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Seminar Streams:

  • Building Code & Envelope Solutions
  • Building Performance & Energy Efficiency
  • Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management
  • New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials
  • Professional & Personal Skills Development
  • Project Planning, Management & Best Practices
  • Health & Wellness
  • Facility Management & Building Maintenance
  • Property Management

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–9:30am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 206

W01: Concrete Solutions for High Performance Buildings [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

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

This session outlines how the marriage of reinforced concrete and Insulating Concrete Forms will meet and exceed emerging energy codes while containing costs on the jobsite. New ICF forming products for suspended floors and roofs will be introduced, that expand on the capacity that these tools present to residential builders in creating highly resilient and energy efficient single and multi-family buildings.

The speaker will also expand on how to add disaster-resistant construction to your product offerings, ranging from safe-rooms to multi-story residential buildings, all with the capacity to attain “Net-zero energy” levels of energy efficiency.

Douglas Bennion

Douglas Bennion, Manager, Training and Technical Services Department, Quad-Lock Building Systems Ltd.

With his ICF construction, testing and training experience, Douglas Bennion demonstrates both the tried and true techniques and the latest developments in ICFs to builders around the world. He brings with him:

  • 1975 graduate of Western Washington University, followed by more than 30 years of experience in concrete construction
  • Douglas currently manages the Quad-Lock Building Systems, Ltd. Training and Technical Services Dept., and holds the position of Senior Training Consultant.
  • He has conducted hundreds of classroom and on-site trainings with builders. Douglas has been a featured speaker at concrete industry forums, and teaches accredited continuing education courses to architects and engineers.
  • When not training, Douglas works on product development, and oversees testing and evaluation by building code agencies.
  • He has been appointed to two national committees who consult with national code agencies and make suggestions -for code revisions regarding ICFs.
  • In 2009, Douglas was awarded status as an “Accredited Green Roof Professional” from the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities organization in Toronto, ON.
  • Has written numerous technical bulletins for use by ICF installers, architects, and engineers. Much of his work appears in the Quad-Lock Product Manual, and he is featured on the Quad-Lock training video.
  • Douglas currently chairs a collaborative research effort sponsored by 8 ICF manufacturers and the Ready-Mixed Concrete Industry in support of emerging building codes in Canada and the USA.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–10:00am • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 208/209

W03: Introduction to High Performance – Passive House Buildings [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

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

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.

Rob Bernhardt
Eesmyal Santos-Brault

Rob Bernhardt, Bernhardt Contracting Ltd.
Eesmyal Santos-Brault, Open Green Building Society

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As developers and Certified Passive House Consultants Rob & Mark Bernhardt develop, design and sell Passive House buildings in southwestern BC. Rob was the Passive House consultant for the first certified Passive House on Vancouver Island, a two family residence he has lived in since 2013. Rob & Mark then developed the first market strata Passive House building in Canada, selling six Victoria, BC units to strong demand. Their next development projects are two market duplex buildings, one of which is targeting Passive House Plus certification. Bernhardt Contracting is the Passive House Consultant for the first Passive House fire hall in Canada, currently being designed for the City of Vancouver and have consulted on other single and multifamily Passive House projects. Rob also works with Passive House Canada’s members, governments and industry organizations to make high performance buildings the norm.

Each high performance project is a learning experience, particularly early projects. Rob Bernhardt will outline the major design & construction lessons learned on a series of projects in southwestern BC. He also provides a developer’s perspective on the economics of Passive House buildings. The financial picture includes marketing considerations along with an outline the emerging policy initiatives incentivizing such projects and municipal responses to development applications. The pattern of market development the Bernhardt’s have experienced on Vancouver Island is typical of the market growth seen in other jurisdictions. After the first few early projects, multiple projects of various types and sizes are introduced to the market, with a growing number of buyers looking for the quality and comfort such buildings provide.

Eesmyal Santos-Brault is a social entrepreneur with a background in engineering, creativity, and sustainability.  He has co-founded and continues to serve as director of six social enterprises that focus on web and mobile applications, green buildings, education, co-working, and civic engagement. Some of these include The HiVE, Design Nerds, and Open Green Building Society (OGBS).  Of note, OGBS is in the process of building several free web applications that will serve the Passive House community.

Eesmyal earns a living as a green building expert and CEO of Recollective, a B-Corp certified multi-disciplinary green building consulting firm he co-founded in 2006. As a Certified Passive House Consultant, and former board member of the earliest green building organization who brought us LEED and the Living Building Challenge, Eesmyal is working hard to make Passive House mainstream.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–12:30pm • CaGBC Members $135; Non-CaGBC Members EB $140/REG $160 • ROOM 224

W04: LEED v4 Rating System [Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Professional & Personal Skills Development, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 4 Core LUs • 3.5 BGCI Ce Hours (General or LEED-specific for any specialty) • 3.5 BOMI CPDs ]

In this half day workshop, you’ll gain a solid grasp of LEED v4 changes and the positive impact this will have on current green building practices in Canada. As a result, you’ll be able to communicate effectively to colleagues and clients about some of the major high-level changes occurring in LEED v4.

Course Highlights

  • This half day course introduces the LEED v4 rating system, and discusses its flexibility and applicability to an expanded range of building types.
  • Participants will explore common themes in the new rating system, synergies within the system, the integrative process, and the role of performance.
    • The new Integrative Process credit is introduced, detailing some of the strategies for earning the credit.
    • The enhanced LEED v4 system goals and their on LEED point allocation are covered.
    • Course attendees will have the opportunity to network and work in small groups to reinforce the learning experience.

Please note that this course is not a technical review course. Canadian participants will learn how LEED v4 is being adapted for use in Canada through the current development of Alternative Compliance Paths (ACPs). Note: ACPs are talked about in general, but the course itself does not go into detail regarding specific Canadian ACPs.

For further information on this seminar and the CaGBC, please click here.

Jason Packer

Jason Packer, Dip. Tech, LEED AP BD+C, CPHC, Associate, Senior Green Building Strategist, Recollective Consulting Inc.

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Jason has over fifteen years of experience in building design and construction. With an education background focusing on environmental economics and building science to work and experience in the building trades, he started a green renovation business that evolved to include delivering energy efficiency education and advising on green building policy. In his eight plus years at Recollective Consulting, Jason has successfully managed commercial, residential, institutional, educational and recreational green building projects including Vancouver’s Olympic Village and the Okanagan College Centre of Excellence, awarded LEED Platinum and targeting the Living Building Challenge.

Jason has supported and volunteered with a number of organizations including the Sustainable Building Centre, Green Bricks Education Society, Connecting Environmental Professionals and the BC Sustainable Energy Association working to promote renewable sources of energy.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–9:30am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 212

W05: Acoustic Design for Health and Wellness in Office, School and Healthcare Facilities [Health & Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

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

Architectural trends, especially in sustainable buildings, are resulting in larger open spaces, fewer walls, an abundance of glass and as a result, noise problems. Noise in our buildings affects us physically, mentally and behaviorally. It can increase heart rate, respiration rate and muscle tension. It can cause aggressiveness and impatience and impede comprehension and problem solving. The impact of noise on health and wellness relates directly to productivity, effectiveness and finances. Studies show that 90% of an organization’s operating costs are related to their staff and that those people spend 62% of their time needing a quiet environment. Building occupancy surveys show that greatest dissatisfaction is with noise levels and lack of sound privacy.

An increasing number of standards, design guidelines and building rating systems now have acoustics sections, and the performance criteria within them are becoming more stringent. Higher noise reduction ratings as well as higher levels of sound isolation and privacy are being required. This seminar will provide a straightforward summary of the acoustical requirements in the standards and guidelines for offices, schools and healthcare facilities. Specific acoustic design strategies using interior walls and barriers, suspended ceilings and modular islands and baffles will be provided. Designers, contractors and building owners will be able to create interior spaces that promote health and wellness, comply with the more stringent acoustic criteria in the standards and guidelines and follow current architectural trends.

Dr. Gary Madaras

Dr. Gary Madaras, Acoustics Specialist, ROCKFON

With over twenty years of experience and graduate degrees in Acoustics (Ph.D.), Architecture (M.Arch.) and Business (M.B.A.), Dr. Madaras brings a broad skill set to any auditory challenge. His career in acoustics has included work with some of the premier consultancies in the United States as well as some of the most respected manufacturers of acoustical products. Dr. Madaras has served in a variety of roles including technical consulting, teaching, research and product innovation.

Dr. Madaras’ technical work in acoustics has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Canadian Facility Management & Design, Medical Construction and Design, Sound & Vibration, Architecture, Progressive Architecture and World Book’s Science Year. It has also earned the Robert B. Newman Award for Merit in Architectural Acoustics and a research award from the Institute of Noise Control Engineering. Dr. Madaras is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects, a full member of the Acoustical Society of America, a member of the Institute of Noise Control Engineering and a member of the Canadian Acoustical Association. Dr. Madaras speaks regularly at a variety of professional conferences and trade shows such as Construct Canada in Toronto, ARCHIDEX in Kula Lumpur and INTEX Expo in New Orleans.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–9:30am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 215

W06: M&A and the Changing Landscape of the Construction Sector in Western Canada [Legal Regulatory & Risk Management, Professional & Personal Skills Development, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management]

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

This presentation will provide attendees with an understanding of the strategic and economic rationale behind the M&A activity in the Western Canada construction sector. The presentation will go on to describe the objectives of M&A from an owner’s perspective including such benefits as:  liquidity for owners, enhanced strategic positioning, and better access to growth opportunities.

The role of private equity investment in the Western Canada construction sector will be highlighted and the presenter will address such questions as: why an owner would seek an investment by private equity, what are the implications for the owner of private equity investment, and what sorts of businesses are most attractive to private equity.

The presenter will provide tactical first-hand knowledge through profiling merger and acquisition case studies that have occurred in Western Canada and also an overview of US and European investment in Western Canada Construction sector, providing context around why these firms have established a presence in British Columbia.

This presentation will conclude with a brief overview of valuing a construction business that should provide owners some perspective on the value of their own business.

Ian MacKay

Ian MacKay, Managing Director, Raymond James

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, for 20 years, Ian MacKay has been actively involved in in key financings, mergers and acquisitions in the construction and engineering, industrial and forest products sectors across Canada.

Transaction experience includes the $320 million sale of North American Energy Partners’ Piling Division to Keller Group, the $68 million investment in Clark Builders by Turner Construction, the $390 million sale of Seacliff Construction to The Churchill Corporation, the $100 million IPO of Seacliff Construction, the $150 million IPO of Lockerbie & Hole, the $155 million sale of Steeplejack to The Brock Group, four separate equity sale transactions for Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers totaling $500 million, three separate equity financings for WSP Global as the co-lead underwriter totaling $950 million, the $125 million sale of Anthony Forest Products to Canfor, the $115 million sale of Primex Forest Products to Interfor, the $660 million purchase and restructuring of TimberWest, and the $850 million purchase of Pacifica Papers.

Ian has a degree in Commerce and Business Administration from the University of British Columbia. He holds the Chartered Accountant (CA) and Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) designations.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–9:30am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 216

W07: Developing a Contaminated Site – What You Need to Know [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Health & Wellness, Property Management]

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

This presentation will provide a 101 on developing contaminated sites, expanding on Phase 1 ESA, Phase 2 ESA, potential and common contaminants, in addition to providing an overview of the regional landscape by highlighting scenarios that occur across the lower mainland and around BC. This presentation will also explain how to determine Environmental Liability.

