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October 18 & 19, 2023
Calgary Telus Convention Centre


Extended programming and free to attend educational sessions, product demonstrations and Keynote discussions on the BUILDEX Tradeshow Floor and Conference Level. Sessions will be updated regularly so check back often for updates!


W12: Cross-Industry Keynote: Rivers District Master Plan- Revitalizing Calgary’s Future

Wednesday, October 18
10:15AM – 11:15AM

Envisioned as Calgary’s Culture + Entertainment District, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and the Calgary Stampede’s 20-year vision for east Victoria Park calls for a mixed-use community that will be home to 8,000 new residents and 4 million square feet of new mixed use development space. The Rivers District Master Plan has been designed to be flexible enough to imagine and integrate modernized amenities like an expanded BMO Centre, a revitalized Victoria Park/Stampede LRT station, a new Stampede Trail retail corridor and a future event centre, among others. As development progresses, the plan and community will accommodate and support a variety of entertainment and cultural amenities and will support the revitalization of Calgary’s downtown.


Kate Thompson, President & CEO, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation

Jim Laurendeau, Vice President, Park Development & Operations, Calgary Stampede

W13: Property Management Keynote: What Do Tenants’ Really Want & Why?

Wednesday, October 18
11:45AM – 12:45PM

Presenting Partner: BOMA Calgary

In this seminar, the panelists will examine what changes commercial property managers should implement for the biggest impact on increasing occupancy in office buildings. These strategies may include amenities that tenants are seeking, building presentation and positioning, and property management process and communication. This seminar will also address how commercial leasing impacts all areas of the real estate sector.


Laurel Edwards, Senior Vice President, Valuation and Property Tax Services, Avison Young

Adam Hayes, Principal, Occupier Services, Avison Young

Ryan Handley, Vice President, Office Leasing , Brookfield Properties

Candace Clark, Senior Director, Property Management, Triovest

W21:Understanding & Navigating Transformation in the Public Sector: Sustainable & Social Procurement Practices

Wednesday, October 18
1:00PM- 2:00PM

Presenting Partners: Alberta Construction Association, Edmonton Construction Association and Calgary Construction Association

Across the country, from all three levels of Government to non-government institutions, sustainable and social procurement practices are being adopted, with suppliers of all sizes required to integrate economic, quality, environmental, and social value considerations into their proposals for goods, services, or construction projects. This seminar sets out to examine the Social Procurement Standards introduced by the City of Calgary and Sustainable Procurement Policy from the City of Edmonton, before studying related policies currently transforming procurement practices for the building and construction industry.

W29: Architecture Keynote: Glenbow Museum Revitalization: Showcasing Calgary as an Emerging Architectural Leader

Wednesday, October 18
2:30PM- 3:30PM

The reimagined Glenbow Museum will be a people-centered place that celebrates community vibrancy, while elevating Calgary on the global stage of design, architecture, and renewal.

This Keynote will focus on preliminary concepts and design development strategies as well as the ongoing construction process both interior and exterior of the existing building. The presentation will showcase the idiosyncrasies that make Glenbow so unique and how the design will work to celebrate such characteristics throughout its transformation. The speakers will also explore Glenbow’s unique envelope design and how energy targets were met while using an existing concrete structure.  Finally, attendees will gain insights on the project team’s innovative approach to achieving the project design, the advanced products and technologies used on the building envelopes, as well as key lessons learned during the project.


Connor Hayduk, Director of Creative, Heavy

Kyle Auch, Associate, Architect, DIALOG

T09: Interior Design Keynote: Designing Resilience: Thriving in the Creative World of Interior Design

Thursday, October 19
10:15AM- 11:15AM

Presenting Partner: Interior Designers of Alberta

If you find yourself completing projects at midnight, meeting tight deadlines, and managing unrealistic expectations, know that you are not alone. The demanding nature of creative work, combined with the pressure to consistently produce high-quality output, can lead to stress and burnout. It should come as no surprise that employee burnout is on the rise in the interior design industry and that may hold back creativity.

