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Canadian Infrastructure Bank: Has Our Infrastructure Saviour Arrived?

Canada Infrastructure Bank is a Crown corporation that operates at arm’s length from government. It is headquartered in Toronto and governed by an independent, professional board of directors. The Bank was created in 2017 to address a gap in the market between government-funded infrastructure, procured traditionally or as a public-private partnership, and projects that are privately funded. Its mandate is to invest up to $35 billion into new, revenue-generating infrastructure projects alongside private and institutional investors and provide advisory services to potential project proponents. By engaging the expertise and capital of the private sector, the Bank will help provide more infrastructure for Canadians. Our priority areas are public transit, trade and transportation, and green infrastructure.

Our speaker Nick Hann, Head of Investments, leads the investment team and is responsible for implementing Canada Infrastructure Bank’s investment strategy and advising on capital deployment and asset management. Nick has more than 25 years of experience in structuring and financing major infrastructure projects in various countries. Most recently, as Senior Managing Director of Macquarie Capital Markets Canada Ltd., and a member of the senior leadership team, he was involved in all aspects of Macquarie’s North American infrastructure business.
Before joining Macquarie Group in Sydney in 1998, he was Project Finance Director for HSBC Investment Bank Asia Limited, based in Hong Kong. Nick has acted as principal investor, asset manager, consortium bid director, financial advisor, debt arranger and government business advisor on projects in a wide range of infrastructure and industry sectors. He holds a Master of Arts in Economics and Politics from the University of Oxford and serves on the board of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships and is active in infrastructure research and education. He has taught infrastructure finance courses at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.

When:
Thursday, November 15, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

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

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Metro Centre Oakridge – An Eight Year Project

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The Oakridge precinct is on track to become a major metro centre. At this breakfast session, two representatives from the City of Vancouver Engineering and Planning Departments will provide an update on the Cambie Corridor Plan, the associated Utility Servicing Plan, and the new city-wide Utility Cost Development Levy. The Cambie Corridor Plan outlines the opportunities for this single family area to transform. It presents a major city-building opportunity, with an anticipated growth of 30,000 new homes and double the current population. This will make the Cambie Corridor the biggest growth area outside of Downtown Vancouver. Accommodating new residents requires a Utility Servicing Plan to upgrade the water, sewer and drainage utilities which were constructed in the 1950s-60s and are now at capacity. The City Planning Department will provide a summary of the Cambie Corridor Plan and the Engineering Department will outline the phasing of the associated Utility Servicing Plan construction and new city-wide Utility Development Cost Levy which will contribute to funding over $550M of the utility works over the next 8 years.

Speakers Donny Wong, COV Engineering and Jessie Gresley-Jones, COV Planning are the leads implementing the engineering and planning and will speak to this major infrastructure program.

When:
Thursday, October 18, 2018, 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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Negotiating Contracts Across Borders, Cultures, Languages and Legal Systems

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This interactive presentation will draw from experience to highlight some of the challenges of negotiating contracts in an international context. Discussion items will include (1) preparing your team, (2) knowing your customer, (3) misconceptions and the danger of assumptions, (4) the when & how of negotiations, and (5) securing the right contract. The discussion will be led by Dentons partner Jana Mansour, who brings close to 20 years of law firm experience from New York City, representing North American and Japanese clients in the development and financing of large infrastructure projects across the world. Jana regularly represents owners and contractors on large construction undertakings, and he will draw on his experience accompanying clients to negotiate contracts in a variety of locales, such as Mexico City, Miami, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Houston and Helsinki.

When:
Thursday, September 20, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

Where:
Dentons, 250 Howe St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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This event is generously sponsored by:
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2018 Under 40 Summer Wrap-Up Social

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Join the British Columbia Construction Roundtable for our 2018 Under 40 Summer Wrap-Up Social event on the 25th floor rooftop patio of the SNC-Lavalin building. This event is focused on the Under 40 crowd but our over 40 members are invited to join the event if they bring an under 40 guest in tow.