Expanding on the process of Developing a Contaminated Site in BC, the presenter will provide information around regulatory requirements and ministry tools that come into play. The presenter will summarize with a regulatory update providing context around the proposed changes to the Contaminated Sites Regulations that will occur November 2017.

Raminder Grewal
Kevin Wong

Raminder Grewal, President, Keystone Environmental
Kevin Wong, Department Head, Contaminated Sites, Keystone Environmental

Raminder Grewal, P.Eng., Approved Professional, President. Raminder brings over 18 years of environmental experience and provides senior level expertise, project management and cost control 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, provincial and federal regulators and approving agencies, conducts public information meetings and provides expert and second opinion services.

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. Wong graduated from the University of Waterloo with a degree in Environmental Engineering in 2004.   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.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–9:30am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 218/219

W08: Capital Project Controls | Risk Management in Construction and Real Estate [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Professional & Personal Skills Development, Project Planning, Management & Best Practice, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

Effective owner oversight is a critical driver in the execution of successful capital projects.

The size and complexity of major construction projects has always presented a challenge for project managers in terms of balancing cost, quality and schedule.

With the evolution of contracts and new approaches to major capital project management, there is now additional risk to project owners that they may assume greater responsibility.

Capital project controls create an oversight framework that will reduce risk by increasing transparency, accountability and value for money.

Attend this panel presentation and learn how to reduce risk and prevent, deter and detect cost overruns that can happen during the course of a capital project life cycle. The panel will discuss the following matters:

  • Enterprise Risk Management (ERM)
  • Fraud risk within construction and development
  • Contract “leakage” – unintentional errors and overpayments
  • Availability of debt or equity funding
  • Fluctuations in the local or national economy
  • Housing market “bubbles”
  • Litigation risk
  • Reputation risk resulting from poor project delivery
Doug Bastin
Kristina Davies
Derek Strong
Shane Troyer
David Waldref

Doug Bastin, Partner, Advisory Services, Construction & Real Estate Practice Leader, Grant Thornton LLP

Kristina Davies, Litigation Associate, Koffman Kalef LLP
Derek Strong, Regional Director, Roynat Capital
Shane Troyer, Partner, Advisory Services, Grant Thornton LLP
David Waldref, Vice President, Finance, Wesgroup

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As a management consultant specializing in all aspects of the real estate industry, Doug Bastin has been with Grant Thornton and its predecessor firms since 1985. Doug conducts strategy and operational improvement assignments, including: feasibility studies, economic impact assessments, operational reviews, appraisals/valuations, real estate purchase investigations, strategic plans, and business plans. A Certified Management Consultant, Doug received his BA in Commerce and Economics from Simon Fraser University. Doug is a frequent speaker at hotel and real estate industry association events and conferences, with presentations on:

  • The Impact of Strata Hotel Development.
  • A Review of Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) Financing
  • The Financial Feasibility of a Development Project

Kristina Davies is a member of the Litigation & Dispute Resolution practice group at the law firm, Koffman Kalef LLP.  Kristina practices exclusively commercial litigation with an emphasis in prosecuting and defending construction claims. She is experienced in claims arising from non -payment, Builders Liens, delays, insurance coverage issues, deficiencies, extra work, design and construction defects. She is adept at handling disputes involving multiple parties with conflicting interests. Kristina also focuses on alternatives to litigation including dispute resolution processes such as negotiation, mediation and arbitration when they are best suited to achieving a favourable outcome for her clients. Her clients include real estate owners, developers, contractors, construction managers, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals.

Derek Strong is a 25 year veteran of the Pacific Northwest financial community, having spent the last 22 years with Roynat Capital, one of the largest providers of long term capital in Canada with over $3 Billion in assets. Derek’s current role with Roynat is directing their Pacific Northwest and Southern Alberta operations which include a $700 Million portfolio of mid-market manufacturing/service and distribution companies with loans in the $1-$50MM range. In his career with Roynat, Derek has been involved as a provider of Construction and Take Out financing on numerous Industrial and Hospitality projects of various sizes and industries in the US and Canada.

Roynat Capital is a financial partner that provides flexible capital solutions to mid-sized businesses facing today’s challenges and opportunities. We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of The Bank of Nova Scotia and exist to bring a fresh perspective to financing. We can provide creative financing solutions tailored to your priorities, to assist with situations such as real estate financing, expansion, acquisitions and buyouts.

Shane Troyer leads Grant Thornton’s Business Risk Services Practice in Western Canada and brings 18 years’ experience in the delivery of risk management, internal audit, and advisory services initiatives.

He is a specialist in the design and implementation of control compliance, operational internal audit, anti-fraud and anti-corruption programs and has advised numerous publicly accountable organizations in this regard including public companies listed on the NYSE, NASDAQ, and TSX. Shane is frequently asked to present to industry and professional associations on risk management and internal control related topics. Shane is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified Internal Auditor and an Information System Security Professional.

David Waldref joined Wesgroup in 2010 as Vice President, Real Estate Lending for Wesgroup Capital LP. In 2012 his duties expanded to include Vice President, Finance at Wesgroup Properties LP. Prior to joining Wesgroup, David spent 10 years with RBC’s Real Estate lending group — managing banking relationships of top tier Real Estate developers and owners; including some of Canada’s largest privately held and publicly traded real estate enterprises. David is currently responsible for managing the capital requirements of the business. Those duties include overseeing Wesgroup’s banking relationships, debt and cash flow as well as Wesgroup Capital LP’s loan portfolio. David is a CFA charter holder with a BBA in Finance and Economics from Simon Fraser University.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–9:30am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 217

W09: BIM Makes the World Go Around: Takeaways from International BIM Communities [New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

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

BIM is an international phenomenon. This talk will look at how organizations in 5 countries around the world have been implementing BIM. The purpose of the session is to provide insight into international approaches, with a practical take away from each organization. 5 organizations, 5 countries, similar challenges with different solutions – an exciting sampler of the many ways to think about BIM. This is a unique opportunity for Autodesk University participants to learn about the experiences of their international colleagues, hear about innovative strategies, and walk away with practical solutions they can apply to their own organizations.

Anne Carpenter

Anne Carpenter, Major Account Executive, Global eTraining

Anne Carpenter’s focus on listening and understanding a client’s current and future needs provides a clear vision of solution management, and her commitment to meeting those needs underlines her ability to manage challenges for the best results. A winner of the Dale Carnegie Human Relations Award, Anne’s wealth of experience in communication, conflict management, and leadership gained in theatre, hospitality, and sales has resulted in mastery of balancing needs that may at first appear to be in opposition.

A strong BIM training advocate, Anne challenges the ‘as-is’, paints a clear picture of ‘what could be’ and then partners with both industry leaders and the people on the front lines to build the right roadmap to get organizations where they want to go efficiently, staying with them each step of the way. Anne’s easy communication and genuine interest in the challenges you face will set you at ease as she journeys with you to provide the best solutions for you and your organization.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:00am–9:50am • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 210

W10: Legal Update for Strata Managers [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

New Cases; amendments to the Strata Property Act; how does a strata manager stay up to date? By taking this year’s Legal Update. 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

Adrienne Murray

Adrienne Murray, Associate Counsel, Hammerberg Lawyers LLP

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Presented by


Adrienne has practiced strata law since leaving the provincial government in 2002. She provides advice to strata corporations and owners regarding a wide range of strata issues including bylaw drafting and enforcement, governance disputes and strata fee collections.

She was the former Deputy Superintendent of Real Estate for British Columbia and assisted with the drafting of the Strata Property Act. She continues to provide input on legislative amendments that impact strata corporations and strata management companies. Adrienne has been actively involved in the development and presentation of seminars to the legal community, real estate industry, strata management industry and strata owners since leaving government in 2002. She co-chaired the Strata Property update courses for the Continuing Legal Education society in 2006, 2011 and 2013 and assisted with the development and updating of two courses related to the Strata Property Act offered by the British Columbia Real Estate Association. Adrienne has prepared and presented courses to strata managers on behalf of the Real Estate Council of B.C., PAMA, and is a regular presenter for the Condominium Homeowners Association.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 8:30am–10:30am • EB $55/REG $65 • ROOM 223  SOLD OUT

W11: The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiation  SOLD OUT [Professional & Personal Skills Development, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 2 Non-Core LUs • BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 2 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Let the games begin! Buyers will always try to get as much as they can for the dollar — but you can’t deliver quality products and services if you give up too much in the negotiating game. It is in both your best interest and your buyer’s that you master the art of negotiating. Negotiating is something that many people dread. In this seminar we’ll explore the 12 Gambits Buyers Use and how to avoid “The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiating.”

The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiating:

  • Failing to Recognize and Deal Effectively with a Player
  • Weak Pre-Negotiation Positioning
  • Making Unilateral Concessions
  • Talking Too Much
  • Losing Control of Your Emotions
  • Entering into a Negotiation Unprepared
  • Thinking that Money is the Real Issue
Randy Hnatko

Randy Hnatko, President & CEO, Trainwest | Sandler Training

Randy Hnatko is President of Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc., a Sales and Management Training and Consulting organization powered by Sandler Training. Randy has over 33 year’s senior business experience, and is a Trainer, Speaker, Author and Consultant to domestic and international companies.

He is the Official Sales Trainer of The Vancouver Canucks & The PGA of BC and is a multiple award winner in the Sandler organization, being awarded the Canadian Franchisee of the Year eight (8) times from 2006-2014.

Randy Hnatko believes national culture influences how individuals make decisions and interpret their roles. Differences between cultures create important opportunities for growth and development, but can also cause serious problems if they are not understood.

With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Commerce, and a Masters of Business Administration with specialties in International Business, International Management and Culture, Randy Hnatko is extremely knowledgeable in a number of fields.

His company Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc. has trained many organizations ranging from small/medium sized companies and up to Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, BMO, Starbucks Canada, The Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Giants, Bell Media, PGA of BC and Group Health Globe.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:30am • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 206

W12: WELL – Areas to Focus on in the New Standard [Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Health & Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1 Hour HSW IDCEC Approved ]

The new WELL Building Standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying, and monitoring features of the built environment that impact the health and well-being of the people who occupy and engage with these buildings. WELL focuses on seven categories of building performance: air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. Within each of these categories are many ‘preconditions’ and ‘optimizations’ that have not been seen before in a third-party certification program and many will be challenging to achieve. This session will provide an overview of how WELL works and review the more challenging preconditions and optimizations, identifying and expanding on strategies to achieve them.

Melanie Ross

Melanie Ross, Project Manager – Business Innovation, 3 Point Environmental

As an integral part of the sustainable building project management team at 3 Point Environmental, Melanie Ross supports a wide range of projects ranging from LEED, WELL 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 nine years of experience with recognized architecture, planning and engineering firms in Calgary and Toronto has brought her a deeper understanding of the industry and a respect for various stakeholder viewpoints. Her work as a CaGBC Review Team member and Education Faculty member gives her further insight into the strategic and technical nuances of LEED projects. With applied experience in marketing and communications, Melanie drives her teams to embrace an integrated design process in order to deliver on the clients’ needs.

Melanie was recently appointed to the WELL Building Standard teaching faculty and to the WELL Taskforce, identifying the challenges for Canadian market adoption of the standard. She was also recently elected as a Director to the AB Chapter of the CaGBC.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:30am • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 207

W13: The Silent Killer – Protecting Building Occupants Against Radon [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Health & Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

Radon is a gas that is present in many areas around British Columbia and across Canada. In this presentation attendees will learn about the science of Radon and the various considerations that should be taken into account when ensuring the health of building occupants. Explaining how Radon enters a buildings structure, the speaker will expand on the health risks associated with its presence. The speaker will provide a summary of building code and legislative changes impacting the way we deal with Radon in buildings.

