Day 2– Thursday, February 15, 2018

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:00am–9:50am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 206/07

T01 – 2-5-10 New Home Warranty Coverage for Strata Managers

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This seminar will review 2-5-10 new home warranty coverage, and practical steps that can be taken by strata managers and owners to avoid common pitfalls. Topics covered will include:

  • Reporting warranty claims – the “do’s and don’t’s”.
  • Engaging consultants to maximize warranty coverage.
  • Working with warranty providers during the claims process.

The presentation will be of interest to strata managers and council members who manage 2-5-10 warranty claims.

John Mendes

John Mendes, Partner, Lesperance Mendes Law 

Prior to establishing Lesperance Mendes in 1997, John was a partner in a large Vancouver firm and the chairperson of its construction law group.

John has been the chairperson of Lesperance Mendes’ construction defect practice group since the inception of the firm. Lesperance Mendes has represented private and public owners in claims arising out of the defective construction of condominiums, commercial buildings, bridges, highways and other infrastructure projects. Such disputes have included:

  • Claims arising out of building envelope, structural, mechanical and electrical defects
  • Claims under “2-5-10” new home warranties and building envelope renovation warranties
  • Subsidence claims arising out of poor soil conditions



Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:00am–9:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 210

T02 – Developing a Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; 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 HSW-Sustainability Hour IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

There has been a recent increase in the number of new and existing building owners/operators who are considering how to reduce not just energy costs, but also greenhouse gas emissions from their facilities. Carbon metrics and targets will be increasingly important as we make the shift to a low-carbon economy, and buildings have an important role to play in this transformation. A strong business case - coupled with improved occupant well-being and broader social and environmental benefits - greatly increases the chance of making the shift successfully.

This presentation will explore business cases for carbon neutrality for buildings. Drawing on WSP's experience helping both private clients and various levels of government develop frameworks for carbon neutrality at portfolio and site scales, we will outline a general framework for creating optimized plans for any facility, and review the steps to deliver them successfully. We will use several case studies to showcase the steps taken, differences between regions and sites across Canada, the path for carbon neutrality recommended and, ultimately, the business case. We will also discuss the differences in applying this framework to new versus existing facilities.

Maeri Machado

Nick Zibin

Maeri Machado, Manager, Sustainability & Energy BC, WSP
Nick Zibin, Project Associate, Sustainability, WSP

Maeri Machado has a strong passion for the natural world and this is at the forefront of her enthusiasm for green development. Maeri is a driving force in our firm's Vancouver office, helping the team in providing sustainable solutions for buildings and communities which ultimately provides a greater service to the community at large. She believes that successful client focused projects engage the whole team "The BEST way to address client needs is through regular communication with all parties involved."

Maeri is the Manager for our Vancouver Sustainability & Energy team, as well as Project Principal and Technical Lead on many of our major projects in BC and Alberta. Maeri has experience in sustainable community planning, LEED, WELL and Passive House project consultation, P3 (Pursuit) projects, sustainable design consulting and facilitation, energy audits/retro-commissioning, water audits and restoration engineering.

Nick Zibin is an energy specialist with the Vancouver Sustainability & Energy team. He delivers sustainability solutions through energy modelling, retro-commissioning, energy audit, and LEED services. These services involve energy conservation measure studies, energy code compliance, and recent work has included exploring low energy and carbon neutral new construction.

Before joining WSP, Nick earned a Master of Applied Science focusing on building energy modelling research. He has published multiple journal and conference papers in the fields of energy modelling, sustainability, and life cycle assessment.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:00am–9:00am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 205

T03 – Construction Contracts 101

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management]

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

Constructions projects vary widely and it is essential that those working in, or advising, the construction industry are knowledgeable about the limitations and pitfalls of commonly used contracts and some of the important provisions to pay close attention to.

In this presentation, special focus will be paid to the documents prepared by the Canadian Construction Documents Committee including CCDC 2, CCDC 3, CCDC 5A and CCDC 5B.

For those involved with the construction industry, this session will provide invaluable lessons and insights into using construction contracts effectively.

Bill Woodhead

Bill Woodhead, Senior Associate, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 

Bill Woodhead is an associate in our Corporate Commercial Group in BLG's Calgary and Vancouver offices and practices in the areas of public-private partnerships, construction contracts (negotiation, drafting, and review), shipbuilding contracts, power plant and industrial EPC contracts, and generally contracts to design or construct any asset.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:15am–10:15am • Early Bird $55/Regular $65 SOLD OUT • ROOM 215

T04 – Building Envelope Design and Construction Considerations for Contemporary Homes

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • AIBC 2.0 Core LUs • 2 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Until several years ago, a typical wood-framed house, built under Part 9 of the BC Building Code and Vancouver Building Bylaw, mainly incorporated wooden structure, steep roofs, relatively small-sized punched windows, and wooden roof fascia board. This trend has started to change in recent years, especially in a wide range of custom-made houses in the lower mainland. Incorporating steel beams and columns within the exterior walls or penetrating through them, large flat roofs, big windows and curtain walls that span from floor to ceiling, and metal roof fascia boards, are among some of the features of these recently adopted contemporary house designs.

The commonly incorporated Building Envelope design and construction practices, in many cases, are not the optimum approach for these contemporary houses. Experience has shown that in the absence of a holistic and tailored approach towards the Building Envelope design and construction of contemporary houses, there would be a risk of compromised thermal comfort of the occupants, condensation, energy loss, and moisture related damages. In other words, these contemporary houses, demand specific perspective and considerations when it comes to Building Envelope design/construction.

This presentation, built upon interesting case studies, 3D drawings, assembly/material samples, and photographs, will:

  • Discuss the differences between a typical house VS a contemporary house when it comes to Building Envelope considerations.
  • Highlight examples of compromised thermal comfort, moisture performance, energy performance, and durability, due to the lack of proper design/construction of Building Envelope in some of the contemporary custom-made houses. 
  • Optimum Building Envelope design/construction practices for contemporary houses that incorporate steel beams and columns, flat roofs, large windows/curtain walls, and metal roof fascia.

