Andrew Johnson, B.Eng. (Hons), MSc., BIM Academy | Project Manager
Andrew is responsible for delivering BIM implementation projects alongside designing and developing digital transformation programmes for industry clients. Andrew specialises in digital strategy development through information management on live projects and through research.
In 2019, Andrew left the Corps of Royal Engineers after a full 24 years’ service, leaving as a senior soldier. Throughout his 24-year service Andrew gained a huge amount of technical experience designing, leading, and delivering projects all over the world, mostly in austere environments. His world-wide deployments included Afghanistan, Bosnia, Kosovo, Oman, Canada, Kenya, Germany, and Poland.
Prior to leaving the military, Andrew completed his postgraduate MSc in engineering management, with a thesis that investigated the cultural impact of implementing BIM in the UK construction industry.
The BC Construction Safety Alliance is a not-for-profit association that provides services to over 52,000 construction companies employing over 220,000 workers. Funded by construction, plus select aggregate and ready-mixed industry companies, BCCSA is paid for through a portion of employers' WorkSafeBC annual assessments. BCCSA provides a range of services that (a) focus on injury prevention and creating or enhancing a culture of safety on construction sites; and (b) meet a diversity of needs among owners, managers, supervisors, and workers.As a safety association recognized by WorkSafeBC, BCCSA promotes and develops workplace health and safety in compliance with WorkSafeBC’s regulations and guidelines. The BCCSA also acts as the construction industry’s apolitical spokesperson on construction health and safety issues. BCCSA is part of the Canadian Federation of Construction Safety Associations (CFCSA).
The British Columbia Construction Documents Committee (BCDC) is a provincial joint committee responsible for the development, production and review of standard British Columbia construction contracts, forms and guides – including BCDC2 and BCDC2e documents.
BGC Partners Inc.
BGC Partners Inc. provides Gold Seal training courses and services to the construction industry across Canada. Based out of Abbotsford, BC, their team of instructors work closely with dozens of industry associations and alliance partners in providing the very best curriculum, tailor-made for construction managers and staff in Canada. BGC believes that well trained staff are the key to success in construction. Leaders from over 2000 construction companies and industry associations can attest to the value of their training.
BidCentral is BC's largest online construction bidding marketplace. Built by the construction industry for the construction industry, BC’s construction businesses save time, money and resources using BidCentral’s secure online system for document and bid management.
General Contractors take advantage of secure, by-invitation bidding for private projects and remain in control of tenders using BidCentral’s complete document distribution system.
Trade Contractors, Manufacturers & Suppliers can easily access tender documents on the go. Be seen in BC’s largest construction bidding directory, with access to thousands of public, private and early stage pre-bid projects.
Bill Chomik, AAA, SAA, OAA, AIBC, FRAIC, RCA, Kasian | Senior Principal, Vice President - Institutional
A leading Canadian architect and considered a visionary in his field, Bill has 40 years of experience in architecture overseeing the design and construction of over 750 buildings worldwide. Bill’s accomplishments include the University of Calgary’s Taylor Family Digital Library; National Music Centre, Calgary; Calgary Courts Centre; Guangzhou Planetarium, China; Alder Planetarium, Chicago, Illinois; Grande Prairie Library and Art Gallery, Red Deer Performing Arts Centre and Simon Fraser University Trottier Observatory. As a Senior Principal at Kasian, he leads the delivery of architectural, strategic planning (master planning and programming), and interior planning and urban planning services.
Brian Soutar, P. Eng., PQS
Brian is a professional engineer and quantity surveyor with over 40 years of ICI experience. Working across North America, the UK, and Africa, his experience spans management, procurement, design, contract management, estimating and quantity surveying. Brian has worked on commercial, institutional, industrial, mining, transportation, water development and multi-family residential projects. His career was split between working in the private and public sectors. In the private sector, Brian worked for: construction companies in project manager, estimator and construction superintendent roles; for design firms in project manager and branch manager roles; and for developers in project manager roles. In the public sector he has held positions as an executive director, director of major capital projects, project manager and cost manager. Notably, Brian led four portfolios for Alberta Infrastructure: procurement, the Project Management Office, cost management, and capital planning. He believes passionately in collaboration and has served on many multi-sector teams, including as chair of the Institute for BIM in Canada, and the Canadian Construction Document Committee’s task force to create the standard contract for Integrated Project Delivery.
