer

Georgi-Anna Sizeland

Brenda Snaith

Sarah Stanford, RID, First VP, IDIBC

Megan Bennett, RID, VP Legal, IDIBC
Patricia Desmet, RID, President, IDIBC
Aandra Currie Shearer, RID, Past President, IDC
Georgi-Anna Sizeland, Co-chair Regulatory Process Committee, IDIBC
Brenda Snaith, Education Representative, IDC
Susan Steeves, RID, Regulatory Committee, IDIBC

Sarah Stanford is an Associate at Perkins+Will and the Interior Design Practice Leader for the Vancouver office, providing design solutions for both integrated architectural and stand-alone interiors projects. Through her work, Sarah has delivered creative and environmentally progressive spaces that have a meaningful impact on clients’ teams, business, and culture. With over a decade of experience across practice areas specializing in workplace, retail and hospitality design, Sarah is particularly passionate about finding opportunities to blend the best practices of these design typologies to deliver innovative solutions to her clients. Her work ranges from tenant improvements and prototypes to large-scale architectural projects in North America and abroad. Sarah is currently serving in the position of First VP on the board of the IDIBC.

Patricia Desmet has over 18 years of extensive corporate and residential interior design experience and is an expert at creating functional space plan options and creative design development that incorporates and strong branding and client culture into a space. As a Senior Interior Design Manager at Omicron she oversees and is responsible for complete design coordination of projects. Patricia believes that good design starts with simple yet effective details that create a whole cohesive space to enhance user experience.

Patricia is passionate about her involvement with the IDIBC professional association and is currently the President of IDIBC. Her goals are to ensure all interior design specialties are represented and see value in a professional designation to create a strong professional community that services the public with outstanding interior design services. A key component of ensuring excellence in design is to ensure our emerging professionals have the required educational grounding for success. Patricia is committed to ensuring these goals are at the forefront of the association, industry and public.

Aandra Currie Shearer has been practising commercial interior design for 19 years, serving clients in private, government and institutional sectors. She has led the interior design process on a wide array of new construction and renovation projects, and has engaged many stakeholders in large, multi-departmental organizations along the way. In 2015 Aandra began an exciting journey, away from the large architectural firm environment, to pursue interior design and other creative and volunteer work across the country that truly inspires her. Most recently she has taken on new build and furnishings work with architects and medical specialists as well as renovation strategies in the real estate investment sector. She is passionate about advocating for the profession of Interior Design. An IDC Board member since 2010, Aandra is currently the Past President of both the Interior Designers of Canada and the Interior Design Continuing Education Council.

Georgi-Anna Sizeland, principal of Sizeland Inc. interior design studio has the experience and expertise acquired from over 30 years of practice in the Interior Design industry. Georgi works in partnership with corporate clients to define and strategize facility goals for their changing business environment.

Her work is focused on effective space utilization, progressive concepts in workplace design, sustainable approaches to office development and the design opportunities afforded by new technologies to achieve functional, aesthetic solutions within a clearly defined financial framework. Regardless of the job magnitude from small start-ups to major corporate mergers her creativity and commitment remain focused on solutions that adapt to the ongoing cultural changes within each workplace resulting in positive customer experiences.

Georgi is committed to ongoing professional development and recognition of the profession through a history of volunteering for provincial and national interior design associations. She has served as the IDC Liaison to Interior Design Continuing Education Council (a joint US/Canada council regulating Continuing Education for Interior Designers in North America) as well as on the IDCEC Task force developing the new operating model for the IDCEC which is currently in successful operation serving IDC, IIDA, ASID and IDEC members. More recently as Past Chair IDIBC Vancouver Island Chapter and currently as Co-Chair of the IDIBC Regulatory Process Committee (working towards regulation of RIDs in BC).

Prior to her move to BC was a founding principal of Sizeland Evans Interior Design Inc. (1990-2009), an award winning interior design firm in Calgary, Alberta.

Brenda Snaith: A design professional since 1987, and a teacher of design since 1999. With a background in fine arts and theatre, her profession is design, and her passion is teaching and learning. Brenda has a strong interest in interdisciplinary education, team teaching, experiential learning, cultural and contextual immersion, and is dedicated to a continued dialogue on all matters sustainable.

