Day 1 – Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Seminars have been approved for educational credits with the following organizations:

  • AAA = Alberta Association of Architects
  • BOMI = BOMI Canada
  • IDCEC = Interior Design Continuing Education Council

To obtain educational credits, you will need to fill out available forms onsite and have them verified by conference staff.

Seminar Legend:

PM – Property Management
AD – Architecture & Design
CO – Construction & Renovation
PD – Professional Development
GR – Green

Tuesday, March 17 • 8:00am – 11:30am • $115

T01 – Project Management: Keys to Ensuring Project Success


[ AAA = 3.5 Structured; BOMI = 3.5 CPDs; IDCEC = 0.3 CEU; 3.5 HRS CAT A PM PDU ]

All organizations use projects as the way to translate strategies into actions and objectives into realities. Many companies are project-intensive – they live and breathe project management because they are in that kind of business, such as construction.

The construction industry calls for a unique type of project management, as many projects require large amounts of materials, physical tools and labour, and involve numerous and diverse stakeholders. Also, construction projects often affect—or are affected by—the environment. Business owners have much at stake in selecting a competent project manager and in providing her or him with the authority to assume responsibility at various stages of the project regardless of the types of contractual agreements for implementing the project. The ultimate test of the education and experience of a project manager for construction lies in her or his ability to apply fundamental principles to solving problems in the new and unfamiliar situations which have become the hallmarks of the changing environment in the construction industry.

You will learn:

  • The key fundamentals in how to properly initiate a project; define and validate project goals, requirements and objectives; people, process, and product management; quality planning and control; risk management; contract and procurement management; and manage performance, relationships and expectations.
  • The key responsibilities in project plan development; project plan execution and integrated change control;
  • The key elements of cost and schedule management;
  • The key elements of stakeholder relationships management and how to keep your team committed throughout the project will also be discussed. Handouts will be provided.

These keys are essential for building owner and manager; contractors, architects, engineers, and consultants that need to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies to help be effective project managers and team leaders. For professionals collecting continuing education credits, the two PM seminars led by Doug Land together qualify for 7 hours of PM accreditation for CEU hours (each 1/2 day session qualifies for 3.5 hours) under Category A PDUs.

Doug Land

Doug Land, Senior VP, Atocrates Project Management Group

Doug is an award winning Trainer, Coach and Consultant in the areas of Project Management; Communications; Contract Management and Organizational Effectiveness. His background includes training and consulting work with many private corporations in the U.S.A. and Canada; municipal, regional and provincial governments as well as many Aboriginal groups and organizations. He has extensive experience in Construction projects; Community Development projects; Business Development projects; Power Generation Plant Turnaround projects; Oil and Gas Industry; Real Estate Development.

He is the President and Founder of Lobstick Project Solutions Inc.; a training, coaching and consulting practice. He is also Program Director, Western Canada, of the Masters Certificate in Project Management, Schulich School of Business, York University and a member of the faculty.

Doug is also Senior VP and lead instructor with Atocrates Project Sciences International.

Doug recently published his first book; ‘The Power of the Plan – Empowering the Leader Within You’; co-written with David Barrett.

Tuesday, March 17 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

T02 – A Revolutionary Modern Method in Offsite Prefabrication and Site Assembly: Industrialized Construction Sites


[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs ]

How can the Construction industry keep up the pace? Increasingly, there is a need to balance a shrinking work force and a demand for greater safety and higher levels of quality, with the needs to remain on-time and on-budget.

The construction of a building is a very detailed process. To maintain budget, schedule and quality can be difficult, and some would say you can only ever really achieve two of the three.

By using an offsite philosophy to building construction you can achieve more with less, as all building projects can be broken down into components or assemblies. The industrialization of construction sites, where the construction worker becomes an assembler, will see benefits well beyond the planned ROI or the capital and resource investment.

Modern methods of construction are unique. This presentation will share lessons learned, innovative practices being used by modular manufacturers, and the benefits construction companies can realize today. Attendees will learn leading-edge strategies and technologies being used internationally, focusing on onsite methods using offsite assemblies and the advantages of modular versus traditional construction methods. There will be an opportunity for discussion with an interactive Q & A period.

Randy Ludwar

Randy Ludwar, Vice President Operations, Cormode & Dickson

Randy’s experience spans the three western provinces of Canada with over 30 years experience related to the construction industry. He has owned, operated and partnered in three private enterprises including a building consulting and construction management operations holding positions of CEO and President and has also led teams and operations in organizations such as the Modus Group of Companies and Dominion Construction.

