Day 1 – Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seminars have been approved for educational credits with the following organizations:

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To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff. Details on how to submit credits are specified on forms.

Seminar Legend:

PM – Property Management
AD – Architecture & Design
CO – Construction & Renovation
PD – Professional Development
GR – Green

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:00am-9:30am • $45

W01 – BIM in Context [PM AD CO]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This presentation will examine the benefits and challenges of BIM. Scott Chatterton, BIM & Quality Control Manager at CEI Architecture, will explore the practicality of utilizing this tool in small to large scale projects, expanding on the benefits and challenges it poses throughout the different stages of a project lifecycle. Scott will also discuss the conventional and unconventional ways in which BIM can contribute to the success of a project and to the ongoing operation of a building or facility.

Scott Chatterton

Scott Chatterton, BIM and Quality Control Manager, CEI Architecture

Scott Chatterton is the BIM manager for CEI Architecture, one of Canada’s leading architectural firms for public and commercial projects. Scott has over 20 years of industry experience and has a long history of using Autodesk products as an architectural technician, Autodesk-certified AEC instructor, CAD manager, and now as a BIM and Quality Control manager.

Scott has previous experience as an authorized, certified Instructor of the Revit and AutoCAD product line, specializing in architectural design, and is currently a certified professional in both Revit and AutoCAD and building performance analysis.

Scott is also president of the Okanagan BIM User Group. He is a prolific blogger who is dedicated to all things BIM.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:00am-10:00am • $55

W02 – 6 Ways Effective Leaders Build Strong Teams [AD CO PD]

[ AIBC 2 Non-Core LUs, BOMI 2.0 CPDs ]

Your primary function as a Manager is to guide people to perform at their best. To that end, you conduct regular sales meetings to hold them accountable, you provide coaching to keep them on track, and you provide training when needed.

But what do you do to improve the outcomes of your performance when you’re conducting those sales meetings and as a Manager. This seminar will focus on what can you do to improve your performance as a leader, mentor and motivator, thus having a greater impact on your people and your organization at large.

Randy Hnatko

Speaker: Randy Hnatko, President & CEO, Trainwest l Sandler Training

Randy Hnatko is President of Trainwest Management and Consulting, a Sales and Management Training and Consulting organization affiliated with the Sandler Training Organization. Randy has over 30 year’s senior business experience, and is a Trainer, Speaker, Author and Consultant to domestic and international companies. He is a multiple award winner in the Sandler organization and is the recipient of their 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 Canadian Franchisee of the Year award.

Randy has trained many individuals ranging from small to medium sized companies and up to Fortune 500 companies helping many individuals and companies improve and exceed their overall sales and profit performance targets.

Randy Hnatko believes national culture influences how managers and employees 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. Today individuals need to have cross cultural skills combined with the proper on-going training, coaching and support network in order to succeed, and Randy Hnatko does just that.

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

  • Management Development
  • Training & Development programs
  • Employee Evaluation
  • Sales Management Design & Implementation
  • Performance Planning & Review Systems
  • Succession Planning, Business Plan Development
  • Human Resource Recruiting and Placement
  • Strategic Management Planning
  • Occupational Health and Safety Compliance Initiatives
  • Change Management Implementation and Marketing Strategies & Plans including Marketing Research & Analysis

Randy Hnatko’s sales tips can be heard daily on the Team 1040 Sports Radio in Vancouver and C-FAX 1070 in Victoria, BC.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:00am-11:00am • $175

W03 – Project Management: The Keys to Ensuring Project Success [AD CO]

[ AIBC 3 Core LUs, IDCEC 0.3 CEUs, BOMI 3.0 CPDs ]

More than ever before, companies need to be able to respond quickly, focus resources and deliver projects on time and within budget. Whether you are an architect or designer, a building owner or manager, or in construction, you need to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies to help you be an effective project manager.

Doug Land

Speaker: Doug Land, President, Lobstick Project Solutions Inc.

Doug is an award winning Trainer, Coach and Consultant in the areas of Project Management; Communications; Contract Management and Organizational Effectiveness. His background includes training and consulting work with many private corporations in the U.S.A. and Canada; municipal, regional and provincial governments as well as many Aboriginal groups and organizations. He has extensive experience in Construction projects; Community Development projects; Business Development projects; Power Generation Plant Turnaround projects; Oil and Gas Industry; Real Estate Development.

He is the President and Founder of Lobstick Project Solutions Inc.; a training, coaching and consulting practice. He is also Program Director, Western Canada, of the Masters Certificate in Project Management, Schulich School of Business, York University and a member of the faculty.

Doug is also Senior VP and lead instructor with Atocrates Project Sciences International and has recently co-authored his first book, due to be released in January 2013. ‘The Power of the Plan – Empowering the Leader Within You’.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:00am-9:30am • $45

W04 – The Role of Engineered Wood Products in the Design and Construction of Industrial Buildings [AD CO]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This seminar will present the challenges and opportunities for the design and construction of wood build industrial buildings in B.C. Robert will provide an overview of the use of wood in industrial buildings, analyze architectural and structural solutions and compare long span and multi-span approaches.

John Hemsworth

Robert Malczyk

John Hemsworth, Architect AIBC, M. ARCH. B.Eng, LEED AP, Principal, Hemsworth Architecture
Robert Malczyk, MASc, P.Eng, StructEng, MIStructE, MBA, Principal, Equilibrium Consulting Inc.

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John Hemsworth: Prior to starting hemsworth architecture, John worked as project architect and designer for McFarland Marceau Architects. He applies his diverse experience in architectural design, mechanical engineering, environmental initiatives, and community development work to further our commitment to an environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive architecture.

With over 10 years of architectural experience, John has been involved with all aspects of architectural services, including: feasibility studies, programming, design, contract documents and construction administration. His work has been recognized with various awards and fostered a continued interest in the intersection of the built form and the public realm.

As well as John’s architectural pursuits, he has been involved in many environmental and community development projects, most notably as the Director of FoodRunners (1994), a Vancouver based food recovery project of the Vancouver Food Bank, Field Staff for Youth Challenge International (1995), a not-for-profit organization constructing nursery schools for Amer-Indian peoples in Guyana, South America, and he was an Artist in Residence for the Stanley Park Environmental Art Project, a civic response to the windstorms of 2006.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:00am-9:30am • $55

W05 – Construction Project Insurance – Recent Developments [PM AD CO]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This seminar will clarify key issues related to construction project insurance policies, which are often raised by insurers in denying coverage. There have been several significant developments in this area over the last year. The 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 Heuchert

Lauren Kristjanson

David L. Miachika

Nolan Heuchert, Director, Wylie-Crump Limited
Lauren Kristjanson, J.D., B.Comm, Associate, BLG
David L. Miachika LL.B. P. Eng, Partner, BLG

Nolan Heuchert 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.

Lauren Kristjanson is an associate at Borden Ladner Gervais in Vancouver. Lauren is focusing her practice on civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, engineering and surety disputes. Prior to joining BLG, Lauren clerked for five justices of the Supreme Court of British Columbia. Lauren has presented for the Justice Education Society of BC as part of its Court Information Program for Immigrants and Justice System Education Program (2012-2013).

David Miachika is a partner at Borden Ladner Gervais in Vancouver. He practises in the area of construction, real estate and civil liability dispute resolution, including litigation, arbitration and mediation of construction claims, engineering/architect liability, builders’ liens, building envelope claims, LEED and environmental claims, insurance coverage, condominium and real property disputes, construction deficiency, delay and acceleration claims, surety and bonding, and HPO Warranties. David is also a professional engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC) since 1984. David has written and spoken on various construction law topics and was a presenter at: the Annual Canadian Construction Association Conferences (2000-2010); the Lorman Seminars, (2009-2012), the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC Seminar (2010); and past BUILDEX Vancouver Seminars (1999, 2005).

