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October 2021 Virtual Session: Building a Culture of Innovation in AECO

  • Thursday, October 28, 2021
  • 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • Zoom

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This is an extraordinary time for innovation. Technological advancement seems to be accelerating in this virtual environment. How can you adopt these emerging new technologies in your projects and organizations? Join our panel of industry experts as they discuss creating a corporate culture that fosters and champions innovation; provide strategies for improving adoption of innovative technology; discuss how to use innovation as a strategic differentiator; and discuss what they think the future holds in this space. Join us on October 28th and bring your questions for our panelists.

Meet our Panelists:

Ali Seyedahmadian Senior Design Engineer, Eventscape NYC  

Ali Seyedahmadian is a senior design engineer at Eventscape A+D at their Long Island City facility in New York, where he leads the advanced manufacturing department. He holds a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Michigan and has worked primarily in custom fabrication for art, architecture and design. Prior to joining Eventscape, he was the project manager at Neoset Designs, a robotic fabrication studio specializing in art fabrication, and the co-director of the robotic and digital fabrication department at Quarra Stone Company, an industry leader in the digital and robotic fabrication of stone. Please visit Ali's LinkedIn profile for more information.

Chris Palmer Senior Manager, Advanced Technology Services, PCL Construction

Chris leads PCL Construction's Advanced Technology Services team, which includes oversight of Cybersecurity, Networking, and Technology Architecture and Solutions.  His team supports the strategic implementation and innovative advancement of information technology and security programs within the PCL family of companies. Please visit Chris' LinkedIn profile for more information.


Dr. Sheryl Staub-French Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean of EDI, UBC  

Sheryl is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Associate Dean of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) at the University of British Columbia (UBC). She is Director of the BIM TOPiCS Lab where she leads research to support the digital delivery of sustainable building projects through the collaborative use of building information modelling (BIM). She has contributed more than 100 papers in leading journals and conferences on BIM and topics related to the technological and organizational issues associated with its implementation. Please visit Sheryl's LinkedIn profile for more information.

Soojung Kim Design Technology Specialist, Innovation Office, Stantec 

Soo is a Design Technology Specialist at Stantec and is highly interested in improving design/delivery workflow efficiencies by leveraging design data with BIM technologies and computational design. She’s currently supporting the Buildings, Water, Environmental Services and Transportation groups by developing design automation/generation tools. Soo has a background in civil engineering and project/construction management, and her previous experiences include working as a construction manager and BIM manager. Please visit Soojung's LinkedIn profile for more information. 

Meet our Moderator:

Diana Popescu Director, Technology Strategy and Transformation, PwC 

Diana is a senior leader with PwC's Technology Strategy and Transformation practice who specializes in digital transformation. She has worked with organizations across the public sector, construction and financial sector to help build their digital roadmap and embrace new technologies to better serve their clients. Please visit Diana's LinkedIn profile for more information.

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