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Revitalizing Science Infrastructure through Collaboration
Joanna Ankersmit, Federal Science and Technology Infrastructure Initiative Office
The objective of this presentation is to speak to how Public Services and Procurement Canada is using innovative project management approaches, including governance and portfolio planning, to define science infrastructure needs in collaboration with science departments and agencies.

The Government of Canada is committed to building a stronger, more collaborative federal science and technology ecosystem. In Budget 2018 and as part of the renewal of federal science, the Government announced the launch of the first phase of an ambitious plan to renew federal laboratories, and to begin the process for the construction of multi‐purpose, collaborative, federal science and technology facilities. The Federal Science and Technology Infrastructure Initiative (FSTII) is a 25-year strategy that is part of the Government of Canada’s plan to strengthen federal science in Canada. This initiative aims to provide federal scientists with modern facilities and greater access to common tools that will facilitate collaboration and allow them to continue the important work they do on behalf of Canadians.

Science departments and agencies have come together to identify complimentary outcomes that are the basis for Phase 1 infrastructure projects. Together, these groups are now exploring opportunities to strengthen their research agendas through enhance interdisciplinary work and share facilities where appropriate. To achieve their expected science outcomes, each group will be identifying science requirements that will be reviewed by an External Advisory Panel who will provide advice based on the needs of the science community and on enhancing collaboration among stakeholders.

Joanna Ankersmit, Director General, Program Sponsor and Implementation Office, Federal Science and Technology Infrastructure Initiative Office
Joanna Ankersmit joined the Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (SPIB) at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) in September 2018 as the Director General of the Program Sponsor and Implementation Office, Federal Science and Technology Infrastructure Initiative (FSTII). In this role Joanna works in partnership with the science clusters to ensure that their science vision is enabled through innovative planning, resulting in state of the art science facilities.

Prior to joining PSPC, Joanna championed for 18 years the management of northern contaminated sites, particularly abandoned mines, on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.


Canadian Nuclear Laboratories: Designing the Science of Tomorrow
Donald Chong1 and Garry Yaraskavitch2
1HDR Architecture
2Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
The objective of this presentation is to discuss the advantages of mass timber construction within the emergent procurement method, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), for a federal science and technology campus along the Ottawa River Valley. The discussion will centre on the sustainable and long-term outlook of a campus as it undergoes a transformational series of built works with long-term sustainability and resiliency in mind.

With the gradual decommissioning of a 20th-century era infrastructure of nuclear facilities, Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CLN) – with its rich history as world-renowned science and technology leader – has adopted a resilient architectural outlook for its growing campus. Through programmatically diverse structures, this progressive approach to building is based on an incremental and holistic commitment to the “post-resource” era export of clean energy-based initiatives and research.

Through a suite of “kick start” projects – with the physical and cultural attention to detail often given to singular structures – CNL aims to make a case for a newly bespoke, parallel process within a resilient approach to generational campus transformation. Together, these projects would share common attention to innovative construction techniques and details, to the natural setting, and to advanced wood/mass timber construction – honouring the region’s deep logging/lumber history, its economic well-being and its Indigenous territorial roots.

CNL began working on the new builds projects for the Chalk River Laboratories site in the summer of 2016 based on the guiding principles established in a new master plan to guide future land use and development as part of the CNL’s “Vision 2026”. This plan is driven by a holistic, systems approach to the site. Out of this vision, four major construction initiatives were established, of which three projects became linked together and formed what is currently call the New Builds Project and include three buildings: business hub, logistics warehouse, and the support facility. The fourth project called the Advanced Nuclear Materials Research Centre is a stand-alone project.

The new buildings will be an important feature of the new campus redevelopment, providing modern spaces (administrative, warehouses, logistics, laboratories and deep research) and supporting infrastructure to facilitate the decommissioning of end-of-life infrastructure across the existing campus. This mass timber structure in these buildings will support CNL’s transformation as a sustainable facility, with an arrangement of fixed and reconfigurable spaces that adopt flexibility and modular design principles, allowing the facilities to remain relevant for their purpose, over their lifetime – fully capable of attracting talented new researchers to Chalk River, as well as retaining the research and support staff who have been a part of the highly recognized research work done on the campus over recent memory.

