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  • Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC

    Headshot of Lee Kelly, M.A.A.T.O., P.GSC, Constructing Minds Inc.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.

  • Marc Alam, B.Eng., Ph.D.

    Headshot of Marc AlamMark 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.

  • Mark Scharf, BA, MHA

    Mark Scharf, BA, MHA HeadshotMark Scharf, BA, MHA

    Mark recently retired from the University of Calgary where he was responsible for the delivery of capital projects across the organization entailing approximately 400 capital and renovation projects per year with an annual project spend of approximately $150M. During his 12-year tenure as Director the Project Management Office constructed nine new campus buildings, including major infrastructure renewals, new residence halls and a new library. With  30-plus years of public sector experience working in post-secondary and health-care organizations, Mark has been directly involved in procuring design and construction teams and negotiating and overseeing a wide variety of contract types including Design-Build, CM at Risk, Lump-Sum and performance-based engagements. Mark takes pride in building strong teams, mentoring the next generation of project professionals, and engaging diverse stakeholder groups to achieve outstanding results.

  • Mark Taylor, P.Eng., GSC

    Headshot of Mark Taylor, P.Eng., GSC - VICA InstructorMark Taylor, P.Eng., GSC, President | Mark Taylor Construction Advisory Services

    With more than 30 years of construction industry experience, Mark has been a sought-out change leader for his ability to create a shared common vision, develop strong teams, and set clear goals and accountabilities to successfully implement new initiatives. Throughout his career in the UK, and 20+ years in Canada, Mark has been a senior leader for major general contractors including PCL and Stuart Olson. His roles have included VP of Permanent Modular Construction, Special Projects Division Manager, Director of Operations, and Senior Construction Manger. Now, as President of his own boutique advisory firm, Mark provides business and project support services to help contractors become more profitable.

  • Mark Waters, CTech., GSC

    Headshot of Mark Waters, CTech., GSCMark Waters, CTech., GSC, BGC Partners Inc. | Director of Training

    Director of Training for BGC Partners Inc. His career in the construction industry spans the past thirty years with experience and a unique perspective from both the general contracting and consulting engineering sides of the business. Mark is a Gold Seal Certified project manager and served many years in the industry as a senior project manager and estimator. His earlier career was field based, providing years of valuable experience as a project superintendent, general superintendent of field operations and surveying. Graduating with honours from the BCIT Geomatics Technicians program, Mark joined the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians Association of BC in 1997.

  • Michael Atkinson, LLB

    Headshot of Michael AtkinsonMichael Atkinson, LLB | Past President CCA, Past Secretary CCDC

    Michael is a leading expert in standard construction contracts and practices in Canada. He was appointed Secretary to the Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC) in 1982 and served in this role until 1993 when he became President of the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) from 1993 to 2017. In 2013, he was one of just 38 recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medals. He was awarded this honor for demonstrating outstanding service in the Canadian construction industry. In addition to his roles at the CCA, Michael has served as the Private Sector Vice-Chair of the Municipal Infrastructure Forum established by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, and as a member of the Federal-Industry Real Property Advisory Council, the Industrial Security Advisory Board, the CORCAN Advisory Board, and a long-time member of the Construction Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association.

  • Morgan Garry, BSc

    Headshot of Morgan Garry, BSc - VICA InstructorMorgan Garry, BSc, Bluebeam Certified Instructor, Curtek Project Solutions Inc. | President

    Morgan is a Bluebeam Certified Instructor with more than a decade of hands-on experience in the construction industry, including owning his own construction company and working for one of the largest GC’s in North America. With a bachelor’s degree in Construction Management, Morgan is a trusted expert in using Bluebeam technology on the construction site. Morgan’s classes and training have helped some of the top construction companies in North America improve processes, workflow, and project management with Bluebeam Revu.

  • Phil Iafelice, CMT, PMP

     Headshot of Phil IafelicePhil Iafelice, CMT, PMP

    Phil has over 45 years of construction experience, starting out his career in field work for both construction and engineering firms and continuing on to become a business owner, estimator, building inspector and project manager. His industry experience includes projects ranging from road building and deep services to multi-amenity recreation facilities. From his experience, Phil understands the need to provide teams with both the tools and motivation to excel. As Project Manager of Capital Works at the City of Calgary, Phil was involved from 2013 in the New Recreation Facility Program where he led the construction of the Remington Quarry Park Recreation Facility and the Brookfield Residential Seton Recreation Facility. In his role at the City of Calgary he led other infrastructure projects where he was responsible for acquiring and managing construction, design, inspection and commissioning services through the public procurement system. Numerous internal clients included CFD, CPS, Transit, Recreation and more. Phil’s other City of Calgary experience included working as Group 3 Building Inspector and Business Coordinator for the Development and Building Department. Phil is recently retired from the City of Calgary but still dabbles in projects of interest and volunteer work.

  • Phil Perry, B.Sc.