Brenda has experience facilitating and teaching local and international field schools, chairing committees, coordinating departments and team-teaching courses. This has involved a great deal of independent research, collaboration, leadership, creativity, energy, initiative, self-motivation, and good communication skills. She is a team player and problem solver. A firm believer in travel as education, she continues to travel widely, and has analyzed the effects of diverse inherent regional cultures on the built environment in more than 40 countries.

In 2004, Brenda moved to Vancouver to teach in the CIDA accredited Interior Design Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University [KPU], and is currently coordinating the Interior Design Department at the Wilson School of Design [WSOD] there, while continuing to teach across the curriculum. She is also actively involved in the government of the University, sitting on Senate, chairing the Senate Nominating Committee, and serving on the Senate Subcommittee on Curriculum, advocating for strong pedagogical frameworks and programs. She also sits on the WSOD Faculty Council, the WSOD Operations Committee, and on the WSOD User committee for the new school of design building currently under construction. Brenda chairs monthly Interior Design Business and Curriculum meetings, as well as sitting on ad hoc committees and taskforces internally and externally to KPU.

She has been a member of and chaired expert panels for the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the British Columbia government for both public and private institutions. She is an active member of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia [IDIBC], and is a former Vice President of Education for the IDIBC Board of Management. Brenda is currently sitting on the Board of the Interior Designers of Canada [IDC] serving as IDC Director of Education.

Susan Steeves is co-owner of Vancouver-based SSDG Interiors, one of BC’s top interior design firms with a client base spanning across office, retail, restaurant and hotel sectors. She specializes in workplace strategy for clients that are motivated to create great working environments for their people. She believes that engaging people in the design process and a strong communication plan are essential to creating successful work environments.

Susan is a co-author of the book ‘Co-create’, a book published by Teknion, which explores various forms of collaboration in the workplace.

She is a past president of the Interior Design Institute of B.C., currently Co-Chairs the IDIBC Regulatory Process Committee and has been an active member for over 25 years.

Her degrees include a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba and a MBA from Simon Fraser University.


Thursday, Feb. 16 • 11:00am–12:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 •   ROOM 218/219

T20: Creating Great Community Facilities — from the Municipal Perspective

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

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Municipalities are challenged to deliver high quality services to their communities. The delivery of many of these services requires state of the art facilities that meet today’s needs while anticipating those of the future. This session will explore the strategies and priorities for successful delivery of community facilities. The session will include presentations from both municipal officials responsible for facility development and leading architects who deliver these facilities. Together they will share experiences, priorities and perspectives on future trends.

Participants will learn:

  • Strategies for delivering innovative community facilities
  • Best practices for procurement and project delivery
  • Case studies on recent innovative community facilities

Darryl Condon

Danica Djurkovic

Walter Francl

Scott Groves


Darryl Condon, Managing Partner, HCMA Architecture + Design

Danica Djurkovic, Director, Facility Planning and Development, City of Vancouver
Walter Francl, Principal, Francl Architecture
Scott Groves, Manager, Civic Facilities, City of Surrey

Darryl has given over 30 presentations over the past 10 years, we have included a selection from the last 2 years: 2016 ARPA Conference, Jasper AB, “Global Trends in Aquatic Facilities” / 2016 AAA Banff Session, Banff AB “Covergence | Divergence” / 2016 Living Futures Institute Conference, Seattle WA “Design for Maximum Social Impact” / 2016 University of Liverpool, Liverpool UK “Designing for Social Impact” / 2015 Design Futures Council, New York NY “Stop, Start, Continue” / 2015 IDS West, Vancouver BC “Today’s Multidisciplinary Design Practice” / 2015 Integral Engineering, Vancouver BC “Social Sustainability in Practice” / 2015 CEFPI Conference, Vancouver BC “Design for Social Engagement” / 2015 Alberta GBC, Edmonton AB “Inspiring Best Practice Libraries”.

Danica Djurkovic is Director of Facilities Planning and Development division with the City of Vancouver, providing strategic leadership and technical expertise in managing planning and development of all city owned facilities (over 600 buildings and 12 million sf). She introduced new and innovative organizational vision and approach, through the four groups: Facilities Planning; Facilities Development; Environmental Services and Energy and Utilities.