Hamid Heidarali

Hamid Heidarali, Building Science Consultant, Hamid Design Build Ltd. 

Hamid Heidarali has a strong passion for high performance, durable buildings that minimize their impact on the environment, while providing a superior experience for their occupants. He has been providing building science consultation on a wide range of construction projects in Canada over the past 14 years. He teaches Building Envelope courses to Masters Students as part of the Building Science Graduate Program at British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT), and also presents to construction professionals on a regular basis.

Hamid holds Professional Engineering designation (P.Eng) in Ontario and British Columbia, a LEED Accredited Professional in Canada, and a certified Passive House Tradesperson through Germany. He received his Master of Engineering in Building Science and Construction Management, and his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Hamid is a Principal at Hamid Design Build (HDB), a Building Science consulting firm, offering services with the focus on improving energy efficiency, moisture management, durability, and thermal comfort.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:00am–11:30am • Early Bird $125/Regular $150 • ROOM 224

T05 – PM150: The Risks Inherent in Planning for Project Success

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 3.5 CPDs • 3.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 3.25 Non-Core LUs • 3.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Integrated project planning is a process and expertise-driven approach to ensuring project success. As project managers and leaders of high quality teams, we need to understand how the pieces of the product and project are connected and the risks involved. Through a collaborative and inclusive process, we can develop effective and well-designed plans that provide enhanced assurance of successful project completion.

In this session, attendees will learn about:

  • The Project Manager’s key responsibilities throughout the project with a focus on project integration
  • How to keep your key stakeholders and team committed throughout the project
  • The six detailed processes critical to effective risk management
  • The key elements of cost and schedule management
  • How to apply practical RISK management techniques in the planning, tracking and monitoring the health of your project

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush, MSc, PhD, MCSE, CSM, FRCPM, Chairman & Chief Technical Officer, Atocrates Project Sciences

Bud is a highly informative and entertaining speaker with over 30 years of management and technical consulting, mentoring, teaching and coaching focused on Leadership & Change, Strategy Execution, Creativity & Innovation, Project Management, Requirements Engineering & Management, and Team Development.

It’s Bud’s goal to inspire and equip individuals, teams and corporations to provide the most worthwhile experience to everyone they serve.

Bud is regularly ranked as one of the best and most engaging speakers in the field of Project Management, receiving high praise from past workshop and conference attendees.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–10:00am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T06 – Passive House – PER-fect Buildings

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

What the heck is Primary Energy Renewable (PER) in the Passive House standard, and how can my building achieve it? This seminar will take you through the basics of the PER factor in PHPPv9, as we well provide some tips and examples of common mistakes you can avoid so that your buildings can be "PER-fect"!

Eesmyal Santos-Brault

Eesmyal Santos-Brault, CEO, Recollective

Eesmyal is an entrepreneur with a mission to invent solutions to wicked problems through technology and social innovation.  He has cofounded three non-profit social enterprises that focus on social innovation, collaborative technology, and civic engagement: HiVE Vancouver Society, Open Green Building Society, and Vancouver Design Nerds Society. He is also cofounder of a locative media company (GBAT Technologies Inc) that produces audio tours for buildings, a software company (Regenerative Applications Inc) that produces web applications for accelerating the impact of green building practitioners, and a B-Corp certified consulting company (Recollective Consulting Inc) that facilitates the design and construction of some of the greenest buildings in Canada.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 8:45am–10:15am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 217

T07 – The Execution Imperative

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

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

In any competitive industry, there are winners and losers. No matter the economic conditions, some companies consistently do better than their peers. The question begs to ask, what's the secret formula?

In this interactive workshop the speaker will explore and expand upon the characteristics of winning organizations.

Specifically, we will consider:

  • The broad difference in results between players in the same industries with access to similar resources, inputs, and know-how
  • The role execution plays in driving higher levels of performance
  • A proven Execution Framework that business leaders can use to increase company health and performance 
  • Rather than focussing on specific functions within an organization, a leader's role is to establish and operationalize key elements of the overall business execution ecosystem, and use that to mobilize employees and resources in pursuit of a desired future. This spans many elements of the company including vision, goals, culture, strategy, brand, operations, and talent management.

This presentation will link best-practices in the areas of culture, strategy, talent and leadership with real examples of how western Canadian firms are putting these practices to work.

Tim O'Connor

Tim O’Connor, CEO, Results Canada Inc.

Tim O'Connor is a founder and CEO of Results Canada Inc. Results inspires people to build better companies. Tim has been a partner and contributor in business development and client delivery since 1998. He is passionate about addressing chronic issues in mid-sized organizations — namely, a lack of execution.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 9:15am–10:15am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 216 

T09 – Mech’ing it Happen: Why Mechanical Design-Build Works

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; 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 Core LU • 2 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Costs out of control on your project?  Schedule delays affecting construction?  New regulations adding complexity? There is a better way.

The concept of Design-Build and Design Assist has been around since the ancient Romans, but is now more relevant than ever with changing mechanical technologies, regulations and costs. This seminar will educate users about the intersection of cost, design, and performance and how they can structure their projects to minimize risk and costs.  We will be comparing the differences between bid/spec and design-build mentality, explaining the great variability of mechanical systems, and also detailing how new regulations are enabling innovation.  Recent Case Studies will be used to illustrate each of these points.

Jim Gallacher

Henry Leung

Jim Gallacher, Business Development Manager, BC Comfort Air Conditioning
Henry Leung, Senior Design Engineer, BC Comfort Air Conditioning

Jim has been in the HVAC & R business now for over fifty years. He has been with BC Comfort since 1982 and is currently the Business Development Manager. Jim served his apprenticeship in Scotland before moving to London, England where he worked with Carrier Corporation. He then joined the Merchant Marine as an Engineering Officer. Jim has served as instructor for the International Council of Shopping Centers University Training Programs on HVAC Operations, Energy Management, Repairs, Retrofit and Maintenance issues. He also has experience as a television interviewer, and is an engaging public speaker.