    Headshot of Phil Perry, VICA InstructorPhil Perry, B.Sc., Perry Educational Services Ltd. | President

    Phil has worked in construction for 30+ years. For the last 13 years, he’s been teaching post-secondary Construction Management courses and delivering training for construction associations across the country. Phil is also an instructor for the University of Alberta's Construction Management Certificate Program. In his spare time, Phil is a Master Course Facilitator for a National Sports Organization and chaired their National Coaching/Instructional Program for four years. He was the recipient of the 2018 IG Wealth Management Community National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) Coach Developer Award.

  • Ralph Lembcke, P.GSC

    Headshot of Ralph Lembcke, P. GSCRalph Lembcke, P.GSC

    Ralph’s construction career has taken him from estimator to project manager, then to self-employed contractor, and finally to a 30-year career as a professor with the Donald J. Smith School of Building Technology at Fanshawe College in London, ON, where he still teaches part-time. He was a 25-year member of the Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyor (PQS - Professional Quantity Surveyor) and is currently a charter member of the Construction and Design Educators Council of Canada (CDECC). Ralph sits on the board of advisors for the CDECC as well as for an Ontario-based construction company. Ralph holds a certificate in Construction Engineering Technology and Management from Fanshawe College, a teaching certificate from St. Clair College and a Professional Gold Seal certification from the Canadian Construction Association.

  • Rick Boates, AScT., GSC, LEEDAP

    Headshot of Rick Boates, AScT., GSC, LEEDAP - VICA InstructorRick Boates, AScT., GSC, LEEDAP, Unitech Construction Management | President

    Rick’s career in the construction industry spans 49 years including 14 years in design consulting, 2 years as a Building Inspector and 33 years as founder and President of one of BC’s leading Construction Management firms. Rick served on the Board of ICBA, the Independent Contractors and Businesses Association for 8 years. Rick also served on the Board of Merit Canada for 8 years and is now dedicating his board efforts to the Delta Hospital and Community Health Foundation.

    Rick has guided Unitech through the successful completion of nearly $1.5 billion worth commercial, institutional, recreational, hospitality, First Nations, Health and even civil and industrial projects throughout BC. All of these projects been implemented via Construction Manager as Agent via old CCA 5 or CCDC 5A contracts on behalf of many repeat public and private clients. He is continuing his passion for collaborative construction with $400 million in CM contracts in progress and is leveraging Unitech collaborative approach on promotion of IPD and Lean Construction on current and upcoming projects.

  • Roy Timms, P.Eng. (Retired), GSC

    Headshot of Roy TimmsRoy Timms, P.Eng. (Retired), GSC

    Roy is a Professional Engineer who owned a design build company from 1974 to 2019, and a Professional Engineering company for over 30 years. His career in construction started 50 years ago as a student labourer. Since then, his experience expanded to include private sector industrial, commercial, and retail projects plus municipal work as an owner’s agent and a design builder.  These projects have ranged from small to $32,000,000. Currently Roy acts as an owner’s agent and strategic advisor to design build contractors.

    Roy has served on the Ontario Building Code Commission and is a Past President of the Ontario General Contractors Association. He is also the past Chairperson of the Canadian Design Build Institute, the Niagara Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Niagara Industrial Association, among other organizations. His many honors include a Life Membership from the Ontario General Contractors Association and a Niagara Engineering Award of Merit.

  • Ryan Simmons, CET, GSC

    Headshot of Ryan Simmons, CET, GSC, EllisDon Ryan Simmons, CET, GSC, EllisDon | VP of Operations, Southwestern Ontario

     Ryan has over 20 years of experience as a construction professional, and in his current role at EllisDon, he is responsible for overall execution of EllisDon projects, including staffing, training, and risk management. With extensive experience in hospital construction and complex projects, Ryan brings an intense but energetic and engaging approach to his work. Recognized as the top academic student each year while graduating from the Construction Engineering Technology Program at Fanshawe College, Ryan is also a Certified Engineering Technologist (C.E.T), a LEED AP accredited professional, and is Gold Seal Certified (GSC) by the Canadian Construction Association.

  • Terry Brown, P.GSC

    Headshot of Terry Brown, VICA Instructor

    Terry Brown, P.GSC, STBR Consulting Ltd. | President

    An integral member of Greyback Construction Ltd. for 25 years, Terry led commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-residential projects as Senior Project Manager. In 2009, he retired from Greyback to launch STBR Consulting, his own construction consulting and project management company. Terry has his B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and among the many credentials he’s earned, can count accreditation as a Certified Director, a Gold Seal Professional Certified Project Manager (P.GSC) and a journeyman carpenter.

    Terry continues to contribute this expertise to the industry with current and past volunteer activities including: BCCA and regional BC construction associations, WorkSafeBC, the CCA National Gold Seal Committee, the Canadian Construction Document Committee, Pentowna Marina Board of Directors, the Canadian Construction Association, the Construction Sector Council, the Canadian Design-Build Institute, the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, among others. In 2018 Terry was awarded CCA’s Person of the Year and in 2013 he was the recipient of the Queen’s Jubilee Award.

