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December 14, 2011

Festive Season Reception

The Board of Directors would like to welcome you and a colleague to our final event of 2011 - our ever popular Festival Season Reception. This year our speaker is the thought-provoking and controversial Gordon Price. Gord will challenge us with the question - How is change being managed in long range planning? Or is it? At the End of the Road: How we got into a cul-de-sac, and how we get out.

Gordon Price is the Director of The City Program at Simon Fraser University. He sat for six terms as City Councillor in Vancouver, BC and also served on the Boards of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (Metro) and TransLink. He publishes an electronic magazine and blog on urban issues, with a focus on Vancouver, called "Price Tags" - and He has written several extensive essays on Vancouver and transportation issues - The Deceptive City, Local Politician's Guide to Urban Transportation - and in 2003, he received the Plan Canada Award for Article of the Year - "Land Use and Transportation: The View from '56" - from the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Cool jazz and a hot topic promises to make this event the highlight of your social season. This event is free but you must register. We look forward to celebrating the festive season with you.

November 24, 2011

YVR Capital Plan Taking Flight - The next 10 years

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Vancouver International Airport opened on Sea Island in 1931. Sixty years later, control of the airport was turned over to the Vancouver Airport Authority, the first airport diverted by Transport Canada. Since that time the Authority has undertaken to grow the airport as an economic engine for the Lower Mainland and for the province of BC. Prior to the 2010 Winter Olympics, YVR wrapped up a ten year $1.4 billion capital expansion program.

Now, after a year of planning, the Authority is set to embark on its next ten year plan, this time worth $1.8 billion. This presentation will cover some of the specifics of this progress.

Our speaker, John Lenahan, P. Eng., is Director, Engineering Projects at Vancouver Airport Authority (YVR). He joined the Airport Authority in 1995 and was appointed Manager, Transportation Planning in 2001, during which time he was YVR's representative on the Canada Line project. Since 2008 he has over-seen the implementation of YVR's Capital Plan. YVR is currently embarking on a new set of Capital Projects which will total $1.8 billion over the next 10 years. Prior to his time at YVR Mr. Lenahan worked in the consulting field in BC for 17 years. He has a degree in Civil Engineering from UBC.

October 20, 2011

The Construction of Social Media

Social media is revolutionizing the exchange between business, customers, suppliers and stakeholders. Online interactive channels enable a greater exchange of information and shared interest. Construction companies, engineering firms and management operations without a social media presence are now at risk. Without a social media plan, customers, suppliers and stakeholders make assumptions about your products, services, culture and practices. A social media strategy will enable companies to better manage their reputation, attract new employees and retain existing ones, learn new industry practices, source new business opportunities, exchange information, identify trends, test ideas, products or services, and share success stories.

You can't afford to miss this session - you will learn the benefits of social media, understand the big picture and learn where to start!!

Our speakers bring many years of experience. Charlene Krepiakevich is a senior marketing, communications and brand strategist with distinctive flare for developing and implementing pragmatic and functional, yet vision driven, strategies that build brands, business and reputations.

Graham Senft, BA, M.Urb., LEED(r) AP BD+C Graham is an Associate with Stantec's Vancouver based Sustainable Solutions team, and specializes in sustainability planning and green building consulting. He holds a graduate degree in sustainable urban development from Simon Fraser University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of British Columbia.

This event is generously sponsored by

September 29, 2011

Digging Deep - Mining Opportunities in BC

Activity in the mining industry is on the increase in the province and this means opportunities for the construction industry. To talk about these opportunities is Karina Briño, the new President and CEO of the Mining Association of BC. Learn about the Thompson Creek - Endako mine expansion, the Mount Milligan mine, Copper Mountain - the re-opening of Similkameen near Princeton, and the expansion of the Gibraltar mine and the effect of global markets on these local projects.

Prior to joining MABC Ms. Briño was BC's senior mining bureaucrat, having been appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Mines and Mineral Resources Division, in the Ministry of Energy and Mines in 2010. Ms. Briño joined the Ministry of Energy and Mines during development of the Province's BC Mining Plan, where she became responsible for the first cornerstone of the plan: Communities and First Nations. She then led the implementation of the entire Mining Plan, including implementation of initiatives to address skills shortages and training needs within the industry, and the creation of significant multi-agency partnerships between First Nations, industry, academia, and federal and provincial governments.