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:00am-9:30am • $45

W06 – Life on the Edge: Risk Management and Planning for Resilience [PM AD CO]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDS ]

Many BC communities enjoy spectacular natural surroundings and access to marine and inland waters. Development occurs on hillsides, next to forests, beside creeks and rivers, and along shorelines. But how do we plan and build for long-term resilience and security in these areas in a changing and uncertain climate?

Fiona Dercole, Section Manager, Public Safety, with the District of North Vancouver will discuss the District’s approach to reduce and mitigate impacts associated with debris flows, flood, steep slopes and wildfire. Tamsin Lyle, Principal, Ebbwater Consulting, will discuss some of the challenges faced by coastal communities related to sea level rise and increased storm surge. Sarah Primeau, landscape architect/landscape ecologist with space2place design inc will present neighbourhood, site and building design responses to sea level rise including ideas from the recent Green Waterfront Design Charrette organized by West Coast Environmental Law, Adaptation to Climate Change Team at SFU and the City of Vancouver. The session will be moderated by West Coast Environmental Law.

Deborah Carlson

Fiona Dercole

Tamsin Lyle

Sarah Primeau

Deborah Carlson, Staff Lawyer, West Coast Environmental Law

Fiona Dercole, Section Manager, Public Safety, District of North Vancouver
Tamsin Lyle, Principal, Ebbwater Consulting
Sarah Primeau, Landscape Architect/Landscape Ecologist, space2place design inc.

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Deborah Carlson is a staff lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law, a not-for-profit organization based in Vancouver. She works collaboratively with communities around BC to develop law and policy to make cities and towns healthy and resilient, focusing on approaches that recognize our vital connection to nature and the importance of community engagement. She was lead author of Preparing for Climate Change: An Implementation Guide for Local Governments in British Columbia.

Fiona Dercole leads the District of North Vancouver’s Natural Hazards Management Program – working with various levels of government, District departments, the public, consultants, scientists and academics to build resiliency by integrating risk assessment, mitigation and community awareness of natural hazards and risk.

Previous to her position in the Engineering, Parks and Facilities division at the District of North Vancouver, Fiona worked as an avalanche specialist in Whistler, BC and led river rafting expeditions in remote areas of Northern BC and the Yukon.

Fiona holds a Master of Arts degree in Public Safety Leadership from Royal Roads University.

Tamsin Lyle is principal and founding engineer with Ebbwater Consulting, a Vancouver based company that is wholly focussed on flood management. Over her 15-year career she has she has developed in-depth technical knowledge of flood mechanisms along with a broad understanding of flood policy and planning. She works across the country to help communities mitigate their flood risk, and often speaks out on the need to manage floods in a holistic and integrated manner. For the last few years, she has been working with the City of Vancouver to better understand the future risks associated with sea level rise.

Sarah Primeau is a registered landscape architect and ecologist at space2place design, with masters degrees in both landscape architecture and wetland ecology. Sarah’s work focuses on ecologically-sensitive planning and design at a range of scales. She is passionate about the integration of green infrastructure with the built environment to help regenerate ecological processes, and to increase the livability and resilience of our cities. She is also an active volunteer on urban watershed restoration projects, including work on restoring Still Creek and daylighting St George Creek in Vancouver, and her space2place team recently won the runner-up prize in SFU Public Square’s sea level rise ideas competition.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:00am-9:30am • $45

W07 – Building Enclosures of the Future – Building Tomorrow’s Buildings Today [AD CO GR]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This educational session will cover the latest in building enclosure technology for energy efficient buildings.  Presented by one of North America’s leading building science research engineers, Graham Finch of RDH Building Engineering will provide an overview of emerging wall and roof assemblies that provide durable, cost effective and thermally efficient performance.

Recent energy code changes will be reviewed including an opportunity to discuss solutions to meet these more stringent requirements.  Recent building science research and field monitoring information will be presented, demonstrating how insulation materials perform under different climatic conditions and how R-values change with time and season. Strategies to construct highly insulated wall and roof assemblies and avoid thermal bridging will be presented, along with several case studies to illustrate how these emerging technologies have been utilized in new and existing buildings.

Graham Finch

Graham Finch, Principal, Building Science Research Specialist, RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

Sponsored By

Graham is a Principal and Building Science Research Specialist with RDH. He has a passion for technology and for making better and more energy efficient buildings. He leads RDH’s building science research group and is actively involved in a wide range of projects from building research studies to forensic investigations, building monitoring, hygrothermal modeling, and new construction across North America. Graham has authored several publications and practical industry guideline documents related to durable and energy efficient building enclosures. In addition to RDH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses at the Diploma and Masters levels.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:00am • $45

W08 – Leading Teams through Tough Times [PM AD CO PD]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

Organizations that embrace purposeful work and encourage inspired performance, experience more success and less stress. Charmaine shares 7 musts for working with purpose, how to connect with your “WHY”, why your “WHY” matters, and, learn how to get back on track, and navigate around the obstacles that challenge your “WHY”.

Charmaine Hammond

Charmaine Hammond, Professional Speaker and Bestselling Author, Hammond International Inc.

Who better to lead courageous dialogues and help build resilient and inspired teams than Charmaine Hammond? Beginning her career as a Correctional Officer in adult and young offender facilities she later pursued her interest in conflict management, obtaining a Masters Degree in Conflict Analysis & Management and was a Chartered Mediator for 10 years.  She has managed several non-profit organizations, and spearheaded the development of three others, as well as having worked in many settings, including healthcare, government, and business.

As a  Leader, she pursued her passion for leadership and has been a business owner for the past 17 years; she has presented to more than 75,000 people in five countries. Charmaine has a solid background in leading courageous dialogue and helping teams bounce forward through change, conflict, challenge and adversity. A champion of community development, she has worked and volunteered in many partnerships and collaborations, this approach is so important to Charmaine that she facilitates learning events and consults on this topic.

In fact, solving problems and building solutions, communicating for success and strengthening relationships are the foundations of Charmaine’s business. Transformational Speaker, facilitator, and best selling author, Charmaine helps businesses, organizations and groups build tomorrow’s solutions today through education, innovation and motivation. Audiences find Charmaine to be a dynamic speaker who engages the audience and challenges participants to take bold and intentional actions, taking learnings to the next level. She weaves in humour, motivation and stories in her presentations and creates the opportunity for meaningful impacts and transformation.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:00am • $45

W09 – Facade Design for Effective Thermal Performance Addressing New Code Requirements & Options to meet ASHRAE 90.1 [AD CO GR]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

An industry dilemma was created when building codes changed. Attaining sustainable results through traditional resources is difficult and misguided. The building code changes specify higher R Values, replacing R Value with effective R Value. To attain an effective R value one must consider the effects of thermal bridges of studs, girts, window frames, etc. This presentation will provide an understanding of ASHRAE 90.1, the importance of an effective R value, how to reach it and how to design with thermally broken facades.

Blair Davies

Darren Smith

Blair Davies, General Manager, Engineered Assemblies
Darren Smith, Business Development, Engineered Assemblies

Blair has grown businesses working with and for designers in technical products for 25+ years. He leads Engineered Assemblies growth plans in sales, market and product planning. Blair brings a practical sense of what can be done based on technical, construction, manufacturing and engineering experience; including a University of Waterloo Civil Engineering background. Blair has a keen sense of networking and strategy and uses these abilities to reach out to people who can help to grow Engineered Assemblies’ value for Customers.

