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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Performance
  • Culture & Community
  • Green
  • Health & Wellness
  • Innovation & Technology
  • Leadership & Business Improvement
  • Project Management & Process Improvement


Wednesday, February 13 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 223/24

W43 – CONSTRUCTION KEYNOTE: An Optimistic (and Humorous) Report from the Dystopian, Apocalyptic World of 2030

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness, Innovation and Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement] 

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 HSW-Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved ]

In the last decade, carbon levels increased 20 parts per million (from 380 to 403), the population grew by one billion, global temperature increased by half a degree Celsius, and 25 percent more people moved into our cities.

The world is rapidly changing and will be a very different place by 2030. In this talk, we'll explore dozens of disparate trends in technology, sustainability and the construction industry and connect the dots to get a glimpse into how we can save the world AND save our businesses at the same time. You'll learn how to stack emerging trends to forecast opportunities in the green building and construction space.

Climate change is redefining the design parameters and project demands for building design. Uncertainty in the future will require solutions that measure and manage energy, water and health outcomes in innovative ways. Attend this talk and gain heightened insight into the future of green building and the opportunities it will present to the construction industry. Hear from an award winning architect in a lively discussion that will change how you look at the future.

Eric Corey Freed

Eric Corey Freed, Sustainability Disruptor, Morrison Hershfield; Award Winning Architect,
Comedian and Author

Eric Corey Freed is an award-winning architect, author, and global speaker. As Sustainability Disruptor for Morrison Hershfield, he identifies solutions to problems most teams didn't know were holding them back. He was Founding Principal of organicARCHITECT, a visionary design leader in biophilic and regenerative design.

His past roles include Vice President of the International Living Future Institute and Chief Community Officer of EcoDistricts, both nonprofits pushing innovative new paradigms for deep green buildings and communities.

Eric is the author of 11 books, including "Green Building & Remodeling for Dummies." In 2012, he was named one of the 25 "Best Green Architecture Firms" in the US, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Green Architects." In 2017, he was named one of Build's American Architecture Top 25. He holds a prestigious LEED Fellow award from the US Green Building Council.


Wednesday, February 13 • 4:00pm–5:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220

W45 – CLOSING KEYNOTE: Economorphics: The Economic Trends Changing Today into Tomorrow

[Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness, Leadership & Business Improvement] 

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

From globalization to urbanization to dealing with demographic change, the world we know is morphing into a different planet with different economic opportunities and challenges. What are the trends taking today into tomorrow, and what are the trends that are resulting from the shift? In ‘Economorphics’ , Linda Nazareth talks about the dozens of things she sees happening, and the challenges – and opportunities they present to the economy, the labor market and the financial markets – and to your industry as well.

Linda Nazareth

Linda Nazareth, Economist, Futurist and Author

Linda Nazareth is an economist, a futurist and a respected authority on the future of work. As a newspaper columnist and an author, she knows how to frame things in ways that both educate and entertain and as the Senior Fellow for Economics and Population Change at think-tank the Macdonald Laurier Institute she knows what she is talking about.

Linda’s career has taken some non-traditional turns for someone in her field. Her first jobs were as a government economist where she specialized in labor market planning, which was followed by a stint at a major financial institution where she spent years as a Senior Economist. Wanting to change things up while she could, she lobbied to have a job created for her on Business News Network (BNN, Canada’s answer to CNBC) while it was a start-up and spent a decade on-air as their in-house economist.

During her time on BNN, Linda started writing books and giving keynote presentations, and eventually left daily broadcasting to give those passions her full-time attention. Her clients have included everyone from American Express through to The Economist Magazine, and all have benefitted from her ability to take big ideals and distil them into information that they can use for their own strategic plans.

Linda’s fourth book, Work Is Not a Place: Our Lives and Our Organizations in the Post-Jobs Economy draws on the research she has been building for years as well as the insights gained from interacting with audiences across a range of sectors. With it, she is eager to engage people in thinking about what the world might look like when we replace the idea of ‘jobs’ with that of ‘work’ – and why that might not be a bad idea at all.

A frequent media commentator, Linda has been quoted everywhere from the Wall Street Journal to Wired magazine.



Thursday, February 14 • 9:00am-10:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220

T10 – ARCHITECTURE KEYNOTE: Building Future-Proof Cities

[Building Performance, Culture & Community] 

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

There are countless elements that shape a region’s urban identity. We are in a time of technological revolution, this accompanied by changing demographics, shifting societal values, and the dire need for heightened climate protection, have made the factors that weave a city’s urban thread increasingly complex. In a global economy that’s become as fluid as our own, the question begs to ask, how do we design and build future-proof cities?

Addressing this exact question, an esteemed group of industry professionals gather to take a future-forward look at the many considerations that are impacting the way we design and build our cities. The panel will discuss emerging technologies such as IoT, Blockchain, and Mobility Technology, in addition to expanding on the more human side of the equation discussing shifting societal drivers. Furthermore, the panel will speak in context of other international cities, providing insights into the advancements that are being made across the globe when it comes to building future-proof urban environments.


Thursday, February 14 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220/22

T22 – The True Measure of Space and How It Makes Us Feel V2

[Culture & Community, Health & Wellness, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Historically, there have been various financial metrics used to measure how well an interior space “works.” Such determinants have a rightful place among the principles of design, but it is certainly possible to reconcile economic necessities with design that’s intelligent, interesting and human-centered.

Any space has practical determinants, and a utilitarian purpose. Equally importantly, every space elicits a response, shapes an experience, and suggests behavior. Every element of interior design is laden with messages. Each speaks to certain values. Each gives cues for behavior. Taken together, they suggest and invite a way of working, learning or socializing.

Ultimately, the visual language of any space evokes an emotional response and potentially leads us to pass a verdict on the nature of the enterprise that shaped it. Companies that seek to become skilled in leveraging the power of design, that use design as a tool to engage and inspire, often find workers a great deal more likely to exhibit creativity, commitment, and a spirit of community.

This facilitated roundtable dialog among four accomplished professionals from the Vancouver design community will dig deeper into Teknion's recent publication, The True Measure of a Space is How It Makes Us Feel, focusing on the emotional impact of space on its occupiers. The session will explore the challenges and opportunities designers and their corporate clients face in their quest to balance the practical determinants of real estate strategy with the mandate to improve people's lives through design. Whatever the prevailing aesthetic model of design, and however complex the concerns and constraints that designers must address, we have a great opportunity to put beauty and meaning into the everyday work environment.

Jennifer Busch

Loren Bergmann

Jennifer Chan

Sally Mills

Sara Remocker

Jennifer Busch, Vice President A&D, Teknion

Loren Bergmann, R.I.D, LEEP AP ID + C, Managing Director, Workplace Strategies, CBRE, Vancouver
Jennifer Chan, Interior Designers, SSDG Interiors, Vancouver
Sally Mills, Principal, Kasian, Vancouver
Sara Remocker, Associate, Senior Interior Designer, Dialog, Vancouver

Jennifer Busch, Hon. IIDA, is Vice President A&D at Teknion, where she builds key business relationships and creates sales and marketing strategies targeted to architecture and interior design firms throughout North America.Jennifer came to Teknion from Interface, where she developed a passion for sustainable design. Prior to that she held various editorial positions at Contract magazine, including Editor in Chief from 1999 to 2011. Throughout her career she has focused on the social, technological, economic, and business trends impacting commercial interior design, with a particular emphasis on design's influence on business and society, and its power to create positive change.

With more than 25 years of interior design experience and seven IDI awards of Excellence, Loren Bergmann has a proven track record in creating a meaningful connection between people and place that develops valuable results for her clients. As Managing Director for Workplace Strategy in Western Canada, she brings local market expertise that integrates global insight with industry-leading tools and analytics from the CBRE Global Workplace Strategy Team. Focused on aligning real estate needs to business and cultural objectives, she partners with clients in realizing a forward-looking vision through a data-driven business case.

Jennifer Chan is an Interior Designer at Vancouver- based SSDG Interiors since 2016. A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor's degree in Geography and Kwantlen University College with a Bachelor's degree in Interior Design, Jennifer has been the recipient of the IDIBC Student Award, a finalist in the AWMAC BC Millwork Award, a recipient of the Daryl McConnell Memorial Award, a finalist in the Interface Sustainability Award, and the recipient of the MCM Interiors Award and the KPU Interior Design Student Leadership Award.

Sally Mills employs her 30 years of expansive design experience to transform corporate interiors into places of innovation and collaboration. She is adept in both visionary processes and project management protocols, and engages her inquisitive nature to tackle design challenges by asking the right questions and crafting inspired solutions for reimagined workplaces. Regarded as a mentor from both interior design professionals and students, Sally’s forte lies in mentoring and guiding her team, harnessing their collective wisdom, and co-creating compelling spaces.

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 and obtaining a high level of design.


Thursday, February 14 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 224

T34 – INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Collaborate or Die: Cities of the Future

[Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness, Innovation & Technology, Project Management & Process Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Urban development means more than just real estate and district design. Urban development brings together the activities, desires and interests of people, companies and the cities they inhabit. It unites them into a living and a liveable whole – economically, socially, sustainably, ecologically and financially. Attend this keynote to learn from a leading urban planner on why it is so important to give people ownership of their community and ways in which we can help understand how citizens want to live now and into the future.

Gerben van Straaten will share first hand insight into waste management, biomass and renewable energy, highlighting how planning for the future begins with a holistic understanding of how neighborhoods interact and perform. Gerben will also address how partner networks, collaboration, and innovation can be a catalyst for thinking locally while acting globally without the need for significant government support.

Gerben van Straaten

Gerben van Straaten, CEO and Founder, World of Walas

Gerben van Straaten has over 25 years of experience in urban development and re-development, with a focus on social, environmental and financial sustainability. He has worked on the development of over 150 projects across 4 continents ranging from small First Nations communities, to brownfield revitalization, theme park projects and large mixed use urban and community development. He is owner and CEO of World of Walas, a group of over 20 companies offering full urban design and development services, project development and access to innovations.

Gerben is an internationally renowned keynote speaker, speaking to a wide range of audiences including policy makers on the world stage, university students in their classrooms, urban developers at conferences, and cities in their communities. He is an affiliate of Earth Charter International and author of the Earth Charter Cities Manifesto, and is a UN signatory partner for the National Program Netherlands of the UN Sustainable Development Goals.