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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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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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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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Integrated Project Delivery – Coming Soon To A Project Near You

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BCCR in collaboration with FASKEN MARTINEAU DUMOULIN LLP will host a seminar on Project delivery using IPD. This procurement methodology has gained acceptance in other jurisdictions and is now finding favour in Canadian projects. A panel of experts will explain the framework and operation of IPD, both the theoretical and practical, and discuss their experiences in recent IPD projects. The panel will discuss the benefits of IPD to the project participants and the experience of IPD projects in other jurisdictions. This seminar will be of particular interest to public and private owners, to contractors and consultants.

The Panel
Howard Ashcraft Jr, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Darren Becks, VP Administration, St. Jerome’s University
Tim Coldwell, VP, Chandos Construction Ltd.
David Dow, Principal, Diamond Schmitt Architects
Marina Pratchett, Partner, Fasken Martineau LLP
Sheryl Staub-French, Associate Professor, UBC Civil Engineering
Art Winslow, Lean IPD Director, Graham Construction

Members of this panel bring extensive and senior experience in IPD Project Delivery structures and implementation. They will share their first-hand experience in Canadian projects that proceeded using this model and discuss the present Canadian landscape applicable to IPD, BIM and Lean.

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Thank you to our event sponsor.
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Thank you to our program sponsors.
Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP
Graham Construction and Engineering Inc.

When:
Thursday, September 22, 2016, 7:30 – 11:00 am

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

Cost:
Members – $60
Non-Members – $95

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BCCR Members Only Urban Walking Tour

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A lot of change has taken place in Vancouver in the past twenty years and no area has changed more than southeast False Creek around Main St. and West 2nd Avenue. In this exclusive event for BCCR members only historian John Atkin will guide a walking tour of the area. The southeast end of False creek has seen an extraordinary transformation over the years from heavy industrial uses to an emerging residential community. Once home to sawmills, asphalt plants, shipyards and a coal gas plant, swept away by the World’s Fair of 1986, the industry has been replaced with new housing, cultural facilities and park space. John will guide the group from Main and Terminal to the Salt Building at Olympic Village passing through industrial lands and new building developments. On this walk we’ll explore this fascinating and evolving part of the city. The walking tour will end at the historic Salt Building now the Craft Beer Market for appies and drinks. This tour is for BCCR members only – sorry no substitutes. Space is limited to 25 people.

When:
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at 4:45 pm

Where:
Meet at 4:45 at the northwest corner of Main and Terminal by the SkyTrain station.

Cost:
This is a members only event. There is no charge but members must register.

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Brock Commons Site Tour

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This year the BCCR summer social takes us to the campus of UBC. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn first hand about a unique and revolutionary wood structure Brock Commons. Join guides engineer Paul Fast, architect Matt Wood AOA Project Lead and UBC engineering staff Sheryl Staub-French and Erik Poirier for a tour of Brock Commons. Once constructed, Brock Commons will be one of the tallest wood buildings in the world, providing housing for hundreds of students. When completed, the $51.5-million residence building will stand 53 metres tall (about 174 feet).  Forte in Melbourne is currently the tallest CLT (Cross Laminated Timber) building in the world but is not the tallest wood building. That is TREET in Bergen, Norway which is a glulam frame with standard construction for apartment units and stands at 52.8M with a 15 storey CLT elevator shaft. The tour will be followed by a visit to a presentation centre where participants can see up close a sample of the wood construction design and learn about other tall wood buildings around the world. Finally, the evening will wrap up at Mahony and Sons where refreshments will be served.