Participants in this session will learn about detection and measurement options, mitigation choices, and performance and prescriptive solutions. Radon mapping also will be presented showing areas significantly affected by the gas in BC and Canada.

David Inness

David Inness, Director of Sales, Radon Environmental Management Corporation

David is a bilingual senior sales executive with over 25 years’ experience building international businesses from the ground up by establishing and executing well planned initiatives. He has a proven record of establishing and managing sales and customer service networks with a focus on profitability resulting in rapid sales growth for new technology products in North America. David has spent most of his career in construction and construction related industries. He is a C-NRPP-certified professional in both the measurement and mitigation of radon.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:30am–12:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 208/209

W14: Passive House – Driving the Market Towards High Performance [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

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

How far has the building industry really come in its adoption of sustainability over the years? What are some of the recent developments in energy efficiency standards and regulations helping to drive the market towards high performance? What requirements, approvals, and benefits are there for developers opting to build cleaner and more energy-efficient structures?

Chris Higgins
Dave Ramslie

Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner, City of Vancouver
Dave Ramslie, Principal, Integral Group LLC

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Chris Higgins works with the City of Vancouver as a Green Building Planner and his work is focused on making energy efficient building codes that help to achieve Vancouver’s 100% renewable goal. Chris also works on reducing greenhouse gas emissions through rezoning policy for new buildings and creating incentives for existing homes. Prior to working with the city, Chris worked with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC) ( Chris helped develop the Canadian standard, launch a national network of service organizations and when he departed the LEED Canada for Homes program had thousands of Certified homes.

Prior to working with the CaGBC Chris was the New Store Planning and Project Manager for Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC). At MEC he managed and assisted in the construction, operation, maintenance, and renovation of MEC’s green building stock for a number of years.

Chris grew up in Newfoundland before moving to British Columbia where he has resided for the last 16 years. Chris has a keen interest in how the built environment affects the natural environment and enjoys exploring this through his work.

Dave Ramslie is a Principal with the Integral Group LLC and Director of Planning Research, & Sustainability. Dave is an urban planner by training, and his area of focus is on resiliency, energy policy and urban sustainable development. His work has won numerous international awards and last year he was recognized by the NRDC as one of 9 global leaders fighting climate change in cities. Recent projects include developing the City of Vancouver’s Zero Emissions Buildings Plan, leading the technical development of the Energy “Stretch Code” for British Columbia, and the next generation of the Toronto Green Standard.

“As the climate and energy planning and policy environment has matured over the past 5 years, we have seen a shift to a more metrics and building science based approach to energy conservation. Many jurisdictions are now using Passive House and its underlying metrics as a basis for next generation building codes and energy efficiency policies. Find out how different energy targets manifest themselves in different environments across Canada, and what the approximate costs and savings are for achieving passive house levels of performance in different building types.

This session will summarize recent research and costing analysis work done on behalf of the City of Vancouver, the City of Toronto, and the Province of BC to look at what the tradeoffs are for building high-rise passive house performance buildings. The session will also look at which jurisdictions across Canada are contemplating moves to Passive House style regulations and policy development.”

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:10am–12:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 210  SOLD OUT

W15: AIRBNB/Short Term Rentals in Strata and Rental Buildings  SOLD OUT [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

As the prevalence of short term rentals increase, more and more strata corporations want to ban them. The City of Vancouver has studied the issue and are considering whether to permit limited short term rentals. This seminar will discuss the City of Vancouver’s proposals, current trends in strata corporation bylaws regulating and banning short term rentals and strategies for enforcement of those bylaws.

Veronica Franco

Veronica Franco, Clark Wilson LLP

Sponsored By

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Veronica Franco is a partner of the firm and Chair of the Strata Property Group. She has acted for a variety of clients including strata corporations, property managers, commercial strata lot owners, developers, as well as individuals in estate and trust disputes. She has appeared in all levels of court in British Columbia, including the Court of Appeal, as well as various administrative tribunals, including the Human Rights and the Tribunal Residential Tenancy Office. Veronica has also acted as an arbitrator in strata property disputes.

Veronica has written various articles for Clark Wilson’s publications, including STRATAgies and Your Estate Matters. In addition, she has contributed to the Continuing Legal Education’s BC Estate Planning and Wealth Preservation, and BC Probate Manuals. She has also authored three chapters in the BC Strata Property Practice Manual (Collections, Finances and Human Rights) and presented seminars and contributed articles to the Condominium Homeowner’s Association, Professional Association of Managing Agents, Canadian Condominium Institute, Pacific Condominium Association of BC and Canadian Property Management Magazine.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:30am • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 212

W16: Aging in Place – Universal and Inclusive Design Standards and Best Practices [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Health & Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1 Hour HSW IDCEC Approved • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

With the aging of the population and increasing life expectancy, the construction of sustainable homes that changes with occupants’ needs could have benefits for residents and communities. Attend this presentation to learn about universal and inclusive living design standards, which would allow occupants to live comfortably and independently in their homes as they age, and which could be adapted over time without the need for major upgrades or costly renovations. Presenters will discuss design ideals for the development of accessible and affordable living solutions, in and for our community. Providing context around the SAFERHome certification program, this presentation will expand on the criteria for developing accessible housing solutions, exploring the difference between Visitable, Adaptable and Accessible Housing solutions. Participants will come away with information on the latest trends, insights and industry best practices that illustrate both the benefits and cost-effective strategies for adaptable housing and accessible communities design.

Gordon Porter
Mark Senner
Elizabeth Tang

Gordon Porter, Executive Director, SAFERHome Standards Society
Mark Senner, President, CareAge Home and Health Inc., Director, SAFERHome Standards Society
Elizabeth Tang, Knowledge Transfer Representative, Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

Mark Senner is a Senior Executive Business Leader with over 25 years of experience in executive management, commercial drug discovery and development, business development, licensing/partnering, sales, sales operations, sales management, project management, marketing and key account management. Currently a business owner for a CAPS/Aging in Place certified renovation company and durable medical accessibility equipment company. In addition to this, focus is being placed on the development of Laneway/In-Fill and Modular homes that meet the certification of SAFERHome Standards through the application of Universal and Inclusive Design principles.

Elizabeth Tang is Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) Knowledge Transfer Consultant in the CMHC BC Region, where she is responsible for connecting CMHC’s housing research findings to building and housing industry professionals, government educators and general public across the Region. Elizabeth has been with CMHC since 2006. Prior to working at CMHC, Elizabeth was Trade Commissioner, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. She is a LEED Green Associate, and holds a MBA from University of British Columbia with a specialization in sustainability and business strategic management.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:00am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 215

W17: Modular by Numbers — A General Contractors Perspective [New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This presentation will speak to the relationship of construction costs and the various new ratios that are relevant to successful project completion where offsite modular solutions are being considered. The presenter will discuss traditional vs. offsite construction expanding on the numbers in relation to safety, production in fabrication, installation at site, required on site construction, and environmental and social impacts.

From project initiation to project close the deliverables and processes related to the planning, execution and control take on a new look. The presenter will highlight the impact associated with this delivery model on a Project Manger’s scope of work, processes related to project planning, execution and control, project scheduling and cash flow, in addition to quality and safety.

Randy Ludwar

Randy Ludwar, A.Sc.T., GSC., PMP, Independent Building Consultant

Randy’s experience spans the three western provinces with over 30 years’ experience related to the construction industry. He has owned, operated and partnered in three private enterprises including a building consulting and construction management operations holding positions of CEO and President and has also led teams and operations in organizations such as the Modus Group of Companies, Dominion Construction and most recently, Vice President of Operations Cormode & Dickson Construction Global, in addition, Randy lead the British Columbia expansion strategy for C&D including sitting as the President of First PacWest Construction a joint venture between Cormode & Dickson and First PacWest Group of Companies in Vancouver.

He was a leading factor on a multitude of projects including a 1608 bed worker operations camp, modular build supply and install to the Suncor Voyageur project,1 million plus square feet of Alberta Infrastructure Relocatable Class Rooms program contract 6 and 7, Meg Energy Modular Control Building, Multiple number of Modular Hotels and Apartments, Riverview Village Estates Seniors Housing Complex and 2 wind tower energy farms; 33 towers in Saskatchewan.

Randy holds multiple designations, an Engineering Technologist, is a recognized Gold Seal Estimator and Project Manager, and a Project Management Professional with a globally recognized PMP designation. Randy holds a class I building inspectors license and is a member of the Modular Building Institute.

Randy is an experienced Senior Executive Officer with an operations background and currently works as an independent building consultant.

Value Proposition: To share my Industry knowledge and experience for the advancement of construction projects, working with owners in an environment of shared purpose to better understand the business need and the expectations to deliver an enhanced value budget, reduced schedule and improved quality.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:00am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 216

W18: More Clients, More Money, More Fun — Tips for More Successful Consulting [Professional & Personal Skills Development, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices)]

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

This presentation focuses on strategies to get what you want out of your consulting work. The presenter will provide a brief overview of his tried and tested seven step program to more successful consulting, focusing on specific actions to get more clients and increase revenue. Providing first hand examples, the speaker will discuss tactical and tangible practices to ensure your success as a consultant.

Adrian Partridge

Adrian Partridge, President, ClearLead Consulting Ltd.

Adrian Partridge is a leading consultant in his field and runs his own consulting company, ClearLead Consulting Ltd. He has been consulting in the field of energy and environmental management for over 25 years. Based in British Columbia, Canada, he has worked in twenty countries around the world and has consulted to a wide range of commercial, industrial and institutional clients over the years. In 2015 he wrote the book “Consulting Made Easy”and has latterly, he’s moved into business of writing, training and mentoring other consultants.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:00am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 217

W19: How to Attract, Train and Retain a Skilled Workforce [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Professional & Personal Skills Development, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Health & Wellness]

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

BC is on the cusp of a development boom, and the skilled trades industry has the potential to create generations of employment for British Columbians. This presentation will highlight how ITA’s broader industry engagement approach works to identify skills gaps in trades training, especially for top in-demand trades such as Electricians, Carpenters and Welders, and then sets program standards to effectively direct the right skilled workers to fill the jobs in your building/construction/renovation business. This presentation will also showcase the many benefits hiring apprentices can have on the growth of your business.

Gary Herman

Gary Herman, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Industry Training Authority

Presented by


Media Sponsor


Gary Herman is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Industry Training Authority (ITA), responsible for the governance, expansion and improvement of BC’s industry training system. For the past twenty years, Gary has served in senior operations management positions including ThyssenKrupp Fabco, VAE Nortrak and Ebco Industries. Gary began his career by apprenticing for seven years in three trades and is certified as a Tool & Die Maker and as a Die Sinker (forging). He is also a Certified Manufacturing Engineer and has a Business Administration Diploma and an Executive MBA.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 10:00am–11:00am • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 218/219

W20: Commercial Real Estate Update [Professional & Personal Skills Development, Property Management]

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

This presentation will provide an overview of the proposed and existing development projects in the City and surrounding areas, touching on different property sectors such as industrial, office, and retail projects. The speakers will discuss the market trends and major issues and successes they are facing. Please join the panel as they examine what opportunities and threats face the Vancouver real estate market and gain insight into the trends and issues affecting the Vancouver and surrounding markets.