Henry is a senior design engineer at BC Comfort Air Conditioning, a design-build mechanical contractor. With over 14 years in the industry, he has worked for both contractors and consultants including an 8 year period at MCW Consultants where he was an associate. He has a wide variety of experience in commercial, institutional, and light industrial buildings.

His current interests are in engineering performance-based design-build projects and ensuring owners receive projects that work within their budget. He has spoken previously at BUILDEX Vancouver last year and also at multiple Canadian Design Build Institute Conferences.

Henry is a registered professional engineer in BC, has a Masters of Business Administration from UBC, and has been LEED accredited since 2004.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 9:15am–10:15am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 218/19

T10 – Code Complexities – Moving from Equivalency to Certification – Managing Risk and Reputation

[Urban & Community Planning; Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business & Strategic Planning]

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

As an industry in transition, it is increasingly difficult for builders to respond to the ongoing regulatory changes and growing expectations of home buyers around sustainable features. Municipalities must also respond to these changes, while progressing their own sustainability goals and managing the expectations of their constituents. The collision of these factors can at times create some unintended consequences that lead to builders building to an equivalency standard and municipalities unable to gauge those builds that have actually met the standard. In the end, all interested parties may be compromised-the homebuyer may not be purchasing a certified home; the builder may be risking their reputation by not certifying; and the municipality may not only be undermining their ability to meet their own sustainability targets, but also creating an uneven playing field whereby they're giving a pass to those builders building to a program standard but not certifying, while other builders are pursuing third-party certification.

Through the exploration of a local case study, this session considers the implications of building to equivalency, the transition to certifying, and the value realized through certification whether for the builder, the program provider, or the municipality.

Jenifer Christenson

Patrick Enright

Joanne Sawatzky

Jenifer Christenson, Chief Executive Officer, Built Green Canada
Patrick Enright, Green Building Engineer, Planning, Urban Design & Sustainability, City of Vancouver
Joanne Sawatzky, Director, Green Building Services, Light House Sustainable Building Centre

Jenifer Christenson is currently running Built Green Canada, an organization delivering environmental programs for the residential building industry. In three years, she has created a transformational plan centered on three key areas: market penetration & expansion, product diversification, and operational efficiencies. Since then, the organization has deployed a new delivery model, established itself as leader in environmental programs, launched three new products, expanded into new markets, introduced new initiatives, and improved relationships with government and key stakeholders. Over the last two years, participation levels have increased and revenue has grown year-over-year by 148 percent.

Christenson also brings over 20 years' experience in external relations focused on strategic marketing and communications, ranging from program development to campaign planning; branding to image building; media, government, and community relations to digital strategy; and reputation management to industry leadership with proven relationship-building amongst clients and stakeholders.

Christenson holds a Masters of Arts in International & Intercultural Communication and is the recipient of over 30 awards at a municipal, provincial, national, and international level for marketing, branding, and communications-related work. She was chosen as one of three Canadians to participate in a Ukraine delegation to present on marketing and branding to economic development agencies.

Patrick Enright is the Green Building Engineer with the City of Vancouver's Sustainability Group, where he works on green building policy for new large buildings. Current priorities include the implementation of the Zero Emissions Building Plan, with the first step being the recent update of the Green Building Policy for Rezonings. Patrick is a professional engineer with years of experience in the building industry, including a number of years in Vancouver with a mechanical engineering firm in design and energy modeling. Prior to moving to Vancouver, Patrick worked in the national project management office of Defence Construction Canada located in Ottawa.

Joanne is a Senior Green Building Project Manager at Light House, with a background in building science and energy efficient building design. At Light House, Joanne collaborates with contractors, developers, design consultants and municipalities to identify attainable sustainability requirements and provide open lines of communication on expectations throughout a projects development.

Her work spans 15 years in green building consulting. She has trained contractors across BC on green buildings. Joanne co-authored the City of Vancouver's Passive Design Toolkit and provided a comparative review of green building rating systems for the City of Vancouver to evaluate Built Green as an alternative rating system for rezoning applications.

Joanne holds a Masters of Science in Energy Efficient Building from Oxford Brooks University, England and a Bachelor in Technology in Architectural & Building Science from Ryerson University, Toronto. She has been a LEED AP BD+C since 2004 and is the first female Built Green High Density (HD) verifier in Canada.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 9:30am–10:30am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 210

T12 – Contract Terminations – Claims and Remedies

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business & Strategic Planning]

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

This presentation will provide an overview of the law surrounding termination of contracts. The speaker will summarize the risks associated with wrongfully terminating a contract, expanding upon the remedies available, including builders liens. Discussing best practices in relation to both termination and pursuing remedies in relation to termination, this presentation will be followed by a 10 minute Q&A period.

Seema Lal

Marc MacEwing

Seema Lal, Principal, SHK Law Corporation
Marc MacEwing, Associate Counsel, SHK Law Corporation

Seema Lal is a principal of SHK Law Corporation with particular expertise in the areas of builders liens, construction law, commercial litigation and employment law. As a construction lawyer practicing in Vancouver, Seema’s clients include owners, developers, general contractors, sub trades, suppliers and design professionals.

An Associate Counsel with SHK, Marc MacEwing has practiced extensively as a construction lawyer in all aspects of the practice for over 30 years. He has particular expertise as a builders lien lawyer, as well as in tendering disputes and preparing and analyzing contract documents. Marc advises owners, contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers and design professionals.

Marc has been listed in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory as a “repeatedly recommended” leading practitioner in construction law in BC. He has been Peer Review Rated for General Ethical Standards and Legal Ability by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell® and included in The Best Lawyers in Canada®.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 9:30am–10:30am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 205

T13 – Building a Sustainable Business Development Culture

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

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

In order to ensure a firm’s success there must be an unrelenting focus on securing new work for the firm. Carol Jones, FIIDA, FIDC and Richard Pollack, FIIDA, FAIA continue their highly-rated NeoCon workshops by explaining, in detail, the business development strategies and tactics that made their firms successful and keep them growing today. It will describe the creation of a culture of Business Development throughout the firm in which all staff members can play a role. Richard and Carol will explain how to nurture rainmakers through effective networking and the tools that support business development efforts and make them sustainable for long-term success.

