The Integrated Project Delivery Alliance

Conference Speakers

Our Keynote Speakers have been selected!

o Will Gaad - Adventure Guide will be speaking on risk management and collaborative teams

o Dennis Thomas-Whonoak from UBC will be speaking on alignment of IPD and indigenous cultures

 

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Will Gadd

Adventure Guide

For more than 25 years Will Gadd has been one of the top adventure sports athletes in the world. Now he’s taking the lessons he learned while succeeding in some of the world’s toughest environments and sharing them with audiences ranging from Nike to Exxon Mobile to incarcerated youth. He won the X Games, set two world records for paragliding, and safely led numerous large TV and research expeditions into highly dangerous—and rewarding—environments. He climbed up a frozen Niagara Falls, flew a paraglider over the Grand Canyon, and taught his kids (and doctors and oil sands workers) to positively manage risk with the direct, entertaining and effective tools he learned through a lifetime of living on the edge. He speaks with personal humor and professional depth on effective and widely applicable tools to do great things while staying safe, building team resiliency, succeeding in low-knowledge environments, and doing what the everyone said was, “Impossible!” He has shared more than 200 high-end presentations to groups from American Express to Hydro One. Most recently he and his teams found new life forms in glacial caves for a Discovery TV show, and helped a planetary scientist sample the world’s oldest rocks in Canada’s Arctic. He is an award-winning author, film maker and (no awards) dad in Canmore, Alberta, Canada. He is still sponsored by Red Bull, Arc’teryx and other leading brands. His newest book project is titled , “Surviving and Succeeding in High-Hazard Environments,” published spring ’24, based on his own experiences and interviews with ten of the top medical, industrial, corporate and military risk managers in the world.

https://willgadd.com/

 

Will Gadd, will be speaking on risk management and collaborative teams.

Executive Director, Indigenous Business Initiatives & Engagements, UBC Sauder School of Business/ Co-Founder Kwasen Enterprises/ Top 40 under 40: Business in Vancouver/Elected Councillor for Tsleil-Waututh Nation photo

Dennis Thomas-Whonoak

Executive Director, Indigenous Business Initiatives & Engagements, UBC Sauder School of Business/ Co-Founder Kwasen Enterprises/ Top 40 under 40: Business in Vancouver/Elected Councillor for Tsleil-Waututh Nation

UBC Sauder School of Business

o Dennis Thomas-Whonoak  will be speaking on alignment of IPD and indigenous cultures.

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Stephani Carter

IDPA Board Member and President

Stok Canada

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stephanicarter/

 

Stephani founded EcoAmmo Sustainable Consulting 18 years ago, she is a PMI-ACP and LEAN Green Belt professional, and with this continuous improvement mindset, she innovates new ways to transition the world towards sustainability. She is passionate about the intersection of LEAN and Green, and how the two benefit each other. She is also passionate about the science of team engagement, understanding that human behaviour will enable or prohibit the transition towards sustainability. Working on over 30 IPD and collaborative delivery projects, Stephani and her team have first-hand experience of how this human-centric collaborative approach enables the adoption of sustainability within budget.

District of Squamish: Brennan Park Recreatioin Centre Renewal - Project Showcase

Psychological safety on IPD

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Geoff Capelle

Bird Construction

https://www.linkedin.com/in/geoffcapelle/

Okanagan Indian Band Water Project - Case Study

($10M, complete 2023, IPD)

The project was delivered on time, within Target Cost, and achieved additional community benefit that includes an additional reservoir and repurposing old equipment for fire protection. The team used the Big Room to engage with the community and individuals responsible for operations/maintenance. This elevated community (ending water advisories) and capacity (integrating operations/maintenance to develop a very functional system that can be maintained by their strong team).
 