Darren’s passion for development and creative design are backed by 6 years in the facade industry. Darren enjoys finding creative solutions for value engineering; creating a balance between architectural vision and constructability costing. His experience includes projects of all sizes; ranging from small retrofits to large commercial projects. Since joining EA in 2013 Darren has worked on numerous projects, naming Shannon Estates and Nanaimo Library among his favourites.

Interior Design Keynote

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $55

W10 – Designing for Health and Wellness [AD CO]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEU, BOMI 2.0 CPDs ]

As we move into an era of heightened holistic consciousness and the Vancouver population continues to age, designing for health and wellbeing is of increasing importance. Join us for a panel presentation where industries top professionals investigate emerging innovation and evidence based research on how to design spaces specifically to support the health and wellness of the people who live and work in them.

Erica Wickes

Maureen Doyle

Carol Jones
Dr. Dak Kopec

Atiya Mahmood

Erica Wickes, Principal & Owner, 34f Design Inc. Interior Design

Maureen Doyle, Owner and Interior Designer, Synshyn Architecture Interior Design Inc.
Carol Jones, Principal, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning
Dr. Dak Kopec, Director of Masters of Design Studies in Design for Human Health, Boston Architectural College
Atiya Mahmood, Associate Professor, Environmental Gerontology, Simon Fraser University

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Erica Wickes is a Registered Interior Designer in BC and is an expert commercial designer who has an uncommon mix of design, practical project management, technical skills and a strong business acumen. She has successfully created many innovative designs on countless diverse projects and received Awards of Excellence in Interior Design from the Interior Designers Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC).

Her passion for the interior design profession, naturally has her giving back by volunteering for IDIBC and mentoring emerging professionals. She is the currently serving as the President for IDIBC and is extremely active in the design community and with architects.

Carol Jones:

  • Principal in an international firm, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd, with staff of 250 in five cities. Areas of practice include hospitals, universities, airports, public buildings, mixed use retail developments and corporate facilities.
  • Carol’s interest in design education has been reflected in teaching appointments at two universities.
  • Over 40 years of experience in planning and design, with a focus on design for the high performance workplace.
  • Considered an expert on workplace programming and planning, speaks and writes on this topic both nationally and internationally
  • Projects under her leadership have been widely published and have received numerous awards.
  • NCIDQ certificate holder
  • Certified Facility Manager (CFM)
  • Registered Interior Designer (RID) in BC
  • 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:

  • President of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA).
  • IIDA Foundation, IDC Foundation
  • The International Facility Management Association (IFMA)
  • The National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ)
  • Currently a Director on the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board
  • Has been inducted into the College of Fellows of three professional associations (FIIDA, FIDC, FIDIBC)
  • Awarded an honourary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) by Kwantlen Polytechnical University for her contributions to the design profession.

Dak holds a doctorate degree in Environmental Psychology, two master’s degrees (Architecture and Community Psychology), and an undergraduate degree in Health Sciences. He has served twice as a Visiting Lecturer at Virginia Commonwealth University in Doha Qatar and Visiting Professor at the University of Hawaii in the schools of Architecture and Medicine. He is currently the Director of the Boston Architectural College’s Master of Design Studies in Design for Human Health.

Dak’s publications include several journal articles, the completion of three books: Environmental Psychology for Design; Health, Sustainability and The Built Environment; and Evidence Based Design: A Process for Research and Writing. He has also authored two monographs, Americans with Disabilities Act and The Elderly Population, and Designs that Protect: Incorporating Culturally Diverse Perspectives in Long-Term Care Facilities. He is currently in the final stages of completing an edited book with Dr. Mitra Kanaani to be titled The Routledge Handbook of Architecture Design & Practice: Established & Emerging Trends which will be published by Routledge.

Dak’s other accomplishments include an invitation by the Costa Rican National Congress’ of Medicine and Engineering to discuss the role of Design and Health, he testified before the California State Senate on issues of Environmental Health, was appointed by the governor of Hawaii to the Health Planning Council, has been invited to present on the future of design at the IDA (International Design Alliance) Congress in Taiwan, invited to deliver a TEDx talk, and was a member of ASID’s Distinguished Speakers for five years.

Atiya Mahmood, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her post-secondary education has been in design/Architecture with a focus on environment-behaviour relationships. She received her Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and did her post-doctoral training in SFU and UBC in the area of Environmental Gerontology. She has teaching experience in both Gerontology (SFU) and Design (Oregon State University). Her research focus is in several distinct, yet related areas, within the general area of Aging, Health and Environment.  These are: a) Community design and active living for older adults; b) Socio-spatial environments of ethnocultural older adults; c) Gerontechnology, caregiving, mental health and aging in place; d) Environment-behaviour relationships in acute- and long term care settings. She has over two decades of experience in qualitative and mixed methods research in the area of environment and behaviour studies, aging and built environment.  Dr. Mahmood has served on the Boards of Environment Design Research Association (EDRA) and Housing Education Research Association (HERA). She is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Housing for the Elderly, Journal of Gerontology and Geriatrics Research and Housing and Society. She is an Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation Fellow in the Experienced Researcher Category and recently completed a project on older adults mobility in neighbourhoods in Frankfurt, Germany. She has served as CO-I or CO-PI on funded projects on housing for older adults, neighbourhood environment and mobility, quality of life of ethnic minority older adults, gerontechnology and aging in place, environment-behaviour issues in acute and long-term care settings.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 10:30am-12:00pm • $45

W11 – Maximizing the Energy Performance of a House [AD CO GR]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

Why strive for a higher level of energy efficiency in your houses or townhomes? Perhaps to meet rezoning requirements for your proposed development, perhaps as part of a green rating program such as Built Green® or LEED, or perhaps to simply provide your clients with a higher performance home. Regardless of the motive, there are particular strategies which can be used in our local climate to most cost-effectively improve the energy performance of a house.

In this session, you will learn which municipalities are mandating energy performance targets, what tools are available to assess energy performance, and what equipment, materials and construction methods are proving most appropriate for Lower Mainland conditions.

Einar Halbig

Einar Halbig, B.A. Sc., CEA, CEO, E3 Eco Group Inc.

Supported By

Einar Halbig’s career has been focused on construction, energy-efficiency and sustainability. Following his Civil Engineering studies, Einar worked for several local companies before starting his own consulting business in 2003. In 2007 Einar partnered with Troy Glasner to form E3 Eco Group Inc.  Now with a team of associates, E3 consults to builders, developers, architects and homeowners across BC. It is Einar’s passion to share this information with others through his consulting work, his teaching and his participation in various committees.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 10:30am-12:00pm • $45

W12 – New Harmonies: Changing Themes in Colour/Design Trends [AD CO]

[ IDCEC 0.1 CEUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

For most consumers today, color and style coordination in home interiors is a consistent goal, but the old rigid color rules have been replaced by more creative guidelines and options.  Lifestyle patterns and tastes are consistently evolving and so are the resulting forecasts that are spawning new harmonies in both color and design.  Join Leatrice Eiseman in an engaging, highly visual program that demonstrates the strongest trends in color and styling families – where they are coming from, why they are happening and where they are headed in future.

Leatrice Eiseman

Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone Colour Institute & Executive Director, Eiseman Center for Colour Information and Training

Leatrice Eiseman is the executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, director of the Eiseman Center for Colour Information and Training, a consultant, forecaster and author of nine books on colour. She teaches classes on Bainbridge Island, WA and in Los angeles for professionals dealing with the use of colour in industry, trend forecasting and the psychology of colour.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:30pm • $45

W13 – Windows and Passive House Design [AD CO GR]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

Windows play a very important role in Passive House Design. This seminar will look at the basic concepts and anatomy of Passive House windows and how their evolution is impacting Passive House design. In addition, the presentation will discuss basic PHPP inputs and calculations for windows and how to optimize your design for the PHPP design software. Finally, in North America, choosing windows for a Passive House is further complicated by the differences between North American and European energy performance rating standards. This presentation will provide an overview of the differences between the rating systems and fulfilling the new requirements in the North American Fenestration Standard.