Come out to socialize and network, while enjoying a drink and delicious food, and take in the gorgeous rooftop views of Vancouver during the final days of summer. Bring your business cards, catch up with other construction professionals, and make new connections! This will be the perfect time to reconnect with business associates after the summer break.

When:
Thursday, September 13, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Where:
SNC-Lavalin, 25th floor rooftop patio, 745 Thurlow St, Vancouver

Cost:
Members and Non-Members – $25

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This event is generously sponsored by:
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Lower Lonsdale Re-Discovered

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This year’s summer social takes us on an exploration of the lower Lonsdale area of North Vancouver.

Lower Lonsdale is a historic waterfront neighbourhood in the city of North Vancouver that runs up Lonsdale Avenue from Lonsdale Quay to Keith Road. Once home to an array of shipyards, sawmills, a brickyard and the North Vancouver ferry, the North Shore has a fascinating history to explore. Lower Lonsdale is currently going through large waterfront renewal processes. The old shipyards are being torn down, making way for new public spaces, condominiums, retail outlets and a hotel.

John Atkin, historian, will guide us on a walking tour of the waterfront area to look at the some of the interesting new developments and how heritage has been woven into this emerging district. We will end the tour at a watering hole for some refreshments.

Parking can be challenging so consider taking the seabus.

When:
Thursday, July 12, 2018, 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Where:
5:00 – 6:30 pm Tour – meeting point The Polygon Gallery 101 Carrie Cates Ct. foot of Lonsdale
6:30 – 8:30 pm Refreshments – Boston Pizza 88 Chesterfield Ave.

Cost:
Members and Guests – $45
Non-Members – $80

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Smart City | Pecha Kucha

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In 2017 we offered a highly entertaining and stimulating breakfast session in the Pecha Kucha style. We are pleased to be offering this format again at our June breakfast meeting.

This year’s theme is the smart city. A smart city is a place where the traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies, for the benefit of its inhabitants and businesses. With this vision in mind, we have a line up of speakers to present, in a concise and visual format, a discussion about the link between urban reality and technological revolution!

Join us at this interactive Pecha Kucha event: 8 Smart City presentations followed by a Q&A session.

Presenters and topics to include:
Dale Bracewell, City of Vancouver Engineering, Transportation for Smart Cities
MaRi Eagar, Chair & Founder DigitalFutures, Smart Cities on the Block(chain)
Aaron Knorr , Architect, Perkins & Will, Designing for Future Mobility
Brennan Leong, Co-founder, Roam Technologies, smart cities, transportation and tourism
Mark Masongsong, Urbanlogiq CEO, Building Better Communities with Data
Martino Tran, UBC Professor, School of Community & Regional Planning, Planning for Smart Cities
Aubrey Tucker, Stantec. BIM in the digital twin
Clint Unseth, VP Innovation, Stuart Olson, Strategic Objectives for Smart Cities

When:
Thursday, June 14, 2018, 7:30 – 10:00 am

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

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Communication: A Blueprint for Leadership

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In construction, there are countless reasons to connect. Whether it’s to collaborate on new projects or to share news about the industry, the efficiency of the construction process depends on one thing: effective communication. Effective communication is about knowing your audience and speaking to them in a clear, concise, and inspirational way. Through inspiration, you can move your ideas into action every time you speak.

In this session, speaker Seka Ojdrovic-Phillips will break down principles of effective communication into four concrete parts: mindset, organized thinking, influential language, and physical presence. By practicing these skills, you’ll be able to communicate with clarity and conviction in any interaction – and to any type of audience. This session is not to be missed by middle management project managers.

