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Henriquez Partners Wins Prestigious Architizer Award

April 25, 2016 VANCOUVER, BC – After 400,000 public votes from over 100 countries and territories, TELUS Garden joins the winners of the 2016 Architizer A+Awards, the world’s largest awards program for architecture and products.

With entries from over 95 countries, Henriquez Partners were the only Vancouver-based firm to be recognized amongst the winners. TELUS Garden was recognized as both the Popular Choice Winner and the Jury’s Choice Winner in the Office – High Rise (16+ Floors) category.

The development features a 22-storey signature office tower in Vancouver BC, the first building in
Canada built to have achieved the 2009 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standard and a 47-storey residential tower targeting LEED Gold standard. This landmark development reinforces TELUS’s commitment to the City of Vancouver, making a significant contribution to the city’s goal of becoming the greenest city in the world. It is also home to new headquarters for the Canadian telecommunications giant. The development features 10,000 square feet of green roofs providing organic produce for local restaurants, two elevated roof forests, local artwork and light displays. TELUS Garden boasts half a million square feet of new office space for multiple tenants and 424 new residential units, all setting new standards for environmental sustainability.

“We are thrilled to be recognized amongst such a high caliber of internationally acclaimed projects,” says Gregory Henriquez, Managing Partner for Henriquez Partners Architects. “We knew from the beginning TELUS was a special project. It has made an impression on Vancouver and set the tone for future sustainable multi-use high rises in our City. This would not have been possible without the visionary leadership of TELUS CEO Darren Entwistle and Westbank CEO Ian Gillespie who paved the way for innovative design and for setting compelling goals in technology and sustainability.”

TELUS Garden has radically transformed an aging block of downtown Vancouver into a future friendly community fusing beauty, functionality and environmental stewardship. It is one of the most technologically and environmentally-advanced sites of commerce, employment, and residence in the world and now with international recognition.

“Our goal was to design an office building to inspire its occupants, animate the streetscape and set a new standard for sustainable workplace design in North America,” continues Gregory. “The team is so thrilled, as this recognition from the 300 judging experts supports this vision”

About Henriquez Partners:
Henriquez Partners is an architecture and design firm located in Vancouver, British Columbia. The firm is dedicated to working closely with clients to create buildings that are both culturally and environmentally sustainable. They believe every project is an opportunity to enrich local communities by seamlessly integrating ethics and aesthetics. Informed by this credo and by an unwavering commitment to design integrity, they have consistently demonstrated the ability to manage projects from design through to construction, and the technical expertise to create structures that stand the test of time.

About Architizer A+Awards
The annual Architizer A+Awards honor the best architecture, spaces & products. Now in their fourth year, the Architizer A+Awards is the largest awards program focused on promoting and celebrating the year’s best architecture and products. Its mission is to nurture the appreciation of meaningful architecture in the world and champion its potential for a positive impact on everyday life.

Telus Garden, Architizer A+ Award Winner for Office – High Rise (16+ Floors)
Popular Choice Winner and Jury’s Choice Winner
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Jenn Wint


Mainroad Group launches new online Career Paths tool

Mainroad Group Human Resources is pleased to announce Career Paths, a career road map for prospective candidates.

“As Mainroad continues to grow, the need for talented employees is critical to our success. This new tool is designed to help both current employees and future employees see where their career path can lead them,” says Richard Sakaki, Vice President of Human Resources.

“Young people today want to see a career path and not just a job opportunity. Candidates can browse various career streams within our Highway Asset Management, Contracting, and Products businesses and see where they can go in the organization,” says Sakaki.

Mainroad Group has become one of the largest road and bridge infrastructure maintenance companies in Canada. With 18 operating companies and three business divisions, the Career Paths tool will help candidates understand what we do.

“The more information we can give candidates, the better – we want to show what is possible for them,” notes Sakaki.

The future looks very exciting for the Mainroad Group. We have significant growth plans in all areas of our business including general contracting, corporate office positions, as well as highway asset management, our core business in British Columbia and Alberta.

Visit Career Paths | Join the Mainroad team and be an owner!


BMS Canada Risk Services appoints Shaun Johnston as Chief Operating Officer

[The following excerpt is from BMS Canada. Visit their site to find out more!]

BMS Canada Risk Services (“BMS Canada”) the Canadian arm of the independent specialist insurance and reinsurance broker BMS Group Ltd., today announces the appointment of Shaun Johnston as Chief Operations Officer (COO). He will report to Brian Gomes, CEO of BMS Canada, and will be located in BMS Canada’s Vancouver office.

