Keynotes


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

WEDNESDAY KEYNOTES

Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 220/22

W14 – KEYNOTE: Cities of the Future: Beauty, Brains and Brawn 

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

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

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

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

Nikolas Badminton

Speaker:
Nikolas Badminton, Futurist

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

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

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 218/19

W36 – The Buildings of the Future are Zero Carbon: How Green Buildings Can Meet Carbon Emissions Targets

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

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

Canada has set ambitious targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction which can only be met through concerted efforts in the building sector as one of the largest contributors to climate change.  Over the last ten years, Canada has moved into a global leadership position through innovation and investment in LEED certified green buildings. As we move toward a carbon-constrained future, the conversation in building design and retrofit must shift from ‘energy efficiency’ to ‘carbon’ to ensure we arrive at the best solutions. The CaGBC’s new Zero Carbon Building Standard uses carbon as the key metric in assessing building performance and combines this measure with enhanced envelope performance and renewable energy options.  To date 16 pilot projects representing different building types, sizes and locations have signed on to be the first projects to achieve zero carbon performance. Zero Carbon represents the next cycle of innovation in green building continuing Canada’s global leadership in taking tangible steps in reducing carbon emissions from buildings.

Thomas Mueller

Speaker:
Thomas Mueller, MA, Hon FRAIC, LEED AP, President & CEO, Canada Green Building Council 

Thomas Mueller is a Founding Director of the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and became President & CEO of the Council in 2005. As Chief Executive, he leads the Council’s national green building strategy, programs and standards along with advocacy and policy initiatives.

As a member of the Board of Directors of the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) and the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC), and as a past Board member of the World Green Building Council (WGBC), he supports the transition toward green building, neighbourhoods and cities at home and globally.

Thomas is a well-known advocate for green buildings and sustainable community development. He participates frequently in government and industry consultations on green development and is a nationally and internationally recognized authority and speaker on green buildings.

He is currently participating in several initiatives and groups including the WorldGBC Global CEO Network, the Advisory Board of CIRS (Centre for Interactive Research on Sustainability), and the Advisory Committee of Energy Efficiency in BC’s Built Environment Research Project at UBC.

Thomas has an Undergraduate Degree in Geography, Planning and Applied Ecology from the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich, Germany; and holds a Master’s Degree in Regional Planning & Resource Development from the University of Waterloo, Ontario.

For his green building work, Thomas has received numerous awards. Most recently, he became a recipient of Canada’s 2015 Clean50 Award and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) in 2016.  

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Wednesday, Feb. 14 • 3:00pm–5:00pm • Early Bird $55/Regular $65 • ROOM 220/222

W38 – KEYNOTE: Views from The Edge

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

[ BOMI 2.0 CPDs • AIBC 2.0 Core LUs • 2.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Views from The Edge reinvents the traditional conference experience. Join us for an afternoon plenary of highly relevant, high value, high energy accelerated presentations on matters at the forefront of or industry.

Focusing on DISRUPTION, Change Agents and Thought Leaders will discuss Reshaping the Relationship Between Society and Architecture, Blockchain and Smart Contracts, Robotics, and the National Energy Landscape.

Tony Osborn

Paul Fast

Kregg Fordyce

Anouk Kendall

Oliver Lang

AnnaLisa Meyboom

Host:
Tony Osborn, Principal , TOAD

Feature Change Agents and Thought Leaders:
Paul Fast, Principal, HCMA Architecture + Design
Kregg Fordyce, Owner, CEO, Arkilio
Anouk Kendall, President & CEO, Decentralized Energy Canada
Oliver Lang, Principal and Creative Director, LWPAC, President, Intelligent City
AnnaLisa Meyboom, Associate Professor at The University of British Columbia

Kregg Fordyce is an Architect, Planner and entrepreneur located in Toronto. Kregg is President of KFA Architects and Planners founded in 2006. Kregg and the team at KFA are passionate about improving the building industry and believe one way to do so is by creating a new economy around building information, using cutting-edge technologies like blockchain. By harnessing the power of building information and allowing people to easily store it, transact on it and share it we can develop tools that will help us advance the industry dramatically. By tapping into his entrepreneurial self and utilizing his deep knowledge of the building industry Kregg cofounded a Toronto based startup company, Arkilio Inc. At Arkilio Kregg and his team are identifying pain points in the building industry using KFA and other friendly companies as test subjects and investigating technological solutions like blockchain in an effort to change the industry for the better, forever.

