Message from the Chair

How do YOU lose?
Tim Simpson

The airwaves have been filled with the best of the best competing in the Winter Olympics in South Korea. Watching, listening, and following the stories from there are what have prompted this column.
John C. Maxwell has a book titled, “Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn”.  I haven’t read the book, but I concur wholeheartedly with the title. Admittedly, I haven’t totally learned it yet.
Nowhere except in elementary school will life ever give you participation medals. Once you reach the real world you very soon discover that life is filled with experiences and times where, to be blunt, you either win or lose, sometimes by the smallest of margins. This is illustrated really well in horse racing and the Olympics where many, many times the difference between hero and “has been” is a mere hundredth of a second or a photo finish so close you cannot tell with the naked eye who was in the money and who’s going home empty handed.
We all know or may even be the loser, who after getting kicked in the chops, grabs the game board and flings it violently across the room, accompanying the actions with loud and verbal displeasure on how unfair life is. Growing up and knowing that corporal punishment would be the outcome of such outbursts in our home, I very quickly learned to avoid this reaction even though I felt like it. (I am grateful for this actually, and so in some ways this is maybe my first recollection of a time when I didn’t win, but instead learned.)
I have already written a fair bit and still haven’t really made the point I want to most. First let me summarize two stories that caused this thought to percolate for the last few days:
  • Recently there was a hockey game where two teams were vying for the gold medal. When his team lost, the captain of the losing team took off his silver medal and flung it into the crowd.  (Still some learning to do here me thinks).
  • A team at the Olympics comprised of three members was competing in a timed event.  One of the team members struggled, and two of the team members walked off in disgust without comforting or even acknowledging the pain of the team member who had fallen behind and caused the loss.
So here, my friends, is the point - I am trying to learn how to lose with grace, to lose looking for the lesson, to lose realizing sometimes not getting what I thought I wanted at the time is actually a really huge blessing. I do like to win; I will always work and strive and aim to win in every situation. However, despite my best efforts, sooner or later I am going to lose. How I respond in these experiences will not only affect me, it will affect all around me and this is my biggest lesson after all.
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Hope you have your invitation for Connections Café on Wednesday, March 7. Trade show starts at 3 p.m., with dinner and guest speaker to follow.

This year’s event, similar format to Edmonton’s InfoNet, will include a tabletop tradeshow, sit-down dinner and guest speaker Andrew Brash. 

To attend the dinner, you must receive an invitation from one of the following sponsors.  Contact Sylvie DzikewichTrevor Devnich or Jonathon Greenland for more information.

Trade show is open to local design professionals.  To register for the trade show only click here.

Manufacturers and suppliers who want to attend must sponsor the event.

March Dinner Meeting
Central Library Tour

Join us Tuesday, March 13 for a construction tour of the Central Library.  Tour space is limited to 30 people, and PPE is required.  Click on the link below to register, and for more information related to PPE.  Arrive for a 3:45 p.m. safety orientation with tour starting at 4:00 p.m., and dinner to follow at Salt and Pepper in Inglewood.  Can't make the tour but want to join us for dinner?  You can do that, too!

Architectural Digest has named Calgary’s Central Library as one of the 12 most anticipated buildings of 2018.

Construction on the $245 million project began in the city’s East Village in 2015. Snohetta and Dialog designed the project with its surrounding landscape in mind, framing the building’s entry with wood-clad arches to reference the chinook arch cloud formations, which are common to the province.

“I think what a library means to our community has changed, but this type of designation really shows that not only is this going to be a huge landmark for Calgary, but this is going to be an internationally recognized landmark for Western Canada,” says Mary Kapusta, communications director for the library.

The 22,300-m2 (240,000-sf) space will house more than 600,000 physical books, as well as 30 free-use meeting rooms, a 350-seat performance hall, an early learning centre for children, and an audio, video, and game area for teens. A section of Calgary’s light rail transit (LRT) system will also run beneath the building.

The project is scheduled to complete construction on time and under-budget in late fall.

