Day 1 – Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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

AAA = Alberta Association of Architects
BOMI = BOMI Canada
IDCEC = Interior Design Continuing Education Council

To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff.


Seminar Legend:

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

Tuesday, March 17 • 8:00am – 11:30am • $115

T01 – Project Management: Keys to Ensuring Project Success [PM AD CO]

[ AAA = 3.5 Structured; BOMI = 3.5 CPDs; IDCEC = 0.3 CEU; 3.5 HRS CAT A PM PDU ]

All organizations use projects as the way to translate strategies into actions and objectives into realities. Many companies are project-intensive – they live and breathe project management because they are in that kind of business, such as construction.

The construction industry calls for a unique type of project management, as many projects require large amounts of materials, physical tools and labour, and involve numerous and diverse stakeholders. Also, construction projects often affect—or are affected by—the environment. Business owners have much at stake in selecting a competent project manager and in providing her or him with the authority to assume responsibility at various stages of the project regardless of the types of contractual agreements for implementing the project. The ultimate test of the education and experience of a project manager for construction lies in her or his ability to apply fundamental principles to solving problems in the new and unfamiliar situations which have become the hallmarks of the changing environment in the construction industry.

You will learn:

  • The key fundamentals in how to properly initiate a project; define and validate project goals, requirements and objectives; people, process, and product management; quality planning and control; risk management; contract and procurement management; and manage performance, relationships and expectations.
  • The key responsibilities in project plan development; project plan execution and integrated change control;
  • The key elements of cost and schedule management;
  • The key elements of stakeholder relationships management and how to keep your team committed throughout the project will also be discussed. Handouts will be provided.

These keys are essential for building owner and manager; contractors, architects, engineers, and consultants that need to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies to help be effective project managers and team leaders. For professionals collecting continuing education credits, the two PM seminars led by Doug Land together qualify for 7 hours of PM accreditation for CEU hours (each 1/2 day session qualifies for 3.5 hours) under Category A PDUs.


Doug Land


Speaker:
Doug Land, Senior VP, Atocrates Project Management Group


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

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

Doug is also Senior VP and lead instructor with Atocrates Project Sciences International.

Doug recently published his first book; ‘The Power of the Plan – Empowering the Leader Within You’; co-written with David Barrett.

Tuesday, March 17 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

T02 – A Revolutionary Modern Method in Offsite Prefabrication and Site Assembly: Industrialized Construction Sites [AD CO]

[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

How can the Construction industry keep up the pace? Increasingly, there is a need to balance a shrinking work force and a demand for greater safety and higher levels of quality, with the needs to remain on-time and on-budget.

The construction of a building is a very detailed process. To maintain budget, schedule and quality can be difficult, and some would say you can only ever really achieve two of the three.

By using an offsite philosophy to building construction you can achieve more with less, as all building projects can be broken down into components or assemblies. The industrialization of construction sites, where the construction worker becomes an assembler, will see benefits well beyond the planned ROI or the capital and resource investment.

Modern methods of construction are unique. This presentation will share lessons learned, innovative practices being used by modular manufacturers, and the benefits construction companies can realize today. Attendees will learn leading-edge strategies and technologies being used internationally, focusing on onsite methods using offsite assemblies and the advantages of modular versus traditional construction methods. There will be an opportunity for discussion with an interactive Q & A period.


Randy Ludwar


Speaker:
Randy Ludwar, Vice President Operations, Cormode & Dickson

Biography
Randy’s experience spans the three western provinces of Canada with over 30 years experience related to the construction industry. He has owned, operated and partnered in three private enterprises including a building consulting and construction management operations holding positions of CEO and President and has also led teams and operations in organizations such as the Modus Group of Companies and Dominion Construction.

He was a leading factor on a multitude of projects including the modular building supply to the Suncor Voyageur project in Fort McMurray, Alberta Infrastructure Relocatable Class Room program contract 6 and 7, Meg Energy Modular Control Building, Library at Edmonds Town Center in Burnaby, BC, Riverview Village Estates Seniors Housing Complex and 2 wind tower energy farms; 33 towers for Sask. Power and Sunbridge.

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

Randy is an experienced Senior Executive Officer with an operations background and is currently the Vice President of Operations Cormode & Dickson Construction at head office in Edmonton.


Tuesday, March 17 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

T03 – Developer’s Round Table [PM AD CO PD]

[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs; IDCEC = 0.1 CEU ]

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


Darryl McGavigan

John Croft

Brad Hoffman

Richard Knibbs

Ron Mosher

Shaun Wuschke


Moderator:
Darryl McGavigan, Associate Vice President, Colliers International

Panelists:
John Croft, President, Camrock Capital Partners
Brad Hoffman, Vice President, Panattoni Development Company
Richard Knibbs, Vice President, Remington Development Corporation
Ron Mosher, Vice President, Camgill Enterprises
Shaun Wuschke, Vice President, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP

Sponsored By

Supported By

Biographies
Darryl McGavigan: Upon graduating from The University of Alberta in 2005, Darryl has consistently been a strong performer in the Edmonton industrial market. Specifically focused on sale and lease transactions in Edmonton and the surrounding areas, with a particular specialty in industrial properties, Darryl provides clients seeking to purchase, build or lease warehouse space with a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication.
Darryl joined Colliers in 2007 when the boutique Industrial firm he was with was bought and integrated into Colliers Edmonton. Service excellence, accountability and results best summarizes Darryl’s commitment to clients and the basis of his shared success with clients.

