Message from CSC President Peter Hiebert

This year Calgary Chapter is proud to boast Peter Hiebert, CTR CSC President as one of our own!  The following is an excerpt from Peter’s speech at the CSC Annual conference in Halifax in May.

“So what does a person do when they step into a leadership role? Leading with wisdom is what comes to my mind. So how does a person lead with wisdom? And how does a person gain that wisdom? There is a saying on gaining wisdom goes something like this:
•    Wisdom: comes from truly learning from experience. 
•    Experience: typically comes from suffering or mistakes.
•    Mistakes: come from a failure of some kind.
•    And to fail means a “First Attempt In Learning”

I think our Conference Theme of “Building on History” goes directly to the point of learning so we become wiser in our decisions. However, this isn’t an excuse to reject ideas that may have been tried before, or just saying “We have always done it that way” or “We tried that before and it didn’t work”. The timing may have not been right or the proper resources and tools may not have been available at the time.

A funny story comes to mind revolving around that concept.

A young bride wants to put on a special dinner for her family. She is going to cook her first pot roast for a family event. Her only “experience” with this was from seeing her mother prepare roasts on many occasions. One thing that she didn’t understand was why her mother would always cut the tip off the roast, throw the tip away before she cooked the roast. She was curious.  Did cutting the tip off make a better roast? So she called her mother and asked why she always cut the tip of the roast. Her mother advised that she didn’t really know why, she had always done it that way, as that is how her own mother had done it.  She said she should phone her grandmother and ask. So she calls her grandmother and asks why do you always cut the tip off the roast before cooking it.  Does it make a better roast? The grandmother laughed.  She said the only reason she did that was because her roasting pan was too small. 

So that all being said, leading with wisdom means we learn from our past and “Build on our History”.  So leading with wisdom is what I will endeavor to do as my role as President.”  

Chair's Message

Welcome to another eventful year for the Calgary Chapter! This year there are various great initiatives under development from the Student Design Competition and Connections Cafe. This year my goal will be to foster mentorship amongst CSC Members and young professionals and to market the value of becoming a CSC member to post secondary institutions. I believe this will be successfully accomplished through the Student Design Competition. 
Trying Something New

While only 16 members responded to the survey about the Calgary Specifier, we did listen – and will do our best to provide the newsletter more frequently, with the content you want.  Our intent is to publish monthly using this very format – with content embedded in this electronic newsletter.  Let us know what you think!  
Golf Tournament

It’s not too late to register for the second annual Calgary Chapter golf tournament.  Join us on Wednesday, September 14th at the Lakeside Golf Club in Chestermere. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.  Contact Sylvie Dzikewich at
Golf Registration
September Meeting - Site Tour Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility

Don’t wait to register for this members’ only meeting, Friday September 30, 2016 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Includes box lunch at site and PowerPoint presentation.  Cost $15/person.  Maximum 20 people.  Sorry, no walk-ups. 

The Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility features a curving roof structure that mimics the surrounding landscape of large hills to the north and wetlands to the south. The building will have an NHL-sized ice surface, a leisure ice surface, leisure pool, wave pool, hot tub, and a 25 metre lap pool. The building also includes an elevated running track, theatre, fitness studios and three full-size basketball courts.

The structure consists of a distinct combination of cast-in-place concrete, structural steel, and glue laminated beams. The CSC Calgary Chapter tour will focus on all the unique features of this project.
Thank to PCL Construction Management Inc. for hosting this site visit, and to Sika Canada for sponsoring the event.  Full PPE required. Please bring your own hard hat, safety glasses, high visibility vest and steel toed boots.
Site Tour Registration
Student Design Competition

Save the Date for CSC Calgary Chapter Student IGNITE Competition on January 27 to 29, 2017 at SAIT MacDonald Hall. The competition is designed to entice students and young professionals to actively engage with CSC. 

More information to follow!  If you are interested in helping out as being a mentor, or sponsorship, please contact Student Competition chair, Gale LeBlanc at, or committee members Kirsten Janes at and Stephanie Fargas at
Connections Cafe 

Mark your calendars now!  Calgary Chapter will be hosting its first Connections Café on February 15, 2017.  Connections Café provides a great opportunity for design/construction professionals to network in an informal atmosphere — over hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.  Guest speaker, before networking begins, will be Steven Revay, FCSC, CCC, CFCC.  Steve has prepared or evaluated productivity and schedule analyses, including quantification of claims on construction projects throughout Canada, in the United States, the Middle East, Asia and South America. He is an expert witness in both litigation and arbitration, and has acted as both a mediator and as arbitrator on different disputes. 

The event will be limited 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

We need your help. A number of chapter executive members are wearing multiple hats.  Vacant positions include vice chair, newsletter editor, and webmaster.  Many hands make light work. If you are interested, please contact Stephanie Fargas,  Job descriptions available.
Education Opportunities

Construction Contract Administration (CCA) class will be running Thursday evenings from September 15, until December 8, 2016, at Group2’s downtown office. The Chapter is hoping to run a Technical Representative Course and Principles of Construction Documentation in 2017.
Recognizing the Best

CSC is nothing without its members.  Congratulations to the following members who were recognized at the annual conference in Halifax.

Life Member – Steve Revay, FCSC

Chapter Awards of Merit – Jacques Gauthier, CCCA; Sylvie Dzikewich, CTR; Stephanie Fargas, CSP

Program Directors Award (ECC) – Corinne Golding, FCSC, RSW

Longevity Awards – Eileen Bredeson, FCSC RSW (35 years), Steve Carter-Edwards (30 years), John Vlooswyk (25 years); Rick Burton, Jeff Cordick, Peter Hiebert, Allan Law (20 years); Gerald Garvin (15 years); Joe Black, Ralph Sandl, Gary Sturgeon, David Thompson (10 years)
New Members, Transfers, and Welcome Back

Karey Peterson, has replaced Jasmine Bulmer at Centura Western

Angelo Di Manno, Shanahan’s Limited.

Robert Kennedy, Platinum Insurance, Inc.

Chris Sexsmith, Nabco Canada

John Millington, Stuart Olson

Shaila Baxendale, Stantec (Whitehorse, YK)

Jeff Dempsey, STI Firestop

David Varty, now business development manager – western Canada at Camino Systems

David Mayer, Rocky Mountain Industrial Systems

Anupam Dwivedi, Crown Paint

Chris Johnson, Lenmak Exterior Innovations

Dojie Pargay, Gabriel Construction

Jason Gensey, CGC Inc
We Want Your Feedback

Sylvie Dzikewich, chapter director, will be attending the CSC fall board of directors meeting in October.  If you have any concerns, or questions for Sylvie to share at the meeting, please email her at before October 11th.
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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