IPDA Board Member and National Director, Lean Practice photo

Carla Cieplinski

IPDA Board Member and National Director, Lean Practice

Colliers Project Leaders

https://www.linkedin.com/in/carla-ciepliski-1608603/

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Chris Sheel

Senior Manager, Project ALC

The City of Vernon

https://www.linkedin.com/in/chris-sheel-55003838/

Vernon Active Liing Centre Case Study - Workshop

The session will focus on how the Vernon ALC project team used an intentional strategy of continuous improvement and team structure to help foster collaborative innovation. Early activities targeted cross partner engagement and the development of informed solutions that were then collaboratively and purposely improved.
The workshop will examine:
• Contract development strategies – big wins, adaptations, and future improvements.
• Early design and construction integration – set based design and design pull planning.
• Getting to a Go – managing decisions, continuous estimating, other engaged parties and innovating the validation report process.
• Building – trust, accountability, alignment and resiliency.
See how tasks were structured and visualized to align the team; how collaborative progress was guided, managed and reviewed. Then use the lessons learned in focused groups each guided by a multidisciplinary team of facilitators (owners, architects, engineers, contractors, trades and advisors) to share experiences and brainstorm future process improvements. Results captured shared via Menti to create a workshop record of continuous improvement ideas. The team also plans to refine ideas and feedback to shape ongoing adaptations and improvements as the project advances through construction. Feedback will be sent to attendees who ask to be included in the distribution.

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Aura Robinson

Manager, Manager, Enhanced Project Delivery

ISL Engineering

https://www.linkedin.com/in/aurarobinson/

City of Burnaby Small IPD Childcare Center

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Larisa Cherednitchenko

Director, Collaborative Partnering

WSP

Larisa Tcherednitchenko leads the WSP Collaborative Partnering team and has over 12 years of experience in the consulting engineering field, including 4 years leading win strategy for major transportation and infrastructure bids combined with successful implementation of ISO 44001 Collaborative Business Relationships in Canada. Larisa has a breadth of experience in developing teams across multiple sectors including buildings, transportation, and infrastructure and in multiple contract models including Alliance, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), Progressive Design Build (PDB), and Delivery Partner projects. Having worked on projects such as the Union Station Enhancement Project Alliance, the Calgary Green Line Progressive Design Build from early teaming stages through to Collaborative Behavioural assessment and continue to support the teams on the joint client development phase.

Collaboration Game - Workshop

 

The Red-Blue game is based on the 'prisoner's dilemma' puzzle and is used to train collaborative teams on the impacts of win-win (cooperative) or win-lose orientation (selfish competitive) decision making in a group setting.

 

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Brad Redpath

IPD Coordinato

Stok Canada

Brad is a Senior IPD Coordinator at EcoAmmo who is an experienced team builder with over 15 years of team management experience. Brad’s experience, training and personality make him an effective IPD Facilitator and coordinator. His natural aptitude in technology brings a huge value add in creating IPD dashboards and financial tracking tools, as well as streamlining processes and reducing process waste. Brad is also highly-skilled at team and culture building; he is a great asset for any IPD team. He is driven to achieve success by maximizing a project team’s unique contributions to a project while providing stability.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-redpath-56a27334/

 

Psychological safety on IPD

 

Employee turnover in the construction industry is high and as a result psychological safety is low. This contributes to project failures, overruns, schedule delays, low morale, loss of industry trust, staff shortages, etc.

We as an industry have to recognize that people are new to IPD, and, quite frequently, are new to their organization. This can lead to a conflicting set of values and priorities between the IPD team member and their organization. This will quickly erode psychological safety as they become paralyzed by these conflicts and may be unable to make commitments.

How can we help fix this? Early collaboration with IPD team members in getting a commitment to align onboarding, and set transparent expectations, and allowable commitments, which will help build psychological safety. Also by identifying team behaviours, and exploring team strengths enables team trust and engagement, and also allows staff to feel confident to utilize their experience.