John Croft is a Co-Founder and President of Camrock Capital. He has been involved with commercial real estate since 1987 and has over 25 years of experience in commercial/ industrial real estate acquisition, leasing, management and sales.  John’s current portfolio consists of over 60 commercial properties in both Canada and the U.S, and he is currently involved with more than 40 companies.  John has a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Alberta.

Brad Hoffman: As Vice President Western Canada for Panattoni Development Company, Brad is responsible for carrying out all the aspects of a development project, including identifying value-add real estate opportunities, negotiating purchase and sale agreements, conducting due diligence, overseeing project marketing, project management, lease negotiations, and leveraging local relationships with contractors, consultants and municipal officials. To date Brad has been involved in over 500 acres of industrial land developments, and over 1,200,000 square feet of new build to suit and re-development projects ranging from 30,000 square feet to 400,000 square feet.

Richard Knibbs is responsible for directing the organization’s direction and growth in the greater Edmonton market. He works extensively with the real estate brokerage, tenant and investor communities to solve their real estate requirements. His track record includes design build; downtown office; suburban office; industrial; retail and land transactions. Richard has the proven ability to identify and solve real estate challenges that benefit a range of users and investors alike.

Ron Mosher: As senior vice-president of Camgill Enterprises Ltd., Ron oversees all aspects of construction and leasing, ensuring the development process is completed in a timely and efficient manner. He reviews new acquisition and development opportunities and is responsible for long-term client/developer relationships. He is the father of three wonderful children and is an avid skier who can be spotted behind a boat in the summer and on the slopes in the winter.

Shaun Wuschke is currently responsible for the overall management, operations and leasing of all Bentall’s commercial and industrial properties in Edmonton. Shaun joined Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP as part of the acquisition of Beutel Goodman Real Estate Group and has been with the firm since 1999. During his tenure, he has been involved directly with leasing and development functions completing a number of significant transactions within the Western Region portfolio, in his previous role as Vice President, Leasing. Shaun is a graduate of The University of Regina (1986) with a Bachelor of Administration, specializing in Accounting/Finance. Shaun is a past president of BOMA Edmonton (2012) and board member for BOMA Canada (2013).

Tuesday, March 17 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

T04 – Succeeding in a Climate of Scarcity: What’s Required to Win the War for Talent [PD]

[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

With growth returning to virtually all construction markets in 2014-15, the need for talented people has become acute. Rapid changes in technology, globalization, and workforce demographics are disrupting the way we do business at every level. These factors are profoundly affecting our ability to identify, recruit and retain quality people, and this is especially true in attempts to develop future leaders. Much of the talent is tired of the highly volatile, unpredictable nature of the industry. Given the expected future labor shortages, talent recruitment, selection and retention are even more critical than even a few years ago. This highly interactive session will explore the critical issues facing internal leadership candidates, and examine the best practices for selecting, developing and maintaining the best and brightest leaders as the competition for talent continues to increase.

In this session, you will:

  • Learn the best practices in talent recruitment and selection
  • Discover the tools and processes for developing talent through strategic delegation, effective use of performance feedback, and developmental discussions
  • Skillfully implement traditional and innovative techniques for developing leaders, a distinct competitive advantage in our competitive industry

Michael Mangum


Speaker:
Michael Mangum, Senior consultant, FMI Consulting

Biography
As a senior consultant with FMI’s Center for Strategic Leadership, Michael brings his 35+ years of experience in the construction industry to bear on the challenges confronting today’s leaders. He is particularly passionate about helping drive organizational change through strategic thought and personal transformation.

Michael is a lifelong construction guy, having been born into a family construction business in Raleigh, N.C. Sunday afternoons were spent touring jobsites and playing on big tractors. Summers meant working at asphalt plants, laying pipe, and finishing concrete. He continued this industry involvement post-college, assuming various leadership roles including president & CEO. Engineering News-Record named him one of its 21st century leaders of the transportation industry. Still other business interests exposed him to related industries like commercial and residential development, midstream oil and gas, mobile heavy equipment telematics, and golf course design / construction / management.

He has been heavily involved in corporate governance, having spoken at National Association of Corporate Director events and been instrumental in the organization and launch of two independent, outside board of directors. Michael is also a past chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (2000) and led a segment of its worker health and safety initiative dealing with asphalt fumes for more than a decade. During those years, he developed close working relationships with members of organized labor, regulatory agencies and academia – in both the U.S. and Europe.

Michael earned a civil engineering (construction) degree from North Carolina State University, continuing with post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has lectured in the graduate schools at both UNC and Northwestern University and is a 20+ year member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). As such, Michael has been fortunate to count some of the most outstanding business leaders in the world as his teachers.

