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Seminar Legend:

AR – Architecture
BC – Building Code
CO – Construction & Renovation
EN – Engineering
ID – Interior Design
PD – Professional Development
PM – Property Management
SB – Sustainability

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-9:30am • $45• ROOM 203/204

T01 – Site Water Solutions and Green Roofs [AR CO EN ID SB]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEUs ]

Touted as a new ideal for design, Living Building Systems, are here to stay. Architek will showcase viable options and a toolbox for using nature and incorporating it in the architecture and building process.

Learn the components of the systems of green roofs and site water management. Benefits include healthier, happier and more productive inhabitants, as well as cost savings in building operations and maintenance.

David Adkins
Ronald P. Schwenger
Randy Sharp

David Adkins, Sustainable Site Specialist, Architek Sustainable Building Products Inc.
Ronald P. Schwenger, President, Architek Sustainable Building Products Inc.
Randy Sharp, FCSLA, ASLA, LEED A.P., G.R.P.

David Adkins’ career experience spans over 25years in Green Infrastructure and Open Space Planning and management, including Canada and the UK. In London UK he initially worked on landscape plans for Peter Rogers Associates designing new housing developments. He then worked as a landscape architect, and Parks and Recreation Manager, for Bromley City engaging with both local and national initiatives and with European projects for, CABE Centre for the Built environment, London Development Agency and Corporation of London, National Rivers Authority, English Nature, DEFRA, EU LIFE Structural Fund, and the Countryside and Forestry Commissions. Key projects included; A21 Highway Corridor vegetation restoration, The SE London Green Chain, The London Outer Orbital Path, SE London Green Tourism Strategy, Parks and Open Spaces Strategy & capital program, and SUN Sustainable Urban Planning Networks for Green Spaces. In Canada David has spent a decade working on green roof and environmental projects in both Ontario and BC, and working on the BC Landscape Standard committee which received a National CSLA Citation in 2012. Projects include: Vaughan Civic Centre, Native Child and Family Services, Laurentian and McMaster Universities, South Lake Regional Hospital, FTGC South Fraser Perimeter Road and developing integrated site water management systems (Storm Water Management/Rain Water Harvesting). David is a qualified Green Roof Professional.

Ronald P. Schwenger is educated at the University of Guelph in architecture and fine arts and continued his education in marketing, advertising and communications at the British Columbia Institute of Technology. Ron started his career with a short period as an architectural technologist and draftsman and later pursued a path in creative marketing and communications. Early in 2004, Ron combined his experiences along with his original passion for architecture and formed Architek Sustainable Building Products Inc., which was incorporated in Vancouver British Columbia in 2007 and opened a Seattle office in early 2008. Ron has ten years of expertise in building envelope technology and living architecture systems namely: green roof systems, green façade, living walls, renewable energy, and integrated site water management. In 2010, Ron wrote the GRP exam and obtained his credentials as an accredited green roof professional – GRP. Employing a biophilic design‐build methodology and a fully integrated approach to site water management with Architek’s in-house storm water mitigation and water conservation technologies has become a driving passion for Ron moving forward.

Ron is an active member of Green Roofs for Healthy Cities and The British Columbia Society of Landscape Architects. He continues to be involved with a number of industry organizations such as the Center for Architectural Ecology at BCIT and The World Green Infrastructure Network (WGIN).

Randy Sharp is committed to ecological based solutions for site development that blends landscape and architecture.  1980, Randy Sharp established a practice in Vancouver that became Sharp & Diamond Landscape Architecture. Major achievements include the redevelopment of Granville Island (CMHC), Vancouver International Airport (YVR), the Capilano-Seymour Filtration Plant (Metro Vancouver), Broadway Tech Centre (Bentall Kennedy), and the headquarters of Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC). He recently retired from the firm to focus on research, writing and teaching, as well as consulting in land development, green building and water management.

Mr. Sharp is a guest lecturer in the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (SALA) at UBC, the City Program at SFU, and the Centre for Architectural Ecology at BCIT. Randy is also a Green Roof Professional (GRP) and has designed over 100 green roofs, living walls and vertical landscapes for a wide range of building types.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 205

T02 – “State Of The Art” for Pipe Renewal Projects [CO EN PM]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs ]

All building materials have a service life and eventually wear out. The pipes for water distribution, heating, fire suppression and drainage are not an exception. Though, domestic water pipe replacement projects, “re-pipes,” are common in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia, they occur around the globe. As a result, an industry of specialist designers, manufacturers and contractors has developed in this field.

This presentation will focus primarily on domestic water distribution pipe renewals. In the last 30 years new technologies have emerged, at-source water treatment has improved and building codes have changed. As a result, the requirements and expectations of domestic water systems have also changed. Traditionally, pipe renewal options include: full or partial pipe replacement, epoxy coating and chemical treatment.

This presentation will explore:

  • The impact of changes over the last 30 years
  • Successes and failures – lessons learned
  • Pipe renewal options
  • Pros and cons of the various pipe renewal options
  • New and emerging technologies
  • Renewals for other pipe systems
  • Looking ahead – what to expect
Jak McCuaig P.Eng

Jak McCuaig P.Eng, President, McCuaig & Associates Engineering Ltd.


Mr. McCuaig is a Mechanical Engineer who graduated from University of Waterloo. He has been involved in consulting engineering in building restoration in Vancouver since 1986 and is a Principal at McCuaig and Associates Engineering Ltd. a multi-disciplinary building restoration engineering consulting firm he established in 1992. Mr. McCuaig has been designing and supervising plumbing restoration projects for three decades and has been involved in “re-piping” since its infancy in Vancouver. He has designed and supervised hundreds of pipe renewal projects, and established many of the present “standards” used in “re-piping” projects today.

Mr. McCuaig has completed reviews on the performance of various pipe materials including: copper, polybutylene, PVC, cross linked polyethylene, ferrous pipe, etc. Additionally, Mr. McCuaig has reviewed the performance and installation methodologies for water treatment systems and epoxy lining systems.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 206  SOLD OUT

T03 – Successful Integrated Passive House Buildings [AR CO EN SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs ]

Gain a comprehensive and diverse rundown on the processes, components and details that make an integrated Passive House building successful. Looking at local PH Projects, attendees will be introduced to the assembly details, air-sealing strategies, mechanical systems and lessons learned from project outcomes.

Featured Project

The North Shore Passive House – a Design-Build Approach

 North Vancouver’s first certified Passive House is designed and built by Econ Group Ltd. Modern design combined with an inter-generational layout, following a strict budget,  showcases this project as an example of an affordable, highly energy efficient building typology.

Kitsilano Low Rise Multi-Unit Residential Building

DLP Architecture currently has a 4 unit condominium project in the Building Permit phases at the City of Vancouver. This project is located in Kitsilano and is unique in a variety of ways – the units are family size of 2000sf, two of which comprise the entire footprint of the building. It is rare to find strata units in low rise buildings that have no party walls, are over 1900sf and are designed for Passive House certification. The building conforms to part 3 of the code and is scheduled to be built in 2016.

