Day 1 – Wednesday, February 13, 2019

This program has been accredited by: 

Seminar Streams:

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

Wednesday, February 13 • 8:00am–9:50am • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • Room 206/07

W01 – Legal Update for Strata Managers

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

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

New and noteworthy cases and amendments to the Strata Property Act – How does a strata manager stay up to date? By taking this year’s Legal Update, of course. The seminar will explain recent amendments to the Strata Property Act and will also review recent court decisions and how they impact the governance and decisions of strata corporations.

Veronica Franco

Maris Holmes

Veronica Franco, Partner, Clark Wilson LLP
Maris Holmes, Associate, Clark Wilson LLP 

Veronica Franco – Partner – Clark Wilson LLP

Veronica is a leader in the practice of strata law in BC and one of the top contributors to advancing education within the industry, presenting regularly for the Condominium Home Owners Association, the Professional Association of Managing Agents, and the Continuing Legal Education Society. She also updates three chapters for the Strata Property Practice Manual for CLE and reviews the manuals for the Advanced Strata Management Course offered through Langara College.

Whether it is through education, litigation or providing strategic advice, resolutions and bylaws, Veronica finds cost-effective ways for people to live better together in a strata community.

The issues faced in strata communities are visceral and impact peoples’ everyday lives. As a calm and collected voice, Veronica provides advice that allows strata corporations and property managers to tackle tough human issues so as to improve the strata community.

Noise. Smoking. Air BnB. Leaks. Tenants. All issues and more that affect strata corporations and property managers on a daily basis. Veronica helps to balance the rule of the law with the reality of day-to-day life.

Veronica’s mandate is to help strata corporations and property managers identify and address issues before they become problems.

Maris Holmes – Associate – Clark Wilson LLP

With a personable approach, Maris works with strata corporations and property managers to resolve issues and concerns in the communities our clients call home.

Maris helps our clients through a myriad of issues, including noise, smoking, alterations, privacy issues, pets, bylaw and rule drafting, building maintenance and resolutions.



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]

[ AIBC 2 Non-Core LUs • 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

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–10:30am • Early Bird $60/Regular $70 • Room 208/09

W03 – A Material World – Making Sustainable Choices in a Complex World

[Green, Health & Wellness, Innovation & Technology, Project Management & Process Improvement, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs • 2 CPD BC Housing Recognized • 2.0 BOMI CPDs • 2.0 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Instead of making life easier, the increasing availability and complexity of product environmental information can be overwhelming. How do you make material choices, especially when it appears to be a comparison between apples and oranges?

Join us as we discuss different design philosophies and tools that you can use in selecting materials including The Living Building Challenge Materials Red List and healthy materials, the Perkins + Will “Precautionary List”, and LEED v4 materials credits. Presenters will expand on how to use Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) as a transparent means to manage and report environmental impacts on construction projects, discussing the risks and liability associated with material specifications.

This panel will summarize by sharing design strategies that radically simplify the decision-making process for material selection.

Mona Lemoine

Brenda Martens

Rob Sianchuk

Mona Lemoine, Senior Sustainable Design Specialist, Perkins + Will
Brenda Martens, Director of Research and Collaboration, Light House Sustainable Building Centre
Rob Sianchuk, Principal, Rob Sianchuk Consulting

As Senior Sustainable Design Specialist Mona is responsible for leading and managing sustainability assessments of a wide range of project opportunities that may relate to water, energy, and carbon analysis; material health research; and trends on occupant health and well-being. With a career firmly rooted is design and the built environment, she brings a unique balance of big picture systems thinking and attention to detail. She is devoted to playing an active role in creating a positive impact in the world and enjoys inspiring others to do the same.

In addition to professional practice, Mona is an active member of the green building community. She has volunteered her time on advisory boards as a juror, has been a guest lecturer / critic and is currently Chair of the RAIC Committee on Regenerative Environments (CORE). She was a founding Director of the Manitoba Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council, Executive Director of Cascadia Green Building Council, a bioregional non-profit, and Vice-President Education and Events for the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).

Brenda has worked in the building industry for over 25 years. She is a practitioner, educator and advocate in the field of green building and sustainability. She joined Light House in the fall of 2018 as their Director of Research and Collaboration. She has served the green building community in a number of volunteer roles, including being a member of the Board of the Cascadia Green Building Council, she is past faculty with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) and the University of British Columbia Continuing Studies, and is a co-founder of the Open Green Building Society, an organization that open sources information about green buildings. In addition to her work at Light House, she currently teaches green building and sustainability for BCIT, and in 2018 she was appointed to the Order of British Columbia for her work in sustainability.

Rob Sianchuk is a life cycle assessment (LCA) practitioner with 10 years of experience teaching, advising and practicing in industry and academia. He currently consults as Principal of Rob Sianchuk Consulting, and holds affiliate positions as Research Associate with the Athena Sustainable Materials Institute, Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Instructor with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC). Rob has a Bachelor's degree in Wood Products Processing, Minor in Commerce, and a Master of Applied Science in Forestry from UBC.

Wednesday, February 13 • 8:30am–9:30am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 215/16

W04 – A New World of Brand: How to Unleash the Untapped Power of Brand to Accelerate Your Business

[Leadership & Business Improvement]

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

What business owner doesn't want to develop a big, bold brand for their business?

Unfortunately, the majority of businesses are failing to tap into their brand's full potential with most companies only tapping into 5% of its profit building power. The problem isn't business owners failing to invest in their brands. The problem is the way society consumes media, selects the brands they buy from and how they choose their next employer have all rapidly evolved; yet the approach to brand development hasn't - until now.

Karley Cunningham's new world view of brand cracks the code for developing a brand that cuts through the noise, stands out from the competition, attracts ideal clients, investors and top talent, and establishes a great company culture.

This session will reveal the evolved approach to developing a powerful brand. Attendees will learn how to unleash the untapped power of their brand to accelerate their business.

Karley Cunningham

Karley Cunningham, Big Thinker & Creative Strategist, Big Bold Brand Inc.

Strategic Positioning Expert, Karley Cuningham takes businesses from over-crowded, competitive spaces out into blue ocean territory where they can confidently stand-out and thrive. Companies that want to be distinct in their marketplace retain Karley to sharpen their value proposition so it cuts through the noise.

Providing business leaders with the critical strategies and tools needed to eliminate competition, charge a premium, attract and retain top talent and ideal clients, win strategic partnerships and increase profits, Karley's international client base benefits from accelerated growth, increased profit and stability.

As the Founder, Big Thinker & Creative Strategist at Big Bold Brand Inc. and having built three successful businesses, Karley knows what it takes to start, build and lead a company that delivers results. She has written for well-respected publications, is a sought after speaker and mentor for several national and international business organizations. Believing deeply in the practice of 'givers gain' she is a well-known and networked.

As a former pro athlete, Karley is performance driven. An avid mountain athlete, she is a two time finisher of the BC Bike Race, a seven day, 325 km, mountain bike stage race. When not focusing on the business or expanding her network, she can be found challenging herself, on the single-track trails of the Pacific Northwest either on her bike or running.

Wednesday, February 13 • 8:30am–9:30am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 217

W05 – High Performance Parking: Parksmart, Market Transformation, and Sustainable Mobility

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

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

A century after the emergence of the Model T, parking facility owners, developers, planners, architects, operators, policy makers, and others are finally moving from a narrow "Where do we put the cars?" approach to an integrated vision of "How do we move more people, more efficiently and at less cost to the environment?"

This presentation will make the leap to viewing parking as an opportunity to reduce operational costs by up to 25 per cent.

Join Brandy Burdeniuk for this in-depth look at how modern parking is evolving to meet new needs and demands, how Parksmart is expanding into Canada, and how programs like Parksmart are empowering high-performance parking facilities to lower their energy usage and carbon output through lighting, ventilation, controls and commissioning measures.

Brandy Burdeniuk

Brandy Burdeniuk, Chief Customer Officer, Green Business Certification Inc. Canada

Brandy Burdeniuk is the Chief Customer Officer of Green Business Certification Inc. Canada (GBCI Canada) responsible for advancing GBCI Canada’s service offerings nationally including: LEED, Parksmart, SITES, Investor Confidence Project (ICP) & TRUE Zero Waste Certification.

As an executive, industrial designer, entrepreneur and troublemaker Brandy has worked with leading designers, businesses, institutions & governments to excite them about creating, living, working, and thriving in healthy sustainable buildings.

Brandy is always eager to share her knowledge and experience, presenting to numerous audiences throughout North America. She is an engaging and entertaining speaker and is known for her ability to communicate challenging topics in a way that breaks down barriers to sustainability and gets people excited for change.

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]

[ AIBC 2.75 Core LUs • 3 CPD BC Housing Recognized • 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

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.


