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Beer, BBQ and Bowling Summer Social

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Put on your best whites and practice your throw and roll cause this year the BCCR summer social is a lawn bowling challenge! No experience necessary! Teams of 4 will be coached in how to achieve the perfect throw to score points. There will be prizes for the winning team. Add a craft beer tasting and BBQ and you’ve got an evening not to be missed. Bring your spouse, partner, friend, neighbour or colleague to join in the fun! Soft soled shoes are required on the bowling green. And parking is easy at Queen Elizabeth Park. A perfect way to spend Vancouver summer evening.

Can’t join us for lawn bowling? There will be lots of beer and bbq to enjoy so come when you can and enjoy a beautiful sunset from the top of Little Mountain.

When:
Tuesday, July 25, 2017, 5:00 – 8:30 pm

Where:
Queen Elizabeth Park (33rd & Cambie)

Cost:
Members – $35
Non-Members – $35

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Disrupting the Building and Infrastructure Industry

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Technology is a double-edged sword bringing both opportunities and risks. A large portion of today’s jobs are expected to be obsolete in the near future. Start-up companies are disrupting heavily regulated industries worldwide. The building & infrastructure industry in North America has been slow to adopt innovative new technologies, but change in inevitable.

Looking ahead, technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) & Virtual/Augmented Reality (VR/AR) will be integral to how we conduct business. Autonomous transportation, automated construction, vertical farming and quantum computing are posed to shake up the transportation, construction, agriculture, and financial industries. How can we leverage the rapid pace of innovation to stay ahead, and is now the right time to adopt new technologies? Topics covered will include:

  • Emerging technology, trends and their implications
  • Technology and its effect on life and behaviors
  • Technology and its impact on building and infrastructure planning and projects

Our speaker is Sunny Ghataurah, P.Eng., P.E., CTS, LEED AP BD+C, President & CEO of AES Engineering, the largest electrical engineering firm in BC. Sunny is one of Vancouver’s leading electrical engineers and lighting designers with more than 24 years of experience in the construction industry. Being a technophile, he has his finger on the pulse. Sunny will share with you the key paradigm changes he foresees occurring in the building and infrastructure industry.

Attend this session to stay ahead of the curve!

When:
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 7:30 – 9:00 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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Construction at the Cusp of a tech-breakthrough

With Vancouver rapidly becoming the new hub for cutting edge and innovative tech solutions and some dubbing it the next “Silicon Valley”, there is a new surge of companies pursing technological advancements in the construction and building industry. As tech adoption has raised the manufacturing industry to previously unimaginable heights, there are impressive numbers of companies working locally in BC and the Lower mainland, to come up with smart solutions making the BC construction industry competitive on a global scale.

The June event, “Construction at the cusp of a tech-breakthrough”, consists of a multitude of Pechakucha style presentations, a format featuring 20 images and 20 seconds per image to tell a holistic story from start to finish with some time for Q&A in the end.

The speakers and their topics include:
Sheryl Staub-French, Professor – UBC (BIM TOPiCS Lab)
Dogu Taskiran, CEO – Stambol (Virtual, Augemented and Mixed Reality)
Wyle Baoween, CEO – HRx (Bias Elimination in Recruitment)
John Richardson, CEO – Ethelo (Decision Making Tools)
Marlan Govender, Senior Software Engineer – GE Digital (Industrial Internet of Things, IIOT)
Craig Mitchell, Director of Innovations – Britco Construction (Modular Construction)
Steve Rombough, High Definition Surveys and BIM Specialist – McElhanney Consulting (Mobile Data Collection)
Jason Santeford, Architecture Discipline Leader – Stantec
Aubrey Tucker, Innovative Technology Developer – Stantec (Evolving Practice: AR/VR, Reality Capture, Data Visualization, Compuative Design)

By meeting these brilliant people and learning about this inevitable shift in construction mentality you will be on the leading edge of technological advancement. Come and connect with your colleagues over breakfast. Space is limited so register today!

When:
Thursday, June 22, 2017, 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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Canadian Construction Association – Construction Industry Update

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Construction is one of Canada’s largest sectors and has become a cornerstone of the Canadian economy. The sector employs 1.37 million Canadians or approximately 7 per cent of Canada’s total workforce. Annually, construction is responsible for nearly $119 billion in economic activity or 7 per cent of Canada’s overall Gross Domestic Product. In the decade ahead, the Canadian construction market is expected to become one of the top 10 largest in the world, driven primarily by global demand for natural resources and the urgent need to modernize Canada’s aging national infrastructure. Gilbert Brulotte, P.Eng, GSC, is the 2016 Chair of the Canadian Construction Association and senior vice-president, civil division, EllisDon Corp. He will address how these expectations will be met and how companies can benefit from the demands to come.

Gilbert’s 44 years in the construction industry include working for the public sector, family-owned firms, multi-national public companies, and being a shareholder of a local firm. The scope of Gilbert’s work has ranged from municipal infrastructure in underground utilities and surface work to aggregate and asphalt production, trenchless technologies and utility rehabilitation, as well as industrial construction in the oil and gas sector. He has worked in British Columbia, Quebec, the Northwest Territories, and Central America. His passion is challenging the status quo and finding opportunities.

Gilbert joined the CCA board in 2005 and the executive in 2011. He served many years as a board member of the Alberta Road Builders and Heavy Construction Association with two terms as chair. He has also volunteered on technical committees for the City of Edmonton and Urban Development Institute-Edmonton Region.

When:
Thursday, April 20, 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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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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