Tuesday, March 17 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

T05 – Building Science and the Specifier: Outcomes for Good specification Writing and Interpretation Practices [AD CO]

[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

This presentation focuses on how good specification writing practices will lead to constructible and durable building enclosures that satisfy the requirements of energy efficient design.

This session is intentionally controversial, with the goal of illustrating the importance of specification writing to communicate outcomes for the building. The construction industry’s ability to trust the specification has diminished because of the lack of emphasis that the consultant community has placed on specification development and the critical role that this document plays in the communication of design intent.

Topics will include appropriate research and content development to establish reasonable performance ranges for building envelope components, identifying material compatibility and durability issues, coordination between similar work results and establishing appropriate linking statements between different technical specifications and stages of document development.

The session will also emphasize the importance of good communication throughout development of the specifications; from schematic design reports to construction specifications, to pre-construction meetings and mock-up preparation. This session will require a suspension from traditional approaches to information editing and content management. Preparing specifications that are simply “not wrong” is no longer acceptable, there is a need for a return to “correct (not perfect)” specifications.

The presenter will share insights into issues causing concern based on real world experiences and will show positive outcomes resulting from correct and appropriate communications throughout all stages of project delivery.


Keith Robinson


Speaker:
Keith Robinson, Associate, Specifications, DIALOG

Supported By

Biography
Keith’s history as a specifications writer began in 1980; working for several Canadian and offshore architectural companies. He joined The Cohos Evamy Partners in December 1996, which became DIALOG in September 2010. DIALOG provides fully integrated, all discipline architectural, engineering, interior design and urban planning services from four studios located in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. He is an Associate responsible for product knowledge and research, master specification development and technical support to all DIALOG locations and is based in the Edmonton Studio.

Keith spends the bulk of his time updating DIALOG’s library of master specifications to reflect the various challenges of identifying building envelope performance, and selection of durable building materials and environmentally sustainable construction. He is currently working with the DIALOG Building Information Modelling team to fully integrate documents and communications strategies using paperless delivery processes.

Outside of DIALOG, Keith instructs several courses for the University of Alberta Extension in their Construction Administration program ranging from sustainable material selection, understanding specifications and blueprint reading. He is an active member on several international committees including OmniClass and is chair of the CSC/CSI MasterFormat Maintenance Committee. Keith currently sits on several standards review committees for CSA, ASTM and NFPA and provides commentary relating to performance issues affecting architectural specification elements. He is also a member of CSC’s Executive Council, and is serving as President during the current 2014-2015 term.

During his spare time, Keith can be found in the North Saskatchewan River Valley; hiking in the winter months, and rowing throughout the rest of the year. He also spends time with his grandkids playing soccer and taking them on adventures.

Tuesday March 17 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

T06 – Building Smart by Mitigating Thermal Bridging [AD CO]

[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

Building codes, energy codes, and energy conservation incentive programs are in a state of change, demanding a more stringent and rigorous evaluation of building enclosure thermal performance. There has been an explosion of research about how the effective thermal resistance of enclosure assemblies is impacted by thermal bridging, and consequently, energy use in buildings.

The Building Envelope Thermal Bridging Guide – Analysis, Applications, and Insights was developed by Morrison Hershfield in collaboration with co-sponsors and industry partners including  BC Hydro, Canadian Wood Council, Fortis BC, and the Homeowner Protection Office (a branch of BC Housing). The guide focuses on calculating the impact of thermal bridging in the enclosures assemblies used in Part 3, 4, 5 buildings. It is now publicly available and can be downloaded from BC Hydro’s website.

This session will provide essential information for practitioners on the importance of considering thermal bridging and how to use the extensive catalogue of thermal performance data in the guide to evaluate building enclosure thermal performance and it impact on building energy use.

At the end of the session, participants will:

  • Understand the impact of common thermal bridges on building heat loss and energy use
  • Be aware of how codes are changing to recognize the impact of thermal bridging
  • Understand the method of using linear and point transmission data to evaluate building envelope thermal performance data
  • Know where to obtain heat loss data on common thermal bridges

Mark Lawton


Speaker:
Mark Lawton, Sr. Building Science Specialist, Morrison Hershfield Limited

Biography
Mark is a Vice President in the Building Science Division of Morrison Hershfield, a multi-specialty engineering firm with offices across North America.  He is a professional engineer with over 30 years of experience in building performance assessment, forensic investigation, testing and design.  Currently resident in Vancouver, Mark’s career has included projects in all kinds of climate regimes from the arctic to the tropics.  He is widely published on building science issues including: durability and performance of building enclosure assemblies, moisture control, Indoor Air Quality, ventilation and managing the health impacts of mold in buildings.  Mark has presented to many professional and lay audiences on building science issues.

Construction Keynote

Tuesday, March 17 • 11:00am – 12:30pm • $45

T07 – Construction Keynote Panel: Identifying and Addressing Challenges in the Construction Industry [CO]

[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

A panel of business leaders in the construction industry will examine top issues of current concern in the construction industry and into the future. Addressing challenges such as skill shortages, long term sustainability, procurement, technology, business succession, globalization, the Canadian economy and infrastructure, they will share their practical insights and proven successful approaches being taken to mitigate these issues.


