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DIALOG Team at BUILDEX Vancouver 2023

February 8, 2023

Join DIALOG team, Megan Brooks, Associate and leader of design technology; Vance Harris, Partner and architect; Meeta Lele, project manager and architect; and Mona Lemoine, Associate and senior sustainability consultant, on February 15 and 16 as they present sessions at BUILDEX Vancouver 2023 at Vancouver Convention Centre West.

PropTech Innovation Showcase, with Megan Brooks

Date:           Thursday, February 16

Time:           1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. PST

Megan will be joined by a panel of industry experts to explore and evaluate the latest property management technology.

The format:

• 5-minute “micro-presentations” delivered live by each innovator company
• Cross examination and questioning from a panel of industry experts
• Q&A between the innovator company and live industry audience
• Expert panel and industry audience vote for their favourite solution


Architecture Keynote: Dismantling Architecture & Design, with Vance Harris

Date:           Thursday, February 16

Time:           10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST

This engaging panel moderated by Decanthropy’s Ian Rolston will discuss the evolution of luxury design and the relative responsibilities of design-build teams.

From preconceived notions of luxury to its direct impact on the immediate culture, the panelists will explore the responsibility of design teams to build beyond aesthetics and account for how our industry impacts lived experiences connected to every decision we make. This lively discussion will seek to uncover the good, the bad, and the ugly of luxury design.


Bringing Rapid, Affordable Housing to First Nations Communities Through Modular Construction, with Vance Harris

Date:           Thursday, February 16

Time:           2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. PST

Explore the successes and challenges of employing integrated planning and prefabricated modular construction to provide rapid, affordable homes to BC, focusing on the Hiyam Housing projects in Capilano and Squamish, both of which aim to provide the communities of the Squamish Nation with quick, inexpensive housing. The panel will bring together the key stakeholders of these innovative and interesting initiatives to educate the audience about the projects, and share lessons gained for future advancements in modular construction.

The seminar will cover important themes in today’s construction environment, including multi-residential, affordable housing, prefabrication, integrated building approach, community well-being, project planning, and collaboration. The Hiyam projects provide a special and exciting cocktail of factors that will make for a captivating discussion while an open Q&A session afterward will provide an invaluable platform to delve deeper into these highly topical issues.


WELL Building Standard: Building a Healthy Community at Simon Fraser University, with Meeta Lele

Date:           Wednesday, February 15

Time:           10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. PST

Amidst growing awareness that healthy and welcoming environments enhance employee retention and productivity, WELL Building Standard (WELL) is gaining traction in the building industry. WELL is an evidence-based, third-party rating system that provides the most comprehensive metrics to measure and monitor wellness parameters, particularly for new construction projects. It has been embraced widely by government, institutional, and commercial office clients. Simon Fraser University elected to adopt WELL for their new 369-bed student residences mixed use project in Burnaby, BC, making this project one of the first institutional new builds to target WELL Gold certification in BC.

This seminar will take a closer look at WELL implementation. Through the experiences of this case study, speakers will examine key challenges and successes that the owner and design team encountered as they evaluated and incorporated the 10 WELL concepts (Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Movement, Thermal Comfort, Sound, Materials, Mind, Community, and Innovation) to enhance occupant wellbeing in this campus-living environment. The speakers will also highlight factors that are crucial for success in achieving wellness goals in a project and discuss emerging trends and various health and wellness rating systems with respect to their relevance across different sectors.


Accelerating Design and Construction for Human, Climate, & Ecological Health, with Mona Lemoine

Date:           Thursday, February 16

Time:            9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST

At its core, the climate crisis is a human problem. The need for climate action and the necessary technology have long been identified and available. What then is needed to accelerate the scale and pace of progress? Drawing on climate change communications and engagement research literature, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada has framed its climate action planning as a suite of communications and convening activities rather than a set of technology-centric approaches. This seminar will discuss the organization’s work towards a Climate Action Engagement and Enablement Plan (CAEEP) and engage participants for feedback and contributions.

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About BUILDEX Vancouver

Taking place on February 15 & 16, 2023, BUILDEX Vancouver is Western Canada’s largest conference connecting industry experts, influencers, and colleagues in the building industry. As an attendee, you experience the progress and innovations at the forefront of Canada’s built environment in-person, and gain expert insights from educational seminars, panels, keynotes, workshops, and live demonstrations. Access over 280 leading manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers showcasing their new technologies, innovations, materials, and services from every corner of the building industry.