Wednesday, February 13 • 8:30am–10:00am • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W07 – Passive House Primer

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

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

The Passive House standard is starting to alter the Canadian construction industry. Building professionals, developers, manufacturers, and public officials alike are all turning to the standard to deliver high performance buildings and differentiate themselves in a competitive marketplace. This seminar will explore the fundamental principles and practices behind Passive House, the world's leading high performance building standard, and reveal how it's spreading across BC and beyond.

Yael Stav

Dominic Sy

Yael Stav, Principal, Invivo Design
Dominic Sy, Dsy Designs Ltd.

Dr. Yael Stav is a Sustainability Consultant with experience from Australia, Israel and Canada. She is a LEED Green Associate and a Certified Passive House Consultant, with a PhD in Sustainable Design. Yael's domain expertise include Green Buildings, Green Infrastructure, Urban Agriculture and sustainability education. She is passionate about the Passive House standard and believes it to be a key stepping stone to urban sustainability.

Dominic Sy is a registered Architect in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is certified Passive House Tradesperson and recently completed a certified Passive House project. He has over 10 years of eclectic architectural experience ranging from small infrastructure projects to multi-phase mixed-used residential / commercial developments. Dominic is passionate about the Passive House Standard because he is convinced it is the best step towards a sustainable built environment.


Wednesday, February 13 • 9:00am–10:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 218/19

W08 – Smart Buildings: A Holistic View for Building Owners & Operators: IoT, Data and Technology Enabled Environments

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

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

Construction and real estate companies have long been incorporating smart building technology to minimize building costs, optimize asset performance, and hit energy efficiency requirements. However, the most forward-thinking players understand that Internet of Things-generated information creates value in ways that disrupt traditional commercial real estate business models.

Insights gleaned from building systems technology provides these companies with opportunities to differentiate their services to the market and create new sources of revenue. However, as interconnectivity between building systems grows, so too does the volume and detail of the data captured, and therefore, the threat of cyber-attack.

Commercial real estate companies will need to reconcile the opportunities smart building technologies provide while addressing the significant risks if they are to remain competitive in the coming years. This session will help owners and operators think about technology-enabled environments in a holistic manner, while providing a broader discussion of what the future of building data utilization looks like.

Alex Lau

Nicholas Jeffery

Ailey Roberts

Dr. Adam Rysanek

Alex Lau, Partner and Real Estate Group Leader, Grant Thornton LLP

Nicholas Jeffery, Former CEO, Uniserve Communications, Former Director, CBRE
Ailey Roberts, Manager, Sustainability, Bentall Kennedy
Dr. Adam Rysanek, Assistant Professor in Environmental Systems, UBC School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture


Wednesday, February 13 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 215/16

W09 – Greening the Supply Chain: Green Materials & Healthy, Sustainable Buildings

[Green, Health & Wellness]

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

The materials that make up our built environment have significant impacts on our health & wellness. Material selection can also contribute to the quality, durability and value of building assets. An important part of the sustainable building equation is the greening of materials, not only for the health of the occupant, but for the overall health of the building. This panel will share lessons learned from the CaGBC head office project (the first commercial LEED v4 Platinum certified project in Canada) as well as insights on greening of the supply chain and how to navigate the selection and adoption of green materials from the perspective of designers, builders, and suppliers. Panelists will also discuss advancements in regulatory and voluntary green building program requirements, including LEED v4, and the resources available to help you with green material selection for your LEED v4 projects and beyond.

Ryan Heays

Jay Frezell

Marsha Gentile

Elizabeth Hand

Ryan Heays, LEED Reviewer II, Canada Green Building Council 

Jay Frezell, Regional Sales Manager – Canada, Superior Essex International LP
Marsha Gentile, Director, Sustainability, Ledcor Construction Limited
Elizabeth Hand, Sustainability Consultant, Sustainable Design, DIALOG

Jay is a Sales Management & Marketing Professional with over $650 million of critical infrastructure products successful supplied over my 25 career so far. Currently Managing Superior Essex International LP – Communication Cable business in Western Canada.

Superior Essex is one of the largest Manufacturers of Communication Cables in North America. We confidently say Superior Essex is “Everywhere You Live and Work” because over the last 50 years nearly every North American Telephone company has been deploying our cables for their networks. You simply cannot make a phone call, send a text or an email in Canada without using our products.

Today Superior Essex is also one of the most sustainable cable manufactures in the world with the only Zero Waste to Landfill cable manufacturing plant in the Americas. Many of our Copper and Fiber Optic Communication cables contribute towards LEED points and we have recently released the only Red List Free Category 6 cable in the world.

Marsha Gentile was one of the first in Canada to graduate from the National Sustainable Building Advisors program. She has over 16 years of hands-on experience with LEED projects across Canada and the United States. Marsha is a member of the LEED Canada Steering Committee and is well-known as a green construction advocate having presented at over 40 conferences and learning institutions. She is very proud to have been a past recipient of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association’s ‘Education Leadership’ award.

Elizabeth Hand has a wide range of experience designing and certifying commercial, infrastructure, mixed-use retail, public, and large and small-scale high-rise residential projects across Canada, including the carbon-neutral re-design of an elementary school. Prior to joining DIALOG, she held project management positions in non-profit organizations and technical schools.

Elizabeth, an Envision Certified Professional, brings a genuine passion for protecting the environment and expertise of holistic sustainability, community integration, and LEED v3, v4 certifications. Her depth of green building knowledge, visioning, and attention to detail is invaluable to projects that require or desire sustainable features on budget and on time.


Wednesday, February 13 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 217

W10 – Designing for Human Potential

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

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 Health, Safety, Welfare Hour IDCEC Approved ]

As employers seek to attract and retain top talent, they are beginning to embrace more holistic concepts of wellness in the design of their workplaces. Enter WELL, Fitwel and Living Building Challenge that aim to increase the health and wellness of the occupants and by doing so hope to increase productivity, lower absenteeism and create a healthier individual.

Health and Wellness initiatives and strategies in the workplace, as well as in healthcare, education, and community, have become a hot topic and focus in today's design community. This presentation will discuss and compare the three main health and wellness initiatives designers have at their disposal, namely the WELL, Fitwel and Living Building Challenge certifications.

The presentation will also explore the concept of Eudaimonia; a Greek word referring to the state of overall happiness and healthiness by creating an environment focusing on health and wellness unlocking human potential.

This session aims to be as inspirational as it is informative.

Shelley Bowolin

Melanie Ross

Shelley Bowolin, Principal & Owner, Element 7 Design Solutions Inc.
Melanie Ross, Associate, Integral Group

Shelley Bowolin is a Registered Interior Designer and Principal of ELEMENT7 design solutions. She has been practicing for over 15 years with a focus on Sustainability and more recently helping clients achieve their Health and WELLness goals within the built environment with WELL and Fitwel certifications.

Other past accomplishments include authoring magazine design articles and instruction at CATO, BCIT, and Okanagan College.

She has designations as a LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP and Fitwel ambassador. Her recent passion is to inform and educate the general public and key stakeholders on the importance of influencing Health and Wellness in the built environment.

Leading the sustainable building team at Integral Group, Melanie supports a wide range of projects ranging from LEED, WELL, FitWel and other third party certifications to energy management and existing building performance, while managing a growing portfolio in sustainability planning and policy development. Melanie's ten+ years of experience with recognized architecture, planning and engineering firms has brought her a deeper understanding of the industry and a respect for various stakeholder viewpoints.

Melanie has been speaking, educating and practicing on the subject of sustainability and health and wellness for over 10 years. She has designations as a LEED AP BD+C and WELL AP and currently serves as Chair of the CaGBC Alberta Chapter and as a member of the CaGBC Materials Technical Advisory Group.

Wednesday, February 13 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • PerformEX Stage

W11 – Designing for Occupant Comfort to Achieve Energy Savings  

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

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

Governments and industry leaders are promoting energy efficiency to address climate change. This has focused the discussion on building energy performance but inadvertently sidelined building occupant performance. Many strategies used to reduce a building's energy consumption can also have a positive impact on occupant comfort.

In this session, the presenter will turn the tables and focus on occupant comfort first. Participants will learn how, by analyzing and designing for occupant comfort, energy and greenhouse gas emission reductions follow.

Participants will learn about design features which improve occupant comfort and reduce energy use, presenting specific examples such as employing natural ventilation to reduce cooling energy, improving thermal comfort using high performance building envelopes, and considering quality daylight and glare control to optimize glazing design.

W. Alexander Tansowny

Rod Yeoh

W. Alexander Tansowny, E.I.T., LEED© AP BD+C, Building Performance Analyst, DIALOG
Rod Yeoh, P.Eng., P.E., LEED© AP BD+C, Principal, DIALOG

Alexander Tansowny, is passionate about designing and optimizing high performance buildings. He leads building performance modeling work in the Calgary studio of DIALOG, an integrated architecture and engineering firm. With an engineering background in mechanical system and building envelope design, Alexander has experience analyzing occupant comfort, daylight, and natural ventilation from an occupant perspective.