Anouk Kendall was appointed President of Decentralized Energy Canada (DEC) in 2003 and is one of North America’s leading authorities on decentralized energy.

She has helmed DEC through two transformational phases in 2007 and 2013 in response to changing industry and member needs. Her continuous engagement with members and industry partners has contributed to the development of a national network of over 10,000 DE stakeholders. Through the design and implementation of innovation to commercialization programs, she has ensured that DEC annually impacts over 50 small to medium sized businesses in Canada. The current focus ofher innovation efforts are related to smart energy grids and automation innovations in the heat and power sector with an emphasis on behind the fence energy generation.

She has over 20 years experience in the energy and environment fields with a unique combination of industry, government, academic and non-profit sectors. She lived and worked in the UK for 7 years where she conducted post-graduate research into bioenergy at the University of Leeds. She also served as the Senior Energy Conservation Office at Leeds City Council following the UK’s Home Energy Conservation Act (1995).

Anouk holds several board professional positions including:

  • Peer Reviewer for the Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
  • Member of the Board for the Green Building Technology Access Centre (GBTAC) as Southern Alberta Institute for Technology (SAIT)
  • Fellow of the Alberta Energy Future Lab
  • Advisor on the Renewable Energy Committee at Calgary Economic Development
  • Advisor on the Renewable Energy and Conservation Committee at Lakeland College
  • Member of the Marketing Committee on the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association
  • She was born and currently resides in Calgary, Alberta. She holds a B.Sc. in Geography from the University of Calgary.

AnnaLisa Meyboom teaches architectural structures courses, research studios, advanced structures and computing seminars, and design-build courses. She emphasizes the ability to integrate the highly technical, the beautiful, and the environmental simultaneously and seamlessly into a built form. She believes it is the ability to work with all these media fluently that creates projects of critical relevance.

She directs the research into future transportation and its catalytic relationship to urban form in her in interdisciplinary research group, Transportation Infrastructure and Public Space, and also researches the use of structural behaviour algorithms in the generation of architectural form. She maintains a blog on her research and teaching.

AnnaLisa is a practicing engineer and has a background in bridge design.

THURSDAY KEYNOTES

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 220/22

T22 – KEYNOTE: Experiential Design in the Built Environment – Inspiration from a Leading Creative Mind 

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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Technology is altering the way we interact with our surroundings. Urban space or office space, public art or brand activation, retail or hospitality… Creating meaningful human connections through the built environment is increasingly difficult as attention spans diminish and instagrammability drives behaviour.

The integration of experiential design and technology is expanding the boundaries of our discipline; propelling us to become more inventive in creating interactive programs, design-led experiences, and immersive environments.

In this year’s Interior Design Keynote, we’ll hear from Mike Brown, a leading creative mind known for designing environments and experiences that connect, provoke and inspire. Mike will profile his methods and selected projects, and expand on his own sources of inspiration and overall best practices.

Viewing the built environment as a narrative story, the Keynote will consider how creative strategies, interactive technologies and emotive psychology anchor design processes that positively impact peoples lives. Mike will also profile visionaries that are on the leading edge of experiential design throughout culture and commerce — from fashion, retail and lifestyle to the arts, entertainment and hospitality.

Institutional, Retail, Office or otherwise, this Keynote will inspire you to think outside of the box — and break a few rules — when it comes to designing and deploying interactive, human-centered activations in your next project or program.

Mike Brown

Speaker:
Mike Brown, Creative Director, Superfly, Founder & Principal, Lot71

Mike Brown is a Senior Creative Director with over 20 years of professional experience in fashion, retail, lifestyle, hospitality, arts and entertainment. He has a proven record of acclaimed creative vision, strategic creative methodology and client-facing business acumen working with notable brands and agencies from culture to commerce. Inspired by visionaries, outliers and misfits in architecture, design and technology, he believes in the power of great storytelling to positively impact the world.

Mike joined Superfly in 2017 as a Creative Director, and leads on experiential strategy and design across Agency and IP accounts. Previously, Mike established Lot71 as a notable New York design consultancy for brands and agencies for over 10 years.

