Workshops


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Seminar Streams:

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

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOPS

Wednesday, February 13 • 8:30am–10:30am • Early Bird $60/Regular $70 • Room 205

W02 – High Stakes! Project Communications and Crucial Conversations

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

[ BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 2.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

When something goes wrong on a project, it is often due to a breakdown in communication, not an unavoidable error. How do you foster collaborative communication in a project environment with multiple stakeholders from a variety of companies and industries? When problems arise, what do you do when the stakes are high, opinions vary, and the results really matter? Most people either avoid the issues until the situation blows up or handle them in a way that causes them to escalate further.

Join Adam Holcombe as he offers a third option - communicate well. The presentation will delve into the world of crucial conversations, detailing a specific process to use when the stakes (and emotions) are running high in any interaction. The presenter will also provide attendees with the proven communication rhythms that lead to project success including when, what, how often, and how to communicate to ensure project success.

You will leave this seminar with the formula for handling crucial conversations and the project communications roadmap that will set project teams up for success. This seminar is a must for supervisors, managers, and leaders in the building industry.

Adam Holcombe

Speaker:
Adam Holcombe, Consultant, Bellrock

Adam Holcombe is a consultant at Bellrock Benchmarking Inc. He brings a well-rounded set of professional skills honed through progressively more senior roles in small businesses. His consulting practice, which has focused on companies in the building industry, has led to remarkable efficiency gains for his clients, improving their margins, staff retention, and staff engagement.

Before he decided to join the world of business, Adam developed his research skills in academia where he specialized in Neuroscience, Social Psychology and Consumer Behaviour. His research has been featured in major publications like the L.A. Times, Huffington Post and CBC. He earned his MBA from the Beedie School of Business (SFU). Adam is also a highly rated business skills trainer delivering workshops on a diverse range of management topics from Developing Leadership Skills to Finance for Non-Finance Managers.

Outside of work, you can follow his rigorous cycling training program on Strava as he competes at the professional level.


Wednesday, February 13 • 8:30am–11:30am • Early Bird $100/Regular $125 • Room 223/224 

W06 – Workshop: Integrated Project Delivery – An Action Guide for Leaders

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

[ BOMI 3.0 CPDs • 3.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Published in June of 2018, Integrated Project Delivery: An Action Guide for Leaders provides owners and other project leaders with how-to knowledge—not advice or a sales tool—on how to facilitate and lead Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). This instruction guide helps leaders determine whether IPD is right for their project and the steps needed to make IPD a reality and a success.

Currently, there are several documents, such as the AIA IPD Guide of 2007, that describe IPD. But for an owner, or other stakeholder leader, there was until now no simple document that answered the question, "Ok, I know I want to try IPD. What do I do next?” The Action Guide answers that question and assists participants in getting over the inertia of the first step, filling a gap in available IPD knowledge and content.

The workshop will provide an overview of the Guide, address Validation, Culture, Financial issues, What Goes Wrong, and How to Get Started, in a combination of presentation, discussion, and interactive activities. The workshop will be facilitated by a multi-disciplinary team including owner, architect, and constructor.

Learning objectives:

After this workshop, attendees should be able to:

  • Create a strategy for tangible next steps to implement Lean IPD in their projects
  • Describe the goals and processes in a typical IPD validation process and tailor them for their projects
  • Explain how financial tracking and projections work in Lean IPD projects
  • Anticipate what might go wrong in a Lean IPD project and what to do about it
  • Compare and contrast the cultural expectations of Lean IPD compared to traditional projects

Markku Allison

Jennifer Hancock

Speakers:
Markku Allison, VP Strategy + Innovation, Chandos Construction, President, Integrated Project Delivery Alliance
Jennifer Hancock, Director Innovative Construction, Chandos Construction

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

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

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Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–5:00pm • Early Bird $100/Regular $125 • Room 214

W31 – Workshop: Zero Carbon Building Standard

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Project Management & Process Improvement]

[ BOMI 3.5 CPDs ]

This course has been designed to provide a general overview of the Canada Green Building Council’s Zero Carbon Building (ZCB) Standard. The course provides participants with a background understanding of the need for a carbon-focused building performance standard, and explains the difference between focusing on energy vs. carbon. It provides an overview of the ZCB Framework, the Standard’s precursor and foundational report, including the CaGBC’s definition of a zero carbon building and the key principles that guided the Standard’s development. Synergies and similarities with the BC Step Code and City of Vancouver Green Building Bylaw will also be explored. The course provides information on each of the key components and requirements of the Standard for both streams – ZCB-Design and ZCB-Performance.

