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Professional Development Day

HVAC Evolution – How Digitally Integrated Technology Improves Resilience, Reduces Energy Use and Operating Costs
 
This training session will share experiences from various industry stakeholders to discuss new technology and design approaches, and ways to move beyond traditional barriers to energy retrofits as well as improvements these technologies and practices provide to technical building operations that sustain energy savings for the long term.
Abstract

Thirty per cent of global energy is used by buildings1 and research shows that typical buildings can achieve a 40% energy reduction2 but building energy retrofits are forecast to grow at only 1-2 %/year3 and that in as little as 3 years after a retrofit, 30% of savings have eroded due to human and technical operating practices4. Recent advances in building systems technology provide an opportunity for unprecedented reductions in energy use and operating costs as well as significant improvements in resilience and operating practices.

Agenda:

  • Introduction – gap between where we are and where we need to be
  • Hidden opportunities - Building HVAC energy savings potential
  • Industry trends - improving HVAC system resilience, energy and cost savings
  • Beyond monitoring - connectivity of equipment enables real-time, self-learning performance management to achieve unprecedented energy efficiency and improved air quality
  • System upgrade roadmap
  • Impacts of improved air quality – health, productivity
  • Recap and Strategies to move forward

1International Energy Agency https://www.iea.org/buildings/
2Armstrong internal research and data related to case studies

3World Green Building Council
4Berkley Lab, Energy Savings Lifetimes and Persistence, May 2015

Consultation and Engagement

The session will provide an overview of the theory of public consultation and engagement, including industry norms and practices. The federal government context that surrounds government objectives, expectations and programs with respect to public participation in the formulation of government policy and initiatives will also be examined. Experienced federal government departments, agencies, the City of Ottawa and Crown Corporation will present their public consultation ‘know how’ and practices through select case examples.

 

Abstract

The purpose of this training session is to provide participants with:

  1. An introduction to the theory of consultation and engagement;
  2. An overview of the federal program and services context; and,
  3. An opportunity to hear how our colleagues, the National Capital Commission and the City of Ottawa, act to consult and engage with regional interest groups and the public.

The day will end with a vibrant presentation on the practice of public engagement together with hand-on exercises.

Public Private Partnerships – The Truth and Nothing But!
Abstract

The purpose of this training session is to provide participants with:

  • An introduction to the theory of public private partnerships;
  • An overview of the federal program and services context;
  • An understanding about the key components of P3s such as:
  • Business case development
  • Delineation of approval processes and timeframes
  • The conduct of technical and Value-for-Money studies and their role in P3 procurement processes
  • The development of contracts and the associated myriad of annexes
  • The evaluation and screening of potential projects, and,
  • The high standard of transparency in the procurement process

The day will end with the presentation of case studies and lessons learned.

Introduction to RETScreen® Expert software 
Michel Parent, CIET
RETScreen® Expert Software is an intelligent decision support tool to enable stakeholders to rapidly identify, assess, optimize and track the performance of energy efficiency and renewable project over its entire life cycle.
 
Abstract

The day will introduce the participants to the software’s capabilities to perform:

  • Benchmarking analysis
  • Track the performance of projects
  • Evaluate the financial viability and risk for renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies
  • Analyse and report on Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission reductions
Reconciliation through Building Canada with Indigenous Strength
Dale Booth, Justin Smith, Candace Bennett
Innovation Seven
Abstract

The challenge seems daunting. How are we supposed to be able to balance so many priorities? Where do we start in terms of increasing indigenous procurement and setting up P3’s?

The purpose of this training session is to provide participants with:

  1. Concrete examples of the capacity of indigenous businesses to meet real property requirements from basic construction to alternative energy projects;
  2. A primer on how to improve procurement practices and procedures, a guide to how to “buy indigenous” in the RP/infrastructure context; and,
  3. A chance to discuss the opportunities and challenges of setting up a P3 project with an indigenous partner.

 

Dale Booth, L.L.B., President, Innovation Seven
Dale Booth is a bilingual Senior Portfolio Planning, Executive and Subject Matter Expert who specializes in the field of business, community and economic development. With more than 20 years of experience working with Aboriginal people, all levels of governments and in the construction industry, he is known as a visionary leader with special and tested talents for shaping productive, cooperative working environments by eliminating deficits and creating a successful corporate vision for the future.

Dale is the President of Innovation Seven and specializes in the provision of advisory services to public sector clients and First Nations communities related to infrastructure development using alternative procurement solutions such as Innovative Infrastructure Approaches (IIA). In addition, Dale has held senior positions within the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Economic Development. He has demonstrated keen abilities in the areas of effective strategic planning, operational management, and financial management.

As CEO of the AFN, Dale has worked with and is familiar with First Nation communities across the country, including Newfoundland and Labrador. Recently, he has worked in the Atlantic Policy Congress of Chiefs, engaging communities as part of a water and wastewater project. In addition, he led a housing and infrastructure policy and implementation initiative for AFN Quebec and Labrador, where he facilitated numerous sessions, gathered data, engaged chiefs and technicians from across the region, and produced and presented a strategic plan for the Board of Directors.

