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  • 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, Lean Green Belt President, 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

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    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.

  • Tyler Galbraith, LL.B

    Headshot of Tyler Galbraith, LL.B, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP  - VICA InstructorTyler Galbraith, LL.B, Jenkins Marzban Logan LLP | Partner

    With over 14 years of experience, Tyler practices in the area of commercial litigation with a focus on construction disputes. He has appeared before all levels of court in British Columbia and has been involved in several appeals, trials, arbitrations, and mediations. He has acted in numerous builders lien and tender cases, disputes arising from delays, defective work, contract termination, bond claims and insurance coverage. Tyler is a member of a variety of construction and legal associations and has lectured for the Continuing Legal Education Society of British Columbia on construction related matters. He is the author of numerous construction law articles and other publications, with a focus on tender and builders liens issues.

  • Walter Strachan, RSW, PQS (F), CSC (F)

     Headshot of Walter Strachan, RSW, PQS (F), CSC (F) Walter Strachan, RSW, PQS (F), CSC (F)

    With 40+ years’ experience in the consulting engineering industry, Walter has worked in multiple roles, serving as department manager, project manager, corporate quality manager (ISO 9001), corporate risk manager, principal, director, and Chair of the Board at a major Atlantic Canada based engineering and environmental services company. Upon retirement from CBCL Limited, Walter opened Act 3 Advisory Services to continue a life-long obsession with all things related to project delivery in the design and construction industry.

    Walter’s design and construction interest center around standard practices, project delivery methods, cost planning and control, risk management, and dispute resolution. These interests resulted in tenures as Chair, Canadian Design Build Institute (CDBI); President, Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (CIQS); Chair, Canadian Construction Documents Committee (CCDC); and Board Member, Canadian Construction Association (CCA).He has also served on several significant Task Teams including MasterFormat; CSC/CSI Uniform Drawing Systems; and the Integrated Delivery (IPD) Task Team.

    Walter is the 2021 recipient of the Nova Scotia Consulting Engineers (CENS) Distinguished Service Award.

  • Wayne Newell

    Headshot of Wayne Newell, Wayne Newell Management & Seminar Services  - VICA InstructorWayne Newell, Wayne Newell Management & Seminar Services | Owner

    For the past 35 years, Wayne has served in senior financial leadership roles and worked with contractors of all sizes throughout Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Wayne earned his Certified Management Accountant (CMA now CPA) designation in 1972. Since then, no matter the size of the company, he has shown owners, managers and employees how to best perform, lead, and follow; all the while saving money and time. Wayne was elected a life member of the Kinsmen Association for outstanding efforts and leadership in a volunteer role, having served as a Governor and leading 18 executives responsible for 96 clubs and 2700 members. For the last 18 years Wayne has been focused on sharing his wealth of knowledge through training and has presented his Construction Management courses to over 3,400 construction professionals from St. John’s to Victoria.