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Kimberly Johnston

Principal, Architect

Johnston Davidson Architecture

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimberly-johnston-a835373b/

District of Squamish: Brennan Park Recreatioin Centre Renewal - Project Showcase

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Brad Stevenson

Chief Operating Officer

Unitech Construction Management’

Brad Stevenson is Unitech Construction Management’s Chief Operating Officer ( https://unitechcm.ca) He has been with Unitech for 17 years in several different roles including operations, finance, human resources, safety, business development and information technology sides of the business.  Brad has the overall responsibility for integrating all Unitech’s Construction Management’s divisions into one cohesive unit that is focused on living our core values of being client goal driven, collaborative, concise, firm, fair and fun through our collaborative construction proven process.  Brad has been responsible for integrating Unitech’s systems, process, and procedures, with a focus on team collaboration, into how Unitech does business day to day. Unitech became an IPDA member with the goal of contributing to and promoting the benefits of Collaborative Construction using the Integrated Project Delivery approach to the entire construction industry, and this continues to be Brad’s passion today.

Brad will be part of the Hot Topics disucssions --  Overhead and Profit 

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Brian Norcliffe

Preconstruction Manager

Kiewit

Brian holds an P.Eng. in Ontario and is a Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Engineers. He has nearly 30 years experience on complex heavy civil infrastructure projects across North America, Southeast Asia and the UK. He is an engaging speaker and the Waaban Crossing project was a successful project by all measures and hold numerous examples of the opportunities and benefits of the IPD contract. Brian has been working on collaborative delivery models in a preconstruction role since 2018.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brian-norcliffe-94297487/?originalSubdomain=ca

 

Waaban Crossing IPD Project

This presentation will demonstrate why the Waaban Crossing IPD Project (Kingston 3rd Crossing) was described as the "Gold Standard for Infrastructure Delivery" by Mark Garretsen, (MP for Kingston and the Islands) in the Houses of Parliment.

This will be a co-presentation between Kiewit’s Brian Norcliffe and City of Kingston’s Mark Van Buren (City of Kingston is a IDPA member). The Waaban Crossing Project (formerly known as the Kingston Third Crossing) was described as the “Gold Standard for Infrastructure Delivery” by the House of Parliament’s Mark Garretsen (MP for Kingston and the Islands). Named after the Ojibwe term meaning dawn or morning light, the project involved the construction of a new 1.2 km bridge over the Cataraqui River and Rideau Canal connecting the city of Kingston, ON. The Waaban Crossing was the first of its kind – the first IPD bridge construction project in North America. This on time and on budget project was officially opened December 13, 2022. The IPD framework empowered the multidisciplinary team to reimagine and refine the bridge’s design and construction methodologies during the validation period-resulting in cost-saving innovations and increased safety. In addition to encouraging active transportation, the new crossing with bike lanes and walking paths will significantly reduce journey time across the river by an estimated 40% (significantly reducing GHG emissions), expand existing transit routes, serve as a potential emergency detour for Highway 401 traffic, and improve access to city services. The city estimates that these benefits will reduce vehicular travel by 60 million kilometers per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 14,000 tonnes per year. This presentation will fall as a 1 (beginner) on the scale of previous understanding of IPD or lean terminology and concepts.

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Mark Van Buren

Special Advisor

Public Services and Procurement Canada

Mark Van Buren has been with the City since 2002, most recently taking on the role of deputy commissioner, transportation and infrastructure services, engineering – the group overseeing the construction of the Third Crossing. Born in Calgary, Mark went high school in Oshawa and got to know Kingston when he attended Queen's University where he achieved a B.Sc., a Masters and then a PhD in Engineering. He tested his mettle in Milwaukee and Chicago before coming back to work for the City of Kingston where he joined the Third Crossing project in 2009 as part of the Environmental Assessment team.

Waaban Crossing IPD Project

This presentation will demonstrate why the Waaban Crossing IPD Project (Kingston 3rd Crossing) was described as the "Gold Standard for Infrastructure Delivery" by Mark Garretsen, (MP for Kingston and the Islands) in the Houses of Parliment.

