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The Evergreen Line – 11 km of Construction Challenges

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

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

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

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This event is generously sponsored by

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Bridging The Generation Gap

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As the Boomers leave en masse, younger employees must step up and take the reigns as the next generation of leaders and owners. Structuring and managing these transitions effectively will directly impact the success and viability of every BCCR member firm.

As a leader you must ask yourself: Is my firm ready? Do we have a plan? Are our current leaders ready and willing to let go? How do we pass on our knowledge and insights to those around us? Can others benefit from our mistakes and challenges? Our speaker, Ralph Kison will address these questions and provide strategies on how to attract, engage and retain the best employees while navigating the increasingly competitive and challenging search for future leaders and managers.

Ralph Kison, President of Kison Inc. and Growth Through learning, works with companies and associations in the EAC and professional services sector throughout North America. Ralph serves his clients in the capacities of trusted advisor, facilitator, trainer and leadership coach. His range of experience enables him to assist clients address strategic planning, organizational development and talent attraction, development and retention issues.

When:
Thursday, September 28, 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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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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Construction at the Cusp of a tech-breakthrough

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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

This event is generously sponsored by:
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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

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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