The project team is investigating different design options to have direct alignment with the Government of Canada’s policy direction on climate change and clean growth. The project is committed to align with the Pan-Canadian Framework and the Canadian Federal Guidelines on sustainability, clean energy and the carbon friendly or low-carbon economy within the confines of the planned and approved budget constraints. Mass timber structures form a central element in these efforts.

Today, CNL continues its commitment to ensure that Canadians and the world receive energy, health and environmental benefits from nuclear science and technology with confidence that nuclear safety and security are assured.

Donald Chong, Architect, Design Principal, HDR Architecture
After creating his own award-winning architectural studios, Donald Chong became HDR Toronto's first Design Principal and launched the research-based “Future Studio”. Donald has been widely recognized for his broadly-scoped, well-detailed architectural works and for his research initiatives – efforts strongly regarded for their inventiveness and investment in place-making. His deepening and critically engaging portfolio has drawn interest internationally for Donald to speak, adjudicate and teach in academic and cultural institutions abroad, including venues in Tokyo, Aspen, Helsinki, Montreal, New York, Vancouver, Copenhagen, Zurich and Amsterdam. Donald won the prestigious 2012 Canada Council Prix de Rome and The Architectural League’s 2014 Emerging Voices Award. In 2010, he was shortlisted to The Marcus Foundation Architectural Prize, and was recognized in Dwell Magazine’s “The Future Issue”.

Garry Yaraskavitch, Senior Director, Operations, Infrastructure and Chief Security Officer, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited
Garry Yaraskavitch currently resides in Pembroke and works at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited as a Senior Director, Operations, Infrastructure and Chief Security Officer. He brings 30 years of operational experience and senior leadership in both private and public sectors.


DND's Early Integrated Project Delivery Project Experience
Allan Trenholme1, Ryan Maher2, Erin Matthews3, Glen Klym4, Mike Moffatt1, Chris Bayless3Patrick Lajeunesse4, Sean Keating5 
1Department of National Defence
2Defence Construction Canada
3PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
4Architecture 49 Inc.
5Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
The objective of this presentation is to present the first Integrated Project Delivery (IDP) project in the federal government and how the project team has adopted this new delivery model. This presentation will provide attendees with an in-depth discussion of how an IPD project is delivered differently from traditional project delivery methodologies. Discussion will focus on the lessons learned during the validation phase and challenges encountered with the new CCDC 30 IPD contract.

The Royal Canadian Dragoons is an armoured reconnaissance regiment based in Garrison Petawawa, Ontario. The unit currently occupies over 15 buildings dispersed throughout the base, the majority of which are over 50 years old and in poor condition. This project involves determining the infrastructure operational requirements, identifying the preferred option, and implementing the approved solution. This project has been selected as the first pilot project for implementation using the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) methodology for Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure and Environment) (ADM (IE)) in the Department of National Defence (DND).

Over the last 50 years, since the buildings were constructed, the tasks assigned to the Royal Canadian Dragoons and the execution of those tasks has evolved considerably. This project’s objective will be to ensure that the unit’s vehicles and equipment are housed adequately and the unit has the capability to perform their work in a healthy and safe environment.

This project will be delivered at a projected cost of approximately $88M. The solution for this project as identified in the options analysis, and confirmed by the project team, is to renovate some existing buildings, demolish the bulk of the existing infrastructure and construction of a new main-facility to consolidate the balance of the Regiment. As per the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy Green Building Directive, this project is to achieve three globes in the Green Globes program.

