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Will driverless cars change retirement? Only if wary seniors embrace them

[The following excerpt is from the Globe and Mail. Visit their site to find out more!]

For a decade and a half, Alex Mihailidis has been studying the junction of technology and aging. After years of examining the benefits of smart-home systems and artificial intelligence, the biomedical engineer has begun researching a new phenomenon: self-driving cars.

Senior citizens, especially those with mobility challenges, are among the key demographics being floated to benefit from autonomous vehicles.

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The Kitimat Oil Refinery: Man on a Mission: Kitimat Clean Ltd.

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Meet David Black: a very successful BC entrepreneur, engineer and very unlikely champion for an oil refinery. And yet, with a singular vision, passion and drive, David has continued to advocate for and pursue the construction of an oil refinery in Kitimat. David will talk to us about why he has chosen to take this high risk, multi billion project forward from concept to implementation, the steps taken to date, the present state of the project, the anticipated time frame to commencement of construction, the issues and the solutions.

David Black in the President of Black Press, the largest privately owned newspaper company in Canada, with its head office in BC and 150 papers in Western Canada and parts of the US. David graduated from civil engineering at UBC which why a multibillion dollar mega project may not intimidate him. He was instrumental in getting the Business Department established at U Vic and acted as an advisor to that faculty. In 2007 David was U Vic’s Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year. In 2009 he was inducted into the Business Laureates of BC Hall of Fame. He has made significant community and philanthropic contributions.

When:
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

This event is generously sponsored by:

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‘Wood Innovation’ laboratory being built in Prince George

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

The University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) is getting a downtown laboratory to test out new uses of wood as part of their engineering program in downtown Prince George.

The Wood Innovation Research Lab will be used by students in the master of engineering in wood design program being run out of the Wood Innovation and Design Centre.

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YVR unveils new detailed plans for major expansion by 2037

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The Vancouver International Airport released its plans on Wednesday for a major expansion over the next 20 years.

YVR’s $5.6 billion Flight Plan 2037 calls for expanded terminals, new taxiways and improved roads and bridges. 

“This plan is built to provide for the long-term capacity needs at YVR, while meeting and enhancing our sustainability goals and ensuring we build in an incremental fashion,” said Craig Richmond, airport authority president.

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Economic Forecast for 2017

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Our speaker, Ken Peacock, is Chief Economist and Vice President at the Business Council of British Columbia, an association representing 250 large and mid-sized companies that together account for approximately one-quarter of all jobs in the province. In this capacity Mr. Peacock contributes to the Council’s work on economic and policy issues of interest to the business community. He is the author of a number of regular Business Council publications dealing with the provincial economy and related policy matters.

Mr. Peacock joined the Business Council in 2002. Prior to that he was an Economist with Central1 Credit Union, an umbrella organization for the credit unions in the province. There he advised credit unions on the outlook for the provincial economy, housing markets, and interest and exchange rates. Mr. Peacock attained his master’s degree in economics from Simon Fraser University and is a past President of the Association of Professional Economists of BC and a member of the BC Economic Forecast Council.

When:
Thursday, January 19, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Dentons, 250 Howe St. 20th floor, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

This event is generously sponsored by:

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The Future is Now: Designing Our Cities for Autonomous Vehicles

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Have you ever dreamed of being chauffered around? Well, now that dream can become a reality! Driverless cars are no longer just an idea on the drawing board or a prototype in a lab. They are actually being used and can be seen on city streets. At this year’s Festive Season Reception we will return to a car dealership and learn about the advances being made in driverless vehicles. How is this technology impacting the planning of urban infrastructure? What are the effects of self-driving technology on the demand for roads, parking, and housing? Imagine the impact on people’s lives. As people age many will suffer health problems affecting their ability to drive so a driverless car will keep them mobile. Parents, too, will welcome a car that does the school run for them. And teenagers will need neither licences nor personal insurance. Business travellers may sleep in driverless Winnebagos that hurtle down the motorways at night, delivering them to the next morning’s meeting.

Our speaker, Aaron Knorr, is a designer of buildings and urban environments who has spent much of his career working at the intersection of architecture, infrastructure and public space. He believes that we are entering a transformative period in city building, where emerging technologies will be leveraged to improve the livability, sustainability and vitality of our cities. As a Senior Architect and Urban Designer at Perkins+Will, Aaron has led a broad range of transportation, urban design and institutional projects across North America and abroad. Recent design work includes transit projects in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa, and Riyadh.