Justin Smith, Senior Consultant, Innovation Seven
Justin Smith has over ten years of experience in procurement, with over six years of experience in project management, project planning and the development and implementation of alternative project delivery models. Justin has worked as a procurement manager for facilities, including capital projects and service projects and is familiar with broader public service procurement directives.

As Procurement Manager for the University of Ottawa, Justin planned, organized, managed and oversaw strategic sourcing activities of Facilities at the University of Ottawa, which undertakes operational and capital projects. Justin acted as the liaison between the central procurement office and facilities, with a focus on compliance with policies, laws and procurement best practices, as well as the development and management of contracts and contractual issues. Justin oversaw and performed project management for approximately $20M worth of transactions annually, from 2014-2016 with a primary focus on challenging and complex projects.

Candace Bennett, First Nations Policy Expert, Innovation Seven
Candace Bennett is a member of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan First Nation who specializes in the field of First Nation Housing Management and Policy Development having more than 21 years’ experience working with all levels of government and First Nations. Candace began her career with her home community, where she implemented and created policy to manage and maintain the community housing portfolio. Candace has held various positions within Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) both at the regional and national level. Her ability to comprehend First Nations Housing first hand positioned her well within the capacity development and program delivery services within CMHC. Candace transitioned from CMHC to the Assembly of First Nations where she was a Housing Policy Analyst for two years. Candace has been a special advisor to Nautsa mawt Tribal Council (Blueschke) on their rental and homeownership policy development; Senior Advisor and Project Manager to AFN’s e-CSAT (electronic community self-assessment tool) Mould Pilot Project, and a First Nation’s Housing Specialist on the First Nation Sustainable Development Standards (FNSDS) training material development. She has also completed work for Waabnoong Bemjiwang Association of First Nations (WBAFN) to conduct a feasibility study and implementation plan for a First Nation Housing Authority, along with the Housing policy and procedures to implement the authority model.

Building Information Modelling – The Next Step in Portfolio Management

This training session will provide an overview of BIM in Canada, from design to facilities management, with emphasis of the value of the information.

Abstract

Topics to be discussed include:

  • BIM-troduction: Key Standardization Principles and Concepts
  • BIM for Real Property Management
  • BIM for Project Planning
  • BIM for Project Delivery
  • BIM for Property, Facility and Asset Management
  • BIM as a Real Property Tool, Process and Transformation
Creating a Sustainability Portfolio Masterplan

To achieve meaningful progress in sustainability, real-estate owners and operators must prepare a holistic plan that covers all aspects of an organization’s priorities and ensures achievable integration with the many complexities of facility management services.

Sustainability professionals will walk the attendees through a step-by-step process to create a masterplan that identifies and prioritizes key initiatives to achieve portfolio sustainability objectives within the context of government requirements.

Abstract

The course will include a scenario, where participants will be guided through and participate in developing a sustainability masterplan for a portfolio. This will be an interactive course and participants will learn to:

  • Develop a framework for the masterplan based on several elements of sustainability;
  • Understand the information required to establish the portfolio’s current state;
  • Prioritize the analysis based on the current state of the portfolio;
  • Outline the steps required to properly analyze the potential of specific sustainability elements within the portfolio;
  • Identify solutions and develop life-cycle costing and risk analysis strategies;
  • Develop an implementation plan including metrics for success and continuous monitoring;
  • Engage with key stakeholders and industry experts; and,
  • Apply strategies learned during the workshop to their own requirements.

Participants will be divided into teams to simulate key stakeholders in a study. They will be guided through a scenario with an opportunity to analyze, develop, and communicate their vision for a masterplan. The course will help participants understand the complex integration, technical and engagement elements of a sustainability masterplan.

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This training session is being offered by the Building Energy Innovators Council (BEIC).

Project Management: Treasury Board Secretariat Policy Direction and Tools
Mel Thompson, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
 
The recent Treasury Board approval of the Policy on the Planning and Management of Investments and the Directive on the Management of Projects and Programmes marks a major milestone in the modern comptrollership policy landscape. With a focus on clear accountabilities, integrated planning and decision-making, calibrated oversight, and capacity building, the new policy suite aims to put the right conditions in place to support sound decision making and execution at each step of the investment lifecycle.  With a mind towards the future, the policy suite creates room for evolving trends and the need for iterative approaches such as programme management and the application of agile methodologies.
 
Abstract

In his presentation, Mel will walk participants through the investment planning and project life-cycle, highlighting relevant policy changes. 

In addition, Mel will provide an update on work underway towards the development of a new Organizational Project Management Capacity Assessment and Project Complexity and Risk Assessment. 

Mel Thompson, Director Strategic Policy, Investment and Project Management Policy Division, Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

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