The style is contemporary and had to respond to the rigorous zoning demands of RM3 on a small lot in an urban setting.

Khotso Passive House – Intergenerational House on an RS-1 Lot in Vancouver’s Riley Park

The Khotso Passive House project team knows that Passive House is a smarter way to build. The integrated project team brought diverse experience, passion, untold hours and late nights to the table to make the Khotso Passive House happen.

The entirety of the 2800 SF single family home with secondary suite is within the Passive House envelope, including the basement. It is located on a typical Vancouver 33’x122′ RS-1 lot with a south facing backyard. The design for this house in the Riley Park Neighbourhood of Vancouver, did not just need to meet the exacting standards of Passive House, but wanted to be beautiful, modern, functional, and elegantly simple. We underwent extensive collaboration with the City of Vancouver in order to achieve a contemporary form, a certifiable Passive House, and a multi-generational client’s need to max out on allowable FSR for the site.

Brian Glavey
André Harrmann
Allison Holden-Pope
Lucio Picciano

Brian Glavey, Project Manager, Econ
André Harrmann, Project Manager & Green Building Consultant, Harrmann Consulting
Allison Holden-Pope, Architect + Principal, One SEED Architecture + Interiors
Lucio Picciano, Architect AIBC LEED AP, Owner + Principal, DLP Architecture Inc.

Presented by

Brian Glavey graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from University College Dublin in 2004. After moving to Vancouver in 2013, Brian joined Econ Group Limited as a designer/project manager. Econ is a design-build firm with a strong focus on modern, high quality architecture designed and built to the International Passive House Standard.

Prior to moving to Canada, Brian was the founding partner of 3G Architects, a successful design led company that specialized in the design of innovative family homes. Brian has developed specialized knowledge and experience in all aspects of architectural projects with particular interest in sustainable and environmentally friendly design. Brian’s aspiration for quality and innovative design to enhance user experience in buildings has led to his interest and expertise in Passive House design.

André Harmann holds graduate degrees from German and U.S. universities in engineering and architecture. He is a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD) and Passive House trainer, a board member of the Canadian Passive House Institute West (CanPHI-West) and the North American Passive House Network (NAPHN) and a member of the International Passive House Association (iPHA).

With CertiPHIers Cooperative and Harrmann Consulting he provides design support, energy modelling and certification services for Passive House projects in Canada. As Project Manager for the University of British Columbia (UBC) he facilitates construction projects to achieve UBC’s energy conservation targets.

André has advised on several single family and multi-unit residential buildings to achieve the international Passive House standard. He is familiar with the latest developments of the standard and has recently compiled all formulas and information relevant for Passive House in a handy compendium.

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.

Lucio Picciano was born in northern BC, raised in Alberta and has lived in several countries since first entering university. His love for architecture started early on during family trips to Europe and grew while apprenticing as a plumber to pay for tuition. He has studied architecture in Italy, Canada, Mexico and the USA and is fluent in 3 languages. After graduating from the University of Toronto with a professional degree in Architecture Lucio moved to the US for several years gaining valuable experience on varied projects in larger offices. In 2005 he established his own small practice in Vancouver BC where he has resided ever since, coupling his design practice with design-build and building envelope services. The completion of Casa Luca in Vancouver is the first of two Passive House projects (certification in progress) either built or in progress. A new passive multi-residential building is currently in the permitting stages. Lucio is particularly interested in the combination of form, the attainable urban typology, and the Passive House approach.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:30am • $65 • ROOM 212 SOLD OUT

T04 – The 7 Deadly Sins of Negotiation [AR CO ID PD PM]

[ AIBC 2.0 Non-Core LUs, BOMI 2.0 CPDs, HPO 2.0 CPDs, IDCEC 0.2 CEUs ]

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.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-11:30am • $125 • ROOM 223/224

T05 – Contract Management Planning and Implementation [AR CO EN ID PD]

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

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

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

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

Court Stevens, Principal, Stevens Consulting Group


Court Stevens is the President of Stevens Consulting Group Inc., based in Victoria BC. His company provides training courses on the best practices of business and management processes associated with all phases of procurement management. This includes Contract Management Planning and Implementation, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Preparing Well-Written Proposals, and Negotiating Effectively.

Court has been directly associated with procurement and contract management, both as a project manager for various Canadian military equipment procurement projects and as a consultant and instructor for over 25 years.

Court was one of the primary designers and instructors of the BC government’s award winning Procurement and Contract Management Program.

His organizational and professional development education includes the following:

  • Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Management
  • Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
  • Graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 214

T06 – How to Design & Build Energy Efficient High Rise Buildings [AR BC CO EN ID SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

It doesn’t take long to realize that Vancouver is becoming a city of high-rises. Condo and office buildings are increasing in stature, while energy efficiency requirements are getting more stringent. This presentation will discuss how high-rise buildings can begin to meet the more stringent energy codes that are now being enforced.

Using current energy modeling and research and tools, the presentation will discuss how to design and build better high-rise buildings that meet code or re-zoning requirements, and reduce energy consumption.

Rod Yeoh

Rod Yeoh, Principal, DIALOG


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”

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-9:30am • $45 • ROOM 215

T07 – Energy Modeling – Mind the Gap [AR CO EN PM SB]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEUs ]

Attend this presentation to learn practical first-hand knowledge and learning outcomes derived from the detailed sub-metering of 73 buildings. Through an in-depth level of experience, this session will explore the known-knowns, the known-unknowns and the unknown-unknowns of energy modeling and sub-metering, reviewing:

  • What an energy model is
  • What is required for energy models to show more realistic energy consumption
  • What know-unknowns are required to improve energy model accuracy
Eric Cantania
Eric Rubli

Eric Cantania, Analyst, Sustainability & Energy, WSP | MMM Group
Eric Rubli, Senior Analyst, Building – Sustainability, WSP | MMM Group

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-9:30am • $45 • ROOM 217

T08 – Designing for an Aging Population [AR CO ID]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEUs ]

With the advance of modern medicine and as our cities grow; the median age in North America is getting older. The growth in the number of adults 65 years and older is expected to double over the next 25 years. With such rapid growth, how do we design facilities that encompass the needs of an aging population?

This presentation will focus on many of the challenges professionals face in designing spaces for an aging population. Exploring industry guidelines, learn the best practices for specifying interior finishes such as flooring, walls, color, and slip resistant materials in addition to the relevant of LRV values. This session will expand on the diverse needs seniors, dismissing the notion that one size fits all when it comes to designing for an aging population.

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson, Project Manager, Senior Living Division, Altro

Susan Johnson is the Project Manager for Altro’s senior living division. With over 10 years’ experience in the flooring industry and a marketing background, Susan brings a wealth of knowledge to Altro’s senior living division.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 8:30am-10:00am • $55 • ROOM 218/19

T09 – Best Practices for the Building Enclosures of Mid-Rise & Taller Wood Buildings [AR BC CO EN SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

In recent years, many North American building codes have been updated to allow for the construction of mid-rise wood-frame buildings of up to five and six storeys in height. The construction of these taller wood-frame buildings have continued to  evolve, and wood-design and construction practices have adapted for these taller buildings. Further to this industry shift, the design and construction of high-rise wood buildings of up to 18 storeys is also currently underway in Canada and other parts of the world. These high-rise wood buildings utilize new mass timber elements and engineered wood products and are a departure from traditional light-framing practices commonly used today.

