Chair's Message

The Architectural industry is a macrocosm of professionals striving for excellence in the built environment, where ideologies, building practices, technology, and globalization transcend geographical locations and generations. The constantly evolving industry has created additional challenges for young professionals, as many recent graduates lack the necessary technical expertise, intrapersonal skills, and managerial traits to succeed.  Mentorship offers an opportunity for young professionals to overcome these challenges and for mentors to create a succession plan within their company and introduce new ideas. Mentoring is the process to transfer skills and knowledge, but also a collaborative relationship between two individuals working toward a common goal. It coexists as both informal and formal means of transmission of knowledge, guidance, and social support. I have been fortunate to have great mentors in both my practice of work at DIALOG and a mentor with the Toronto Construction Association’s ‘Young Construction Leaders’ that over the last 6 years have been ever patient, and never deterred from offering guidance. It was with this positive experience as a young professional that I wanted to give back to the community. 

With being a co-chair and mentor for the IGNITE Student Design Competition, it provided the opportunity to give back to the community through mentoring the next generation of young professionals. The students that participated in the competition had a range of experience from being either a 1st year to 3rd year student, or adult learner looking into a second career. Through the 3 day competition I ensured the students felt they had the opportunity to broaden their learning opportunities, provide technical guidance, instilling self-confidence, and of course creating a nurturing environment. 

Looking forward to next years’ opportunity for mentorship.

March Dinner Meeting Notice

Dave Hiemstra, Optics Lighting, will be presenting “NECB 2011 in Alberta – Impact on Design and the Industry”.  This is our annual joint meeting with CSC Edmonton chapter in Red Deer.  Please note, the meeting is on Thursday, March 16th from 5 to 8 p.m. With dinner starting at 5:45 p.m.

Location: Holiday Inn and Suites, 33 Petrolia, Gasoline Alley, Red Deer

With the adoption of the NECB 2011 Energy Code in November there are big changes being made to the way we design and build new buildings.  Not only does it change what we put into a building, it has a much larger impact on the design process.  This presentation will focus on how this code is different than anything we’ve seen in Alberta previously and why it’s important that all fields in the industry learn the code. 

This presentation will cover:

1 - Where did the code come from and how it’s being adopted in Alberta
2 - Electrical requirements for code compliance
3 - How the code changes the way we design and build
4 - Enforcement of the code
Thursday, March 9th, 2017

Connections Café is where design and construction professionals network in an informal atmosphere over hors d’oeuvres and beverages.  Table top trade show runs from 4 to 8 pm.  

As an added benefit to attendees, guest speaker, Stephen Revay, FCSC, CCC, CFCC will present on the common failing of project participants, which will be of interest owners, design consultants and contractors.  The presentation will describe common failings of project participants, which frequently result in project overruns and resultant construction claims. Steve will discuss how owners, design consultants and contractors each contribute to the problem. Discussion will also deal with the quality of documents – are they the problem that some suggest – and the underutilized power of schedules to promote communication and collaboration.  Too often schedules are treated as deliverables and not tools used to enhance project performance. Final comments will be on the pitfalls of email.  Presentation runs from 4 to 5:30 pm (in an adjacent room), and is accredited for AAA self-reported structured learning.  FREE guest registration is limited to members of the design and construction community.  For your FREE ticket, go to Connections Café 2017 (If you are a product representative or distributor, consider sponsoring the event.)  

The trade show floor is FULL, but there are still sponsorship opportunities for food and prizes!  All sponsors will receive 10 invitations for distribution, two exhibitor admissions, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, 10 drink tickets, and recognition in CSC promotional materials, website, and newsletter.  Sponsorship cost $500 plus fees and taxes.  To register as a sponsor, go to Connections Café 2017 For more information, contact Debbie Lucas, at 403.466.4771, 

Confirmed sponsors include:  CGC, Mapei, Soprema, 3M, Hydrotch, Armstrong Ceiling Systems, IKO Commercial Roofing, W.R. Meadows, Certatec, Sika Canada, Schluter Systems, Goldray Glass, Cast Supply, Optics Lighting, CertainTeed, Johns Manville, Skyfold, Pilot Group, Construction Specialties, Tec Agencies, and Plastifab.

