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Information Session Webinar: BC Hydro’s Capital Delivery Process and F21-F30 Capital Plan including expectations for suppliers and contractors

The British Columbia Construction Roundtable invites you to attend our September Virtual Breakfast session with BC Hydro.  From the 1960s through the 1980s, BC Hydro built six dams to meet the energy demands of a province whose population almost doubled in 25 years.  Electricity demand in B.C. is expected to grow by another 40% over the next 20 years. And while leaning on conservation as the first and best way to meet demand growth remains, reinvestment in aging assets and investment in new assets will continue.  Join us for a conversation with BC Hydro Director of Capital Construction and team about BC Hydro’s Capital Delivery Process and Capital Plan for F21-F30  including expectations for suppliers and contractors.

Speakers include:

Graham Fenwick
Director of Capital Construction

Graham FenwickDirector of Capital Construction, BC Hydro. Graham’s current role as Director of Capital Construction sees him leading a team of over 260 professionals responsible for delivering the capital construction program safely on time and on budget. This capital construction program consists of several hundred generation, transmission and substation construction projects. Graham has been actively involved in the design, coordination and construction of several projects in the Hydro-electric industry during the past 30 years, which have added over 2,000 MW to the BC Hydro system.  Prior to the Director of Capital Construction position, Graham was the on-site Senior Construction Manager for the $600 million, 1,000 MW Mica Units 5 & 6 Installation Project and the $300 million, Mica Switchgear Replacement Project. Graham holds a Diploma of Engineering Technology, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering, a Masters of Structural Engineering, is a Project Management Professional and a Contract & Commercial Management Advanced Practitioner. 

Ken Talbot
Stations Project Director, Project Delivery

Ken TalbotStations Project Director, Project Delivery, BC Hydro. Stations Project Director, Project Delivery. Ken has been a Project Director for twelve years and presently manages a team of 23 project managers, three team leads and two administrative assistants.  The Stations Projects portfolio is executing 96 projects at many of our substations and generating stations, with an annual spend of $230 million and a total capital cost of over $4 billion.  He has a B.A.Sc., Mechanical Engineering, from the University of Toronto (1982) and a CPA, CMA, from the Chartered Professional Accountants of BC (1987).  Prior to joining BC Hydro, Ken worked as a consulting engineer and project manager following the design thru to construction for projects in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, USA, Chile, Brazil and Malaysia.

When: Thursday, September 17, 2020, 7:30 to 9:00am (attendees may sign into the Zoom meeting between 7:30 and 7:45am; the event will begin promptly at 7:45am)

Where: BCCR will host the session using Zoom

Cost: BCCR Members: $0 / Non-Members: $20

This event is generously sponsored by PCL Constructors Westcoast

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Virtual Site Tour: Tlicho All-season Road Project

The British Columbia Construction Roundtable invites you to attend our August Virtual Site Tour of the Tlicho All-season Road Project. This 97km new road, approximately 100km west of Yellowknife, will connect Highway 3 to the community of Whati. The $200 million (capital cost) project is being delivered using a P3 model by the Government of Northwest Territories and a concessionaire represented by Peter Kiewit Sons and the Tlicho Nation. Topics for discussion include the following: overview of the project and stakeholders; design and construction challenges; the impact of COVID restrictions; and operational readiness.

Tlicho All-season Road Project: LaMartre Bridge looking north

For more information about the project, please visit the links below:

Speaker will include:

Binay Yadav P.Eng., Director, Transportation Division, Department of Infrastructure, Yellowknife, NWT

Binay Yadav, P. Eng., Director, Transportation Division, Department of Infrastructure, Yellowknife, NWT. Located in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Binay is the Director of Transportation Division within the Department of Infrastructure. Binay joined GNWT back in 2009 after completing his Master Degree in Civil Engineering from Concordia University, Montreal and since has held several management positions within the Department. During his time in GNWT, Binay was involved in delivery of Highways, Bridges and Airport capital projects including currently ongoing Tlicho All Season Road project. Before joining the public sector, Binay worked in consulting engineering providing transportation engineering and project management services. Over the years, Binay has contributed extensively to the Infrastructure projects as well as the Transportation Association of Canada (TAC).  Binay presently serves as the Co-Chair of the Northern Transportation Infrastructure in the Presence of Climate Change Subcommittee (NICC) and also a member of Canadian Society for Civil Engineers, Canada (CSCE).

Terry Burgis
Senior Vice President, Kiewit Canada Development Corp.