This project will be delivered using the IPD methodology, a first for the Government of Canada. The IPD project delivery method integrates people, systems, business structures and practices into a process that collaboratively harnesses the talents and insights of all participants to reduce waste and optimize efficiency through all phases of design, fabrication and construction. The IPD method contains, at a minimum, all of the following elements:

  • Continuous involvement of owner and key designers and builders from early design through project completion;
  • Business interests aligned through shared risk/reward, including financial gain at risk that is dependent upon project outcomes;
  • Joint project control by owner and key designers and builders;
  • A multi-party agreement or equal interlocking agreement; and,
  • Limited liability among owner and key designers and builders.

This RPIC presentation, to be delivered by DND, Defence Construction Canada, and other project team members, will focus on the challenges that the project team experienced as it learned how to plan an IPD project within the risk-averse federal government and moved the project from options analysis through definition. The presentation will also explore how the risks surrounding traditional construction projects were mitigated by using IPD and how the project team used modern relational-based contracting techniques, enhanced interpersonal skills and empowered leadership to move the project forward. Finally, the presentation will discuss the lessons learned to date and close by looking at future challenges as the project moves into implementation.

This presentation will provide attendees with an in-depth discussion of how an IPD project is delivered differently from traditional project delivery methodologies.

Allan Trenholme, Project Manager, Department of National Defence
Allan Trenholme has been working in the infrastructure field of the Department of National Defence (DND) for more than 15 years. He retired from the Canadian Armed Forces in 2015 after having served in a variety of design, facilities management, planning and project management positions. Allan is a strong collaborator and enjoys forming great teams on his projects and transforming statements of requirements into functional facilities for end-users. He holds degrees in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration. Allan is passionate about continuous learning and delivering the first Integrated Project Delivery project for DND.

Ryan Maher, Program Leader, Defence Construction Canada
Ryan Maher is a Program Leader at Defence Construction Canada. He has over ten years of experience as an owner’s representative for the federal government on major capital infrastructure projects. Working on more unique contracting vehicles, such as P3 and currently IPD, Ryan has developed contract management skills that fosters collaboration with all stakeholders while ensuring value to the Crown. This collaboration helps with positive working relationships which has lead to the successful project delivery of Communications Security Establishment’s Long Term Accommodation Project in Ottawa and Shared Services Canada’s Enterprise Data Centre in Borden, Ontario.

Erin Matthews, Development Manager, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Erin Matthews has forty years of experience in the construction industry serving in executive administration, project management, superintendent, estimating, and engineering capacities, over a wide variety of project types. He is conversant in leading teams through all manner of contractual deliveries, from P3 design-build arrangements to collaborative Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) endeavours. He is experienced as the client-facing project executive, working with key, high-level stakeholders to develop responsible project goals and milestones. Erin is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Civil Engineering. He is a registered engineering professional with Professional Engineers of Ontario (PEO) and a certified LEED Green Associate.

Glen Klym, Managing Principal, Architecture 49 Inc.
Glen Klym is an accomplished Architect and Managing Principal based in Ottawa who has been responsible for the delivery of a comprehensive portfolio of highly complex and secure buildings with demanding technical standards. Considered extremely well versed in the provision of services for diverse Canadian federal government clients, Glen has been on the leading edge of delivering multi-disciplinary architectural and engineering services in design build, modified design build and P3 models. He has a comprehensive understanding of security requirements for some of the most confidential projects built in Canada and is well versed in the production of architectural and engineering documents to support the exacting requirements of government and institutional clients including Public Services and Procurement Canada and Defence Construction Canada. Glen has highly developed facilitation skills, and as Principal in charge of some of the largest projects in the national capital region and beyond, he has gained expertise managing senior stakeholders and complex user group requirements. Glen is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies and Master of Architecture, and is a registered member of the British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island Associations of Architects.

Mike Moffatt, Managing Principal, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Mike Moffatt's approach to projects is to work closely with the entire design team in a fully integrated design process to produce structural systems which support a holistic building solution, balancing economic, social and environmental needs while meeting the client’s goals in cost-effective ways. Mike continues to make a positive impact in the industry as a strong advocate of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) as a model for collaboration, through projects such as St. Jerome’s University Campus Renewal, Oakville's Trafalgar Park Arena Revitalization, Canadian Nuclear Labs – Advanced Nuclear Material Research Centre, and DND's Royal Canadian Dragoons Facilities project.

