Message from the Chair
Tim Simpson

In many ways I feel like writing a report on education or learning for the Specifier is a bit like "preaching to the choir". Construction Specifications Canada, or CSC as we fondly know it, has education as one of its core aims, endeavors and responsibilities.
With that being true, you may be wondering what I am even thinking by writing on this topic.
Well, I have been moved recently upon hearing a speech given by Rick Rigsby regarding his father who was a 3rd grade dropout. You hear this and your mind starts forming mental pictures. I can't share the video with you here, but if you Google it you will find it on YouTube. I think you, too, will find it interesting. You will likely see also how it inspired some of what follows.
My little blurb is going to be quite simple - all the foregoing has resonated with me because I'm reminded of the importance of continuing to learn. Yes, I learn way too many things from trial and error and my mistakes.  I am therefore grateful for monthly CSC meetings, that while not only being an excellent spot to meet and mingle with some of the industry's most influential people, the meetings almost always provide me the opportunity to learn something new and thereby continue my education while avoiding the hard knocks of trial and error. We need to always desire to learn. Learning takes a mindset that is open to new things, expecting new things and willing to change when new things make change necessary. The world we live in is changing around us at blinding speed. Its constant state of flux means this "old dog" is now almost continually learning "new tricks". I find that sometimes I want to resist learning; it can be hard, and at times puts me out of my comfort zone. The older I get the more effort it seems to take to grasp new ideas, concepts and technologies. I can empathize with those who sometimes feel that learning makes their head hurt. However, failure to learn will spell our doom and we've witnessed it even in the recent demise of businesses and retailers that we've known all our lives.
Our continual learning and applying the lessons learned is what will set us apart in two ways - a) in our chosen professions, and b) as a group of people seeking to assist our mentors and friends. 
I am so grateful for our past interactions, I'm grateful for the fact I'm still learning and I'm incredibly grateful for the friendships that have resulted in my years of association and learning with CSC.
I am
November Meeting Notice
LEED v4 - Through the Lens of the CaGBC Vancouver Office Project

On Tuesday, November 14th, starting at 5:30 p.m. at the Winston Golf Club, 2502 - 6th Street NE, join us for an overview of the LEED v.4 rating system, and delve deeper into the strategies employed at the CaGBC’s new Vancouver office.  This will give a better understanding of the approach and management of this project, with a small view into strategies employed to attain credits.  An overview of the software and tools used in the project, and lessons learned through the project gives better understanding of project approach, and how this affected the ability of the project to gain credits, and balance schedule and budget for the project.

All of this hinges on tight and loose specifications, an understanding of the differences in performance standards, how execution differs across countries (when using European products), and how these specs could be replicated for future successful projects.

Presented by Herman Miller - Western Canada | Healthcare Representative: Lindsey Dru, BID, LEED AP.
To register click LEED v4
Member News and New Members
Corinne Golding, FCSC RSW

Welcome new members:
  • Mr. Koby Langsner, Project Manager with Fast Track Commercial.  Koby can be contacted at
  • Mr. James Williamson, Associate with Stantec Architecture.  James can be contacted at
  • Mr. Ba Ngo, Senior Associate with Stantec Architecture.  Ba can be contacted at
  • Mr. Tim Noorland, General Manager – Western Canada with NABCO Canada.  Tim can be contacted at
  • Ms. Kim Clark, Accounts Manager at Skyline Building Systems.  Kim can be contacted at
  • Ms. Christine Beer, Business Development Manager for Kraus Flooring.  Christine can be contacted at
Congratulations to Dave Hiemstra (Optics Lighting) and his wife Erin on the birth of their son, William Kenneth who was born on August 28 at 9:55am at 6lbs 7oz.  Dave said the first couple of weeks were challenging, but they’re finding their stride.
Director's Report - Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Again, it was a pleasure and honor to attend the fall Board of Director Meetings on September 30 - October 1, 2017, representing the Calgary Chapter.

  • Humber College in Toronto is now using the PCD in its curriculum
  • A formal pricing structure for courses is being recommended by the Association
  • On-line course development is currently in progress; the goal is to have all courses available by 2019
  • Update current CSC course content and delivery methods
  • Membership continues to be strong with a high retention rate
  • Membership renewal notices will be issued in early December 2017
  • Increase diversification of members by targeting A/E, GC, sub-trade contractors, interior designer, FM people, technicians/technologists
  • Demonstrate  value of membership to members
Conference / Awards
  • 2018 Edmonton
  • 2019 Regina
  • 2020 Montreal
  • 2021 Saskatoon
  • 2022 Ottawa
  • Increase participation in education programs and professional networking opportunities
  • Market the value of CSC education programs to all member of the design and construction community
  • Committee still working on a website renewal program
  • Members are encouraged to provide a clip on “I am CSC” and forward it to the Chapter Liaison
  • CSC twitter and Instagram are  being utilized
    • The CSC twitter account has 999 following and is being followed by 404
    • The CSC Twitter handle -@csc_dcc
  • CSC is currently in a good financial position
  • 2017 – 2018 budget was presented and approved by the Board
  • Chapters are encouraged to return monies to the Association for dedicated programs or activities
Christmas Social
The annual CSC members' only Christmas Social will be on Tuesday, December 12 at the Craft Brewery.  We’re looking for event sponsors.  Attendance will be limited to CSC members and one guest/member at a cost of $20/person (plus fees/taxes).  Thank you to the following sponsors: Corinne Golding Specifications, Construction Specialties, and Flynn Canada.  Click SOCIAL to register as a guest or sponsor.