This seminar will provide guidance for the design of building enclosures for these said buildings. The speaker will review building and energy code requirements. Taking an in-depth look at the latest industry best practices, this presentation will expand on:

  • Lessons learned and industry best practices for the design and detailing of durable and energy efficient mid-rise buildings in the Pacific Northwest
  • The techniques and methods to construct taller wood building enclosures and how they differ from mid-rise structures
  • Insights into the building enclosure design of several recently constructed mid-rise to high-rise wood buildings
Graham Finch

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

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 building enclosures including the Guide for Designing Energy-Efficient Building Enclosures and the new Guide for Tall Wood Buildings in Canada. In addition to RDH, Graham is a part-time instructor at the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he teaches building science courses to students at the Diploma and Masters levels.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 9:00am-10:00am • $45 • ROOM 216

T10 – Response to Colour: A Discussion on Its’ Effect and How We Respond [AR CO ID PM]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

Response to Colour is an engaging discussion that focuses on the psychological and physical impact of colour.  Based on scientific evidence, this presentation is not about fashion and trend; it is about the inherent affect colour imposes on everyone.  You will be encouraged to release misdirected concepts and explore colour as an essential tool for client acceptance and bottom line results. Misguided myths will be separated from realities and practical examples will be explored.

Michael Parker

Michael Parker, Lead Designer, DIALOG

Michael Parker is an interior designer with over 30 years of experience. Recognized for his ability to understand client needs, his works have secured numerous awards and have been featured in leading publications. Michael feels fortunate to be a colour resource for Olympic athletes, leading corporations, product manufacturers, and pre-eminent educational/healthcare agencies.  His seminars and workshops have been received both nationally and internationally.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 9:00am-10:30am • $55 • ROOM 213

T11 – Pathway To Net Zero: Policies For New And Existing Buildings [AR BC CO EN PM SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs ]

In 2013, British Columbia, signed the Pacific Coast Action Plan, committing to lead the way toward “net zero” buildings. Although initial progress has been made that are still extensive steps that need to be taken.

In early June 2015, the Pembina Institute convened a NetZero Though Leader Forum, bringing together leading industry experts, utilities companies, local and provincial government and Pacific Coast partners to discuss and vet a pragmatic pathway for achieving high energy efficiency for new commercial and multi-residential buildings in BC. This presentation will present findings from the Forum and key elements of a roadmap to net zero for new construction.

You will walk away with an enhanced knowledge of:

  • Regulatory and policy options to achieve net-zero emissions/energy for new commercial/multi-residential buildings in BC
  • Policy options to achieve deep retrofits for existing building stock
  • Political and environmental context, regionally and globally, within which decisions towards net-zero buildings are being considered
Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze
Andrew Pape-Salmon

Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze, Senior Advisor, Pembina Institute
Andrew Pape-Salmon, Associate, Senior Energy Specialist, RDH


Tom-Pierre Frappé-Sénéclauze facilitates the development and implementation of policies to reduce GHG emissions and energy use from communities and municipal operations across British Columbia. Prior to joining Pembina, Tom-Pierre worked as a facilitation consultant, building strategic partnerships for energy conservation between local government, community groups, and utilities. Tom-Pierre holds a physics degree from L’Université Laval, a master’s in glaciology from the University of British Columbia, and is a LEED® accredited professional.

Andrew Pape-Salmon has 17 years of experience in energy efficiency and clean energy strategies for buildings, equipment and communities. He specializes in government policy, strategic planning, economic analysis, codes and standards, and energy system design. His recent assignments include: Cost-benefit analysis of ultra-low energy building designs; Energy code compliance survey and evaluation; Regulatory assessment for set-top boxes; Roadmap to NetZero Construction and Deep Retrofits in 2030 for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region; Fuel and equipment choice study for multi-family dwellings; Measurement and verification of savings for nine commercial developments; and Vancouver’s Energy Retrofit Strategy for Existing Buildings (2014-2020).

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 9:30am-10:30am • $45 • ROOM 207

T12 – Sustainable Value, Benefits of Health, Efficiency and 3rd Party Recognition with LEED and WELL [AR CO ID PM SB]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEUs ]

Attend this seminar to learn the LEEDv4 requirements and changes from LEED 2009 Whole building (BD+C and EBOM) connection to ID+C 2. In this seminar, you’ll also gain knowledge on the perceived costs & savings, operations & maintenance savings, rent and property values risk mitigation and employee health and productivity 3. Furthermore, the presenter will explain the WELL building standards design and operational criteria benefits.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Key differences between LEED v4 and LEED
  2. What are the enhanced requirements and expectations of LEED v4?
  3. How does Well impact the interior environment experience
Joe Pettipas

Joe Pettipas, Senior Vice President, Practice Leader, HOK

Joe Pettipas has been a significant leader in HOK’s growth throughout Canada. Now located in Vancouver after working from HOK’s Calgary and Toronto offices over the past 14 years, Joe ensures that all clients in Western Canada receive the attentive service and design excellence that is HOK hallmarks. With nearly three decades of experience in the design industry, he understands the challenges facing HOK’s corporate, hospitality, and healthcare clients today. His international experience in the Middle East, Asia, and across North America gives him an appreciation for the importance of brand and how it must be synthesized into the built environment for corporate success.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 10:00am-12:00pm • $100 • ROOM 215

T13 – Lead, Create, Collaborate – Optimizing Collaboration to Drive Profitability and Productivity [AR CO ID PD PM]

[ BOMI 2.0 CPDs ]

Research proves that a highly collaborative work environment drives profitability and productivity. Creating a singular culture deeply unifies your company around a common vision driving alignment, consistency and cross-office coordination. During this highly interactive session, participants will discover how to create a differentiated organizational culture that helps develop the next generation of leadership through collaborative efforts.

Participants will learn to:

  • Provide individual insights about strengths and weaknesses in collaboration
  • Uncover and address organizational issues that inhibit collaboration
  • Craft a culture and build support structures that drive collaboration
Rusty Sherwood

Rusty Sherwood, Senior Consultant, FMI Center for Strategic Leadership

The FMI Center for Strategic Leadership’s mission is to develop exceptional leaders one at a time, through a series of strategic leadership, succession planning and executive leadership coaching services tailored to the distinctive requirements of the design and construction industry.

As senior consultant it’s Rusty’s role is to identify the strategic leadership and organizational requirements of businesses and organizations serving the global construction marketplace and work in concert with fellow FMI subject matter experts to elevate and optimize sustainable levels of high productivity and goal attainment.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 10:00am-11:00am • $45 • ROOM 214

T14 – Tax Planning, Tips and Traps for Real Estate and Construction Companies: Two Full Years of the BC PST/GST are Now Under our Belt – What’s the Impact? [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

The BC provincial sales tax (PST) system was re-implemented on April 1, 2013, following the results of the 2011 BC referendum. With BC PST and GST audit activity increasing, it is important to be in the know on this important subject matter, reviewing areas of risk in relation to compliance and real life examples.