The CSC Calgary IGNITE committee invited industry partners to join in celebrating design and specifications with students from Mount Royal University (MRU), Interior Design and SAIT, Architectural Technology in Calgary.  Students currently studying at MRU and SAIT within the two programs were invited to collaborate with industry mentors in this dynamic event. The IGNITE design competition fostered problem solving, collaboration and solutions-based outcomes over the course of a fast-paced weekend long competition.

The IGNITE Competition client was YO MOMMA, in association with the Music Mile Association (Youth Musicians of the Music Mile Alliance); both of these non-profit associations collaborate and are based out of the Inglewood Community.  
The competition mission was aimed to better integrate young professionals into the industry through mentorship and collaboration with Architectural & Design industry leaders.  

A brief overview of the competition: 
  • On behalf of the CSC Calgary Chapter, the IGNITE Competition Committee members, Gale LeBlanc, Stephanie Fargas, and Kirsten Janes, acted as "the bridge" between both schools and students.
  • The competition was launched at the Ironwood Stage & Grill in Inglewood, January 27, where students were introduced to the client, to each other, and teams were created
  • The teams began and finished the design collaboration "live" over the weekend of January 27 - 29 at McDonald Hall, SAIT, Calgary
  • 36 Students enrolled - approximately 12 from Mount Royal and 24 from SAIT. Most teams were comprised of two SAIT students and one MRU student
  • Part of the competition rules dictated that each design team must take one part of their design concept and write a specification with the “logged” help of industry mentors including specification writers, architects, interior designers, and manufacturer representatives who were available for consultation on each of the two days of the competition. Over 25 mentors from industry attended the “live” event over the two competition workshop days.
  • Both Mount Royal University Interior Design professors and SAIT School of Architectural Technology academic chairs were in full support of the competition, and were engaged, ready to help and fully participated in the 3-day event.  SAIT generously provided SAIT MacDonald Hall, as the competition venue. Mount Royal University has already committed to hosting the 2017-2018 competition next year.
Sponsorship: The IGNITE Committee worked hard to encourage CSC Calgary members and the Alberta A&D community to support the competition through monetary sponsorship as well as professional mentorship to the students.  

Thanks to the following sponsors: 
  • CSC Calgary Chapter (cash awards 1, 2 & 3 place), Stuart Olson General Contractors (Angel sponsor), RGO Office Furnishings (awards venue sponsor), Steelcase (design starter kit bags), Herman Miller (first prize furniture donation), Sloan Industries (T-Shirt sponsor), Ironwood Stage & Grill (launch venue), Flextile, and Tremco (lunch sponsors), Mona Lisa Artists’ (student work bag materials,) Contemporary Office Interiors, Teknion and Rencor Developments, Spolumbos Inglewood (lunch sponsors). 
In addition to the above many of our sponsors also donated their time for mentoring as well as providing architectural and design samples for student use and school donation post competition.

Platinum Level Sponsors
  • ACE Architecture (Coben Christiansen), Arborite, ARDEX, CGC Inc., Decoustics, DIRTT, FORBO, IDA, KBM, Owens Corning, PPG – Dulux, S2 Architecture
Gold Level Sponsors
  • Armstrong, ERV Parent, Guardian Glass, Hydrotech, Richelieu
Silver Level Sponsors
  • Camino Systems, Cosella Dorken
Competition Day Food Sponsor
  • Benjamin Moore
Awards Day Food Sponsor
  • Milliken
Gift-bag Swag
  • Shaw Contract
Mentors Day 1 and Day 2
  • Sherri Wildman (ARDEX), Louise Aroche (DIALOG), Amera Chams (Richelieu), Leslynn Heerema (PJ White), Corinne Golding (Corinne Golding Specifications), Steven Mott (S2 Architecture), Ekaterina Fradkina (S2 Architecture), Jim Hill (Decoustics), Shelly Lumgair (Forbo), Bob Chartier (Music Mile Alliance), Ethan McCormick (YO MOMMA),  Kate Stevens (YO MOMMA), Bruce Yorga (Lawson Projects), Carson Kotnyek (Stuart Olson), Stephanie Laing (Stuart Olson), Dominic Levesque (Stuart Olson), Peter Schultz (Riddell Kurczaba Architects), Noel Kelly (Kern Industries), Michelle Phelps (Kern Industries), Terry Bruce (Tremco), Samia Ebraheim (SAIT), Reva Bond Ramsden (SAIT), Janos Dvorzsak, Paula Dozois (MRU), Gale LeBlanc (CGC Inc), Kirsten Janes (Acorn Design Concepts), Stephanie Fargas (DIALOG)
Judges Panel: five professional members from ACE Architecture, S2 Architects, DIALOG, Stantec, & Book Spec. were involved in one week of deliberation and making the final decision.

The IGNITE Finale Awards Night was held at RGO Office Furnishings, February 10 with over 85 people attending.  Entertained by the YO MOMMA student members with live music, students’ team projects were prominently displayed on easels for all attendees to view.  The students were honoured for their hard work by CSC, SAIT and Mount Royal University, industry leaders, and the client, with the night concluding in the following awards:

The Results:
1st Place: Team LIT ($1,000 + Herman Miller – Eames Molded Plastic Chair for each team member)
  • Penny Beaudry (SAIT)
  • Luke Di Danieli (MRU)
  • Duong Dang (SAIT)
2nd Place: Team M.A.D. Spaces ($750)
  • Jose Posada (SAIT)
  • Mia Groenewegen (MRU)
  • Brett Mills (SAIT)
3rd Place: Team TWO DEGREES ($500)
  • David Graham (SAIT)
  • Christina Sisson (MRU)
  • Jenna Dimler (MRU)
People's Choice Award was a tie
Professional Headshot Sessions for each team member by Sarah Kuzak of Teknion
  • Team LIT (see above)
  • Team BLANK DESIGN (Dayron Ramirez Corbo, Jinseo Lee, Imran Khan - all SAIT)
Post Competition & Awards: 
Both Institutions, SAIT and Mount Royal Interior Design have contacted the IGNITE Committee with praise and hopes (on behalf of their student members and their response) for a 2017-2018 IGNITE II Student Competition.




Membership News

Don’t forget to renew your CSC membership. Time to retire? Take advantage of CSC’s great deal for retired members. For only $50 a year, you can maintain full membership benefits. If you are retiring, consider sponsoring someone in your office as a new member.

Welcome back: 
  • Ralph Sandl, contract administrator/spec writer at Dialog,
New Coordinates:
  • Derek Semeniuk, technical sales rep at Owens Corning Canada,
New Members:
  • Matt Girling, architectural representative at Soprema, 
  • Shane Lahure, sales representative at PowerBlast Canada, 
  • Cliff Lomenda, key account manager at Expocrete,
  • Arne Owre, sales manager at Cementec Industries, Inc.,
CSC is on Twitter

In keeping with the directive from the CSC Board of Directors’, CSC Calgary has joined the “Twittersphere”.  The Chapter’s Twitter account is active: CSC YYC is the name of the account, and the Twitter handle is @csccalgary.  Thanks to Tim Simpson for setting up the account and taking on the role as Chapter Tweeter.
CSC's Annual Conference - Kelowna

CSC Vancouver Chapter has been busy organizing the 2017 conference “Setting the Standard”, which will be held in beautiful Kelowna, BC from May 24 to 28th.  For just a sampling, technical session topics include:
  • NAFS - What's In, What's Out, and What to Do About It
  • Brock Commons - Virtual Design and Construction
  • Architecture in the Age of Fear - a Hard Second Look at our Profession
  • Climate Change Resilience
  • Specifications for General Contractors, Estimators, and Suppliers
  • Challenges in Tall Wood Buildings
  • Life as a Consultant Spec Writer
For more information go to
Chapter Executive Vacancies

Many hands make light work!  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.  Don’t be shy.  Active membership reaps rewards!
Director's Forum

As the Calgary Chapter Director, I will be attending the Board of Director meetings from March 10 to 12th., and will be attending the Director’s Forum. This Forum is an informal meeting to discuss the good and the bad at the chapter level. This is a chance for Director’s to share what has gone well at the Chapter level, and to ask for advice from other Chapter Directors on local Chapter challenges.
As the Chapter Director, I will be the conduit between the association and the Calgary Chapter. I encourage you to forward any concerns or topics that you would like to have discussed or introduced in this Forum.
WE are CSC!
CSC Edmonton

CSC Edmonton will be holding its annual InfoNet on April 19th, with keynote speaker Lanny McDonald (Yeah – Flames!).  For more information on this “by invitation only” event go to InfoNet 2017  

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