Dr. Guido Wimmers

Dr. Guido Wimmers, Chair, UNBC Integrated Wood Design Program

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Dr. Wimmers, the chair of UNBC’s new Integrated Wood Design Program, holds a master in architecture and a PhD in building science.  Prior to moving to Canada in 2007 he worked as a consultant designing and building Passive Houses in Austria, Germany, and Italy. Since in Canada, Guido has already been invited to share his refreshing expertise with students of UBC, SFU and BCIT at lectures and has given numerous seminars and talks about the next leap in building technology at forums and international conventions including the GLOBE convention, the CAGBC summit, ICBEST, BCBEC and Canadian Wood Council fairs. Guido is one of the initiators of Canada’s first Passive House in Whistler and has since then worked on Passive House projects all across Canada. He is also co-author of the Passive Design Tool Kit of the City of Vancouver and a founding director of the Canadian Passive House Institute.

Furthermore Guido is specialized in high performance windows and was co-developer of the first North American window frame which got PHI certification achieving extraordinary good performance results.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:30pm • $45

W14 – What’s Your IQ (Innovation Quotient)? How to take advantage of innovative approaches and technologies (and how to avoid being blind-sided) [PM AD CO]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

If you work for a design or construction company, your firm’s IQ (Innovation Quotient) is a measure of how ready you are for the influx of new technologies and the rafts of new regulations that are emerging to drive down costs, increase productivity and improve building performance.

So, what trends should you be aware of and how can you best prepare? This presentation will provide an overview of some of the exciting innovations emerging in construction and offer an entertaining tour of some of the real and radical new products and approaches that are causing construction companies to rethink the way they do business.

This lively presentation will be led by Helen Goodland and David Van Seters, the co-founders of Building Technology Innovations. Helen and David will talk about some of the new technologies they are helping to advance in BC as well as the larger trends that are taking hold around the world such as “offsite” construction and “flying factories”, 3D printing technologies, the use of automation and “intelligent” products as well as the implications of the sharing economy as a powerful new way to collaborate and share equipment, information, materials and even people.

Helen Goodland

David Van Seters

Helen Goodland RIBA MBA LEED AP, Principal, Brantwood Consulting & Co-Founder, Building Technology Innovations
David Van Seters, President, Sustainability Ventures & Co-Founder, Technology Innovations

Helen Goodland has over 30 years of policy, business and technical experience working to advance innovative high–performance residential, commercial and institutional projects in Canada and around the world. As co-founder of Building Technology Innovations, a sustainable building technology incubator providing business planning, advisory, and fund raising services for innovators targeting the real estate and construction sectors, Helen has a finger on the pulse of innovative products, projects and solutions that could dramatically affect the way business is done in the near future.

Since 2011, Helen Goodland has advised the BC Construction Association on matters relating to sustainable building and innovation. She writes the BCCA’s regular “Green building market update” an online round-up of market trends at home and elsewhere. She participates on the Canadian Construction Association’s Corporate Social Responsibility Taskforce and also serves on the United Nations Sustainable Building and Climate Initiative as chair of the Materials Technical Advisory Committee.

David Van Seters is a business consultant, serial entrepreneur and pioneer of the “shared economy” principle which is fundamentally re-thinking how technology can empower people to share, swap, borrow and barter assets in unprecedented ways. Imagine if you could share as opposed to buy equipment, real estate, even people. David will talk about how this sharing has helped to create business opportunity while reducing redundancy and environmental waste and how it could “up-end” traditional procurement models in the construction industry.

As co-founder of Building Technology Innovations, a sustainable building technology incubator providing business planning, advisory, and fund raising services for innovators targeting the real estate and construction sectors, David works closely with entrepreneurs and investors to bring new products and technologies to the construction market.

David holds an Environmental Biology Degree from McGill University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Alberta. David’s business skills are founded in experience: he has launched three businesses, including an organic grocery home delivery service that is now the largest in North America. David has also taken on leadership roles as the National Environmental Practice Leader for KPMG Canada, Global Sustainable Development Technical Community Leader for Golder Associates, and CEO of a number of green enterprises.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:30pm • $45

W15 – What is the Future of Building Energy Performance? [AD CO GR]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

With the introduction of LEED V4 in 2015 for both new construction and existing buildings, improvements to building performance is once again being driven into the forefront. Local legislation is also pushing changes to new and existing buildings in cities like Vancouver.

  • What does the immediate future hold for building owners and managers?
  • Will energy modeling be enough for new buildings?
  • Will energy audits be enough for existing buildings?

There are a wide variety of initiatives that those responsible for the operation of buildings can take advantage of to address these questions.

Maeri Machado

Aislinn McCarry

Maeri Machado P.Eng. LEED AP, Project Manager, Halsall & Associates
Aislinn McCarry, Project Manager, Halsall & Associates

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

Maeri is the Green Building Business Manager for the Vancouver team. She is also a Project Manager on many of our major projects in BC and Alberta, and has been an active member of our Green Community practice team. Maeri has experience in sustainable community planning, LEED® project consultation, sustainable design consulting, restoration engineering, capital planning and performance audits.

Aislinn: As an energy and project management specialist, Aislinn takes a hands-on approach to project delivery so as to directly involve and engage all team members, including property managers and building operators in the process. She believes that shared passion is a key component to success and works with clients to use this passion to identify industry relevant and feasible solutions to meet their needs and goals.

Aislinn brings extensive project experience in, with a focus on the implementation of energy conservation practices in existing buildings. Since joining Halsall in 2010, Aislinn has been involved in over 50 sustainability projects of various types including retro-commissioning analyses, ongoing commissioning plans, energy audits, tenant engagement workshops, retro-commissioning projects, setting long term building energy targets and LEED-EB Feasibility and Implementation services on over 50M sqft of commercial office space. Aislinn also brings international experience in sustainability, having worked in the renewable energy filed in Europe. Her passion for success and developing client relationships means that you can expect high quality results and timely project delivery every time.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:30pm • $45

W16 – Resilience and Recovery – Planning for Uncertainty [PM AD CO]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs, IDCEC 0.2 HSW CEUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

What is resilience and how will it enhance our ability to plan for, recover from and minimize downtime following a catastrophic event such as an earthquake or flood? This seminar addresses resiliency primarily at a building scale and brings together design professionals from APEGBC and the AIBC’s Post-Disaster Response Committee. An introduction to resilience will include an overview of a resilience based assessment tool and the status of resilience as a performance objective in building codes. The speakers will present a common engineering approach for seismic assessment as a preparedness tool and/or for the retrofit of existing buildings in a post-earthquake scenario. How will all of this potentially play out “on the ground” in the event of an earthquake? We’ll review a multi-disciplinary framework for post-disaster assessments of commercial and residential buildings, emerging assessment tools and the importance of resilience in a post-disaster context.

Louis Conway

Robyn E. Fenton

Marguerite Laquinte Francis

Peter Mitchell

Louis Conway, Architect AIBC
Robyn E. Fenton, Architect, AIBC
Marguerite Laquinte Francis, Architect AIBC OAA
Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC, Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC)

Supported By


Louis Conway is an Architect and Sustainability Professional with rating system accreditations in both green building (LEED AP BD+C) and green infrastructure (ENVISION SP), and a background in a wide range of building types. His previous experience includes work in integrated architectural / engineering environments as a principal at Stantec, and as a sustainable design principal at Amec in a multi-disciplinary, infrastructure environment. His research interests include resilience and development of resilience rating systems in a multi-hazard, community context.