Terry Burgis, Senior Vice President at Kiewit Canada Development Corp. (KCDC), is responsible for leading P3 pursuits for Kiewit. Prior to joining Kiewit, Terry was a Project Director at Partnerships British Columbia. Terry has worked in the P3 market since 2006 and has more than 25 years of experience leading multidisciplinary teams in the infrastructure, finance, oil and gas, and consulting industries. Terry has worked on large P3 projects across North America, including the Tłı̨chǫ All Season Road, George Massey Tunnel Replacement, Southwest Calgary Ring Road, Edmonton LRT, Regina Bypass, Iqaluit Airport and Purple Line.

Robert Cornell Project Manager, Kiewit

Robert Cornell, Project Manager, Kiewit, is currently the Design-Build Director for the Tłı̨chǫ All-Season Road project in the Northwest Territories. Robert is an experienced project manager, serving the construction industry for more than 15 years in the transit, mining, hydroelectric and heavy civil sectors. Robert has worked on many complex projects throughout Canada, including the Turcot Interchange Redevelopment and the Lower Mattagami River Project.  He has provided technical input with acute planning and sharp managerial skills, which are critical to the delivery of projects on-time and on-budget, with quality, safety, and environmental standards at the forefront of all projects.

Martin Currie
Vice President, Asset Management Group, Kiewit

Martin Currie, Vice President in the Asset Management group for Kiewit, bringing over 27 years’ experience in pursuit management, planning, design, construction, commissioning, and service operations of infrastructure projects. Martin has grown his expertise from grass roots construction; graduate Engineer, Design Manager, progressing to Construction Manager. From there, he transitioned into Public-Private Partnership (P3s) as a Project Manager, managing construction and operations activities at the project concession level. Martin’s P3 experience includes 15 years’ developing and managing complex infrastructure projects from inception to operations and maintenance. His background as a Design and Construction Manager allows him to understand the various factors that must be considered from client’s requirements, construction deliverables, operations, maintenance, lifecycle, investment, and risk. Martin has over 10 years at the CEO level of infrastructure concession project companies and fully appreciates and manages the intricacies from stakeholders on complex infrastructure projects.

When: Thursday, August 13, 2020, 7:30 to 9:00am (attendees may sign into the Zoom meeting between 7:30 and 7:45am; the event will begin promptly at 7:45am)

Where: BCCR will host the session using Zoom

Cost: BCCR Members and Non-Members: $0

Thank you to our sponsor:

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Information Session Webinar: An Introduction to the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI) and the Envision Framework

The British Columbia Construction Roundtable invites you to attend our July Virtual Breakfast session featuring an introduction to the Institute for Sustainable  Infrastructure (ISI) and the Envision Framework. ISI is the organization that developed and manages Envision, a framework that encourages systemic changes in the planning, design and delivery of sustainable and resilient infrastructure through education, training and third-party project verification.  

Topics include:

  • An introduction to the ISI, the Envision framework, and the role that contractors can play.
  • Use of Envision at the design/contract stage of a project, looking at the City of Vancouver’s NEFCAP project as a real-world example.
  • Use of Envision during the design and construction stages of VFPA projects, and a discussion of VFPA’s green infrastructure guidelines.

Speakers include:

Melissa Peneycad
Managing Director and Director, Sustainable Projects
Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure

Melissa Peneycad, ISI’s Managing Director and Director, Sustainable Projects. Melissa has 20 years’ professional experience, most of which have focused on developing, implementing, and administering sustainability and resiliency standards, frameworks, and rating systems for infrastructure, commercial real estate, and industrial products. Since joining ISI in 2016, Melissa has verified the sustainability and resiliency of more than 70 infrastructure projects across the US, Canada, and overseas, collectively worth more than US$25 billion with another US$25 billion in infrastructure development under her purview. Prior to ISI, Melissa was an associate of sustainable development at Stantec, a global engineering, consulting and design services firm and was the national sustainability program manager for BOMA Canada, a prominent commercial real estate association. Melissa has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, a Master of Environmental Studies degree and a Graduate Diploma in Business and Sustainability. More details 

Megan Pate
Design Manager of the Northeast False Creek Project
City of Vancouver

Megan Pate, Design Manager of the Northeast False Creek (NEFCAP) Project, City of Vancouver. Megan is a professional engineer who works for the City of Vancouver as the Design Manager of the Northeast False Creek (NEFC) Project. The $400 million project involves replacing the Georgia and Dunsmuir Viaducts in downtown Vancouver with a new multi-modal street network. Megan also led the publication of the City of Vancouver’s first consolidated Design Manual, Standard Detail Drawings, and Construction Specifications, the first editions of which were published in 2019. She is an Envision Sustainability Professional and has enjoyed applying the Envision Framework to the NEFC Project. Megan is the recipient of the 2020 Young Engineer Achievement Award from Engineers Canada.

