February 2020
Message from the Chair

Happy 2020
Trevor Devnich

In a small Italian town, hundreds of years ago, a small business owner owed a large sum of money to a loan-shark. The loan-shark was a very old, unattractive looking guy that just so happened to fancy the business owner’s daughter.

He decided to offer the businessman a deal that would completely wipe out the debt he owed him. However, the catch was that he would only wipe out the debt if he could marry the businessman’s daughter.  Needless to say, this proposal was met with a look of disgust.

The loan-shark said that he would place two pebbles into a bag, one white and one black.  The daughter would then have to reach into the bag and pick out a pebble. If it was black, the debt would be wiped, but the loan-shark would then marry her. If it was white, the debt would also be wiped, but the daughter wouldn’t have to marry the loan-shark. 

Standing on a pebble-strewn path in the businessman’s garden, the loan-shark bent over and picked up two pebbles.  Whilst he was picking them up, the daughter noticed that he’d picked up two black pebbles and placed them both into the bag.  He then asked the daughter to reach into the bag and pick one. The daughter naturally had three choices as to what she could have done:
  1. Refuse to pick a pebble from the bag.
  2. Take both pebbles out of the bag and expose the loan-shark for cheating.
  3. Pick a pebble from the bag fully well knowing it was black and sacrifice herself for her father’s freedom.
She drew out a pebble from the bag, and before looking at it ‘accidentally’ dropped it into the midst of the other pebbles. She said to the loan-shark;
“Oh, how clumsy of me. Never mind, if you look into the bag for the one that is left, you will be able to tell which pebble I picked.”
The pebble left in the bag is obviously black, and seeing as the loan-shark didn’t want to be exposed, he had to play along as if the pebble the daughter dropped was white, and clear her father’s debt.
Moral of the story:
It’s always possible to overcome a tough situation through out of the box thinking, and not give in to the only options you think you have to pick from.
As we welcome 2020, let’s remember that we always have choices, and they may not always be as Black or White as they seem!
I am
February lunch meeting
Biomimicry in Design

Date: Tuesday, February 11, 2020.
Location: Winston Club
Time: 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Speakers: Linda Selin and Micheal Williamson, from Stantec

Stay tuned for more information.

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Location: Winston Club
Trade show: open to the design and construction community
Dinner and guest speaker: by invitation only

Want to sponsor? 
Want to attend the dinner and presentation?
Just click on the Connections Cafe logo above for more information and links to our great sponsors!


IGNITE 2020 Student Competition

Kirsten Janes
CSC needs YOU!

The following volunteer opportunities are available:
  • Judges
  • Mentors
  • Sponsors for swag for Student Design Starter Kits
  • Volunteers for Competition Day setup
  • Gala Planners
  • Committee Members
We have opportunities for time commitments from 4hrs. to as much as is available between now and the end of March 2020.  Please contact Kirsten Janes if you're interested.

Looking for swag to help fill the student design starter kits.  If you have something, please contact Kirsten Janes.

Ignite kicks off during Connections Cafe.  Students will attend the trade show, then meet the client, find out the design challenge and be divided into teams for the competition which will take place Saturday, February 29 and Sunday, March 1.
CSC Continuing Education - Construction Contract Administration course

Date: Wednesdays, starting February 5th, running for 13 weeks.
Location: Stantec boardroom, 200, 325 25th Street SE, Calgary, AB
Time: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The objective of the CCA program is to improve construction contract administration by providing education related to the administration and enforcement of contract requirements during the construction phase of a project.

The course is designed for those individuals involved in construction administration, including contract administrators, property managers, architects, engineers, interior designers, specification consultants, building authorities, and bonding and insurance agencies.

Successful completion of CSC's Principles of Construction Documentation is a prerequisite for this course..

For more information and to register click on the link below. 

If you are interested in course information or have questions please contact William Thompson, CSC Calgary education officer, at

The Educational Partnership Foundation

CSC member Terrence Patrick recently became the Director of Trades Program at The Educational Partnership Foundation (TEPF).  According to the TEPF website, there is an urgent need for skilled trades professionals. That comes as no surprise to AEC members. The trades landscape has changed, with baby boomers reaching retirement age and new energies and technologies that require new skills. In addition, the high school graduation rate in Alberta remains at the bottom end of the national scale.

What if…

  • There were a better way to encourage high school students to pursue options in their schooling that would help them decide at an earlier age whether a career in the skilled trades is for them?
  • They had the chance to take courses designed to educate them in skilled trades areas in demand?
  • Students could learn from a real-life Red Seal journeyman at a world-class training facility?
  • Students could get training in what the real world is looking for, without the pressure of finding an employer?
  • Employers could hire students with a strong foundation in their chosen trade, reducing risk and improving safety performance?

In response to this need, TEPF, with support from Building Trades of Alberta and Alberta Education, created the Trades and Climate Change Education Program, now the "Trades Career Program".

