CIQS — Prairies and Northwest Territories     Feb. 21, 2017

February 2017 Cost Connections

Executive update

Message from the President

Is it time already to be thinking about our affiliate’s Annual General Meeting in May? Yes, it is! There will be some positions open around the Board table because a few current Board members are completing their terms.

And the Board is still looking for that committed person from Edmonton to take charge as Edmonton Chapter rep. Responsibilities include organizing a few events as Jerry Crawford has done in Calgary over the past several months and generally being the bridge between the Board and Edmonton members. Don’t have a lot of experience organizing events? Neither did Jerry — but he’s having fun and doing a great job for us in Calgary. Help is at hand if and when you need it.

In short, the AGM means opportunity for you. Seize the day — and help steer the direction for CIQS Prairies & NWT over the next 12 months.

If you think you don’t have anything to offer or enough time to do a volunteer position justice, think again. We are all professionals in a dynamic and evolving industry. We all bring unique perspectives that can make our affiliate more responsive and more representative of our profession. As for time available, I know you’re busy. You know I’m busy. Don’t let time stop you from contributing to our professional association.

We haven’t yet finalized the AGM date but we’ll let you know soon. Keep an eye on your inboxes. The AGM will be in Edmonton this year, following our tradition of alternating between Calgary and Edmonton.

Speaking of events, we have two great sessions lined up in March. First is the 3rd Construction & Project Management Seminar in Calgary on March 9. The other is People, Planet, Profits: A Corporate Primer to Sustainability. That session will be held in Winnipeg on March 14 and in Calgary on March 16. Read more about this session.

It’s that time of year again to remind you that membership invoices went out last week. You should have received your invoice by email. I strongly encourage you to pay your dues promptly so you avoid late fees and termination of member benefits.

On the national front, I can update you on several items.

First is the very heartening news that CIQS growth across Canada continues to be strongwith 447 new applications processed by the Membership Committee in 2016, up from 342 in 2015 — the equivalent of 37 new members every month! The 2016 new member stat represents about 100 new members more than joined in 2015. CIQS is clearly offering the services and supports individuals need to be successful in our profession.

The growth stats for our Prairies & NWT affiliate are also strong. In 2016, our membership rose to 353 from 287 in 2015, a 23% increase over two years. Both figures include students.

Fiscally, both National and our affiliate are on target thanks in large part to both levels exceeding projected membership targets.

The successful CIQS marketing campaign can take a good deal of credit for the great membership numbers. If you haven’t already taken a few minutes to check out the five new marketing videos on the CIQS website, do it! They are a tremendous tool to help spread the word about the basics of quantity surveying for those who might be interested in joining our profession.

Also on the marketing front, the CIQS social media presence is growing nicely. If you’re on social media, please “Like,” “Friend” and “Follow” as appropriate and help spread the word to friends or clients or anyone else who’s interested or curious about our profession.

Here’s a really interesting update. The national Lobbying Committee is working hard on behalf of CIQS members to correct a situation many of us don’t think about — even though it may be important to us at some point in our careers. You may be aware that NAFTA keeps list of professions. If your profession is on the list and you can prove membership, you can get a visa easily to work in other countries. At present, some professions allude to quantity surveying but don’t name it. The Lobbying Committee is working closely with national and regional governments to have quantity surveying named specifically in RFP requirements — leading to the inclusion of quantity surveying on the NAFTA list.

Another important update is the change in the CIQS exam schedule. Based on feedback from those going through the exam process and taking the ebb and flow of the construction industry into account, exams will now be scheduled in September and February — rather than the traditional May and November. The change of schedule takes effect after the exams this May. So, heads up, those of you looking to take exams in the fall. They will now be held in September.

Have you ever wanted to join the National board? You will have recently received an email inviting Expressions of Interest for the CIQS Education Administrator position as David Lai’s term in this position ends in July. Check it out!

Finally, I know you’ll have your calendars circled to attend PAQS 2017 in Vancouver, July 21-26. Registration is now open, so take a minute now and secure your spot! And take one more minute to circle your calendar for the 2018 CIQS Congress, set for July 20-22, 2018 in Halifax.