Panelists will also address tax planning for the transfer of real estate, provision of equipment and construction contracts as well as examining practices, opportunities and obligations under the rules. MNP will summarize key items in the BC Indirect Tax system as well as tax planning opportunities for the Real Estate & Construction industry.

Angela Chang
Ed Militzer

Angela Chang – Partner, Indirect Taxation Services, MNP LLP
Ed Militzer – Partner, Taxation Services, MNP LLP


Angela Chang, CPA, CGA, is a Partner with MNP’s Taxation Services team in Vancouver. Angela has more than 12 years of experience providing practical tax solutions to clients in various industries including consumer businesses, forestry, First Nations, telecommunications, real estate and non-profit organizations.

Angela works closely with her clients to help them manage mergers, acquisitions and reorganizations. She excels at assisting clients through sales tax audits or appeals and provides advice through matrix and taxability studies. She is especially adept at presenting complicated tax issues in an understandable way and makes recommendations to increase efficiency and accountability. Angela has a background in career coaching and technical training on tax matters and has spoken at several large-scale client seminars to provide technical updates and information on key issues.

Over her career, Angela has developed a strong ability to give her clients the knowledge required to make more strategic decisions. By helping them understand day-to-day sales tax as well as budgeting and forecasting processes, Angela positions clients for success.

In 2006 Angela became a Chartered General Accountant (CGA) after receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University. She is committed to technical learning and growth and contributes to National Indirect Tax Symposium and other indirect tax publications on a regular basis.

Ed Militzer, CPA, CA, is a partner with MNP’s Taxation Services group in South Surrey. Ed specializes in year-end planning and tax effective structuring, as well as transactional advice on significant transactions for medium to large companies. Ed also provides expertise in Canadian corporate and personal tax issues.

Ed brings more than 20 years of experience helping mid- to large-sized enterprises meet their business goals, particularly clients in real estate, scientific research and experimental development (SR&ED), information technology, manufacturing and service industries.

Ed has presented various taxation topics to the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association, Independent Contractor and Business Association and B.C. Construction Show, while also presenting to various private groups. He also served on the Home Builders’ Association Education and Training Committee.

Ed obtained his BBA from Simon Fraser University in 1991 and became a Chartered Professional Accountant in 1994 while articling with a Big Four Firm.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 10:30am-12:30pm • $65 • ROOM 206

T15 – A Construction Law Update: Emerging Trends and Common Pitfalls [CO EN PM]

[ AIBC 2.0 Core LUs, BOMI 2.0 CPDs, HPO 2.0 CPDs ]

Enhance your legal knowledge and receive an overview of the fundamentals of tendering & procurement law. Reviewing the common risks involved with the procurement & tendering processes, panelists will address mechanisms to avoid, reduce and control these challenges. This seminar will also discuss best practices for preparing and responding to request for tenders/requests for information and provide an update on recent case dealings.

Seema Lal
Marc MacEwing
Craig Wallace
Vanessa S. Werden

Seema Lal, Director, Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation
Marc MacEwing, Lawyer, Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation
Craig Wallace, Director, Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation
Vanessa S. Werden, Associate, Shapiro Hankinson & Knutson Law Corporation

Sponsored by:



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

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

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

In addition to authoring more than 175 published articles on construction law topics, Marc is a member of the editorial board and a contributor to the Continuing Legal Education Society’s British Columbia Builders Liens Practice Manual. Marc is a frequent lecturer to design professional and construction trade bodies, businesses, and educational institutions.

Craig Wallace is a principal of SHK with over 30 years of experience in construction, insurance and commercial litigation.  He frequently acts as counsel for design professionals, construction managers, owners and contractors in all manner of construction disputes.  His background as a Professional Engineer enables him to provide knowledgeable and cost-effective representation to these parties in complex technical cases.

Craig also frequently represents insurers in coverage disputes.  His broad commercial litigation practice includes cases involving bonding, builders liens, product liability, directors’ and officers’ liability and shareholder disputes.

A civil litigation lawyer, Vanessa Werden’s practice focuses on construction law and insurance defence. She has prosecuted and defended claims on behalf of developers, general contractors, trades, home inspectors, engineers and architects. Outside the office, Vanessa sits on the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Construction Women and she regularly lectures and provides seminars to industry groups, clients and for the University of British Columbia Civil Engineering department.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 10:30am-12:00pm • $55 • ROOM 214

T16 – New Building Code and Practical Application of Exterior Sheathing [AR BC CO EN SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs ]

This presentation will provide a clear description on new building code requirements, specifically, in understanding newly adopted energy efficiency requirements (9.36).  Panelists will address common code concerns and share best practices on how to address these challenges through the use of exterior sheathing and air barrier systems. Expanding on the benefits of exterior insulation and air barrier systems, panelists will provide technical first-hand knowledge on the assembly of the Codebord Air Barrier System (CABS).

Taking a case study approach, attendees will hear from a technical specialist and builder that have successfully used this system to meet and surpass code requirements.

David Adair
Ryan Dennis
Zachary May

David Adair, Director, Blackfish Homes Limited
Ryan Dennis, Technical Manager, Owens Corning
Zachary May, Senior Codes Administrator, Province of British Columbia

Sponsored by



David Aclair is Director of Blackfish Homes. Blackfish Homes is a leading Built Green registered new home builder and renovation firm specializing in top quality, healthy, and efficient homes, working collectively with architects, designers, and home owners to achieve the best in design, efficiency, and quality.

Ryan Dennis is a Technical Representative at Owens Corning, managing the Western Canadian regions. Ryan is passionate about building science and has worked to support several Net Zero Energy projects throughout the west.

As a senior codes administrator, Zachary May does the technical work required to adopt and maintain the BC Building Code for the Province of British Columbia. This includes policy and technical analysis of potential new requirements asMaas interpretations and education about the existing requirements in the Code.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 10:30am-12:00pm • $55 • ROOM 218/219

T17 – Lighting & Controls Technology – Trends & Lighting Visualization/Modelling [CO EN ID PM SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

With the technological advancements in the lighting industry, it wasn’t more than 5 years ago that the industry was specifying 95% fluorescent and 5% LED. Today, the numbers have reversed. This evolution can be attributed to the significant advancements in the quality of LED lighting, in particular gains in energy efficiency.

This presentation will touch on the developments of lighting sources and focus and expand on lighting controls. With technological advancements, it is now possible to control the level of light within the space automatically, i.e. light levels dim, turn on/off depending on level of natural light present. This practice is now mandatory for new construction and renovations in BC and is expected to become the new norm, replacing traditional master switches.

This presentation will conclude with showcasing the latest lighting visualization programs, highlighting innovative new software programs. The speaker will also discuss how it is possible to create photorealistic renderings that greatly aid in the design development process.