The Builders Code sets a standard code of conduct for workers on construction sites in BC. It defines an “Acceptable Worksite” as the starting point for reducing risk and ensuring a safe and productive environment for all workers. The Builders Code is intended to help construction employers communicate a reasonable, consistent behavior expectation to improve the safety, productivity and retention of skilled tradespeople, and reduce project risk.
The Builders Code is an initiative of the Construction Workforce Equity Project, which is generously funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training through the Canada-BC Labour Market Development Agreement (BC-LMDA) and the Sector Labour Market Partnerships Program (SLMP).
The Builders Code brings together an influential group of collaborating partners, who already support construction employers through their daily activities of safety, training, benefits and business services. This partner network is one of the most powerful elements of the Builders Code. Funding and support for the project comes from BCCA, local BC Construction Associations (VICA, SICA, NRCA, VRCA), Minerva BC, BBCA EBT, LNG Canada, BCCSA, WorkSafeBC, and ITA.
Carole Bissett, Managing Director & Branch Leader | Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.
With over 30 years of experience as a broker providing construction insurance and bonding services, Carole is the definition of a subject matter expert! She has also served on VICA’s board of Directors, presiding as Chair.
Colby Young, BSW, DPSM, Harm Reduction Project Assistant | Vancouver Island Construction Association
Formerly working as a support worker and program facilitator with a local non-profit organization, Colby has years of experience educating members of our community. He has previously provided skill building programs to people in Victoria’s Downtown core experiencing mental illness, homelessness, and addiction. Colby has received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Diploma in Public Sector Management from the University of Victoria. His previous experience with local services and initiatives grounds Colby’s approach to harm reduction in a local context. He brings a collaborative approach to his facilitation that seeks to build upon the strengths of our industry, teams, and leaders.
Craig Shirra, AScT, GSC, PSQ, LEEDGA, UBC Properties Trust | Director of Development
Craig is currently the Director of Development at UBC Properties Trust, where he acts as the owner’s project managers for all new capital projects at the University of British Columbia Okanagan campus and Kelowna region.
Craig stated his construction career as a steel stud and drywall tradesman working on some of Vancouver’s most significant pre-Olympics projects, including the Richmond Oval and renovations of BC Place and the Queen Elizabeth Theatre. Craig then joined Task Construction Management, a boutique CM firm, where he managed projects that included the Vernon Library and South Surrey Rec Center. In 2012 Craig joined Bird Construction where he was part of the team that delivered the new UBC Student Union Building, Kelowna RCMP building, and the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre at UBC Vancouver.
Craig holds a degree in Construction Management, and Diploma of Technology as a graduate of the Architectural Building Engineering Technologies program, both at BCIT. He is also a LEED Green Associate, registered Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS), and has earned his Gold Seal designation in Project Management.
Craig’s current projects include the UBCO Interdisciplinary Collaboration & Innovation (ICI) Building (a 150,000 square foot research facility), and the new UBC Downtown Kelowna Campus.
Dean C. Slater, P. Eng., GSC
Dean is a Professional Engineer APEGA Life Member with 40 years’ experience in the construction and development industry. A past president of the Calgary Construction Association (CCA), his experience spans estimating and construction management as the General Contractor, Project Manager, and Project Owner’s representative / Vice-President. Dean has also held various executive level positions working in General Contracting, Development, and the Alberta Health Services (AHS) project management group. He has worked on significant Alberta construction projects including Calgary’s Petro-Canada (Suncor) Centre, the Olympic Saddledome, the Hyatt Hotel, Telus Convention Centre, SMART Technologies Building, major hospital expansions, and the South Health Campus. Since retiring in January 2018, Dean has embarked on a new role as a fundraising volunteer with Wellspring Calgary – a cancer support group. Dean was recognized in 2018 with CCA’s ‘Person of the Year’ award.
Debbie Hicks, B.Sc, DSH Consulting | President
Former President of the Southern Interior Construction Association (SICA) in BC for 22 years, with a comprehensive education background (Diploma in Business Administration, Bachelors of Science, teaching credential, and MBA in progress) learning has always been at the core of Debbie's career. During her time with SICA, she worked with a range of industry stakeholders including the buyers of construction services, architects, engineers, and contractors, coordinating and providing industry advocacy and education. Recent experience as the owner Rep for the construction of Kelowna Yacht Club's new Clubhouse has provided an additional perspective. Debbie's extensive experience in construction industry both as a stakeholder and educator make her uniquely qualified as a trainer and facilitator. With her energetic and dynamic instructional style, you won't want to miss an opportunity to train with Debbie!