Danica is registered architect, urban planner and accredited LEED professional with over 28 years of experience in architecture, both in private and public sectors. She designed, managed, delivered and led many interesting projects including residential palace in Abu Dhabi, BC Ferries Tsawwassen building, P3 hospitals (Surrey, Vernon, Kelowna), Winnipeg and YVR airports, residential mixed use projects, major venues for 2010 Olympic and Paralympic games.

From 2008 through 2012, Danica was Manager of Facility Development and Director of Planning and Operations with the Park Board, responsible for wide range of projects such as the VanDusen Visitor Centre, Creekside Community Centre in Southeast False Creek, Trout Lake Community Centre; Hillcrest complex and English Bay Bistro.

Danica has been actively involved in the Architectural Institute of BC and currently holds position of the elected AIBC Council member and AIBC Vice President.

Walter Francl is a graduate of both the University of British Columbia and Harvard University with Bachelor and Master degrees in architecture. Walter has been in private practice since 1988 and is the managing principal of Vancouver-based firm Francl Architecture. He and his firm have delivered a variety of award-winning projects including community centres, academic and cultural buildings, transit and infrastructure projects and mixed-use commercial and residential buildings.

As an Architect and Structural Engineer (degree obtained from the University of Alberta), Walter has provided exceptional leadership on a number of complex and high profile design projects including the just completed Wesbrook Community Centre at the University of British Columbia Point Grey campus. With over 30 years experience, Walter brings a strong combination of conceptual design ability, project management skills and technical expertise to any team.

Walter is a registered Architect in BC, Alberta and Washington State and a registered Structural Engineer in BC. He is also a LEED accredited Professional, a past President of the AIBC and has served on the Vancouver Urban Design Panel for four terms (two of which he was chair).

Scott Groves is the Manager of Civic Facilities for the City of Surrey. He supervises the planning, design, construction, operations and maintenance of City owned buildings including Recreation Centres, Community Halls, Cultural Centres, Fire Halls, Libraries, RCMP facilities, Operations Centres and City Hall. Scott’s background is very diverse as a Professional Engineer who has previously worked on salmon enhancement, First Nations community building, land development consulting, roads and utilities design & construction, Public Art coordination, and 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Games facilities design, construction & operations (involved in both the Richmond Oval and Vancouver Olympic Centre / Hillcrest). From growing up in a log house in the woods outside 100 Mile House, to being the president of the UBC Engineering Undergrads, to the excitement of the 2010 Games, and now to a position of influence in one of the fastest growing cities in Canada, what has always driven Scott is a desire to make a positive difference in his community. Scott is proud to be both a resident and employee of the City of Surrey.

Thursday, Feb. 16 • 12:30pm–1:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 •  ROOM 212

T24: Sustainability and Innovation in the Commercial Real-Estate Industry

[Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour HSW-S IDCEC Approved ]

Panelists will give brief presentations on a wide array of sustainability initiatives that are shaping the future of the built environment. Topics include energy conservation, indoor air quality, waste management, and tenant engagement. This session looks to engage the audience on how we can create more sustainable buildings that cost less to operate and improve the experience of building occupants.

Daniel Klemky

Michael Glassco

Stefanie Jones

David Laird

Daniel Klemky, MEM, CEM, SEMAC, Manager, Energy & Environment, BOMA BC

Michael Glassco, ROHT, President, Sterling IAQ Consultants Ltd.
Stefanie Jones, MRM, LEED AP O+M, Sustainability Engagement Specialist, Prism Engineering
David Laird, CEM, LEED AP O+M, BSc., Regional Energy Specialist, Department of Fisheries & Oceans
Mikhael Metauro, National Business Development & Sales Strategist, Cascades Recovery

Daniel is the Manager of the Department of Energy & Environment at BOMA BC (a non-profit commercial real-estate association). He has been with BOMA for the past five years and has worked on a wide array of sustainability initiatives during this time, such as energy management assistance, deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure, advancement of smarter waste management systems, and sustainable building certification (i.e., BOMA BEST®) to name a few. Daniel is also involved in various Municipal, Provincial, and Federal sustainability initiatives and advisory committees that directly impact the commercial real-estate industry. Daniel graduated with distinction from the Sustainable Energy Management program at BCIT, he achieved his CEM accreditation from the Association of Energy Engineers, and most recently he graduated with distinction from the Master of Arts in Environment and Management program at Royal Roads University.