Best regards,

Wendy Hobbs, PQS

Wendy Hobbs, PQS

Board profile: Ryan Devereux

Ryan Devereux, CIQS Prairies & NWT Board Treasurer, is one lucky guy. He’s a respected member of a profession he thoroughly enjoys, he can develop his career within Alberta, his home province, and he has a great marriage and two small daughters who have already discovered how to wrap Daddy around their tiny fingers.

Ryan started down the path to cost consulting when he enrolled in NAIT’s Construction Engineering Technology program in 1999, graduating in 2002. The course was a natural fit for him. “I have a strong appreciation for the art and the science behind creating in the building environment. Having the ability to start something from nothing and seeing it develop into a finished, useful asset is next to none,” explained Ryan. “Dad was very hands on and quite mechanically inclined so we were always around various projects. He exposed me to a lot of the concepts of building and taught me how satisfying it can be.”

Ryan got his first taste of the construction industry workforce at Ledcor Fabrication, first as a summer student and then as Project Coordinator. After almost four years, he went to PCL Industrial Constructors and later PCL Industrial Management where he was a Construction Estimator for five years. He and two industry colleagues then started a technical project services company focused on supporting the energy and resource sector , where Ryan was Vice President and Business Development Director for two and a half years.

He’s now Director of Capital Costing Services, a position he’s held since October 2009, which continues to provide cost consulting services to the energy, resource and infrastructure sectors. “Ever since I finished school, I’ve been engaged in the cost side of construction. As my career evolved, I became increasingly more involved in project planning and strategy in addition to the monitoring and delivery,” he offered. “I now have the ability to truly focus on the potential value I can bring to not just a project, but also to a business objective.”

He loves what he does. “I really enjoy the versatility and variations projects inevitably bring. I know it sounds cliché but it so true that no two projects are ever the same. You always have new and unique challenges anywhere from start to finish, and finding those solutions that allow you to meet the economic or technical requirements is exactly what being a PQS is all about.”

At the end of the day, Ryan most enjoys being able to add value to the overall delivery of the asset to the owner. “It’s certainly a process working through a project — and it’s obviously more enjoyable when everything turns out as planned!”

Originally from Edmonton, Ryan’s early career focused on oil and gas projects — and that meant moving to Calgary to be at the centre of the cost consulting action for the energy sector. He does like Calgary but hasn’t fully had the chance to get to know the Calgary region as much as he and his wife would like because of the pace of work, continuing commitments in Edmonton and the arrival of their two little daughters, now almost 2 and 4.

“We’d love to get a bit further afield. Visiting Waterton is definitely on the list. Growing up in Edmonton, we had lots of adventures to the west, like Jasper, and around the Northern Alberta lake region. There wasn’t much of a reason to go south.”

Somewhere in his busy days, Ryan enrolled in the Economics program under the University of London International Programmes. He takes classes toward his degree as time allows. “I wanted to take some courses that would eventually give me more skills, more career options.

Ryan says his coursework dovetails very specifically into his work as a cost consultant. “I can be a better advisor when I have a better understanding of where market conditions are going. The objective is “to go where the puck is going to be and not to where it is,” to quote the Great One (Wayne Gretzky). Clients want more predictive insight and confidence that they will achieve their planned objectives.”

He offers some great tips to young people looking at following a similar career path. First, find a mentor, someone you respect and is respected in industry. “Finding a mentor early in my career exposed me to many of the learning and opportunities that led me to where I am today. You can leverage your knowledge, assumptions and aspirations off the right mentor — and that’s tremendously helpful in moving your career forward. A mentor can also give you invaluable early exposure to certain aspects of the industry typically reserved for more seasoned professionals if they believe in you and your passion to succeed and deliver value to your cause.”

Second, understand what interests you. “If the construction industry — and cost consulting, in particular — intrigues and interests you, go for it. You’ll get variety. And challenge. You do need the right knowledge and creativity to welcome some of those challenges and find the right solutions for them to be successful, but it all comes.”