Chaz Osburn

JudyLynn Archer

Rick Daviss

Janet Lane

Bob Walker


Moderator:
Chaz Osburn, Director of Content, JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group, publishers of Alberta Construction Magazine

Panelists:
JudyLynn Archer, President  & CEO, Women Building Futures
Rick Daviss, Executive Director, Sustainable Development, City of Edmonton
Janet Lane, Director, Human Capital Policy, Canada West Foundation
Bob Walker, Senior Vice President, Alberta, Ledcor

Supported By

Media Sponsor

Biographies
Chaz Osburn: As director of content for JuneWarren-Nickle’s Energy Group (JWN), leads a team of talented editors and writers who produce content for JWN’s vast array of print publications and websites, including Alberta Construction Magazine, Oilweek, Oilsands Review, Oil & Gas Inquirer and New Technology Magazine. He joined the company in 2007, previously serving as managing editor and associate publisher. Under his direction several of these publications have received national awards for their reporting, content and overall excellence. Based in Edmonton, Osburn is the former national editor of Automotive News, a trade publication serving the global automotive industry, and has extensive daily newspaper experience. He is a member of the board of directors of the Alberta Magazine Publishers Association.

JudyLynn Archer, President & CEO, Women Building Futures (WBF), a recipient of the Executive Women’s Network ‘Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women Award’ is recognized for building an organization valued for its expertise in recruiting and training women for Alberta’s construction industry; increasing access to Alberta’s largest untapped workforce and raising women’s income by an average of 127 per cent on day of hire.

Rick Daviss is the Executive Director for the Arena and Entertainment District. Nearly 40 years ago he started with the City studying bikeway systems and doing impact assessments for major transportation projects. Rick went on to lead the City’s land development capital program, then became Manager of the Corporate Properties Branch. He’s served on several strategic planning committees, including the Blatchford Redevelopment, the Quarters, and the Industrial Land Strategy. In his current role Rick coordinates the arena project, which includes several City departments, and project partner, the Katz Group.

Janet Lane, Director, Canada West Foundation Centre for Human Capital Policy, became involved in the literacy and essential skills field after a successful career in the financial sector. Over the last fifteen years Janet has gained expertise in human capital development, and a clear understanding of the economic impact of essential skills shortages.  She moved into policy work as her interests and expertise in aspects of training and development expanded. An engaging public speaker, she has articulated these issues at various venues, to leaders in the public, private, post-secondary and non profit sectors.   Janet holds a B.Sc. from Western University, and an MA from Royal Roads University.

Canada West Foundation’s Centre for Human Capital Policy champions a West which thrives as its people reach their full potential.

Robert D. Walker: For over 40 years, Robert has overseen the design, development and construction of some of Alberta’s most technically challenging, high profile and iconic structures including the Edmonton City Hall, the Art Gallery of Alberta, the Telus Professional Baseball Stadium, the Epcor Office Tower and now the new Royal Alberta Museum and Kelly Ramsey Office Tower.

Robert joined Ledcor Construction Limited in 1997 as Vice President, Northern Alberta, after 16 years as owner of a Western Canadian based Project Management company. The Ledcor Group of Companies is one of Canada’s largest multi-discipline construction firms with 20 offices throughout North America.

Tuesday, March 17 • 11:00am – 12:30pm • $45

T08 – Applying LEAN Principles in Design [AD CO]

[ AAA= 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs; IDCEC=0.1 CEU ]

Integrated project delivery is designed to bring all key parties in a construction project together– the owners, architect/designer, construction contractor, engineers and key electrical and mechanical trades – to collaborate on a building’s design, construction and lifecycle management, leading to optimized building and budgetary outcomes.

Amongst other questions, this presentation will consider:

  • What are the implications of IPD for the building industry?
  • What might be the impact of this method of project delivery on the practical, day-to-day business processes in contracts, workflows, interactions, and decisions of building professionals as they execute projects?

This presentation will highlight successful projects created by integrated project delivery, share best practices and lessons learned while introducing attendees to key LEAN elements and tools.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to apply LEAN principles, processes to ensure a more efficient project delivery and mitigate increasing costs
  • How LEAN principles, tools and processes can be applied through the design and to construction phase
  • Review the leadership role designers and design teams can play on projects once LEAN principles are implemented into the project

Jennifer Hancock

Shafraaz Kaba


Speakers:
Jennifer Hancock, Director of Innovative Construction, CHANDOS
Shafraaz Kaba, Architect, Manasc Isaac

Biographies
Jennifer Hancock TBA

Shafraaz Kaba is an architect and partner at Manasc Isaac Architects in Edmonton, Alberta. He has also worked in design studios in London, England and Gilgit, Pakistan. Shafraaz lives on the leading edge of green design, pioneering net zero projects at both residential and commercial scales. His work at Manasc Isaac has solidified Shafraaz’s reputation as a leader in sustainable design: the firm has achieved many sustainable “firsts” including the first LEED® certified building in Alberta, Edmonton’s first LEED® Silver building, and the first LEED® Gold building in the Arctic. These journeys have been documented through Shafraaz’s frequent speaking engagements including TedxEdmonton, M.A.D.E. in Edmonton, and the First Nations Conference on Sustainable Buildings and Communities.