Michael Glassco is President of Sterling IAQ Consultants Ltd. and has been providing consulting services in the areas of indoor air quality, mould, hazardous materials (asbestos), occupational hygiene and occupational health and safety field for over 27 years during which time he has managed and been responsible for hundreds of different projects.

Stefanie combines her experience in marketing and public relations with her knowledge of environmental best practices to create and implement sustainability and energy management projects. At Prism Engineering, Stefanie designs, implements and manages energy conservation campaigns for more than 30 clients through BC Hydro’s WCA and Energy Wise Network programs. She also implements green building certifications using the BOMA BESt and LEED systems, monitors utility data using Prism’s PUMA, facilitates Green Team meetings, writes Strategic Energy Management Plans (SEMP), and supports Energy Manager contracts. Stefanie has a Bachelor of Commerce in Marketing from Concordia University, a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, and is a LEED accredited professional for existing buildings: operations and maintenance (EB:O+M).

David is a sustainability and energy management professional with experience in both the private and public sectors. He is currently the Regional Energy Specialist at Fisheries and Oceans Canada, working on technical and behavioral energy conservation initiatives throughout the Pacific Region. He is also a part time instructor in BCIT’s Sustainable Energy Management Program, and chairs BOMA BC’s Energy & Environment Committee. When David is not working or teaching in the sustainability industry, he can be found sailing, bee-keeping, or building cabins in the woods.

Mikhael Metauro has grown up with Green in his blood having been a part of the Cascades family for over 15 years in one capacity or another. With his undergraduate degree in Strategic Selling & Marketing, Mikhael currently works within the Recovery division of Cascades focusing on Business Development and Corporate Strategy. Day in and day out Mikhael has the opportunity to deal with a wide range of customers from different market segments and backgrounds with various types of discarded material recovery needs. “It’s amazing to see how more and more organizations are focusing on sustainability and have put the people power in place to start thinking about better ways to recover more and waste less. For me this is where my focus has been and always will be, working with organizations to help them achieve their sustainability goals through coaching, strategy planning and execution.” Mikhael believes in the power of the Cascades Family and is focused on creating a circular economy – a world where ALL materials have a positive end of life.

Thursday, Feb. 16 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 218/219

T27: Building Purpose in the Construction Industry: The Added Value of Company Culture

[Professional & Personal Skills Development, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Company culture permeates the layers of a business: hiring, retention, branding and marketing. Often times, company culture is put aside due to project demands and bottom lines. Understanding who you are as a company, how to communicate this internally, to your target market and talent and maintain motivation within your team can be a challenge.

The panel discussion will explore address to the following questions:

  • How do you establish what values motivate the culture within the company?
  • How do you make time for focusing on company culture?
  • Does it translate into staff retention?
  • How do you attract and motivate talent with values that align with your company’s goals?
  • Is working on company culture billable or non-billable?
  • What are the best methods and tools for communicating your company’s culture to potential clients?
  • How to differentiate one company from the next based on your company’s culture?

Attendees will leave with tools for answering these questions and leave with the know-how to implement changes that stick.

Tara Landes

Henri Belisle

Ami McKay

Matthew Senf


Tara Landes, Founder and President, Bellrock Benchmarking Inc.


Henri Belisle, General Manager, TQ Construction
Ami McKay, Lead Interior Designer & Owner, PURE Design Inc.
Matthew Senf, Principal, Sasen Renovations

Tara Landes is the founder and president of Bellrock Benchmarking Inc., a Vancouver-based management consulting firm. Bellrock helps business leaders solve their toughest problems. Permanently. She is also a highly sought after speaker. Tara earned an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business in 2000. Currently, she serves as a board member for Small Business BC and as a mentor for the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs.

Henri is the eldest child of Ralph and Helene has been with TQ Construction full time since 2010, though he did his first working day, hauling drywall and insulation, when he was only 11 years old, he is now rising towards company leadership. Henri, like his father is a ticketed Carpenter, as well as licensed Home Inspector, and TQ’s Safety Officer. This multi-faceted practical skill set, paired with his enthusiasm to continuously build his knowledge of business management, and his seemingly effortless ability to listen and communicate with his team will make Henri an exceptional Leader.