He was a leading factor on a multitude of projects including the modular building supply to the Suncor Voyageur project in Fort McMurray, Alberta Infrastructure Relocatable Class Room program contract 6 and 7, Meg Energy Modular Control Building, Library at Edmonds Town Center in Burnaby, BC, Riverview Village Estates Seniors Housing Complex and 2 wind tower energy farms; 33 towers for Sask. Power and Sunbridge.

Randy holds multiple designations, an Engineering Technologist, is a recognized Gold Seal Estimator and Project Manager, and a Project Management Professional with a globally recognized PMP designation. Randy holds a class I building inspectors license and is a member of the Modular Building Institute.

Randy is an experienced Senior Executive Officer with an operations background and is currently the Vice President of Operations Cormode & Dickson Construction at head office in Edmonton.

Tuesday, March 17 • 8:30am – 10:00am • $45

T03 – Developer’s Round Table


[ AAA = 1.5 Structured; BOMI = 1.5 CPDs; IDCEC = 0.1 CEU ]

This presentation will provide an overview of proposed and existing development projects in the City and surrounding areas touching on different property sectors such as industrial, office, and retail projects. The speakers will discuss the market trends and major issues and successes they are facing. Please join the panel as they examine what opportunities and threats face the Edmonton real estate market and gain insight into the trends and issues affecting the Edmonton and surrounding markets.

Darryl McGavigan

John Croft

Brad Hoffman

Richard Knibbs

Ron Mosher

Shaun Wuschke

Darryl McGavigan, Associate Vice President, Colliers International

John Croft, President, Camrock Capital Partners
Brad Hoffman, Vice President, Panattoni Development Company
Richard Knibbs, Vice President, Remington Development Corporation
Ron Mosher, Vice President, Camgill Enterprises
Shaun Wuschke, Vice President, Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP

Darryl McGavigan: Upon graduating from The University of Alberta in 2005, Darryl has consistently been a strong performer in the Edmonton industrial market. Specifically focused on sale and lease transactions in Edmonton and the surrounding areas, with a particular specialty in industrial properties, Darryl provides clients seeking to purchase, build or lease warehouse space with a wealth of experience, knowledge and dedication.
Darryl joined Colliers in 2007 when the boutique Industrial firm he was with was bought and integrated into Colliers Edmonton. Service excellence, accountability and results best summarizes Darryl’s commitment to clients and the basis of his shared success with clients.

John Croft is a Co-Founder and President of Camrock Capital. He has been involved with commercial real estate since 1987 and has over 25 years of experience in commercial/ industrial real estate acquisition, leasing, management and sales. John’s current portfolio consists of over 60 commercial properties in both Canada and the U.S, and he is currently involved with more than 40 companies. John has a Bachelor of Arts, Economics from the University of Alberta.

Brad Hoffman: As Vice President Western Canada for Panattoni Development Company, Brad is responsible for carrying out all the aspects of a development project, including identifying value-add real estate opportunities, negotiating purchase and sale agreements, conducting due diligence, overseeing project marketing, project management, lease negotiations, and leveraging local relationships with contractors, consultants and municipal officials. To date Brad has been involved in over 500 acres of industrial land developments, and over 1,200,000 square feet of new build to suit and re-development projects ranging from 30,000 square feet to 400,000 square feet.

Richard Knibbs is responsible for directing the organization’s direction and growth in the greater Edmonton market. He works extensively with the real estate brokerage, tenant and investor communities to solve their real estate requirements. His track record includes design build; downtown office; suburban office; industrial; retail and land transactions. Richard has the proven ability to identify and solve real estate challenges that benefit a range of users and investors alike.

Ron Mosher: As senior vice-president of Camgill Enterprises Ltd., Ron oversees all aspects of construction and leasing, ensuring the development process is completed in a timely and efficient manner. He reviews new acquisition and development opportunities and is responsible for long-term client/developer relationships. He is the father of three wonderful children and is an avid skier who can be spotted behind a boat in the summer and on the slopes in the winter.

Shaun Wuschke is currently responsible for the overall management, operations and leasing of all Bentall’s commercial and industrial properties in Edmonton. Shaun joined Bentall Kennedy (Canada) LP as part of the acquisition of Beutel Goodman Real Estate Group and has been with the firm since 1999. During his tenure, he has been involved directly with leasing and development functions completing a number of significant transactions within the Western Region portfolio, in his previous role as Vice President, Leasing. Shaun is a graduate of The University of Regina (1986) with a Bachelor of Administration, specializing in Accounting/Finance. Shaun is a past president of BOMA Edmonton (2012) and board member for BOMA Canada (2013).