Date: May 31st, 2018
Time: 8:30 - 10:00
Location: Marco Polo (TCC)
A survey of RAIC members in 2016 indicated that issues surrounding procurement are a major concern. The RAIC is creating a working group to respond to these concerns. This plenary session is the starting point. A panel consisting of members from across the country will discuss issues in their regions, steps taken to resolve them and the degree of success. The audience will be asked for their input and participation. As a follow-up, the RAIC will develop an action plan to deal with the priorities.
Anne Carrier graduated from the school of architecture at Laval University and went on to found the Anne Carrier Architecture firm. She is also president of the Association of Architects in Private Practice of Quebec (AAPPQ), where she actively promotes the excellence and advancement of the profession. Her achievements have earned her many architectural awards and have been featured in and recognized by prestigious international magazines. Throughout her outstanding career, Anne has received numerous honours in recognition of her exceptional entrepreneurial leadership, including the Governor General's Medal in Architecture, the title of Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and the Medal of the Quebec National Assembly. She was recently elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA) and was awarded Laval University’s "Gloire de l’Escolle" medal.
Bruce Lorimer, FRAIC, joined Public Works Canada after working in the private sector in Montreal. He spent more than 30 years in project management, followed by several executive positions in the Real Property Branch. These included serving as Regional Director in two regions and Director General of Architectural and Engineering Services. After his retirement from Public Works Government Services Canada, Bruce has consulted on project delivery and consultant selection strategies. Recently, he served as Interim Executive Director of the RAIC.
Doug McConnell, FRAIC, is the past chair of DIALOG’s national partnership, a position he held for 20 years. He is a co-chair of DIALOG’s Agreements Roundtable, supports the principals and firm leadership, and leads several internal education and scholarship programs.
Doug has served in community roles in support of growth and change in Edmonton’s downtown and the architectural profession. Doug’s résumé includes senior team responsibilities on significant projects in Edmonton such as the Royal Alberta Museum, the Kaye Edmonton Clinic and the Robbins Pavilion, several buildings at the University of Alberta and NAIT, the TELUS World of Science and Winspear Centre.
Doug was a founding partner and board member of the Consulting Architects of Alberta and now co-chairs their Procurement and Contracts Committee. He continues to be an active participant in many of their initiatives, and he also serves as a member of Mayor Don Iveson’s Business Roundtable.
A founding partner of FORM Architecture Engineering and its predecessor firms, John Stephenson, FRAIC, has been in practice since 1986. John has 40 years’ experience as an architect and managing partner of his practice. As the 2017-2018 President of the Ontario Association of Architects, he is actively engaged in advocacy for better approaches to the procurement of architectural services. He has also participated as a moderator and panelist on procurement for public sector construction projects.
FORM is known for its award-winning use of wood and a stylistic approach to design which reflects the geography and culture of Northwestern Ontario. John’ extensive experience includes housing projects, as well as the design, development, and ownership of independent living, retirement living, supportive housing, long-term care and mental health rehabilitation projects. His portfolio includes restoration projects, adaptive re-use of heritage buildings and educational and commercial buildings.
Mike Brennan, Chief Executive Officer, RAIC
Mike Brennan brings 26 years of executive leadership and a proven track record of operational success in the not-for-profit sector as well as turnarounds in for-profit companies in North America. He holds a Masters of Business from Carleton University in Ottawa and possesses a strong business acumen encompassing strategic planning, collaborative change management, and business process improvement. Throughout his career, he has focused on reducing operating costs and diversifying revenue streams while increasing performance and productivity.
In addition to a solid business foundation, including in banking and manufacturing, Mike has an understanding of and commitment to the not-for-profit sector. His expertise takes in governance, fundraising, volunteers, advocacy, grant writing, stakeholder engagement and program implementation. Most recently, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists.
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