Aaron received a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia and a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Geography from the University of Minnesota. Prior to returning to Vancouver he worked at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture and research firm in Philadelphia. He has published and presented research on Metro Vancouver’s urban and agricultural landscapes, collaborative innovation, and the integration of transit and public space.

When:
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where:
Tesla Vancouver, 1636 W 4th Ave, Vancouver

Cost:
Members & Guests – No charge but you must register
Non-Members – No charge but you must register

Parking:
Street parking
Parking lot at Fir and West 2nd

Thank you to Tesla Vancouver for hosting us.

This event is generously sponsored by:

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1st automated vehicles begin tests on Ontario roads

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

Ontario has achieved an important first by putting automated cars on the road for the first time, but it still has a long way to go to catch up to competitors, according to a Canadian industry association promoting automotive innovation.

The first automated vehicles are now operating on Ontario roads in a pilot project involving cars developed by the University of Waterloo, the Erwin Hymer Group and BlackBerry QNX.

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Regional Transit: Fast Forward 20 Years

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Peter Fassbender is Minister of Community, Sport, Cultural Development and Minister Responsible for Translink. He previously served as Minister of Education and currently serves on the Cabinet Committee on Secure Economy, the Priorities and Planning Committee and the Cabinet Working Group on Climate Leadership. Prior to his election to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia, Peter served as a Councillor for the City of Langley for three years before being elected as Mayor in 2005, 2008 and 2011.

In his business career Peter worked in radio and television as well as a number of other communications fields. For 29 years in his career he was a partner and senior executive with DDB Canada (formerly Palmer Jarvis), one of Canada’s largest and most successful marketing and communications firms. In that capacity he dealt with both public and private sector clients at the local, national, and international levels. A major focus of his private sector career was social marketing campaigns including smoking cessation projects for Health Canada and international marketing activities for Industry Canada.

When: 

Thursday, November 17, 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:

Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:

Members – $40

Non-Members – $70

This event is generously sponsored by:

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YVR named best airport in the world

[The following excerpt is from CBC News. Visit their site to find out more!]

Vancouver’s airport might not be everyone’s favourite place to hang out, but in 2016 it has been named the world’s best airport by the CAPA Centre for Aviation.

CAPA gives the award to the airport that is considered the biggest standout strategically and the one that has advanced the progress of aviation internationally.  

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Climate Change – What the Construction Industry Needs to Know

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The expected climate change related sea level rise will impact shorelines and the infrastructure of coastal BC. What does this mean, what does the construction industry need to know and what are some of the predicable options? The opportunities, needs and likely role of the construction industry in the range of response options will be outlined and what the most constructive measures that the industry should be taking or leading will be presented for discussion. What will be the implications to coastal communities and the lower mainland? How will the construction industry adapt and how can the industry help? The presentation will include information on the origins of rising sea levels, historical sea level rise and what is different this time. Information on the 2011 Provincial Guideline will be provided with an update including revised scenarios.

Our speaker, John Readshaw, B.Sc., M.Sc., P.Eng. has over 39 years of experience covering the full range of the coastal and ocean engineering areas of practice and extensive project and project management experience with a wide range of port and coastal oriented projects. In his professional practice, Mr. Readshaw has acquired a broad knowledge of, and experience with, coastal engineering issues in British Columbia waters and has also undertaken many assignments throughout the world, including consulting and construction related projects, which bring useful insight into the solution of local coastal engineering challenges. Mr. Readshaw was the coastal engineer for the first beach marsh project present on the north side of the main arm of the Fraser River (circa 1978). He was the lead author for three of the updated Provincial Guidelines related to Sea-Dikes and the impact of Sea Level Rise, and he also provided the coastal engineering expertise for the Provincial Guideline for Coastal Floodplain Mapping. Further to this work, he is the engineering advisor to the Technical Working Group of the GreenShoresTM program that has considered many aspects of expected sea level rise and its effect on the BC shoreline in a rising sea level scenario. Mr. Readshaw maintains an active interest, concern and ongoing professional practice in the increasingly important next stages of planning and implementation of adaptation to the challenges of the marine side of ongoing climate change implications.

When:
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $70

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