Jocelyne Legal
Carolyn Egan
Stefan Morissette
Mark Trepp

Jocelyne Legal, Vice President, Leasing, Triovest

Carolyn Egan, Senior Director, Leasing – Western Canada, Choice Properties REIT
Stefan Morissette, Associate Vice President, Industrial, Colliers International
Mark Trepp, Senior Vice President, Jones Lang LaSalle Real Estate Services, Inc.

Sponsored by


Jocelyne Legal began her career in real estate in 1988 at Bentall and has since worked with some of the largest real estate companies in Vancouver, including Colliers, CBRE, GWL Realty Advisors and Cadillac Fairview. With these firms, her focus was on leasing in the downtown core. In 2009, Jocelyne joined Tonko Realty Advisors, now known as Triovest. Her initial role at Triovest focused on the leasing of Willingdon Park in Burnaby. She is now Vice President, Leasing, overseeing all of the office and industrial leasing for Triovest properties in British Columbia, which represent a combined total of approximately 5 million square feet.

Ms. Carolyn Egan is the Senior Director Leasing, Western Canada, for Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust.  Carolyn has over 20 years’ experience in the commercial real estate industry having tackled a wide array of leasing and development assignments across Canada and in the US.  She has had a variety of senior leasing and asset management positions including; A&W Food Services of Canada Ltd, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Board, Cadillac Fairview, and First Capital Realty.  Carolyn is pleased to have joined Choice Properties REIT in the Fall of 2014 to head up the Leasing and Merchandising strategies for the aggressive Western leasing and development program for Choice.

Choice Properties Real Estate Investment Trust is an owner, manager and developer of well-located retail and commercial real estate across Canada. Choice Properties’ portfolio spans approximately 43.3 million square feet of gross leasable area and consists of 535 properties primarily focused on supermarket and drug store anchored shopping centres and stand-alone supermarkets and drug stores. Choice Properties’ strategy is to create value by enhancing and optimizing its portfolio through development, accretive acquisitions and active property management.

Mark Trepp has been leasing and selling office space in Metro Vancouver for the past 25 years. During that time, he has represented landlords, tenants, developers, buyers and vendors. Having represented a variety of office space users, Mark has an in depth understanding of what today’s tenant is looking to achieve through the use of their office space and the trends in design and construction that may facilitate their needs

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 11:00am–1:00pm • EB $55/REG $65 • ROOM 223

W21: Momentum – A Sales Toolkit for Growth in an Uncertain Economy [Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ AIBC 2 Non-Core LU • BOMI 2.0 CPDs • 2 Hours IDCEC Approved • 1 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Learn how to become more and Effective and Efficient in growing your portfolio. In this two hour action packed seminar, attendees will be exposed to three account profiling tools used to help classify prospects, enabling quicker and more informed decisions on which accounts to pursue, expand or eliminate. During this seminar, we’ll also review an opportunity planner tool that can help provide clarity on where to concentrate your time over the coming quarter.

Randy Hnatko

Randy Hnatko, President & CEO, Trainwest | Sandler Training

Randy Hnatko is President of Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc., a Sales and Management Training and Consulting organization powered by Sandler Training. Randy has over 33 year’s senior business experience, and is a Trainer, Speaker, Author and Consultant to domestic and international companies.

He is the Official Sales Trainer of The Vancouver Canucks & The PGA of BC and is a multiple award winner in the Sandler organization, being awarded the Canadian Franchisee of the Year eight (8) times from 2006-2014.

Randy Hnatko believes national culture influences how individuals make decisions and interpret their roles. Differences between cultures create important opportunities for growth and development, but can also cause serious problems if they are not understood.

With an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and Commerce, and a Masters of Business Administration with specialties in International Business, International Management and Culture, Randy Hnatko is extremely knowledgeable in a number of fields.

His company Trainwest Management and Consulting Inc. has trained many organizations ranging from small/medium sized companies and up to Fortune 500 companies such as American Express, Royal Bank of Canada, BMO, Starbucks Canada, The Vancouver Canucks, Vancouver Giants, Bell Media, PGA of BC and Group Health Globe.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 206

W22: Smart Code Solutions for Building Envelopes and Lower Overall Cost [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

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

Discover new 2015 National Building Code and NECB fire, sound control internal envelope requirements and innovative solutions including all new Code requirements for Apparent Sound Transmission Class (ASTC) for healthy Habitat.

Discover new Code requirements and solutions for moisture and IEQ of external building envelopes. These Codes are mandated by Port of Vancouver and are being adopted by many authorities. We will share North America leading research results from our NRC work on innovative ASTC including identifying alternative Code solutions and Indoor Environmental Quality solutions that reduce overall costs.

A new holistic ISO IEQ standard for well-being will be covered. These smart innovative fire & sound control and IEQ system solutions can be applied to Part 3 multi-unit mid-rise and tall buildings resulting in healthy and more affordable sustainable habitat.

Learning objectives:

  • Understand Fire, Sound, Moisture and IEQ Control
  • Become familiar with key new Code requirements
  • Understand the importance of Holistic Solutions in the Built Environment
  • Gain confidence to design and specify smart innovative systems
Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall, Building Science Manager, CertainTeed SAINT-GOBAIN Canada

Bob has 40 years of experience as a building specialist. He is co-author of LEED Durable Building with Dr. Ray Cole from the UBC. He’s appointed to NRC’s NECB Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and as an expert for ISO Built Environment standards. He understands litigation and was retained by the BC Ministry of the Attorney General as an expert on the $1.5B Leaky Condominium Class Action that was dismissed. He has a precedent setting Part 5 ruling from the Building Code Commission for a municipal client. His passion is to share Code & Building Knowledge for Sustainable Habitat.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 12:00pm–1:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 207

W23: Existing Building Commissioning — Current Trends & Future Directions [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This presentation summarizes findings of dozens of existing building commissioning projects conducted across Canada during the last few years, reviewing the most common issues found and how these can be corrected. In addition, the presentation explores – the obstacles to achieving optimal building performance, the use of demand-based control sequences, the potential for analytics to improve the practice, and the increasing level of interest and engagement of operations teams.

Thomas Martin

Thomas Martin, Technical Lead, Sustainability, WSP Canada Inc.

Tom Martin’s passion lies in optimizing the performance of building systems for energy use, occupant comfort, and operational ease and reliability. He believes in maximizing value by providing integrated and comprehensive services that cut directly to clients’ goals and needs – reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing workplace productivity, improving the bottom-line, and maximizing asset values. Tom believes that sustainability can be achieved through sensible management and operations practices that are ultimately good for business and the environment.

Tom is a technical specialist with the Vancouver Sustainability & Energy team, specializing in retro-commissioning, energy modelling, measurement and verification and retrofit studies. In addition to these areas Tom also has experience in LEED administration, building automation system optimization, and project management. In over 7 years of experience, Tom has created more than 30 energy models, commissioned 25 existing facilities in higher education, health care, and laboratories, and performed numerous operational assessments of high-performance green buildings. Tom is also an instructor in the Sustainable Energy Management Advanced Certificate (SEMAC) program at the BC Institute of Technology.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 12:30pm–2:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 208/209

W24: The Architect’s Perspective on the Elegance of Thermal Bridge Free Design [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

The devil is in the details. Dualing Architects from the Pacific North West explore clever solutions to common, yet tricky details. Builders, architects, industry professionals and homeowners are interested in learning more about Larssen trusses, insulation below footings, window installation, inverted roofs, and exactly what a Passive House looks like. We will look in-depth at various Passive House assemblies and the envelope science that make the air-tight, thermal-bridge free design so effective.

With municipalities leaning towards requiring the involvement of Architects or Building Envelope Professionals for all Passive House projects, to facilitate the permitting and construction process, the simple and intuitive envelope science of Passive House has become a more important aspect of our practice than ever.

Brian Billingsley
Allison Holden-Pope

Brian Billingsley, Principal, Squared Architecture Inc.
Allison Holden-Pope, One SEED Architecture + Interiors

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Brian Billingsley is the principal of b Squared Architecture Inc. founded in 2005. Located in Vancouver, the firm is comprised of a dynamic five member team with projects that include residential, multi-family, commercial and industrial projects. Our penchant is for a crisp, modern architectural language that adheres to best practices based upon environmental, budgetary, durability and aesthetic sensitivities. In 2009 we were awarded the BC Wood Works award for the Multi-Family division.

Within the complex, changing environment of architectural practice the firm is looking to adopt sound practices that point to sustainable and practical solutions that speak to the future of long term durability and high performance. Passive House is seen as a metric to achieve these goals.

The project to be discussed in detail is the re-location and renovation to an existing 1974 stacker duplex into a multiple conversion dwelling of 3 – three bedroom units done to Passive House certification. The topics to be discussed will focus on site related issues, technological solutions that dovetail with the existing structure, Passive House coordination between a team of consultants and overall design tenets that meet both aesthetic and performance criteria.

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.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:50pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 210

W25: Strata Corporations and Estates [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Property Management]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

When an owner of a strata lot passes away, the strata agent often has a number of questions and challenges We’ll discuss how to find out if there is a personal representative and how to contact him or her. The ramifications of the Wills, Estates and Succession Act on collections will be examined. Extending the limitation period to collect funds owing on the strata lot without commencing legal process will be discussed.  We’ll also consider when The Public Guardian and Trustee is likely to become involved, and entry into the strata lot in various circumstances.

Elaine McCormack

Elaine McCormack, Wilson McCormack Law Group

Presented by


Elaine T. McCormack an experienced barrister, solicitor, arbitrator and mediator. A co-founder of Wilson McCormack Law Group, Ms. McCormack has joined forces with Cora D. Wilson to better serve the strata community.

Her previous experience includes practicing as a general practitioner at a small law firm, being an entrepreneur running a boutique law firm, and as the head of the strata and dispute resolution departments at a large provincially based firm.

As a lawyer, Ms. McCormack passionately works for strata corporations, management companies and individual owners to establish proper governance, resolve disputes and to collect amounts owing. As an arbitrator and mediator, Ms. McCormack’s clients include strata corporations, individual owners and developers.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–3:30pm • EB $75/REG $85 • ROOM 212  SOLD OUT

W26: Increase the Power of Personal Communications  SOLD OUT [Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ AIBC 2.5 Non-Core LUs • BOMI 2.5 CPDs • 2 Hours IDCEC Approved • 2.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Leaders know that effective communications can mean the difference between success and failure. This workshop, presented by Robyn T. Braley, will put you on the path to becoming an effective and efficient communicator. Providing practical tips and tricks that will enhance your arsenal of personal communications, whether it’s one on one, before large audiences, through the media or in times of crisis, attendees will take away basics that can be immediately implemented. This presentation will cover:

  • Communication Basics; Increase the power of 1 on 1 communication with employees, customers and others you need to influence. Take away tips that will help you negotiate, motivate, build relationships or deliver good news and bad.
  • Voice & Body Language 101; Learn how to add power and impact to your message whether communicating with 1 or 1,000.
  • Crisis Communications; when disaster happens, you’re never fully prepared. Learn 10 communications tips for what to do if it happens to you.
  • Communicating Through the Media; People respond to news. When a story works – it really works!  News stories produce an immediate response. You will learn 10 key performance tips for mainsteam media and social media like YouTube Videos and Podcasting.
  • Speak Up, Speak Out; Public speaking is a terrifying experience for many leaders. It doesn’t have to be. Performance and production tips will boost your confidence.
  • Social Media Basics; This section will not be “how to” by “why!” Key communications threats and opportunities leaders need to understand.
Robyn T. Braley

Robyn T. Braley, President, UniMark Creative

Media Sponsor


Robyn T. Braley is a writer, speaker, media coach and communications specialist. He is known for his humor, knowledge, insight, and observations based on broad personal experience. He has worked with clients in commercial construction, home building supply and manufacturing for 25 years as the President of Unimark Creative. He has recently been interviewed on 930 CHED, NEWSTALK 770, 660 NEWS and various TV news programs.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 11:30am–12:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 215

W27: It’s Materials [New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Health & Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

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

“It’s Material!” is the second in a series of accredited CEUs created to bring education to the A&D community and the sales professionals who service them.

