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Conference Speakers

Collaborative Project Delivery: Maximizing Value by Mitigating Risk.

 The IPDA is proud to host our talented and knowledgable speakers,  learn more about them here:

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Carla Ciepliski

National Director Lean Practice

Colliers Project Leaders

Carla is a Lean and IPD advisor and coach who happens to be an industrial engineer working in the construction industry. She started her career in Procter & Gamble at a time when they were practicing an integrated work system and high performing team approach to what is now named ‘Lean’, using the Toyota business system as motivation (meaning holistically and beyond the production line).  After working abroad, Carla returned to Western Canada and built Ternion Results as a successful 15 year Lean consulting practice that supports a diverse range of organizations across private, public, and not-for-profits. It was during this time that Carla started intensely working within the design and construction community as a Lean Operational Excellence and Lean Project Delivery coach and has now worked with every player within the construction ecosystem including owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, trades and suppliers. As many know, Lean Project Delivery objectives can only fully be realized when motivations are aligned, contracts are relational, and the operating systems are robust.

Session: Target Value Delivery; Using Key Drivers to Achieve “Next Level” Integration

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Geoff Capelle

Director, Project Development & Collaborative Delivery

Bird Construction

From consultant to construction, Geoff has worked across various projects on different sides of the table. He works with Bird Construction on the setup and execution of large-scale industrial, residential, and commercial construction projects with a particular focus on collaborative contracting delivery (IPD, Progressive DB, and Alliance). He is passionate about the ways that we can modernize the construction-sector to build stronger and more diverse teams who are empowered to address modern-day challenges.

Session: Lessons Learned

The panel will discuss interesting lessons learned and share their experience on financial risk during the validation phase.

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Rick Boates

President

Unitech Construction Management Ltd.

Rick sees IPD as the future of the construction industry. Rick served one year as a member of IPDA’s Awareness and Mentorship Committee and personally undertook several Awareness initiatives in BC. During the past year, Rick proposed and initiated IPDA’s Practitioner’s Forum bringing forward and sharing with the members a new collaborative tool to promote team collaboration and health – the Level 10 Meeting. In true IPD tradition, he trained other participants in how to lead this forum to allow for rotating chairs.

Rick has been collaborating in the creation and instruction of courses on project procurement methods for the Canadian Construction Association and with an international group of industry innovators, University of Texas researchers and multi-national corporate clients in the development of Construction Industry Operating System 2 (CI OS2).

One of the reasons Rick founded Unitech was to bring total transparency to the construction Industry and believes that IPDA must also champion transparency. Unitech became an IPDA member with the goal of not only learning more about IPD best practices in Canada but also to help in informing both our clients and trade partners of the benefits of Collaborative Construction as epitomized by successful IPD projects. With their purpose and passion being Collaborative Construction Unitech’s mission is to Mitigate our Client’s Risk, Maximize our Client’s Value and Exceed our Client’s Expectations – all of which aligns with IPD. Unitech has a great many public sector clients and knows that IPD will only get traction in that sector once there is a critical mass of contractors, trades, consultants, and sub-consultants familiar with and actively promoting IPD. This is where Rick believes the IPDA can, and should, lead.

Rick’s previous board experience includes 21 years as a member of The Alternative Board, 8 years on the Independent Contractors and Business Association (ICBA) Board (2 years on the Strategic Planning Committee, 2 years as treasurer, 2 years as Chair and 2 as Past Chair), 8 Years on Board of Merit Canada and a recent appointment to the Board of the Delta Hospital and Community Foundation. Rick has been and continues to an active, committed and vocal participant in all board positions. Rick’s lean training includes a Lean Greenbelt from the UBC Sauder School of Business and LeanCor/DPR Construction Lean Leadership Certification.

Session: Lessons Learned

The panel will discuss interesting lessons learned and share their experience on financial risk during the validation phase.

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Bill Lett

Principal

Lett Architecture Inc.

As managing principal of Lett Architects, Bill has extensive hands-on experience dealing with diverse stakeholders, administrators, planning processes, municipal/regional councils, and government agencies. With over two decades of practice, Bill has been involved in the design of major municipal, cultural, healthcare, and institutional projects across the province of Ontario. He has received many awards for his work, including three Ontario Association of Architects Design Excellence Awards. His work has been featured in Architectural Review magazine from Britain as an example of current Canadian design. In 2018 he was convocated into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada.  