Third, give as good as you get. “Give back to the industry that welcomed you in. It’s a very rewarding feeling to be able to contribute to your local industry and provide value-added services at home.” Ryan understands the professional leaders of tomorrow have considerable insight and exposure to technology and how it is advancing industry. “The younger professionals moving up could leverage their knowledge and technical orientation to help develop more innovations and creative solutions that make industry more efficient, more competitive and ultimately deliver greater prosperity in our own back yard. You need to try to champion these initiatives and the not-so-obvious trends and solutions from the past that have become second nature.”

Ryan joined the CIQS Prairies & NWT Board in May 2015 for reasons similar to those he offers young professionals. “Being on the Board gives me an opportunity to give back to the profession and raise the awareness of cost consulting and its benefits within industries that aren’t so aware of what we do.”

He makes the excellent point that quantity surveyors are very well known in the commercial and institutional sectors, but aren’t as well known in the oil, gas and energy sectors. “I saw the benefit in leveraging off the value and structure that’s been provided to the more traditional industries that use QSs.”

He also sees results. “I am starting to see a difference in the entry points in a project and also some gravitation in the energy sector to bringing in more QSs as preferred cost consultants. 

He sees CIQS as instrumental in increasing awareness of its members and their profession, highlighting our value to sectors that suffer from a lack of disciplined cost control or structure through engaging the appropriate level of QS involvement. “They are doing a good job — and CIQS will keep being effective if they can continuously engage with professionals and the industries they serve to show how cost consultants can contribute some of the most value-added services industry needs to be competitive in our global marketplace, especially with today’s challenging economics.”

Ryan Devereux, PQS


CIQS Prairies & NWT have enjoyed a number of events in Calgary over the past few months. Enjoy the following visual overviews.

Nov. 30 Brookfield Place site tour - Nov. 30, 2016

More than 20 people — CIQS, RICS and SAIT students —attended the site tour. Ricardo Plata of Ellis Don and Dave Brown of Arpi's delivered a well-planned-out overview tour of the building from top to bottom. Dave Brown, overseeing the mechanical HVAC system components, fabrication, delivery logistics, positioning and constructability offered a very informative overview.

The curved glass elements from Spain in the podium and at the roof crown were a new landmark in envelope assembly in Calgary

Brookfield Place site tour

SAIT Construction Project Management Industry Night - Nov. 18

The 2016 version of SAIT’s business card type “Meet and Greet” event was a great success. The event is designed to build student-industry relationships.

From left to right, Andrew Woods, Assistant Project Manager, Ellis Don; Alex Marsh, QSSI, and Jerry Crawford, CIQS Prairies & NWT.

Jerry Crawford, left, and Wendy Hobbs, program instructor and CIQS Prairies & NWT President, chat with two SAIT students.

From left, xxx, two eager SAIT students, and Wendy Hobbs, program instructor and CIQS Prairies & NWT President.

From left to right, Andrew Woods, Assistant Project Manager, Ellis Don; Alex Marsh, QSSI, and Jerry Crawford, CIQS Prairies & NWT.

Calgary New Central Library tour - Feb. 1

The Stuart Olson presentation about the library hit the spot with attendees. To be completed in 2018, the $245 million library will replace the existing central branch library in downtown Calgary, built in 1963 and expanded in 1974.

Calgary New Central Library tour - Stuart Olson presentation

Education & CPD

CIQS exam dates

Heads up! Times are changing... and so is the CIQS exam schedule.

For many years, CIQS exams have been held each year in May and November. After consultation from members going through the exam process and considering the annual synergies of the construction industry, exams will now be scheduled in September and February each year.

The change of schedule takes effect after the exams this May, so the 2017 exam schedule is May and September. The 2018 schedule will be February and September.

CIQS/CIOB Winnipeg/Calgary presentation

Winnipeg industry professionals and students are first in line to hear the jointly hosted “People, Planet, Profits: A Corporate Primer to Sustainability” presentation by Klaas Rodenburg, Quality Advisor with Mammoet. 

The Winnipeg event, co-hosted by CIQS Prairies & NWT and the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), will be held March 14, with CIQS Prairies & NWT Board member Roger Ward in attendance. The Calgary event, co-hosted by CIQS Prairies & NWT and RICS, will be held March 16.