Attendees will learn new info about vinyl and polyurethane in relationship to sustainable design and writing accurate specifications for the appropriate applications of coated fabrics that supports healthy, safe and sustainable environments!

“It’s Material!” offers information on new production developments that support extended life cycles, minimize waste and provide successful design solutions, through understanding appropriate applications for each product category.

Tobe Fitterman

Tobe Fitterman, A&D Director, Spradling International

Tobe J. Fitterman currently holds the position of A&D Director with Spradling International, one of the foremost producers of vinyl and polyurethane coated fabrics. In this position, her goal is to partner with Spradling’s distribution partners to provide valuable and accredited education to the a&d community via their CEU entitled A Fresh Look At Coated Fabrics.

Ms. Fitterman has collaborated with the design community in various position for over 15 years. Prior to joining Spradling, she has marked a variety of coated fabrics such as wallcoverings via well-known firms such as MDC and Wolf-Gordon.

Her knowledge of coated fabrics began with her position at Innovations in Wallcoverings as Director of Communications. In that role, she was an integral part of the team that created the first eco-friendly wallcovering, Alchemy.

Ms. Fitterman was one of the pioneers in learning about sustainable design and coated fabrics. Her education began prior to the LEED system being created and encompasses a wide range of information, from how to manufacture coated fabrics to why they are sustainable.

She is available to deliver A Fresh Look At Coated Fabrics to any firm, IIDA, AIA, ASID or NEWH chapter in the United States. She is also available as a speaker to deliver the CEU at conferences, tradeshows and symposiums.

Please check to view the current delivery schedule and/or request information or to discuss a CEU presentation.

A Fresh Look At Coated Fabrics has been presented at the NYC Chapter of AIA and also as part of IIDA/HCD Healthcare Education Day and is also scheduled to be presented at MetroCon, held in August 2013 in Dallas. In addition, A Fresh Look At Coated Fabrics has been presented for many design staffs at major restaurant and hotel chains.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 11:30am–12:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 216

W28: Brand Management: Expert Advice from Your Better Business Bureau [Professional & Personal Skills Development]

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

When it comes to managing your brand, there are more avenues to go down and boxes to check than ever before. Better Business Bureau serving Mainland BC goes over numerous aspects of brand management and brand reputation from a BBB perspective from dealing with complaints to public relations pitching.

Jeanette Jackson
Evan Kelly

Jeanette Jackson, Director of Communications and Strategic Partnerships, BBB Serving Mainland BC
Evan Kelly, Senior Communications Advisor, BBB Serving Mainland BC

Jeanette Jackson is an energetic team leader and innovative thinker with broad experience in business development and strategic communications planning. She brings an expertise to organizations that require out-of-the-box thinking to solve problems and drive new business. She brings all of this and more to the BBB Communications Team to help deliver the stories and impactful public events that raise awareness of the Bureau and what it stands for.

Her experience does not stop at the office. She volunteers her time for a number of organizations such as the Port Moody Police Department (Board Member), Tri-City Chamber of Commerce, Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and is a coach and mentor for Futurpreneur Canada.

Evan Kelly is a communications specialist who uses his writing and marketing skills to raise awareness of the BBB brand in British Columbia. Prior to joining BBB he ran his start-up Public Relations firm Cannonfire Media and developed a roster of clients by helping them get their stories told. Before making the leap into corporate communications, Evan brought stories to the Vancouver airwaves for seven years through News1130 Radio. As the communications advisor for BBB, he handles all media relations issues and spearheads many other initiatives such as the National BBB Top 10 Scams Campaign and National Password Day.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 11:30am–12:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 217

W29: Change or Die: Building a Lasting Practice [Professional & Personal Skills Development]

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

Being innovative and agile are a requirement in today’s business world and few companies and managers know how to do this well. Most leaders believe they can drive change through analysis or sheer will, when the reality is that change done in this manner does not stick and will result in a divided team. This dynamic has led to the development of the Change Management Profession as businesses have learned there is a science and an art to implementing positive change in small and large companies.

The AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Contracting) sector is poised for significant change as new technologies come to market and a millennial workforce becomes the productive engine of our industry. The bottom line is companies need to learn to not only embrace change, but to be effective at it. This session will teach you the fundamental principles of what is required to build a change ready organization and give you practical tools and tips to get this process started in your business.

Tony Cancelliere

Tony Cancelliere, Managing Director, Syntropy Group

Tony Cancelliere is the Canada Country Lead of the Change Management Institute (CMI), a not-for-profit organization that is uniquely positioned to advance the interests of change management. CMI is a global organization with members in countries including Australia, New Zealand, UK, USA, Canada and Singapore. Since 2005, the Change Management Institute has been providing opportunities for change management professionals to build knowledge, skills and network with other change professionals.

Tony is also the Managing Director of Syntropy Group, a consulting firm specializing in the AEC (Architectural, Engineering, and Contracting) sector. His expertise and passion lies with helping organizations build cultures of continuous improvement. He takes a direct, simple approach to build excitement around change and then helps leaders develop the skills and discipline to see things through. His philosophy is straightforward: People change to achieve their goals. Whenever leaders lead by aligning goals, organizations succeed.

Tony’s entrepreneurial skills are strengthened by his education where he was among the first group of graduates of the Rotman School of Management’s Jeffrey Skoll Engineering-MBA joint Program designed to unite science, technology and business. Tony holds his P. Eng and is licensed to practice Engineering in Ontario.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 11:30am–12:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 218/219

W30: Canadian Flooring: A Panel on the Current and Future Forward Outlook of the Industry [New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

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

The contract flooring industry serves many market segments for the advancement of interior environments and life balance – our well-being. Vital to the evolution of the Canadian Building, tuning into the flooring challenges that are common across industry is of utmost importance to the progression of products and practice.

Join us for a panel presentation, where national and regional leaders will explore the challenges common across the British Columbia marketplace, focusing on the themes that have been identified as critical to the success of the industry. Taking an in depth look at new products, technologies, innovations, materials and labour practices, panelists will present success stories and derived best practices implemented to overcome challenges and ensure success.

Rick Wagner
Don Brletic
Tammy Darling
Meryl Dyson
Wayne Laforet
Tanya Touzalin

Rick Wagner, President, Maxwell Floors Ltd.

Don Brletic, Regional Sales Manager, Ardex Americas
Tammy Darling, Sales Representative, J&J Industries
Meryl Dyson, Territory Manager, Shaw Industries Inc.
Wayne Laforet, Principle, flooring
Tanya Touzalin, Territory Sales Manager, Armstrong Flooring

Meryl Dyson has spent her career as a salesperson to the interior finishes market; the last 17 of which have been with Shaw Contract. Shaw is one of the largest manufacturers of commercial flooring in North America. During that time, Meryl has been involved in large commercial projects such as the Electronic Arts campus in Burnaby; many projects at the UBC and small office renovations downtown. She spends most of her day working with interior designers and architects in the selection of flooring products to meet the performance, budget and aesthetic needs of a project. Meryl served as the Trade Representative to the Interior Designer’s of Canada and has been on the board of the Vancouver chapter of IFMA.

Wayne Laforet has been installing flooring since 1978. In 1983 he became a certified flooring mechanic through N.A.I.T. Additionally, he became a certified carpet inspector in 1993m, and a certified hard surface inspector in 2004. He recognized that the NWFA hardwood inspector program was the best in the industry so he became a certified inspector with them.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:30pm–2:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 223  SOLD OUT

W31: 5 Mechanical Mega Trends for 2017  SOLD OUT [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

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

Out of all disciplines, mechanical building systems have the most variety and will see the most changes in the next 5 years.

This presentation provides an overview of upcoming mechanical trends in new buildings and renovations in the coming years, addressing the following 5 leading trends:

  • Internet of Things (IOT) – Connectivity. The increase in connected and smart HVAC devices including measurement of metrics in real time and the next evolution of controls: Building Analytics.
  • Client Power. The growing popularity of procurement through design-build and design-build-operate has led to contractors hiring consultants and a value-based construction methodology.
  • Miniaturization. The reduction in size of mechanical equipment (e.g. Boilers, air conditioners) that allows for smaller mechanical rooms, lower floor to floor building heights, and less mechanical space in a building.
  • Adaptable Systems. The standardization of variable speed fans, pumps, and motors to handle building part loads at a much greater efficiency.
  • Evolving Regulations. The adoption of more stringent energy and building codes (e.g. ASHRAE 90.1-2010) increasing energy efficiency in buildings, but also cost.
Henry Leung

Henry Leung, Senior Design Engineer, BC Comfort Air Conditioning Limited

Henry is currently a senior design engineer at BC Comfort Air Conditioning, a design-build mechanical contractor. With over 13 years in the industry, he has worked for both contractors and consultants including an 8 year period at MCW Consultants where he was an associate. He has a wide variety of experience in commercial, institutional, and light industrial buildings.

His current interests are in engineering performance-based design-build projects and ensuring owners receive projects that work within their budget.

He most recently spoke at the 2015 Canadian Design Build Institute Conference in Toronto.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 220-222

W32: Interior Design Keynote: Exploring the Myths and Realities of an Intergenerational Workforce [Health and Wellness, Property Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

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

Now that we have 4 — and increasingly 5 — generations in the workplace, designers, consultants and the media have often generalized the characteristics of those groups, resulting in the oft repeated stereotypes like “Millennials all want open, collaborative spaces” and “Baby boomers hate technology and love private offices.”  But are any of these true? Can you draw any collective conclusions about cohorts so large?

Join an inter-generational panel as we go beyond stereotypes and get real about designing environments for a wide range of users. This panel features an intergenerational group of design experts who represent the various groups in the workforce who have their own ideas about what “work” really means.

Jennifer Busch
Loren Bergmann
Jennifer Chan
Carol Jones
Sara Remocker

Jennifer Busch, Vice President, A&D, Teknion

Loren Bergmann, Director Workplace Strategy, Western Canada, CBRE, Vancouver
Jennifer Chan, Interior Designer, SSDG Interiors, Vancouver
Carol Jones, Senior Principal, Vice President Interior Design, Kasian
Sara Remocker, Associate, Sr. Interior Designer, Dialog, Vancouver

Supported by



Media Sponsor


Jennifer Busch, Hon. IIDA, is Vice President A&D at Teknion, where she is responsible for the development of key business relationships and sales and marketing strategies for major architecture and interior design firms throughout North America. Jennifer came to Teknion from Interface, where she served as Vice President A&D Market Development for three years. Prior to joining Interface, she held various editorial positions at Contract magazine for 21 years, including servings as Editor in Chief from 1999-2011. In 2009 she was bestowed with Honorary IIDA status, the first design editor to have achieved such recognition.