Bill strongly believes that collaboration and integration is critical to a project’s success. Integrated Project Delivery has become fundamental to Lett Architects process delivery and Bill has been involved with IPD training and advocacy across Canada.

Session: Lessons Learned

The panel will discuss interesting lessons learned and share their experience on financial risk during the validation phase.

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Keith Davidge

Associate

Integral Group

A graduate of the University of Waterloo Engineering and the Sustainable Energy & Building Technology Engineering Technical program at Humber College, Keith is a driven individual focused on applying new developments in design and analysis to improve clients’ building performance. Keenly aware of the importance of the information aspect of BIM, Keith works with both established and emerging tools such as Autodesk Dynamo to find and present the key details and nuances of design options in ways that are easy to understand to allow for informed decision making.
 

Session: Leveraging Optimized Decision Making for a Successful Project Delivery

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Mudit Srivastava

Senior Mechanical Designer

Integral Group

With a passion for advancing a sustainable built environment, Mudit specializes in design process optimization for buildings to develop comfortable spaces for occupants enhancing their indoor experiences by applying WELL and LEED design concepts for improved health and wellness of humans.

Mudit’s focus on every project is to exceed stakeholder expectations by providing them contemporary and cost-effective solutions achieving the project goals utilizing the green building design strategies. With the evolving landscape of the built environment industry, Mudit believes in staying ahead of the learning curve and his designs focuses on not just operational carbon emissions but takes a Whole Life Carbon approach, developing tactics like using low-GWP refrigerants in equipment and utilizing bio-composite materials.

Session: Leveraging Optimized Decision Making for a Successful Project Delivery

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Jesse Hernandez

Founder of Depth Builder

Jesse was born and raised on the Southside of San Antonio Texas. The landscape of his Career ranges from grading ditches to counseling Executives. His trek through the Org Charts has helped him appreciate that we are more alike than we are different. He leverages this insight and experience in supporting his clients in cultivating buy in. As a lifelong San Antonian, SAISD alumnus and 2nd generation Plumber; Jesse is committed to Enhancing the Image of Careers in the Trades. His message is one of Contribution, Ownership, and Vulnerability. This message is visible in his podcast Learnings and Missteps, and the Live Stream experience known as No BS with Jen & Jess.

Session: People First: Conditions for a Relationship Rich Environment

The systems and processes in Construction all have 1 thing in common, this 1 thing is PEOPLE. Construction is a social and technical endeavor and we often miss the most important ingredient.

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Camille Downs-Lanctot

Collaborative Delivery Coach

Group 2

Camille is a Senior Collaborative Delivery Coach at Group2. Camille is a results-oriented Senior Executive Professional and trusted technical advisor with 15+ years of experience who has managed diverse portfolios of complex projects and capital programs with targeted expertise in collaborative delivery models. She has a track record of success implementing cost effective, innovative, compliant, and sustainable solutions that ensure stakeholder and client needs, operational strategy alignment, and capital investment are met and exceeded. She continues to champion Lean tools and IPD processes across the industry. As a natural leader and proficient communicator Camille exercises diligent correspondence with multifunctional, dispersed stakeholders and clients while fostering a true positive team culture of collaboration, continuous improvement, engagement, buy-in, and high performance.

Session: Why an “Owner Readiness Assessment” is Critical Before Starting on an IPD Journey. (co-presented by Camiille Downs-Lanctot, Dan Drouin and Aura Robinson)

Three IPD Canadian industry leaders will describe why an Owner embarking on their IPD journey decided to hire an IPD advisor to assess their organization readiness for the IPD model. They will walk us through what an Owners Readiness Assessment is, what is included in this Assessment, who was assessed, the results, recommendations and how the assessed members will be integrated into the delivery model.

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Aura Robinson

Manager Enhanced Project Delivery

ISL

Aura is a creative thinker having practicing and maturing her own coaching art for the enhancement of project delivery over time. She is an avid fan of implementing new techniques in the design and construction industry being the boots in the ground as she managed high preforming teams and projects to the realms of success, helping her teams and clients realize their vision. Aura's passion is centered around developing teams culled to appeal to the emerging trends of the industry.