This will be a co-presentation between Kiewit’s Brian Norcliffe and City of Kingston’s Mark Van Buren (City of Kingston is a IDPA member). The Waaban Crossing Project (formerly known as the Kingston Third Crossing) was described as the “Gold Standard for Infrastructure Delivery” by the House of Parliament’s Mark Garretsen (MP for Kingston and the Islands). Named after the Ojibwe term meaning dawn or morning light, the project involved the construction of a new 1.2 km bridge over the Cataraqui River and Rideau Canal connecting the city of Kingston, ON. The Waaban Crossing was the first of its kind – the first IPD bridge construction project in North America. This on time and on budget project was officially opened December 13, 2022. The IPD framework empowered the multidisciplinary team to reimagine and refine the bridge’s design and construction methodologies during the validation period-resulting in cost-saving innovations and increased safety. In addition to encouraging active transportation, the new crossing with bike lanes and walking paths will significantly reduce journey time across the river by an estimated 40% (significantly reducing GHG emissions), expand existing transit routes, serve as a potential emergency detour for Highway 401 traffic, and improve access to city services. The city estimates that these benefits will reduce vehicular travel by 60 million kilometers per year and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 14,000 tonnes per year. This presentation will fall as a 1 (beginner) on the scale of previous understanding of IPD or lean terminology and concepts.

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Steve Brubacher

Water and Collaborative Project Delivery Consultant

Urban Systems

Steve is a professional engineer who has 26 years of experience in water and sanitary sewer utility design and construction projects.  He is also working on completing his team coaching certification this year  Steve is a director at Urban Systems and leads their Alternative Project Delivery Stewardship Team.  He has been involved in 9 water and sanitary sewer IPD projects with two at construction completion, three in the design/construction phase, and three in pre-validation.  The IPD projects range in size from $10M to $90M and include local government, regional government, and indigenous government owners.    The scope of the IPD projects includes both the linear and facility aspects of water and sanitary sewer utility systems.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/steve-brubacher-178bb33b/

Hot Topics Discussions 

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Stuart McCready

Director, Collaborative Constructoin

Multiplex

In his role as Director, Collaborative Construction, Stuart brings over a decade of extensive design and construction experience gained from numerous complex construction projects within Canada, the UAE, and New Zealand. Stuart uses his expertise developed from involvement in the early phases of design development to provide direction on constructability solutions, driving innovation and technical excellence. He is responsible for creating value by assessing design solutions, presenting viable options to the team, and ensuring that they are compliant, safe, and meet construction requirements. He has significant experience working with clients to understand their conditions of satisfaction, devising smarter and simplified construction solutions all while collaborating effectively with consultant and trade partners to drive the best solutions.

 

“I believe that a deep understanding of clients' requirements and expectations is key to delivering enhanced value. The capacity to adapt allows me to pivot when necessary, ensuring that I consistently exceed expectations in early design stages”

https://www.linkedin.com/in/stuart-mccready-49221490/

Title: Inform to Perform: How Client Education Leads to IPD Success

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William Lett

Principal

Unity

https://www.linkedin.com/in/william-lett-54282316/

Title: Inform to Perform: How Client Education Leads to IPD Success

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Ryan Scott

Chief Procurement Officer

City of Kitchener

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-scott-niscl-cscl-cscmp-92688338/

In his role as Chief Procurement Officer, Ryan brings more than a decade of expertise in strategic procurement, inventory management, and materials sourcing from multiple government agencies and a prominent global automotive parts manufacturer. Throughout his career, Ryan has been instrumental in implementing best practices and optimizing procurement processes to drive operational excellence.

Known for his commitment to continuous improvement, Ryan actively seeks out opportunities to enhance efficiency and effectiveness within procurement operations. He is passionate about fostering a culture of learning and development, leveraging his leadership skills to mentor and educate teams and building robust partnerships both internally and externally.  Ryan takes pride in seeking out and championing new and innovative procurement methodologies that align with industry trends and advance Kitchener’s procurement strategies.