Recent projects include the University of Calgary's MacKimmie Complex Redevelopment, a high-performance building in the CaGBC's Zero Carbon Building Standard. As an occupant-centered project, the design team pushed the envelope to provide comfortable natural ventilation year-round. Alexander contributed his deep understanding of occupant thermal comfort and the use of detailed simulations to facilitate the final design.

Rod Yeoh

Widely acknowledged as a leader in integrated practice development and project management, Rod brings over 27 years of experience in a broad range of project types to DIALOG. His past success with multi-disciplinary design and delivery build on the leadership and growth of DIALOG's integrated practice.

The success in Rod's collaborative approach is exemplified by a portfolio of sustainable, high-performance buildings. These include the award-winning City of Vancouver National Avenue Works Yard, the first building to be LEED certified by the CaGBC, the Fred Kaiser Engineering Building at UBC acclaimed for its energy efficiency and several BC Hydro field operations facilities designed to meet LEED Gold and Platinum equivalents.


Wednesday, February 13 • 10:00am–11:00am • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220/22

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

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

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

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

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

Matthew Claudel

Matthew Claudel, Head of Civic Innovation, MITdesignX

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

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



Wednesday, February 13 • 10:00am–10:30am • Early Bird $20/Regular $30 • TECHCENTRIC

W12 – Making Virtual Reality a Success

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

[ AIBC 0.5 Non-Core LU • BOMI 0.5 CPD • 0.5 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

There is no question that Virtual Reality is powerful. But does it offer value for building designers and owners? Absolutely! VR can improve building operation and design and help customers and shareholders to experience a design before it is built. In this presentation, the speaker will highlight best practices and overview the tools and skills required to make Virtual Reality a success.

Joe Magas

Joe Magas, CEO + Owner, Fusiontek

Joe Magas is the CEO of Fusiontek which provides smart technology for building design, construction and facility management. Among his many roles Joe is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor and Western Canada's ARCHICAD reseller. He is a creative presenter and enthusiastic instructor with decades of experience supporting PDF, CAD, BIM and visualization technology.

Wednesday, February 13 • 10:10am–12:00pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • Room 206/07 

W13 – Resilience is the New Sustainability

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1.75 Core LUs • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Concert Properties as part of their Sustainability Strategy has identified a set of 8 environmental sustainability principles. This session will walk through why and how Concert has added ‘Climate Resilience’ to its operations and planning. It will cover the lessons learned in working to make a national portfolio that includes all asset classes more resilient to a more uncertain and changing climate. Specific topics include how to evaluate climate risk in different locations across Canada, strategies for new construction and the integration of strategies for existing properties.

Dave Ramslie

Dave Ramslie, VP of Sustainability, Concert Properties 



Wednesday, February 13 • 10:30am–12:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W46 – Quality Assured Passive House Process in Canada

[Building Performance, Green, Health & Wellness]

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

This session looks to review and identify how a quality assured Passive House process is developing in Canada with particular reference to Part 3 buildings. The presenters will review and debate how their design management and construction management processes are changing to deliver certified Passive House projects. In particular, the impact on traditional project resource models, coordination and quality assurance requirements are evaluated with suggestions for further refinements.

Cillian Collins

Adam James

Morgan McDonald

Cillian Collins, Senior Architect, Perkins + Will
Adam James, Architect AIBC RIBA, Principal, Ryder Architecture
Morgan McDonald, Ledcor

Cillian is a Certified Passive House Designer and has worked on Passive House projects in Canada and Ireland. He is Chair of Passive House Canada Education Committee and plays a key role in curriculum development, teaching and advocating for the Passive House standard in Canada. Cillian is conducting research on the impact of pursuing the Passive House standard on the design process and providing guidance to project architects and project managers on what needs to be accounted for from conceptual design through tender and beyond to post occupancy.

Adam James is a Principal of Ryder Architecture in Vancouver. His early Passive House projects were in the UK in 2009-11. Since moving back to Canada he has supported Passive House Canada as a volunteer on their Education Committee and the development of the Passive House standard in Vancouver.

Morgan McDonald works on high performance buildings with Ledcor Construction. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a background in renewable energy, carbon finance, and sustainability education. He is Chair of the BC Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and also volunteers with Living Future Vancouver.


Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00am–11:30am • Complimentary (Pre-registration required) • TECHCENTRIC

C01 – Software Demonstration: SiteMax

[Innovation & Technology]

SiteMax is a simple, powerful, construction software for the Job Site. Attend this demonstration to learn about the solutions and features available to both General Contractors and Subtrades to keep projects moving along efficiently, effectively and safely.

Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • European Innovations Pavilion

W14 – The Case for Leading with Results in Sustainability

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

With some best practices from Europe, this talk will inspire attendees to better understand the best way to measure results from a sustainable perspective without forfeiting progress or value. Buzzwords are easy to come by, but results tell a much stronger story. Understanding the urgency for sustainability and the impact of climate change is one thing. Putting it in to practice is another.

Gerben van Straaten

Gerben van Straaten, CEO and Founder, World of Walas

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

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


Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00am–12:30pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Room 205

W15 – How to Double Revenue Every Year, and Why Not Too!

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

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

Attend this presentation to learn how to scale a business effectively, and regularly. This presentation will provide an overview of the process and considerations that need to be take into account, placing an emphasize on strategic growth, metrics, key performance indicators, and drivers critical to your business.

The presentation will also cover the negative side of scaling a business, and the complications which can arise from growing too fast.

The speaker will share lessons learned firsthand from successfully scaling a company over 5000% in the first five years in business. The speaker will provide insight on how to avoid unnecessary mistakes, summarizing on when and how to ask for help, the importance of finding a mentor and the tips and tricks on how to executive a strategic plan.

This presentation will be engaging, entertaining, humorous, and highly educational!

Bradley Lavigne

Bradley Lavigne, President, EcoPaving 

Bradley Lavigne is a Profit 500 entrepreneur who successfully scaled the company he founded Eco Paving over 5000% in the first five years in business. In 2016 and 2017 Eco Paving was one of the Top 3 Fastest Growing Construction Companies in Canada and it was the 47th Fastest Growing Company in Canada. He doubled or tripled the company revenue every year for 6 consecutive years.

Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00am–12:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 208/09

W16 – Human Rights and Employer Wrongs – Emerging Trends in Human Rights Law

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

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

The presentation will focus on recent human rights decisions with a focus on recent developments concerning workplace harassment in the context of the "#Metoo movement", the untested issues concerning the use of medical marijuana, and the obligations of employers to accommodate employees who use marijuana for medical purposes.

Janessa Mason

Lanny Robinson

Janessa Mason, Associate, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP
Lanny Robinson, Partner, Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP

Janessa Mason is an Associate in the firm’s Labour and Employment Law Group. She also represents private and public sector clients in the Human Rights and Local Government Practices. She advises and represents clients on a variety of matters, including contractual disputes, human rights, tort claims and administrative proceedings.
Janessa both summered and completed articles with Alexander Holburn. Prior to joining the firm, she worked at Access Pro Bono, William Head Correctional Institution and the Law Centre in Victoria, where she advised and represented clients in employment, family, residential tenancy, human rights and criminal matters. While earning her degrees, Janessa was the recipient of several academic awards, including Academic All-Canadian status at the University of British Columbia, and the Diana Priestly Award at the University of Victoria.

Mr. Robinson is a member of the firm's Labour + Employment, Business Disputes and Local Government Practices.

He is the Past Chair of the Employment Law Subsection of the Canadian Bar Association, British Columbia Branch and is a frequent author and lecturer, on matters pertaining employment disputes.

He has appeared as counsel in at all levels of court in British Columbia and has represented clients before numerous administrative tribunals in the province.

Wednesday, February 13 • 11:00am–12:30pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Room 218/19

W17 – Economic Development Impacts of the BC Energy Step Code

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

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

The B.C. Energy Step Code standardizes pathways to high performance new construction and will drive demand for specific green building products and technologies.

Join us to learn the results of a study that quantifies the size of the market for high performance building products in B.C., as well as industry investments, economic development and job creation potential. Panelists will share an analysis of the local B.C. supply chain, providing recommendations on how to stimulate local production and innovation in the green building product sector.

Attendees will walk away with a better under of:

  • What the economic impact/market potential associated with adoption of the Energy Step Code is 
  • What the green building supply chain looks like in BC and whether or not it will be able to deliver on the Energy Step Code 
  • How we as an industry was address gaps in the supply chain and ensure industry competitiveness while growing local industry capacity

Paul Shorthouse

Juvarya Veltkamp

Michael Bousfield

Charlotte Connor

James Dean

Sandra Rohler

Paul Shorthouse, Director, Delphi Group
Juvarya Veltkamp, Manager, Green Economy Initiatives, Vancouver Economic Commission

Michael Bousfield, Technical Director, Cascadia Windows & Doors
Charlotte Connor, Director of Business Development, SmartForme
James Dean, CEO, CORE Energy Recovery Energy Solutions
Sandra Rohler, Architect AIBC, Architect AKNW (GER), CPHD, CPHT, Certified Joiner (GER), Cornerstone Architecture

Paul is a recognized economic development expert who has been at the forefront of defining and measuring key sectors of the green economy since 2009. He leads the Delphi Group's activities in British Columbia.