Aura's search for a better way led her to IPD and executing projects through IPD predominantly always looking for ways to inspire the conversation around better project delivery.

Session: Why an “Owner Readiness Assessment” is Critical Before Starting on an IPD Journey. (co-presented by Camiille Downs-Lanctot, Dan Drouin and Aura Robinson)

Three IPD Canadian industry leaders will describe why an Owner embarking on their IPD journey decided to hire an IPD advisor to assess their organization readiness for the IPD model. They will walk us through what an Owners Readiness Assessment is, what is included in this Assessment, who was assessed, the results, recommendations and how the assessed members will be integrated into the delivery model.

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Dan Drouin

Director of Collaborative Delivery

Group 2

Daniel is the Director of Collaborative Delivery at Group 2. He is a recognized leader in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), responsible for facilitating a suite of advisory services for collaborative-focused clients. Engaged at the client and consultant level, he manages and delivers direction and oversight through targeted workshops, training modules, IPD tools and process development and contract execution. He also facilitates team organization to inform a tailored approach to onboarding, training, and cultural transformation.

Session: Why an “Owner Readiness Assessment” is Critical Before Starting on an IPD Journey. (co-presented by Camiille Downs-Lanctot, Dan Drouin and Aura Robinson)

Three IPD Canadian industry leaders will describe why an Owner embarking on their IPD journey decided to hire an IPD advisor to assess their organization readiness for the IPD model. They will walk us through what an Owners Readiness Assessment is, what is included in this Assessment, who was assessed, the results, recommendations and how the assessed members will be integrated into the delivery model.

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Richard Venerus

CEO

Venerus Advisory Partnership/Collaborative Contracting Community

Richard is the Founder and Principal at Venerus Advisory Partners (“VAP”), a capital projects advisory (established in 2011) that helps owners apply disciplined collaboration methods to maximize value.  VAP combines the storied expertise of its partners with the agnostic application of fit-for-project collaborative approaches to help clients chose their best approach to achieve project success.
Richard has over 20 years of valuable experience in commercial management in a diverse set of industries, including Construction, Energy, Government, Oil & Gas, Technology and Finance.  He is a qualified lawyer, certified in Construction Law and holds a MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He also is professionally trained or certified in a number of related disciplines: Project Management, Change Management, Contract Administration, Adult Learning and Development, Mediation, Arbitration - and the unique ISO standard 44001 for Collaborative Working.

VAP is a driving force behind adoption of collaborative working and contracting methods. As such, VAP has just recently founded the Collaborative Contracting Community @ https://www.collaborativecontractingcommunity.com/. You are welcome to join!

Session: Supplier Neighborhoods - A Solution for Supply Chain Disruption

A key problem facing projects is supply-chain disruption. It is increasingly difficult for suppliers to remain willing/able to align and work together - especially when there are significant time gaps in relationships. Self-interest - hazardous to IPD health - quickly emerges. The "neighbourhood model" can address these challenges. This presentation discusses the integration of IPD and supplier neighbourhood concepts

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John Fotherby

Chairman European Construction Institute; Industry Contracting & Commercial Project Management

Kingsfield Academy

Session: Supplier Neighborhoods - A Solution for Supply Chain Disruption 

A key problem facing projects is supply-chain disruption. It is increasingly difficult for suppliers to remain willing/able to align and work together - especially when there are significant time gaps in relationships. Self-interest - hazardous to IPD health - quickly emerges. The "neighbourhood model" can address these challenges. This presentation discusses the integration of IPD and supplier neighbourhood concepts

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Holly Watson

IPDA Board Member - Proposal Writer/Marketing Coordinator

Sullivan & Sons Ltd.

Holly Watson is a proposal writer and marketing coordinator with M. Sullivan & Son Limited with approximately 15 years of experience working in the construction and nuclear industries. She has been a member of the IPDA Communications and Connections PIT for over a year lending her skills to managing the IPDA social media accounts, publishing the IPDA newsletter Touching Base, creating graphics and content for the IPDA website, webinars, forums, conferences, promotional materials, etc… Holly is a newly elected member of the IPDA Board of Directors.