Title: Inform to Perform: How Client Education Leads to IPD Success

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John Botelho

Senior Associate

Johnston Davidson Architecture

https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-botelho-172b333a/

City of Burnaby Small IPD Childcare Center

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Brad Confrey

Project Manager

Kinetic Construction

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brad-confrey-31925013b/

District of Squamish: Brennan Park Recreatioin Centre Renewal - Project Showcase

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Brent Botchar

Project Manager and Estimator

Altac Mechanical

https://www.linkedin.com/in/brent-botchar-78276358/

City of Burnaby Small IPD Childcare Center

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Michael Yuan

Project Manager

City of Burnaby

https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-yuan-041b4a34/

City of Burnaby Small IPD Childcare Center

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Shane Gilbertson

Project Manager

District of Squamish

https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-gilbertson-p-eng-non-practising-b7b94b5a/

District of Squamish: Brennan Park Recreatioin Centre Renewal - Project Showcase

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Andrew Parnell

Project Director

Kinetic Construction

https://www.linkedin.com/in/andrew-p-a17781229/

Langely Firehall Validation - Langley commitment to IPD

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Scott Groves

Director, Corporate Projects

Township of Langley

https://www.linkedin.com/in/donald-scott-groves/

Langely Firehall Validation - Langley commitment to IPD

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Pat Elischer

Principal

RJC Engineers

https://www.linkedin.com/in/pat-elischer-b867b428/

Langely Firehall Validation - Langley commitment to IPD

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Ritu Ahuja

IPDA Board Member and Lean Integration Leader

Kinetic Construction Ltd.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ritu-ahuja/

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Joseph Liska

Project Manager

Kinetic Construction

https://www.linkedin.com/in/joseph-liska-233b9923/

City of Burnaby Small IPD Childcare Center

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Crystal Vandrmulen

Manger, Project

Vernon Active Living Centre - City of Vernon

https://www.linkedin.com/in/crystal-vandermeulen-cscl-a2638460/

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Ryan Maher

National Manager, Real Property Development

Defence Construction Canada

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ryan-maher-93504018/

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Craig Webber

Principal

Group2 Architecture

Craig is a principal with Group2 Architecture, and early adopter of IPD with direct experience on 30 projects. Past President of the Integrated Project Delivery Alliance (IPDA), he works as a consultant and as a collaborative advisor for numerous teams and is one of the most knowledgeable speakers on collaborative delivery in North America. Craig is committed to advancing collaboration in the construction industry as he has witnessed it act as a catalyst to innovation unlocking advancements in BIM, prefabrication and Lean for a variety of teams. This collaborative approach between designers, engineers, contractors and trade partners has more recently helped Integrated Teams adapt to escalation, product shortages and supply chain issues with more strategic and resilient responses.

Craig will be participating in the Hot Topics Discussion re: Overhead an Profit and 

Vernon Active Liing Centre Case Study - Workshop 

The session will focus on how the Vernon ALC project team used an intentional strategy of continuous improvement and team structure to help foster collaborative innovation. Early activities targeted cross partner engagement and the development of informed solutions that were then collaboratively and purposely improved.
The workshop will examine:
• Contract development strategies – big wins, adaptations, and future improvements.
• Early design and construction integration – set based design and design pull planning.
• Getting to a Go – managing decisions, continuous estimating, other engaged parties and innovating the validation report process.
• Building – trust, accountability, alignment and resiliency.
See how tasks were structured and visualized to align the team; how collaborative progress was guided, managed and reviewed. Then use the lessons learned in focused groups each guided by a multidisciplinary team of facilitators (owners, architects, engineers, contractors, trades and advisors) to share experiences and brainstorm future process improvements. Results captured shared via Menti to create a workshop record of continuous improvement ideas. The team also plans to refine ideas and feedback to shape ongoing adaptations and improvements as the project advances through construction. Feedback will be sent to attendees who ask to be included in the distribution.