January 2020
Message from the Chair

'Tis the season to be thankful
Trevor Devnich

I AM THANKFUL FOR my children who are not doing dishes but watching TV, because that means they are safe at home and not on the streets. 
FOR the taxes I pay, because it means I am employed. 
FOR the mess to clean after a party, because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
I AM THANKFUL FOR the clothes that fit a little too snug, because it means I have enough to eat.
FOR my shadow that watches me work, because it means I am out in the sunshine.
FOR a driveway that needs shovelling, and Christmas lights that need hanging, because it means I have a home.
FOR the parking spot I find at the far end of the parking lot, because it means I am capable of walking and I have been blessed with transportation.
FOR my huge heating bill, because it means I am warm.
I AM THANKFUL FOR the lady behind me in church that sings off key, because it means I can hear.
FOR the pile of laundry and ironing, because it means I have clothes to wear.
FOR the weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day, because it means I have been capable of working hard.
I AM THANKFUL FOR the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours, because it means I am alive.
Be thankful for what you have…Be creative. Be innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile. Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence. The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling… And even more beautiful, knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!
During this Christmas Season let’s all remember to be THANKFUL.
God Bless and a HAPPY HOLIDAY SEASON to all my CSC Family and Friends!

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January BREAKFAST Meeting

The interrelationship of post-secondary education and industry

Date: Tuesday, January 14, 2020.
Location: Winston Club
Time: 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

How does post-secondary influence industry and how does industry influence post-secondary?
In the industrial age, the relationship between post-secondary education and industry was linear. In today’s information age, you can no longer receive one-time training for a promising 40 year career. Education systems need to be agile, flexible and responsive. In order to have a promising career, one needs to commit to a path of life-long learning. The relationship between industry and education needs to be much more iterative and a two-way flow of information. Individuals and organizations that subscribe to this philosophy will surely benefit.
This presentation will cover:
  • Alberta economy and the role of construction
  • How the present economy is impacting enrollment
  • Women in construction and other non-traditional careers
  • How technology is impacting the construction industry and construction education
  • Internationalization of construction education
  • Summary of the School of Construction at SAIT (programs, courses, content)
  • School of Construction’s strategy and focus for growth to best serve the construction industry
Reva Bond Ramsden, B.A., B.Sc., M.B.A., SAIT Dean of the School of Construction

IGNITE 2020 Student Competition
Volunteers Wanted!

Kirsten Janes

We will be hosting our 4th Annual CSC Ignite in early 2020 and would love to hear from CSC members interested in the following volunteer opportunities:
  • 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.
Christmas Social


Thank you to the following sponsors for their support:
  • Sika Canada
  • Titan Sport Systems
  • IXL
  • Schluter
  • Flynn
  • Core Acoustics
  • GlasCurtain
  • Alumicor
  • Armstrong Ceilings
  • Mapei
  • Tec Agencies
  • Soundivide
  • Wayne Building Products
  • United Supreme Group
Member News and New Members
Peter Hiebert, FCSC CTR


Membership renewals have been sent out by the CSC Association office.  I encourage you to revew before December 31, 2019.  The cost of membership remains the same.

New Members:

New coordinates:


Congratulations to the following winners:

Emerging Leader Awards – Teamwork and Jury’s Choice

Mark Gaglione, P.Eng., construction sciences specialist at EllisDon Construction, Mississauga, Ont.

Emerging Leader Award – Initiative 

Kazim (Kaz) Kanani, CSP, CCCA, senior associate and specification specialist at Quadrangle Architects, Toronto.

Emerging Leader Award – Leadership

Heather Barnsley, architect, AAA, AIBC, president of Ti STUDIOS Architecture, Calgary, Alta.

Emerging Leader Award – Technology Advancement

Kelly Fisher, CPHC, director of BIM and building performance at Kearns Mancini Architects, Toronto.

Emerging Leader Award – Community Contribution

Emma Cubitt, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, principal at Invizij Architects, Hamilton.

Emerging Leader Award – Industry Contribution

Deborah Bryne, C.Eng., MIEI, CPHD, LEED AP, COO at Kearns Mancini Architects, Toronto.

Sponsor a CSC Meeting

For only $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 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 - DINNER
Topic - TBD

February 26, 2020
Connections Café / Ignite Student Design Competition 

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:

Pamela Jenkins
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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