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Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–3:30pm • Early Bird $85/Regular $95 • Room 212/13

W32 – How to Hire

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

[ BOMI 2.5 CPDs • 2.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Hiring in the building industry has never been easy, but these days it's darn near impossible. The construction boom has put the need for talent into overdrive, while the affordability crisis has dramatically reduced the candidate pool who are fleeing the city in search of a home they can afford. There are so few candidates and of the ones that are out there, it can be hard to tell which would be best. Hiring is starting to feel a bit like rolling the dice in Vegas. Even when you finally bring someone on board, you no sooner get them trained than they're off to your competitor for a buck more an hour. And so, the cycle begins again. A single hiring mistake can cost 15 times the person's base annual salary in hard costs and productivity loss. But you don't have to make mistakes.

Join Tara Landes as she outlines the most common hiring blunders and how to avoid them. She will lay out the ideal strengths to look for in a building industry candidate and detail the hiring roadmap you can use to stack the odds in your favor, uncover the A-players in the market, and ensure that your company is the winner in the people game.

You will come away with a candidate scorecard specific to the building industry, questions that will separate the best from the rest, and a process you can use every time. This seminar is a must for supervisors, managers, and leaders in the building industry.

Tara Landes

Speaker:
Tara Landes, President, Bellrock

Tara Landes is the Founder and President. She has spent the past 15 years training and implementing custom management skills and tools and working directly with the leaders and management of dozens of companies. She is also highly sought-after speaker, delivering a multi-session management training program several times a year, workshops for TEC Canada forums, and key notes at conferences like Buildex and Cargo and Logistics.

But enough about work. Currently, Tara is a mentor in the FWE (Forum for Women Entrepreneurs) HSBC Mentor Program, and volunteers with the General Brock Elementary PAC. She completed her MBA at The Richard Ivey School of Business in 2000. In her spare time, she's on a boat in the Gulf Islands, reading a great book while her parents are at the docktail party, and her husband and sons fish.

THURSDAY WORKSHOPS

Thursday, February 14 • 9:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $100/Regular $125 • Room 212/13

T04 – WORKSHOP: Contract Management Planning and
Implementation

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

[ BOMI 3.0 CPDs • 3.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

This presentation will provide an overview of the best practices in Contract Management Planning and Implementation. This involves the understanding of specific planning and procurement activities including Project Scope Definition, Solicitation Planning and Process, Vendor Evaluation and Selection, Contract Award, Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation.

This presentation will include an overview of the following topic areas:

  • An Introduction to Basic Contract Law
  • Canadian Trade Agreements
  • Business Case Planning (Checklist)
  • Project Scope and Procurement Planning
  • Pricing Strategies
  • Market Identification
  • Risk Management 
  • Solicitation Types and Planning
  • Evaluation of Tenders / Quotes and Proposals
  • Pre-Award Discussions and /or Negotiations
  • Key Components of a Contract Statement of Work
  • Contract Monitoring and Evaluation

Court Stevens

Speaker:
Court Stevens, Principal, Stevens Consulting Group Inc.

Court has been directly associated with contract management, as a project director for large Federal Government programs, and as a consultant and instructor, for over 30 years. Court provides training on the best practices of business and management processes associated with all of the phases of procurement management. This includes Contract Management Planning and Implementation, Requests for Proposals and Negotiating Effectively (e.g. contracts).

Court was one of the principal designers of the British Columbia government’s Procurement and Contract Management Program (PCMP) and was a senior instructor of four courses for this program.

Court has acquired over 35 years’ experience in all facets of leadership, both as an officer in the Canadian Forces, and as a professional development consultant in the private sector. As a senior officer, he held various and challenging leadership positions in both Canada and abroad.

Court’s organizational and professional development education includes the following:

  • Masters degree in Organizational Leadership and Management
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
  • Graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College
  • Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Training Instructor Program

Thursday, February 14 • 9:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $85/Regular $95 • Room 224

T11 – Mastering Succession: 5 Key Points for Successful Ownership Transfer and Leadership Succession

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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 3.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Running a business is hard enough without even considering the additional complexity of plotting and executing a transition strategy. Succession planning is critical in assuring the long-term success of your business. This workshop will help you to accelerate your acumen through discovering the “5 Key Points to a Successful Succession Plan.”

Attendees will walk away from the session with an understanding of the 5 Key Points to a Successful Succession Plan:

  • Equity Transfer: Examine critical industry trends and forecasts to determine the strategic implications of transferring equity in the business
  • Ownership Transition: Discover the tools needed to successfully plan the ownership transition of your business
  • Critical Talent Identification: Identify who the top talent is within your organization
  • Leadership Pipeline: Identify why having a leadership pipeline is important and learn how to create one
  • Leadership Development: Create strategies to develop talent and prepare your next generation for future leadership roles

Michael Kulchisky

Michael Swistun

Speakers:
Michael Kulchisky, Managing Partner, FMI Corporation
Michael Swistun, Managing Director, FMI Corporation

As a Directing Manager, Michael Kulchisky is responsible for management consulting practices and overall FMI leadership in Canada.