Robyn Fenton is a Vancouver based architect and facilitator and the founder of ReForma Architecture.

Her interests lie in creating beautiful and functional spaces through a collaborative process with her clients. Preferring to work directly with end-users, Client Engagement and Facilitation are new areas of interest in her practice.

She is a volunteer on the AIBC Post-Disaster Safety Assessment Program Committee and a volunteer board member and facilitator with the Vancouver Design Nerds Society. Her previous volunteer experiences include the Vancouver Biodiesel Co-op, Vancouver Women in Architecture and Girl Guides of Canada.

Teaching and studying in various disciplines compliment her architectural practice.

Marguerite Laquinte Francis, an architect and Principal of MLF Event Architecture, specializes in temporary structures and logistics planning for major events. As Chair of the Architectural Institute of British Columbia’s Post-Disaster Response committee, her professional interests include community preparedness, resilience and the coordination of stakeholders as it relates to damage assessment.

Peter Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC is the Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development at the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC). He is responsible for developing and directing proactive quality assurance programs covering member’s practices. Four key components of these programs are the APEGBC Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Program, APEGBC Practice Review Program, APEGBC Quality Management Guidelines and the development of APEGBC Professional Practice Guidelines. Twelve of these practice guidelines have involved contracts with ten different government agencies /ministries totalling over $10,000,000. Peter also oversees staff support to over a dozen committees, task forces, boards and divisions dealing with professional practice issues and directs APEGBC’s response to various government legislation impacting the practice of professional engineering and professional geoscience in BC.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:30pm • $45

W17 – Building Knowledge for Smarter Skins to achieve Higher Performance Buildings [AD CO GR]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

The building skin is the critical interface between occupant health and increasingly strange climatic conditions. Owners can benefit from sustainable Smarter Building Skins in numerous ways, in particular through increasing performance whilst lowering operating cost. The principles underlying the building skin for the 2014 CNN award-winning Halifax Central Library will be shared.

This interactive presentation will provide attendees with building knowledge to be able to:

  • Identify critical elements of the building skin (envelope/enclosure) responsible for building energy consumption, indoor air quality and best holistic strategies for reduction.
  • Understand the architectural materials/systems and practical opportunities for designing high performance thermal/moisture & mold resistant assemblies.
  • Describe the different Indoor Passive Panel Technologies for Indoor air quality solutions.
  • Understand what is measured can be managed
  • Be NECB ready for the proposed Energy Use Intensities (EUI) for large new buildings – a first in North America.
  • Be ahead of the curve for energy reporting for existing buildings in Vancouver and being looked at in Toronto.
  • Gain knowledge of the new prerequisite in LEED v. 4 for Building Enclosure review which will be required regardless of level of certification.

Robert Marshall

Robert Marshall, Building Science Manager, LEED AP, Certain Teed Saint- Gobain

Sponsored By

Bob Marshall is the Building Science Manager, for CertainTeed Saint-Gobain and has over 35 years of experience as a specialist in predesign/design/construction of energy efficient durable building envelopes for all types of buildings. He has worked on over 50 LEED-projects and is co-author of the LEED Durable Building credit. Dr. Ray Cole at the UBC is the co-author. Bob develops long lasting repeat customer relationships and provides BUILDING CODES & ISO sustainable support services. Bob has been appointed to NRC’s Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. He is also appointed to NRC’s Task Group on Energy Use Intensity for the NECB.

Bob understands litigation and CODES. He was retained by the BC Ministry of the Attorney General as an expert on the $1.5B Leaky Condominium Class Action, contributing to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case. CertainTeed SAINT-GOBAIN has a vision for Sustainable Habitat based on our innovative products & systems and sharing our Building Knowledge to inspire our customers.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-4:00pm • $55

W18 – Recent Developments in Construction Law [AD CO]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs, BOMI 2.0 CPDs ]

Construction law is a continually evolving body, and it is important for industry to understand how those changes affect how you do business. This presentation will review recent court decisions on bidding and tendering, arbitration of construction disputes, priority of lien claims in bankruptcy, builders risk insurance, and notice of claims and other developing areas of law such as British Columbia’s new limitation act.

Tyler Galbraith

John Logan

Tim Peters

Tyler Galbraith, Lawyer, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP
John Logan, Managing Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP
Tim Peters, Associate Counsel, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP

Tyler Galbraith is a partner at Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP. His practice is focussed on construction related matters including builders liens, tender dipsutes, delay claims, defective work disputes, contract termination and bond claims and is a frequent presenter before construction industry associations on these topis. Tyler is also the author of numerous construction law articles and contibutor to many construction publications. Tyler is direclty involved in the construction industry through sitting as a director on the board of the Vancouver Island Construction Association and as a member of the British Columbia Construction Association, Standards and Practices Committee.

John Logan, LL.B., Managing Partner, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP, Vancouver, BC.  Mr. Logan restricts his practice to construction and commercial litigation and alternate dispute resolution. Over the last 31 years, he has been counsel on a multitude of complex construction, development and commercial cases in British Columbia.

John frequently acts as a mediator, arbitrator or referee in commercial and construction disputes. He is committed to the use of alternative dispute resolution and pragmatic, business oriented approaches to the resolution of disputes.

John was recently included in the LEXPERT/American Lawyer Guide to the Leading 500 Lawyers in Canada.  He has the highest possible rating in Commercial and Construction Litigation from U.S. ratings agency Martindale & Hubbell and is listed in Best Lawyers as one of British Columbia’s leading construction lawyers.

Tim Peters practices in the areas of construction, commercial, condominium and insurance law.  He has successfully represented the full spectrum of players in the construction industry, including owners, developers, contractors and third party warranty providers.

Mr. Peters  has developed a practice niche acting for parties, including contractors, in pursuing insurers who have denied coverage under their liability and course of construction policies.

Mr. Peters is a strong advocate of Alternative Dispute Resolution processes and has participated in over 100 mediations throughout his career.  His approach is best described as pragmatic with his primary objective of achieving the best results for his clients using the most cost effective tools available to realize that end.

Mr. Peters is a Past Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (BC) Construction Law Subsection, a member of the Canadian Condominium Institute and has a “Distinguished” rating by Martindale-Hubbell© Peer Review.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 1:00pm-4:00pm • $175

W19 – Project Management: Risk Essentials [PM AD CO]

[ AIBC 3 Core LUs, IDCEC 0.3 CEUs, BOMI 3.0 CPDs ]

Effective Project Management includes the ability to anticipate and foresee problems that could derail your project. The project manager’s success is often linked to his or her ability and skill in managing risk and minimizing the impact of changes to both the project scope and product scope. Usually this ability is developed and the skills honed, only through prolonged exposure to the project management environment. This course will give you a head start at developing the necessary trouble-shooting skills you need.

Doug Land

Doug Land, President, Lobstick Project Solutions Inc.

Doug is an award winning Trainer, Coach and Consultant in the areas of Project Management; Communications; Contract Management and Organizational Effectiveness. His background includes training and consulting work with many private corporations in the U.S.A. and Canada; municipal, regional and provincial governments as well as many Aboriginal groups and organizations. He has extensive experience in Construction projects; Community Development projects; Business Development projects; Power Generation Plant Turnaround projects; Oil and Gas Industry; Real Estate Development.

He is the President and Founder of Lobstick Project Solutions Inc.; a training, coaching and consulting practice. He is also Program Director, Western Canada, of the Masters Certificate in Project Management, Schulich School of Business, York University and a member of the faculty.