Over the last eight years, Paul has successfully directed a range of industry development projects, research and stakeholder engagement initiatives, and workforce studies on sectors that include renewable energy, clean transportation, natural resources, circular economy / resources, and green building / construction. Outcomes have focused on building sustainable economic development strategies in order to promote energy and resource efficiency, stimulate job creation, and increase investment and trade for clean technology and environmental solutions.

Juvarya Veltkamp, Manager Green Economy Initiatives is a strategic planning and policy leader with more than a decade of experience working to grow Vancouver's clean and green sectors. With degrees in economics and business, Juvarya's work at the VEC includes designing and developing economic development programs; structuring and analyzing data; and engaging and advising business leaders. She is most excited about using her networks and expertise to help bring about a renewable energy transformation.

Michael Bousfield is one of the most well-versed technologists in fiberglass window and door technology in BC. In 2005, Michael attended BCIT to prepare for a career shift from logistics to architecture and building engineering. Two years later, he entered the full-time BCIT program of Architecture & Building Engineering Technology, specializing in Building Science. He completed this program with honours, and was awarded BCBEC/BCIT Building Science Award for his academic achievements. During his studies at BCIT, Michael also worked for RDH Building Engineering as a building science technologist. He performed forensic investigations into building enclosure failures, designed rehabilitation programs, and performed field review and testing for large-scale new and rehabilitation construction projects. In 2009, Michael pursued the opportunity to focus his technical knowledge and experience in building science to a specific sector of the industry – windows. He is now the Technical Director of Cascadia Windows and Doors. At Cascadia, Michael blends two distinct roles – marketing, and technical development. The blend of these roles allows Michael to serve clients and consultants in a technical support role, and also to serve Cascadia’s own team by directing internal technical development, testing, and engineering.

Charlotte Connor is Director of Business Development with smartforme has been engaged in the construction industry for over 20 years, primarily focused on the high-rise residential market. She is experienced in bringing the world’s leading energy generation technologies (air-to-water heat pumps) and state-of-the-art distribution systems to the local marketplace.

Most recently, Charlotte has supported policy development by positioning mechanical solutions that significantly reduce green-house gas emissions and comply with Step Code and Green-house Gas Intensity targets. Charlotte has worked closely with Urban Development Institute to develop education sessions that support policy development and the resulting economic impact to construction costs. Charlotte is keen to use her knowledge and relationships to accelerate good ideas and leverage strategic partnerships for mutual success. She has a degree in Liberal Arts and Business through Simon Fraser University.

James Dean is a Clean Energy Technology entrepreneur and is CEO and Founder for CORE Energy Recovery Solutions (formerly dPoint) located in Vancouver, British Columbia. CORE manufactures polymer membranes and enthalpy exchangers for HVAC and hydrogen fuel cell systems. Prior to dPoint James was CEO of Greenlight Power and a partner at KPMG Consulting. Mr. Dean currently serves as a board member of the Home Ventilating Institute (HVI). He is also active in the AHRI Air to Air Energy Recovery Committee. James was recognized as one of Canada's Top 40 Under 40 and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. James is passionate about Energy Efficient Buildings and is currently building a Passive House in West Vancouver for his family.

Sandra is a registered Architect AIBC and Architect AKNW (Germany) at Cornerstone Architecture located in Vancouver. She has been working on Passive House projects in Germany and Canada since 2001 and immigrated to Vancouver in 2005.

Being the first PHI certified Passive House Designer and PHI certified Passive House Tradesperson in Canada she has been pioneering the PH standard transferring European knowhow and German engineering to North America for the past 14 years.

With her PHI certifications and project experience in Canada and Germany, she brings to North America her knowledge and expertise in the PH design, build and certifying process for residential, institutional and commercial buildings.

One of the early pioneers in the Passive House movement in Canada, Sandra is a co-founding director of Passive House Canada and initiator of the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) Passive House Tradesperson Course.

Sandra holds a degree as a certified joiner and window maker through a 3-year craftsperson apprenticeship, prior to becoming a registered Architect in Germany.

This mix of theory, craft, teaching and professional experience has given Sandra a deep knowledge to apply on projects - big picture and detail oriented.

Balancing practical with theory, Sandra is currently working on Passive House projects at Cornerstone Architecture in Vancouver while she continues her passion to educate and train professionals, tradespeople and municipalities in the Passive House Standard for Passive House Canada and BCIT.

Wednesday, February 13 • 11:30am–12:30pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 215/16

W19 – Light and the Human Response

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

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

Light - it is referred to as the fourth dimension of architecture; an unseen medium which impacts space dramatically. Recently, researchers have studied this medium and its impact on human health more in depth. As a result, sustainable lighting design solutions have gone beyond energy efficiency, codes and standards.

This presentation discusses how exposure to daylight and electric light can impact human health. The speaker will describe various ways that quality lighting design embraces light as an active and tangible building material to create a user-centric space. The speaker will also explain the direct relationship between lighting and sustainable design based on various case studies and applications.

Ellie Niakan

Ellie Niakan, B.Interior Architecture, LC, CLD, Associate, Light Studio Lead, Integral

Internationally recognized for her award-winning lighting design with training in Germany, Associate Ellie Niakan brings over 17 years of experience to Integral Group, where she leads the Integral Light Studio. Through her passion and creativity, Ellie harnesses the power of light to create expressive designs that blend aesthetics and function.

Ellie is the first in Canada to have earned the International Lighting Designer Certification, and is among a select few worldwide that have achieved the distinction of Certified Lighting Designer (CLD). Ellie has led and worked corroboratively on a variety of projects, including cultural, recreational, residential, commercial, healthcare, transportation and urban lighting design. Having worked closely with international architects and designers across the globe, her expansive portfolio includes work from Germany, England, USA and Canada.

With a focus on the human experience, Ellie considers health, wellness, and sustainability as intrinsic elements in developing a harmonious atmosphere expressed through the built environment. She is a sought after speaker and has served on various lighting design panels throughout her career.

Wednesday, February 13 • 11:30am–12:30pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 217

W20 – Achieving Digital Transformation in the Construction Industry

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

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

The construction industry sat nearly unchanged for centuries. Present day and firms are suddenly inundated with technologically driven tools to improve specific parts of their business that claim to be an all-in-one solution. Many have not had a methodical approach to technology in their business and have been swept up in the excitement without a clear plan. But even before you create a technology strategy, conversations and deliberate planning are necessary to determine if and how the company will embark on digital transformation, and what that means to the company.

This presentation features leading construction tech. professionals that will walk you through digital transformation and subsequently how to create a tech strategy for your business. The presenters will speak from firsthand experience within their own companies, outlining the drivers and considerations taken into account in the adoption of digital transformation for them and their team.

Dave Burns

James G. (Jim) Colvin

Kris Lengieza

Jay Snyder

Dave Burns, Director of Technology and Field Applications, McCarthy Building Companies
James G. (Jim) Colvin, Chief Executive Officer and Board Director, Serious Labs Inc.
Kris Lengieza, Director of Business Development, Procore Technologies
Jay Snyder, Technology Leader, FMI Corporation 

Dave Burns is the Director of Innovation and Field Applications for McCarthy Building Companies, where he currently leads a technology development and delivery team focused on the company's 3+ billion dollar portfolio of work.

Dave has 13 years of technology implementation experience within the construction industry, starting as a systems consultant with Oracle Professional Services before joining McCarthy in 2007. Dave has designed, developed and deployed numerous industry solutions, primarily focused on construction operations in the field.

Dave has been a presenter and faclitator at numerous industry conferences, including Autodesk University and ENR FutureTech. He lives and works in the San Francisco bay.

James G. (Jim) Colvin: As the CEO of Serious Labs, Jim combines his experience as a tech CEO, a serial tech investor, as well as his professional experience as a technology lawyer specializing in start-up and growth stage companies, to lead Serious Labs’ aggressive growth strategy.

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Serious Labs is at the forefront of implementing virtual reality environments and gamebased solutions for heavy equipment and general industrial training. The company is now seen as a world leader in its field, attracting powerful clients and partners like United Rentals, Bechtel, Halliburton and Industrial Training International.

Jim is passionate about empowering his company’s talent to succeed, and its clients and partners to prosper. Jim holds a law degree from the University London and an NCA accreditation from the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria focusing on intellectual property and business.

Kristopher M. Lengieza, is the Director of Business Development, Marketplace at Procore Technologies. The marketplace team oversees the development of partnerships and integrations built upon the Procore platform. Kris has been a long time construction technology evangelist and continues to push the construction industry forward. Prior to working at Procore, Kris was the Vice President of Operational Excellence at Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Kris oversaw a team that leads many initiatives including Quality, Safety, Innovation, Training, VDC, and Financials. Kris has also been instrumental in the implementation of VDC, LEAN and LEED principles at several other companies over the course of his career.