The presentation will explore how innovation can create solutions to climate change challenges and provide opportunities to monetize and scale those solutions. We’ll look at how the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCTech) is growing the innovation ecosystem, how Mammoet uses its Sustainovation initiative to turn ideas into real solutions and Edmonton’s Energy Transition Strategy, which includes more than 100 sustainable technologies.

Presenter Klaas Rodenburg has been in the building design industry for more than 35-years, receiving his LEED AP accreditation in 2013. He has served as Chair of the Alberta Chapter - CaGBC as well as a Director on the CaGBC Board and has served as the CEO of the Alberta Centre of Excellence for Building Information Modelling (aceBIM). He has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Industrial Design (1984) and a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology (MACT) (2009) both from the University of Alberta.

Klaas was the Sustainable Design Coordinator at Stantec before moving to Mammoet in 2014 as a Quality Advisor where he is a member of the Sustainovation Steering Committee, a Global initiative responsible for identifying and implementing innovative solutions to sustainability challenges faced by Mammoet and its sister companies. He also serves as the volunteer President of the Alberta Council of Technologies (ABCTech) and is a member of the City of Edmonton Energy Transition Advisory Committee. He has taught sustainability courses at NAIT, Lakeland College and U of A and has presented at a variety of sustainability focused events.

Klaas Rodenburg

Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium 2017

Mark your calendar — for the 20th annual Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium (ASBS) on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

For this year’s celebration event, host organization Alberta Chapter - Canada Green Building Council is partnering with the University of Alberta Office of Sustainability, and the event will be held at the U of A’s Lister Conference Centre.

The main focus of this year’s symposium is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of ASBS and the pioneers and champions of the movement.

Call for Presenters

Share your sustainable building experience and expertise by presenting at ASBS. Following is what you need to know:

  • The four ASBS topic themes are:
    • Stories of the Green Building Movement: Industry Case Studies
    • The Way We build: Innovation on Building Science, Materials, Design & Technology
    • Building Actionable Solutions to Climate Change: Advocacy, Government & Policy
    • Next 20: Emerging Green Professionals
  • Submission deadline: Wednesday, March 15 at 5 p.m. MST
  • All submissions must be provided in this electronic form and those that are incomplete or received late will not be accepted.

Alberta Sustainable Building Symposium 2017

Industry Update

Ko Gocho Centre - Behchoko, NWT

CIQS Prairies & NWT Board member Sudhir Jha played an instrumental role in the following project. Sudhir is Manager, Community Infrastructure Planning, Municipal and Community Affairs (North Slave Region) for the Government of the Northwest Territories.

Walk through Behchoko, NWT and it’s easy to recognize the door to the future of this close-knit community. In fact, open the doors to the 50,000-square-foot Ko Gocho Centre and you can see the future in action.

Young people are stretching their skills and making new friends in the youth centre. Others are lacing on skates, intent on following their dreams of becoming hockey stars. In the meeting room, old friends greet each other before the group sits down to map out plans for a community gathering.

In another part of the sportsplex, a small group of seniors sip their coffee, fresh from the concession area, while they catch up on the news. More energetic individuals try out the fitness equipment in the state-of-the-art gym while complex staff work in their bright, attractive offices. Visitors intent on exploring the centre take the elevator to the second level so they can overlook the spacious public area below. And everyone is enthusiastically singing the praises of the brand new complex.

The vision for this impressive two-storey structure came together about a decade ago, about the same time the Behchoko recreation centre closed in 2007 and left the community of about 2,000 residents without any similar facility.

Fortunately, both local schools stepped forward to help the community as much as possible.

Without a permanent sports structure, residents, the community government, the NWT government and other dedicated individuals worked together to identify community needs and then to address how those needs could be met through a sportsplex.

Through hard work, good communication and respect for each other, those involved determined that the proposed Behchoko Ko Gocho Centre would provide the infrastructure, the major attraction, the partnerships and networks needed to facilitate:

  • a strong, healthy recreation and sports community and region,
  • economic diversification and sustainable opportunities,
  • a relevant and stronger tourism and hospitality foundation, and
  • education, professional development and capacity building.