Doug is also Senior VP and lead instructor with Atocrates Project Sciences International and has recently co-authored his first book, due to be released in January 2013. ‘The Power of the Plan – Empowering the Leader Within You’.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 1:00pm-3:00pm • $55

W20 – Sustainable Comfort: Passive House Built Entirely from Natural Materials [PM AD CO PD GR]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, IDCEC 0.2 HSW CEUs, BOMI 2.0 CPDs ]

With ten years of experience designing to the Passive House Standard and involvement in over 70 Passive House projects, Bjørn Kierulf, will discuss Passive House construction using natural materials. This presentation will explore three different construction methods; limestone, massive wood and strawbale, expanding on the building science behind each system, the wrapping method to achieve Passive House airtightness requirements and the embodied energy considerations for material choice.

Bjørn Kierulf

Bjørn Kierulf, Passive House Specialist, Createrra

Supported By

Bjørn is a Norwegian living in Slovakia for over 20 years. He has a formal education in Industrial Design, and won several National Awards for his designs in the years 1993-2001. Together with his architect wife, he has been spearheading the PH development in Slovakia since 2007, when they built the first certified PH. Since then their company Createrra has designed more than 70 passive houses, of which three are certified.  Createrra is also renowned for its extensive use of natural materials in the building process.

Bjørn takes actively part in the international passive house movement. He has given 4 presentations at the annual International Passive House Conference and at numerous national passive house conferences in Europe. He is a member of the Scientific conference advisory board for the International Passivhaus Conference.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 1:30pm-3:00pm • $45

W21 – Construction and Demolition Waste Management: What You Need to Know [CO GR]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

Materials from construction and demolition accounts for a quarter of our region’s waste. With this in mind, and as all of Vancouver’s industries continue to advance towards greater resource efficiency a greener way of doing business, the implementation of effective job site waste management plans are crucial to the conscious sustainable operation of any construction project or venture.

Join us for a presentation to learn about Metro Vancouver’s solid waste management plan, where we’ll focus on the bylaws impacting the construction industry, highlighting recent changes and advancements that are expected to come into play over the next year and their implications on industry. Industry leaders will present their success stories, expanding on the best practices for the successful development and implementation of effective construction and demolition waste management practices, concluding with the positive impacts it has had on their business.

Robert Capar

Lisa Brideau

Steve Kemp

Amie Poole

Nermine Tawfik

Robert Capar, President, Maison D’Etre & President, CHBABC

Lisa Brideau, Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver
Steve Kemp, President, Kemp Construction
Amie Poole, Co-Founder & Owner, Octiscapes
Nermine Tawfik, Technical Advisor, Solid Waste Services – Metro Vancouver

Robert Capar is the owner of maison d’etre design-build inc. – a lower mainland company with over 19 years experience in residential design and construction.  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 current President of the Canadian Home Builders Association BC  and is a Certified Residential Builder  and Registered Renovation Professional.

Robert is working hard to increase the availability of educational courses and to promote education as the one main defining element which promotes the professionalism of the industry. He is also an instructor at Langara teaching Home Renovation Planning.

Lisa Brideau has degrees in Engineering and Planning and has worked for the City of Vancouver for 7 years as a Planner and a Sustainability Specialist. Her role is to support other City departments in their efforts to make Vancouver the Greenest City in the world by 2020. Her current focus is zero waste and implementation of demolition recycling requirements.

Steve Kemp is President of Kemp Construction Management Ltd. a licenced homebuilder and Co-Chair of the Renovation Council of the Greater Vancouver Homebuilder Association (GVHBA). Kemp Construction is also member of BuiltGreen Canada committed to building green throughout all phases of the construction process. A 2014 ‘demolition’  in the Shaugnessy area of Vancouver that could have ended up in the landfill was completely recycled ending in positive relationships with the local community the local heritage association as well as a potential tax credit for the client.

Amie Poole: Diverting demolition waste from landfills was a founding principle of the establishment of Octiscapes – Amie’s Vancouver based demolition business. Amie has worked closely with the City of Vancouver to create new procedures for the deconstruction of residential houses. Using these procedures Octiscapes has achieved multiple deconstruction projects with recycle rates in advance of 90% and standard demolitions with  greater than 65% recycle rates. Amie has developed systems which allow full house removals to occur in similar time frames to a standard demolition with only a minor cost increase over typical residential demolitions.

Nermine Tawfik has been with Metro Vancouver for over 10 years working on advancing business waste diversion, reuse and recycling with a focus on the construction and demolition sector. Early on, her work was focused on helping businesses adopt eco-efficient practices, that help contribute to their bottom line and reduce their ecological impacts. Now her work is focused on developing policies that advance the implementation of Metro Vancouver Zero Waste goals such as researching ways to support construction materials reuse and recycling market development and regulatory tools to increase diversion and recycling from construction, renovation, and demolition projects.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-3:30pm • $45

W22 – The Rise, Fall and Potential Rise of BC’s Home Performance Industry: Where Do We Go from Here? [AD CO GR]

[ BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

The residential energy retrofit and home performance sector in British Columbia has long been impacted by the ebb and flow of public policy and government / utility incentive programs. What are the current opportunities for developing a more successful and sustainable home performance industry in BC? How can companies in BC’s $7.6 billion home renovation / repair sector grow their businesses while reducing operational risks through home performance best practices? This presentation and panel discussion will share insights from past industry experiences, recent industry research, and new industry-led initiatives currently underway to grow the home performance industry and market opportunities in BC.

Paul Shorthouse

Ryan Coleman

Anton Van Dyk

Ken Farrish

Beth Ringdahl

Peter Sundberg

Paul Shorthouse, BC Regional Director, Delphi Group

Ryan Coleman, Founder & CEO, Ecolighten Energy Solutions
Anton Van Dyk, Business Development Manager, Centra Construction Group
Ken Farrish, Principal, Farrish Marketing Services
Beth Ringdahl,  Residential EEC Program Manager, FortisBC
Peter Sundberg, Executive Director, City Green Solutions

Supported By

Paul Shorthouse leads the Delphi Group’s activities in British Columbia where he is involved with strategic planning, business development, client relationship and project management, industry and market research, public policy review, report and proposal writing, event planning and coordination, and marketing and communications.

Paul has directly overseen the successful completion of over a dozen industry research projects and workforce studies on key sectors of the green economy including energy, transportation, natural resources, and construction. Previously, Paul served as Managing Director of GLOBE Advisors (the consulting arm of the GLOBE Foundation), where he led the development of a 5-year industry development strategy for BC’s home performance industry on behalf of BC Hydro, FortisBC, and the Province of BC (Ministry of Energy and Mines). The project built on 6 months of research for the Canadian Home Builders’ Association of BC to develop a profile of BC’s residential construction sector and to identify the opportunities and challenges for improving apprenticeship and occupational training within the sector.

Paul has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Victoria, a Certificate in Environmental Stewardship from Camosun College, and a Diploma of Technology in Marketing Management and Entrepreneurship from BCIT’s School of Business. Paul has also been a member of a number of advisory groups and committees on energy and green economy subjects in Canada, and is currently a member of the Program Advisory Committee for BCIT’s School of Business as well as UBC’s Masters in Clean Energy Engineering Program.

Ryan Coleman is the Founder/CEO of Ecolighten Energy Solutions, a BC-based company dedicated to helping Government, Utilities and Homeowners find new solutions to using energy more wisely in our homes.

With over fifteen (15) years’ experience working in the private and public sector and solely focused in the energy efficiency space, Ryan is passionate about clean energy solutions.  Ryan’s experience in home performance includes senior management capacity within Homeworks Services, one of BC’s first whole house contractor networks and residential energy services through the design and delivery of large-scale energy efficiency programs for government and utility customers.