Attendees will come out of the workshop understanding how to:

  • Create a strategic business development plan.
  • Establish the best tactics to support the strategy, and engage all staff in business development activities, including proposal writing.
  • Institute an effective process to determine which potential project opportunities are appropriate to pursue.

Carol Jones

Richard Pollack

Carol Jones, Vice-President, Interior Design, Kasian Architecture Interior Design Planning
Richard Pollack, President, Pollack Consulting

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).

Richard began his second career as Pollack Consulting in 2011 after transitioning Pollack Architecture (now Rapt Studio) to its next generation of leadership. Pollack Consulting is dedicated to assisting companies and leaders in Architecture, Engineering, Contracting, Furniture, and allied professions, grow their businesses – with revenue, size, geographic location, project types, revenue and profit.

One of only a handful of people to ever be elected by his peers to both the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), Richard is an experienced statesman of commercial interior architectural design as well as one of its most enlightened futurists.

A sought-after speaker, he has made addresses to groups including: IIDA (he is a past international president); AIA (he is a past National Chair of the Interiors Committee); International Facility Management Association (IFMA); NeoCon; Design Futures Council; lecturer at California College of the Arts (CCA); and CoreNet Global. He is an invited design juror for a number of competitions sponsored by AIA and IIDA and the industry, and his awards include IIDA’s Leadership Award of Excellence.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:10am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 206/07

T14 – Addressing Uncivil Behaviour for Strata Managers

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD ]

An angry tenant calls and gives you or your staff a piece of his mind. A contentious strata council member starts shouting insults at the annual meeting. A client decides to blame you for changes in Provincial legislation. Sound familiar? Conflict is around us and we engage in it all day long. But there are ditches in the road of your job description that mark boundaries to what you should be subjected to! How can you harness these moments to address the real issues behind frustration, anger and misbehaviour? What skills can be applied to turn outbursts into opportunity? How can you avoid taking the bait, but transform discord into useful discourse? In this highly interactive session, we will scratch the surface of these fascinating questions.

Gordon Sloan

Gordon Sloan, ADR Education

Many of the cases Gordon mediates and facilitates are large, complex and multiparty in nature.

Gordon’s interests in dispute resolution are panoramic, ranging from work with individuals to large corporations, governments and First Nations. He is fascinated by the role intense values and group identity play in conflict resolution. Gordon’s intervention practice includes workplace advice and assessment, multi-party cases in the public policy arena, facilitation of value-charged conflicts and a full array of litigation mediation.

One of Canada’s best known trainers and teachers of dispute resolution, Gord delivers negotiation and mediation courses to a wide array of audiences in every part of the country. He teaches in academic settings as well as the private sector and government at all levels. He provides training programs and seminars in dispute resolution to professional bodies, First Nations, government departments and agencies and NGOs.

Gordon is passionate about his own adult learning and shares that interest with others in his course delivery. His degrees are in Religion and Law.



Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T15 – Multi-Family Passive House Developments in Cold Climates: Independent Living Facility

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs ]

This presentation will introduce a 19 unit multi-family Independent Living Facility Passive House development in Smithers BC, located in climate zone 2. It will explore the challenges faced, the solutions sought and the differences compared to our design approach for milder climate zone 5 projects.

A summary of the following Passive House design strategies will be provided:

  • Orientation, space planning and solar design
  • Suite design and layout 
  • Ventilation strategy (semi-central), HRV type, duct distribution & freeze protection 
  • Heating & heat pump hot water with electric backup, cooling & shading 
  • Thermal envelope, construction assemblies and R-Values, construction sequencing 
  • Air barrier design, implementation & sequencing

Brittany Coughlin

Gwill Symons

Brittany Coughlin, Associate, Energy + Sustainability Specialist, RDH Building Science
Gwill Symons, BSc, BArch, PGDip, ARB (UK), CPHD, Cornerstone Architecture

Brittany Coughlin is a professional engineer with over 10 years’ experience in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Her work comprises a wide range of projects including Passive House, new and existing building energy studies, energy efficiency research, and policy and program consulting. Brittany is an ASHRAE Building Energy Modelling Professional (BEMP), a Passive House Certifier, and a LEED Accredited Professional (BD+C). She has presented at conferences across North America on a variety of topics related to energy consumption and conservation in buildings.

Gwill Symons studied architecture at the University of Wales, Cardiff obtaining his BSc and BA before completing his architectural studies and obtaining his diploma in professional practice in architecture at the University of Westminster in London.

Gwill worked in London for 6 years, across a variety of project types from schools and large scale commercial projects to residential new builds and renovations. Before moving to Vancouver Gwill was a Director of an architectural firm, leading a small team on predominantly residential and commercial renovations.

Since joining Cornerstone 6 years ago Gwill has worked on a variety of mixed-use multi family and commercial wood frame projects. He obtained his certification as a Passive House Designer in 2015 and has been working on a pioneering cold climate 19 unit affordable housing Passive House project for BC Housing in Smithers BC and a 50 unit mixed-use multifamily Passive House development in New Westminster along with other multi-family Passive House feasibility studies on Vancouver.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:45am–11:45am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 215

T16 – How to Work as a Consultant – Strategies for Survival! 

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

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

Sometimes the pressures of being a consultant can get very intense. Multiple clients, multiple deadlines, unreasonable people, project over-runs, lack of time, clients neglecting to pay, etc., etc. All these things don't tend to help your general state of well-being. Before you say something you shouldn't, throw your laptop through someone else's window or pack up entirely and move to Mongolia (not that there's anything wrong with Mongolia) there are a few strategies you might consider.

Over a 25 year consulting career, the presenter has dealt with just about every source of pressure at one time or another. The presentation will focus on a range of tried and tested strategies developed over the years to deal with all the main sources of stress. Providing first hand examples and numerous strategies and ideas for reducing blood pressure levels, an entertaining session is promised. There will be plenty of opportunity for audience participation and a draw for copies of the presenter's book - "Consulting Made Easy".