Designer Ami McKay helms Canadian lifestyle brand Pure. She is renowned for mixing vibrant colour and contemporary finishings, creating high contrast, and gorgeous spaces. Ami leads a team of designers creating exemplary work that spans from residential and hospitality design projects to a home textiles collection. Ami creates spaces that truly define her clients. She has a knack for putting people at ease and connecting with them, describing the process much like the exhilarating stages of a new love affair. Through design she celebrates her clients’ personalities, channeling their personal styles into their homes while still meeting the demands of their lifestyles. Ami’s passion is to create healthy beautiful spaces, utilizing materials that are good both for people and the environment.

Matthew Senf is the principal of Sasen Renovations, an award-winning residential Design & Build company based in Burnaby. A journeyman carpenter, Matthew built a values-based company, with a focus on culture and a belief that every company, no matter the size, should provide meaningful work, education and open communication for its employees.

Sasen creates exemplary work in the Vancouver area, working with various designers to bring their ideas to life or creating the design through the client-centered design process. Sasen produces high quality work, from Tuscan to contemporary.

Matthew will be applying his understanding of craftsmanship as a judge for 2016 residential awards.

Matthew excels at balancing an understanding of business and trades, and applies his exceptional communication abilities with an ease that clients note each and every time.

His community involvement has included vast public speaking experience.

Thursday, Feb. 16 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 212

T33: Steel Modular Construction: Processes, Benefits, Challenges and Future Outlook

[New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

This panel presentation features key stakeholders involved in the successful execution of modular built projects. Providing a high level overview of modular construction, this panel will identify the challenges and opportunities that this practice presents to industry providing a future forward look of it’s standing in the marketplace. Discussing common misconceptions, panelists will summarize the benefits of using this practice, providing an overview of industry best practices. Panelists will also provide context around the importance of early collaboration between Developer, General Contractor, Architect and Manufacturer, sharing critical processes put into play to overcome common challenges and ensure project success.

Jim Dunn

Vance Harris

Roger Rowsell

Jim Dunn, President, Stack Modular Corporation

Vance Harris, Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP
Roger Rowsell, Vice President, BIRD

Jim Dunn, President and founder of Stack Modular, was born and raised outside of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. At a young age he eagerly ventured outside the borders of Alberta and found himself living in Saskatchewan, Pennsylvania, California, and Africa. His global travels, subsequent university degrees in Civil Engineering & Architecture, and professional career as an engineer all contributed to his eventual arrival into China. As a professional engineer Mr. Dunn oversaw over 1 billion USD of new construction ranging from commercial office towers, high-end Los Angeles condominiums and University buildings. Recognizing an opportunity to deliver modular buildings globally, Mr. Dunn took his experience and passion to China.

It was in Shanghai, China where Mr. Dunn created one of the first Wholly Foreign Owned Enterprises (WFOE) owned solely by a Canadian. After having created Stack Modular, Mr. Dunn went on to hire architects, engineers, and project managers from Canada, USA, and China to oversee the procurement, quality, and delivery of modular buildings to the rest of the world. Mr. Dunn now splits his time between Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Calgary with his primary focus dedicated to the further expansion and development of Stack.

Vance Harris holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Calgary and a Bachelors of Arts (with Distinction) from the University of Victoria. He brings experience in architecture, urban design, management and coordination of diverse, multidisciplinary teams. Vance has made an indelible contribution to the face of public infrastructure in and around Vancouver. He has always placed a significant emphasis on collaboration, whether tasked with crafting City of Vancouver urban design guidelines for the integration of cellular infrastructure, the design/coordination/oversight of three Canada Line stations along the South Cambie corridor, the coordination of major public art installations (including two major pieces at the Richmond Olympic Oval) or the design of public works facilities for the City of North Vancouver. The latter saw the successful utilization of major pre-engineered/prefabricated structures, accommodating everything from heavy fleet maintenance to new headquarters for the venerable North Shore Rescue.

Roger Rowsell has over 35 years experience in the construction industry and sees modular as an opportunity to address some of the inherent challenges within traditional build methods. He has been involved in all major sectors including retail, commercial, hospitality, multi-residential, educational and industrial. He has managed major construction projects from St. John’s, Newfoundland to Vancouver, British Columbia. Roger is well versed in complete project development, including initial site selection, dealing with municipal by-laws, full project budgeting, design coordination, franchise requirements, owner/investor reports, urnkey construction and opening operations.