  • Terry Danelley, FRAIC, MAA

    Terry Danelley, FRAIC, MAA HeadshotTerry Danelley, FRAIC, MAA, LM Architectural Group | Senior Advisor

    Terry has over 30 years of experience with LM Architectural Group including 20 years as a principal directing the firm’s educational facilities team in programming, planning and design of public, private and First Nations educational facilities, including daycare facilities, K-12 schools and post-secondary projects. His experience includes a wide range of different building typologies and scales covering the institutional, educational, residential, office/commercial, and industrial market sectors.  He has extensive experience in the Design-Bid-Build, Design-Build, Construction Management and Integrated Project Team delivery methods. Terry now acts as a special advisor to the partnership serving LM’s education group and undertaking design and planning assignments related to that sector of the firm.

  • Tim Williams, MBA, B.Econ., CPA, GSC

    Headshot of Tim Williams, MBA, B.Econ., CPA, GSCTim Williams, MBA, B.Econ., CPA, GSC, BGC Partners Inc. | President

    President of BGC Partners Inc., Tim has worked with numerous construction companies for over twenty years. He is an experienced and sought after trainer who has trained construction owners and managers on behalf of construction industry associations across Western Canada.

  • Tom Stephenson, MBA, CM-LEAN, PMP

    Headshot of Tom Stephenson, MBA, CM-LEAN, PMP, VICA InstructorTom Stephenson, MBA, CM-LEAN, PMP,  George Brown College | Professor

    Tom is a national award-winning professor and best-selling textbook author whose background in education spans nearly three decades. He has been a full-time Professor at George Brown College in Toronto, ON, since 1992, and prior to teaching, he owned, managed, and operated a mid-sized general contracting company. Tom holds three Trade Licenses: General Carpenter, Brick and Stone Mason, and Industrial Woodworker.

    Tom authored, developed, and coordinates the Building Renovation and Restoration Technician, and Technology Programs at George Brown College. He also teaches Project Management for professional organizations including The Construction Institute of Canada and the Ontario General Contractors Association, as well as Building Science courses at the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. Tom is the author of the newly released textbook, Planning, Scheduling, and Control of Construction Projects with American Technical Publishers, as well as four best-selling editions of Understanding Construction Drawings for Housing and Small Buildings with Nelson Publishing Canada (now with Top Hat).

    A champion of change management, Tom takes pride in helping students and businesses navigate uncharted territories, take calculated risks, and rise above the status quo.

  • Tony Healy, BA, CEC

    Headshot of Tony Healy, BA - VICA InstructorTony Healy, BA, CEC Optimum Performance Coaching & EverydaySafe EHS Consulting Inc. | President, Certified Executive Coach

    Tony is passionate about leadership coaching and draws on his broad experience in professional sports to deliver highly engaging training sessions. As an EH&S Consultant, he works with his clients to empower successful safety cultures by employing a coaching approach with their teams. Tony blends his construction expertise and experience with his background as a multi-sport, nationally ranked athlete and 15 years working as a professional, high-performance coach. This unique combination results in training that takes the most up-to-date leadership theories and practices and boils them down to the essentials so that you and your crew can walk away from a course ready to implement your new skills on site.

  • Tori Williamson

    Headshot of Tori WilliamsonTori Williamson, Buy Social Canada | Director of Education & Communications

    With a passion for understanding the systems around us and working collaboratively on community-centred solutions, Tori believes in people and the power of shifting perspectives and objectives to create monumental change. As Director of Education and Communications at Buy Social Canada, she spearheads engagement and works across the social procurement ecosystem. She sits on the Stronger Together Solidarity Working Group to help bring inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility to the social innovation sector. Currently, she is the Project Manager for Wood Buffalo Social Procurement Implementation, the Peterborough Social Procurement Project, the lead for Buy Social Canada’s Social Procurement Supplier Readiness (SUPER) training program and Education and Training Coordinator for the British Columbia Social Procurement Initiative.

  • Troy DeGroot

    Headshot of Troy DeGroot VICA InstructorTroy DeGroot, Bluebeam Certified Instructor, UChapter2 | Owner

    As a Bluebeam Certified Consultant, Bluebeam Certified Instructor, and Implementation Specialist, Troy travels the country training over 2,000 students annually with customized tools and workflows. It is these extensive and diverse training opportunities that have led to Troy being a requested annual presenter at AIA meetings, Bluebeam Academy and Bluebeam’s very own eXtreme Conference (XCON).

    With over 20 years in the industry, Troy has cultivated a deep understanding of the requirements of customers, the needs of end users, common goals of management, and the capacities of the technology. He has led many companies through successful software implementations and training. Having served as the BIM Manager for a large multi-discipline engineering firm, he provides a broad understanding of the industry and the evolution of technology.