Willy Yung
Director, Engineering and Maintenance
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Willy Yung M.A.Sc., P.Eng, Director, Engineering and Maintenance, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority (VFPA).  Willy brings over 25 years of ports and marine experience to his current position as Director of Engineering & Maintenance at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. In this role, Willy has leadership responsibility for the asset management, engineering and maintenance of the Port Authority’s infrastructure assets and buildings, and delivery of capital and maintenance projects. Key projects completed since joining the Port Authority in 2000 include the Canada Place Cruise Ship Terminal Expansion, the Deltaport Container Terminal Third Berth Marine Works, the Fraser Surrey Docks Lower Berth Deepening and the Lynn Creek/Brooksbank rail support infrastructure. Willy’s current focus includes development of the Port Authority’s Asset Management Program and Green Infrastructure Guidelines, as well as engineering support to various major infrastructure development projects. 

When: Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:30 to 9:00am (attendees may sign into the Zoom meeting between 7:30 and 7:45am; the event will begin promptly at 7:45am)

Where: BCCR will host the session using Zoom

Cost: BCCR Members: $0 / Non-Members: $20

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This event is generously sponsored by:

Information Session Webinar: Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Major Infrastructure Investments

The British Columbia Construction Roundtable invites you to attend our June Virtual Breakfast session with Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. As all tiers of government respond to the challenges of COVID-19, the Port of Vancouver—Canada’s largest port—is open and trade is flowing. At this time, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which is federally mandated to enable Canada’s trade through the port, is continuing to advance a suite of major infrastructure projects. These include the Centerm Expansion Project (under construction), trade-enabling road and rail projects across the Lower Mainland (projects at various stages), and the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project (proposed). Join us for a conversation with the port authority’s infrastructure leads about current and upcoming construction sector opportunities for each of these projects.

Speakers include:

Cliff Stewart
Vice President,

Cliff StewartVice President, Infrastructure, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Cliff leads all of the Port’s large infrastructure delivery programs which include road, rail and terminal interfaces as well as off-port supporting infrastructure. He is also responsible for the Port’s expansion of container capacity including Centerm Expansion and Roberts Bank Terminal 2 projects.  Prior to joining the Port in 2010, Cliff held the position of Vice President, Operations for DP World Canada Inc. In this role he was responsible for both the operation and redevelopment of the VFPA’s Centerm Container Terminal. This included a 3-year program that accomplished the reconstruction of the terminal and nearly doubling its throughput capacity while operations continued. Cliff also led the redevelopment of North Vancouver’s Vancouver Wharves bulk terminal site in the 1990’s. 

Efrosini Drimoussis
Director, RBT2 Infrastructure Procurement

Efrosini Drimoussis Director, RBT2 Infrastructure Procurement, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Efrosini is responsible for development and implementation of procurements required for the delivery of the construction and ultimately terminal operations of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 project. Efrosini has over 25 years experience in transportation infrastructure design and development, including over 16 years contributing to development and implementation of public-private partnership infrastructure projects from pre-procurement through contract implementation.

Devan Fitch
Director, Infrastructure Delivery

Devan FitchDirector, Infrastructure Delivery, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Devan leads the implementation of port authority-led transportation infrastructure projects of national significance to ensure the Greater Vancouver gateway is ready for Canada’s growing trade. Devan brings more than 15 years of experience in transportation infrastructure delivery to this role. Prior to joining the port authority, Devan spent several years as a bridge structural engineering consultant in Vancouver and as the manager of project delivery for the engineering department of the City of Vancouver.  Born in Vancouver and raised in Europe, Devan holds a Masters of Engineering and Management Degree from the Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine in London, England and a Masters of Applied Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

Gilles Assier
Director, Container Terminal Construction

Gilles Assier Director, Container Terminal Construction, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.  Mr. Assier is the Director, Container Terminal Construction of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Mr. Assier currently leads the Centerm Expansion Project and South Shore Access Project together valued at several hundred million dollars, as well as the Port Habitat Enhancement Program in charge of creating or enhancing habitats to facilitate future port growth. Assier joined the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2008 as Project Director, Transportation & Logistics and led numerous complex enterprise-wide projects of significance to VFPA and its stakeholders. Assier was responsible for the Project Definition phase for the Low Level Road project on the North Shore, and led the permitting activities and Indigenous consultation for major construction projects including the Environmental Assessment of the Robert Bank Terminal 2 project and the signature of several Mutual Benefits Agreement with local Indigenous groups. 