Sunny Ghataurah

Sunny Ghataurah, Director, AES Engineering

Sponsored by:


Presenter Sunny Ghataurah is a professional electrical engineer with more than 22 years of experience in the construction industry including the implementation of NECB 2011. He has successfully led projects through the new permitting and occupancy procedures in British Columbia where compliance with the NECB 2011 has been legally mandated since December 2013.

Architecture Keynote

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 10:30am-12:00pm • $45 • ROOM 222

T18 – Architecture Keynote: Today, Tomorrow & Afar: Design Trends of Present Day and Predictions for the Future [AR CO ID PM SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

Over the course of history, the practice of architecture has unfolded in ways that reflect the places and times in which the designers lived.  In that time, new materials, unique approaches, and daring designs have moved the design process forward challenging each generation to push the bar.  While many argue that architecture has moved leaps and bounds, other ask has it come far enough?

Building technology and connectivity continue to advance; the consciousness around the health and wellness of a built environment and its tenants has heightened; energy performance requirements of buildings have become more stringent, all whilst the aesthetic deliverables of a project remain just as demanding. This discussion will pay tribute to the historical advances of architecture while identifying and expanding on present day practices and trends.  The panelists will evaluate how industry is meeting the increasing demands of project stakeholders. Panelists will take a future forward look at challenges and opportunities, predicting behaviour and changes they expect to see in the coming years.

The following topics will be explored:

  • Resilience
  • Materials
  • Cultural considerations and influencers
Trevor Boddy
Alan Boniface
Jim Huffman
Bruce Knapp

Trevor Boddy, Architecture Critic, Curator & Consulting Urban Designer

Alan Boniface, Architect AIBC, AAA, MRAIC, AIA, BA, BArch, Principal, DIALOG
Jim Huffman, Architect AIBC, MRAIC, LEED AP, Design Director, Associate Principal, Perkins +Will
Bruce Knapp, AIBC, Architect AAA, SAA. MAA, OAA, AANB, NSAA, AAPEI, Architect, NWTAA, Principal, Vancouver, B+H Architects





Vancouver-based Trevor Boddy is an architecture critic and consulting urban designer.  His writing on buildings and cities has been awarded the Alberta Book of the Year (for The Architecture of Douglas Cardinal, one of the first architecture books ever to receive a top Canadian literary awared, this book being the first critical biography ever written on a living Canadian architect; ) and Jack Webster Journalism prizes, Western Magazine Award, the Architecture Canada/Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s 2010 Advocacy Award, membership in Lambda Alpha International (the honorary organization for real estate professionals), and an Honorary Membership in the American Institute of Architects. His book Modern Architecture in Alberta was the first regional history of modernism ever published in Canada. He has been co-chair of the RAIC Metro Vancouver’s Advocacy Committee for five years, resulting in Vancouver’s inaugural Design Week and first Urban Design Awards. Instigator of the “TownShift: Suburb Into City” design competition, he has served on juries worldwide and his consulting has been recognized with a Fellowship in New York’s Institute of Urban Design. At the 2011 UIA World Congress in Tokyo, Boddy’s essay (for A/V in Madrid) on Canadian architecture since 2000 entitled “MEGA + MICRO: Canada, Innovation at the Extremes” earned the Pierre Vago Prize for best architectural criticism published worldwide. Following on the national tour of his “Telling Details: The Architecture of Clifford Wiens,” (the first career retrospective exhibition ever mounted on a living Canadian architect) as curator Boddy produced the 2008 exhibition “Vancouverism: Architecture Builds the City” and related Trafalgar Square site-specific construction, which was named a marquee event for the 2008 London Festival of Architecture, then re-mounted it in Paris in 2009, then home to Vancouver for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. In 2014 he curated “Gesamtkunstwerk” for developer Westbank about a design proposal for downtown Vancouver by the Bjarke Ingels Group, and in 2015 “Rethink: Behind San Diego’s Skyline.” Boddy was appointed Adjunct Professor in UBC’s School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture in 2012 and serves on their Advisory Board Executive, previously holding professorial appointments at Manitoba, Oregon, Toronto and Carleton, and serving as a studio critic and lecturer world-wide.

Alan Boniface is recognized as a leading thinker on urban issues. His experience with large mixed-use projects, unique sustainable architecture and public space design all contribute to an innovative approach to city-making. Alan is a frequent contributor to conferences and roundtables in the U.S. and Canada where urban thinking is being re-shaped. Alan has contributed to projects in many jurisdictions, including Beijing, Shenyang, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, San Francisco, Portland, and New York. Alan’s experience spans all project types from commercial to residential with a particular expertise in urban mixed-use. Alan is the past chair of the Vancouver Planning Commission and the chair of the Vancouver District Council of the Urban Land Institute.In addition to current design projects in Vancouver, Edmonton, Los Angeles, and Memphis, Alan is helping re-shape the planning process itself with an eye towards making people-oriented, sustainable communities that can adapt and prosper through time.

Jim Huffman has been with Perkins+Will for over 25 years, working on urban planning, transportation, commercial, civic, mixed-use and residential design projects. As Design Director of the Vancouver practice, Jim elevates the culture of design within the office by overseeing a collaborative process on every project that reinforces the firm’s commitment to meeting clients’ needs through innovative and thoughtful design solutions. His expertise has been instrumental in the success of numerous projects, including the 48-storey Wall Centre hotel and residential tower and the Lieutenant Governor General award-winning TELUS House project, both in downtown Vancouver, and the Dockside Green Development in Victoria, which was the highest scoring LEED Platinum Certified project in the world at the time of its certification.

Recently, Jim was the Design Principal for the VanDusen Botanical Garden Visitor Centre, which was named the Most Sustainable Building of the Year in 2014 by World Architecture News. This LEED Platinum certified project was also the first building in Canada to apply for the Living Building Challenge and is targeting net-zero water and net-zero energy use.

Bruce Knapp joined B+H in 2012, bringing with him extensive experience in the leadership, design and execution of a wide range of complex facilities including healthcare, education, institutional, mixed-use, recreational, resorts, waterfront developments and themed-attraction projects. He is currently the Managing Principal of the Vancouver and Calgary Studios, and was the Managing Principal of the Singapore Studio for 2013-2014.  Bruce focuses on project management, design and delivery strategy with B+H leaders and staff across multiple global studios to focus on the clients’ needs and expectations for new buildings and complex renovations.

Bruce holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Victoria (1978) and a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of British Columbia (1985).  He has been as Founding Principal, Partner, Managing Partner and Sector Leader for several noted Vancouver firms.  He is a Board Member of the Health and Homecare Society of BC, and with the Architectural Institute of BC he is a member of the Consensual Resolution Review Committee.

Bruce’s major project experience includes leading P3 bid teams for the Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Stanton Territorial Hospital Redevelopment and the Interior Heart and Surgical Centre bids,  as well as leading teams on the 28-storey Aquilini Centre, the $750M Singapore General Hospital Outram Community Hospital and several feasibility studies on the SGH Campus, the 28-Storey Waterfront Tower (with AS+GG), the newly completed Camosun College Centre for Trades Education & Innovation as well as the Kelowna/Vernon Hospitals P3 project, Simon Fraser University’s Central City Campus, and the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia Phase 1 Redevelopment.