Patrick Lajeunesse, Architecture49
is the Practice Leader for Operations at the Ottawa office of Architecture49, and a licensed architect in both Ontario and Québec. He has more than 22 years of experience, with a wide range of project types and complexities. He has developed a particular expertise in design management, leading integrated project delivery (IPD) teams with effective resolution of program and technical requirements. With a focus on the Security & Defence sector of our practice since joining A49 in 2011, his growth has seen him lead and expand various project delivery modalities while forging positive & constructive relationships with all team stakeholders, overseeing the success of the project from outset, though it’s evolution, into completion. Patrick’s first A49 project saw him lead a production team for one of the first Modified Design Build by DND/DCC. Patrick has a Bachelor of Architecture from Carleton University and an Architectural Technology Diploma from La Cité / Algonquin College.

Chris Bayless, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
Chris Bayless has 23 years of experience in the construction industry in estimating and construction risk management capacities in a variety of project types. He has had involvement in many delivery methods including design-build, P3, construction management and IPD. Chris is a graduate of Fanshawe College with a diploma in Construction Engineering Technology. He is a LEED Green Associate and Gold Seal Certified.

Sean Keating, Engineer, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd.
Sean is a structural engineer licensed to practise in the province of Ontario. Sean’s strength and experience encompasses collaboration on Design Build, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD), and Construction Management type projects including new and complex expansion of institutional buildings, transit facilities, residential, and office buildings. Sean has developed keen project leadership ability, particularly in complex renovations, phased construction sequencing, and accelerated design/construction schedules.

Government of Canada Missions Abroad Path to Sustainability: BOMA BEST Pilot at Government of Canada Mission in Beijing
Benjamin L. Shinewald1 and Samir Basaria2, Sean Robertson3
2Global Affairs Canada
3Canadian Embassy in Beijing
The objective of this presentation is to showcase of BOMA BEST Pilot at Government of Canada Mission in Beijing, China.

Global Affairs Canada (GAC) is committed to operating its 178 mission sites abroad in line with the principles of sustainable development outlined in its Sustainable Development Strategic Framework for Missions Abroad. The department has set ambitious targets for its missions abroad in keys areas including energy, carbon, water, and waste; and, in support of this, is piloting various building environmental performance standards. These commitments support the overall departmental and Federal Sustainable Development Strategies, and connect to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

In March 2018, GAC entered into a partnership with BOMA Canada to pilot the BOMA BEST standard at its diplomatic mission in Beijing, China. BOMA BEST sustainable buildings certification recognizes excellence in energy and environmental management and performance in commercial real estate. All six buildings on the compound were included and, over the span of a year, assessed under mandatory criteria. Through strong data management practices, amendments to existing operations processes, and the implementation of various sustainability projects, all six buildings received a BOMA BEST silver rating.

The BOMA BEST standard was designed for a primarily North American real property industry. The application of this standard in China, in a secure government mission environment, has yielded valuable lessons learned. The use of environmental performance standards in unconventional applications present challenges with data availability/management, standards equivalency, maintenance records and logs (variances in building management practices), language challenges when managing an international portfolio, written versus unwritten practices of real property management, municipal waste/water/energy management infrastructure, and adaptations to certification audits abroad.

The pilot also presents significant opportunities including potential multi-national partnerships, showcasing the Government of Canada’s commitment to sustainable development on the international stage. This demonstrates a case for sharing real property best practices across the industry and between private and public spheres, and standardization of best practices. These lessons present a strong case for the need for public-sector specific approaches to environmental performance standards, or the development of modules of existing standards. This session will outline lessons learned through a presentation of the Beijing experience. Following the presentation, a panel style discussion will take place tackling some of the challenges across the international diplomatic real property portfolio for GAC within the perspective of sustainable development.

