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December 5, 2013

Festive Season Reception

It's that time of year when members and guests are invited to join the Board of Directors of the BC Construction Roundtable for a celebration of the festive season and another year of exciting programing and events. This year we have something special for you at the Festive Season Reception. Anyone can eat and drink. But how many of you are prepared to show off your knowledge of built Vancouver?

John Atkin (, local historian, will take you on a walking tour of Vancouver through images of prominent landmarks. But here's the challenge - you have to identify the images from a detail on the building. How well do you know your city? Well, here's a chance to learn a bit more about the city's architectural legacy and be rewarded for your efforts.

John is a civic historian, writer and walking tour guide who brings an insight of urban planning and development, a love of architecture, and the fascination of the curious to his work. He has published five books about Vancouver. His most recent publication is Changing City [2010] written with Andy Coupland. John also wrote the Chinatown Lighting Strategy [2008], the City of Vancouver's successful nomination for the Lee Kuan Yee World City Prize [2011] and the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation [2012]. His on-going research project is the origin and creation of the myth of Chinatown Tunnels in North America.

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November 21, 2013

Confederation Line - Moving Ottawa's Population Faster

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With the City of Ottawa's population expected to grow 30% by 2031, transit capacity is already near or at capacity in the downtown core. The Confederation Line will transform Ottawa, creating new possibilities for its communities, moving residents faster and more comfortably, and providing the City with a world-class Light Rail Transit (LRT) system. The Confederation Line is the largest infrastructure project in the City's history and implements the light rail elements of the first phase of the City's 2008 Transportation Master Plan (TMP). It is also designed for long-term affordability and energy efficiency.

The Confederation Line will run 12.5 kilometres across the city from west to east and will feature a 2.5 kilometre tunnel, which will pass underneath Ottawa's busy downtown core. Construction of the Confederation Line began in spring 2013 and is scheduled to be completed for Revenue Service in May 2018. The line will have 13 stations and will be built primarily in the city's existing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network. The Alstom CITADIS has been chosen as the vehicle for the Confederation Line and will be assembled, maintained and stored in Ottawa at a new Maintenance and Storage Facility (MSF).

This $2.1 billion LRT project is being built through a public-private partnership (P3), using the alternative financing and procurement (AFP) model, between the City of Ottawa and Rideau Transit Group (RTG). Financial commitments also come from the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario.

Our speaker, Roger Woodhead, is Design Manager for the RTGE Joint Venture.

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October 24, 2013

LNG Prince Rupert - The next boom or bust for BC?

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Pacific Northwest LNG is a proposed natural gas liquefaction and export facility on Lelu Island within the District of Port Edward, on land administered by the Prince Rupert Port Authority. The proposed facility is a $9 billion to $11 billion investment to liquefy and export BC natural gas, delivering significant economic and social benefits to local communities and First Nations in British Columbia. Natural gas will be supplied to Pacific Northwest LNG by Progress Energy Canada Ltd; both companies are owned by Petronas.

Is the development of LNG markets a chance to bring economic development into the north? Our speaker, Gerry Fraser, will give us some basics on LNG then talk about the project in Prince Rupert and his role in obtaining a successful environmental assessment from Canada and BC, assisting the engineering teams with their various investigations by coordinating permits with local regulatory agencies and service providers, and engaging with First Nations to gain their support for the project. He will then talk about Petronas and the procurement process.

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September 25, 2013

BCCR Second Annual Golf Event

Last year's BCCR golf tournament was so popular, we are organizing the second annual BCCR Golf Event. Summer will still be around so come out with some friends, clients and colleagues and try winning $5000 for a hole-in-one. There will be other fantastic prizes for 'closest to the pin' and 'fewest putts'. Format is a "texas scramble", or best ball play, so anyone can play.

Tee Times: The first tee time is 12:30 pm. There are only 40 spots that will be filled on a first come first served basis.

Hole in One: Your chance to win $5000! There will also be refreshments at the hole. And you will have the chance to win a trip for two to the Augusta Master Golf Tournament.

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Beer and Bubbly: As you come off the 18th hole you are invited to a reception sponsored by Borden Ladner Gervais.

BBQ Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:45 pm. If your spouse or partner, client or friend don't golf, invite them to join the group for dinner.

Promote your company, business or project with a donation of a door prize. Contact to arrange.

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July 25, 2013

It's All in the Eye of the Beholder - Inside a Wind Turbine

Have you ever wanted to see inside a windmill? Now is your chance. This year the BC Construction Roundtable is taking a trip up Grouse Mountain for a tour of the wind turbine. The Eye of the Wind on Grouse Mountain is the world's first and only wind turbine that allows you to stand in a clear glass viewPOD at the top of the tower, three metres from its massive, rotating blades. Take in 360-degree views of the north shore mountains and the lower mainland as you come face to face with the future of responsible energy. The turbine has the capacity to generate 1.5 megawatts of power, roughly enough electricity to power about 400 homes, and rises 65 metres from its base to the top of the tower. The electricity generated pushes power into the ski resort and is expected to offset a quarter of the energy consumed by the resort. The windmill is intended to symbolize the potential of alternative energy sources in B.C.

Take the view with you to the picturesque Timber Room where you can drink in the vista sipping on your favourite beverage and dine on sumptuous seasonal fare. Everyone is welcome at our summer socials so bring your colleagues and partners. Come early to take advantage of a guided tour of the windmill

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June 20, 2013

We're Not Just in Quebec Anymore! - The Challenges of Working Globally

As Canadian companies pursue large local and global opportunities there are unique risks that must be dealt with. For instance, what happens if an employee is kidnapped, what are the benefits of using local resources and what are some of the insurance challenges? What about graft, security, commoditization of construction services, unusual laws? These and other issues witllbe discussed in this session on the risk side of the consulting business. Our speaker, Francois Morton, is with GENIVAR\WSP and he will address some of the strategies for large project pursuits at home and abroad.