He has lectured on the future of healthcare design and major project strategies in China, Singapore, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as being a mentor to intern architects and thesis advisor to graduating architecture students.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:30pm • $55 • ROOM 212

T19 – 6 Ways Effective Leaders Build Strong Teams [AR CO ID PD PM]

[ AIBC 1.5 Non-Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

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

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.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:00pm • $45 • ROOM 216

T20 – People, Place, Possibility…A Perspective Shift [AR ID PM]

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LUs, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

A shift in perspective is essential for the creation, management and acceptance  of the built environment. While smart organizations recognize and invest in their people, place consultants retreat to initiatives based on pre-determined formulas, fashion and marketing hype.  If the interior professional is the conscious arbiter of the design process, they must assume a responsibility to think outside these imposed limitations, abandon flavor-of-the-day discussion and become champions for intelligent / people focused solutions.  Let’s explore how people really respond to the places we promote. By reconsidering the lost human potential, we will inspire creativity, generate success and make a difference.

Louise Aroche
Michael Parker

Louise Aroche, Lead Designer, DIALOG
Michael Parker, Lead Designer, DIALOG

Presenters Louise Aroche and Michael Parker are lead designers with DIALOG, a national multi-disciplinary firm. Their passion for workplace strategy, research and design knowledge is respected by leading corporations, healthcare institutions and educational facilities. Their collaborative portfolio, in excess of 5 million square feet, has been published and honored with numerous awards.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 12:30pm-3:30pm • $125 • ROOM 223/224

T21 – RFPs and Proposals [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

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

One of the most widely used forms of solicitation is the Request for Proposal (RFP). This form of solicitation is used for situations such as product or service replacement, improving organizational effectiveness or problem identification and resolution. The buyer has the need and the seller has the solution.

This presentation will provide a synopsis of the planning and development of an RFP as well as Proposal Response suggestions including planning guidelines, proposal formats and how to respond to RFP evaluation criteria.

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

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

Court Stevens, Principal, Stevens Consulting Group


Court Stevens is the President of Stevens Consulting Group Inc., based in Victoria BC. His company provides training courses on the best practices of business and management processes associated with all phases of procurement management. This includes Contract Management Planning and Implementation, Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Preparing Well-Written Proposals, and Negotiating Effectively.

Court has been directly associated with procurement and contract management, both as a project manager for various Canadian military equipment procurement projects and as a consultant and instructor for over 25 years.

Court was one of the primary designers and instructors of the BC government’s award winning Procurement and Contract Management Program.

His organizational and professional development education includes the following:

Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership and Management
Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education
Graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 1:00pm-2:00pm • $45 • ROOM 205

T22 – Open Plan, Teleworking, Flexible Work, Closed Office, Co-Working – Fads or Trends? [AR CO ID PM]

[ AIBC 1.0 Core LUs, BOMI 1.0 CPDs, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

With a multitude of alternatives to consider, how do organizations decide how best to design their own work environments? Real Estate investments are long term, and there’s an increasing desire to ‘future proof’ workplaces to anticipate changes to how people work, and how organizations perform. This seminar will review a variety of current alternatives and discuss the drivers behind them and whether it’s here to say – or going the way of the office ping-pong table!

Learning Objectives:

  1. How to assess what workplace options are appropriate for your organization
  2. Thinking behind the drivers that create these alternatives, and understand which are moving to be the ‘new normal’
  3. See examples of implementation of various alternatives, which were successful and why
Robyn Baxter

Robyn Baxter, Vice President, Consulting, HOK

Robyn Baxter has over 25 years of experience helping clients develop effective workplace strategies. Her collaborative relationships with clients help bridge the gap between their organizational goals, user needs, and workplace strategy. She brings HOK’s vast knowledge and research to organizations that are redefining their work environments. As an Interior designer and a Prosci Change management Certified professional, Robyn speaks at university, business and design events on generations at work, workplace culture and space, alternative work strategies, and the case for a strategic workplace.

Clients include: City of Calgary, Shell Canada, ATB Financial, Manitoba Hydro, Grant MacEwan University, General Electric London UK & Norwalk Connecticut, and Hatch Engineering.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 1:00pm-2:00pm • $45 • ROOM 215

T23 – Biophilia: Design at the Intersection of Sustainability and Well-Being [AR CO EN ID PM SB]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 HSW CEUs ]

Far from replacing the focus on sustainability, today’s emphasis on well-being in the workplace incorporates a broad array of design objectives for human sustainability, which includes limiting disruption, promoting movement, offering choice and flexibility, and supporting the inherent human need to connect to nature. In many ways, the conversation about well-being and the conversation about environmental sustainability intersect with the principles of Biophilic Design. As the benefits to our minds and bodies of a connection to nature are being understood more and more, Biophilia has come to the forefront of our thinking and behavior. Increasingly, it is inspiring design and architecture that supports human health and well-being–with measurable economic benefits to organizations that embrace it.

Jennifer Busch

Jennifer Busch, Vice President, Architecture & Design, Teknion


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 serving as Editor in Chief from 1999-2011. At Contract, she routinely reported on the social, political, technological, economic, and business trends impacting the practice of commercial interior design, with a particular emphasis on design’s influence on business and society, and its power to create positive change. In 2009 she was bestowed with Honorary IIDA status, the first design editor to have achieved such recognition. She currently serves on the Advisory Board of the FIT Sustainable Interior Environments Master’s Degree program; as a member of the Market Strategy Group of Advisors for Public Architecture, and as a member of the In Kind Committee for desigNYC.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has participated in the development and organization of key industry events and trade shows, has served as a jury member for numerous industry competitions, has had many speaking engagements as either a moderator or featured speaker, and has served as a guest critic for student work at several academic institutions. At Teknion, she continues to promote the value of good design to commercial and institutional enterprises with real business goals.

Jennifer graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a Bachelor’s degree in English, and from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in Journalism.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 3:30pm-4:30pm • $45 • ROOM 218/219

T24 – From Vision to Reality: Unlocking the Development Potential of Complex Urban Sites

[ AIBC 1 Non-Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, HPO 1.0 CPD, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

Every city and community has sites or areas that are derelict, vacant or underutilized. These sites are typically located in key commercial areas with high walkability, access to schools, services, and transit. It is these derelict and vacant sites located in prime neighborhoods or waterfront districts that have the potential to be most transformative for cities. This session will present best practices and key lessons for the redevelopment of complex urban, often contaminated sites that is well-grounded in the key lessons from one of Canada’s largest and most valuable contaminated sites, and several local examples including the redevelopment of a gas station site into an award-winning mixed-use development. This presentation will focus on the best practices that can be distilled from these projects and used for other sites to realize their development potential.

Carla Guerrera

Carla Guerrera, Vice President, Planning & Community Development, Darwin Properties


As a recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s top 40 Under 40 global land use professionals award, Carla Guerrera is a recognized leader in urban redevelopment with a track record leading award-winning redevelopment and waterfront revitalization projects. Carla has had a lead role in the planning and development of $600 million in real estate in Canada’s top markets.

