APEGBC Seminars

APEGBC has an extensive continuing education program of learning opportunities. Some of it has relevance for architects in business and technical issues. Any interested AIBC CES Participants should refer to the APEGBC website for further information and registration, and following attendance, should self-report these learning sessions in accordance with the rules in AIBC Bulletin 80, Mandatory Continuing Education System (CES) Rules and Guidelines. Review the list of APEGBC-offered courses on the APEGBC website.

The Business of Northwest New Urbanism + Bridging Sustainability & Aboriginal Values

Robert Fung, President, The Salient Development Group

Urban Design Panel – “Urban Design and The Economies of Cities”

  • Scot Hein, Campus Urban Designer, UBC, former Urban Designer/Development Planner for the Olympic Village, CoV
  • Joyce Drohan, Director of Urban Design, Perkins + Will
  • Lyle Bicknell, Principal Urban Designer, City of Seattle
  • Alan Hart, Founding Principal, VIA Architecture, Seattle
  • Trevor Boddy, Urban Designer, Architectural Critic

First Nations Panel – “Aboriginal Values and Economic Prosperity”

  • Dr. Patrick Stewart, first Aboriginal architect with his own firm in BC
  • Pam Shaw,PhD MCIP,RPP, FRCGS, Director, Master of Community Planning Program, Vancouver Island University + Research Director of the Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere
  • Alanna Mitchell, Community Planner, K’omokos First Nation
  • David Seymour, a Director on the Aboriginal Housing Management Association of BC

Vancouver Walking Tours + More

  • Walter Francl, Architect
  • Chris Baber, P.Eng. City of Vancouver
  • May So, Henriquez’s Architects
  • Joe Wai, Architect
  • Scot Hein, Architect/ Campus Urban Designer. UBC
  • Lino Sircuasa, Economic Development Manager , City of Maple Ridge
  • Others

Who Should Attend

Developers, builders, elected officials, mayors, realtors, BIAs, community economic development consultants, urban designers, municipal planners, engineers, health officials, students, transportation planners, mortgage brokers, First Nations, planning commissioners, small business owners, citizen advocates, architects, landscape architects, and others.

The Business of Green City Building & Aboriginal Partners

Sharpen the pencils and let’s get down to the business . . . of building more walkable, healthy, vibrant, economically thriving green neighbourhoods in the Pacific Northwest. CNU-C, as an advocate for pedestrian-oriented, sustainable urban design, is “growing the tent” to include those with “skin in the game”. The Vancouver Summit 2015 has two major goals. The first focus is to encourage the implementation of walkable neighbourhood design through informal business networking by a broad range of actors and decision makers interested in green city building.

The second goal is to start building relationships with First Nations, as this community takes on larger roles in a variety of developments in BC and elsewhere, and to find opportunities for collaborative learning.

Vancouver’s & Seattle’s Early Decisions for Pedestrian Oriented Urban Design

Part of the genesis for this Summit is the recognition of Metro Vancouver as having made some very deliberate decisions as a western, post World War II city to be pedestrian oriented rather than car dominated. It is very unique to contemporary western cities. It is something that we cannot take for granted. Can Vancouver + Seattle remain competitive in the global market?

Date: November 6-8, 2015
Location: Vancouver Walking Tour + Granville Island’s TheatreSports, 1502 Duranleau Street, Vancouver
Cost: Students, NGOs, UDI-U40 $75; regular rate $190
To register: http://www.cnucascadia.org/2015-cnu-cascadia-summit

Employment Law 101

Employers are frequently faced with difficult employment issues from recruiting new hires to terminating “problem” employees.

In this half-day seminar, Harris lawyer Ilan Burkes will review the fundamentals of employment law and provide practical tips to address all facets of the non-union employment relationship.

Topics covered will include:

Hiring employees
• Avoiding trouble – Discrimination, inducement and other pitfalls
• The value of written employment contracts
• Restrictive covenants – When are they enforceable?
• Complying with the Employment Standards Act

Managing employees
• Probationary periods
• Suspension of non-union staff
• Managing absenteeism
• Avoiding constructive dismissal claims

Effective terminations
• Understanding just cause
• Structuring proper severance packages

Date: November 27, 2015, 8:30am-12:30pm. Continental breakfast will be provided.
Location: Bentall Five Conference Centre, 550 Burrard Street, Vancouver
Cost: Complimentary
To register: https://sites-harrisco.vuturevx.com/14/106/landing-pages/rsvp-(blank).asp?sid=130fec65-1fc3-491f-91f4-2060006593b2

This course provides business expertise for those members and associates interested in honing their skills in the area of office management and human relations. Please note that enrollment is limited to 30 participants. Those who attend will be able to self-report 3.5 CORE Continuing Education System learning units (LUs) for their attendance. Furthermore, if more than 30 participants register AIBC will work with Harris & Co. to organize an additional offering of this event in early 2016.

BC Energy Code Compliance Evaluation: Focus Group Phase

You are invited to complete a questionnaire and attend a Focus Group on the evaluation of compliance with BC energy codes.

This is part of an independent evaluation of compliance with the energy efficiency standards for buildings, except low-rise residential buildings, referenced by the BC Building Code since December 2013 and the Vancouver Building Bylaw in January 2014. The evaluation is being conducted on behalf of a working group comprising of building inspectors, government officials, professional associations and energy utility representatives who are interested in the state of code compliance with energy requirements and its impact on local and provincial goals such as energy conservation and GHG reduction.

An online survey was conducted earlier in 2015. A subsequent focus group discussion will take place in fall 2015.

Please complete the fillable PDF questionnaire and return it by November 6, 2015 to khaines@rdh.com.

The contractor, RDH Building Engineering Ltd. will summarize the results of the questionnaires and will not attribute comments to particular names.

We will notify respondents on the date of the face-to-face meeting. An $20 gift card aligned with “Power Smart” month will be provided to the first 30 people that complete the questionnaire and also attend the Focus Group.