Ignite Student Design Competition
Awards Night

Eleven teams made up of students from Mount Royal's interior design program and SAIT's architectural technology program competed in this year's design competition.  On February 9th, prizes were awarded to the top three teams, and the "People's Choice" team.  Thank you to COI for hosting the event; and to all the volunteers for setting up.  Thank you to the client reps from the Cochrane Humane Society and the Strathmore Animal Care Centre; students and faculty advisors from SAIT and Mount Royal; competition sponsors, mentors and judges.  Students participating for the second time told us that it was great having a client with a specific list of requirements to help inform their designs.    Thank you to Herman Miller for donating the people's choice award prize, to Interior Designers of Alberta for the 3rd prize, and to CSC Calgary for 1st and 2nd prizes. 

1st Place: The “Parti” Animals
Madelaine Lee (SAIT)
Duong Dang (SAIT)
Victoria Vatne (MRU)
Gino Tu (SAIT)
2nd Place: ABC Design
Alex Kodyra (SAIT)
Betty Lynne Burwash (SAIT)
Cloe Shklanka (MRU)
3rd Place & People’s Choice Award: MAIT
Kelsie Dellaire (MRU)
Nina Rinklef (SAIT)
Benjamin Hackman (SAIT)
Jill Fulton (SAIT)
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Education Update
Adam Develter

The next PCD course will likely be held fall 2018.  For more information, contact Adam Develter, the Chapter’s education officer.
Member News and New Members
Corinne Golding, FCSC RSW

If your contact information has changed, please contact the CSC Association office with your new information, or fill in the form at  

If you know of a CSC member who is not getting chapter information, please share this link with them so that we can reconnect.  Don’t forget to renew your 2018 CSC membership!

New member:
Nicholle Miller, Director of Marketing, at the Alberta Masonry Council, can be reached at or 403-370-6634.

New coordinates:
Glenn Trost can now be reached at
Grant Lawton, Business Development Manager for Tufdek/Tuff Industries can now be reached at
Sponsor a CSC Meeting
Debbie Lucas
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 
New Home for CSC NMS Products

After 15 years of the marketing alliance between Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) and Digicon Information Inc., the CSC Board of Directors decided to end the alliance effective December 31, 2017.  The decision was not taken lightly and CSC is ready to work with Digicon Information Inc. to ensure customers are aware of the change, know their options and are treated respectfully.

CSC is pleased to introduce the new home for CSC NMS Products and more

Flames Thirsty Thursday Party

Members of the local construction industry have been invited to attend the Flames vs. Columbus Blue Jackets game on March 29th at reduced ticket prices.  Happy hour $5 food and drink specials are available from 5:30 to 6:30  Ticket price is $39 (regular $45.25).  For more information and to purchase a ticket click on the flaming C below.


Our Condolences

Mark Ondejko, Senior Specification Writer, at HOK Toronto passed away unexpectedly February 9.  Mark had been at the Toronto HOK office since 2000 and officially joined the company full time in 2004. He worked closely with many in the Canadian practice over the years as well as many others within HOK globally.

With informative technical programs, abundant networking opportunities and great social events … it’s all coming together in beautiful Edmonton.
Visit the Corporate Sponsors and ask them questions about the latest products, materials and services available in the construction industry.   Celebrate Connections Café with us on Thursday May 24, an event allowing people from all areas of construction to meet our sponsors in a casual, relaxed environment.
Stroll around the host hotel, The Westin Edmonton which is conveniently located downtown and is in walking distance to numerous attractions, cafes, restaurants and shops.
So what are you waiting for?  Reserve your space today!

This year the annual conference will be held in Edmonton; and the conference theme is "Building on Collaboration".  The conference runs from May 23 to 27th.  To register, or for more information on sponsorship opportunities, and the technical program, go to 

CSC Edmonton Chapter

If you have plans to travel to Edmonton, check out the Chapter's event page at 
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 12, 2017
Christmas Social - Members and guest only

January 9, 2018
Wood Construction and the ABC

CCA course - starting mid-January

February 9, 2018
IGNITE Awards Gala

March 7, 2018
Connections Café

March 13, 2018
Construction Tour - New Downtown Library

April 12, 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:
Jonathan Greenland
Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR
Membership Officer:
Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW
Program Chairman:
Glenn Trost
Matt Girling
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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