Carla has led major urban redevelopments, namely the West Don Lands, an 80-acre brownfield site on Toronto’s waterfront. Formerly an industrial area and challenging brownfield site, West Don Lands is now part of North America’s largest and most advanced urban revitalization efforts, and home to the athletes village for the 2015 Pan Am Games. As a Project Manager for Waterfront Toronto, Guerrera played a central role in the overall master planning for West Don Lands as well as the first phase of development. The revitalization scheme includes 6000 new residences, affordable housing, 900,000 sf employment space, schools, childcare, art-filled public spaces, including the recently completed Underpass Park.

After relocating to Vancouver, Carla joined Wesgroup Properties to help lead the redevelopment of their brownfield portfolio, including transforming a vacant gas station site in North Vancouver into an award-winning, mixed-use development, The Prescott. As VP Planning and Development with Darwin Properties, the most active developer on the North Shore, Carla is overseeing a portfolio of over 1.8 m square feet of real estate development on the North Shore, transforming key sites into vibrant live, work and play communities.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 1:00pm-2:30pm • $55 • ROOM 213

T25 – Strategic Energy Reduction & Management Solutions: What’s Next & Are They Viable? [AR CO EN ID PM SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs ]

The energy commodity industry is rapidly changing in dramatic ways. While electrical costs in BC are relatively low, they are rising continuously and so is our demand on the grid. There is a real opportunity to manage and approach energy consumption, with a keen eye on saving opportunities that will healthily impact your bottom line. In this session, learn what new technologies are enabling these strategic approaches.

Review three primary technologies that will help you reduce energy and maintenance costs in your building, decrease capital costs and contribute to the greater good of the environment. The speakers will study how new technologies have evolved, specifically in energy storage and renewable generation, and concentrate on today’s available building upgrades with energy-efficient technologies, such as lighting, controls, and energy management systems

Explore two case studies in BC, which will illustrate the results of these upgrades and walk away with a better understanding of how to integrate these strategies into your building and an enhanced knowledge of the business case.

Bob Dowbiggin
Peter Gibson
Michael Travers

Bob Dowbiggin, Director of Sales, Western Region, ONEnergy Inc.
Peter Gibson – Director (ESS), LG Chem
Michael Travers, Director, Power Smart Alliance, BC Hydro


Bob Dowbiggin has spent 25 years in the commercial contract design, build and furnish markets in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest with the goal to provide products and services to the requirements of a client and in the most sustainable way possible. He has served at PVL Projects (subsidiary of ONEnergy Inc.) for 12 years.

Mr. Dowbiggin is an enthusiastic leadership mentor and speaker at Landmark in downtown Vancouver and has given endless presentations over the course of his career to clients and other parties engaged in the sales process.

Peter Gibson is head of the Energy Storage Solutions (ESS) business in North America for LG Chem Power Inc (LGCPI).  His responsibilities include managing a growing team of sales, project management and technical support personnel that support customers for stationary energy storage solutions, ranging from kWh-scale residential units to the largest multi-MWh grid-scale systems.

Peter‘s professional experience includes assignments focused traditional and emerging energy technologies in Europe, SE Asia and North America.  He earned a first-class honors degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in the UK.

Michael Travers has worked in the electric utility industry for over 15 years in a variety of progressive sales and marketing roles.  From his early days in BC Hydro as a key account manager, Michael believes he has been able to gain a valuable window into how energy is used and considered by customers in nearly every industry in the province.

Today, as the manager of BC Hydro Marketing Alliances, Michael leads a team responsible for BC Hydro’s extensive trade ally network of over 700 firms. His team also leads the development and maintenance of several strategic partnerships, workforce capacity building efforts, and innovative energy efficiency financing options designed to increase energy conservation and efficiency in the province.

Michael currently sits as a member of the Board of Directors for the British Columbia Electrical Association.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 1:00pm-2:30pm • $55 • ROOM 203/204

T26 – Building Life Safety Equipment and Systems: Verification & Commissioning [CO EN ID PM]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

Don’t miss this presentation! Learn all about Fire Alarm System Verification requirements and practices. This seminar will review the requirements of the BC Building Code, highlight the upcoming changes in the National Building Code, and introduce the new Verification and Commissioning Standards for Canada. At the end of this session, you will:

  • Be able to identify a properly formatted Fire Alarm Verifications Appendix “C” report
  • Be familiar with the testing requirements of the Verification Standard and inter-connectivity of the fire alarm system and the buildings life safety systems
  • Be able to identify a properly formatted Commissioning Report that complies with BC Building Code 2012 (1) and how to identify a qualified professional
Frank Kurz

Frank Kurz, Executive Director, The Fire Protection Technicians Network

Frank Kurz is a fire alarm system Verifier with thirty years of experience and is the Executive Director (and Founder) of the Fire Protection Technicians Network. He Chairs the Education Committee for the BC Chapter of CFAA, as well as the Working Group for CAN/ULC-S536 and CAN/ULC-S537 (Standards for Fire Alarm Inspection & Testing and Fire Alarm Verification respectively). He is also a member of the ULC Master Committee for Fire Alarm Equipment and Systems and is an active participant in the Working Groups for CAN/ULC-S524 (Standard for Installation of Fire Alarm Systems), CAN/ULC-S561 (Standard for Installation and Services for Fire Signal Receiving Centres and Systems), and CAN/ULC-S1001 (Standard for Integrated Systems Testing for Fire Protection and Life Safety Systems). He lives and works in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, is happily married (32 years), has two sons and three grandchildren.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 1:00pm-2:00pm • $45 • ROOM 212

T27 – Security for the Building Lifecycle [AR CO EN PM]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, HPO 1.0 CPD ]

Often an afterthought, Security is a mainstay in the entire lifecycle of a building or campus. Security concerns arise from the first stroke of the Architect’s pencil, through to the construction phase, past commissioning and then to several generations of building stewards.

This presentation will seek to bridge the white space between security silos that can often arise in large projects.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand how the earliest security related design decisions can affect the final building users.
  • Understand that security is so much more than dropping cameras on an Electrical Drawing.
  • Understand how an effective security program does not have to make your building ugly or overly expensive.
Randy Lines

Randy Lines, Partner and Chief Technical Officer, 3Si Risk Strategies Inc.


Following College and University, Randy enjoyed several years in the private industry as a Project Manager and Engineer. Randy then joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and served as an Engineer, Investigator and Detective.

Randy then served over 16 years in numerous technical capacities within the RCMP developing expertise in both offensive and defensive physical and electronic security measures. His final project in the RCMP was as the technical team leader for the roll-out of over 80 CCVE systems to the some of the most remote areas within British Columbia. Along with this project was the integration of the CCVE with the other existing systems in sites from tiny mobile homes in remote locations in BC to large municipal; campus style projects with in excess of 1000 users.