Benjamin L. Shinewald, President and Chief Executive Officer, BOMA Canada
Benjamin L. Shinewald is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Building Owners and Managers Association of Canada (BOMA). Among other things, Benjamin’s responsibilities include BOMA BEST, Canada’s leading environmental assessment and certification program for commercial real estate. During his tenure, BOMA BEST has grown rapidly and is now expanding worldwide. Prior to joining BOMA in 2012, Benjamin served as the CEO of Canadian Jewish Congress. Earlier, he served in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa after practicing law in Toronto at Torys. Benjamin also served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of Israel and worked for the Leader of the Democratic Party of Hong Kong, the Canadian Mission to the OECD in Paris and the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club.

Samir Basaria, Senior Technical Advisor (Sustainable Development), Global Affairs Canada
Samir Basaria is the Senior Technical Advisor (Sustainable Development) at Global Affairs Canada (GAC) and is part of a team responsible for delivering sustainability initiatives for missions abroad. Over the past 18 months with GAC, Samir has led the development of the Sustainable Development Strategic Framework for Missions Abroad, directing the Branch towards a long-term vision towards sustainability for its diplomatic missions abroad. Samir comes to Global Affairs Canada from Public Services and Procurement Canada where he held the position of Head, Environment and Sustainable Development. Samir has coordinated the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy program for Real Property Services Branch for nearly two decades.


Effective Project Management: Staying Effective, Remaining Relevant
Franklin Holtforster, Colliers Project Leaders Inc.
The objective of this presentation is to provide insight into the significant changes that have occurred in the capital project environment, and within project management.

Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.

Real property project management is evolving to meet the changing needs of owners and the changing realities of capital projects. As projects become ever more complex, project managers need to upgrade their skills, learn new methodologies, and adapt to emerging technologies to ensure they are providing effective leadership.

Franklin Holtforster will draw on his experience leading a team of 800 professional project managers. He will speak to the significant changes that have occurred in the capital projects environment and project management. He will identify where he sees the profession going, and what he believes project management professionals need to do order to remain relevant and provide effective leadership.

Franklin Holtforster, President and CEO, Colliers Project Leaders Inc.
A born entrepreneur and business leader, Franklin Holtforster is the CEO of Colliers Project Leaders. Founded in 1989, the company has grown into Canada’s leading real-property project management firm with 26 offices across the country. As an engineer, contractor and project management consultant, he has directed major capital projects for private and public sector clients across Canada. Franklin is a skilled storyteller, regularly presenting on topics related to construction procurement and intentional leadership.


Early Use for Indigenous Peoples Space at 100 Wellington – Exploring the Art of the Possible
Kevin Sullivan, Public Services and Procurement Canada
The objective of this presentation is to provide a case study for a project to initiate early use by Indigenous Peoples at 100 Wellington Street in Ottawa. The case study will focus on a range of issues related to engagement, design, schedule and procurement, and will present the projects Indigenous context.

With the Prime Minister’s announcement in the summer of 2017, that the space at 100 Wellington Street in Ottawa would become an Indigenous Peoples Space, two government departments, with the engagement of Indigenous organizations, have been working to develop a long-term strategy to meet this mandate. The project is located across the street from Parliament Hill. The building, 100 Wellington, is the former US Embassy and has been unoccupied for many years. While the long-term project envisions a major redevelopment of 100 Wellington for use as the Indigenous Peoples Space, an early use project was proposed in December of 2018. The intent was that early use in the building would start in 2019 on Canada’s Indigenous Peoples Day, June 21st. The proposed scope and program for early use was limited in area based on schedule and the condition of the existing building. Over 6 months the team and partners worked closely, continuously exploring and redefining the “art of the possible” in terms of design, procurement and installation.