Planning for the complex followed, with funding partners stepping forward to ensure the vision became reality. The Community Government of Behchoko, through a long-term borrowing bylaw, secured a mortgage from CIBC of about $9 million. Total budget was about $16 million with the remaining funds coming from the Dominion Diamond Corporation, CANNOR, Tlicho Government, Community Government- CPI funds, Build Canada and others.

Construction started in August 2014. Soon the $16 million project — a very sizable project for any small community in the North — was sporting impressive features including 88 solar panels to reduce energy dependency and CO2 emission. Estimated energy production from the solar panels will be 24,505 Kwh and renewable energy capacity 20 KW AC.

The grand opening of magnificent centre was held Nov. 26, 2016.

The Ko Gocho Centre

The Ko Gocho Centre

Behchoko Chief Clifford Daniels, left, presents plaque of appreciation to Sudhir Jha.

Behchoko Chief Clifford Daniels, left, presents plaque of appreciation to Sudhir Jha.

Constructing Futures Program

When committed organizations share a vision and work together, great things can happen. That’s the case with the Constructing Futures Program, an integrated occupational skills training program designed to provide essential workplace skills and access to the labour market for unemployed, or underemployed immigrants who want to pursue careers in construction project management.

The program provides 18 weeks of full-time employment preparation skills training to participants and an eight-week full-time practicum with an Edmonton employer in the construction industry.

Participants build their skills in effective Canadian business communication, English language for the construction industry, Canadian workplace culture, workplace safety, use of computers and social media, employment standards and employment readiness. These elements will be instructed in partnership with Enbridge Pipelines.

In addition, participants will complete Project Management courses with the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) and will obtain an industry recognized Certificate in Project Leadership. Alberta Labour is also a program partner.

For further information, email, call (780) 421-7400 or visit Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, 8914 – 118 Ave., Edmonton.

Here’s an interesting website for those of us interested in knowing what’s up — pun intended — in the world’s major cities.

SkyriseCities focuses on the skyscrapers, architecture, design, construction and development of urban centres around the world. At a glance, you can view updated photos of the city’s major projects, find the project’s location on the map, sort according to architecture, owner, etc., keep up to date with trending news — and of course get into discussion by following the “trending threads.”

Oh, yes, if you’re interested in a quick overview of the city’s historic buildings.

On the Calgary Skyrise site, one of the trending projects is Brookfield Place, where a number of CIQS and RICS members toured in late November. On the Edmonton Skyrise site, Edmontonians can check the latest news on the almost-complete new Walterdale Bridge, what’s happening with the controversial Mezzo highrise on 81 Avenue and 105 Street or the Stantec Tower.

Check it out.

In the News

In the News

Projects being cancelled after Brexit, architects say (Global Construction Review, Feb. 10)

Six out of 10 British architects are seeing projects cancelled or stalled because of Brexit, says a new survey conducted by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). The RIBA’s poll of more than 1,100 architects also highlighted rising materials and construction costs, coupled with recruitment and retention issues in the wake of the referendum result last June, GCR’s sister publication, Construction Manager, reports.

2016 Top Project Winners (Alberta Construction Magazine)

At first glance, there may seem to be little similarity between a $600-million arena complex and a small swimming pool in northeastern Alberta, but both projects—like all of the 2016 Top Projects winners—share the same spirit of ambition and ingenuity. Ranging from the downtown cores of Alberta’s largest cities to the province’s remotest regions, this year’s winning projects offer a master class in cutting-edge construction.

Industry’s pivotal role in driving social mobility (Construction Manager, Dec. 20, 2016)

CIOB Construction has the most critical role to play of all industries in reversing the declining levels of social mobility, a new report from the CIOB concludes.

Paula Simons: In 1953, the annex building was ahead of its time. Now, will time be kind to it? (Edmonton Journal, Nov. 11, 2016)

Let me take you back to the Edmonton of the early 1950s, a city on the brink of the future. It was just a few years after the Leduc No. 1 oil strike of 1947. Edmonton was in the grip of a boom, filling up with postwar immigrant and refugees streaming into Alberta, looking for a new life.



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