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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 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220/22

W18 – Architecture Keynote: Civic Innovation: Our Future With Cities and Technology

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement, Project Management & Process Improvement]

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

Through the design process, certain imperatives are scripted into the form and operation of technology. And today, as cities and technology are rapidly merging, those imperatives come to define our cities’ governance, economics, and culture. They become the infrastructure of everyday life.

So the deeper question is: How are we designing our urban technologies? Should we keep using the familiar strategy of entrepreneurship: move fast and break things? Should we borrow strategies from the fields of construction, architecture, and planning? Or could we imagine an entirely new approach, a more civic and spatial form of innovation? In his keynote presentation, Matthew will explore these questions and share his work at MIT, where he has co-founded a design-innovation program called MITdesignX.

Matthew Claudel

Matthew Claudel, Head of Civic Innovation, MITdesignX

Matthew Claudel is a designer, researcher and writer focused on the opportunities and challenges of civic innovation. He has been published widely in the fields of architecture, scientometrics, technology, and art, and co-authored two books: Open Source Architecture and The City of Tomorrow. At MIT, Matthew co-founded MITdesignX, a new initiative in the MIT School of Architecture + Planning that accelerates student ventures in design-innovation for the built environment. Matthew teaches in the design-innovation program, and is on the MITdesignX leadership team as the Head of Civic Innovation. In 2018, Matthew won a Public Policy fellowship from the Rappaport Foundation, to work with the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics (MONUM), where he advanced a program for experimenting with civic technology, called Beta Blocks.

Matthew has taught at MIT and the Politecnico di Torino e Milano, lectured at the Harvard Business school, gave a talk at Google, and was featured in the BBC Future series. He was a World Economic Forum ‘Global Shaper,’ and a protagonist of Hans Ulrich Obrist’s 89plus global community of artists. He serves on the jury for Canada’s federal Smart City Challenge, and is a strategic advisor to Future Cities Canada and the McConnell Foundation’s “Cities for People” initiative. He is currently affiliated with the MIT Department of Urban Studies & Planning for his PhD, and continues to collaborate with the City of Boston through MONUM. Matthew studied architecture at Yale University, where he received the Sudler Prize, the highest award for creative arts.



Wednesday, February 13 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220/22

W49 – IDC State of the Industry Panel: The Future of the Profession

[Culture & Community, Innovation & Technology, Leadership & Business Improvement, Project Management & Process Improvement]

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

As qualified design professionals, we are key contributors to sustainable, healthy, and economically viable spaces. Our scope of work spans construction and project management, design conceptualization, sustainability, health and wellness and product and material selection. On top of this, we’ve taken on the complex role of “corporate strategist” consulting on productivity, culture, branding and more. As demands of the market change and industry continues to evolve, we must ask ourselves how do we define our position in the building industry and advocate for a scope of work that enables us to best service our clients.

Addressing this and other key questions currently impacting the state of the interior design profession, this group of esteemed panelists will discuss the challenges and opportunities that interior designers face.
Examining the state of the industry in context of the local, national and international landscape, panelists will expand on the shifting market demands impacting the building industry. They will narrow down on the direct impacts being realized within the design vertical and expand on what we can do as design practitioners to solidify our positioning in the market. Shifting focus to design itself, panelists will also highlight key issues such as socio-economic conditions, safety and security and the importance of having a global citizen mindset within the built environment.

Panelists will conclude with predictions on where the industry is headed and what the future of our profession looks like.

Sally Mills

Megan Bennett

Julie Campbell

Ann Squires Ferguson

Sally Mills, Principal, Kasian

Megan Bennett, Principal, Megan Bennett Design
Julie Campbell, Principal, SSDG Interiors
Ann Squires Ferguson, Principal, CEO & Partner, Western Interior Design Group

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.

Julie Campbell is a partner at SSDG Interiors, and has focused on commercial design for 20 years. For Julie, great design is about creating memorable experiences that address an organization’s goals, reflect their brand and enhance culture. Successful projects start with a collaborative approach; engage the users of the space and deliver on the change objectives.