Kevin Sullivan, Senior Project Manager, Parliamentary Precinct Branch, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Kevin Sullivan is an architect and Senior Project Manager with Parliamentary Precinct Branch (PPB) in Ottawa. He has over 25 years of professional architectural experience that includes a wide range of both private and public sector work. While with PPB, Kevin worked in the early stages of project planning for the proposed Parliamentary Precinct Block 2 development. 100 Wellington is situated in the middle of Block 2.


Mechanical Technology and GHG Reduction – Canadian Coast Guard College Project
Joan Muise1, Paul Dyer1, Bill MacDonald2
1Public Services and Procurement Canada
2Fisheries and Oceans Canada
The objective of this presentation is to highlight mechanical technologies and other strategies being implemented in a major re-fit project for the Canadian Coast Guard in working to reduce GHG emissions and energy consumption.

Sydney, Nova Scotia, is the home of the Canadian Coast Guard College. The facility includes residence for the officer cadets attending the College (180 enrollment) and 50 marine communications and traffic services trainees. The campus provides classrooms, simulators and laboratories for their education, as well as office space for the 160 Fisheries and Oceans Canada staff that support them.

The campus was built in the early 1980's and the mechanical systems have outlived their useful lives. The mechanical and sprinkler projects provided the opportunity to replace aging equipment and reduce GHG emissions while adding much needed air conditioning. The presentation will include the identification of the needs of the campus, the process that the team followed to select the solution, and a discussion of the technology employed to utilize the harbour water to provide heating and cooling to the campus, while reducing GHG emissions by over 20%.

Joan Muise, Senior Project Manager, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Joan Muise, P.Eng, is a civil engineer who has worked on and led many large projects and programs of work for Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) including substantial midlife refit of the Canadian Coast Guard College, and the Sydney Tar Ponds Remediation Project.

Paul Dyer, Discipline Manager - Mechanical Engineering, Public Services and Procurement Canada
Paul Dyer, P.Eng is a mechanical engineer who has significant experience in large mechanical projects including those with a focus on GHG reduction. As mechanical engineering discipline manager he and his unit are involved in various projects and programs with a similar focus.

Bill MacDonald, Real Property Manager, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Bill MacDonald's vision for the Canadian Coast Guard College has included a pragmatic approach to reduce energy consumption in the short term and leverage major mid life refit projects to further reduce GHG production.


Real-time Energy Monitoring in Action: Lessons Learned From Integration to Implementation
Erica Brabon, Black & McDonald
The objective of this presentation is to discuss an energy-monitoring project implemented in government buildings in Canada. The goal in reviewing this project is to demonstrate strategies for properly scoping energy monitoring needs, planning the installation, necessary stakeholders for system integration and overall project success, how to turn analytics into action in operations and how to turn efforts into a meaningful engagement program.

Understanding what drives our energy impacts and costs at the asset level through circuit level real-time monitoring is allowing us to take a more targeted approach to hitting our 2030 carbon reduction targets. This session will review a recent project where energy-monitoring devices were installed in over 3 million square feet spanning 11 sites to identify everything from operational improvements to capital projects. Not only can we combine energy opportunities at the asset level but we can incorporate total cost of ownership including work orders, labour and maintenance. We will review lessons learned and project successes from scoping each site and documenting the monitoring needs to system installation and integration to capital planning and occupant engagement.

Erica Brabon, Director, Energy and Sustainability, Black & McDonald
As the Director of Energy and Sustainability Services, Erica Brabon manages and implements energy and sustainability initiatives nationally. With her technical expertise and professional experience in smart buildings, energy storage, energy management, energy audits, benchmarking, GHG emissions tracking, green building certification systems, occupant engagement, and sustainability initiatives, Erica plays an essential role in reducing energy costs and environmental impact for our company and our clients. During her 10+ year career, Erica has managed incentive program projects securing millions in incentives and loan dollars for clients; conducting energy audits and retro-commissioning studies; developing facility operator training focused on sustainable operations; and, facilitating environmental training for over 200 operators. She is fundamental in developing B&M’s portfolio wide energy management and reporting services for our client facilities.



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