When: Thursday, June 11, 2020, 7:30 to 9:00am (attendees may sign into the Zoom meeting between 7:30 and 7:45am; the event will begin promptly at 7:45am)

Where: BCCR will host the session using Zoom

Cost: BCCR Members: $0 / Non-Members: $20

This event is generously sponsored by Mott MacDonald and Collings Johnston Inc.:

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2020 Annual General Meeting

The Board of Directors of the BC Construction Roundtable is pleased to announce that the Annual General Meeting will take place May 14, 2020 via Zoom and that the event will feature a presentation about The Builders Code with guest speakers Diane Bourrett and Rishi Sharma.

The Builders Code ( is an industry led initiative being spearheaded by the BC Construction Association. The program’s intent is to set a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites in BC – an “Acceptable Worksite”. It will reduce risk and ensure a safe and productive worksite culture but also help construction employers, managers and crew communicate reasonable, consistent behavior expectations helping to improve the retention and recruitment of skilled tradespeople. There are several no-cost resources available to employers and a new webinar training session that includes discussions on COVID-19 related issues/opportunities to be offered to companies and their respective teams during this extraordinary time. The BC and Federal governments have championed this project and offered initial funding support and there are municipalities that have shown interest in amalgamating the Builders Code into their policies and procedures.

This will be a co-presentation led by Diane Bourrett with support from Rishi Sharma.

Diane Bourrett

Diane Bourrett has been a human resources professional, certified professional coach, and training facilitator of over 20 years. Diane brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Builders Code training program. After starting her career in BC’s forest industry with Canfor, Diane was a Supervisor in Human Resources with the City of Prince George for more than a decade.

Rishi Sharma
The Builders Code

Rishi Sharma is currently the Project Manager for the Builders Code – a construction workforce equity project being spearheaded by the BC Construction Association. Currently on a secondment from the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, his experience includes many years working directly for BC’s Executive Council, including the Premier’s Office and most recently as Director of Corporate Services and Intergovernmental Relations, Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.


The AGM will be hosted via Zoom. A link will be sent upon registration.


Thursday, May 14, 2020, 8:00 am to 9:00 am


BCCR Members: $0

Non-Members: $0

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Information Session Webinar: TransLink’s Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project

The British Columbia Construction Roundtable invites you to attend our April Virtual Breakfast session with Jeffrey Busby and Jennifer MacLean, TransLink’s Director and Deputy Director of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain project – a 16 kilometre extension of the Expo Line from King George SkyTrain Station to Langley City Centre. This opportunity to learn more about the project will include a presentation on the project’s benefits, construction timeline, and procurement opportunities, and a QA period. We look forward to having you join us!

Jeffrey Busby
Director, Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project

Jeffrey Busby is the Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project Director leading all aspects of a proposed 16-km extension of an automated light metro system for the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink), the transportation authority for greater Vancouver. He has more than seventeen years of professional experience in the public and private sectors in both the US and Canada. Jeffrey holds a Master of Science in Transportation from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Jennifer MacLean
Deputy Director, Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project

Jennifer MacLean is Deputy Director of the Surrey Langley SkyTrain Project.   She has been a member of TransLink’s Engineering Project Delivery team for over 10 years, successfully delivering a number of large SkyTrain related projects involving complex challenges and significant public impact.  Jennifer is a Professional Engineer and a Project Management Professional, and has more than 25 years of professional experience.

When: Thursday, April 30, 2020, 7:45 – 9:00am

Where: BCCR will host the session using Zoom

Cost: BCCR Members: $0 / Non-Members: $20

This event is generously sponsored by:

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POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: Keep Calm and Carry On: BC Prospects and Economic Outlook in Uncertain Times

Ken Peacock
Chief Economist and Vice President
Business Council of British Columbia

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, March 19, 2020, 7:30 – 9:00am

Where: The Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Cost: BCCR Members: $40 / Non-Members: $85

This event is generously sponsored by:

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Looking Beyond the Current State of Affairs – K-12 School Projects

BCCR invites you to attend our February Breakfast session focusing on K-12 school projects. In addition to an update on upcoming projects, different points of view will be presented on the importance of upgrading vs. new build, growth impacts, seismic mitigation program, developer collaboration, project procurement, project funding, sustainability goals, and the future of learning environments as they affect school construction.

