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Roger Woodhead 2015 Recipient of the Alan Russell Award

Roger Woodhead, past director of the BC Construction Roundtable, has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the Alan Russell Award.  He was nominated and selected for the award in recognition of his significant and lasting impact on the Canadian Construction Engineering and Management community, and the Division would like to enthusiastically acknowledge these achievements and contributions.

About The Award

The Alan Russell Award was established at the 2013 CSCE Construction Conference in Montreal, where Alan gave the inaugurated award lecture.

The CSCE Construction Division Alan D. Russell Keynote Address

During each CSCE Construction Specialty Conference, the Keynote address shall be known as the “Alan D. Russell Keynote Address”. The speaker selected for the keynote shall be acknowledged as having received the honour (award) of providing the address and recognized with a certificate for contributions in the spirit of the person for whom the award is named.


Alan D. Russell is a true pioneer in Construction Engineering and Management education and research in Canada and has made a significant and lasting impact on the whole of this community. Early in his career, he established two construction engineering programs at Canadian Universities. Through his skills as an educator, he has increased the capabilities of many, including a number of the industry’s leading practitioners and researchers. His innovative research directions coupled with a comprehensive and tenacious approach have provided great insight to the problems of the industry and broadened our thinking in developing solutions. His dedication and service in many ways to the Canadian construction community has been unwavering and serves as an inspiration to us all.

Upon his retirement, Dr. Russell was requested and agreed to share his unique insight as the Keynote speaker for the CSCE International Construction Specialty Conference. This CSCE honour is established to recognize a lifetime of significant achievements and contributions, and to ensure that there is an on-going forum for those that follow to fulfill their duty to share perspectives on the past, present and future state of the industry.

About The Conference

The ISCE International Construction Specialty Conference will be held June 8, 9, and 10 at UBC.


APEGBC Tri-City Branch Vice President’s Dinner and Evergreen Line Project Update

Join APEGBC for their annual Dinner with keynote speaker David Chang, P.Eng., Associate Project Director – Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project, Province of British Columbia. David Chang will give a technical overview on the construction. APEGBC Vice President Dr. Michael Wrinch will give an update on APEGBC Council and other APEGBC initiatives. Ample time will be provided for questions on the speakers’ topics.

The Evergreen Line is a new rapid SkyTrain service, connecting Coquitlam City Centre via Port Moody to Burnaby without transfer at Lougheed Town Centre. Service is expected to open in the Fall of 2016. Construction plans include elevated guideways and tunnel boring. Once open, Metro Vancouver’s SkyTrain system will become the longest automated rapid transit system in Canada.

April 21, 2015

6:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Registration and networking
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM – Buffet Dinner and Presentations

Executive Plaza Hotel & Conference Centre
405 North Rd, Coquitlam, BC

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Michael Wrinch, Ph.D., P.Eng., FEC
Vice President, APEGBC

Dr. Wrinch is the Principal at Hedgehog Technologies Inc., a company which specializes in project management and system design of high-energy control, manufacturing and AMR type metering systems. Dr. Wrinch also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of British Columbia.

A longtime volunteer with APEGBC, Dr. Wrinch has served on the Professional Renewal Task Force, as a member of the Vancouver Branch Executive, and the Governance Committee. He also served as a member of APEGBC Council from 2008- 2010 and from 2011-2013.

David Chang, P.Eng.
Associate Project Director – Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project
Province of British Columbia

David Chang has been in transportation engineering and project management for the past 30 years in both the private and public sectors. Presently he is the Associate Project Director for the Evergreen Line Rapid Transit Project. Since graduated from the University of British Columbia in Civil Engineering, he has been involved in the successful delivery of a number of major transportation infrastructure projects, including award-winning projects such as the Lions Gate Bridge Reconstruction and the Sea to Sky Highway Improvement Project.


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


Congratulations to National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in P3s Recipients

The Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships (CCPPP) presented the 2014 recipients of the National Awards for Innovation and Excellence in Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) on November 3rd at their annual conference. Visit Site →

Three out of the six projects that received awards were from BC:

  • BC Hydro’s John Hart Generating Station Replacement Project (Project Financing)
  • North Island Hospitals Project (Infrastructure Sustainability Award)
  • South Fraser Perimeter Road (Infrastructure Award)

Congratulations to Canadian Consulting Engineering Award Recipients

Association of Consulting Engineering Companies – Canada (ACEC) and Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine recognized 21 consulting engineering firms across Canada for their work on complex engineering projects that enrich Canadian society, the economy and the environment. Visit Site →

Awards of Excellence were presented to the following firms for their work on BC projects:

  • Hatch Mott MacDonald and MMM Group (H5M joint venture)
    Port Mann/Highway 1 Improvement Project – Onshore Works, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • WSP Canada Inc.
    Mount Pleasant Substation, Vancouver, British Columbia
  • Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.
    Heat-Seeking Sewer Model, Vancouver, British Columbia

In the Media: November 3, 2014

TransCanada’s $4b pipeline gets B.C. environmental assessment certificate: TransCanada Corporation says that the British Columbia Environmental Assessment Office has issued an environmental assessment certificate for the $4-billion Coastal GasLink pipeline project. Continue Reading →

Orphaned owl trio discovered in piece of old Port Mann Bridge: Three barn owls are getting a second chance after they were found in a piece of the old Port Mann Bridge, which is being dismantled. Continue Reading →

Sinkhole forms above Evergreen Line tunnel boring site in Port Moody: Some Port Moody residents got a big surprise this afternoon when a sinkhole developed in their parking lot. Continue Reading →

BG Group to delay planned B.C. LNG terminal: British oil and gas producer BG Group PLC says it will be the next decade before it goes ahead with a liquefied natural-gas export terminal in Prince Rupert. Continue Reading →

LRT Funding for Surrey Takes Significant Step Forward: The City of Surrey has taken a positive step forward in securing federal funding for Light Rapid Transit. The City’s application to the P3 Canada Fund has been granted “screened in” status. Continue Reading →

B.C. Hydro’s power transmission upgrade behind schedule: B.C. Hydro’s largest transmission system upgrade in three decades, a $725-million project to bring new power capacity to Metro Vancouver, is behind schedule and the cost of the “fixed price” contract is in dispute. Continue Reading →

Peace River landowners go to court to halt Site C dam: Peace River landowners announced Wednesday they are going to court to stop B.C. Hydro’s Site C dam in northeast B.C. on the grounds the provincial and federal governments have not considered a Joint Review Panel’s concerns over the need for the $7.9-billion hydroelectric megaproject. Continue Reading →

Two big things stand in the way of B.C. Hydro’s Site C: B.C. Hydro has already spent a third of a billion dollars laying the groundwork for the Site C dam. Now, the Crown corporation wants to start, by mid-January, to clear the way for the massive infrastructure project it has been trying to build for 35 years. Continue Reading →

Ready for my close-up… EarthCam transforms construction projects: New Jersey-based EarthCam has come a long way since 1996, when it primarily provided world city webcam feeds as Internet entertainment. Today, it provides a host of offerings, including webcam technology for construction projects. Continue Reading →

Building blocks for B.C. big house: Two dozen workers in East Spokane are building more than 200 prefabricated prison cells that will be shipped by truck to Oliver, British Columbia, as components of a new corrections center there. Continue Reading →


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


Media contact:
Hayley Woodin
Media Specialist, KPU
t: 604.599.2883
c: 604.364.1288

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