Thursday, Feb. 16 • 2:00pm–3:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 220–222

T34: Architecture Keynote: Rethinking Retail: Designing Urban Destinations with Draw

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

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

Retail is changing. E-commerce is here to stay. Industry, more so than ever, must think outside the box when designing the new and redefining the mature. Society is looking to the conventional shopping center for un-conventional and diversified activations and experiences.

This panel will examine retail in light of changing consumer trends and wants, exploring the complexities of designing spaces that not only service retail tenants and customers, but act as urban destinations.

Taking a case study approach, panelists will discuss the design principles implemented in their projects to create a strong sense of place and enhance aesthetic intrigue. The panel will review the considerations taken into account when designing spaces that support art and entertainment, in addition to fostering social interaction. Panelists will discuss the nuances of designing spaces that suit high, mid, and low-priced stores, highlighting the importance of balance and flexibility. Finishing with a future forward outlook, panelists will share their predictions for what the new face of retail looks like.

Richard Witt

Jim Anderson

Joan Insel

Joni Vallon

Richard Witt, Principal, Quadrangle

Jim Anderson, Lead Architect, DIALOG (Sherway Gardens, Toronto, ON)
Joan Insel, Vice President, CallisonRTKL
Joni Vallon, Project Director, GH + A Design Studios (CF Rideau Centre, Ottawa, ON)

Richard Witt believes in the iterative design strength of architecture to inspire responsible urbanization in evolving global cities.

As a Design Principal at Quadrangle Architects in Toronto and the director of their Shanghai office, he leads teams responsible for the design of complex and sustainable projects at diverse scales. From large masterplans to midrise urban infill, his commitment to an agenda of accretive city building encompasses residential, retail and workplace uses which drive commercial objectives and are recognized for their design excellence.

Understanding the importance of industry partnership and city building, Richard is currently on the advisory board of for the Urban Land Institute Toronto and is the chairman of the Canadian chapter of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat. He is also currently a member of the Markham Design Review Panel and was the former vice-Chair of the Vaughan Design Review Panel. A strong advocate of sustainable design principles, Richard was one of three architects invited to represent Ontario’s green build sector in the Premier’s 2009 CleanTech trade mission to India and 2013 trade mission to China.

Jim Anderson is a compulsively curious architect who leads the DIALOG Toronto studio’s commercial sector team. His tendency to oscillate between big-picture thinking and detailed scrutiny demonstrates his ability to understand projects from multiple perspectives. As former National Operations Principal and Toronto Studio Managing Principal, Jim is now undertaking his most significant role to date, Chair of DIALOG. As Chair, Jim will use his considerable experience to guide DIALOG along its strategic path to achieve its vision as a truly integrated practice. Jim believes deeply in this multidisciplinary vision, both at work, where he uses collaborative design to build stronger communities; and at home, where he enjoys an abundance of diverse pursuits from coaching hockey to tree planting to running marathons.

Joan Insel is the Retail Brand Strategist and a Vice President at the global architecture and design firm CallisonRTKL. Her background in both architecture and graphic design allows her to bring a unique perspective to each project. Joan fuses retail knowledge—business, market, trend and information analysis—with imagination to build a strong foundation for designs that will ignite the minds of the creative teams charged with bringing the client’s projects to life. She is a sought-after speaker who has presented at national events including GlobalShop, the Retail Design Collective and the International Retail Design Conference (IRDC). Joan is frequently quoted in publications such as VMSD, Retail Environments, Puget Sound Business Journal and Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce about retail trends. In 2014 she was recognized as an Influencer of the Year by design:retail magazine. Joan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Washington.

Prior to joining the GH+A team in 2000, Joni Vallon had 20 years of diverse design experience in the hospitality, retail, airport, institutional and corporate sectors. Joni’s sensitivity to design principles and details consistently delivers award-winning projects for the office. Her project repertoire reflects her firm grasp of urban retail redevelopments. Significant projects include the major expansion of CF Sherway Gardens in Toronto; prize-winning design of the Urban Eatery in the Toronto Eaton Centre, the interior and exterior renovation of Bayview Village in Toronto; the relocation and expansion of the food court at Carrefour Laval in Laval, CF Promenades St-Bruno complete mall and food court renovation. The recently renovated and expanded CF Rideau Centre including a new Dining Hall in Ottawa has been garnering international attention and has raised the bar for food court expectations in a combined retail and corporate environment.