Loren Bergmann Director Workplace Strategies CBRE January 2015 – Present; Director, Interior Design Perkins+Will Canada, January 2009 – December 2013; Director, Interior Design, Bunting Coady Architects, January 2006 – December 2008.

Jennifer Chan Interior Designer, SSDG Interiors Inc., April 2016 – Present; Junior Interior Designer on an interim contract, Responsible for supporting the team throughout the design process; Shop Development and Other Stuff , Lead Design Intern, Kit and Ace, May 2015 – May 2016; Student Interior Designer, Inside Design Studio Inc., January 2013 – March 2015

Carol Jones leads the Interior Design practice in Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd. Her professional experience has included practice in several Canadian cities and her interest in design education has been reflected in teaching appointments at two universities.

Carol has 40 years of experience in planning and design, with a focus on design for the high performance workplace in both the private and public sector. Considered an expert on workplace strategy, Carol speaks and writes on this topic both nationally and internationally, and projects under her leadership have been widely published and have received numerous awards. She is an NCIDQ certificate holder, a Certified Facility Manager (CFM), a Registered Interior Designer (RID) in BC and a LEED Accredited Professional.

For most of her career, Carol has participated on the boards of interior design professional associations at the National and International level. She was President of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). Other boards on which she has served include the IIDA Foundation, the International Facility Management Association (IFMA), the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ) and the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA).

Sara Remocker has been practicing interior design since 2003 with experience working both in Europe and North America. She is an award winning NCIDQ certified interior designer. She is highly creative with strong design, technical drawing and space planning skills with a high attention to detail. Sara demonstrates strengths in client liaison, consultant coordination and project management enabling a seamless involvement from concept through to completion obtaining a high level of design.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:30pm–3:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 218/219

W33: Deconstruction and the Green Demolition Bylaw [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Health and Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour HSW-S IDCEC Approved • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

To become the greenest city in the world, the City of Vancouver has implemented policy to support the recyclers and salvagers in the city with the passing of the Green Demolition Bylaw. This focuses specifically on diverting demolition waste from the landfill and hopefully salvaging non-renewable resources like old growth wood among many other valuable materials. This bylaw currently applies to all houses built before the 1940s and will soon expand to all pre-1950s, then pre-1960s and very soon, all houses. This bylaw prevents traditional demolition’s inherent waste and instead supports the eco-friendly Deconstruction process resulting in the selective disassembly of a structure for reuse, recycling and waste management.

If you are demolishing residential homes outside of the City of Vancouver, you are not excluded. Nearby municipalities are using the City of Vancouver as a precedent for their own upcoming sustainability programs. This panel presentation will address the specifics of this important subject matter critical to the construction industry and our city at large.

Robert Capar
Brad Badelt
Adam Corneil
Richard Drake
Christina Radvak

Robert Capar, Owner, Maison D’Etre Design-Build Inc.

Brad Badelt, Sustainability Group Member, City of Vancouver
Adam Corneil, CEO,  Naturally Crafted
Richard Drake, Contractor
Christina Radvak, Deconstruction Manager, Habitat for Humanity, Greater Vancouver


Robert Capar is the owner of maison d’etre design-build inc. – a Vancouver company with over 20 years experience in residential design and renovation. maison d’etre’s continual commitment to innovative and timeless design-build projects has been recognized with provincial Georgie Awards, national SAM Awards and the GVHBA OVATION awards.

Rob is the past President of the Canadian Home Builders Association BC and is a Certified Housing Professional and Certified Renovation Professional.

Robert continues to work towards increasing the availability of educational courses and to promote education as the one main defining element which promotes the professionalism of the industry. To this end he sits on the Provincial Homeowner Protection Office Advisory Board regarding the newly implemented education requirements for licensing in BC.

Robert is also an instructor at Langara Community College teaching Home Renovation Planning.

Brad Badelt is a senior sustainability specialist with the City of Vancouver. In his current role, he manages a variety of projects in support of the City’s Greenest City Action Plan, including the green demolition program. Brad has a master’s degree in water resources engineering and nearly 15 years of experience working in local government.

Adam Corneil has been involved in the construction industry over fifteen years. Working on framing and cabinet crews. Between university, he began to shape his hands-on skills while learning about conservation and sustainability. Over the years he has honed his carpentry and project management skills on large capital projects running the gamut of styles from modern multi-unit buildings to green renovations to custom timber frame homes. Adam has steered his company in the last few years into deconstructing houses and salvaging the lumber to re-manufacture into finishes for his clients.

Adam’s motto is simple: “Live Sustainability”. The desire to build homes in an environmentally friendly fashion stems from a fundamental belief in consciously choosing products and materials that least impact the environment and an individual’s health. This belief extends into every aspect of his life from clothing and fabrics to soaps and diet. With a love for the outdoors and mountains as his playground, his desire is to build great healthy homes and products with minimal environmental impact so together we can do our part to leave a better planet for future generations.

Richard Drake has spent the last two decades involved in numerous environmental projects, including founding the Comox Valley’s first recycling program – Comox Valley Recycling, and implementing BC’s first public computer recycling program – CompuCycle. Heading a multi-stakeholder process, he acted as the Principal Researcher for 6 years collaborating with The Institute of Health Promotion Research at UBC targeting water pollution in Baynes Sound, Canada’s largest shellfish growing area.

He has served as a director on the boards of The Recycling Council of British Columbia, and the Comox Valley Credit Union, and advised the Provincial Government in the development of the GVRD Solid Waste Management Plan.

He is an experienced builder, having built his own home by hand in the wilderness, and then as a contractor and CEO of Cumberland Construction Services, moving, renovating and preserving historic houses on Vancouver Island.

Richard currently is working as the Project Coordinator with SPEC (Society Promoting Environmental Conservation) Elders Project – helping to pass on the acquired wisdom distilled from a lifetime dedicated to sustainability. His passion for conservation and building finds him at the center of a group that is establishing a deconstruction industry in Vancouver.

Christina Radvak is the Deconstruction Manager at Habitat for Humanity Greater Vancouver, determined to increase the amount of salvaged material recovered from renovations and demolitions. As a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Environmental Design honors degree, she is passionate about green building, sustainable initiatives and business innovation.

In July 2015, Christina initiated Habitat for Humanity’s Deconstruction program. Starting with interior salvage from renovations and demolitions, the program has progressed into salvaging residential framing lumber across Greater Vancouver. Today, Christina is spearheading the organization to becoming leaders in the sustainable demolition industry. The program aims to divert lumber from the landfill to support innovative upcycling within the organization, in the community and ultimately supporting the circular economy.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 215

W34: Digital Marketing: Tools to Enhance Your Competitive Edge and Grow Your Business [Professional & Personal Skills Development]

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

Businesses that embrace digital as a principle to their marketing strategy are seeing far greater results for their efforts than those who do not.

Designed for entrepreneurs and marketers, this presentation will show how digital marketing can help increase awareness for your business and help you compete more effectively in today’s digital world. It presents the importance of digital advertising and teaches you how to effectively target your customers online. The presenter will also discuss how to utilize data, as a decision making tool, to grow your business faster and to help you determine which marketing channels are producing the best business results for your business.

Attendees will walk away with a better understanding of:

  • How digital marketing & advertising works and how to best utilize online tools
  • Which marketing channels provide the greatest value for your business
  • Marketing techniques on how to outperform your competitors online
Flavio Marquez

Flavio Marquez, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Snaptech Marketing

Media Sponsor


Flavio Marquez is the Co-Founder & Chief Strategy Officer at Snaptech Marketing, a Premiere Google Partner agency providing digital marketing and strategy solutions for more than 13 years.

With his keen focus on the evolving nature of digital marketing and its relationship with technology, Flavio has become a recognized leader in understanding user behavior online and creating digital marketing and advertising strategies.

Flavio also hosted CKNW’s “New Reality of Marketing” radio show, sharing his insight to a wide business-minded group of listeners and demystifying how anyone in business can use the Internet to produce results. An accomplished speaker, Flavio also conducts several webinars and in-person workshops for Google, Burnaby Board of Trade and the Better Business Bureau.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:30pm–3:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 207

W35: Greetings from Abroad: An Overview of the Latest European Building Innovations [Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1 Hour HSW-S IDCEC Approved • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

It has been estimated that buildings account for 40% of the total energy use in Europe, which accounts to around one third of the region’s CO2 emissions. This session aims to explore the ingenuity in the building industry by examining trends and approaches that have been implemented around Europe to reduce energy consumption and introduce greener solutions. Some of the subjects that will be discussed are large-scale solar energy integration in urban environments, using algae as source of energy in buildings, smart energy management systems, along with many others. Furthermore, these projects show how their approaches balance sustainability and cost effectiveness of products and processes.

In addition, speakers will address the following subject matter:

  • Discuss examples of innovations in sustainability within the building sector
  • Learn about the largest urban solar energy park in the Netherlands
  • Understand the application of microalgae in buildings
  • Explore fully integrated building automation and climate ceiling systems
Wilco Van Bemmel
Dirk van der Ven
Gerben Van Straaten

Wilco Van Bemmel, General Manager, Walas Concepts
Dirk van der Ven, Carbon Blue Project
Gerben Van Straaten, CEO, World of Walas

Wilco van Bemmel has over 12 years of experience in real estate development in the Netherlands and Canada. In the Netherlands, his work involved the revitalization of distressed neighbourhoods and industrial waterfronts of several Dutch coastal cities. In 2011, he moved to Vancouver BC where he founded Dunefield Consulting and now works as a consultant and project manager in affordable housing, sustainable building innovations and economic development. Since November 2014 he is working with the Dudoc Vancouver team to help Dutch and European businesses with proven solutions for sustainable, healthy and affordable buildings, find partners and clients in the North American market. He comes across cutting-edge sustainability innovations from Europe on a daily basis and is excited to share these fresh ideas and solutions with the Canadian and American clients.

Gerben van Straaten is the CEO of World of Walas — a comprehensive group of firms working on holistic sustainable urban development, adaptive reuse and introduction of European building innovations into North America. Walas consults on executing conceptual plans and advising governments, acts as a developer, and operates its own buildings. This complex mix of functions allows the developments of Walas to experiment with the most effective technologies and innovations and to monitor their success in ensuring the safety and well-being of the end-users, while being sustainable and cost-effective. Mr. van Straaten is in high demand to lecture around the world on the topics ranging from European innovations, green technologies, economic development and real estate. Walas has established many collaborations and joint ventures with leading specialists. Some of these partnerships are brought to Dudoc Vancouver, where Walas leads the charge of exploring new ways for integrative sustainable developments in Canada and the USA.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 216

W36: Construction Project Insurance — Recent Developments [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

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

This seminar will clarify key issues related to construction project insurance policies which are often raised by insurers in denying coverage. Issues discussed will include: who is covered under various policies; common misunderstood gaps and overlaps in coverage; the definition of “damage” in policies that cover “physical loss or damage”; and “fortuity” as a prerequisite to a finding of coverage.

Nolan Heuchart
Grant Mayovsky

Nolan Heuchart, Wylie-Crump Limited
Grant Mayovsky, Partner, BLG

Sponsored by


Nolan is a Director of Wylie-Crump Limited, and has been focused on servicing the insurance and risk advisory needs of the construction and design industry sector since 1994.

