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Construct Canada has special engineering day

Engineers will be on front and centre stage at Construct Canada this year. The conference has a special "Focus on E...


Engineers will be on front and centre stage at Construct Canada this year. The conference has a special “Focus on Engineering” track over two days, Wednesday, December 1 and Thursday, December 2.
Construct Canada is Canada’s biggest construction event and will be held in the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building.
There will also be a series of sessions sponsored by Canadian Consulting Engineering on Green buildings, Building Environment and Performance, and a series to launch the LEED Canada green building rating system.Wednesday’s highlight is an International Engineering Roundtable held between 12:00 p.m. and 2.30 p.m., co-sponsored by Canadian Consulting Engineer magazine.
The roundtable has several high-profile speakers:
 Julian Sutherland, Associate of ARUP in the United Kingdom. He is working with renowned architect Daniel Libeskind on several projects, including the Royal Ontario Museum expansion in Toronto. Sutherland is leading the engineering team on the ROM project.
 Norman Kurtz, a partner with Flack + Kurtz Inc. of New York who has more than 30 years of experience in urban development projects, including Malaysia’s Petronas Twin Towers and New York’s World Financial Centre.
 Andrew Bergmann, president of the award-winning Yolles Group of Toronto, will also take part. The firm recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and has been recognized for the past five years as one of Canada’s 50 best managed companies by the National Post.
 Moderator is Marie Lemay, chief executive officer of the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers, based in Ottawa.
 Introducing the speakers is Annette Bergeron, president and chair of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers.
On Thursday, Hon. David Caplan, Minister of Public Infrastructure Renewal for Ontario will be lunch speaker on “Update on the Infrastructure Planning, Financing and Procurement Framework for Ontario” between 12 noon-1.45 p.m.Another session on government procurement of services is on Wednesday, 10.30 a.m. to noon. David Salvisburg, Ontario Regional Manager of Real Property Contracting Services with PWGSC, and Paul Wong, Regional Director of Professional and Technical Services, Ontario Region, PWGSC will make the presentation. The sessions on green buildings sponsored by Canadian Consulting Engineer begin on Wednesday at 9 a.m., with “The Facts and Fallacies about Mould and IAQ.” Afternoon sessions include one at 2.30 p.m. on “Understanding Green Roofing Systems, a case study of the Canadian War Museum.”Also on Wednesday at 2.30 p.m. is “How to Access Government Energy Programs for Commercial and Institutional Buldings.”Other sessions of particular interest to consulting engineers include: “Environmental Risk Management: What Engineers Must Know,” at 10.30 a.m. to noon, and “Environmental Responsibilities and Liabilities for Engineers and their Clients,” at 2.30 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
Construct Canada runs December 1-3. For more details visit www.constructcanada.com