Kris has earned a multitude of awards for his work and has been nationally recognized as one of the top 40 construction professionals under 40 by ENR and BD&C. He is constantly seeking to further the use of technology and foster innovation in the construction industry. As such, Kris has been a sought-after speaker for national conferences including Autodesk University, BIMForum, Ecobuild, SPAR and many other regional events. More importantly, Kris is always willing to volunteer and share his knowledge and has taught for numerous organizations over the past 5 years, including AGC and AIA to name a few. Kris earned his Civil engineering degree in 2004, from Lehigh University.

Jay has been in the engineering and construction industry throughout his entire career. He has industry experience as a construction project executive, corporate director of planning, design and construction for a healthcare system, founder and managing partner of a risk management tech startup company and as a valued business consultant.

Jay has directly led the planning, design and construction of over $500 million dollars of commercial development. Additionally he has an extensive background in SaaS technology, supply chain management and operational logistics. Clients gain an advantage from Jay's expertise in strategic planning, leadership training, technology implementation and market strategy. He has provided services to commercial developers, general contractors & construction managers, specialty subcontractors, hospital systems & healthcare providers, government agencies, consumer products companies, software providers and others both in the United States and around the world. Jay's leadership in business consulting has improved the strategy, operations and services of Fortune 500 companies, software providers, construction project owners, general contractors and trade contractors. Some of Jay's past work includes corporate strategy and visioning, supply chain optimization, SoftDev traceability and technology positioning.

Jay is also and industry speaker, presenting on business best practices, critical facilities, owner-client relationships and digital/tech transformation particularly of companies in the engineering and construction industry. Through his speaking engagements, Jay delivers information and case studies that allow his audience to understand how they may adopt insight and industry capabilities into their businesses. He has been a key speaker to professional associations and conferences such as the Construction Owners Association of America, Construction Management Association of America, Associated Builders and Contractors, Construction Financial Management Association, Associated General Contractors of America, American Subcontractors Association, American College of Healthcare Executives and the Critical Facilities Summit. Jay's thought leadership has been included in many of the industries most prominent publications.

Jay earned a bachelor's degree in construction management from SUNY ESF at Syracuse University and a Master of Business Administration from Emory University.

Jay is based in FMI's Raleigh office and resides in North Carolina with his wife Karen whom he met while on active duty in the Air Force and has two exceptionally talented sons, Patrick and Ben.


Wednesday, February 13 • 11:30am–12:30pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • PerformEX Stage

W21 – Wallpaper 2.0: Graphics, Technology and Interactivity – A Method for Disrupting the Urban and Built Environment 

[Culture & Community, Innovation & Technology]

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

Décor disruption is careful, calculated and driven. This informative and outside of the box presentation will look at “new world wallpaper”, focusing on graphics, technology and interactivity as a method to disrupt the urban and built environment. Furthermore, the presenter will look at how to activate this concept to enhance a user’s engagement in space. The presenter will summarize on how ultimately, as an industry, we can use the combination of these elements as a tool to push the possibilities of space.

Jonathan Nodrick

Jonathan Nodrick, Founder, CEO & Creative Director, Rollout 

Décor disruption is careful, calculated and driven. With over a decade of innovation in wallpaper design, Jonathan Nodrick, Founder, CEO & Creative Director of Rollout, is relentless in his pursuit of reinvention. Nodrick's curated collection of concepts, companies and personal connections highlight design prowess in an industry untamed, ultimately pushing the possibilities of graphics and technology in space.


Wednesday, February 13 • 12:30pm–1:30pm  • Early Bird $45/Regular $55  • European Innovations Pavilion 

W50 – Multimedia In the Urban Environment

[Culture & Community, Innovation & Technology]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This talk will enlighten attendees on the role the digital economy can play in the increase in migration to cities and the pressure this puts on an urban environment’s natural resources. With content saturation at an all-time high and attention spans getting shorter, the currency of engagement has become more and more elusive. Multimedia provides a unique opportunity to provide a creative approach to storytelling while still adding value to the business objectives of brands who want to reach their customers in sustainable ways.

Dane ten Berge

Dane ten Berge, International Business Development Manager, Blast Digital Signage

Dane ten Berge is a digital media executive passionate about ensuring that his customers get the right information at the right time, in the right way. As International Business Development Manager for Blast Digital Signage he oversees customer success, strategic partnerships and innovation.


Wednesday, February 13 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W23 – Small Buildings and the Healthy Passive House

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness]

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

During this session presenters approach small home trends from two angles: the Tiny Home phenomenon, and the small Passive House. This session entertains the movement toward minimalistic living from less than 300 to 1100 square feet. Presenters will address the challenge of creating energy-efficient, healthy and ventilated homes when air flow, humidity and limited space task the designer to discover new methods to pursue the Passive House standard. The presenters will expand on the Passive House and Low-Energy Standard, where the kWh/m2a metric provides challenges for homes with a small footprint, exploring innovative solutions for low-embodied carbon construction, including the home on stilts eradicating the use of concrete and below-grade foam.

Allison Holden-Pope

Oline Luinenburg

Allison Holden-Pope, Founder, One SEED Architecture
Oline Luinenburg, Karuna Micro Homes

Allison Holden-Pope is passionate about green building and contemporary architecture, founding One SEED Architecture + Interiors in 2008 in order to pursue evocative and sustainable residential design. Allison holds a Masters in Architecture Degree from McGill University, and has been working in the field of architecture since 2001. She was an early adopter of sustainable practices, achieving LEED AP designation over ten years ago, and is a vocal advocate for Passive House. The exploration of new concepts for modern and green housing continues to be the foundation of her practice. Current projects include several Passive Houses.

Oline grew up in rural Manitoba in a family of carpenters and built her first tiny house at the age of 14. She studied environmental economics (B.A.) and communications (M.A.) and then worked as a research consultant on a wide range of social and environmental issues. For 25 years, Oline worked in the field of marine research and oceanography half the year and built homes the other half. In 2017, and in response to growing demand, she founded Karuna Micro Homes, a small home-based business with a mission to provide affordable, innovative housing solutions that are efficient, sustainable and healthy.


Wednesday, February 13 • 12:30pm-2:30pm • Early Bird $60/Regular $70 • Room 223/24

W33 – BCBC and VBBL – A Practical Guide to Code Updates for Interior Designers

[Building Performance, Project Management & Process Improvement]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs • 2 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 2.0 HSW-Sustainability Hours IDCEC Approved ]

Understanding of relevant changes to the legally adopted VBBL and BCBC will help you with practical aspects of getting your permit applications with the City of Vancouver and other municipalities.

Essentially, navigating the technical requirements of the codes and their administrative provisions is a practical skill that can have a huge impact on the daily practice of Interior Designers.

With ongoing updates to the codes and referenced standards (the most recent being December 10, 2018 for BCBC and March 10, 2018 for VBBL), the practice for obtaining permit approval is ever evolving, and importance of this subject should not be underestimated.

Attend this session for a practical discussion on the latest updates of the BCBC and VBBL, specifically looking at the implications on the day to day implementation for Interior Designers. Focusing on Part 3 with some discussion on Part 9, the presenter will answer the following questions:

  • What is the code?
  • What are the latest updates?
  • How does this affect by ability to get my permit?
  • What do I need to know about the documentation (energy statements, lighting power density calculations, ASHRAE checklist) to successfully complete the Building Permit application?
  • When do I need to involve an engineer?

Sunny Ghataurah

Sunny Ghataurah, President, AES Engineering

Sunny Ghataurah is one of Western Canada’s leading electrical engineers and lighting designers. Before entering the field of electrical engineering and lighting design, he began his career as an electrician. This experience provided him with invaluable insight during the electrical design process. As his diverse skillsets and depth of knowledge are merged with his natural inclination toward and aptitude for technology, he offers a both a rich understanding of the building and infrastructure industry, as well as a sensitivity to design simplicity. He has his fingers on the pulse of the advancing frontiers of technology and innovation, and how they can be leveraged to support sustainable environments for life and work.


Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 205

W24 – Is BIM the Future? How Much Does BIM Cost?

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

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

There is certainly no lack of technology available to architects, engineers, contractors, and developers. We have seen a major push towards BIM (Building Information Modeling) over the last decade, yet many companies are still hesitant to embrace the software. We know technology is advancing at an exponential rate while the cost is declining. But many companies are reluctant to spend money on this sort of technology that has revolutionized so many other industries. The question we need to ask here is why? Is it simply a matter of cost or is it a lack of understanding of the usefulness of BIM technology?

This presentation will touch on the history and theories behind BIM, fast tracking into the future, the presenter will discuss the next steps for the construction industry in relation to BIM. Speaking to specific case study scenarios the presenter will highlight the use of this technology in the support of two major development projects including Parq Vancouver and the Center for Mental Health and Addictions project. The presenter will demonstrate how to maximize the use of BIM in projects of these and similar nature, expanding on how minimize investment and risk.