As a former senior officer and construction practice leader for a large international insurance brokerage firm, Nolan has been engaged in a wide spectrum of complex domestic and international insurance programs as well as several Public Private Partnership (P3) projects in British Columbia, Alberta and Ontario. Nolan’s insurance knowledge and understanding of the construction industry is a highly valued client resource which is respected by owners, designers and contractors alike.

Nolan is involved and participates in a number of local and national construction / design industry associations.   He is currently the chair of the Risk Management Committee for the Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI), a chapter of the Canadian Construction Association.

Nolan’s educational background includes a university degree in the discipline of economics and public administration from the University of Saskatchewan. In addition, Nolan continues his professional education within the insurance industry and has achieved his Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (CAIB) designation and his Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation through Simon Fraser University.

Wylie-Crump Limited (est. 1972) is an independent commercial lines insurance brokerage based in Vancouver BC. Wylie-Crump provides innovative custom crafted risk solutions and products to a number of clients with intricate and unusual insurance and guarantee needs. Wylie-Crump strives to offer solutions to meet these special needs with an overarching perspective to improve profitability by reducing your cost of risk while protecting your business assets and future revenues.

Grant Mayovsky is a partner in our Vancouver office. Grant focuses his practice on litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on construction, insurance, surety, warranty, creditors’ remedies, banking and fraud loss recovery. He has developed particular expertise in dealing with public/private infrastructure claims, defective work and deficiency claims and related insurance matters, delay and productivity claims, building warranty claims, debt recovery, indemnity enforcement, and defence of claims against financial institutions and claims arising from mortgage fraud loss and bills of exchange.

Grant has recently presented on “Builder’s Risk Policies” at the Lexpert 3rd Annual Canadian Construction Insurance Law course: New Ways to Manage Risk and Avoid Liability, June 2015; and “Insurance, Recent Trends and Developments” at the CBA National Construction Law Conference, Toronto, Ontario, September 19-20, 2014.

Related publications include “What Does Your Client’s Course of Construction Policy Really Cover?”, Construction Economist, Summer 2015; “Design, Build, Insure: What a B.C. Court Case Means For Your Construction Clients,” Canadian Insurance Top Broker, January 2015; and “Course of Construction (“ALL RISKS”) Insurance Standard Defect Exclusion Interpreted for First Time; Fortuity, Damage and other Insurance Coverage Issues Clarified,” Insight from Hindsight, February 2015.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 1:00pm–2:30pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 217

W37: Integrating Building Performance Analysis in Early Design [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

In recent years the field of building performance analyses, including energy modelling and simulation, has made big leaps forward with regard to the information that can be made available to architects early in the design process, which can be used to inform schematic and conceptual design. Often times, architects are not yet well connected to this resource and lack access to desirable information. In this session, the presenters will discuss examples where energy simulations, natural ventilation simulations and thermal comfort assessments have successfully been used to inform design decisions.

Dr. Andrea Frisque
Marc Trudeau

Dr. Andrea Frisque, P.Eng., Senior Building Performance Engineer, Stantec
Marc Trudeau, Building Performance Consultant, Stantec

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 building performance 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’s area of technical expertise includes: Passive systems and natural ventilation performance; analysis using whole building simulations and CFD; occupant thermal comfort assessments; whole building energy simulations; building energy consumption reduction and feasibility of energy efficiency and sustainability measures; renewable energy systems and usage of onsite energy sources (i.e., solar, wind, river water cooling); and daylighting design and analysis. Dr. Frisque has experience with obtaining energy, thermal comfort and day lighting credits for LEED certifications as well as other certification types, building codes and incentive programs.

Marc is a building performance consultant at Stantec.  His interest and professional focus is on strategies to achieve energy and sustainability targets for buildings.  Marc contributes to projects through energy modelling for design assistance and standards compliance, daylighting simulations, thermal analysis, and thermal comfort studies.  Marc has been a LEED accredited professional since 2003 and is a reviewer for CaGBC LEED® submissions.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 2:00pm–3:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 206

W38: Beyond the Typical Retrofit — Planning for the Clean Energy Transition [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

The province of BC is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 2007 levels by 2050. For buildings, this transition will require a switch from fossil-fuel fired heating sources to electric sources powered by clean energy. How can our existing commercial and institutional buildings be retrofitted to achieve these drastic emission reductions? Can retrofits be planned and implemented in a way that is technically and economically feasible? This presentation will address these questions and include case studies of retrofit options that can achieve deep emission cuts.

Thomas Martin

Thomas Martin, Technical Lead, Sustainability and Energy, WSP Canada Inc.

Tom Martin’s passion lies in optimizing the performance of building systems for energy use, occupant comfort, and operational ease and reliability. He believes in maximizing value by providing integrated and comprehensive services that cut directly to clients’ goals and needs – reducing energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions, enhancing workplace productivity, improving the bottom-line, and maximizing asset values. Tom believes that sustainability can be achieved through sensible management and operations practices that are ultimately good for business and the environment.

Tom is a technical specialist with the Vancouver Sustainability & Energy team, specializing in retro-commissioning, energy modelling, measurement and verification and retrofit studies. In addition to these areas Tom also has experience in LEED administration, building automation system optimization, and project management. In over 7 years of experience, Tom has created more than 30 energy models, commissioned 25 existing facilities in higher education, health care, and laboratories, and performed numerous operational assessments of high-performance green buildings. Tom is also an instructor in the Sustainable Energy Management Advanced Certificate (SEMAC) program at the BC Institute of Technology.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 208/209

W39: Bringing Resilience Home: Residential Seismic Retrofits [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Health & Wellness, Facility Management & Building Maintenance, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs • BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour HSW IDCEC Approved • 1.5 CPD BC Housing Recognized ]

Presented by the AIBC’s Post-Disaster Response Committee, this session will cover the important and timely subject of seismic impacts on residential homes. The session will aim to be interactive with question and answer throughout, as well as engagement activities to capitalise on the collective knowledge in the room.

After a short introduction to the work of the committee, Marney Mutch of Shear Seismic will present:

  • How earthquakes will impact BC’s existing housing stock.
  • Studies of the seismic performance of various ages and qualities of concrete foundation.
  • The feasibility and value of seismic retrofitting homes.
  • The objectives and main components of a residential retrofit.
  • Overview of current industry practices in shear wall installation and recommended best practices.
  • Education and engagement opportunities for the construction industry.
  • Case study of a seismic retrofit initiative, Building Together San Francisco, and discussion of how a similar program could benefit BC.
Robyn Fenton
Marney Mutch

Robyn Fenton, Architect AIBC
Marney Mutch, Founder, Shear Seismic

Presented by


Robyn Fenton is an architect, educator and facilitator based on Bowen Island, BC. She is the founder and principal of ReForma Architecture, working on small scale residential, commercial, and institutional projects, as well as community engagement work.

Robyn is a volunteer on the AIBC Post-Disaster Response Committee and a volunteer board member and facilitator with the Vancouver Design Nerds Society. She has previously served on the steering committee for Vancouver’s Women in Architecture and the board of the Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op.

Marney Mutch is the founder of Shear Seismic, a BC-based company specialising in the design and installation of residential seismic retrofits. The company was founded after the Japan and Christchurch, New Zealand earthquakes, which were a wake-up call as to what could happen to our own homes here in BC.

Marney trained for 2 years under Thor Matteson — a structural engineer who authored two award-winning books on seismic engineering of residential homes — and expert retrofitters in the San Francisco area, including hands-on experience. Seismic retrofits consist of a series of structural upgrades to basements and crawlspaces of older houses that protect people from injury and financial hardship caused by the destructive forces of a major earthquake.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 2:30pm–3:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 215

W40: Examination of Colloidal Nano-Silica on Portland Cement Concrete and How it Permanently Protects our Current and Future Infrastructure [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, New Products, Technologies, Innovations & Materials, Property Management]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU • BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

The presentation will review results of academic research on colloidal Nano-silica (CNS) as an admixture and surface treatment for Portland cement concrete from the last five years. The review will concentrate on the gains provided over control specimens including compressive strength increases, permeability decreases, drying shrinkage decreases, abrasion resistance increases, and improvement against chemical attack. Following an overview from the literature, specific examples of UTC’s research into colloidal Nano-silica will be shared including compressive strength gains and permeability reductions that feed life cycle modeling efforts to demonstrate increased durability.

The presentation will wrap-up with an analysis of CNS’ appropriateness for the marketplace and how it will permanently protect all Portland based concrete and greatly reduce life cycle costs.

Alex Brent Rollins

Alex Brent Rollins, Director, Civil Engineering Materials Laboratory, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Mr. Alex Brent Rollins joined UTC in March, 2010. His research interests include maximizing material properties of Portland cement concrete, evaluating the performance of Portland cement concrete containing high volumes of recycled material, and pursuing innovative, sustainable infrastructure solutions. In the past, Mr. Rollins has served as a technical services manager for a world-leading ready mixed concrete supplier. Mr. Rollins puts his 25+ years’ industry and research experience to work in the classroom at UTC, teaching Civil Engineering Materials to junior-level engineering students and Introduction to Civil Engineering to freshmen. In his six years at UTC, Mr. Rollins has attracted over half a million dollars in research grants and gifts. Mr. Rollins also is currently the owner of Rollins Resilience Group, an engineering consulting company specializing in performance-driven concrete mix design, specialty applications, resilience of the built environment, and new product development. Mr. Rollins consults and speaks globally, and has worked on projects in France, Spain, Costa Rica, Honduras, Australia, the UK, Denmark, Canada, and the U.S. He is an affiliate member of ASCE, and a member of PIANC. Mr. Rollins has also served as a reviewer and/or speaker for ACI, ASTM, SAME, CONSEC, AIChE, and FIB.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 2:30pm–4:00pm • EB $45/REG $55 • ROOM 216

W41: Disrupting the AEC Industry [Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]

[ AIBC 1.5 Non-Core LUs • BOMI 1.5 CPDs • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved ]

Technological advance such as Artificial Intelligence, machine Learning; digital manufacturing; Robotics together with others that are being developed will disrupt every traditional industry including the AEC industry

There is no denying it, the AEC industry needs to disrupt itself (or others will disrupt it) to be relevant in the future, a future that is being shaped by technological advances that is going to change every traditional industry on this planet. The AEC industry model cannot survive in the present, it must disrupt or another industry will disrupt it and make it irrelevant.

This is especially true for AEC industry that is slow to adjust itself to the digital, globalized economy where society and technology are progressing at a faster rate than institutions and organizations. It is obvious the AEC industry must disrupt as in this disruptive, digital global economy, the AEC industry will find its environment of operation must change quickly to survive. It must leap frog into the future leaving behind the vestiges of the industrial economy mode. The speaker will expand on thin concept, exploring he opportunities that are presented to industry.

Philip Thomas

Philip Thomas, Manager, Project Delivery Services, Optumplus

Philip is an AEC industry professional with 30+ years of local & international experience in representing clients as Owners Representative, Client Advocate and Project Director & Manager and Expediter who has successfully completed projects ranging from $50K to $125M.

He has led various multi-million and multidisciplinary project teams in various project environments such as Corporate, Commercial, Institutional, Heritage, Infrastructure, IT infrastructure; Industrial/Multipurpose; Operations & Maintenance, Resource & Energy (EPCM Modularized Systems) Retail Development & Roll out and Environment Architecture and Branding & Utilities.

He has experience in working on various contract types while managing a team of team of facilities, consultants, construction, and portfolio partners. He has acted as a single point of responsibility leading various broad, multidisciplinary team directly with North American and International clients in the Public, Private, Not for Profit & Non-Profit sectors.