Before founding Ecolighten, Ryan developed his experience and expertise working in variety of roles for leading energy companies in Canada, UK and Ireland including BC Hydro, Terasen Gas, Eaga plc and Carillion plc.  Ryan currently serves as a Director on the BC Advanced Conservation & Efficiency Association.

Anton Van Dyk has over 15 years of building envelope related consulting and construction experience.  Over the last 3 years Anton has been the acting Business Development Manager for Centra windows as well as being involved its Research and Development department.  Anton has been actively involved in overseeing the implementation of new windows standards into its manufacturing and sales departments.

Prior to his involvement with Centra Windows, Anton was actively involved in the building science consulting industry,   this included consulting on multi-million dollar building envelope rehabilitation projects on existing occupied buildings and small scale repairs including deck and window upgrades.  New construction experience consists of mixed use wood and concrete frame construction for low and high rise buildings along with speciality projects such as an addition to library and the design of a modern performing arts center.

Building envelope experience ranges from standard rainscreen concepts to high performance pressure equalized rainscreen cavities to pre-cast wall systems.  Anton specialized in air barrier concepts along with continuous exterior insulation methods.

Anton has worked with multiple window and glazing products ranging from curtain wall, window wall, storefront, fiberglass and vinyl tilt-and-turn and most commonly used nail-on flange windows.  Anton has helped develop window testing protocols and is actively involved in the field testing of windows and doors.

Anton has been involved in many building restoration construction projects ranging from full cladding replacement to window retrofitting on high exposed buildings and low exposed single family homes.

Ken Farrish is an independent consultant who provides project management, group facilitation, training program development and delivery, technical specification development, and strategic marketing services to companies, associations and utilities serving the residential construction industry.  Ken was a primary external consultant involved in developing the BC Hydro Power Smart Residential Home Improvements Program and commercial Building Performance Program, the BC Gas Homeworks Renovation Program, the multi-utility BC 21 Power Smart Program, and the Power Smart Energy Conservation Assistance Program.

Ken has led teams that designed and implemented educational, training and certification seminars to over 6,000 homeowners, builders, renovators, trades, and energy retrofit contractors over the last 23 years. He has also served as a facilitator at over 280 projects and event planning sessions with various agencies, associations, utilities and companies across Canada. He has developed several major public educational displays on energy efficiency and housing affordability, co-ordinated the marketing teams for six demonstration houses promoting energy efficiency and housing affordability, and developed a website for industry access to technical information and resources.

Ken is Past President of the Greater Vancouver Home Builders Association (GVHBA) and served on four local and provincial homebuilder’s association committees. As well, he has served on the Board of Directors of the Building Performance Association (BPA), the Heating, Ventilation and Cooling Industry Association (HVCI) and is a founding member of the Efficiency First trade association for the home performance industry in the United States.

Beth Ringdahl is the Residential Program Manager in FortisBC’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation team. Since 2009, her team has developed a full suite of home energy efficiency programs with an annual budget of almost $11 million.  Working with BC Hydro and all levels of government, Beth’s team is engaged in providing programs to FortisBC’s natural gas households throughout British Columbia. Beth has been actively involved in the sustainability community.  Past experience includes strategic marketing in the retail sector. Beth holds an MBA from Laurier University and an MSc from the University of Manitoba.

Peter Sundberg is Executive Director of City Green Solutions, an enterprising non-profit with a mission to excite, inspire and lead British Columbians in finding innovative home and building energy efficiency solutions.

Peter brings 15 years of experience managing clean energy and energy efficiency projects in North America, Latin America and Asia.  Working as the executive director at City Green since 2005, Peter supervises business development and program and service delivery, including the EnerGuide Rating Service for Existing Homes and MURBs, EnerGuide Rating Service and ENERGY STAR® for New Homes and MURBs, Passive House Energy Modeling, Thermal Imaging Services, ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager benchmarking, and energy audit services for commercial and institutional buildings.

Peter has led teams that have designed and delivered large scale home energy assessment and retrofit programs, developed and delivered training initiatives for energy advisors, realtors, builders and renovators, implemented strategic energy management plans for large housing providers and worked with dozens of local governments to implement energy conservation programs for existing homes and new construction.

In 2013/2014 Peter developed and managed the Home Energy Coach (HEC) pilot program which was designed to test whether the provision of additional tools, coaching and support during the energy upgrade process could increase energy savings and customer satisfaction with the home energy upgrade process and to evaluate how to enhance the value of energy evaluations for utilities, contractors and homeowners. HEC pilot program results showed that participants who received energy coaching completed more energy upgrades and saved 24% more energy than participants who did not receive energy coaching.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-3:30pm • $45

W23 – The Use of PF-7300 Spray Polyurethane Foam in the Design of your Building [AD CO GR]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This seminar will provide a brief overview of the evolution of spray foam, exploring the different uses and applications utilized since its inception. Peter will expand on the typical applications of the product and how to go about identifying and selecting a qualified contractor.  Peter will discuss the qualities of Spray Polyurethane Foam, examining the advantages of using this specific stream of product in the design of your building. This seminar will conclude with Peter addressing quality assurance, environmental criteria and LEED points in relation to working with Spray Polyurethane Foam.

Peter Frenette

Peter Frenette, Technical Representative, Demilec

A brief introduction into the History of Spray Foam Insulation since it was invented. We will discuss uses and applications of Spray Foam from the beginning.  Some of the Typical Applications of the product, and the CAN/ULC standard.  The contactors that apply Spray Foam and how they are registered and monitored. Not all Spray Foams are created equal, in-depth discussion on the difference of Spray Polyurethane Foam within the industry.

Some of the highlights will be Quality assurance, Environmental criteria, and Leed points.

Peter Frenette is an Architectural Technical Representative for Demilec Canada serving Western Canada. He is a Diesel Electric Engineer and a Marine Engineer. Peter has been in the construction industry for the last 25 years as an owner of an excavation, road building and construction company. He started getting interested in Spray Foam 10 years ago and began using the product in construction.  His innovations within the industry lead him to Demilec Canada. He now provides Education programs for architects, engineers and Building officials across Western Canada.  A published Author and proud supporter of Children’s Hospitals, Peter builds and designs specialty items for children with disabilities. He resides in Comox BC with his wife of 28 years and his two children.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-3:30pm • $45

W24 – Architecture Energized [AD GR]

[ AIBC 2 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

This session will outline how to engage in an effective integrated design workshop for achieving high levels of energy performance.  Participants will learn how to communicate with energy and other design professionals, including the top 5 questions to ask your energy consultant for achieving the best outcomes.

Christian Cianfrone

Christian Cianfrone P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C, BEMP, Principal, Building Energy Specialist, Morrison Hershfield

Supported By


Christian is a Principal and Building Energy Practice Lead at Morrison Hershfield in Vancouver. Christian has 10 years of experience consulting on sustainability and energy efficiency in the built environment. His primary focus has been on using his multi-disciplinary engineering expertise and simulation tools to facilitate energy related design decisions for project teams. Christian sits on the Technical Advisory Groups for both the CaGBC and USGBC on Energy, is an instructor at the University of British Columbia and frequently presents and delivers workshops for industry.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-4:00pm • $55

W25 – The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiation [AD CO]

[ AIBC 2.5 Non-Core LUs, IDCEC 0.2 CEUs, BOMI 2 CPDs ]

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 l Sandler Training

Sponsored By

Randy Hnatko is President of Trainwest Management and Consulting, a Sales and Management Training and Consulting organization affiliated with the Sandler Training Organization. Randy has over 30 year’s senior business experience, and is a Trainer, Speaker, Author and Consultant to domestic and international companies. He is a multiple award winner in the Sandler organization and is the recipient of their 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010 Canadian Franchisee of the Year award.