Xenia Gordienko

Xenia Gordienko, BIM & Project Coordinator, EllisDon Corporation

Ms. Xenia Gordienko is a BIM/Project Coordinator for EllisDon Corporation and is currently working on the Center for Mental Health and Addictions and YVR Core projects. Prior to joining EllisDon, Ms. Gordienko served a major European-based construction company with a focus on creating BIM strategies and developing and implementing BIM standards.

Ms. Gordienko earned a bachelor of architecture and design from the University of Applied Sciences in Stuttgart, Germany and a bachelor of computer science and computer engineering at the State University for Aerospace Technology in St. Petersburg, Russia. She has published two articles on BIM and has been a guest speaker at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland. In November 2016, Ms. Gordienko was honored with the award for the Best Innovation of the Year by the Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) for her work on Parq Resort and Casino, Vancouver.

Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 208/09

W25 – Predictive HVAC Maintenance – Before Your Building Breaks

[Building Performance]

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

A new car today is complex, with traditional mechanical systems in addition to the introduction of tech enabled tools used to enhance the user experience and the cars functioning. Similarly, mechanical systems have changed considerably in the past decade. HVAC service today often requires a complete understanding of complex mechanical systems and building controls.

HVAC service is critical to the health of your building and with proper maintenance, your mechanical equipment will have enhanced performance, reliability and lifespan.

In this seminar, the presenters will discuss troubleshooting techniques such as infrared testing and vibration analysis. The presenters will explore the use of the Internet Of Things (IOT) and other tools such as Building Analytics and machine learning tools as predictive platforms to help elevate the functionality of your HVAC system. The presenters will summarize by illustrating case study examples of good and bad service maintenance.

Henry Leung

Rob Noel

Henry Leung, Service Manager, BC Comfort Air Conditioning Limited
Rob Noel, Service Manager, BC Comfort Air Conditioning Limited 

Henry is currently the Service Manager at BC Comfort Air Conditioning, a mechanical service and construction contractor. Henry has over 15 years working in the construction industry and has a wide variety of experience in commercial, institutional, and light industrial buildings.

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

Rob Noel entered the hvac industry in 1980 with Carrier Air Conditioning in Winnipeg. After a transfer to BC in 1990 he joined BC Comfort in 1994 as Service Manager and became a partner shortly thereafter. His over 35 years of experience in the service industry provides insight in to planned maintenance.

Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 215/16

W26 – Transformative Urban Lighting

[Culture & Community, Green, Health & Wellness, Innovation & Technology]

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

As cities rapidly change, so do the functions of day and night. Today more than half the world population lives in urban spaces and this number keeps increasing rapidly. This demographic change has led to a shift toward urban life after dark, driven by rising 24/7 economies. Streets and exterior public spaces don't serve only to bring pedestrians or vehicles safely from point A to B. They have become the unseen mesh that connects cultures, groups, and individuals together.

Lighting should reinforce urban design so that a city can function after dark just as well as it does by day. The majority of city planners currently focus on their designs for daytime use, with the nighttime function and lighting of building facades, streets, public spaces, transportation, and landscapes often neglected.

This presentation discusses how innovative lighting design approach and strategies would change the night scene of a city. Various case studies from Vancouver and cities around the world will be presented and discussed. The goal is to raise awareness for anyone who is involved in planning private and public spaces to connect the cities with citizens, moving beyond what is implemented in City of Vancouver and thinking about the future of this City at night.

Ellie Niakan

James KM Cheng

Ellie Niakan, B.Interior Architecture, LC, CLD, Associate, Light Studio Lead, Integral
James KM Cheng, Principal, James KM Cheng Architects Inc. 

Internationally recognized for her award-winning lighting design with training in Germany, Associate Ellie Niakan brings over 17 years of experience to Integral Group, where she leads the Integral Light Studio. Through her passion and creativity, Ellie harnesses the power of light to create expressive designs that blend aesthetics and function.

Ellie is the first in Canada to have earned the International Lighting Designer Certification, and is among a select few worldwide that have achieved the distinction of Certified Lighting Designer (CLD). Ellie has led and worked corroboratively on a variety of projects, including cultural, recreational, residential, commercial, healthcare, transportation and urban lighting design. Having worked closely with international architects and designers across the globe, her expansive portfolio includes work from Germany, England, USA and Canada.

With a focus on the human experience, Ellie considers health, wellness, and sustainability as intrinsic elements in developing a harmonious atmosphere expressed through the built environment. She is a sought after speaker and has served on various lighting design panels throughout her career.

James K.M. Cheng's ideas and designs have helped transform Vancouver over the past three decades, and are increasingly influential on high density city-building worldwide. Working with large development companies, city planning departments, citizen's organizations and his own talented staff, James Cheng crafts engaging and generous public spaces that are dignified by the architecturally ambitious housing designed around them.

Cheng's design talents received early recognition by inclusion in a 1972 issue of Architectural Record on 'Young Architects,' a 1973 American Institute of Architects Honor Award, and a 1983 Canadian Governor General's Medal for the Willow Court housing complex in Vancouver's Fairview Slopes.

Working with such developers as Westbank, Aspac, Shape, Concord Pacific and Grand Adex, JKMCA is credited with evolving the combination of small plate residential point towers on townhouse podia that came to be labelled "Vancouverism" by American colleagues, and which is now being imitated around the world. He has served on the City of Vancouver's design panel several times and is a respected commentator on urban design. For his design accomplishments and service to the community, James Cheng was honored with the Order of Canada in 2012.

Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 217

W27 – Building Seismic Resiliency – What are Vancouver’s Upgrade Triggers Trying to Achieve?

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Health & Wellness]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

For some time now the Vancouver Building Bylaw has been pushing Building Owners and Tenants to implement various levels of seismic resiliency improvements ranging from seismic bracing of T-bar ceilings, to full seismic upgrades of existing buildings. For many people, some of these proposed resiliency improvements may seem punishing, but in some respects, the City is acting in the best interests of its citizens.

This session dives into the structural side of this discussion. The presenter will examine the pedestrian levels of S1, S2, and N1, N2 upgrades. As well, they will look at the more serious implications of S3, S4, and N3, N4 upgrades, and discuss how an educated approach can yield a successful project that satisfies client needs while increasing public safety.

Dennis Gam

Dennis Gam, Principal, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. 

As a Senior Project Engineer and Principal at RJC, Dennis specializes in seismic risk mitigation, renovation, and structural repair projects for existing buildings. Honing his practice for the last 23 years.

An effective and reliable team player with a talent for bringing practical solutions to structural engineering problems. Dennis has had extensive experience in the structural design of building projects in an existing building environments. As such, he has guided many clients through structural improvements mandated by Authorities Having Jurisdiction during the permit process.

Typical projects for Dennis and his team range from seismic assessment and upgrade of buildings and building components; to structural design services related to specialty elements, and repair of structural deterioration.

Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 218/19

W28 – A Prescription for Success: Engineering Insights for Medical Marijuana Production Facilities

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

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Responding to growing demand for medicinal marijuana, and in light of the federal legalization of recreational marijuana, both new and experienced producers are rushing to construct high-tech growing facilities to cash in on the cannabis boom.

The presenter, James Furlong of MCW, has been involved in the design of such facilities across Canada, and has found that while there are several similarities in the design approach for most projects, there are a surprising number of decisions that are left to the project team to navigate. Decisions that can be mission-critical.

Regardless of one’s position on legalization, from a mechanical and electrical engineering perspective the buildings present a unique and challenging combination of requirements similar to designing a chef’s professional kitchen, inside an urban farm, inside a hospital, inside a bank.

James Furlong

James Furlong, Partner, MCW Hemisphere Ltd.

James Furlong is Managing Principal for MCW in Southern Alberta. He leads a multidisciplinary team of mechanical, electrical, energy and commissioning professionals. James has a background in mechanical technology and building science. James is an active design consultant on several medical marijuana production facilities. He presently serves as a director of the Alberta Energy Efficiency Alliance, is an industry advisor at SAIT and NAIT, and is a member of the CaGBC Faculty.

Wednesday, February 13 • 1:00pm–1:30pm • Early Bird $20/Regular $30 • TECHCENTRIC

W30 – 3D Printing

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

[ AIBC 0.5 Non-Core LU • BOMI 0.5 CPD • 0.5 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

3D Printing is a rapidly growing industry, which is taking the world by storm. This new wave of technology has the potential to change the way we design and construct buildings, which is motivating the exploration of this application as a tool that can improve project timelines and enhance the built environment. In this presentation, the speaker will highlight the practical application of 3D Printing expanding on the platforms being used present day and the different considerations that need to be taken into account in the adoption of its use.

Kurtis J. McArthur

Kurtis J. McArthur, Journeyman Carpenter, Architectural Technologist, 3D Printing Enthusiast & AEC Tech Lover, Revit Specialist, Brookfield Residential

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]

[ AIBC 3.75 Core LUs • 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.