He has facilitated Process Review: Asset & Project Management Review. Workplace Envisioning- Needs Assessment; organizing Seminars on Project, Facility and Construction Mgmt and has presented on subjects such as Project, Facility and Construction Mgmt & the Future of the Workplace at various forums.

He is through his various presentations and blog posting sparking conversation on “Disruption of the AEC Industry”; “The Untethered Workplace” and “Enhancing Client Experience in Project Delivery”.

He initiates the concept of working in partnership with clients – an evolving collaboration that develops at the start an assignment to allow for enhanced level and speed of delivery to execute some of the most complex projects in a short duration and has gained a reputation as the keeper of high performance standards for delivery of projects combined with professional client relationship management.

Enhancing Client experience in Architecture, Engineering & Construction is his goal.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 3:00pm–4:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 217

W42: Insurance Price Differentials for Mid-Rise Residential Structures [Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices, Property Management]

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

A recent study commissioned by the Concrete Council of Canada found that there is a considerable difference in the risks and insurance rates for the construction of wood frame buildings compared to concrete buildings. The study, entitled Insurance Costs for Mid-Rise Wood Frame and Concrete Residential Buildings, was conducted by Globe Advisors. This study provides credible information on a level playing field basis about the use of various building products, whether it is concrete, steel or wood. The study concluded that builders’ risk insurance rates were 7.5 times higher for the construction of wood mid-rise buildings compared to those made of concrete. The report reasoned that this difference was due to the higher risk of fire and the greater risk and repair costs of water and moisture damage for buildings using wood frames. In this presentation Charles Kelly, Coordinator of the study on behalf of the Concrete Council of Canada, and Frank Came, the project lead for GLOBE Advisors, will discuss the implications of this research for property developers, strata managers, and condominium owners.

Frank Came
Charles Kelly

Frank Came, Managing Director, Globe Advisors
Charles Kelly, President, BC Ready Mix Concrete Association

Frank has undertaken a number of assignments within the Globe Group, most recently as Project Lead for several major consulting studies including the Insurance Costs for Mid-Rise Residential Buildings. Prior to his years with the Globe Group of companies he served as Executive Director of the Vancouver Economic development Commission and as a Senior Advisor in the Asia Pacific Foundation. He has worked for over 20 years at senior executive levels in the federal public service, including Western Economic Diversification, the Treasury Board Secretariat, the Privy Council Office, the Northern Pipeline Agency, and in Transport Canada. Frank is a former Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy and a graduate of the National Defence College of Canada.

Charles has been the President of the BCRMCA for over 5 years. The concrete industry in BC is a $1.4 B industry that employs over 11,000 British Colombians. Charles is a member of the Concrete Council of Canada and the Ready Mixed Concrete Association. On behalf of these organizations, he led the industry engagement in a study of Insurance Issues and costs in the construction sector. Before joining the concrete industry, Charles was the Commissioner General of the United Nations, World Urban Forum on Sustainable Cities. Before that he was the President of national public affairs consulting firm for over 20 years. He has served in Government as Executive Assistant to Federal Ministers in Finance and Housing.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 3:00pm–5:00pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 224  SOLD OUT

W43: IDIBC Presents “The Future of the Profession”  SOLD OUT [Professional & Personal Skills Development]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD • 1 Hour IDCEC Approved ]

3:00pm–4:00pm Seminar
4:00pm–5:00pm Reception

IDIBC leads a panel discussion that explores the recent and upcoming changes to the interior design industry and how these changes will impact the future of our profession and our professional organization.  Hear first-hand from IDIBC and IDC board members about the steps that are being taken, and hurdles that are being overcome, in order to gain recognition of the Interior Design profession in British Columbia.

Sarah Stanford
Megan Bennett
Patricia Desmet
Aandra Currie Shearer
Georgi-Anna Sizeland
Brenda Snaith
Susan Steeves

Sarah Stanford, RID, First VP, IDIBC

Megan Bennett, RID, VP Legal,  IDIBC
Patricia Desmet, RID, President, IDIBC
Aandra Currie Shearer, RID, Past President, IDC
Georgi-Anna Sizeland, Co-chair Regulatory Process Committee, IDIBC
Brenda Snaith, Education Representative, IDC
Susan Steeves, RID, Regulatory Committee, IDIBC

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Sarah Stanford is an Associate at Perkins+Will and the Interior Design Practice Leader for the Vancouver office, providing design solutions for both integrated architectural and stand-alone interiors projects. Through her work, Sarah has delivered creative and environmentally progressive spaces that have a meaningful impact on clients’ teams, business, and culture. With over a decade of experience across practice areas specializing in workplace, retail and hospitality design, Sarah is particularly passionate about finding opportunities to blend the best practices of these design typologies to deliver innovative solutions to her clients. Her work ranges from tenant improvements and prototypes to large-scale architectural projects in North America and abroad. Sarah is currently serving in the position of First VP on the board of the IDIBC.

Patricia Desmet has over 18 years of extensive corporate and residential interior design experience and is an expert at creating functional space plan options and creative design development that incorporates and strong branding and client culture into a space. As a Senior Interior Design Manager at Omicron she oversees and is responsible for complete design coordination of projects. Patricia believes that good design starts with simple yet effective details that create a whole cohesive space to enhance user experience.

Patricia is passionate about her involvement with the IDIBC professional association and is currently the President of IDIBC. Her goals are to ensure all interior design specialties are represented and see value in a professional designation to create a strong professional community that services the public with outstanding interior design services. A key component of ensuring excellence in design is to ensure our emerging professionals have the required educational grounding for success.  Patricia is committed to ensuring these goals are at the forefront of the association, industry and public.

Aandra Currie Shearer has been practising commercial interior design for 19 years, serving clients in private, government and institutional sectors. She has led the interior design process on a wide array of new construction and renovation projects, and has engaged many stakeholders in large, multi-departmental organizations along the way. In 2015 Aandra began an exciting journey, away from the large architectural firm environment, to pursue interior design and other creative and volunteer work across the country that truly inspires her.  Most recently she has taken on new build and furnishings work with architects and medical specialists as well as renovation strategies in the real estate investment sector.  She is passionate about advocating for the profession of Interior Design.  An IDC Board member since 2010, Aandra is currently the Past President of both the Interior Designers of Canada and the Interior Design Continuing Education Council.

Georgi-Anna Sizeland, principal of Sizeland Inc. interior design studio has the experience and expertise acquired from over 30 years of practice in the Interior Design industry.  Georgi works in partnership with corporate clients to define and strategize facility goals for their changing business environment.

Her work is focused on effective space utilization, progressive concepts in workplace design, sustainable approaches to office development and the design opportunities afforded by new technologies to achieve functional, aesthetic solutions within a clearly defined financial framework. Regardless of the job magnitude from small start-ups to major corporate mergers her creativity and commitment remain focused on solutions that adapt to the ongoing cultural changes within each workplace resulting in positive customer experiences.

Georgi is committed to ongoing professional development and recognition of the profession through a history of volunteering for provincial and national interior design associations. She has served as the IDC Liaison to Interior Design Continuing Education Council  (a joint US/Canada council regulating Continuing Education for Interior Designers in North America) as well as on the IDCEC Task force developing the new operating model for the IDCEC which is currently in successful operation serving IDC, IIDA, ASID and IDEC members. More recently as Past Chair IDIBC Vancouver Island Chapter and currently as Co-Chair of the IDIBC Regulatory Process Committee (working towards regulation of RIDs  in BC).

Prior to her move to BC was a founding principal of Sizeland Evans Interior Design Inc. (1990-2009), an award winning interior design firm in Calgary, Alberta.

Brenda Snaith: A design professional since 1987, and a teacher of design since 1999. With a background in fine arts and theatre, her profession is design, and her passion is teaching and learning. Brenda has a strong interest in interdisciplinary education, team teaching, experiential learning, cultural and contextual immersion, and is dedicated to a continued dialogue on all matters sustainable.

Brenda has experience facilitating and teaching local and international field schools, chairing committees, coordinating departments and team-teaching courses. This has involved a great deal of independent research, collaboration, leadership, creativity, energy, initiative, self-motivation, and good communication skills. She is a team player and problem solver. A firm believer in travel as education, she continues to travel widely, and has analyzed the effects of diverse inherent regional cultures on the built environment in more than 40 countries.

In 2004, Brenda moved to Vancouver to teach in the CIDA accredited Interior Design Program at Kwantlen Polytechnic University [KPU], and is currently coordinating the Interior Design Department at the Wilson School of Design [WSOD] there, while continuing to teach across the curriculum. She is also actively involved in the government of the University, sitting on Senate, chairing the Senate Nominating Committee, and serving on the Senate Subcommittee on Curriculum, advocating for strong pedagogical frameworks and programs. She also sits on the WSOD Faculty Council, the WSOD Operations Committee, and on the WSOD User committee for the new school of design building currently under construction. Brenda chairs monthly Interior Design Business and Curriculum meetings, as well as sitting on ad hoc committees and taskforces internally and externally to KPU.

She has been a member of and chaired expert panels for the Degree Quality Assessment Board of the British Columbia government for both public and private institutions. She is an active member of the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia [IDIBC], and is a former Vice President of Education for the IDIBC Board of Management. Brenda is currently sitting on the Board of the Interior Designers of Canada [IDC] serving as IDC Director of Education.

Susan Steeves is co-owner of Vancouver-based SSDG Interiors, one of BC’s top interior design firms with a client base spanning across office, retail, restaurant and hotel sectors. She specializes in workplace strategy for clients that are motivated to create great working environments for their people. She believes that engaging people in the design process and a strong communication plan are essential to creating successful work environments.

Susan is a co-author of the book ‘Co-create’, a book published by Teknion, which explores various forms of collaboration in the workplace.

She is a past president of the Interior Design Institute of B.C., currently Co-Chairs the IDIBC Regulatory Process Committee and has been an active member for over 25 years.

Her degrees include a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Manitoba and a MBA from Simon Fraser University.

Wednesday, Feb. 15 • 3:30pm–4:30pm • EB $35/REG $45 • ROOM 207

W44: From Hero to Zero – Near Zero and Low Emissions Green Buildings and Vancouver’s new Rezoning Bylaw [Building Code & Envelope Solutions, Building Performance & Energy Efficiency, Legal, Regulatory & Risk Management, Project Planning, Management & Best Practices]


This session will provide an overview of the new Re-zoning requirements from the City of Vancouver for Near Zero Emissions or Low Emissions Green Buildings. The new requirements come into effect May 1, 2017 and have new stringent energy and emissions requirements. This presentation will help answer the following questions:

  • What are the new Bylaw requirements?
  • What does this mean to the development community?
  • How are we going to meet these new requirements?

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn about the new near zero and low emissions targets set by the City of Vancouver for rezoning. These targets are very aggressive and move us towards net zero carbon emissions. This presentation will explain the requirements in real terms, providing examples of existing performance and high level strategies of how to meet the new requirements.

The presentation will be provided in Powerpoint format, with questions and answers to follow.

Rod Yeoh

Rod Yeoh, P.Eng., P.E., LEED(R) AP, Principal, DIALOG

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Rod brings over 25 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.

Rod graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario and the Yukon and in the states of Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Montana, and Colorado.

Feedback on Rod’s presentations has been excellent, including comments such as:

“Finally a workshop that had some content and not broad generalizations”
“Great speaker, awesome graphics and visual presentation. He knows how to present and speak to designers about the topic at hand”

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