You will get a bird's eye view of how and what level of detail goes into deciding to pursue a project and what resources are relied on, how long it takes, the cost, and how much due diligence is done at each stage of pursuit.

Francois Morton is a Senior Vice President for GENIVAR\WSP and the Chair of the Opportunity Risk Review Board (ORRB). He will talk about GENIVAR\WSP experiences in changing from a local to a global company.

May 23, 2013

What's Vancouver Planning Next?

The City of Vancouver is entering a new phase of development - from an increasingly integrated transportation system including a possible rapid transit line to UBC, to an expanded cycling road network. From laneway housing to increased density around transit hubs. And how do these planning initiatives satisfy the City's goal for sustainable zoning? The new General Manager of Planning and Development Services will explain the upcoming transformation of the Planning Department. This restructuring is forward-thinking and involves changes to both physical location and improvements to service. The end result will be time saving, efficient and improved accessibility for all agencies who work with Planning staff at the City of Vancouver.

Brian Jackson, MCIP, has recently joined the City of Vancouver as the General Manager of Planning and Development Services. Brian has been a practicing urban planner for 32 years, working in both the public and private sectors, in policy and current planning, in three jurisdictions across North America: British Columbia, Ontario and California. Career highlights include: managing the planning and development of Toronto's waterfront, leading a study of transit-oriented development, rapid bus and LRT transit initiatives to create a vision for sustainable development around proposed transit stations and most recently, Director of Development for the City of Richmond.

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April 18, 2013

Non-Combat Ship Building Program

What projects are coming ashore in North Vancouver? Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyard was selected to build the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS) program's non-combat vessels, as part of a $33 billion, 20-year federal shipbuilding program.

Seaspan will invest approximately $200 million in shipyard infrastructure to deliver outstanding value to the Federal Government and efficiently build these new Non-Combat ships.

Tony Matergio, Vice President and General Manager of Lower Mainland Seaspan Shipyards, will provide us with an update on National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy and its impact on West Coast Shipbuilding including an update on facilities modernization and Seaspan's Vancouver Shipyard.

Tony Matergio, joined Seaspon Marine Corporation in 2005 as Manager, Process Improvement, and was promoted to Vice President and General Manager, Vancouver Drydock Company Ltd. in 2006. He took on leadership of both shipyards, Vancouver Shipyards Co. Ltd. and Vancouver Drydock Company Ltd. as Vice President and General Manager Lower Mainland Seaspan Shipyards in 2010.

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March 12, 2013

Annual General Meeting - When the Earth Moves!

The coast of British Columbia has experienced earth quake activity in the last year from a 7.2 in Haida Gwaii to smaller tremours on Vancouver Island and in the Lower Mainland. Is this the start of something bigger? Can seismologists predict when the 'big one' will happen? And how can we prepare ourselves? Who better to ask than the host of CBC's Quirks & Quarks Bob McDonald. Bob has been reporting on activity from his home in British Columbia. He has experienced first-hand the earth moving.

Bob McDonald has been communicating science internationally through television, radio, print and live presentations for more than 30 years. He is the host of CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks, the award-winning science program with a national audience of nearly 500,000 people. He is also a regular reporter for CBC Television's The National as well as Gemini winning host and writer of the children's series Head's Up. Bob has also published many articles and columns and has authored several books. His latest book is Measuring the Earth With a Stick. He wrote the introduction to The Quirks & Quarks Question book and the Guide to Space: 42 Questions (and Answers) About Life, the Universe, and Everything. McDonald has been honoured for his outstanding contribution to the promotion of science in Canada as the recipient of the Michael Smith Award from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Sir Sanford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute and the McNeil Medal from The Royal Society of Canada. He was recently appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada.

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February 21, 2013

Waste Not Want Not - Converting Wastewater to Energy

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What is the status of the $800 million Core Area Wastewater Treatment Program for the Capital Region in Victoria? Jack Hull, the Interim Program Director for the project, will explain the three major components including:

  • A $108M mega litre secondary sewage treatment facility with marine outfall
  • a sludge digestion facility with biogas and struvite (phosphorus) recovery
  • conveyance infrastructure including pump station construction and upgrades, as well as several force mains.

Conventional (DBB) and alternative procurement methodologies (DB,DBFO) will be employed to procure the facilities and infrastructure.

Mr. Hull holds an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the Queen's University of Belfast and a MBA from the in University of Alberta. During his 40 year career he has worked in construction, consulting engineering, corporate banking and utility management specializing in the design and management of water supply and treatment systems in both the private and public sectors. For the past twenty years he has held senior management positions in the public sector with responsibility for all aspects of the management of water supply, treatment and distribution.

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January 17, 2013

Taking the Pulse of the Construction Industry

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What is the impact of shifting global economies on human resources and how will this impact the construction industry in British Columbia? Keith Sashaw, President of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association, will talk about the economic health of the construction industry in BC and Canada, and where it is headed in 2013. This will be one of Keith's final presentations in his capacity as President of the VRCA.

With more than 700 members, VRCA is British Columbia's largest and most inclusive regional construction association, representing union and non-union, general and trade contracting companies, manufacturers, suppliers and other professionals throughout the Lower Mainland from Hope to Whistler.

Don't miss this diagnosis of the health of the construction industry from one of the experts. We look forward to seeing you at the first breakfast session of 2013.