The Trades Careers Program provides hands-on learning at an off-campus location in first-class facilities taught by red seal journeymen instructors in the construction trades.  For more information click on the TEPF logo below.

Member News and New Members
Peter Hiebert, FCSC CTR


Don't forget to renew your CSC membership. The cost of membership remains the same.

Congratulations to Stephanie Fargas on attaining her Registered Specification Writer (RSW) designation.

New Members:

New coordinates:

  • Jeff Cordick, is now a design coordinator with Pomerleau Inc.

The following Building STANDATA are now available on the website. Follow the links below to view or print copies.
Building Code Bulletins
19-BCB-002 - Radon mitigation Part 6 requirements
19-BCB-001 - Steel building systems

Building Code Variances
19-BCV-001 - Relocatable industrial accommodation labeling
19-BCV-002 - Alberta labeling for CSA A277 constructed homes
19-BCV-003 - Elevator and passenger-elevating devices
19-BCV-004 - EnerGuide rating system for new homes  
19-BCV-005 - Insulation below a heated floor  
19-BCV-006 - Interconnected smoke alarms
19-BCV-007 - Lowered workspaces in service garages  
19-BCV-008 - Multi-level storage racking systems 
19-BCV-009 - Natural gas regulating and metering station buildings 
19-BCV-010 - Oil and gas processing facilities 
19-BCV-011 - Polyethylene film for greenhouse enclosures 
19-BCV-012 - Spans for joists, rafters and beams 
19-BCV-013 - Sprinkler-protected glazing in fire-resistant wall assemblies 
Building Code Interpretations
19-BCI-001 - Application of 9.36 energy efficiency requirements to existing buildings
19-BCI-003 - Barrier-free access to stages 
19-BCI-004 - Determination of grade 
19-BCI-005 - Non-liquid disposal systems 
19-BCI-006 - Photoluminescent exit signs 
19-BCI-007 -Retaining walls 
19-BCI-008 - Rooms containing gaseous chlorine 
19-BCI-009 - Wind turbines 
19-BCI-010 - Elevator operations and accessibility 
FGIA | Fenestration & Glazing Industry Alliance
The American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Alliance (IGMA) have officially combined into one organization with the new name, Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA). After a July 2019 vote by both bodies to unify, the two organizations have come together as of Jan. 1, 2020.

FGIA Vision and Mission

The vision focuses on improving home and building performance through better glass, window, door and skylight technologies and standards. The FGIA strives to be a welcoming community, leading the glass, glazing and fenestration industry through research, consensus-based standards, product certification, advocacy, and education and professional development.
Sponsor a CSC Meeting

For only $140 you receive:
  • Acknowledgement at the registration desk
  • Product display and table centrepiece featuring your product or service
  • Advertisement in one issue of the Specifier newsletter
  • Ongoing discussion with key industry people during the meeting
  • Opportunity to make a 5-minute presentation at the meeting
  • One complimentary dinner meeting registration
To book your sponsorship, contact Trevor Devnich
Chapter Events

July 9, 2019
Golf Tournament

September 10, 2019 - LUNCH
CSA A123.21 - Wind Uplift requirements

October 8, 2019 -
Deferred / Delegated / Assigned Design - LUNCH
Joint meeting with Edmonton in Red Deer

November 19, 2019
Oldcastle Glass and Storefront Facility Tour

December 10, 2019
Christmas Social at CHOP Steakhouse Chinook Centre

January 14, 2020 - BREAKFAST
Topic - The interrelationship of post-secondary education and industry

February 11, 2020 - LUNCH
Topic - Biomimicry in Design

February 26, 2020
Connections Café / Ignite Student Design Competition Kick-off 

March 10, 2020 - BREAKFAST
Topic - TBD

April 14, 2020 - DINNER

May 12, 2020

May 20 - 24, 2020
Conference 2020 - Montreal

Stay tuned for more!
Meeting dates and topics subject to change

Chapter Executive
Tim Simpson
Trevor Devnich
Jonathon Greenland, CTR
Officer - Specifications:
Colleen Barabonoff, RSW
Officer - Architectural:
James Williamson
Officer - Student Liaison:
Kirsten Janes
Officer - Manufacturer/Supplier:

Sylvie Dzikewich CTR
Officer - General Contractor:
Terrence Patrick

Officer - Trade Contractor:
Crystal Vandermey
Officer- Education:
William Thompson
Calgary Construction Association Liaison:
Tim Simpson

Leah Adrian

Shane Lahure
Officer - Membership:
Peter Hiebert FCSC, CTR
Officer - Program:
David Dagnall CSP
Peter Hiebert FCSC, CTR
Communications/Newsletter Editor:
Corinne Golding FCSC, RSW
Marketing Officer:

Sylvie Dzikewich CTR
Disclaimer: The opinions and comments expressed by the authors do not necessarily reflect the official views of Construction Specifications Canada. Also, appearance of advertisements and new product or service information does not constitute an endorsement of products or services featured.
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