Featured Speakers


Murray Frank, President, Constructive Home Solutions

Murray Frank of Constructive Home Solutions Inc. delivers this presentation on behalf of the Homeowner Protection Office. Mr. Frank is recognized as a premier building envelope specialist in British Columbia and has been instrumental in the development of the understanding of moisture problems relating to single family and multi-unit residential buildings. He performs building envelope design and assessments, and has integrated many new technologies into recent client projects. He has been an instructor at colleges in Vancouver and Victoria, and has developed a series of educational seminars for various groups including the Homeowner Protection Office that have been attended by over 22,000 licensed builders, building officials and industry professionals over the past nine years. Mr. Frank is a founding member and Past President of the British Columbia Building Envelope Council.


Tina Vigneux, Vice President, Atocrates Project Sciences International

Tina heads up our Windsor office, giving leadership to all our initiatives in the Southwestern Ontario region spanning the three major urban centres of Windsor, London, and Kitchener-Waterloo-Cambridge (KWC). Tina is an award winning Senior Advisor/Professor supporting the Project Management Masters Certificate Program, Atocrates Centre for Project Sciences, Canada’s Project & Organizational Performance Specialist™, as well as a Professor in the School of Engineering; School of Skilled Trades at St. Clair College. Tina as Program Director, gives leadership to the Atocrates Masters Certificate in Project Management for General Contractors (MC4GC). She is a competent and enthusiastic instructor with an aptitude for performing under pressure demonstrating a proven ability to work successfully with students, facilitators, customers, suppliers and industry professionals bringing projects from concept to completion. Tina continues to advise and consult as an architect/designer in the areas of Architecture, Building Design & Construction, effective use of AutoCAD, as well as Project Planning, Estimating & Specifications with Mady Development Corporation; Royal Palace Homes; Masterpiece Homes; Mark B. Koppelo & Associates; Southwood Lakes Holdings Inc in Canada & the USA. Volunteer: Habitat For Humanity, New Orleans – August 2006; The United Way – St. Clair College of Applied Arts & Technology – 2002; YMCA – ‘path’ program; Architect/Project Manager- Construction finalized May 2000. Awards: United Way 2002 Campaign ‘You Are The Way’ Drouillard Road Re-development Project. Tina is a certified member of the Project Management Institute. In 2012 she received the Atocrates Outstanding Contribution Award for her coordination and management of the Masters Certificate in Project Management in Southwestern Ontario.


Monique MacKinnon, Founder & CEO, Energetic Evolution

Monique MacKinnon is the Founder and CEO of Energetic Evolution (EE), an international coaching and consulting firm. It is recognized for delivering custom, individually designed quality solutions that grow and evolve people, processes, and profits — including multiple bottom lines — both within and without the workplace, community, cyber security, fitness, healthcare, personal care, recreation, and sport industries. Collaboration, innovation, sustainability, and work-life balance are common areas of focus.

EE combines leading edge, forward thinking expertise in business development, leadership, facility and human resources management, and employee and client relations. Coaching and consulting clients include C-Suite leaders, managers, professionals, and entrepreneurs. Professional speaking clients include Informa Canada, the Department of Justice Canada, the American Virtual Assistant Association (AVAA), and the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).

The firm’s depth and diversification stems from productive work experiences with: the Canadian Fitness and Lifestyle Research Institute (CFLRI); the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA); Dr. Donald Taylor Orthodontics; Entrust Technologies; Fitness and Amateur Sport Canada; the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (PIPSC); Public Works Government Services Canada (PWGSC); Recreation Services International (RSI) Inc.; the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC); the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC); and Strength Tek Fitness Consulting.


Dorothy Neddermeyer, Founder & CEO, Genesis Consultants Inc

As a leading edge Change Management consulting company, conference keynote speaker with international experience, CEO/Founder, Dorothy M. Neddermeyer, Ph.D. has.provided company-wide business improvement initiatives to optimize all resources to deliver strategic advantage with measurable outcomes.

With 30+ years experience, Dr. Dorothy has mentored and coached executives and entrepreneurs worldwide to experience their highest potential through powerful Eastern/Western strategic tools and leading-edge focus on Cultural factors, discovering and resolving mental blocks, fears and self-hindering beliefs.


Eric Termuende, Co-Founder and Director, Gen Y Inc

Eric Termuende is a Co-Founder and Director of Gen Y Inc., a culture consultancy focused on the future of work. Eric is Community Integration Chair for Global Shapers Calgary, a community that functions under the World Economic Forum. He also sits on the Leadership Committee for the Canadian G20 YEA Delegation, and is a founding member of the Haskayne Alumni Advisory Council. A former University of Calgary SU Vice President, Class Ambassador (2014), and Ditchley Foundation attendee, Eric has worked and spoken in numerous places across the world over the past years both personally and professionally. Eric was recently named as Calgary’s youngest Game Changer by BRANDED Magazine and has spoken and written for the Conference Board of Canada and the Globe and Mail, respectively. Eric recently returned from Cambridge and Oxford attending the 800th Anniversary Conference of the Magna Carta and in early June 2015 was recognized as one of the 2015 American Express Top 100 Emerging Innovators under 35 globally.


Carol Jones, Principal, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning

Carol Jones is a Principal in an international firm, Kasian Architecture Interior Design and Planning Ltd, with staff of 300 in five cities. Carol has 40 years of experience in planning and design, with a focus on design for the high performance workplace. An expert on workplace programming and planning, Carol speaks and writes on this topic both nationally and internationally, and projects under her leadership have been widely published and have received numerous awards. She is an NCIDQ certificate holder, a Certified Facility Manager (CFM), a Registered Interior Designer (RID) in BC and a LEED Accredited Professional. She was President of the Interior Designers of Canada (IDC) and President of the International Interior Design Association (IIDA). She is currently a Director on the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) Board and has been inducted into the College of Fellows of three professional associations. In June 2010, Carol was awarded an honourary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) by Kwantlen Polytechnical University for her contributions to the design profession.


Richard Pollack, Principal, Pollack Consulting

Richard Pollack, FAIA, FIIDA is Principal of Pollack Consulting which he began after founding and leading award-winning Pollack Architecture, now Rapt Studio, for 28 years. Pollack Consulting assists practitioners’ growth and success through improved business development, winning presentation techniques, business coaching, recruiting top talent, and ownership transition implementation. He is one of few professionals elevated to Fellowship in both IIDA and AIA, and is a past International President of IIDA. Richard writes a monthly column for Contract Magazine and has been featured in Interior Design magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and the San Francisco Business Times among others.

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.


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


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.


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.


Sunny Ghataurah, Director, AES Engineering

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.


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.


Carla Geurrera, 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.