Shaun joins BMS Canada from Aon plc (Aon) where he spent over a decade in the company’s Construction Services Group based in Vancouver. During his time at Aon, Shaun led a team of 20 specialists and grew a leading broking portfolio, providing risk management services, national and cross-border insurance programme design and management to some of western Canada’s largest and most diversified construction and property development companies.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University Career Day 2015

Calling all Employers!

Kwantlen Polytechnic University is hosting Career Day 2015, taking place on Tuesday, March 3, 2015 from 11:00am – 3:00pm on the Surrey Campus, in the Main Atrium.

Standard Registration for Employers is $400, which provides you with an opportunity to network with up to 1,500 current Kwantlen students and Alumni who may be a fit for your business.

Further information about registration and sponsorship opportunities can be found online, at

Career Services is located in Surrey Main, Room 136 and on other campuses by appointment. For general inquiries regarding Career Services please contact 604.599.2465 or

Nicole Poole
Career Services Coordinator
Phone: 604.599.3401

Lisa Boldt
Career Services Assistant
Phone: 604.599.3051

Kwantlen Polytechnic University Foundation
12666 72nd Avenue
Surrey, BC V3W 2M8
Phone: 604-599-2010
Fax: 604-599-3138


Announcing the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute British Columbia Chapter!

Are you interested in the latest earthquake engineering practices, research, and decision making currently happening in British Columbia? Are you interested in being informed, involved, or networking with British Columbia’s earthquake engineering community? Join us today!

The British Columbia Chapter of The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI-BC) is the regional chapter of a national, non-profit, technical society of engineers, geoscientists, architects, planners, public officials, and social scientists.


The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute – British Columbia Chapter is dedicated to reducing the earthquake risk in British Columbia, Canada, by advancing the science and practice of earthquake engineering, by improving understanding of the impact of earthquakes on the physical, social, economic, political and cultural environment and by advocating comprehensive and realistic measures for reducing the harmful effects of earthquakes.

EERI-BC Board of Directors

John Sherstobitoff, Structural – Engineer President (
Sheri Molnar, Geophysicist – Vice-President (
Kate Thibert, Structural – Engineer Secretary (
Tyler Best, Structural – Engineer Treasurer (

Ali Azizian, Geotechnical Engineer
Majid Baradaran Shoraka, Structural Engineer
Mahnaz Niazi, Structural Engineer
Mujib Rahman, Geotechnical Engineer
John Robertson, Structural Engineer

For more information on membership, news, and events, click here.


Kwantlen Polytechnic University – New partnership backs contractors with business skills


September 12, 2014

New partnership backs contractors with business skills

Metro Vancouver, B.C. – Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is partnering with Avitan Business Resources to offer applied, applicable and unparalleled business courses for contractors.

Called the Contractor’s Academy, the six-course series is specifically designed to empower contractors with the management and financial skills to effectively grow their companies. With courses beginning mid-September at KPU Tech in Cloverdale, the academy will offer sessions in business essentials and banking smarts, charge out rates, contracts, estimating principles, change-orders and sales, all tailored to trades.

“Contractors are doers, problem-solvers, people quick to recognize opportunity and accept a challenge,” said Wayne Tebb, dean of the KPU School of Business. “But their success tends to create challenges for which contractors have little preparation. The Contractor’s Academy allows contractors to advance their business and management skills so that they can more effectively grow their business.”

Offered through continuing and professional studies (CPS) at KPU, participants will gain a wealth of business tips from professionals who are well-versed in both business, and contracting. The focus of each class aims to arm self-employed contractors with the tools that enhance their work – turning paperwork, contract and estimate skills into assets that boost business.

“It’s easy to get into contracting. But unless you learn to manage the money and the business, it can be a lot of hard work for little profits. Knowledge is power, and we teach contractors how to be businessmen,” said Amos Avitan, owner of Avitan Business Resources. “An educated contractor is an owner. An uneducated contractor tends to be stuck in a self-employed, stressful lifestyle. We teach contractors how to run a business – with efficiency and profits.”

CPS offers several strains of business, financial and marketing courses, applicable across industries, and to employees and employers alike. The Avitan series takes instruction one step further, with highly specialized courses that address what contractors face on the business side of the job. It’s this knowledge, says Avitan, that makes you money from your quality work.

“If you complete the entire series, you will learn how to build a solid and strong company. It’s like building a wall with all the bricks in place – it can withstand anything. So can a well-built and well-run company. We teach contractors how to do it,” he said.

Each course runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and costs $795 before tax. For information on KPU’s Avitan Series of Business Training for Contractors, visit: More on Avitan Business Resources is available at

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region since 1981, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts, science, design, health, trades and technology, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 19,000 students annually have a choice from over 124 programs, including bachelor’s degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates citations and apprenticeships. Learn more at


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