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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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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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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.
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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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