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UDI Seminar: Beyond Technology - The Future of The Building Industry

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Name: UDI Seminar: Beyond Technology - The Future of The Building Industry
Date: October 22, 2019
Time: 7:15 AM - 9:15 AM PDT
Registration: Sorry, public registration for this event has been closed.
Event Description:

Innovative building practices defined by exciting technologies have been making waves in the construction, design and development industries. What processes and systems businesses implement—and how fast they’re being adopted—is hot on the lips of everyone watching how we work.

In an open, honest and multi-perspective conversation hosted by CEO of Omicron Bill Tucker, panelists Veronica Gillies, Mike Mackay, Mike Maierle, and Jennifer Podmore Russell will dive into the following topics:
  • How will construction technology impact affordability and sustainability?
  • How can data and technology improve accuracy and efficiency in design, development, construction and marketing/sales?
  • What are the impacts of government requirements? (i.e. green building)
  • Collaboration and integration with stakeholders, in every aspect of the project delivery chain.
Join us and our expert panel to understand how these challenges and opportunities are being approached within the design, development, construction and marketing/sales phases. 

Featured Panel: 
Veronica Gillies - Managing Principal, Western Canada Architecture, HDR
Mike Mackay - President, Strand 
Mike Maierle - Principal, ETRO
Jennifer Podmore Russell - Senior VP, rennie

Bill Tucker - CEO, Omicron Canada (moderator)  


Veronica Gillies - Managing Principal, Western Canada Architecture, HDR 

Veronica uses her deep bench of executive experience, design training and business education to advance superior service delivery capability and value creation through great design - helping clients align, develop and implement their organizational and strategic goals. She views projects collectively in terms of design thinking and economics, incorporating financial modelling methods and the ability to apply macroeconomic principles to the establishment and management of a global practice. She is especially well-known for her leadership of multidisciplinary teams delivering buildings for commercial, mixed-use and institutional projects across North America, Europe and Asia.

A staunch advocate of the profession, Veronica is actively involved in a number of organizations on a board or advisory capacity. She recently completed her second appointment to the Vancouver Urban Design Panel, was immediate past president of the British Columbia Construction Roundtable, and was recently appointed to the Architectural Foundation of British Columbia board, shepherding the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor Awards.

She is a frequent speaker on a range of topics related to architecture and design and is regularly invited as jury for design competitions and thesis reviews. Co-author of "A Guidebook to Contemporary Architecture in Vancouver", Veronica was appointed to the College of Fellows by the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada in 2013.

Before joining HDR, Veronica held significant leadership roles for several international firms, providing strategic direction, business development and service delivery for large-scale rezoning and social infrastructure projects.

Mike Mackay - President, Strand 
Mike Mackay is responsible for overseeing all acquisition and development activities in Vancouver - the city he, his wife, and their two young children call home. Mike started his career at Onni Group, working his way up to Senior Development Manager, where he was responsible for managing the development of a portfolio of sites comprising close to 3,000,000 square feet before leaving to manage the development, lending, and capital businesses for Dayhu Capital. In 2014, Mike returned to the family business and established Strand's development arm. Mike is disciplined and passionate in leading the company into a new chapter focused on development in Vancouver and across North America.
Fundamental to Mike's core principles and values is a conviction that for unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required. He and his family are directly involved with and support many local charities and community organizations, namely: St. Paul's Foundation, BC Centre for Substance Use, Arts Umbrella, Youth Education Farms, Mission Possible, Music Heals, Little Mountain Neighbourhood House Society, Union Gospel Mission, Face of Today and Face the World Foundation.

Mike Maierle, Principal, ETRO
With a commitment to do things differently and disrupt the construction industry, Mike Maierle founded ETRO Construction; a general contracting and construction management company out of Burnaby, BC.
Mike grew his career at Ledcor, leading pre-construction and construction on several large-scale, international, landmark projects totaling upwards of $900 Million. After 15 years at Ledcor, Mike took a massive leap in pursuit of a huge dream, and left his promising career to found ETRO. As the Principal of ETRO, Mike's vision for creating something new in the industry goes beyond leading through innovation and technology, and busts into the future with a BHAG of creating a people-centric AI that makes beautiful attainable by 2030. 
ETRO is in pursuit of creating a sustainable future for the building industry; seeking innovative ways to build that amplify efficiency, minimize waste, and create an expansive positive impact on all the stakeholders any ETRO project touches all in an effort to serve the company's purpose: People First.

Jennifer Podmore Russell, Senior Vice President, rennie
Jennifer Podmore Russell is the Senior Vice President of rennie, a full-service real estate company of 90 good humans that supports a growing residential brokerage of 170 rennie advisors. Joining rennie in 2017, Jennifer is responsible for forecasting and facilitating company growth, overseeing platform and product development, and ensuring the smooth delivery of services by its advisors and integrated head office teams. 
With nearly two decades of real estate experience in strategy and operations, Jennifer previously led the real estate and advisory divisions for one of the big four accounting and consultancy firms, and successfully founded, managed and ultimately sold a real estate software and advisory platform in Western Canada.
Presently serving as an Executive of the Royal Columbian Foundation board, the Chair of the Vancouver Economic Commission, and contributing board member of Arts Umbrella, Jennifer is passionate about impacting the community.

Bill Tucker, CEO, Omicron Canada
Bill Tucker is CEO of Omicron Canada Inc., a privately owned, 140-person integrated real estate development, architecture, engineering, interior design and construction firm with offices in Vancouver, Victoria and Calgary. Bill is responsible for all aspects of business operations through his team of real estate, design and construction professionals. Bill joined Omicron as a Principal in 2000, became the Managing Partner in 2006 and, as part of the company's corporate restructuring, was appointed CEO in 2010. Over the past 18 years, Bill has led the growth and evolution of the company from an architecture and engineering firm, to a fully integrated firm providing complete turnkey design-build, full cycle development and strategic consulting services. Omicron has since completed hundreds of ground up, renovation and repositioning projects.

In addition to driving the growth and development of the business, Bill has maintained a commitment to the community, raising over $1.5 million for BC Children's hospital, $500,000 for the United Way, served as President of NAIOP, spearheaded numerous community fundraising initiatives and has volunteered countless hours coaching youth community sports teams. Currently, Bill serves on the Education Committee of the Urban Development Institute.  

Event Sponsors:
Mackenzie Ballroom   
Fairmont Waterfront
900 Canada Place Way
Vancouver, BC
Date/Time Information:

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

7:15 AM    Registration and hot breakfast buffet
7:50 AM    Presentations and Q+A
9:15 AM    Conclusion

Member Price: $85.00    
Non-Member Price: $115.00    
Corporate tables of 8 seats.     
72 hours' notice required for cancellations.    
Substitutions are allowed.

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