Holly is skilled in technical writing, multi-media content creation, project management, and contract management with experience in Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) projects from the perspective of both owner and contractor. As the in-house champion of IPD at Sullivan Holly considers herself to be a very passionate advocate of Integrated Project Delivery. In particular, she appreciates the collaboration and innovating together as a team with stakeholders towards common goals and with common values that translates to the successful execution and completion of projects in the AEC industry. 

Holly recently joined in the discussions under the Governance PIT regarding diversity. She hopes to bring her knowledge and experience from the Sullivan Indigenous Relations Team and as an Indigenous ally and mother to First Nations children to support these efforts as they move forward. Not only for people of colour, but for women in the construction industry and other visible minorities.

Session: Managing Risk - Risk Register & Tales from the Trenches (Holly Watson, Stephanie Carter and Brad Watson)

This session will explore how risk is managed traditionally versus using Integrated Project Delivery for those already familiar with the basics of IPD and are looking for further insight. 

Comparing risk register to conventional IPD with guidance on what to include and what not to include... how to address above and below the line and then a few tales from the trenches on what actually happened on a project.

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Stephani Carter

IPDA Board Member & Owner

EcoAmmo

In 2006, Stephani’s started EcoAmmo sustainable Consulting. Stephani and her team help clients build high-performance projects with high-
performing teams. EcoAmmo’s purpose is to transition the world towards sustainability and with over 200 high performance projects and 26

IPD & progressive design build projects, EcoAmmo believes IPD will accelerate the adoption and implementation of sustainability initiatives
to meet global climate resilience targets. This is because IPD enables clients to get more of what they want for the budget they have.

EcoAmmo also believes we can not reach our global climate goals without Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (JEDI) because the most
effective solutions come from a diverse group and the hardest affected by climate change are those already marginalized.
Stephani’s combination of experience, training and personality make her a very effective IPD facilitator. She is a PMI-ACP® and has
performed the role of project manager and facilitator for the past 20 years. She has 13 years of experience with Lean, organizational culture,
behavioural science, strength-based resource planning, and conflict management. Stephani is driven to achieve by maximizing everyone’s
unique contributions to a project.

Session: Managing Risk - Risk Register & Tales from the Trenches (Holly Watson, Stephanie Carter and Brad Watson)

This session will explore how risk is managed traditionally versus using Integrated Project Delivery for those already familiar with the basics of IPD and are looking for further insight. 

Comparing risk register to conventional IPD with guidance on what to include and what not to include... how to address above and below the line and then a few tales from the trenches on what actually happened on a project.

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Brad Watson

Program Manager, Facility Infrastructure Delivery Integrated Infrastructure Services

City of Edmonton

As an effective leader and team member on both the Owner and Consultant sides of the construction industry for over 24 years, Brad has a thorough understanding of how industry works.  He has the unique role of being both a people leader and Senior Project Manager; he works in and on the business!  He has a keen interest in Integrated Project Delivery, focusing on full team collaboration, commitment and accountability, yet understanding that there may be a better procurement method for any given project.

Session: Managing Risk - Risk Register & Tales from the Trenches (Holly Watson, Stephanie Carter and Brad Watson)

This session will explore how risk is managed traditionally versus using Integrated Project Delivery for those already familiar with the basics of IPD and are looking for further insight. 

Comparing risk register to conventional IPD with guidance on what to include and what not to include... how to address above and below the line and then a few tales from the trenches on what actually happened on a project.

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Dominic Demarais

Director Lean Construction

Graham Construction

Dominic is a Professional Engineer with 20 years’ experience deploying lean, with the last 15 being in construction. He has a technical background in the design of production systems. He participated in the integration of lean thinking in several businesses, including a vertically integrated Owner-Operator-Design-Builder, where he became the leader of their modular construction operation and engineering practice. He since has been working for general contractors, helping several projects with lean thinking and practices inclusive of IPD, TVD and LPS. Dominic is a relentless student, intense thinker and passionate promoter of all things lean, he currently lives in Edmonton and travels across North America

Session: Pre-Fab and Modular, Risks and Rewards

Traditional delivery models make it very difficult for project to fully leverage the added benefits of pre-fabrication for project. Integrating design with fabrication capabilities with a common set of objectives based on the ability of each producers is the key to successfully leverage pre-fab and yield return on investment. In this presentation, the speaker will explain the changes pre-fab imposes on project team, the added risks and will bring points of experience from his 10 years in modular construction.