Tuesday, March 17 • 11:00am – 12:00pm • $45

T09 – Keeping Your Existing Building’s Energy Performance Competitive in the Alberta Market [PM AD CO GR]

[ AAA= 1.0 Structured; BOMI = 1.0 CPDs; IDCEC=0.1 HSW CEU ]

With Canada’s stock of existing buildings inevitably aging, hundreds of properties are approaching a phase in their service lives where renewal is required. Owners and managers of these assets have a unique challenge of effectively using renovations to reposition their buildings in the market. In this session we will explore how existing buildings can deliver energy performance and green attributes that compete with new development and attract and retain tenants.

In this session, participants will examine influences and drivers for greening existing buildings and improving energy performance, and understand through case studies how other buildings have implemented retrofits and operational changes to optimize energy performance and occupant comfort.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify and understand market drivers behind improving energy performance in existing buildings; and
  • Discover potential responses to new buildings coming on the market.

Edward Cook

Mark Terpstra


Speakers:
Edward Cook, Business Unit Manager – Alberta, Project Principal, Halsall Associates
Mark Terpstra, Project Associate, Halsall Associates

Biographies
Edward Cook draws from his years of experience as both contractor and entrepreneur in his approach to each and every project.  “If you don’t have a good understanding and appreciation for the impact your decisions have on the end result and the bottom line then how can you be confident in your work?”

Edward is the regional business unit manager and project principal with Halsall’s Green Building team. He has spent almost two decades in the HVAC industry specializing in Building Automation System (BAS) engineering design.  He has experience in many different building types including educational, office, retail, residential, telecom and data centres. He has designed projects throughout Alberta, Ontario and BC, as well as in Seattle, Chicago, and New York City.

Mark Terpstra is motivated by the challenges and opportunities that exist within the design variation of the building industry. He is dedicated to effecting change on the energy demands and sustainability within the commercial building industry and believes the increasing social and economic drivers related to energy conservation provide an excellent avenue for collaboration and innovation.

As a member of Halsall’s Green Building team, Mark has worked primarily on existing building projects. These projects have included building automation system assessments, energy and water audits, retro-commissioning, and LEED-EB applications. This work experience encompasses commercial office buildings, retail malls, and residential complexes. Prior to joining Halsall, Mark worked with building automation both in HVAC and Fire and Life Safety control systems.

Tuesday, March 17 • 11:00am – 1:00pm • $45

T10 – Email Overload? Increase Your Email Efficiency and Portable Productivity [PD]

[ AAA= 2.0 Structured; BOMI = 2.0 CPDs ]

Entrepreneurs, employers and employees alike all lose invaluable minutes every day due to inefficiency.

This interactive course, personalizes efficiency solutions to your workload and work style so you save an hour a day and reduce your stress. Avoid years of trial-and-error and come hear what’s worked with over 7,000 business-people.  We’ll discuss email and meeting habits and hacks that produce remarkably consistent results. Also expect to improve your on-the-go productivity with hands-on tips to make you Smartphone savvy.  Join us and learn how you can recover 1-hour per day of unproductive time.

Learn time-saving tips on how to:

  • Employ “Only Handle It Once” to quickly and accurately process your work
  • Utilize extremely powerful email features that you didn’t know existed
  • De-clutter your desk, minimize distractions and enhance your image
  • Convert wasted meeting time into decision driven discussions
  • Identify and resolve project bottle necks

Karen Turner


Speaker:
Karen Turner, Turner Efficiency Coaching

Sponsored By

Biography
The #1 career-related desire for most business-people is better goal-management. Their #1 obstacle is poorly spent time. Efficiency expert Karen Turner has helped 7000+ managers, entrepreneurs and their employees to apply practical principles and habits to better manage competing priorities and turn wasted effort into productive time and regain control of their inboxes, their calendars, and their lives.

Tuesday, March 17 • 10:30am – 12:00pm • $45

T11 – Energy Savings vs. Fresh Air Ventilation in Office Spaces – Smart Ideas or False Economies? [PM AD CO GR]

[ AAA= 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

Current trends in HVAC design and operations are focusing on reducing ventilation related energy inefficiencies through sophisticated building automation systems. Meanwhile, ASHRAE’s latest ventilation standard has reduced the minimum recommended ventilation rate per occupant. Some air quality practitioners are becoming concerned that the trade-off costs to human health and productivity for these energy savings are not being properly taken into account. This seminar will explore these trends, examine the possible trade-offs and consequences, and try to clarify what alternatives are available.

The following topics will be addressed:

  • A review of the current HVAC guidelines and regulations;
  • What are the potential energy savings;
  • What are the potential health impacts of increasing or decreasing fresh air ventilation;
  • CO2 Demand Ventilation – approach with caution

Learning Objectives: Attendees will learn not only current trends in HVAC ventilation for office spaces, but will acquire the tools the help evaluate a reasoned approach to balancing energy savings vs. human health and productivity.


Curt LaMontagne


Speaker:
Curt LaMontagne, Principal Indoor Environmentalist, C5 Plus Ltd.

