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Disrupting the Building and Infrastructure Industry

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Technology is a double-edged sword bringing both opportunities and risks. A large portion of today’s jobs are expected to be obsolete in the near future. Start-up companies are disrupting heavily regulated industries worldwide. The building & infrastructure industry in North America has been slow to adopt innovative new technologies, but change in inevitable.

Looking ahead, technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) will be integral to how we conduct business. Autonomous transportation, automated construction, vertical farming and quantum computing are posed to shake up the transportation, construction, agriculture, and financial industries. How can we leverage the rapid pace of innovation to stay ahead, and is now the right time to adopt new technologies? Topics covered will include:

  • Emerging technology, trends and their implications
  • Technology and its effect on life and behaviors
  • Technology and its impact on building and infrastructure planning and projects

Our speaker is Sunny Ghataurah, P.Eng., P.E., CTS, LEED AP BD+C, President & CEO of AES Engineering, the largest electrical engineering firm in BC. Sunny is one of Vancouver’s leading electrical engineers and lighting designers with more than 24 years of experience in the construction industry. Being a technophile, he has his finger on the pulse. Sunny will share with you the key paradigm changes he foresees occurring in the building and infrastructure industry.

Attend this session to stay ahead of the curve!

When:
Thursday, May 18, 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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Canadian Construction Association – Construction Industry Update

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Construction is one of Canada’s largest sectors and has become a cornerstone of the Canadian economy. The sector employs 1.37 million Canadians or approximately 7 per cent of Canada’s total workforce. Annually, construction is responsible for nearly $119 billion in economic activity or 7 per cent of Canada’s overall Gross Domestic Product. In the decade ahead, the Canadian construction market is expected to become one of the top 10 largest in the world, driven primarily by global demand for natural resources and the urgent need to modernize Canada’s aging national infrastructure. Gilbert Brulotte, P.Eng, GSC, is the 2016 Chair of the Canadian Construction Association and senior vice-president, civil division, EllisDon Corp. He will address how these expectations will be met and how companies can benefit from the demands to come.

Gilbert’s 44 years in the construction industry include working for the public sector, family-owned firms, multi-national public companies, and being a shareholder of a local firm. The scope of Gilbert’s work has ranged from municipal infrastructure in underground utilities and surface work to aggregate and asphalt production, trenchless technologies and utility rehabilitation, as well as industrial construction in the oil and gas sector. He has worked in British Columbia, Quebec, the Northwest Territories, and Central America. His passion is challenging the status quo and finding opportunities.

Gilbert joined the CCA board in 2005 and the executive in 2011. He served many years as a board member of the Alberta Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association with two terms as chair. He has also volunteered on technical committees for the City of Edmonton and Urban Development Institute-Edmonton Region.

When:
Thursday, April 20, 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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Annual General Meeting

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The year our keynote speaker is Gil Kelley, General Manager for Urban Design, Planning and Sustainability for the City of Vancouver. As Vancouver continues to struggle with the affordable housing issue the City is working to keep up with the demand with residential densification around transit stations, development on the Cambie corridor, completion of building on the south shore of False Creek and the final phase of building on the Fraser lands to name a few key areas. Come and hear how what Gil’s strategy is for dealing with the affordable housing challenge as well as other issues that will impact Vancouver in the next ten years.

Gil Kelley, FAICP, is an internationally recognized urban strategist and visionary, having served as Chief Planner for several West Coast cities and as an independent advisor to cities and governments across the globe. In the past, he has served as the Director of Citywide Planning for the City of San Francisco, the Director of Planning for the City of Portland, OR and Director of Planning and Development for the City of Berkeley, CA. He has also maintained an independent planning consultancy and continues to advise cities and governments on a range of urban development strategies, including economic development, neighborhood and downtown revitalization, waterfront development, urban design and sustainability. Mr. Kelley has continuously promoted civic engagement and innovative thinking in his public and private work. He served as Practitioner-in-Residence at the School of Urban Studies and Planning at Portland State University and has taught planning and negotiation master classes at the University of Amsterdam (NL). He is a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners. Mr. Kelley did his graduate studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and was awarded the Loeb Fellowship at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.

When:
Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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

Cost:
Members – $70
Non-Members – $95

This event is generously sponsored by:

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‘Feeling squeezed out’: Will a move to save Vancouver’s housing past compromise its future?

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

In a city where “bulldozer-bait” homes can fetch close to $3 million, Vancouver’s chief planner is faced with a choice that could shape the city for decades to come.

Are up to 12,000 pre-1940 homes — an immense swath of the city’s housing supply — worth preserving at the expense of a younger generation of people who feel they’ll never be able to afford them?

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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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