Randy has trained many individuals ranging from small to medium sized companies and up to Fortune 500 companies helping many individuals and companies improve and exceed their overall sales and profit performance targets.

Randy Hnatko believes national culture influences how managers and employees 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. Today individuals need to have cross cultural skills combined with the proper on-going training, coaching and support network in order to succeed, and Randy Hnatko does just that.

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

  • Management Development
  • Training & Development programs
  • Employee Evaluation
  • Sales Management Design & Implementation
  • Performance Planning & Review Systems
  • Succession Planning, Business Plan Development
  • Human Resource Recruiting and Placement
  • Strategic Management Planning
  • Occupational Health and Safety Compliance Initiatives
  • Change Management Implementation and Marketing Strategies & Plans including Marketing Research & Analysis

Randy Hnatko’s sales tips can be heard daily on the Team 1040 Sports Radio in Vancouver and C-FAX 1070 in Victoria, BC.

Construction Keynote

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-4:00pm • $55

W26 – The Canadian Construction Industry: A Platform for Advancement and Innovation [PM AD CO]

[ AIBC 2 Non-Core LUs, BOMI 2.0 CPDs ]

The construction industry serves as a foundational basis for the advancement of our nation. As an organ vital to the evolution of the Canadian Economy, tuning into the challenges that are common across industry is of utmost importance to the progression of the Canadian construction industry.

Join us for a panel presentation, where national and regional leaders will explore the challenges common across the Canadian marketplace, focusing on the themes that have been identified as critical to the success of our nation’s construction industry. Taking an in depth look at business practices, succession, globalization, government, infrastructure, labour and technology, panelists will present success stories and derived best practices that have been put into place to successfully overcome these challenges.

Gary Pooni

Sarah Clark

Frank Rizzardo

Norm Streu

Bill Tucker

Rick Wagner

Moderator: Gary Pooni, President, Brook Pooni Associates

Sarah Clark, COO, Fraser River Pile and Dredge (GP) Inc.
Frank Rizzardo, President & GM, Emcon Services
Norm Streu, President & COO, LMS Reinforcing Steel Group
Bill Tucker, CEO, Omicron
Rick Wagner, President, Maxwell Floors

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Frank Rizzardo has been President and General Manager of Emcon Services Inc. since it was founded as an employee group in 1988.  Emcon’s primary activities are highway maintenance, construction, bridge construction, equipment hauling, crushing, land development and international consulting services.  Emcon’s operations extend throughout BC and the company currently holds five highway maintenance contracts with the Province of BC, as well as a few Municipal Maintenance Agreements and a Hydro site maintenance agreement.

Frank was born in Paderno del Grappa Treviso, Italy and became a Canadian Citizen in 1962.  He was educated at Vancouver Technical Secondary School, University of British Columbia and British Columbia Institute of Technology, majoring in Civil and Structural Engineering and Highway Design.  Road design for short term and long range is where Frank started his connection with Transportation in BC.  The early years were under the expert guidance of senior Ministry of     Transportation design staff, with projects in designing the King George Highway, Barnett Highway and long range projects for the Island Highway, Coquihalla Highway and Annasis Island Crossing, to name a few.   This was then followed by operational experience in Stewart, Nanaimo, McBride, Burns Lake, Ft. St. John and Merritt.

Frank has been involved in highway issues for over 30 years.  He is an active member of the BC Road Builders & Heavy Construction Association since 1988, has served as Chair in 1999 and was on the Board until 2013.  He is also a founding Board member of the Safety Network.

Currently serving as Past Chair and Director of the Canadian Construction Association, he has also held Chair positions on the Boards of both BC Road Builders and Western Canada Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association.  Frank continues his participation with the Transportation Association of Canada, The Education Foundation and the International Road Congress (PIARC), which all help keep Emcon at the leading edge of new technology and ideas for the road building industry.  The year as Chair of CCA served to bring the issues of the whole construction industry into focus (both vertical and horizontal).

Frank’s strong family and business values are evident in all his dealings and activities.  He is well respected by Government Staff, his local community and industry peers.  He is an entrepreneurial, community minded, business visionary and a credit to the road building and heavy construction industry.

R. Rick Wagner, President of Maxwell Floors Ltd., in Surrey BC, started with the company in 1980 as an apprentice floor mechanic – installer and received his journeyman certification in 1984. He has over 30 years’ experience in the Contract Floorcovering Industry. Maxwell Floors was started in 1965, Sapperton, New Westminster, BC., and now is one of Western Canada’s leading contract floor covering companies. Maxwell provides the supply and installation services of resilient, carpet and specialty products to the industrial, commercial and institutional markets and has completed five public-private partnerships (P3) Health Care projects.

In 1984, Rick moved to Zurich, Switzerland to further his floor covering training and certifications. After three years, Rick returned to BC to become a salesperson in the family business. In 1999, Rick completed his three year diploma “Marketing and Sales Management” from the Faculty of Commerce & Business Administration, UBC.

Rick is currently a member of “INSTALL” International Standards and Training Alliance, board of director: of labor – management committee for the floor-covering industry North America (apprenticeship, curriculum and training) for the past 8 years. His contributions include; Past President of the Swiss Canadian Chamber of Commerce (BC) 2009, Past Board of Director British Columbia Floorcovering Association 2010, Past National Board of Director at Canadian Association of Family Enterprise 2012, and Past Chair CAFÉ Vancouver 2011, Past Chair Vancouver Regional Construction Association 2013, Past Co-Chair SkillPlan 2013, Former Advisor at UBC Sauder School of Business- Business Family Centre, 2013 and Advisor to BC Deputy Ministers & Industry Infrastructure Forum Membership 2014. Rick continues to contribute his expertise to the construction industry on a daily basis.

Wednesday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-3:30pm • $45

W27 – An Architect’s Guide to Construction – Tales from the Trenches [AD CO]

[ AIBC 1.5 CORE LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

The design & construction marketplace can be tough for professionals, whether students or experienced practitioners. This presentation will help designers & builders from all stages of their careers manage construction phase work more efficiently. Using a “tales from the trenches” approach, it will educate juniors about construction realities while helping older pro’s fill in construction phase knowledge gaps & sharpen their skills. As you enter the room, you will be able to vote for which 5 of 11 “tales” on offer are of most interest to you. Six of the 70 “tales” in Brian’s book have also been pre-selected for presentation, including: Evaluating tablet & smartphone software; Field review using technology – emerging trends; Do everything on your tablet; High volume issue tracking; Critical new & foreign products; and 10 rules for designers and builders. This presentation is targeted to designers and builders both, from student level to experienced practitioners.

Brian Palmquist

Speaker: Brian Palmquist, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, Intl Assoc AIA, BEP, CP, LEED AP, Director of Quality, Ledcor Construction Limited

A professional with 35+ years experience in design & construction, Brian’s strengths include project & quality program development & implementation, ISO-9001 compliant technology solutions that are efficient, innovative & integrated, in addition to a consultative approach to leadership in often complex work structures.

Brian is a lifelong learner & teacher passionate about design, construction & quality. Brian has spoken at more than 50 national & international conferences and is active in the American Society for Quality (ASQ) as an Executive Board Member of the Design & Construction Division. Closer to home, Brian teaches Construction Contract Administration to Intern Architects in British Columbia.

Brian is committed to equipping & training teams with the best tools available, leading to continuous improvement of the built environment & a shared pride in accomplishments.

Brian is a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia & an International Associate of the American Institute of Architects and was BC’s first accredited Building Envelope Professional, a Certified Professional (building code specialist) & a LEED Accredited Professional.

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