This presentation is targeted at consultants but is applicable to anyone in a service role.

Adrian Partridge

Adrian Partridge, President, ClearLead Consulting Limited

Adrian Partridge is a highly experienced consultant, accomplished speaker and author of "Consulting Made Easy" and "Writing Proposals That Sell!" As a coach, Adrian helps people achieve success on their terms through their own consulting businesses. He is the creator and presenter of the Consulting Expertise Masterclass webinar series and the Consulting Strategy Blueprint.

Adrian Partridge is an engineer by background and the president of ClearLead, an international consulting company based out of Canada and the UK. He has been consulting mostly on energy and environmental matters for many years. Clients include companies like Hilton, Wal-Mart, BC Hydro and Pepsico. During his consulting career, he has completed carbon management and sustainability projects in over twenty countries around the globe and is one of the few people to have run energy-efficiency training courses in a Siberian brewery.

Adrian has a strange tendency to struggle up the Grouse Grind once a week. He is married to Jennifer, has three sons, and lives in North Vancouver, British Columbia.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:45am–11:45am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 216

T17 – Understanding and Preventing Floor Covering Failures 

[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]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPD • 1.5 HSW-Building Code Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

The issues with floor covering installations are many and can quickly lead to conflict on site. Planning ahead is the only way to improve conditions and protect the floor covering trade from a construction process that is all too often focused on deadlines before it is concerned with manufacturers' installation guidelines.

During this presentation, the presenter will discuss NFCA standards and the resources available for specification to help the entire construction team pre-plan and avoid the problems we know all too well.

In addition, the speaker will discuss floor covering installation problems, sub-floor flatness issues, moisture issues, testing requirements, NFCA standards and the active role floor covering associations can play in improving our industry.

Chris Maskell

Chris Maskell, President, National Floor Covering Association

Chris has worked in the floor covering industry for over 24 years. During this time, he has been a flooring contractor, manufacturer's representative and business owner. Currently he is Manager of Business Development at the British Columbia Floor Covering Association (BCFCA) and President of the National Floor Covering Association (NFCA) where he works with the Board of Directors to promote NFCA standards for commercial floor covering installations. He also operates the NFCA's Quality Assurance Program, a specifiable, third party inspection review service for commercial projects and is a certified floor inspector. Chris speaks at trade shows, travels to educate all construction parties and promotes the NFCA Floor Covering Reference Manual.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 SOLD OUT• ROOM 217

T18 – What Leaders Really Do

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

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

"Organizational health will one day surpass all other disciplines in business as the greatest opportunity for improvement and competitive advantage." This is the promise of The Advantage; Patrick Lencioni's bold manifesto about the most unexploited opportunity in modern business. Lencioni makes the case that there is no better way to achieve profound improvement in an organization than by attacking the root causes of dysfunction, politics, and confusion. Healthy organizations can execute, they love accountability, and are passionate about future success.

However, an organization cannot be healthy if the people who lead it are incapable of modeling the very healthy behaviors expected of their employees. If leaders expect employees to behave in an effective, highly functional manner, then it starts with the leadership team. They must be able to inspire a vision, challenge processes, enable others to act, and create a culture of encouragement and celebration.

Mastering the relationship side of leadership is critical, but not enough. Consistent performance requires the ability to replicate success, and this required process, standards, discipline, and the ability to execute. Leaders must be able to delegate effectively, and create a culture of accountability.

Building a cohesive leadership team, developing organizational capability, and planning for succession are all critical steps for any organization focused on achieving an inspiring future state.

This interactive presentation will provide insight, tips and process for ensuring you have the leadership behaviors, skills and the team you need in order to build a healthy organization that can execute and achieve your vision.

Tim O'Connor

Tim O’Connor, CEO, Results Canada Inc.

Results inspires people to create great companies. Results was created to address a chronic issue in mid-sized organizations — namely, a lack of execution. Business leaders have no shortage of good intentions, goals, and ideas, but often lack the discipline within their organizations to realize those outcomes. This puts Canadian competitiveness at risk, and jeopardizes our communities and society overall.

Results offers a unique blend of business advice, education, consulting, coaching and accountability which has proven to deliver remarkable results over the past 15 years. Results clients are regularly recognized with awards and accolades such as: fastest growth, best culture, best employer, and industry business leaders.

When not working, Tim serves a variety of boards and community associations including the Entrepreneurs' Organization and God Squad Canada. His personal passion is helping people live a "no regrets" life, and works hard to inspire, coach and ignite those around him.

Tim has lead interactive workshops throughout his 30+ year business career. He brings a practical, no-nonsense style and always provides specific and valuable takeaways for the leaders he meets.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 10:45am–11:45am • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 218/19

T19 – BOMA Best Version 3 and Fitwel: Sustainable Buildings, Healthy People

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

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

This presentation will provide insight into the newest version of BOMA BEST, and introduce their partnership with a healthy building certification program, Fitwel. BOMA Canada recently introduced Fitwel into the Canadian Marketplace and has a strategic partnership. This groundbreaking new strategic partnership with BOMA Canada will align the strengths of BOMA BEST and Fitwel to represent a comprehensive, cost-effective, high-impact approach to transforming existing buildings across Canada, the United States, and across the world.

John Smiciklas

John Smiciklas, Director, Energy and Environment, BOMA Canada 

John Smiciklas is currently Director, Energy and Environment for Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA Canada) and leads the effort for the BOMA BEST sustainable building assessment and certification program. John’s prior experiences include positons as Consultant, International Telecommunication Union and UN Development Program; Principal, Sustainability, MJRD Assessment Inc.; Director, Corporate Responsibility Programs, BlackBerry; and Manager, Sustainable Business Practice, PwC. John led the project to develop the UN KPIs for Smrt Sustainable Cites to meet the SDGs and is leading the development of the UN Smart Sustainable City Index. John also developed and implemented the verification program for ISO 37120, (Sustainable development of communities - Indicators for city services and quality of life), is a member of the CSA Mirror committees for ISO 9001, ISO 37120 and Climate Change and GHGs, is a qualified ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001 auditor and the author of a number of UN reports and papers papers on climate change and technology. John holds a B.A.Sc., Engineering from the University of Toronto and currently resides in Oakville, ON.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 205

T21 – The Future of Work: Mapping the Near Future in the Technology Sector 

[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 Core LU ]

What will the next 5 years in the Technology Practice Area bring?