About the Speaker
Seka is an Associate at The Humphrey Group, a leadership communication firm. Her experience in a variety of industries has driven her to make motivational, message-centered communications accessible to leaders at all levels. Seka is skilled at supporting people to distill broad, complex topics into audience-centered and actionable messages. She specializes in building on a person’s strengths and authentic presence to become recognized as confident, committed leaders

When:
Thursday, May 17, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30 am

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

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Upending the Supply Chain: How Silicon Valley & Vertical Integration are Disrupting the Way We Build

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It’s no secret that building is full of inefficiencies. We rely on a tangled network of designers, contractors, subs and suppliers to complete our projects. The result—delays, cost overruns, waste and, often, unhappy clients. Enter Katerra, a transformative new technology company that is applying successful Silicon Valley principles to construction. Founded by Michael Marks, a former CEO and board member for companies like Flex, Tesla, GoPro and Zappos, Katerra is bringing a new level of efficiency and precision to their projects through vertical integration, technology and a systems based approach.

Our speaker is Trevor Schick. Trevor leads the Katerra materials organization. Most recently a senior vice president at Hewlett-Packard in charge of global supply chain and quality, he leverages over 15 years of experience in the electronics industry so that Katerra delivers on a promise of right materials, right cost, right time, and right quality. Trevor is currently on the boards of Steelwedge, a cloud-based supply chain planning provider, and VendOp, a B2B vendor review platform

When:
Thursday, April 19, 2018, 7:30 – 9:00 am

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

Cost:
Members – $40
Non-Members – $80

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Annual General Meeting

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Keynote Address – SHAPING THE FUTURE OF OUR REGION

Transit and transportation are vital for a strong economy.They are critical to the livability and affordability of Metro Vancouver. As our economy continues to grow, we will need to accommodate another one million people and a half-million new jobs over the next 30 years. Every resident will need to move in, out and within our region efficiently, affordably and sustainably.

To meet these demands, TransLink is focused on growing its ridership, providing more and better options for residents of Metro Vancouver. 2017 was a record-breaking year for ridership, with more than 400 million boardings and the largest bus service expansion in its history. TransLink is delivering for today and planning for the future. Two major projects – the Millennium Line Broadway Extension and Surrey Light Rail Transit (LRT) – are continuing to move forward with work focusing on consultation, pre-construction and design.

In addition, later this year, TransLink will embark on an update to the Regional Transportation Strategy. It will guide TransLink’s decisions over the next 30 years and will act as the region’s roadmap of policies, actions, and investments for transportation. Long-term integrated regional transportation planning is necessary to address all sector needs – from agriculture to manufacturing and construction. Transportation is the backbone of the economy, and when our transit system, airports, rail networks, ports, roads and bridges don’t work together seamlessly, it suffers.

Metro Vancouver needs a fulsome, integrated plan to welcome the more than one million new residents who are expected over the next few decades. Who holds the pen on the plan? Who needs to come to the table? TransLink is working hand-in-hand with mayors and municipalities, but what else should be done? Where do new technologies such as autonomous vehicles and trends such as ride-hailing fit in?

On Monday, March 26, TransLink’s CEO Kevin Desmond will provide an update to members and guests of the BC Construction Roundtable on the major investments in Metro Vancouver’s transit and transportation network, and will detail the organization’s future and how it is taking action to meet the needs of the region’s growing economy and population.

When:
Monday, March 26, 2018, 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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Viaducts Replacement Project: Unlocking Vancouver’s Last Piece of Downtown

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The Georgia and Dunsmuir viaducts replacement is an ambitious project of a scale that has not been undertaken by the City of Vancouver in several decades. This significant infrastructure project involves demolition of existing viaducts and replacement with a new at-grade street network, integration of land development servicing, utility upgrades, enhanced public realm, green infrastructure, and seismically-resilient streets in Vancouver’s downtown. It forms the foundation to unlock over $1.5 Billion in public benefits proposed in the Northeast False Creek Area Plan. Development in this neighborhood is planned to be home for an additional 10,000-12,000 new residents, 6,000-8,000 new jobs and include a new vibrant and waterfront destination park.

As the detailed design nears completion, Peter Cohen, Senior Project Manager, will share the design and various construction disciplines being sought by the City as it prepares for procurement – potentially delivered under one contract. The speaker will provide attendees at this session with a thorough understanding of the project and potential opportunities.

When:
Thursday, February 22, 2018, 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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