Biography
In 1988, Curt started his environmental career as one of the first US EPA accredited asbestos management planners. As such he was responsible for conducting asbestos assessments for millions of square feet across multiple school districts throughout southern California.

He’s since managed indoor environmental consulting projects for all levels of business and government in both Canada and the US, shifting more in recent years to a focus on quantitative IAQ and indoor environmental quality for large office towers.

An enthusiastic educator, Curt is also a published writer and an experienced public speaker on indoor environmental issues. He’s also an accomplished software developer, having written several commercial environmental software packages.

Currently dividing his time between Calgary and Toronto, Curt holds a First Class Honours degree in Philosophy from the University of Calgary, and has successfully completed the Graduate Program in Strategic Management offered by the University of California, San Diego.

Tuesday, March 17 • 12:30pm – 4:00pm • $115

T12 – Project Management: Risk Essentials [PM AD CO]

[ AAA= 3.5 Structured; BOMI = 3.5 CPDs; IDCEC = 0.3 CEU; 3.5 HRS CAT A PM PDU ]

The Project Manager’s success is often linked to his or her ability to skillfully manage risks and prioritize multiple tasks to maximize their time and resources.

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

You Will Learn:

  • The key elements of the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBoK 5th Edition), and how to use them as a tool for tracking and monitoring the health of a project;
  • The six detailed processes critical to effective risk management;
  • How to apply practical risk management techniques in the planning and control of your project;
  • The golden rules of project risk management;
  • The most effective strategies and techniques to use to avoid problems and mitigate risk;
  • What to look for and what questions to ask to get a true picture of the status of your project(s). Handouts will be provided.

For professionals collecting continuing education credits, the 2 PM seminars led by Doug Land together qualify for 7 hours of PM accreditation for CEU hours (each 1/2 day session qualifies for 3.5 hours) under Category A PDUs.


Doug Land


Speaker:
Doug Land, Senior VP, Atocrates Project Management Group

Sponsored By

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

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

Doug is also Senior VP and lead instructor with Atocrates Project Sciences International.

Doug recently published his first book; ‘The Power of the Plan – Empowering the Leader Within You’; co-written with David Barrett.

Tuesday, March 17 • 1:30pm – 3:30pm • $45

T13 – Addressing Building Envelope Issues in Multi-Residential Buildings [PM AD CO]

[ AAA= 2.0 Structured; BOMI = 2.0 CPDs ]

This session examines what to do when a condominium building is not designed or built properly, resulting in water leaks.

In this diverse panel, each speaker will each speak to their area of expertise and provide information to assist board members, condominium owners, and property managers when these problems arise.

Amongst other issues, the panel will seek to answer:

  • How do condominium owners and property managers deal with the problem?
  • Who is qualified to assess the problems?
  • Who can remediate the building envelope?
  • Who might be liable?
  • How to finance the repairs?
  • Will there be sufficient resources in the reserve fund or do they have to seek special assessments from the owners?
  • How does the board implement a special assessment and what if the owners cannot pay?

These are just some of the issues that are facing condominium boards, who in turn, turn to the property managers who are not necessarily experienced or within their mandate in looking after the property.


Professor Tang Lee

Cathy Brazeau

Mark Brodgesell

Allison Scott

Randy Smith

Mike Stevens



Moderator:
Professor Tang Lee, Environmental Design, University of Calgary

Panelists:
Cathy Brazeau, Homeowner and Condominium Board Past President
Mark Brodgesell, Chief Building Inspector, Current Planning, Sustainable Development, City of Edmonton
Allison Scott, Manager, New Home Buyer Protection, Public Safety Division, Alberta Municipal Affairs
Randy Smith, Engineering Manager, Building Science, Williams Engineering
Mike Stevens, Associate Broker, Sunreal Property Management Ltd.

Supported By

Sponsored By

Biographies
Tang Lee teaches building science, architecture, indoor air quality, mechanical and civil engineering at several universities in Canada and abroad. He serves on several committees of Health Canada, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Standards Association, Canadian Construction Materials Centre, and help upgrade the training manual for safety codes officers. He conducts building envelope failures, indoor air quality problems, acoustics and lighting as it pertains to health standards and qualified as an expert witness in civil and criminal cases.

Tang Lee is also an architect designing healthy and sustainable buildings as well as planning of eco-villages. He helped prepare a report for the Canadian Human Rights Commission called, “The Medical Perspective on Environmental Sensitivities”.

Cathy Brazeau became a first-time condo owner and home owner in 2002. At the time she knew nothing about condominiums, bylaws or the provincial legislation. In April 2011, she was voted into the President’s position on her condo board and within two months was face-to-face with a very serious building envelope situation that cost 80 owners over 1.4 million and almost 2 years to resolve. As a Greenhouse Grower by profession, she utilized management skills to coordinate fellow Board members and all the Owners to fix their condominium issues as quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.