This seminar will explore Gensler's latest POV on the future of design for the Technology industry. First, we will unpack the four major trends, then explain their link to major business drivers in that sector. To conclude, the presenter will relate the information back to how these trends fit into the broader context of the "Future of Work".

Lara Pisicoli

Lara Pisicoli, Design Manager, Gensler

Lara is a Design Manager & Technology Practice Area Leader in Gensler's Seattle office, previously Design Director and EMEA Technology Practice area leader Gensler London. A specialist in workplace design with over 25 years of practice expertise, Lara has lead design teams on multiple projects with multi-disciplinary scope of work covering all facets of workplace design from conception to completion.

Lara is known for her enthusiasm and passion for design. She has demonstrated strengths in leading clients through workplace projects, weaving together unique culture, brand and business drivers into creatively tailored design solutions. Her understanding of project management logistics, schedule, budget, consultant coordination, and ability to lead a design team has been honed working on exciting & challenging projects.

Over the past fifteen years, her projects have been focused on creating design solutions for Technology clients that help a client's business become more successful, attract & retain top talent, encourage communication & collaboration, enhanced the employee experience, health & wellness of the organization.

Lara is a life-long learner and realizes the value of knowledge & research in understanding complex issues affecting businesses today; the economy, culture, technological advancements and how these influence how we work, live & play.

She is NCIDQ certified and a LEED® accredited professional. Lara's award-winning work has been featured in Contract Design, Interior Design, Canadian Interiors and ArchDaily among other leading publications.


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

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.


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

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 • 12:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $125/Regular $150 • ROOM 224

T24 – PM250 – The Risks Inherent in Delivering Promised Value & Benefits

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Professional & Personal Skills Development; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 3.5 CPDs • 3.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 3.25 Non-Core LUs • 3.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Critical to the success of projects is an ongoing rigorous integrated risk assessment and management process. Though not all processes, procedures, or functions perform as expected, your experience, along with this pre-defined risk assessment and management process, will enable you to factor in all current possibilities and work closely with your extended team to execute the plan and to implement contingencies as necessary. The pre-defined risk assessment and management processes will enable you and your team to deliver the value and benefits assured at the start.

Learn about:

  • The development of a building project for better results
  • The definition of project governance – benefits realization
  • The golden rules of project risk management
  • The most effective strategies and techniques to use to avoid problems and mitigate risk
  • What to look for and what questions to ask to get a true picture of the status of your project(s)
  • The life cycle cost of building ownership
  • A comparison of traditional practice and value management
  • best practices for implementing value engineering in design-build
  • Value engineering and sustainability

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush

Dr. Bud MacAulay Lush, MSc, PhD, MCSE, CSM, FRCPM, Chairman & Chief Technical Officer, Atocrates Project Sciences

Bud is a highly informative and entertaining speaker with over 30 years of management and technical consulting, mentoring, teaching and coaching focused on Leadership & Change, Strategy Execution, Creativity & Innovation, Project Management, Requirements Engineering & Management, and Team Development.

It’s Bud’s goal to inspire and equip individuals, teams and corporations to provide the most worthwhile experience to everyone they serve.

Bud is regularly ranked as one of the best and most engaging speakers in the field of Project Management, receiving high praise from past workshop and conference attendees.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:50pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 206/07

T25 – Animal House – Pets in Residential Tenancies

[Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

To Have or Not to Have Pets - That is the Question. Every landlord has faced challenging pet situations:  too big? dangerous breed?  Therapy animal?  Service cat? Allergic reactions? suite damage? Human Rights?

Are there pet rights?  What are the rumours vs. the facts?  What is a pet agreement?  You will get answers to all these questions and more at this interactive workshop with Al Kemp, who has spent 20 years working with landlords and governments on the rights and responsibilities of both landlords and tenants relative to pets in rental properties.

Al Kemp

Al Kemp, A.G. Kemp & Associates

Former CEO of the Rental Owners and Managers Society of BC, Al is known and respected for his extensive knowledge of the residential tenancy industry. A major contributor to the current Residential and Manufactured Home Park Tenancy Acts Al maintains ongoing working relationships with the Residential Tenancy Branch. Al provides information, education, advice and assistance to rental property management and ownership companies who are rental housing providers. Al is also Executive Director of the Manufactured Home Park Owners Alliance of BC.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T26 – How Can Your Ventilation System Help with Your Air Conditioning Load

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

This seminar will discuss how to utilize the DOAS system to help manage dehumidification and cooling in Passive House projects in the summer. This includes the practical amount of cooling and dehumidifying effect that can be delivered, the impact to energy budgets and how to tie the DOAS system into common cooling platforms (i.e VRF). Various buildings types will be discussed including offices, mixed use, and multi-family.

Hugh Crowther

Hugh Crowther, VP Engineering, Swegon

Hugh has over 25 years’ experience in the application, design and commissioning of applied HVAC systems and is an expert on large HVAC system design, high performance buildings and sustainable buildings. He has lectured on system design all over the world. Hugh is a Professional Engineer (Ontario, Canada) with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University. Hugh is an ASHRAE Member. Hugh has twice been on the Board of Directors for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). He has held multiple positions within the Society in areas of Technology and Standards. Hugh has written articles for the ASHRAE Journal, High Performance Buildings, HPAC Engineering and Engineered Systems as well as numerous application guides on a wide range of HVAC topics.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 1:45pm–2:45pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 205

T28 – The Experience Index: How are Experience & Innovation Linked, and Why It Matters

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; 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 • AIBC 1 Core LU ]

In our world of ultra-convenient technology, how do we bring people together to drive innovation? With compelling and meaningful experiences in well-designed spaces.