Save the date!  Connections Café will be Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  Are you interested in helping out the Connections Café committee, or do you have ideas and suggestions? If so, please contact Larry Shoesmith, Trevor Devnich or Johnathon Greenland.
Spec Writer - Wanted
Experienced Specifications Writer in Edmonton or Calgary for a well-known, Alberta-based architecture firm.  For more information contact Richard Kobi, HAYS Recruiting at
Sponsor a CSC Meeting
For $125 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 Debbie Lucas at 
Golf Tournament - Correction
Last month’s newsletter erroneously identified one of the hole sponsors for the golf tournament as “Nebco”.  Our apologies to NABCO Canada, who we thank for its support.
Aligning Alberta Construction
Trade Definitions with MasterFormat/UniFormat
- Help Wanted
Keith Robinson is the CSC Edmonton Chapter representative providing support to updating existing and developing new trade definitions for the Alberta Construction Association. A downloadable version is available at for anyone needing additional information.

Keith’s primary role outside of discussions surrounding trade definitions, is building a relationship between specifications and construction activities. The goal being to provide a more accurate map for preparation of construction specifications that address not only the trades, but also the gaps between the existing definitions allowing for better coordination by the prime contractor.

MasterFormat has already helped in the identification of trade relationships through coordination of related requirements. The exercise is not intended to create a “trade‑scope”, but to provide specifiers with information that allows for improved document coordination.

Information is being presented in UniFormat to reflect the elemental approach used in trade definitions, and then binding MasterFormat numbers and titles to the elements. If anyone has seen a copy of UniFormat, you can see that there is a direct correlation between UF and MF, essentially building one-to-many relationships and helping the readers of our documents to visualize how the specification can help them in project delivery and coordination.

The initiative is about 1/3 complete – and now that the structure and approach to recording these relationships – we need to finish this exercise ready for the publication of the 2018 Update, Alberta Construction Trade Definitions. We need 5 to 6 people, more would be welcome and make the work flow easier. Keith will provide a short (15 to 20 minutes) training session to get volunteers started, and then anticipates about 6 to 8 hours of actual work effort from each person to complete the various assignments. This has been a very informative process – and transformed our understanding of the relationships between construction leaders and design professionals, allowing for a more collaborative approach to construction deliverables.

Please contact Keith at the following if you would like to participate or have questions:

CSC IGNITE Student Competition 2017-2018

Kirsten Janes

The CSC IGNITE Committee is in the early stages of planning for this year’s Student Design Competition with hopes to make it bigger than last year with even more support from CSC Calgary Chapter Members.
This year, MRU's Department of Interior Design will be hosting the competition events in January 2018.
So far, this year’s committee includes the following CSC Calgary Chapter Members:
- Kirsten Janes, Acorn Design Concepts, Committee Chair
- Christina Sgaggi, Park Digital, Committee Member
- Peter Hiebert, Construction Specialties, Inc., Committee Member
- Tim Simpson, Longbow Sales Inc., Committee Member
- And, seven students who participated last year will be joining CSC and will serve as Student Ambassadors
We are looking for sponsors, mentors and judges from a variety of industry roles - we will be reaching out to each of our members. In the meantime, should anyone be interested in joining our committee, or wish to learn more about last year’s competition, please feel free to contact the Committee Chair, Kirsten Janes, at 403-606-5611 or via email at
The website will be updated soon for this year’s event where updates will be posted as they become available. Please visit it at: to view what last year’s competition was all about.
November 8 & 9, 2017 BMO Centre, Calgary.  
BUILDEX Calgary is Alberta’s largest tradeshow & conference for the Construction, Renovation, Architecture, Interior Design and Property Management industries. With more than 225+ exhibits and 40+ educational seminars, BUILDEX attracts 4,000 attendees annually.  For more information go to 
Education Update
Adam Develter, CTR

Another Principles of Construction Documentation course is underway with 10 students.  Classes are being held at S2 Architecture.  Are you interested in the CSC Construction Contract Administrator course, or the Specifier course?  If so, let me know by emailing me at
CSC Edmonton Chapter

If you have plans to travel to Edmonton in November, CSC Edmonton is hosting two events:
  • November 14th - Indemnity Provisions, Corbin Devlin, Partner McLennan Ross LLP
  • November 23, Networking Night
For more information go to: 
Interior Designers of Alberta events
Chapter Events
September 12, 2017
TTMAC Update

September 13, 2017
3rd Annual Golf Tournament

October 10, 2017
Radon: Is your countertop really radioactive?

November 14, 2017
LEED v.4

December 2017
Christmas Social - Members and guest only

January 9, 2018

February 13, 2018
Wood Construction and the ABC

March 13, 2018
Construction Tour - New Downtown Library

March 2018
Connections Café

April 10, 2018
Joint meeting with ABEC and GAMA

May 8, 2018
Annual Chapter Meeting

Chapter Executive
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Tim Simpson
Trevor Devnich
Officer - Spec Writer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Officer - Interiors:
Kirsten Janes
Officer - Manufacturer/Supplier:
Matt Girling
Officer - Trade Contractor:
Tim Simpson
Officer- Education:
Adam Develter, CTR
Calgary Construction Association Liaison:
Larry Shoesmith, CTR
Jonathan Greenland
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Membership Officer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Program Chairman:
Glenn Trost
Jason Gensey
Newsletter Editor:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Debbie Lucas
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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