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Thursday, Feb. 15 • 12:00pm–1:30pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 211

T23 – BUILDEX Meeting of the Minds Lunch – Developing Your Resilience – Mastering Change in an Ever-Evolving Industry 

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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Non-Core LUs ]

Join us for the first annual BUILDEX Meeting of the Minds Lunch. Network, learn, and grow with fellow industry professionals as we hear from keynote speaker, Gregg Brown.

Disruption and resilience – two buzz words we can’t get away from – and that’s for a reason. Speaking to the resilience side of the equation, Gregg will discuss how to hone your resilience in a constantly evolving, and at times ambiguous, industry.

As an industry, and as individuals, we are under tremendous pressure to keep things together when real outbreaks or metaphorical ‘outbreaks’ – such as new technology implementations – hit at rampant speeds. Agile changes are required to keep ahead and manage these types of disruptions. The impact of these changes can sidetrack you, your colleagues, stall your organization and even allow mistakes to happen.

These days, people find it extremely challenging to keep up with change in their organizations given the relentless pressure to do more – faster, better and with less. What most change models don’t address is how to improve our capability to handle change. Research has shown that resilience – the ability to handle multiple changes effectively – can be learned. All of us can develop our ability to be resilient and have fewer ‘breakdowns’ to whatever type of outbreak we may be experiencing. In this interactive, powerful, and thought-provoking keynote, you will learn how to acquire the critical mindset and techniques needed to deal with multiple changes – whether you a leader of an organization, middle management, or in a junior level position, you don’t want to miss this talk.

Gregg Brown

Speaker:
Gregg Brown, Change Management Specialist, Keynote Speaker, Author

Gregg is an expert in the fields of leadership, resilience and change and the author of Ready, Set, Change…AGAIN!

Gregg was part of the ground breaking team that opened the first wave of Starbucks stores in Canada.

With a strong interest in organizational and behavior change, he then worked with one of the most challenging groups – prisoners in federal penitentiaries.

Gregg has led education and organizational change initiatives in large, multi-generational organizations, as well as consulting with leaders and executives in various industries on individual behavior change.

He has worked with diverse organizations including finance, real estate, property management, government and insurance.

In addition to holding his PMP (Project Management Professional) designation, Gregg holds a Master’s degree from the University of Leicester in the UK, with a focus on organizational psychology, leadership and performance and is an Associate Member of the American Psychological Association.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 220/22

T35 – KEYNOTE: Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast...but Engagement eats Culture for Lunch

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

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

Leaders across the globe agree that a company’s Corporate Culture is truly its only permanent competitive advantage. Contracts expire, products become obsolete and client relationships shift. If you are truly looking to separate your company from the herd for the long term, you need to build a base to weather all storms.

But what’s the “purpose” of Culture? What’s the point of going through the work required to establish it? After all, shouldn’t your people just be happy to have a job?

The most disruptive and resilient organizations have learned that the purpose of Culture is to actually manufacture more Engagement; the amount of discretionary effort the internal and external stakeholders of your organization are willing to bring each day.

86% of workers are disengaged. Across North America, this leads to over $330 BILLION in lost productivity per year. The Employee Engagement Epidemic will go down as the quintessential business issue facing leaders in the next decade. Good thing you can learn how to solve it in less than an hour.

Who Should Attend: Business Leaders, Owners and C-suite Executives looking for a clear, concise and most importantly actionable plan to solve the Engagement Enigma within their enterprise. Furthermore, Middle Management and Junior positions looking to elevate their engagement and hone their contribution to an organization’s culture.

Why Attend: “Culture” and “Engagement” have become nebulous buzzwords that live up in the ether. We will pull them down from the clouds and construct a real set of tools that can be implemented immediately.

How We’ll Do It: This highly interactive session draws from the latest breakthroughs in Behavioural Science, Molecular Biology, Leadership Coaching and Executive Recruitment, all distilled into a simple plan that can be built by drawing two straight lines.

What You’ll Receive: Insight into how and why you are triggered as a leader, the impact of those triggers on your Culture, and how to forecast and project this in anyone and everyone you will ever come into contact with. You now know the size and scope of the problem, this is your chance to come learn the solution.”

Shane Wallace

Speaker:
Shane Wallace, CEO, Chief Facilitator and Engagement Officer, CultureSmith Inc.

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

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

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

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

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