Lisa Westerhoff

Lisa Westerhoff, Associate, Integral Group

Lisa joined Integral Group’s Research and Planning team after completing her PhD in urban sustainability at UBC. She now brings her expertise in climate change, sustainability and resilience planning to her work with academic, government, and private sector actors. Lisa works at multiple scales on projects ranging from the creation of zero emissions buildings plans, to sustainable neighbourhood and green building post-occupancy evaluations, to the design of city-wide climate and energy strategies.


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] 

[ AIBC 2.25 Non-Core LUs • 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

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.

Wednesday, February 13 • 1:15pm–3:15pm • Early Bird $45/Regular $55 • Room 206/07

W47– Cannabis – Understanding the Consequences of Growing Plants in a Residential Building

[Culture & Community, Leadership & Business Improvement]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1.0 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Elaine McCormack of Wilson McCormack Law Group and Anil Aggarwal of Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP will discuss the potential impact of smoking and growing cannabis in strata lots and rental units and the ways in which strata corporations and landlords can legally address those issues. Strata bylaws and rental tenancy agreements provisions will be addressed, as well as enforcement and how the issues may be dealt with by the Courts, the Human Rights Tribunal and through the Civil Resolution Tribunal.

Elaine T. McCormack

Anil Aggarwal

Elaine T. McCormack, McCormack & Company Law Corporation
Anil Aggarwal, Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP

Anil Aggarwal both summered and completed articles with Alexander Holburn. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in 2005 and his J.D. from the University of British Columbia in 2015.

Anil was called to the bar in May 2016. His practice is litigation based and mainly focuses on strata property matters.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Anil worked as a Border Services Officer (“BSO”) with the Canada Border Services Agency. As a BSO, Anil conducted port of entry examinations to ensure traveller compliance with the Customs Act, Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, Criminal Code and other various Acts of Parliament.



Wednesday, February 13 • 2:00pm–2:30pm • Early Bird $20/Regular $30 • TECHCENTRIC 

W34 – Cryptocurrency, Blockchain & Smart Contracts – Unlocking Payment Potential

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

[ AIBC 0.5 Non-Core LU • BOMI 0.5 CPD • 0.5 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Cryptocurrency and the blockchain that they are built upon is impacting the way we do business - it’s cutting out third party intermediaries, deconstructing global trade barriers, and drastically expediting transaction times. All of this while increasing market transparency.

This seminar will focus on the transformative effects these technologies will have on the construction industry. The speaker will focus on Smart Contracts and how they can help eliminate late payments. Furthermore, the speaker will also explore building an online economy around transacting on, sharing and storing our digital building information.

Kregg Fordyce

Kregg Fordyce, Owner, CEO, Arkilio; President, KFA

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

Wednesday, February 13 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • European Innovations Pavilion 

W35 – From the European Union to North America

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology]

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

This presentation will provide practical insights on how North American builders can embrace and benefit from European Innovations in financially sustainable ways.

Dirk van der Ven

Dirk van der Ven, Chief Innovation and Sustainability Officer, World of Walas

Dirk van der Ven graduated MBA from TSM Business School in 1997 where he studied management of innovation and technology. After TSM he graduated MSC courses at Georgia Tech (Atlanta) in the field of strategic tech marketing. In 2003 Van der Ven founded a company specialized in innovative and sustainable cable management systems for buildings and office spaces. Following the principles of Cradle to Cradle and Lean Start-up innovation his company developed and produced on average of 50 to 60 new innovative products every year. Van der Ven worked along side with Walas before joining the international leadership team of World of Walas in 2012 and becoming Chief Operating Officer in 2016 for the European base. The redevelopment of an 50.000 m2 empty office building Carbon6 and the 1 mega watt solar power project CarbonBlue are key examples of how Van der Ven is committed to sustainable urban development which are driven both, by business and by the Earth Charter.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sally Mills

Megan Bennett

Julie Campbell

Ann Squires Ferguson

Sally Mills, Principal, Kasian

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

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

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

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

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


Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm–3:30pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 205

W36 – Reinventing the Dreaded Budget Process – Prioritizing Your Multi-Year Capital Plan

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

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Attend this presentation to learn about proven strategies for developing consistent and defensible Capital Plans. Speakers will expand on the Integrated Asset Management Framework and how to implement and leverage it for the best outcome of a project. The session will focus in on the how to’s of Multi-Year Capital Planning, and Multivariable Prioritization (MVP). Using real world examples and client experiences, the speakers will demonstrate the benefits of developing functional multi-year capital plans that not only ear-mark capital dollars, but also strategies to identify projects required along the way.

The presenters will also discuss approaches, processes and tools that can be used to increase the effectiveness of capital spending and enhancing the operations of real estate organizations.

William Roth

Alexandre Bouchard

William Roth, Managing Partner, FCAPEX
Alexandre Bouchard, Senior Engineer, FCAPX 

William (Bill) Roth is the Founder and Managing Partner of FCAPX and Roth IAMS. He has nearly 24 year of experience collaborating with owners, managers and stewards of some of North America's largest real estate portfolios. Bill specializes in working with clients to develop, execute and monitor data-driven Integrated Asset Management Plans and Strategies. He is also a frequent speaker on the topics of Asset Management, Capital Planning and Asset Assessment at national and international conferences.

Alex is a professional engineer who has been involved in Facility Condition Assessments and Capital Planning services since the early 2000's. During this time, he has had first hand looks in the nooks and crannies of 100s of buildings throughout Canada, including its three coasts. Alex focuses on marrying the observed condition of buildings and practical approaches to renewal strategies that will fulfill his client's immediate and long-term goals.

Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm–3:30pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 208/09

W37 – Building Controls Strategies to Maximize Energy Efficiency – BCIT’s Advanced Certificate in Building Controls and Energy Management

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

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

The presentation will go into detail on BCIT's new Advanced Certificate in Building Controls and Energy Management (BCEM). The presenter will explore the value that this distance education program holds for industry, in addition to ensuring our buildings operate at maximum efficiency. Expanding on the need for education about controls, building automaton, and energy management as a combined field, the presenter will discuss how industry can take advantage of this new program, either as a practitioner or a building owner or operator.

Kerly Hitchcock

Kerly Hitchcock, Program Head for Sustainable Energy Management & Building Controls, BCIT

Currently Kerly is Program Head for Sustainable Energy Management Advance Certificate (SEMAC) and Building Controls & Energy Management (BCEM) programs for BCIT. The programs she manages are predominantly online and include courses such as building systems. She also manages weekend courses that are primarily focused on energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Kerly is a Registered Professional Engineer with 15 years of engineering work experience in the fields of automotive, alternative energy technologies, environmental consulting, and teaching.

Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm–3:30pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 215/16

W38 – Developing a Contaminated/Greenfield Site

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

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This two-part presentation will start with providing an overview of Developing a Contaminated site, with speakers addressing the challenges that arise from undertaking a task of this nature and solutions available. Speakers will also discuss how to navigate contaminated site regulations and city requirements.

Part two of this presentation will go into the ins and outs of developing a greenfield site, expanding on setbacks from water courses, environmental impact assessments, species at risk, and habitat assessment.

Kevin Wong

Jamie Slogan

Kevin Wong, Department Head, Contaminated Sites, Keystone Environmental
Jamie Slogan, Department Head, Biological Services, Keystone Environmental

Mr. Kevin Wong is the Department Head for Keystone Environmental Ltd.’s Contaminated Sites team. Mr. Wong has over 12 years of experience and provides senior level expertise and project management for the performance of detailed site investigations, remediation planning and design, human health and ecological risk assessments, and acquisition due diligence assessment. He also assists clients in negotiations with local and provincial regulators and approving agencies, and provides second opinion services.

Mr. Kevin Wong graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Environmental Engineering in 2004. From 2004 to 2008, Mr. Wong has been involved investigative and remediation projects including field supervision (during test pitting, borehole drilling/monitoring well installation, underground storage tank removals, remedial excavations, and the installation of barrier wall remediation systems), the collection and selection of soil and groundwater samples for laboratory analysis, and the interpretation of data and analytical results.

Since 2008, Mr. Wong has held a variety of progressively senior positions in the environmental engineering consulting industry, culminating in project management roles and management of the contaminated sites department. During this period, he designed contaminated sites investigations and remediation plans.

In 2015, Mr. Wong was appointed to the Roster of Approved Professional under the provisions of the BC Environment Management Act in the capacity of a Standards Assessment Specialist.

Dr. Jamie Slogan manages a small group of biologists at Keystone Environmental that pride themselves on providing practical, knowledge-based solutions to a diverse array of environmental problems. Jamie has extensive experience and training as a senior marine, fisheries and vegetation ecologist with over 17 years of experience, including 12 years as an environmental consultant in Vancouver. Jamie has worked throughout BC, Yukon, NWT, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba leading environmental assessments and habitat restoration projects for government, port, mining, transportation, and infrastructure development projects. In addition to leading his team at Keystone, Dr. Jamie Slogan instructs courses in Ecological Restoration and supervises graduate students at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT).