He serves as a Skills Canada, Alberta board of directors member, using his 30 years of construction, manufacturing, technical education and executive leadership to support trades awareness and skills development. He regularly sits on advisory boards and steering committees. He believes that individuals, teams and organizations with the education, strategic thinking and action-oriented planning can reach their full potential.

Having worked in the construction industry for half of his career, in positions from tradesperson to CEO, as well as a technical trade educator and dean at Red Deer College, he is well-positioned to support our construction industry’s new and ongoing challenges.

Michael earned a Master of Business Administration in executive management with leadership specialization from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia. He also holds an Alberta Journeyperson Certificate, Red Seal Certificate, Blue Seal Certificate and a Vocational Technical Educational Certificate from the University of Saskatchewan.

Michael Swistun is a managing director with FMI Capital Advisors, Inc., FMI Corporation’s registered Investment Banking subsidiary. Based in Canada, Michael works closely with construction company owners on financial advisory, mergers and acquisitions, valuations and ownership transfer issues.

Prior to joining FMI, Michael worked at Exchange Income Corporation, a Canadian public company listed on the TSX (TSX:EIF), as director of acquisitions. He has leadership experience from his roles as president of a privately held aggregates processor and CEO of a start-up digital display company-focused on underground public mass transit rail installations. Before these roles, Michael worked in investment banking at Wellington West Capital Inc., a full-service broker dealer that was later acquired by National Bank Financial. Michael began his career by founding and constructing an 18-hole Championship golf course and 149-lot residential subdivision near Grand Beach, Manitoba.

Michael is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and earned a Bachelor of Commerce in finance and marketing from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba. He also holds the Uniform Securities Agent (Series 63) and the Limited Representative Investment Banking (series 79) licenses from the Securities and Exchange Commission and FINRA.


Thursday, February 14 • 1:00pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $100/Regular $125 • Room 212/13

T38 – WORKSHOP: RFPS and Proposals

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

[ BOMI 3.0 CPDs • 3.0 General Hours IDCEC Approved ]

One of the most widely used forms of solicitation is the Request for Proposal (RFP). This form of solicitation is used for situations such as product or service replacement, improving organizational effectiveness or problem identification and resolution. The buyer has the need and the seller has the solution. This presentation will provide a synopsis of the planning and development of an RFP as well as Proposal Response suggestions including planning guidelines, proposal formats and how to respond to RFP evaluation criteria.

This presentation will include an overview of the following topic areas:

  • Understanding the RFP Planning Framework
  • Preparing Requests for Information, Expressions of Interest and Qualifications 
  • Identifying the Project Scope and Establishing the RFP Requirements
  • Understanding Risk Management Planning Requirements and Process
  • Identifying Performance Measurement and Quality Assurance Requirements 
  • Establishing Project Budget Options and Pricing Strategies
  • Reviewing a Typical RFP Structure and Format
  • Establishing the Proposal Evaluation Criteria and Process
  • Finalizing the RFP Package
  • Conducting and Participating in a Proponents’ Meeting
  • Establishing Proposal Submission Requirements including Proposal Response Planning Factors, Format and Content 
  • Establishing Proposal Presentation Requirements
  • Understanding the Importance of Establishing a Negotiation Strategy
  • The Key Elements of a Contract Statement (or Schedule) of Work
  • Guidelines to Debriefing Proponents

Court Stevens

Speaker:
Court Stevens, Principal, Stevens Consulting Group Inc.

Court has been directly associated with contract management, as a project director for large Federal Government programs, and as a consultant and instructor, for over 30 years. Court provides training on the best practices of business and management processes associated with all of the phases of procurement management. This includes Contract Management Planning and Implementation, Requests for Proposals and Negotiating Effectively (e.g. contracts).

Court was one of the principal designers of the British Columbia government’s Procurement and Contract Management Program (PCMP) and was a senior instructor of four courses for this program.

Court has acquired over 35 years’ experience in all facets of leadership, both as an officer in the Canadian Forces, and as a professional development consultant in the private sector. As a senior officer, he held various and challenging leadership positions in both Canada and abroad.

Court’s organizational and professional development education includes the following:

  • Masters degree in Organizational Leadership and Management
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
  • Graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College
  • Qualified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) Training Instructor Program