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Annual General Meeting

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Guest Speaker:
Mayor Gregor Robertson

Building Vancouver: Creative Collaboration & Green Growth

Just as the construction sector has played a key role in establishing the Vancouver Model for livable cities, our housing & development industries will drive new strategies for recovery and sustainable growth. Newly elected Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson believes collaboration between government and business to build affordable housing and develop new green engineering methods will be the hallmark of a Vancouver Model 2.0. The Mayor will talk about working together for creative, environmentally sustainable and socially responsible measures to spur economic activity in our city.

Gregor Robertson was elected Mayor of Vancouver in November 2008. Prior to entering politics, Gregor co-founded Happy Planet, and grew the Vancouver-based socially responsible company up to 50 employees in 10 years. For his achievements as a successful entrepreneur and community leader, Gregor was named one of Canada’s “Top 40 under 40” by The Globe and Mail in 2004. In 2005, Gregor was elected to the provincial legislature as Member of the Legislative Assembly for Vancouver-Fairview. As MLA, he led a successful campaign to protect affordable rental housing, fought for the regulation of carcinogens and toxins throughout BC, and advocated for small businesses impacted by Canada Line construction.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


BC Hydro’s Strategic Procurement

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As the third largest electric utility in Canada, BC Hydro serves customers in an area containing over 94% of British Columbia’s population. BC Hydro endeavours to provide energy solutions to its customers in an environmentally and socially responsible way by balancing British Columbians’ energy needs with the concerns of the environment. Through the efficient and reliable supply of electricity, BC Hydro supports the development of British Columbia and has constructed a world-class integrated hydroelectric system. Due to this efficient, reliable system, British Columbians enjoy some of the lowest electricity rates in North America.

But as many plants are coming to the end of their life cycle an intensive capital investment is planned for the next 5-10 years. Our speaker, Bill Earis, will provide an overview of BC Hydro’s upcoming planned Capital Program including an explanation of the strategic plan, where they are going for procurements, what is the meat of the capital plan and immediate projects many under $50 million.

Bill Earis manages BC Hydro’s Generation Engineering Construction Management Division. The Division is responsible for ensuring Construction Projects at Generating Stations and Reservoirs are completed safely, on time and within budget. Bill is a Professional Engineer, a Project Management Professional and has a Masters degree in Construction and Project Management from UBC.

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Being Prepared: Day to Day Transportation of People and Goods During the 2010 Winter Games

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Individuals and companies have started to ask how they should plan their day to day operations and activities during the period of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (“the Games”). Part of the question involves having an understanding of what the transportation plan for Vancouver and surround will look like and how staff and goods will move through and around the City during this period.

Dale Bracewell is a professional engineer and has worked in the Transportation Division of Engineering Services at the City of Vancouver for the last nine years. He holds a Master’s degree in Transportation and his experience includes working for both municipal and provincial governments and the private sector. Dale is currently the Director of Olympic Transportation and is responsible for coordinating the City’s transportation planning and operations with VANOC (Vancouver Organizing Committee) and other transportation partners for the Olympics.

Dale will discuss the City’s proposed transportation concept plan for the period of the Games, the various objectives, challenges, considerations and alternatives that lead to the development of this concept plan.

Thursday, January 22, 2009


MEDIA RELEASE: Director of Planning Brings Vancouver Vision To Members of Construction Industry

media1Directors, members and guests of the British Columbia Construction Roundtable welcomed Brent Toderian, Director of Planning for the City of Vancouver, as the keynote speaker at their twelth Annual General Meeting. Mr. Toderian gave a presentation on his vision for the next stages of development of Vancouver.

Four years ago, the BC Construction Roundtable Board of Directors established a student bursary for studies in engineering and construction management. The recipients of this year’s $2000 awards were Roman Goldmann, who is completing a Bachelor of Technology in Construction Management at BCIT, and Madhav Nepal, who is completing a PhD in Construction Engineering and Management at UBC.

media2The following members were elected to the Board of Directors:

  • Elisa Brandts, PBK Architects Inc. – President;
  • Ian Rokeby, CH2M Hill Canada Ltd. – Past President;
  • Roger Woodhead, Woodhead Consultants Inc. – Treasurer;
  • Bill Frost, Graham Construction and Engineering Inc. – Secretary;
  • And Directors :
    • Beth Currie, BCIT Construction Management;
    • Doug Hinton, Hatch Mott MacDonald;
    • Don Jacobsen, Peter Kiewit Sons Co.;
    • Robin Johnston, Collings Johnston Inc.;
    • Trevor Lumb, Trow Associates Inc.;
    • Jim McLagan, Canron Western Constructors Ltd.;
    • Marina Pratchett, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP;
    • Alan Russell, UBC Civil Engineering;
    • Joe Scholte, Sandwell Engineering;
    • Alan Shopland, Shopland Projects Ltd.;
    • Peter Smith, Axxent Engineering Ltd.;
    • Tom Timm, City of Vancouver Engineering.

media3The British Columbia Construction Roundtable is a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide an independent forum for decision-makers of all sectors of the BC construction industry to share information, examine issues and collaborate on new or more effective strategies for the healthy growth of the industry. It is independent of all other construction groups.

For further information on the BC Construction Roundtable and its monthly seminars contact Jeannie Bates at or visit the website at


Roger Woodhead Honored by American Concrete Institure – Paper written about difficulties proves constructive

Dr. Roger Woodhead, a 30-year international engineering design and construction professional, was presented with the annual Construction Award by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) for his paper titled “Experiences with the Caisson Sinking Method”. The ceremony took place on April 22, 2007 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Hilton.

Roger_ACIThe ACI Construction Award is given to authors of papers for outstanding merit in concrete construction. Dr. Woodhead who co-authored the paper with Kevin Main, details the difficulties and lessons learned when building underground concrete structures in high water table areas. This paper provides valuable insight and guidance to engineers planning on using this method of construction.

Dr. Woodhead has 30 years of experience as a professional engineer and lead quality auditor on construction projects spanning the globe. He has also taught construction management, project management, motivation and leadership at various universities and educational institutions throughout his career.

Dr. Woodhead is currently the technical director with SNC-Lavalin Inc. for the design/build component of the Canada Line Rapid Transit Project in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Woodhead is responsible for overseeing engineering and quality management for this $1.9 billion public-private partnership. The Canada Line is currently the largest public infrastructure project in Canada and is scheduled for completion in November 2009.

For more information about Dr. Woodhead please visit and/or for the ACI and the Construction Award please visit