Mark Brodgesell

  • Chief Building Inspector, City of Edmonton
  • 26+ years as a Safety Codes Officer, Building
  • Past General Contracting Project Manager
  • Construction Engineering Technologist
  • Journeyman Carpenter
  • Recipient of the first (2012) Safety Codes Council, Certification Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Industry

Allison Scott began her career with the Government of Alberta in 2000 with Alberta Economic Development. She has been with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs since 2006. She has been working on issues related to residential construction practices for several years, including the development of the policy and legislation for the New Home Buyer Protection Act. As the Manager for the New Home Buyer Protection Office, Allison worked with a team to guide the implantation of the legislation and manages the ongoing delivery of the program.

Randy Smith is a senior building scientist and civil engineer with over 27 years of experience in thefields of building science and materials engineering. He has a broad, detailed knowledge of building envelope performance and design and has conducted an extensive number of projects of this type. Randy is a senior shareholder in the firm and currently manages the Calgary Building Science group. He is a past president of the Alberta Building Envelope Council and a precedent member of the CSA A440 Window Standard committee and Calgary Heritage Authority. As a LEED® AP he has worked on several LEED® projects.

Randy has authored numerous technical building science articles published in Canadian construction and trade journals and has provided numerous technical presentations for construction industry conferences and symposiums.

Mike Stevens, FRI, CPM, CLO, is the Associate Broker and General Manager of Sunreal Property Management Ltd and is responsible for all operations of the company. Sunreal manages over 97 Condominiums and 62 commercial properties. Prior to this, Mike was the Facilities Director for Real Estate for the Department of National Defense and Foreign Affairs, managing all Federal building assets with direct supervision of over 150 personnel, and all facets of building and property operation including leasing of non-government owned buildings. Mike Stevens has been developing, planning and teaching Condominium courses in Red Deer for 12 years. Mike has now developed Condo 101 and Condo 102 Board of Directors courses that continue to be taught in Central Alberta. Mike also teaches for the Canadian Condominium Institute.

Tuesday, March 17 • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • $45

T14 – Changes to Part 9 of the National Building Code: Part 1 – Summary of Minor Code Changes [PM AD CO]

[ AAA= 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs; IDCEC = 0.1 HSW CEU ]

This seminar will outline National Building Code Changes to Part 9, and will apply if Alberta Provincial Code adopts the National Changes. Examples of how these changes may impact homebuilders will be discussed.


Murray Frank


Speaker:
Murray Frank, Senior Building Science Specialist, Constructive Home Solutions Inc.

Biography
Murray is recognized as a premier building science specialist in British Columbia andhas been instrumental in the development of the understanding of moisture problems,energy performance and sustainability relating to single family and multi-unit residentialbuildings as well as building envelope concerns relating to commercial, industrial andinstitutional projects. Murray is an acclaimed educator in his field and has beeninstrumental in the development and presentation of leading curriculum to the construction industry.

Tuesday, March 17 • 2:00pm – 3:00pm • $45

T15 – Sticky Savings: Strategies for Persistent, Continuous Improvements to Building Operations [PM AD CO]

[ AAA= 1.0 Structured; BOMI = 1.0 CPDs ]

Long-term, persistent performance improvements can’t be achieved through a one-time exercise. Retro-commissioning has already allowed many buildings to identify and implement operational performance improvements, but many of the fixes from retro-commissioning can be quickly undone. Making energy savings and other operational improvements “stick” requires:

  • Motivated and well-trained building operators
  • A process for measuring and managing performance

This presentation will demonstrate how an “ongoing” or “continuous” commissioning program supplements and enhances traditional preventative maintenance through monitoring and performance testing. Ongoing commissioning builds on a successful retro-commissioning project to save money and achieve peak performance. It improves occupant comfort, energy consumption and equipment reliability, while providing the operations and management team with the tools they need to keep a building in tune.

Current/recent market trends related to the topic:

  • Competition in the Canadian market is driving building owners and managers to improve the performance of their buildings.
  • Retro-commissioning – a deep, one-time tune-up of building operations – is an important tool for improving performance, but is only the first step.
  • Building managers and service providers are finding that persistent, long-term improvements require more: involvement of the building operators in the commissioning process, commitment from the ownership and management team, and a process for managing and driving continuous improvement.
  • An ongoing commissioning program builds on a successful retro-commissioning project and provides the operations and management team with the tools they need to keep a building in tune.

Learning Objectives:

  • Prerequisites for a successful retro-commissioning project (one-time tune-up)
  • Strategies for long-term success through ongoing commissioning (keeping the building in tune)

Edward Cook

Mark Terpstra


Speakers:
Edward Cook, Business Unit Manager – Alberta, Project Principal, Halsall Associates
Mark Terpstra, Project Associate, Halsall Associates

Biographies
Edward Cook draws from his years of experience as both contractor and entrepreneur in his approach to each and every project.  “If you don’t have a good understanding and appreciation for the impact your decisions have on the end result and the bottom line then how can you be confident in your work?”

Edward is the regional business unit manager and project principal with Halsall’s Green Building team. He has spent almost two decades in the HVAC industry specializing in Building Automation System (BAS) engineering design.  He has experience in many different building types including educational, office, retail, residential, telecom and data centres. He has designed projects throughout Alberta, Ontario and BC, as well as in Seattle, Chicago, and New York City.

