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ELG Speaker Series II: The Journey to Leadership

  • Tuesday, October 24, 2023
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • Creekside Community Recreation Centre - Multipurpose Room 4, 1 Athletes Way Vancouver BC V5Y 0B1
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We invite you to join us on Tuesday, October 24th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for this year's second BCCR - ELG Speakers Series event. This session will bring together Emerging Leaders (those with ~8-10 years of experience in the construction industry) for an in-person evening of networking and inspiration. You will get an opportunity to learn from a panel of some of Vancouver's most influential senior construction and professional leaders and exclusive access to meet them during the small-group speed networking.

The panel will include Charlotte Olson from VFPA, Krystal Smith from Scott Construction, and Lasse Gustavsson, CEO of Ocean Wise. Adam Person from Ledcor will moderate the panel discussion.

The Speaker Series event will feature an introductory discussion with our panel of speakers, followed by a speed networking session with the speakers, who will answer questions from attendees in a small-group format. The session will conclude with informal networking between all attendees.

What you can expect from this event:

Stories from industry leaders relating to their journey to leadership – key actions that helped them to succeed, challenges they faced along the way and advice for emerging leaders on how to take the next steps in their careers.

Lasse Gustavsson is an international environmentalist championing nature conservation and sustainable development worldwide. With decades of international executive leadership experience from Greenpeace International, WWF Sweden, WWF International, and Oceana, he now leads Ocean Wise, an ocean conservation group with global ambitions based in Vancouver, Canada. Lasse studied International Relations, Development Science, and Human Ecology at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and received his Executive Education at the IMD Business School in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Krystal Smith - Director of Business Development - Scott Construction Group: Krystal coordinates the growth strategy and drives business development initiatives at Scott Construction Group by cultivating enduring relationships with clients and industry associates across Canada. With over 12 years of industry experience, Krystal has had leadership roles at prominent construction companies, including Bird Construction and Stuart Olson Inc. Krystal is an avid learner. Recently completing her Executive Master of Business Administration, she combines her academic insights and professional expertise to ensure Scott’s robust presence in the commercial, institutional, and residential sectors.

Charlotte Olson is the Director of Infrastructure Delivery at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Canada’s largest port. Charlotte is responsible for providing strategic leadership to a portion of the port authority’s Infrastructure Delivery Program, including the front-end planning approvals, procurement and construction of infrastructure projects, and forwarding related initiatives, including liaising with partner agencies, Indigenous groups and stakeholders to ensure successful program outcomes. Charlotte has ~20 years of experience and joined the port authority in 2014. She has led teams through all aspects of capital project planning and delivery for the past nine years. Charlotte holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University Schulich School of Business and a Bachelor of Science with a major in Geology from Simon Fraser University.


Adam Person, P. Eng is the Senior Project Manager with Ledcor Infrastructure, experienced with civil infrastructure projects under traditional, alternative and Alliance delivery models, including Sea to Sky Highway (S2S), Port Mann/Highway 1 (PMH1), South Fraser Perimeter Road (SFPR), Southwest Calgary Ring Road (SWCRR) and most recently, served as the Project Director for the Highway 91/17 Upgrade Project.

Thank you Gear Equipment for sponsoring this event.

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