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Communication: A Blueprint for Leadership

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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This event is generously sponsored by

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Smart City | Pecha Kucha

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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This event is generously sponsored by:

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Lower Lonsdale Re-Discovered

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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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

This event is generously sponsored by:

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Annual General Meeting

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BCCR Scholarship Recipients

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

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Tilbury LNG Expansion

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October 2014, FortisBC started construction of a $400-million expansion project at Tilbury. This includes building a new storage tank and additional liquefaction equipment. This additional equipment will help meet the growing LNG demands of the transportation sector, remote communities and industry in BC. We anticipate this equipment will be in service in Q1 2018. The expanded facility will be able to liquefy an additional 34,000 GJ (1500 cubic metres) of natural gas per day and will add 1.1 million GJ (46000 cubic metres) of additional storage capacity.

Rob Dunsmore is the Project Director, Tilbury LNG Implementation for FortisBC. He has worked in the hydro electric and natural gas utility for 30 years. Over this span has been involved in the Operations, Maintenance and Capital projects. Some of the projects which he has taken a lead role are refurbishment and upgrade of FortisBC and client hydroelectric generation plants, new Substation and line construction. Most notably the Waneta Expansion project on the Pend ‘Oreille river in southeast BC and currently Tilbury LNG Expansion in Delta BC.

When:
Thursday, January 25, 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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What’s Brewing in Vancouver? A Festive Event

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Stout and aged? Honey brown or traditional? Ice cold or room temperature, hoppy or flavoured? Beer now comes in many flavours to satisfy any taste. The world of beer is one of sophistication and variety and no where is this more evident than in Vancouver where the microbrewery business has exploded. This year for our Festive Season Reception we invite you to join us at one of Vancouver’s renowned microbreweries where you will sample a flight of beers, learn about the differences between brewing different beers and enjoy some delicious food to compliment the tasting. Mingle with friends and colleagues this holiday season at the Big Rock Urban Brewery.

Located in heart of the Brewery Creek/Mount Pleasant district, Big Rock craft beer is brewed using natural, fresh ingredients by local people. Their brews are locally inspired, using as many natural lower mainland ingredients as possible, brewed entirely on location at our Mount Pleasant brewery, and sold exclusively in BC.

When:
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00 pm
First tour 5:00 pm
Second tour 5:15 pm
Lecture and Tasting 5:45 pm

Where:
Big Rock Brewery, 310 West 4th Ave, Vancouver

Cost:
There is no cost to attend but you must register.

This event is generously sponsored by:
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The Obscure World of Construction Insurance: Finding Your Way Through Murky Waters

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Have you ever had tried to read a construction insurance policy or have you ever made a claim only to find yourself in a world of denials, exclusions, rights reservations, eventually giving up. Our two panelists are experts in understanding, triggering and capitalizing on construction insurance. Stacey Boothman is in-house counsel for the Ledcor Group. In private practice Stacey worked for insurance clients. Last year, Ledcor was successful before the Supreme Court of Canada in pursuing a claim against its insurer Northbridge Indemnity, in circumstances where most observers would have said the odds were stacked against them. Richard Beal Jr. is a senior partner with the Seattle law firm of Ashbaugh Beal. Richard started his career working for insurance companies. This gave him a rare insight into and understanding of the world of insurance. Eventually he turned to the dark side, developing a unique practice specializing in assisting contractors to successfully navigate insurance claims. Richard and Stacey will share with you experiences and practical tips and make insurance actually sound interesting.

When:
Thursday, November 16, 2017, 7:30 – 9:30 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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The Evergreen Line – 11 km of Construction Challenges

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The Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project is the most recent addition to the SkyTrain network in Greater Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The 11 km alignment consists of elevated and at-grade guideway sections, cut-and-cover and bored tunnels, seven stations, power substations, train operating systems, parking facilities, and a vehicle storage and light maintenance facility.

Because of the high seismicity of the region, liquefiable and soft soils posed the main challenges for the design of structures. A performance-based design approach with varying levels of performance requirements were specified for the project. Several deep foundation and ground improvement solutions were used to meet the project design objectives, while satisfying cost, schedule and site constraints. Foundation types included drilled shafts and driven steel pipe piles. Ground improvement solutions included Cement Deep Soil Mixing (CDSM) and driven timber piles.

A variety of innovative techniques were used throughout construction, including the Inlet Centre Station platform and guideway, the bored tunnel, tunnel invert and track slab, and sections of elevated guideway, all in order to open the Evergreen Line to passengers in December 2016.

Our speakers are Meiric Preece and Ali Azizian. Meiric, currently on his own, was previously a Partner with MMM Group Limited, working out of the Vancouver office. Since 1984 when he joined the company, he has amassed experience in project management, design, and construction of bridges and transit systems, both in Canada and in international contexts. In 2015 he received the APEGBC Meritorious Achievement Award, primarily for his work on rapid transit projects. On the Evergreen Line Meiric had the role of the Technical Director for SNC Lavalin’s Design Build Finance Team from the RFQ to Total completion of the Project. Ali is a Principal Specialist and Geotechnical Engineer with Tetra Tech (EBA), who were the Geotechnical Consultant for the project (except the bored tunnel section). Meiric will provide a brief overview of the project as a whole and some information on key elements of the Project. Ali will provide an overview of the subsurface ground conditions along the alignment, the selected foundation or ground improvement types and construction challenges.

When:
Thursday, October 19, 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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