Chair's Message

Volunteering on behalf of the chapter not only contributes to the success of the chapter, it also has personal benefits. Volunteering allows for one to further refine interpersonal skills, provides an opportunity to develop new talents, skills, and experiences, and allows one to feel part of a community through making a valuable difference. 

With the various initiatives the Calgary Chapter is undertaking, contributions from the membership through volunteerism and sponsorship is welcomed. Let’s work together to create success and of course enjoy the journey! Please reach out Gale LeBlanc at if you are interested in assisting with the Student Design Competition or Connections Café. Contact me Stephanie Fargas at if interested in open positions on the executive. 
In Memoriam: Greg Clemens, FCSC, RSW, CCA
- Source: Construction Canada


Greg Clemens, FCSC, RSW, CCCA, MAATO, a member of CSC’s London Chapter, passed away on October 25, 2016.

Greg joined the association in November 1978, and was an avid supporter from his first day. He received his Registered Specification Writer (RSW) designation in 1984, and his  Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) in 1998. Three years later, Greg entered the College of Fellows—an acknowledgement of the countless hours he volunteered toward improving design/construction education.

As an integral member of the Construction Canada editorial advisory board, Greg reviewed countless technical features, applying his experience and expertise to improve every article sent his way. His keenly probing questions, eagerness to contribute, and belief in the importance of sharing knowledge made him an irreplaceable asset to the magazine.

The husband of Darlene for 40 years, Greg will also be missed by his daughter Tara (with husband Jason and children Adelyn and Tayden) and his brother Neill.

For more information on services, click here. Memorial donations to Von Sakura House would be appreciated.

November Meeting - What Makes a Thermoplastic Roof Sustainable

Next meeting is on Tuesday, November 8th at the Calgary Elks Lodge and Golf Club, starting at 5:30 p.m.  In a time when words like "green", "sustainable", environmentally friendly" and "all natural" are being used to describe every product you buy it’s difficult to know exactly what you should be looking for when making a purchase...and roofing is no exception. Don Moore, CTR, key account manager roofing at Sika Canada Inc. will provide an in-depth look at what makes a roofing system really sustainable and how to look past all the "green washing”.  At the end of this AIA/CES registered presentation, participants will be able to identify key sustainability attributes of roofing systems. 

Interested in becoming a Certified Technical Representative? As a CTR, your customers and clients will know that you 
  • understand your role in the construction process, the principles of product representation, and the preparation of construction documents;
  • are skilled in the interpretation and preparation of product specifications, understand substitution procedures, and are familiar with construction product warranties and guarantees;
  • can prepare a technical specification section according to CSC principles; and
  • understand MasterFormat and the concept of organizing written construction documents.
Consider taking the Technical Representative course starting Monday January 23, 2017, location TBD.  The CTR designation recognizes the experience, integrity and competence of product representatives, and symbolizes a commitment to excellence with demonstrated ability in product representation. Please contact Stephanie Fargas, for more information.

CSC offers three registration/certification programs, the Registered Specification Writer (RSW), Certified Technical Representative (CTR) and Certified Construction Contract Administrator (CCCA) designations. For more information on these programs, please click here.
Alberta Fire Code 2014 Errata

Errata for the Alberta Fire Code 2014 were approved by the Fire Sub-Council of the Safety Codes Council and the Chief Fire Administrator and issued in February 2016. The errata address typographical and technical errors identified by Code users and Safety Codes officers.

Errata Package #1 can be downloaded free of charge from the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

Student Design Competition

Save the Date for the Student Design Competition!  January 27 - January 29, 2017 – SAIT MacDonald Hall, SAIT Campus, Calgary

Industry Leaders and Volunteers are needed for student competition mentorship: Spec Writers, Architects, Interior Designers, and Manufacturer Reps.

Teams from SAIT’s Architectural Technology program, and Mount Royal University’s Interior Design program will work collaboratively to build shared understandings and skills among schools, students and industry. 

With CSC Calgary Chapter mentors acting as “the bridge” between both schools and students, the competition is scheduled to take place “live” over January 27 - 29, 2017.   Part of the competition rules dictate that each design team must take one part of their design concept, and write a specification with the “logged” help of industry mentors such as specification writers, architects, interior designers, or manufacturer representatives who will be available for consult on each of the two days of the competition. 

Both Mount Royal University Interior Design professors and SAIT School of Construction academic chair are in full support of this 2017 CSC Student Design Competition and are fully engaged, ready to help and fully participate with CSC in  this 2 day event   For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Gale LeBlanc,
CSC Calgary Chapter's 1st: Student Design Competition
Due to conflicts with Connections Café in Regina, we have to change the date for Calgary Chapter’s first ever Connections Café.  Stay tuned for the new date.  

Connections Café provides a great opportunity for design and construction professionals to network in an informal atmosphere over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  

Before networking begins, guest speaker, Stephen Revay, FCSC, CCC, CFCC give a presentation on the common failing of project participants, which will be of interest owners, design consultants and contractors.  

The venue is limited to 18 table-top sponsors.  More information to follow!  If you are interested in helping out, please contact Connections Café chair, Gale LeBlanc at 
Chapter Executive Vacancies

A number of chapter executive members are wearing multiple hats, and there are also some vacant positions including vice chair, and newsletter editor.  If you are interested, please contact Stephanie Fargas,  Job descriptions are available.  Sylvie is looking for someone to replace her as treasurer and is willing provide training.
Director's Report

Sylvie Dzikewich, , chapter director, attended the CSC fall board of directors meeting October 22 and 23rd in Toronto.  Stay tuned next month for the director’s report from Sylvie.
October Meeting - Recap

Bryan Colvin, Principal at Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. gave an informative presentation of CSA standard S413 Parking Structures.  The presentation included a brief history of the Standard that was developed in the 80's right here in Alberta, with the first edition being released in 1987.  There have been three updates made to the Standard with the latest one having been released in 2014.  At the time of its initial inception it was felt that there needed to be a standard with guidelines for the construction of parking structures susceptible to corrosion.  These guidelines were written with the longevity and safety of parking structures kept in mind.  Bryan walked us through the importance of design, construction, choice of proper materials and the maintenance requirements as described in CSA S413.   The presentation lasted 45 minutes and was well received by the 25 members and guests in attendance.

CSC is proud to support BUILDEX Calgary – Alberta’s largest conference & tradeshow for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design & Property Management Industries. 

Join other members for this 2-day event and take the opportunity to network with 4,000 industry colleagues and explore the 225+ Exhibits. Choose from the 40+ seminars available designed to enhance your own professional development, and earn CEUs in the process. 

Get FREE Tradeshow Access ($25 Value)! Use the code BXC16 

When: November 9-10, 2016 
Where: BMO Centre, Calgary 
Register online:
Save the Date - Christmas Social

Save the Date for the annual Christmas Social on December 13, 2016 at Craft, further details to follow with regards to sponsorship and fees.
CSC Edmonton

November 8, 2016, breakfast meeting on “Lightning Protection 101”.  Click on the presentation title for more information and to register. 
Interior Designers of Alberta Events
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