Mark Terpstra is motivated by the challenges and opportunities that exist within the design variation of the building industry. He is dedicated to effecting change on the energy demands and sustainability within the commercial building industry and believes the increasing social and economic drivers related to energy conservation provide an excellent avenue for collaboration and innovation.

As a member of Halsall’s Green Building team, Mark has worked primarily on existing building projects. These projects have included building automation system assessments, energy and water audits, retro-commissioning, and LEED-EB applications. This work experience encompasses commercial office buildings, retail malls, and residential complexes. Prior to joining Halsall, Mark worked with building automation both in HVAC and Fire and Life Safety control systems.

Tuesday, March 17 • 2:00pm – 3:30pm • $45

T16 – Product Substitutions: Taking Charge of Product Changes during Bidding and Construction [AD CO]

[ AAA= 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

This session focuses on concepts of product substitutions as it relates to the “reader” of the document rather from the “publisher”, so will be of special interest to technical and product representatives, constructors and subcontractors, and perhaps also specifiers wanting to brush up on information content. The presentation will cover appropriate communication of proposed substitutions and understanding concepts for presentation within the “infamous” Division 01; identifying reasons why consultants “hate” them so much; identifying the appropriate time to submit and how the information can be presented so that the proposed substitution is considered.


Keith Robinson


Speaker:
Keith Robinson, Associate, Specifications, DIALOG

Supported By

Biography
Keith’s history as a specifications writer began in 1980; working for several Canadian and offshore architectural companies. He joined The Cohos Evamy Partners in December 1996, which became DIALOG in September 2010. DIALOG provides fully integrated, all discipline architectural, engineering, interior design and urban planning services from four studios located in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Toronto. He is an Associate responsible for product knowledge and research, master specification development and technical support to all DIALOG locations and is based in the Edmonton Studio.

Keith spends the bulk of his time updating DIALOG’s library of master specifications to reflect the various challenges of identifying building envelope performance, and selection of durable building materials and environmentally sustainable construction. He is currently working with the DIALOG Building Information Modelling team to fully integrate documents and communications strategies using paperless delivery processes.

Outside of DIALOG, Keith instructs several courses for the University of Alberta Extension in their Construction Administration program ranging from sustainable material selection, understanding specifications and blueprint reading. He is an active member on several international committees including OmniClass and is chair of the CSC/CSI MasterFormat Maintenance Committee. Keith currently sits on several standards review committees for CSA, ASTM and NFPA and provides commentary relating to performance issues affecting architectural specification elements. He is also a member of CSC’s Executive Council, and is serving as President during the current 2014-2015 term.

During his spare time, Keith can be found in the North Saskatchewan River Valley; hiking in the winter months, and rowing throughout the rest of the year. He also spends time with his grandkids playing soccer and taking them on adventures.

Tuesday, March 17 • 1:30pm – 3:00pm • $45

T17 – Building Peak Teams: The Rewards from High-Functioning, Cohesive Teams [PD]

[ AAA= 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

Between internal project teams, external project partnerships and organizational leadership teams, the value of a high-performing team plays a crucial role in organizational success. Yet, a high percentage of teams (nearly 80%) continue to struggle and limit their potential by operating in sub-standard, dysfunctional levels of engagement. If effective team collaboration can dramatically impact organization performance and individual outcomes, how should we go about building peak teams? Through an exploration of the essential ingredients to building a great team, you will learn how to leverage the strengths of your individual team members to operate at your peak level of performance.

During this session, participants will:

  • Learn team best practices
  • Discover the difference between low-performing and high-performing teams, and ensure that your team performs at its highest level
  • Identify how to rapidly increase progress towards team goals
  • Recognize the multiple facets of peak team performance, including factors the majority of teams overlook

Michael Mangum


Speaker:
Michael Mangum, Senior consultant, FMI Consulting

Biography
As a senior consultant with FMI’s Center for Strategic Leadership, Michael brings his 35+ years of experience in the construction industry to bear on the challenges confronting today’s leaders. He is particularly passionate about helping drive organizational change through strategic thought and personal transformation.

Michael is a lifelong construction guy, having been born into a family construction business in Raleigh, N.C. Sunday afternoons were spent touring jobsites and playing on big tractors. Summers meant working at asphalt plants, laying pipe, and finishing concrete. He continued this industry involvement post-college, assuming various leadership roles including president & CEO. Engineering News-Record named him one of its 21st century leaders of the transportation industry. Still other business interests exposed him to related industries like commercial and residential development, midstream oil and gas, mobile heavy equipment telematics, and golf course design / construction / management.

He has been heavily involved in corporate governance, having spoken at National Association of Corporate Director events and been instrumental in the organization and launch of two independent, outside board of directors. Michael is also a past chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (2000) and led a segment of its worker health and safety initiative dealing with asphalt fumes for more than a decade. During those years, he developed close working relationships with members of organized labor, regulatory agencies and academia – in both the U.S. and Europe.

Michael earned a civil engineering (construction) degree from North Carolina State University, continuing with post-graduate studies at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has lectured in the graduate schools at both UNC and Northwestern University and is a 20+ year member of the Young Presidents Organization (“YPO”). As such, Michael has been fortunate to count some of the most outstanding business leaders in the world as his teachers.


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