The Gensler Experience Index seeks to uncover the universal drivers of great experiences by providing quantifiable connections between innovation, design and positive business outcomes. We will first explore meta trends in the digital and physical realms that lead us to understanding experience, then explain our research methodology. In conclusion, we will the explore the results from our early observations and what they point to - hint: understanding Experience requires a common lexicon!

Annie Bergeron

Annie Bergeron, Design Director, Senior Associate, Gensler 

Annie Bergeron's work on many high-tech companies and advertising agencies has put her on the cutting edge of branded corporate interior design. As a Gensler Design Director with 20+ years' experience, Annie is charged to inspire other designers, raise design caliber, and create notable risk-taking solutions.

Her recent Toronto project work in Tech and Media illustrate her design versatility and breadth of experience. From a terrace mini-golf course, to a high end conference centre, or an innovative Tech Incubator, these recent projects were undertaken from strategic planning to construction, all the way to branding implementation and furniture procurement.

Annie's awards include the Ryerson Award of Recognition for Design Excellence from her alma mater, and numerous ARIDO Design Awards. Product design awards from NEOCON, and VMSD awards for visual merchandising demonstrate her versatility.

A native Quebecer, she says "I have been a hard-core cycling commuter for 25 years: neither heat, rain, sleet nor snow keeps me off my bike. I also love to read French literature, but these days, you're more likely to see me out with my guys — husband and two boys — at the hockey arena or dangling from monkey bars."


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 1:45pm–2:45pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 SOLD OUT • ROOM 215

T29 – The BC Step Code and How to Design Towards Performance-Based Energy Regulations

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management; Business & Strategic Planning]

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

The BC Energy Step Code is a voluntary roadmap that establishes progressive performance targets (i.e., steps) that support market transformation from the current energy-efficiency requirements in the BC Building Code to net zero energy ready buildings. It establishes a set of incremental performance steps for new buildings that aims to communicate the future intent of the Building Code and improve consistency in building requirements across B.C. to transition to net zero energy ready buildings by 2032. It is a voluntary tool local governments across B.C. can use to encourage-or require-the construction of more energy-efficient buildings in their communities, and do so in a consistent, predictable way.

The BC Energy Step Code takes a new, performance-based approach rather than the traditional prescriptive approach. This means the BC Energy Step Code does not specify how to construct a building, but identifies an energy-efficiency target that must be met and lets the designer/builder decide how to meet it.

In this presentation the speakers will show how the new Step Code and similar outcome-based codes and regulations affect building design, presenting an energy engineering process that allows to efficiently design toward such regulations.

Andrea Frisque

Marc Trudeau

Andrea Frisque, Senior Building Performance Engineer, Stantec
Marc Trudeau, Building Performance Engineer, Stantec 

Dr. Andrea Frisque is a Senior Building Performance Engineer at Stantec. She provides technical direction and leadership in low-energy design for buildings and communities. She publishes technical papers in international journals, presents at national and international conferences, and has been invited to give many talks and lectures.

Dr. Frisque has over 15 years of experience related to analyses and computer simulations for sustainable design. She uses her extensive knowledge in heat and mass transfer, thermodynamics and fluid dynamics to provide cost-effective sustainable design and unique solutions, helping project teams achieve their sustainability goals. Dr. Frisque's area of technical expertise includes:

  • Passive systems and natural ventilation performance analysis using whole building simulations and CFD,
  • Occupant thermal comfort assessments,
  • Whole building energy simulations,
  • Building energy consumption reduction and feasibility of energy efficiency and sustainability measures,
  • Renewable energy systems and usage of on-site energy sources (i.e. solar, wind, river water cooling),
  • Daylighting design and analysis.

Dr. Frisque has experience with obtaining energy, thermal comfort and day lighting credits for LEED certifications as well as other certification types, building codes and incentive programs.

Marc is passionate about creating better buildings that are energy efficient and sustainable. As a professional engineer and registered architect with over 15 years of experience, Marc has explored design strategies for a wide range of project types. Marc assists design teams through energy modelling, daylight simulations, Passive House consulting, and material life cycle impact studies. Marc is a Certified Passive House Designer, a LEED accredited professional, and a reviewer for CaGBC LEED submissions.


Thursday, Feb. 15 • 1:30pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 216 

T30 – A Corporation’s Paradigm Shift to Lean for Design and Construction

[Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Business & Strategic Planning]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 General Hours IDCEC Approved • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Focusing on the journey of building a Lean culture across the Turner Construction firm, the presenters will walk participants through how their organization went from a company simply striving for operational efficiency at a local and project level, to an industry leader in Lean for Design and Construction.

The seminar will provide information on the process from a Macro viewpoint (a cultural shift within the United States' largest builder), through to a Micro focus on the transferring of lessons learned, best practices, tools, and training personnel and project level teams within newly developed offices across Canada.

The speakers will introduce initiatives for support, education and continuous improvement - structures which other organizations can apply to their own business.

The session will also present project case studies with specific examples of how to successfully implement Lean programs specifically designed to enhance safety.

Matthew Heesterman

George Zettel

Matthew Heesterman, Project Superintendent, Lean Champion, Turner Construction Company 
George Zettel, North American Lean Project Manager, Turner Construction Company

Matt Heesterman is a Project Superintendent for Turner Construction. He is a red seal Carpenter and has over 10+ years of construction experience. Matt is currently the Lean Champion for Turner Construction in the Vancouver Business Unit and is actively sharing innovating ideas and practices throughout Turner's projects. When he isn't running a construction site, you will find him and his dog mountain biking in the local North Shore mountains.

George Zettel brings over 30 years of experience in the construction industry and is the North American Lean Program Manager for Turner Construction Company. George focuses on educating teams to advance Lean within Turner, partner company Clark Builders, and the design and construction industry. A past National Board Member for the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) and past chair of the Northern California LCI Community of Practice (CoP), George has spoken at several Community of Practice meetings in the USA and at several USA LCI Annual Congress' on the application of Lean and integrated project delivery. He is currently coaching regional office leaders and several project teams across Canada and the USA.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 1:45pm–2:45pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 217

T31 – Environmental Product Declarations

[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; Business & Strategic Planning]

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

With LEED v4, Net Zero Buildings, and the City of Vancouver's new embodied carbon emissions reporting requirements, demand for products with an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) is on the rise. Figuring out whether this is worth your while requires an understanding of the market drivers for EPDs, the budget and timeline for achieving them, and the inputs to the process.