This seminar will shed light on an often-overlooked issue: burnout in the interior design industry. Attendees joining this seminar will gain information and insights to acquire a comprehensive understanding of what burnout is and how to prevent it. The speakers will explore the unique challenges faced by interior designers, the underlying causes of burnout in this creative profession, and practical strategies to overcome and prevent it. By the end of this seminar, attendees will be equipped with practical tools and insights to advocate for healthier work environments within their industry, which will ultimately help with fostering a culture of well-being and sustainable creativity.


Laura Lee Ross, Workplace Specialist, A&D Market Manager (Southern Alberta), Teknion

Dr. Joan Hillson, Registered Psychologist, HEAL Psychology

T16: Construction Keynote: Highlighting New Policies, Strategies, and Approaches for Attracting & Retaining Construction Talent in Today’s Highly Competitive Labour Market

Thursday, October 19
11:45AM- 12:45PM

 Details to be announced!


D02: Home Automation & Energy Management in One App (Schneider Electric Canada Inc.)

Wednesday, October 18
11:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Sponsor: Schneider Electric

Join this presentation to learn more about Schneider Electric’s vision of the prosumer market outlook in Canada. The speaker will share, and attendees will learn:
• How to visualize, automate, and personalize energy production and consumption
• The benefits of managing energy bills and rate plans to help minimize costs
• Strategies for maximizing resiliency by enabling customers control loads and manage battery charge and discharge
• How to optimize EV charging based on solar output, tariff, and electrical panel rating


Eric Nikolaishvili, Offer Marketing Manager, Schneider Electric Canada Inc.

D04: Real-Time Energy Management: Ecopilot for HVAC in Action (Ecopilot)

Wednesday, October 18
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Sponsor: Ecopilot

With rising energy costs and tighter energy efficiency standards, the world is looking for solutions to reduce operating costs, reduce impacts on the environment, all while maintaining building comfort. Traditional building automation systems (BAS) have been around for decades. However, these traditional control systems typically don’t account for variables such as thermal mass, weather, or internal loads, which can have a varying effect on comfort and energy use.

Ecopilot® is AI for existing Building Management Systems that uses predictive weather, internal temperature, and a buildings’ thermodynamic properties to re-commission a building every 2-minutes, garnering average annual HVAC savings of 25%. In this seminar, the presenter will take attendees live into one of the 1,200 buildings utilizing Ecopilot®’s technology that can reduce complaints, costs, and carbon. Attendees will learn how Ecopilot® can harness the thermodynamics of a building by using weather forecasting and real time data to optimize HVAC efficiency and how Ecopilot® data can be used as a powerful diagnostic tool to support long-term maintenance plans. The presenter will share the details of how attendees can obtain a free building assessment and an exclusive guaranteed energy savings offer.


Nick Kendrick, Head of Business Development, Ecopilot AI

D05: The Path to Net-Zero Concrete (Heidelberg Materials)

Wednesday, October 18
1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Sponsor: Heidelberg Materials

Heidelberg Materials is excited to share that they are building the first global full-scale, net-zero carbon capture utilization and storage (CCUS) facility in the cement industry. This means, Heidelberg Materials is on the way to producing net-zero cement without using offsets. As many are aware, embodied carbon dioxide emissions from concrete can make up the majority of carbon dioxide emissions of materials in the built environment. Within concrete, cement, the binding agent, is responsible for as much as 90% of the associated carbon dioxide emissions. Heidelberg Materials is actively engaged in reducing carbon dioxide emissions in cement production. The development of the CCUS project will enable the production and availability of net-zero cement, reducing the overall carbon footprint in the built environment. Net-zero cement will significantly decrease the embodied carbon dioxide emissions in buildings, infrastructure projects, and anywhere concrete or cement products are used. Heidelberg Materials is taking a step forward to foster a sustainable future. Attendees joining this seminar will learn more about net-zero cement, net-zero concrete, and creating a pathway to carbon neutrality in the construction industry.


Granit Gasi, Technical Sales & Marketing Representative Sustainability, Heidelberg Materials

D08: Tiled Showers Made Simple: A 15-Minute Install (Simple Shower Solutions)

Wednesday, October 18
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM

Sponsor: Simple Shower Solutions

Typically, tiled showers are assembled using either dry pack methods or with kits that are cut and assembled on site, their integrity is wholly reliant to the installer’s skill set or lack there of. Simple Shower Solutions shower base is changing the industry one builder at a time. The ability to obtain custom one piece, pre sloped, fully waterproof ready to tile shower bases has been a game changer for small contractors and big builders alike. Join this demonstration to see how Simple Shower Solutions’ one piece, custom ready to tile shower base flips the script on your typical tiled shower installation. The ready to tile shower base installs in 15 to 20 minutes and can be installed by less skilled labor leaving the tile installation to your professional tile setters.