September 8, 2011

Under the Big Top: A Behind the Scenes Tour of BC Place

BC Place is undergoing a major revitalization that includes the installation of the largest cable-supported retractable roof of its kind in the world. Prior to the public opening in mid-September, members and guests of the BC Construction Roundtable have a unique opportunity for a behind the scenes tour of the facility to see up close the renovations including the construction of the retractable roof.

The retractable centre portion of the roof is the size of the playing field at BC Place, and made of flexible Tenara fabric. The outer permanently-fixed portion of the roof is made of PTFE Coated Fiberglass, and will cover all of the seating inside BC Place in all weather conditions.

Each mast is 50 metres in length and weighs approximately 240 tonnes. All of them were assembled inside the stadium and then lifted into position by a crane over the past few months.

Upon re-opening in the fall of 2011, BC Place will be the new home for the Vancouver Whitecaps MLS franchise, will continue to be home to the BC Lions Football Club, and will host the CFL Grey Cup in 2011, the 2011 Vanier Cup, plus many other exhibitions, and community and entertainment events.

July 13, 2011

Ports and Starboards: Cruising Burrard Inlet

What is happening at the Vancouver Port? The BCCR Board of Directors would like to welcome aboard members and guests of the Construction Roundtable on a cruise up Burrard Inlet for a unique view of Vancouver's working waterfront while dining on West Coast Salmon.

Port Metro Vancouver (PMV) is Canada's largest and North America's most diversified port, trading $75 billion in goods with more than 160 trading economies annually. PMV activities generate 129,500 total jobs across Canada, $10.5 billion in GDP and $22 billion in economic output. PMV also ranks No.1 among all North American ports for total foreign exports, with Asia-Pacific trade representing 88 % of its total international tonnage in 2008. PMV is currently planning several infrastructure improvement projects to improve transportation access and reliability for businesses operating within the Port.

As we cruise the azure waters of Burrard Inlet, our guest speaker, Dennis Bickel, Director, Trade Areas Planning and Development at Port Metro Vancouver, will describe some of the future and current projects being undertaken by PMV.

Register early! Space on the Pride of Vancouver is limited!

This event is generously sponsored by

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Just wanted to say... Thanks for hosting such a fantastic cruise. The port presentation was informative, the new people I met were interesting, and the food was delicious!

Gwenda Davies

June 23, 2011

Shaken not Stirred! How will the Lower Mainland Survive an Earthquake?


  1. Full Presentation
  2. BC's Earthquake Potential
  3. Introduction
  4. Lindsay Olson Presentation
  5. Garry Rogers Presentation
  6. Break Slides
  7. Mike Andrews Presentation
  8. Heidi Sieck Presentation
  9. Carlos Ventura Closing Remarks

Thanks to BCCR and Glotman Simpson for organizing this high level professional seminar. It was very informative and beneficial to us at the municipal front line.
Al Karimabadi, PEng
District of North Vancouver

What would be the outcome if an earthquake happened here? Join us for this half day session on earthquakes and what the construction industry needs to know. We will hear from the experts on seismicity in coastal British Columbia, the different types of earthquakes we can expect, earthquake effects upon buildings and infrastructure, building code objectives for building performance in earthquakes, insurance aspects, effects of earthquakes on economies, and emergency planning.

What are the expectations of damage and possible budgets for repairs following an earthquake and the challenges for the industry to respond to such a disaster?

Using examples from Chile, Haiti, Christchurch, Northridge and Japan the presenters will talk about their experiences and offer advice to the construction industry.

Speakers to include:
Heidi Sieck, City and County of San Francisco
Garry Rogers, Geological Survey of Canada, Pacific Geoscience Centre
Lindsay Olson, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Mike Andrews, Emergency Management British Columbia
Carlos Ventura, UBC Dept. of Civil Engineering
Rob Simpson, Glotman Simpson Structural Engineers

AIBC-Accredited activity for 3.5 core learning units.

This seminar is generously sponsored by

May 19, 2011

Moving to Green: Opportunities in BC for Renewable Energy Projects

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The move to green energy is gaining momentum in B.C. spurred by the Clean Energy Act of 2010. The government and utilities are providing incentives and opportunities for the private sector to develop new generation facilities using small hydro, wind power, biomass and other sources of renewable green energy.