This session will showcase four Presenters:

Hailley Honcharik, Regional Director, Capital Management Branch, Resource Management Division, Ministry of Education. Hailley has been in capital management with the Ministry of Education for over 3 years, working with a diverse portfolio of school districts primarily in the lower mainland. Currently she is a Regional Director with the Branch, focusing on expansion and seismic capital needs throughout the province. Prior to relocating to beautiful Victoria, Hailley was as a Planner with the City of Edmonton. Hailley holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Design degree from the University of Alberta.

Janson Ho, Director, Vancouver Project Office, Vancouver School Board. Janson is an accomplished building professional with over 35 years of experience working in Los Angeles, Toronto, and Vancouver. He has worked as a Structural Engineer, General Contractor, Building Official, Project Manager and more recently as a senior manager for the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver School Board in Facilities and Project Management. He has a wealth of experience having been involved in all types of projects ranging from Schools, Courthouses, Jails, Hospitals, Community Centers, Fire Stations, Police facilities, Library’s, Performing Arts Centers, Military facilities, and Commercial developments. Janson is currently managing the Vancouver School District’s billion dollar Seismic Mitigation Program.

Autumn Sweet, Capital Projects Manager, Surrey School District. Autumn obtained her Bachelor’s Degree of Architecture with High Distinction from Carleton University’s School of Architecture in 2000. Since then she has had the opportunity to work in a diverse number of firms across Canada participating in the design and construction of many varying project types, ultimately settling on public school projects. After spending thirteen years as a Project Architect in the private sector, Autumn made the move to the Surrey School District’s Capital Project Office where she continues to utilize her experience and talents for projects she’s most passionate about.

Ray Wolfe, Partner, Thinkspace. Ray is an architect and partner at Thinkspace Architecture Planning and Interior Design. He is an award-winning architect with a focus on institutional and specifically education projects throughout Western Canada. In completing studies for the Ministry of Education, FII and WoodWORKS BC, Ray has advanced the knowledge of topics such as modular construction, school area standards and the use of wood in schools. Ray believes passive sustainable strategies and the use of wood play an important role in the next generation of education buildings in Canada. Ray’s current projects include a Net Zero elementary school as well the new academic building for Trinity Western University which will be a four-storey mass timber atrium building.

When: Thursday, February 20, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where: The Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Cost: BCCR Members: $40 / Non-Members: $85

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Thank you to Forbo Flooring NA for sponsoring this event.

Building for the Future: What will be Green?

BCCR invites you to attend our January Breakfast and Learn with four industry leaders in a dynamic and interactive session as they share their diverse perspectives on the future of sustainability and the future of green building. 

What place will rating systems hold?  How can societal changes, including future changes in mobility, be incorporated now?  How will buildings built today fit into a circular economy 50 years from now? What does adaptation and resilience look like?

This session will be moderated by:

Brenda Martens, Managing Director of Research & Collaboration – Light House, 2018 Order of BC Recipient. Brenda has worked in the building industry for over 25 years. She is a practitioner, educator and advocate in the field of green building and sustainability.

She will be joined by the following Panelists:

Sean Pander, Green Building Manager – City of Vancouver. Sean leads Vancouver’s Green Buildings Team which developed the Zero Emissions Building Plan and established the foundation for the BC Energy Step Code. 

Morgan McDonald, Director of Operations – Ledcor Renew. Morgan works on high performance buildings with Ledcor Construction. He is Chair of the BC Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council and is the Partnerships Chair with Living Future Vancouver. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering with a background in renewable energy, carbon finance, and sustainability education.

Jonathan Silcock, Director of Development, Concert Properties. Jonathan leads the 12-acre Harbourside development located on the waterfront in the City of North Vancouver. Harbourside considers not only reducing energy and water usage but considers sustainability, livable community and resiliency, as a whole.

When: Thursday, January 16th, 2020, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where: The Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

Cost: BCCR Members: $40 / Non-Members: $85

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Thank you to Brenda Martens for moderating this event.

Festive Season Reception at Donnellan’s Irish Pub

Come join us at Donnellan’s Irish Pub for BCCR’s Annual Festive Season Reception to hear Bowinn Ma (MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale, and TransLink Parliamentary Secretary) speak on the work of the Integrated North Shore Transportation Planning Project (including the Rapid Transit Study). The event will be an excellent opportunity to socialize and network with existing and new contacts, while enjoying some drinks and appetizers. We hope to see you there!

When: Thursday, December 12th, 5:30 – 9:00PM

Where: Donnellan’s Irish Pub, 1082 Granville Street

Cost: $10 (a portion of the proceeds will be donated to a local charity)

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Thank you to Fasken for sponsoring this event!