Richard Bussiere, VP of Sales, Simple Shower Solutions


D03- Vectorworks Architect: Design Without Limits From Sketch to BIM (Vectorworks)

Wednesday, October 18
11:45AM- 12:15PM

Sponsor: Vectorworks

Discover what Vectorworks Architect can do for your design process and your architectural projects. Join the speaker as they go from initial hand sketch to drawing, modelling, and rendering in a fully integrated BIM workflow – all within Vectorworks. Whether you are an architect or designer who is looking for a flexible, design-oriented solution or you are an existing Vectorworks user who wants to take your practice further, this seminar is for you.


Neil Barman, Architect, Product Specialist, Vectorworks Inc.

D11 - Turning your Biggest Investment Into Your Greatest Asset: Tracking and Monetizing Equipment ROI (Rooster)

Thursday, October 19
1:00PM- 1:30PM

Sponsor: Rooster

We’ve all learned the essentials of traditional equipment management. Fortunately, the construction industry has begun to embrace technology solutions that move the equipment management role into a central source of truth. Some companies have adopted cross-functional large-scale enterprise resource planning systems (ERPs), some piece together “home-grown” systems, and others are just starting the transition. However, everyone seeks effective, uncomplicated ways to contribute to the company’s success. In today’s skilled-labor-constrained environment we need to a) develop best practices for deciding to rent or buy b) quickly gather and analyze utilization data to support informed decisions c) improve accuracy of equipment utilization metrics, which affects financial efficiencies – both in quoting and billing – and the bottom line. 


Wayne Spain, Customer Engagement Manager, Rooster Asset Tracking Systems

W30- Smart Sustainable Tech Showcase

Wednesday, October 18
3:30pm- 4:30pm

Sponsor: SSRIA 

The Smart Sustainable Tech Showcase is specifically designed to provide a direct line to industry for companies who have developed an innovative and sustainable technology, product or process that can reduce carbon waste from the built environment. Each showcase provides an opportunity for building owners and operators, construction firms, architects, and engineers to learn about the latest innovations in the local sustainable tech space and connect with the game changers behind them.

Join SSRIA’s Tech Showcase to learn firsthand about ways in which you can enhance the sustainable credentials and performance of your next building project!


Pamela Goertzen, Executive Director, SSRIA

David Yiptong, Regional Director (Alberta), Foresight Cleantech Accelerator

Jeff Kwok, CEO, AI Shading

Ed Macnab, CEO, 3DPHC – 3D Printed Homes Corporation

Nick Kendrick, Head of Business Development, Ecopilot AI

Zhongyi Quan, CEO, Swift Charge

Arshan Singh, Co-founder, Enersion Inc.

T23: Adaptive Reuse of Buildings: What Is Possible & How to Make It Work

Thursday, October 19
1:15pm- 2:15pm

This seminar will provide insight into the transformation of office towers and explore the concept of repurposing aging buildings including the history of design and why older buildings need new functions.

The speakers will highlight the challenges the real estate industry faces with change and will examine potential solutions, including mixed-use options.
Strategies for integrating amenities, public spaces, and street improvements will be explored. The panel will discuss what impact development has and outline incentives offered in different cities and the financing options available for larger-scale projects.

The speakers will share and attendees will learn:
• The history of design and why buildings that are 50+ years old need to be repurposed
• Why real-estate doesn’t like change
• Solutions and mixed opinions: to convert or not convert
• Why most banks are opposed to creative solutions


Maxim Olshevsky, CEO/Managing Director, Astra Group/Peoplefirst Developments

Sheryl Mc, MullenManager, Investment & Marketing, Downtown Strategy, City of Calgary

Mark Jewells, Director, Commercial Financing, First National Financial LP

Alejandro Benavides, AVP, Commercial Real Estate, ConnectFirst Credit Union


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John Connell
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