Travel throughout Europe, Asia, and South America has broadened Julie’s understanding of design on an international scale. Ongoing design education, and travel experiences complement her love of detail and strong conceptual abilities; the resulting projects are both expressive of her Clients', and of Julie’s design vision and style.

Ann Squires Ferguson is a true cross-pollinator. She has twin degrees in Interior Design and Electro-Mechanical Engineering, coming to the design industry via the Canadian Navy, where she specialized in shipboard weapons and the audio engineering field, with a focus on the Asian Karaoke market. As CEO of Western Interior Design Group and a LEED Accredited Professional, Ann relishes both the creative and the technical.  Ann is a keen trail runner, starting her training every day at 5:30 am, and as a parent of nine-year-old twins Daring and Danger, she is the master of multi-tasking. As she often says, work is the least stressful part of her life! 


Wednesday, February 13 • Keynote 3:00pm–4:00pm • Reception 4:00pm–5:00pm •
Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 223/24

W43 – CONSTRUCTION KEYNOTE AND NETWORKING RECEPTION: 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] 

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized • 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 220/22

W45 – DAY 1 CLOSING KEYNOTE: Economorphics: The Economic Trends Changing Today into Tomorrow

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

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • 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 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220/22

T22 – INTERIOR DESIGN KEYNOTE: The True Measure of Space and How It Makes Us Feel V2

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

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • 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 that 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

Leanna Cheung

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
Leanna Cheung, Interior Designer, SSDG Interiors Inc.
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.

Born and raised in Vancouver, Leanna started her career as an interior designer in 2017. An enthusiast of creative arts, tech and travel, Leanna derives inspiration from these elements, recognizing travel as a the greatest contributor to the growth of her interpersonal skills. “Great spaces create great experiences” is a design philosophy she lives and breathes. The ability to create positive and memorable experiences is what inspires and motivates her growth as a designer. There’s a inherent relationship between physical environments and people and it is reinforcing this connection that Leanna believes interior design is meant to do.

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 223/24

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

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

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • 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.

Thursday, February 14 • 2:30–3:30pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • Room 223/24

T47 – KEYNOTE PANEL: BC’s Community Benefits Agreement – Construction Industry Perspective

[Culture & Community, Leadership & Business Improvement, Project Management & Process Improvement] 

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Leaders of BC’s industrial, commercial and institutional employer organizations will debate the merits of BC’s new Community Benefits Agreement (CBA). Announced in July 2018, the new government policy requires all workers on the Pattullo Bridge and Highway 1 Expansion Projects to join the Building Trades Union, regardless of their current labour affiliation. As industry waits for more projects to be assigned under the CBA, it’s shaping up to be the biggest issue in BC’s construction industry in decades. Supporters say it improves project outcomes and access for local and equity seeking groups, while detractors believe it amounts to conscription of the construction workforce and undermines the role of all employers, union or non.

Chris Atchison

Allan Bruce

Paul DeJong

Chris Gardner

Clyde Scolan

Tom Sigurdson

Chris Atchison, President, BC Construction Association

Allan Bruce, Board Chair, BC Infrastructure Benefits, Inc.
Paul DeJong, President, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
Chris Gardner, President, Independent Contractors and Business Association of BC
Clyde Scolan, President, Construction Labour Relations Association
Tom Sigurdson, President, BC Building Trades

Allan Bruce has over 40 years experience in the construction industry, including an extensive background in trades training and occupational standards development. He is currently a director of Skills Canada BC, a former director of the BC Industry Training Authority, and director and vice-chair of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table. Bruce served as international representative for the International Union of Operating Engineers (Canadian office). An active member of the Canadian apprenticeship community, Bruce has dedicated significant time to organizations that promote and facilitate apprenticeship training for the skilled trades. Bruce is the past chair of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, a national multi-stakeholder organization dedicated to apprenticeship issues, and a former member of the national Operating Engineers Joint Apprenticeship and Training Council.