Dr. Jamie Slogan completed his Ph.D. in marine restoration ecology in 2015 and for the past 10 years has led and designed numerous small and large-scale offsetting projects including Roberts Bank Terminal 2, the largest marine and estuarine environmental assessment and offsetting program ever undertaken in Canada. This work included managing the first ever use of an ecosystem model to account for potential changes to productivity to a RAMSAR designated estuary as part of an environmental assessment. Jamie prides himself on finding the most efficient and feasible approach by using innovative methods to solve the many complex issues that present themselves during environmental assessments and offsetting projects.

Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Room 217

W39 – Blockchain Buildings: Disruptive Innovation in Real Estate Investment, Carbon Finance, and Data Security

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

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1.5 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

If you're not up to speed on the disruptive innovation of blockchain, you need to be. Expected to reach $20 billion USD in 2024, the global blockchain market is poised to revolutionize the world economy and create a platform for truth and trust. At this session learn from expert panelists on how blockchain is already being applied in real estate investments, energy and carbon finance, and data security, as well as where it is heading over the next 5–10 years.

Donovan Woollard

Michael Moll

Joseph Pallant

Eric Rae

Donovan Woollard, CEO, OPEN

Michael Moll, Chief Product Officer + Co-Founder, REITIUM Blockchain Technologies
Joseph Pallant, Director of Climate Innovation, Ecotrust Canada
Eric Rae, Senior Manager, Technology Risk Consulting, KPMG LLP

Donovan is CEO of OPEN, a social venture that creates innovative software solutions to enhance the energy performance of buildings. Previously he spent five years as Co-Director of RADIUS, a social innovation hub and venture incubator at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, where he is now an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Advisor. Donovan cut his entrepreneurial teeth over four years as COO of Offsetters (Nature Bank), Canada’s leading carbon offset and carbon management firm. He is also founder of Transom Enterprises, which launches, grows, and sells sustainability-oriented businesses.

Dedicated to educating millennials, the unbanked and investors on the power of smart contracts, Michael sees tremendous possibility and growth potential in worldwide real estate investing through the use of blockchain tech. Michael has created and launched 3 successful startups in the last decade. In 2017 he was hand-selected to pitch one of his apps on the Canadian startup TV series, Dragon’s Den. He grew up in Kenya and was awarded a full scholarship to study in Canada at University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

Joseph designs and implements innovative, market-based approaches to addressing climate change. He founded the Blockchain for Climate Foundation to “put the Paris Agreement on the blockchain,” connecting the national carbon accounts of the world, enabling climate collaboration across borders. Building first-of climate projects in forestry, fuel switching and transportation since 2004, Joseph provides project development expertise and strategic direction across private, public and NGO endeavours. A 2019 “Canada’s Clean50” award winner, his work, insight and advocacy continue to shape the growth of Canada’s low-carbon economy.

Eric is a Senior Manager in the Technology Risk group at KPMG and leads the Vancouver Cyber Security Services sub-group. Eric is also a member of the KPMG Emerging Technologies group. Over the past several years he has been advising, designing, and assessing various solutions as well as supporting the KPMG financial audit teams across Canada as they engaged with Blockchain organizations and crypto asset funds. He is also a frequent speaker at various Blockchain and cryptocurrency events.


Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm–3:30pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • PerformEX Stage

W41 – Residential and Commercial Solar Power Solutions

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Green, Innovation & Technology] 

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

Solar Power technology is at the point that more and more home and business owners are integrating it into their properties. At the moment solar panels are commonly used, however solar shingles and other innovative products are on the horizon.

In this seminar the presenters will cover topics including, but not limited to: financial benefits, comparisons with other renewable energy sources, environmental benefits, design considerations, project aspects, and engineering considerations.

Brad Gordon

Aaron Hopkins

Brad Gordon, President, Rikur Energy
Aaron Hopkins, Sales and Design, Rikur Energy 

With over 20 years' experience in the construction industry, Brad offers an extensive background of project procurement in industries from agriculture, electrical distribution to commercial construction. Brad is a NABCEP certified professional with a thirst for ongoing education in the renewable field

Aaron grew up in Vancouver, BC. Straight after college at BCIT Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma went to work on Cruise ships in Engineering department. Met wife working on Royal Caribbean Radiance of the Seas and went to work together on superyachts. Notable places worked at private island resorts Over Yonder Cay and Fowl Cay in the Exuma Islands, Bahamas. Also worked on Eric Schmidt research vessel RV Falkor for Schmidt Ocean Institute.


Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Passive House Learning Lab

W42 – The Resiliency of Highly Insulated, Airtight Buildings in a Changing Climate

[Building Performance, Culture & Community, Health & Wellness]

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

When monitoring homes after a full power outage in cold northern climates, it was found that residences commonly built in the 1980’s only retained their heat for one day, for newer builds this was sometimes up to two days, but for a Passive House heat retention remained for up to one week.

This session examines the Passive House standard as a method for maintaining resilience not only during power outages in cold northern climates but for thermal performance in general. In this presentation the presenters will show the calculation for a variety of scenarios, considering different thermal performance levels and weather scenarios. The results will demonstrate the resiliency of highly insulated, airtight buildings in very cold climates.

Jeanie Chan

Andrea Frisque

Jeanie Chan, Building Performance Engineer, Stantec
Andrea Frisque, Associate, Senior Building Performance Engineer, Stantec

Jeanie is a Building Performance Engineer at Stantec. She has extensive experience in building performance simulations.

Dr. Frisque 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 for 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 performance goals. Dr. Frisque was a founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute (CanPHI) and is a Certified Passive House Designer; has experience with Passive House, zero and net-positive energy, and zero carbon designs and certifications.


Wednesday, February 13 • 2:30pm-4:00pm • Early Bird $50/Regular $60 • Room 218/19

W48 – Exploring Practical & Durable Building Envelope Solutions Through Interactive Learning

[Building Performance]

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

Construction practices and installation methods play an important role on the overall performance of above grade walls, windows, roofs, balconies, below grade assemblies, etc. Therefore, the selection of the construction practice/installation method would demand careful consideration. Failing to do so can lead to the risk of rain penetration, ground water ingress, condensation, energy loss, compromised thermal comfort, and reduction of durability.

Using an interactive format, this presentation highlights various examples pertaining to building envelope detailing and construction practices from several Part 9 and Part 3 buildings (wood, steel, concrete framed) in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Through brainstorming sessions, participants will explore problems associated with each example, and will collectively come up with practical and durable solutions. The presentation will be supported by physical samples of building envelope products/systems, 3D drawings, and photos.

Examples to be covered:

  • Thermal bridging and thermal break
  • Window/door installation in exterior insulated walls
  • Air barrier approaches
  • Aged buildings, and associated considerations during rehabilitation
  • Moisture management considerations of highly interior-insulated walls
  • Spray foam in deck/roof and long-term considerations

Hamid Heidarali

Hamid Heidarali, Building Science Consultant, HDB

Hamid Heidarali has a strong passion for high performance and 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 projects in Canada over the past 15 years. He enjoys sharing his experience with others and to that note, 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 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 HDB, a Building Science consulting firm, offering services with the focus on improving energy efficiency, moisture management, durability, and thermal comfort.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Eric Corey Freed

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

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

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

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



Wednesday, February 13 • 3:00pm–3:30pm • Early Bird $20/Regular $30 • TECHCENTRIC

W44 – The Future of Mobility Technology, Electric Vehicles and Associated City Infrastructure

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

[ AIBC 0.5 Non-Core LU • BOMI 0.5 CPD • 0.5 General Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Cars are set to change more in the next couple of decades than they have since their inception. New technologies in mobility will not only impact the automotive industry but will alter the way we design and construct the urban and built environment. Attend this chat for an update on the mobility technologies that are available present day, in addition to advancements coming down the pipe that will have transformative effects on the way we design infrastructure for the urban and built environment.

Rafaël A. Van Coppenolle

Rafaël A. Van Coppenolle, Product Line Manager, Flo

Rafaël Van Coppenolle has been part of the AddEnergie team for the last four years. As Product Line Manager, Mr. Coppenolle manages the commercial segment development of both electric vehicles’ (EV) charging station solutions and products. His experience, combined with creative and innovative approach, have been key in the conception and development of new products, and successful market entry of commercial charging solutions. In addition to this role, Mr. Van Coppenolle is responsible for managing third-party network customers, as well as providing all technical documentation and training to the sales team. He also focuses on establishing, developing and maintain key partnerships with various stakeholders. He is also the lead in identifying customer needs and defining product requirements, in collaboration with engineering, to offer the best products on the market.

Rafaël Van Coppenolle holds an MBA and a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Relations from Laval University (Canada).

Wednesday, February 13 • 4:00pm–5:00pm • Early Bird $40/Regular $50 • Room 220/22

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

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

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

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

Linda Nazareth

Linda Nazareth, Economist, Futurist and Author

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

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

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

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

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