In this presentation, WSP's life cycle analysis experts will provide insight into the many questions surrounding EPDs. Using examples of current and past projects, we will discuss the reasons why EPDs may or may not be worthwhile, costing, timelines, inputs to the process, and complicating factors that impact the effort to get your EPD verified and registered.

Helen Brennek

Helen Brennek, Project Manager, WSP

Helen has experience working on a variety of sustainability projects and benchmarking systems. She has worked on more than 20 LEED certifications to date. At WSP, Helen delivers various services such as life cycle analysis (product and whole building), comprehensive building certification consulting and feasibility studies under multiple rating systems (LEED, WELL, Passive House, etc.), as well as retro-commissioning, energy audits, sustainable infrastructure consulting, and corporate sustainability consulting. She joined the firm after completing her Masters in Engineering in Clean Energy, during which she focused on sustainable building sciences.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 1:45pm–2:45pm • Early Bird $35/Regular $45 • ROOM 223

T33 – Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Research, University Science and Engineering Facilities 

[Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Project Planning, Management & Best Practices; Business & Strategic Planning]

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

This presentation covers the basic elements of STEM teaching and research laboratory planning and design — upfront planning, programming, teaching lab design, research lab design, building design, and MEP (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) system components. Participants will come away with a basic understanding of the terminology, concepts, processes, standards, numbers, and types of labs, scientific equipment, and furniture involved in teaching and research laboratory planning and design.

This presentation is to benchmark plans, features, and metrics for renovations and new construction against what leading peer institutions are putting in place to grow science and engineering programs; support the new science pedagogies and space requirements; create collaborative, interactive, and entrepreneurial environments and cultures; and get more program with limited capital dollars and lower operating costs.

Attendees will learn about and see examples of the latest facility concepts, planning models, and capital project strategies for:

  • Renovation, reuse, and repurposing outdated facilities for modern STEM programs
  • Space allocation, metrics, and layouts for labs, offices, cores, and support space
  • New classroom configurations: Active learning, flipped classrooms, and project-based education
  • "Startup and innovation" space for student entrepreneurship
  • Maker space for product design, prototyping, and display 
  • Integrated living and learning spaces
  • Flexible and adaptable facilities for shared use and changing programs 
  • Efficient, shared, core research facilities
  • Student-faculty interaction and undergraduate research space
  • High-bay, open engineering labs
  • Open offices and workspace for researchers, faculty, and staff
  • Effective social and informal learning space
  • Transparency and visual connections among students and programs
  • Integrated science and engineering teaching and research space
  • Scientific lab furniture and casework
  • Building automation and newly emerging facility technology
  • Energy reduction, water conservation, and sustainability strategies
  • High-efficiency, low-cost mechanical systems
  • Environmental controls and sensors: Occupancy, EMI, vibration, air quality, temp, humidity

Russ Chernoff

Russ Chernoff, Principal, Chernoff Thompson Architects

Since 1973, Russell Chernoff has worked on a wide range of project types to a value more than $750 million.

On every assignment, Russell is committed to being fully involved with his clients throughout the entire course of the project. Russell routinely leads large multi-disciplinary teams involving complex research/educational facilities and has worked with many technical user groups.

He has years of experience in conducting design charettes and public consultation processes within the post-secondary field. He is very effective at working with large numbers of user groups and managing users expectations. Russ is also a master planner for education institution campuses and is a highly respected university facility and lab designer of science and technology who is known for challenging the status quo. Furthermore, Russell has also been responsible for many specialized facilities for animal research, clean rooms, and biocontainement.

Russell's unique educational background of both science and architecture, and his experience in designing science-enabled facilities, lends to greater communication and understanding of academic personnel to achieve buildings that meet their needs.

Russ is the Partner-in-Charge for OVC Project 1, OVC Project 2, CFIA Mechanical upgrade and Trades facility at North Island College and Vancouver Island University, as well as two studies for the University of Washington. He has just completed the construction of the Biology lab at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Russ will be immediately available for this project for up to 50% of his week as needed.

Thursday, Feb. 15 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • ROOM 208/09

T34 – Passive House – Tunneling Through the Cost Barrier

[Building Code & Envelope Solutions; Building Performance, Energy Efficiency & Environment; Health & Wellness]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs • AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Achieving high performance buildings and constructing sustainably is an emerging trend, particularly in Vancouver, which is targeting to become the greenest City in the world by 2020 and is working towards having zero emissions buildings by 2030. There is positive momentum in both in the public and private sector, supported by a strong network of green builders and designers, to build sustainably. However, the key question always arises as to ‘what will it cost’ — the bottom line more often than not often takes precedence over social consciousness. This session will address the significance and the economics of Passive House design, knowledge gaps in costing key components/considerations in Passive House design and how the business case is established by considering both initial capital costs and long term costs.

Angela Lai

Angela Lai, Partner, Core Two

Angela is a Partner with Core Two, a construction and property cost consultancy based in Vancouver, BC. Her over 17 years' experience as a quantity surveyor in the construction and development industry spans South Africa, the UK and Canada. She is a Fellow with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and a professional member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS), and is a past Director of the CIQS National Board. Angela's experience is diverse in the quantity surveying field having worked as both as a cost manager, a management consultant (specializing in life cycle costing and costing in sustainability) and a loan monitor. Angela also teaches part-time at BCIT, is a Chair of Assessors for the RICS, and acts as a supervisor/counsellor to quantity surveying candidates. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantity Surveying and a Master of Science degree in Building specializing in Property Development and Management, and is also a LEED qualified professional in the Operations and Maintenance specialty (LEED AP O+M). Angela’s focus in Passive House design is on the economics of high performance buildings and supporting clients in making the link between environmental choices and the financial impact of those choices.


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;
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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

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.