Randy joined 3Si Risk Strategies as a Partner in 2015 where he continues to explore innovative solutions to Security Challenges.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 1:30pm-3:00pm • $55 • ROOM 206

T28 – Passive House Building Case Study [AR CO EN SB]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.5 CPDs, HPO 1.5 CPDs ]

A Synergy Sustainability Institute led consortium conducted market research and prepared a “passive house business case”, based on actual costs and predicted and measured performance of two developments on southern Vancouver Island – a 2 family residence in Saanich and a 6-plex spec development in Victoria. The passive houses were compared to PHPP modelling of the same archetypes meeting current BC Building Code energy standards. The financial business case considered both builder and consumer perspectives, and incorporated a wide range of costs such as increased taxes and mortgage interest and energy saving benefits. Results will be presented, along with proposed future research and preliminary results from a companion measurement and verification project at the 6-plex, led by RDH Building Engineering Ltd.

Andrew Pape-Salmon

Andrew Pape-Salmon, Associate, Senior Energy Specialist, RDH

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Andrew Pape-Salmon has 17 years of experience in energy efficiency and clean energy strategies for buildings, equipment and communities. He specializes in government policy, strategic planning, economic analysis, codes and standards, and energy system design. His recent assignments include: Cost-benefit analysis of ultra-low energy building designs; Energy code compliance survey and evaluation; Regulatory assessment for set-top boxes; Roadmap to NetZero Construction and Deep Retrofits in 2030 for the Pacific Northwest Economic Region; Fuel and equipment choice study for multi-family dwellings; Measurement and verification of savings for nine commercial developments; and Vancouver’s Energy Retrofit Strategy for Existing Buildings (2014-2020).

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-3:00pm • $45 • ROOM 214

T29 – Building Management 2.0: The Future of the Profession [PM]

[ AIBC 1.5 Core LUs, BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This panel presentation will take a future forward look at the role of Building Owners and Managers. Laying context for the next 5-10 years, panelists will explore the factors expected to shape the face of the profession. Panelists will address matters such as technology, changing demographics and the impact from a workplace and occupant perspective, heightened and changing tenant demands, tenant retention and other emerging trends such as sustainability.

Robert Kavanagh
Michael Bishop
Jocelyne Legal
Grant Tufts
Lillian Tummonds

Robert Kavanagh, Vice President, GWL Realty Advisors, BOMA BC Chair

Michael Bishop, Director of Asset Management, Low Tide Properties
Jocelyne Legal, Vice President, Leasing, Triovest Realty Advisors
Grant Tufts, President, Impact Recruitment – North America
Lillian Tummonds, General Manager, Cadillac Fairview

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Thursday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-3:00pm • $45 • ROOM 216

T30 – An Architect’s Guide to Quality: Tales from the Trenches [AR CO EN]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD ]

This session by architect, Brian Palmquist, will help designers & builders manage the quality of their work more efficiently, especially their work during construction and in the field. Brian will first lay out the four principles and three software/hardware toolsets that he has used to manage projects ranging from a small equipment building on an industrial site in the north to a current $2billion airport expansion project. He will summarize his recent evaluation of several mobile softwares for the construction phase, outlining selection criteria that will assist designers and builders in making sense of the cluttered mobile computing landscape.

Using the “tales from the trenches” approach from his book “An Architect’s Guide to Construction”, Brian will also talk about construction realities while filling in knowledge gaps, sharpening skills and teaching you to become more efficient & profitable during the construction phase of a project.

Brian Palmquist

Brian Palmquist, Director of Quality, Ledcor Construction Limited


Architect, software developer and author Brian Palmquist has been at the leading edge of computer, web-based, cloud-based, tablet and smartphone technology for design and construction for more than a decade. He uses a comprehensive quality and project management application he developed that was “in the cloud” two years before The Economist magazine declared the cloud’s existence. An Honours graduate of the McGill University School of Architecture, he has taught students of architecture at the University of British Columbia and intern architects in British Columbia and Ontario, Canada. He has made educational presentations to designers, builders and quality professionals at more than 50 conferences throughout North America.”

Brian is the author of “An Architect’s Guide to Construction – Tales from the Trenches”. He is currently working on his second book, “An Architect’s Guide to Quality – Getting to ISO 9001 and Why that Matters.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 2:00pm-3:00pm • $45 • ROOM 217

T31 – Designing Green Roofs for Stormwater Management [AR BC CO EN SB]

[ AIBC 1 Core LU, BOMI 1.0 CPD, HPO 1.0 CPD ]

With increasing popularity and double-digit growth over the past decade, green roofs now seem to be all the rage. A major driving force in this growth has been the technology behind stormwater management. In this session, gain in-depth knowledge on how to design green roofs for stormwater management, along with the nuances of the various municipal policies and programs on the implementation of this new technology.

We will demonstrate how innovative water retention materials can maximize water storage while keeping the weight low. Plus, learn a concept of water-retention-to-weight ratio, which will allow you to compare different green roof components, aiding you in the decision-making process.

This session will also explore a case study of the Sherway Gardens Shopping Centre expansion project at 9,500 m2, the largest green roof on a single, free standing commercial structure in the Greater Toronto Area, which will illustrate how these tools were used in designing for stormwater management.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Design green roofs to meet the prescriptive or objective-based municipal policies
  2. Design green roofs for stormwater management using technical principles and data
  3. Specify the green roof components/systems based on water-retention-to-weight ratio
Karen Liu

Karen Liu, PhD, Product Manager, Bonar Xeroflor

Karen Liu, PhD, is the product manager for Bonar Xeroflor GmbH. She has been conducting green roof research since 2000 when she was a research officer at the National Research Council in Ottawa and led the green roof research team at British Columbia Institute of Technology in Vancouver. Liu established the first North American field facility dedicated to green roof research and conducted several field studies across Canada to study the climate sensitivity of the technology. She now focuses her work on product development at Xeroflor. Liu has been awarded CSC’s F. Ross Browne Award for her writing in Construction Canada.

Thursday, Feb. 25 • 11:00am-12:00pm • $45 • ROOM 203/204

T33 – Using Social Media to Promote Your Business [AR CO EN ID PD PM]

[ BOMI 1.0 CPD; IDCEC 0.1 CEUs ]

For home professionals, technology tools extend far beyond space planning and drafting. Today, technology is used to communicate more effectively with clients, tell engaging stories about you and your portfolio of work and market your business with scale and efficiency, in the office or on the go. During this session, discover how you can harness Houzz and integrated technologies to do just this – improve business efficiency, reach new prospective clients and streamline communications. Session attendees will:

  • Discover ways to streamline communication with clients throughout a project
  • Learn how to build a compelling online presence, plus best practices for engaging with an online community
  • Learn how technology can facilitate the type of storytelling that differentiates your business and protects your reputation
  • Understand how these activities generate new business, and how to measure their effectiveness.
Elyse Jordan

Elyse Jordan, Industry Marketing, Houzz

Elyse Jordan is part of the Community Team at Houzz, an innovative residential design platform and community. Mrs. Jordan developed a love of home remodeling and design at a young age while working for her father, a Contractor in Austin, Texas. Before working at Houzz, Mrs. Jordan consulted with small business owners to grow their business through strategic marketing. She studied Communications at BYU.

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