Clean Energy BC is an association dedicated to promoting clean energy solutions in British Columbia. Paul Kariya is the executive director of Clean Energy BC and will provide us with a broad perspective of where Clean Energy is going in the province and how this translates to opportunities for the design and construction industry.

Paul Kariya is Executive Director of Clean Energy BC (formerly the Independent Power Producers Association of BC). Prior to this he worked at the Pacific Salmon Foundation and Fisheries Renewal BC. Between 2005 - 2010 Paul was a Commissioner representing Canada on the Pacific Salmon Commission.

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April 14, 2011

What's new at BC Hydro?

BC Hydro is embarking on several new programs that will provide opportunities for the construction industry. Dan Olsen, Chief Procurement Officer for BC Hydro, will address Supplier Relations and the Supplier Engagement program that includes a series of initiatives focused on improving how BC Hydro works with their supplier community. In addition, he will provide information on BC Hydro's recently announced major capital program which spans the next 3 years.

Dan Olsen has been in the role of Chief Procurement Officer for BC Hydro since April of 2010. In this capacity, Dan provides center-led leadership of Procurement services across BC Hydro.

This event is generously sponsored by

March 31, 2011

Annual General Meeting
What is in store at Partnerships BC?

Since 2002, Partnerships BC has been responsible for bringing together ministries, agencies and the private sector to develop projects and deliver much needed infrastructure for British Columbia. Today, Partnerships BC continues to apply lessons learned and commercial skills to planning, procurement and implementation of capital projects. Our speaker, Sarah Clark, President & CEO, will speak about Partnerships BC's evolution, review successes to date, touch on current projects, and talk about what's in the pipeline. She will discuss new areas of future opportunities for those working in the construction industry.

Sarah Clark was appointed CEO of Partnerships British Columbia in October 2010. Previously, Ms. Clark served as Vice President, Partnership Development and Delivery, of Partnerships BC. Ms. Clark has extensive project management experience in both the public and private sectors, including the structuring of public private partnership contracts and teams. She has participated on procurement teams for some of B.C.'s largest public private partnership projects. Prior to joining Partnerships BC, Ms. Clark worked for Bombardier Transportation where responsibilities included proposals for public private partnership projects and project management of rapid transit projects, both locally and internationally.


11:45 - 12:00 - Registration/Cash Bar
12:00 - 12:15 - Business Meeting
12:15 - 12:45 - Lunch
12:45 - 1:30 - Presentation by Guest Speaker

Students Thomas Song, BCIT (left) and Steve DeVries, Kwantlen University receiving their bursaries. Both are accompanied by Roger Woodhead.
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February 17, 2011

The Greenest City Initiative

"We will be the greenest city in the world by 2020".
Mayor Gregor Robertson.

These are ambitious goals. What will make Vancouver the greenest, most sustainable city in the world? And how will this be achieved in nine short years? What are some of the sustainable initiatives being implemented? Is there more to being green than bike lanes and parks?

Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager for the City of Vancouver, will discuss the City's Greenest City plan and outline potential implications and opportunities for the construction industry.

Our speaker, Sadhu Johnston, is a expert in going green. Prior to moving into his position at the City of Vancouver he served as Environmental Officer for the City of Chicago. In his current position he contributes to the overall management of the city, overseeing the environmental, emergency and economic development areas within the City Manager's office.

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January 20, 2011

Economic Trends - Back to the Future?

What is the economic forecast for 2011? And how will the economic climate impact the construction industry? Start off the new year with an update on economic trends and developments in the US, Canadian, and BC economies. The BC economy is examined in greater detail to reveal varying industry and sector performances. Forecasts of the macro economy for 2011 to 2013 will be presented.

The construction industry is buffeted by numerous forces and events sometimes in synch and other times opposing all contributing to the industry's ups and downs. Some of these forces and developments will be examined culminating in a forecast of construction activity.

Helmut Pastrick is Chief Economist for Central 1 Credit Union, the new umbrella organization for the credit union systems in British Columbia and Ontario. He and the Economics department provide a variety of economic analysis and forecast services to credit unions in BC and Ontario. Economic information is provided to the public in a number of department reports.

Prior to joining the Credit Union Central of BC in 1997, he spent many years with the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation in BC responsible for analyzing and forecasting the provincial housing market and economy.

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