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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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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!

Metro Vancouver’s Upcoming Water and Liquid Waste Construction Projects

BCCR would like to invite you to a breakfast and learn with a presentation from Metro Vancouver. The session will focus on upcoming water and liquid waste construction projects in the Lower Mainland and will include a panel discussion with three speakers from Metro Vancouver.

Topics will include:

• Major upcoming construction projects and their timelines

• Contractor selection process

Speakers Include:

• Goran Oljaca – Director, Engineering and Construction, Water Services

• Bryan Shoji – Director, Project Delivery, Liquid Waste Services

• Roy Moulder – Director, Purchasing & Risk Management, Financial Services


Thursday, November 21, 2019, 7:30 – 9:00 am


Terminal City Club, 837 West Hastings Street, Vancouver


BCCR Members: $40

Non-Members: $85

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Thank you to Metro Vancouver for participating in this event.

This event is generously sponsored by:

Tour The Amazing Brentwood with the Developer and Key Project Members

The Amazing Brentwood

After multiple years of planning, design and construction, this 28-acre mixed use, transit-oriented development is on the brink of opening to the public. Participation is limited to 30 people, so don’t wait and miss out on this opportunity.

Get the behind-the-scenes presentation, talk with key representatives of the development and construction team, be one of the first to tour the completed Phase 1 development, and learn about the challenges and successes of the Amazing Brentwood project, located at the tracks of the Brentwood Town Centre SkyTrain Station in Burnaby. Geared to be one of the tallest developments within a suburban context in Canada, The Amazing Brentwood’s 63 storey Tower One has already changed the skyline.

As a bonus, you will be able to ask your questions prior to the tour. These will be passed onto the Developer and Project Team so that the tour is customized to your specific interests.


November 7, 2019

We will offer two 15-person tours, lasting one hour each.

Tour Group 1 (max. 15 people): 1:45pm

Tour Group 2 (max. 15 people): 2:45pm


We will meet inside the Sales Center at the north end of the site (former Zellers box) for orientation.



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Other details:

Please email your questions prior to the tour to BCCR Board of Directors Member Mary Chow at

Limited PPE will be available but please bring your own if possible.

Thank you to our event hosts, Shape Properties.

Enterprise Ireland: International Collaboration in Construction

BCCR would like to invite you to a breakfast and learn session with Enterprise Ireland. The session will focus on the trade relationship between Ireland and Canada and opportunities for Canadian companies post-Brexit. Following the short presentation will be a panel discussion which will examine how an Irish construction company worked in partnership with a large Canadian construction company in delivering a high-level construction project. The panel discussion will examine the relationship between the Irish and Canadian company during the project, how the process worked from beginning to end and what the advantages were of working together.

Thursday, September 19, 2019 7:30 – 9:00 am

Terminal City Club 837 West Hastings St Vancouver

BCCR Members: $40
Non-Members: $85


Thank you to our event sponsor Enterprise Ireland.

Under 40 Summer Social

Join the British Columbia Construction Roundtable for our 2019 Under 40 Summer Social event on August 29th on the 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 provided 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 a summer evening. Bring your business cards and make new connections, foster existing ones, and catch up with other industry professionals.

Thursday, August 29, 2019, 5:30-7:30pm

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

Members and Non-Members – $40


This event is generously sponsored by:

BCCR Summer Social @MadLab

Celebrate summer with the BCCR at one of Vancouver’s true Micro Distilleries, Mad Lab Distilling ( Mad Lab Distilling is a Craft Distillery that offers Hand Crafted Vodka, Gin, Whisky, Raki (Turkish Anise Drink) and the only alcoholic Kombucha in Canada. It is a multiple award-winning micro distillery, with a focus on carefully crafted, and artfully developed spirits. Using locally grown grain, and very hands on techniques, Mad Laboratory products will wow you and leave you wanting more. Mad Laboratory began to be realized early 2013. The owners scrounged and borrowed, re-purposed and rebuilt the equipment needed to set up the basics. With a tremendous amount of support from friends and family a logo and label were designed, a still was built, fermentation tanks installed, fire suppression upgraded, the locations drainage and ventilation upgraded, plans drawn, re-drawn, and re-drawn again.

The Mad Lab still was built from donated tanks and put together by a talented welder in the configuration that would produce the finest end product. Direct-fire pot still, with a thumper and shotgun condenser, allowing it to produce a smooth spirit, with the ability to retain flavours that it wanted to remain in the finished product. The flame from the still provides a toasty, almost caramel like finish, making Mad Laboratory spirits a rich and wonderful experience. All this brought Mad Lab to where it is today, producing a fantastic spirit, something it is proud of, and hope to continue on long into the future.

Each guest registration will include two tickets for cocktails prepared using Mad Lab products. There will be a tour and information session about the distilling process. Mad Lab products can also be purchased at special prices for BCCR guests.

There will also be finger food and a cash bar for beer and wine.

Thursday, July 18, 2019 6:00 – 10:00 pm

119 – 618 East Kent St. South Vancouver (close to Marine Dr and Fraser St)
Parking is on site.

Members: $45
Guests: $45

Space is limited due to the small size of the distillery so don’t delay – register now.