Drew Willms, B.A.Sc., EIT, Structure Craft | Business Development Engineer
As BD Engineer, Drew's responsibilities include pre-construction project management and estimating, as well as developing and coordinating new project opportunities. He has led the estimating effort on institutional and commercial mass timber projects across North America and Asia. Drew is also responsible for early project engineering and 3D design, working in collaboration with our engineering department.
He joined StructureCraft after four years as a Regional Engineer at one of Canada’s largest civil infrastructure companies, where he coordinated the design and site supervision efforts for bridge structure installations across the Pacific Northwest. Drew is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Civil Engineering program.
Elisa Brandts, AAA, OAA, NSAA, FRAIC, Stantec | Managing Senior Principal
Elisa is a Senior Principal and the Business Centre Managing Leader for the Stantec buildings group in BC. Her role combines active senior team leadership, financial and studio management with managing significant projects. Her project focus is particularly on large-scale alternate delivery scope, IPD and those integrating Lean process. Throughout her industry career Elisa has accomplished many major projects including: Eric Hamber Secondary School Replacement Project, Vancouver; Camosun College Alex and Jo Campbell School of Health Sciences, Victoria; Canalta Centre, Medicine Hat, Alberta; Sault Ste. Marie Event Centre, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario; Youngstown Convocation Center, Youngstown, OH, USA; and the Rideau Carleton Raceway, Ottawa.
Elizabeth Chick-Blount, Buy Social Canada | Executive Director
Elizabeth’s experience spans frontline roles in communities, consulting for the public sector, and working with social enterprises in the UK and Canada. As Executive Director at Buy Social Canada, she coordinates and connects Buy Social Canada’s work with public and private sector purchasers to design and implement Social Procurement and Community Benefit Agreement policies and practices. Elizabeth worked with the City of Vancouver on the development of the CBA implementation strategy and is working with PCL construction on the implementation of the CBA on the New St. Paul’s hospital development, and Chandos Construction on the implementation of a voluntary CBA. Elizabeth also continues to collaborate with the United Way GTA, TCBN and PCBN to connect the Metrolinx LRT projects with social enterprise suppliers in Toronto.
James Clapp, Managing Director | Wilson M. Beck Insurance Services Inc.
James is a construction insurance and surety broker with 22 years of experience and over 300 clients across North America. He spends the bulk of his time reviewing tender and contract specifications, alerting his clients to any onerous conditions, and ensuring they understand and comply with insurance and bonding requirements. As a former surety underwriter, James also brings a strong background in construction accounting. He has served on VICA’s Board of Directors, including the role of Chair.
James (Jim) Johnston, P. Eng., President | Quality Dynamics Inc.
Jim is a Professional Industrial Engineer, holds a CM-Lea designation, is a member of the Lean Construction Institute, an advisor to the Board of the Lean Construction Institute of Canada, and an Accredited Instructor for the Associated General Contractors’ Lean Construction Education Program. He has extensive experience and success implementing Lean Construction tools on construction projects that range in value up to $250,000,000. He is a nationally recognized trainer and speaker on the topic of Lean Construction having addressed audiences across the country. Jim has 25 years of experience as a consultant and instructor, leading organizations through Lean transformations, implementing quality assurance systems and business process optimization.
Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC, Constructing Minds Inc. | President
Lee knows construction because she has built it. With over 30 years of construction management/General Contracting experience under her belt she has extensive knowledge of construction practices, processes and procedures in all contract delivery formats. Lee is a long serving member on the National Gold Seal Committee, and the winner of the Construction Institute of Canada (TCIC) “Chancellor’s Award of Excellence.” Her enthusiasm for training makes her a highly informative, interactive, motivated and sought-after trainer.
Mark Alam, B.Eng., Ph.D., Canadian Wood Council | Manager, Codes & Standards - Fire
As manager of codes and standards in the fire division, Marc participates in CWC’s building code and standards fire‐related initiatives and the development of CWC’s fire design tools, as well as code‐related fire research projects. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering from Carleton as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering with a concentration in Management.