When:
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Where:
Tour – Brock Commons, Walter Gage Rd UBC Campus

4:30 – 6:00 pm

Parking at UBC North Parkade: http://bit.ly/1zatuew

Food + Drink – Mahony & Sons 5990 University Blvd

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $75

This event is generously sponsored by:

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This session is worth 4 CEUs for members of the AIBC

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Site C | A Clean Energy Project

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Abundant, clean electricity has been a cornerstone of British Columbia’s economy and quality of life for generations. That’s why BC Hydro is building the Site C Clean Energy Project (Site C), a third dam and hydroelectric generating station on the Peace River in northeast B.C. Site C will be a source of clean, renewable and cost-effective electricity in B.C. for more than 100 years. The project will provide 1,100 megawatts of capacity and about 5,100 gigawatt hours of energy each year to the province’s integrated electricity system.

In October 2014, the Site C project completed a rigorous and independent environmental assessment by the federal and provincial governments, which included a Joint Review Panel process. The conclusion of the three-year environmental review was that the effects of the Site C project are justified by the long-term benefits it will provide.

Our speaker, Diane McSherry, VP & Project Director of the Site C Clean Energy Project, will give an update on the project. Construction of Site C will create approximately 10,000 person-years of direct employment during construction, and approximately 33,000 total person-years of employment through all stages of development and construction. Don’t miss this informative session.

When:
Thursday, May 19, 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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This session is worth 1.5 CEUs for members of the AIBC

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How to Link Up with Partnerships BC for Successful Bids

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Partnerships BC supports the public sector in meeting its infrastructure needs by providing leadership expertise and consistency in the procurement of complex capital projects and by utilizing private sector innovation, services and capital to deliver measurable benefits for taxpayers. In this session our speaker, Amanda Farrell, will talk about how Partnerships BC is working with contractors to ensure their successful bids for P3 projects. She will tell us how the 2016 Federal budget for infrastructure projects will impact British Columbia, what new P3 projects are in the pipeline and what the province has learned from past projects. This session will provide people working in the construction industry a link to government and keys for successful proposals.

Partnerships BC is owned by the Province of British Columbia and governed by a Board of Directors reporting to its sole shareholder, the Minister of Finance. It is incorporated under the British Columbia Business Corporations Act.

Amanda Farrell is President and Chief Executive Officer at Partnerships BC. Amanda leads the company’s efforts to improve customer service and business development and build on relationships with service providers, and current and future clients. She continues to lead the Evergreen Rapid Transit Line Project. Amanda joined Partnerships BC in November 2004 and has held positions in a number of sectors since then. Most recently, Amanda held the position of Vice President, Projects with responsibility for supporting the high-quality delivery of planning, procurement, and contract management advice and support to clients in the development of major public infrastructure projects. Prior to joining Partnerships BC, Amanda gained extensive public policy and operational experience in the UK. Amanda holds a Bachelor of Sciences from the University of Reading, followed by postgraduate research at the University of Bath.

When:
Thursday, April 21, 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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This session is worth 1.5 CEUs for members of the AIBC

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Annual General Meeting

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Keynote Speaker
John Lenahan
Director, Engineering Projects, YVR

YVR: 2037. After providing a brief history of Vancouver International Airport, our speaker, John Lenahan, will talk about YVR’s Master Plan, which is currently under revision. This plan takes the airport from its current state of development, 20 million passengers in 2015, out to the year 2037, and an estimated 35 million passengers. It covers all facility upgrades and terminal expansions, airside facilities and groundside infrastructure. This plan is then laid out over the twenty year term and used to form the airport’s 10 Year Capital Plan. Part of the program is being driven by the potential arrival of a regular Airbus A380 service this summer.

John J. Lenahan, P.Eng., FEC, is Director Engineering Projects at Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR). He joined the Airport Authority in 1995 as a Senior Project Manager and was appointed Manager, Transportation Planning in 2001, during which time he was YVR’s representative on the Canada Line project. Since 2008, as a Director of Engineering Projects, he has over-seen the implementation of YVR’s Capital Plan. YVR is currently embarking on a new set of Capital Projects which will exceed $2.0 billion over the next 10 years.

When:
Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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

Cost:
Members – $70
Non-Members – $95

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This event is generously sponsored by:

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This session is worth 1.5 CEUs for members of the AIBC.

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