City of Surrey Hosts Community Development Forum


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The City of Surrey is hosting its inaugural Evolution of Communities Forum at the Sheraton Guildford Hotel on April 22, 2015. For the first time ever, urban leaders, business executives and strategists from across Western Canada and the US will gather to share innovative approaches and tactics that transform and develop their communities. Topics to be discussed include trending issues facing communities such as the utilization of big data and public safety, information management smart infrastructure, and emergency management.

This is the premiere platform where community leaders and developers will discuss real-word situations that have been proven to drive economic growth, maximize city system automation, produce effective planning processes and enhance transportation technologies.

It is poised to inform leaders who are tasked to develop and improve sustainable cities, while keeping a keen eye on efficiency, as city leaders are constantly challenged with limited human and financial resources.

“This event will truly be the first of it’s kind in the region,” says City Councillor of Surrey and co-chair of the forum, Bruce Hayne. “It is so important to explore innovative development strategies that change the communities where we live, work, and visit – having these discussions aid in smart city development.”

Speakers range from City Councillors and Technology Leaders to Emergency Communications Experts and who are visionaries in their respective fields along with Dr. Paul Terry – the keynote speaker.  Other speakers include:

Bill Tam, President & CEO, BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA)
John Longbottom, Smarter Solutions Executive, IBM Canada Ltd.
Mr. Perry England, Board Member, Seattle 2030, VP Building Performance, MacDonald Miller (Seattle, WA)
Chief Len Garis, Fire Chief, Surrey Fire Department

Participants will have a chance to learn from these speakers, moderators, and panellists and will be able to network with like-minded community innovators.

Founding partners of this inaugural forum include Simon Fraser University and IBM. Other key sponsors that have contributed to the success of this event include KPU and FortisBC.

For more information and how to register for this visionary dialogue, visit

Dates: April 22, 2015
Time: 7:30AM – Registration; 5:00PM – Reception
Admission: $129 (Promo Code: VIPPROMO)
Location: Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, 15269 104 Ave, Surrey, BC V3R 1N5

Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2015 Summer Walk Series

Vancouver Heritage Foundation 2015 Summer Walk Series
Walking Tours with Maurice Guibord: Explore Vancouver’s neighbourhoods and architectural styles. From enjoying some of the best buildings of the downtown core to highlight Vancouver’s transition into modern architecture to meandering through the Lakewood to Renfrew corridor. You’ll see the rebirth of this neighbourhood, where the buzz of new businesses is helping maintain local heritage, including residences. You can walk this hidden trove of beautiful homes in the shadow of Vancouver’s port. Grand views, heritage revitalization by astute buyers, and lovely architecture, as well as see how Little Italy has changed dramatically over the last decade. Take your pick from 5 different tours, or come enjoy them all.

  • May 8, 10am – 12pm- Post-War Architecture – Burrard Street Corridor
  • May 22, 10am – 12pm- East Hastings
  • June 12, 10am – 12pm- Grandview – north of Hastings Street (Hastings-Sunrise)
  • June 27, 10am – 12pm- Commercial Drive from Venables to McSpadden
  • July 10, 10am – 12pm- East Hastings
  • July 25, 10am – 12pm- Post-War Architecture – Burrard Street Corridor
  • August 15, 10am – 12pm- Grandview – north of Hastings Street (Hastings-Sunrise)
  • August 29, 10am – 12pm- Commercial Drive from Venables to McSpadden
  • October 9, 10am – 12pm- Art Deco (Downtown)
  • October 17, 10am – 12pm- Art Deco (Downtown)

Date: See above
Location: Meeting Place will be emailed to registrants before the tour
Learning Units (LUs): 2 Non-Core LUs (Per Tour)
Cost: $18.75 (+GST) ($15 for anyone not wanting their attendance reported to AIBC)
To register:

Ron Blank & Associates, Inc.

C E Academy Continuing Education Full Day Event
CE Academy organizes 4-8 hours of continuing education in a seminar format so you can earn multiple CE Hours (LU’s) in one day. All courses are educational in content and AIBC registered.
Session titles include: Black Vs. White Membranes/Energy Performance; Roof Gardens, Basic Design Principles; The Role Of Dynamic Glazing In Driving Energy Efficiency In Buildings; Steep Sloped Premium Stone Coated Metal Roofing Systems; 10 Things You Need to Know about LEED® v4 .

Date: May 21, 2015
Location: Hampton Inn & Suites; 111 Robson Street, Vancouver
Learning Units (LUs): 5 Core LUs (1 per hour session)
Cost: $75 (+GST) ($95 + GST After Friday May 1, 2015)
To register:

Affinity Institute

Construction Contracts: Best Practices for Project Success
Drawing on extensive experience gained over many decades and thousands of contracts worth billions of dollars, Affinity Institute will share best practices to set your project up for success. This presentation will address bidding and tendering, selecting and drafting your contract, dealing with the most common issues and changes to the contract, terminating the contract, and using alternative dispute resolution to resolve disputes if and when they arise.    You will come away with the skills necessary to confidently navigate your way through construction contracts and any complications that may arise.

Date: June 11, 2015, 8am-4:30pm
Location: SFU Harbour Center, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
Cost: $650(+GST)
Learning Units (LUs): 6 Core LUs
To Register:

Affinity Institute

Commercial Arbitration: Taking Advantage of User Control
This conference will allow you to learn the enormous potential of commercial arbitration and the keys to using arbitration effectively and successfully. You will leave this event with the skills to determine when arbitration is the right choice and the unique advantages of using arbitration over litigation in the correct circumstances.  You will come away better equipped to: create an arbitration agreement that is consistent with user priorities, chose the best arbitrator, best use the first procedural conference, effectively manage arbitration costs, skillfully and effectively tell your story and best take advantage of procedural flexibility.

Date: June 5, 2015, 8am-4:30pm
Location: SFU Segal Graduate School of Business; 500 Granville Street, Vancouver
Cost: $650(+GST)
Learning Units (LUs): 6 Core LUs
To Register:

Heritage Vancouver Society

2015 Top 10 Endangered Sites- Bus Tour
Climb aboard a Transit Museum Society (TRAMS) historic bus for an exclusive guided tour of Heritage Vancouver’s 2015 Top Ten Endangered sites! Since 2001, Heritage Vancouver has published this list annually on the most endangered sites in Vancouver. Well-respected author, heritage expert and consultant Donald Luxton will be the tour guide and he will fascinate you with stories and details of this year’s endangered sites. The bus will stop at two selected sites and you will have the opportunity to have a conversation with community members. The 2015 list will be released April 10, and you’ll see and hear first-hand, Vancouver’s most threatened sites and issues surrounding the properties while riding along on a historic bus around town!

Date: May 9, 2015, 1pm-5pm
Location: Museum of Vancouver, 1100 Chestnut Street, Vancouver
Cost: $40; Heritage Vancouver Members $30
Learning Units (LUs): 4 Core LUs
To register: