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OAA Annual Conference 2018

Wednesday May 23 2018 - MTCC South Building and Delta Hotel, Toronto

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Conference Program



Wednesday May 23 2018

Registration 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Afternoon Break 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sponsor Displays: 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM & 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

05AC

The Building Code Act and the Building Permit Application Process

ADMISSION COURSE

3 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

Course Outline

This session will explain the Building Code Act legislation, the fundamentals of the building permit application process, the role of municipal officials and what those officials expect from architects.

Course Objectives

At the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • describe the purpose, scope and key content of the Building Code Act;
  • appreciate the fundamental obligations of the architect and municipal building officials in the permit application process and in the general review of construction;
  • identify key strategies for successfully navigating the building permit process; and
  • describe mechanisms for resolving disputes about design compliance.

To see the full course details, click here.

Speaker

Mike Seiling
CET, CBCO

Mike Seiling is the Director of Building & Chief Building Official (CBO) for the City of Kitchener and a Past President of the Ontario Building Officials Association (OBOA).

As Director of Building/CBO for the City of Kitchener, he is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Building Code. He has 31 years of construction experience in both the private and public sectors, including 26 years with the City of Kitchener Building Division and 5 years in the private sector. 

Mike is a graduate of Conestoga College in the Construction Engineering Technical Program and is a Certified Building Code Official with the OBOA. Mike is a Certified Engineering Technologist with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists. Given Mike’s extensive expertise, he is often asked to advise on both technical and practical issues.

Mike is a resident of Kitchener, is married with 2 adult daughters, and is active in a number of volunteer community networks. Mike is a strong believer in partnering with peers, building networks and supports proactive communications.

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

01CE

Understanding the Business Impacts of IPD

This session is being offered again on Friday, May 25 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

This interactive session will prepare participants to understand the business impacts to architecture firms participating in integrated project delivery (IPD). Experience drawn from seven IPD projects ranging from $3M to $53M will be shared and form the basis for a number of exercises focused on conveying the unique characteristics of this potentially rewarding project type. In addition to the broad experience through projects, the presenters have participated in, and contributed to, university and industry research studies that have analyzed over 20 additional IPD projects from across North America.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand impacts to autonomy, liability and statutory requirements.
    2. Understand changes to profitability, team structure, cash flow, firm valuation, firm financing and succession planning.
    3. Understand changes to personnel requirements, staffing models and opportunity costs.
    4. Understand key character traits of successful team members.

Speakers

Craig Webber, Architect AAA, SAA, MAIBC, FRAIC, REFP, and Laura Plosz, Architect SAA, AAA, MRAIC, LEED AP, PMP

One of the most experienced IPD architects in Canada, Craig Webber has been directly involved in seven full IPD projects and is a board member of the IPD Alliance, a national organization developing and supporting the design and construction industry as it adapts to IPD and collaborative delivery models. He serves as chair of the Research and Performance Committee, as well as a member of the Education Committee. Craig provides training on lean design and construction, Last Planner System and pull planning, and has consulted on IPD research studies being conducted by the Universities of Minnesota, British Columbia and Washington.

Laura Plosz has been involved in the development stages of several IPD contracts, as well as serving as a member of the senior management team on two IPD projects. Her experience in multiple project delivery types (including traditional design-bid-build, design-build, construction management and public-private partnerships [P3s]) in addition to IPD, allows her to share insight relative to other contractual models. She is the COO for Group2 and has been heavily involved in managing the broader business impact to the firm as a result of participating in this form of delivery.

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

02CE

Anatomy of a Murder Clause

3.0 ConEd Learning Hours
3.0 AIA CES LU

This presentation will review an array of “indemnity” provisions that qualify as “Murder Clauses,” and will help architects recognize wording and issues that, if accepted, will expose architects to substantial uninsured liability as well as financial duress and the potential for allegations of professional misconduct.

Also to be discussed are the RFPs and client-authored contracts that fall under the “unfair and unreasonable” description. The goal is to assist architects in spotting the content of a “Murder Clause” for themselves and provide a number of tools to address them when they appear.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand which indemnity provisions qualify as Murder Clauses.
    2. Identify unfair and unreasonable RFPs and client contracts.
    3. Recognize the related wording, terms and issues.
    4. Learn about what exposes architects to allegations of professional misconduct.

Speakers

Bernie McGarva, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, and John Hackett, B.Arch., OAA, FRAIC

Bernie McGarva has been a partner of Aird & Berlis LLP since 1992 and is a senior member of the firm’s Litigation Group and Tax Litigation Team. He is a Certified Specialist in Construction Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in Canada and The Canadian Legal Expert Directory as a leading lawyer in the area of Construction Law. Bernie practises in the area of commercial and construction litigation, with a focus on securities litigation, shareholders’ rights disputes and errors and omissions defence. He has appeared before tribunals and all levels of the court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. Bernie’s portfolio of reported cases includes extensive work in the area of tax appeals acting for commercial clients in disputes with federal and provincial taxing authorities. He also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), both as counsel and as mediator and arbitrator.

John Hackett is vice-president of practice risk management for Pro-Demnity Insurance Company. In that role, he counsels Ontario architects on questions about insurance and liability concerns. He serves as moderator for many Pro-Demnity Loss Prevention Events. Prior to assuming his position with Pro-Demnity in 2004, he practised for 35 years with an Ontario architectural practice that focused on publicly funded institutional projects. From 2005 to 2015, he served as a member of the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC), the organization responsible for oversight of the National Building Code. John is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and a licenced architect in Ontario; at various times, he was licensed to practice architecture in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

03CE

New Private Corporation Tax Planning Rules

This session is also being offered on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The Federal Government has issued proposals for changes in the taxation of private corporations. We will explain the new tax rules and how will they affect the owners of private corporations.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the new tax rules and how you and your firm may be impacted.
    2. Consider options for annual tax and owner remuneration planning under the new rules.
    3. Review your firm’s ownership succession strategy and consider options for planning under the new rules.
    4. Consider the impact on longer-term retirement and estate planning for you and your family.

Speakers

Mark McGinnis, CPA, CA, and Andrew Bernstein, CPA, CA, ShimmermanPenn LLP

Mark McGinnis’ (Partner) practice is focused on corporate and personal taxation matters for owner-managed businesses, private corporate groups and small public companies. He advises on tax planning and minimization strategies, international taxation, foreign affiliate issues, corporate reorganizations and estate planning for a wide range of clients. Mark has spoken at conferences and the firm’s annual Tax Breakfast on a variety of Canadian and international tax issues and has provided tax workshops for small and mid-sized firms. He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Andrew Bernstein’s (Tax Manager) primary areas of expertise include tax compliance matters for individuals, corporations, trusts and partnerships; GST/HST consulting; estate planning and corporate structuring in an owner-managed and private corporation group setting; and advising on international/cross-border taxation issues. Andrew has broad experience with Voluntary Disclosure & Taxpayer Relief submissions, as well as providing support and guidance to taxpayer’s undergoing CRA audits. He also provides guidance to a wide variety of charities and not-for-profit organizations on specialty tax compliance issues. Andrew teaches courses to other CPAs on personal taxes, tax planning, and specialty tax issues for their professional development.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

04CE

Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit Applied to the Design of the Canadian High Arctic Research Station (CHARS)

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The Canadian High Arctic Station (CHARS) in Ikaluktutiak (Cambridge Bay) is scheduled for completion this year. At 84,000 m2, it is the largest single facility in the Canadian Arctic. The vision of the client (Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada [INAC]) was a world-class, leading-edge Arctic science and technology research station, with a particular emphasis on integrating it, in every possible way, to the Inuit community. Canadian Arctic research stations are usually far removed from their neighbouring Inuit communities.

At the suggestion of the community, the Station was designed using the Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit (IQ) principles. Literally translated as “What should be known,” this holistic set of principles represents the world view of the Nunavut Inuit. These principles were articulated by the Nunavummiut to guide their decisions concerning the governance and development of their territory. The IQ principles, along with unwavering community engagement in the dialogue process, allowed for a truly meaningful visioning exercise. This weighed heavily on the design of the Station. The CHARS stands as a road map, setting an example to follow when working with Indigenous communities.

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn about Canada’s biggest Arctic Science and Technology Research Station.
    2. Learn about Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles.
    3. Understand how to apply Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit principles to architecture.

Speaker

Alain Fournier, Architect OAQ, OAA, ALBNL, NWTAA, AANB

Alain Fournier is a founding partner of EVOQ Architecture. Since 1983, he has cumulated over 30 years of experience working with the Inuit and First Nations. He has worked in the Canadian Arctic’s Inuit Nunangat territories (Nunavik, Nunavut and Nunatsiavut) and has also worked with the Cree of Eyou Istchee, the Mi’gmaq, the Maliseet, the Innu and the Kanien’kehá:ka. Alain regularly gives lectures to his architectural peers in Canada and abroad on the subject of management, design and construction of architectural projects with the Inuit and First Nations.

 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

05CE

The Big Change: Toward Inclusive Design/Document Workflow

This session is being offered again on Thursday, May 24, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. 

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Delivering high-quality architectural design and documentation for increasingly more complex projects requires collaboration among a broad spectrum of consultants. Simply stated, a deeper project partnership results in a better product that is produced with greater efficiency, delivering a healthy bottom line and satisfied clients.

This session explores the practicalities of inviting greater input into the design and documentation process and the changing role of architects in this new and more inclusive environment, both from a design perspective and for managing workflow.

The broad adoption of building information modelling (BIM) in our industry is an open opportunity to evolve consultant collaboration. It also holds the potential to allow more time for design. This presentation demonstrates the adoption of BIM workflows and technologies that reduce or eliminate the duplication of work between disciplines. We explore the advantages and challenges of consultant teams collaborating in a common BIM environment, and the available technologies to facilitate this process.

Learning Objectives

    1. Describe a collaborative building design and documentation workflow that reduces or eliminates the duplication of work between disciplines.
    2. Identify readily available information technologies that enable a common BIM environment to increase opportunities for collaboration between the consultant team.
    3. Identify challenges of having multiple disciplines working in a common BIM environment, including graphic representation, speed of model development and accurately placing building elements.
    4. Describe the benefits of a workflow with increased collaboration, including higher-quality documentation, improved BIM integrity and increased project team efficiency.

Speakers

Gary Watson, OAA, Mike Moffatt, B.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP, PEO, and Joseph Troppmann, B.E.S., M.Arch., LEED AP, MRAIC, OAA

Gary Watson joined Diamond Schmitt Architects in 2002 and has worked on a number of award-winning projects, including large-scale academic buildings, athletic facilities, theatres, hospitals, offices and residential. A passion for clarity of project communication and workflow efficiencies is driven by his goal to provide architects with more time to focus on design. This objective is the foundation of his advocacy for advancing digital developments in studio, including the inception of BIM implementation at Diamond Schmitt in 2006. Gary was named an Associate with the firm in 2012.

As managing principal of RJC Toronto’s Structural Engineering team, Mike Moffatt is responsible for delivering innovative structural engineering solutions for the firm’s most notable projects. From institutional to residential, and commercial to transit sectors, Mike provides creative structural designs that turn architectural vision into reality. His approach is to work closely with the entire design team in a fully integrated design process to produce structural systems that support a holistic building solution, balancing economic, social and environmental needs while meeting the client’s goals in cost-effective ways.

Joseph Troppmann is a Toronto-based architect with over 19 years of experience working on a broad range of institutional projects, including the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning at SickKids Hospital and Daniels Spectrum in Regent Park. He has been a proponent for BIM adoption in the construction industry for over a decade, and is a leader in BIM implementation. He is an Associate at Diamond Schmitt Architects where he advances the development and refinement of BIM workflows between the design disciplines, contributing to the ongoing evolution of the construction industry in Canada.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

06CE

Generative Design of Autodesk’s New Office in Toronto

This session is cancelled.

 

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

07CE

Positive Impact Developments to Improve our Ecosystems

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Many people, professionals and municipalities are under the incorrect assumption that all development has a negative impact on the environment and ecosystems. However, there are many strategies and methods that can improve our ecosystems in new developments in environmentally sensitive areas. In order to create Positive Impact Developments in sensitive ecological areas, we believe that there are four central strategies: Zero Carbon, Zero Waste, Zero Energy and Zero Cost. By combining these strategies, we can move past simply eliminating our impact on the environment toward actually improving it. Many of these strategies are low-tech, high-impact methods of reducing negative environmental impact while increasing our positive impact on the environment. By combining several strategies, we can get the best impact across a broad area.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand how compact developments and sustainable transit integration can mitigate carbon emissions; responsible resource recovery and diverse ecosystems can mitigate waste emissions; efficient building design can reduce energy consumption; and public education and community participation can reduce costs.
    2. Identify simple strategies that can be combined for complex uses to great impact.
    3. Demonstrate that positive environmental impacts through development can improve both our natural and social ecosystems.
    4. Learn best practices for integrating greenfield development, ecological preservation, environmental improvement, social integration and sustainable education.

Speakers

Donald Peckover, B.Arch.Sci., LEED AP, and Michael Mazurkiewicz, B.Arch.Sci.

Donald Peckover is an architectural designer at SUSTAINABLE.TO Architecture + Building, a professional architecture practice in Toronto focusing on not only sustainable design, but also resilient communities. Donald has experience in designing and building homes and communities across North America (including disaster-prone areas such as the Atlantic coasts of Florida and Far Rockaway, New York) as well as environmentally conscious designs for the Oak Ridges Moraine area in Ontario. In designing in these sensitive areas, it is important to respect nature and the environment in order to reduce disaster risk and promote positive change in homes and neighbourhoods.

Michael Mazurkiewicz is interested in rethinking architectural norms with an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability. He completed his Bachelor of Architectural Science at Ryerson University with a focus on building sciences, and courses in passive housing. He emphasizes that sustainability is at the core of occupant health and comfort, viewing the home as a place in which dreams are cultivated.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

08CE

Bold Architecture and Structural Engineering in Transit Design

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Transit architecture design is one of the fastest-growing needs for our profession. It is growing faster than our capacity to change the design standards that have existed for many years. This talk will focus mostly on the challenges of designing large public underground and above-grade transit infrastructure for subways and light rail vehicles. Among others, case studies and examples of the Toronto York Spadina Subway Extension will be shown to explain the intricacies of implementing radical approaches and big thinking when it comes to transit design. We will reflect upon the challenges we face today when designing transit facilities. How do we balance the needs of future users against the immediate need? What does bold design mean when it comes to transit? Where are the main issues that will require the big thinking and radical approaches? Are the grand gestures we see in several examples today what we should aim for? Which elements of architecture and structural engineering can be further challenged in order to bring the best experience to the transit user: a truly sustainable piece of infrastructure within the budget limitations of a public project?

Learning Objectives

    1. Review how certain complex problems can be resolved when it comes to transit projects.
    2. Reflect on the uncertain future infrastructure designers face where they need to create a contemporary project while predicting the needs of the next 100 years.
    3. Provide examples of bold thinking implemented on transit projects.
    4. Identify some key elements and criteria where architecture and structural engineering can be pushed further.

Speakers

Ana-Francisca de la Mora, OAA, Arq., MRAIC, LEED AP BD+C, and Gregory Andrews, P.Eng.

Ana-Francisca de la Mora is a licensed and LEED AP architect. Over the last eight years, her work at IBI Group has focused on large-scale transit stations, stops and facilities such as Finch West Station and Bus Terminal, Hamilton BRT, reference concept designs for Stoney Bus Facility and the Eglinton Crosstown Light Rail Transit (ECLRT), as well as urban projects such as the CN Tower Plaza renovation project. She has also collaborated on international transit projects such as Design Guidelines for the Mobility Hubs in Mexico City and technical reviewer of the BRT in Puebla-Mexico. She is currently the lead architect for ECLRT’s Keelesdale Underground Station and Bus Facility.

Gregory Andrews joined LEA Consulting Ltd. in 2015 as an associate of the Buildings Group. Prior to that, he spent 26 years with Halsall Associates, most recently as managing principal within the Structural Engineering group. Gregory has been working extensively with TTC and Metrolinx. His expertise with fast-track delivery method, familiarity with Infrastructure Ontario (IO) Design Build process and hands-on experience makes him an invaluable asset to the team. Gregory’s most relevant projects include Steeles West Station, Finch West Station, Victoria Park and Kipling Station Redevelopment, Metrolinx ECLRT Yonge/Eglinton Interchange Station, Eglinton and Guildwood GO Station.

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

09CE

Bold by Psychology: Design and Neuroscience

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Advancement in neuroscience is explaining the art of how the human mind works, including that of the architect and our clients: How we think (differently), how our values and beliefs are created and how we make decisions. This area of research is impacting all fields of practice, from business management to government policy making. How will it impact the practice of architecture? Will architects sit back and let this wave pass them by, or will they jump on it and ride the wave of neuroscience and psychology to make our world “Bold by Design?”

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn how to build new design business offerings and lines.
    2. Understand how psychology of collaboration and teams makes better projects.
    3. Learn how to handle diversity and complexity on a project.
    4. Learn why people don’t understand you (and what to do about it).

Speaker

Cliff Harvey, OAA, FRAIC

Cliff Harvey focuses on delivering transformative health care environments. Known as a strategic and collaborative leader, he is a builder of buildings, teams and relationships. Cliff can balance the art and science of design, construction and operations. His expertise goes beyond the building sector to encompass service, organizational and governance design. Cliff achieves his focus through an innovative design-system-thinking program for healthcare service providers who want to reimagine their infrastructure through the lens of quality and service excellence. Cliff’s experiences include being senior architect in the Ontario Government, a hospital vice president and a practising architect.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

10CE

Activist Architecture: York University’s New Student Centre

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The presentation focuses on a series of narratives around the making of York University’s New Student Centre (YUNSC): bold design as a tool for engagement, radically innovative user consultation and design team and client collaboration. Design Principal Andrew King, FRAIC, and the YUNSC Executive Director Siva Vimalachandran, both heavily involved in the process, will be presenting in a conversational, copiously illustrated and animated discussion.

Design as a narrative: From proposal to user experience, the project is framed around a very clear design methodology devised to communicate its intent clearly to a large audience, engender support through student-based design drivers and maintain a strong participation to support all phases of design and production.

Symbiotic engagement: From project proposal forward, the project is based on an innovative, extensive engagement of a very politically active student body. The presentation will frame the intent, tools and scope of this continuous engagement. The deep design team/client collaboration will be clearly articulated, along with the communication tools and methodologies.

Delivering a collective vision: YUNSC developed an innovative, robust and thorough program for dissemination, interactive engagement and information dissemination, developed collectively with the design team and YUNSC leadership, framing all phases of the work from concept design through to the current construction phase. The presentation will frame the strategic development of these techniques and their influence on its success.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand design excellence methodologies. (From proposal to user experience, the project is framed around a very clear design methodology devised to communicate its intent clearly to a large audience, engender support through student-based design drivers and maintain a strong parti to support all phases of design and production. These will be clearly framed and illustrated in the presentation.)
    2. Understand community engagement and user participation. (From proposal to its lifespan, the project is based on an extremely extensive engagement of a very politically active student body. The presentation will frame the intent, tools and scope of this continuous engagement, and frame its fundamental relationship to the design process.)
    3. Understand consultant/client collaboration. (The project demanded a very collaborative and structured relationship between the design team and the new student centre leadership team. The presentation will clearly articulate the communication tools and methodologies, and how this structure framed the project design and delivery.)
    4. Understand dissemination and follow-through. (The project enjoys a robust and thorough program for dissemination and project follow-through, from concept design through to the current construction phase. Interactive #D panoramas for student use, a deep portfolio of marketing through independent graphic language, swag, digital tools, 24/7 webcams and presentations: the presentation will frame the strategic development of these techniques and their influence on its success.)

Speakers

Andrew King, FRAIC, Prix de Rome, and Siva Vimalachandran, BA (Hons)

Andrew King has evolved an interdisciplinary practice model that merges speculative small practice, large firm design leadership and academic research. He has been heavily recognized, with awards including the Canada Council for the Arts Prix de Rome, two Canadian Architect Awards of Excellence and two AIA Progressive Architecture (P/A) Awards of Excellence. Andrew co-leads the lemayLAB in Montreal, and has held visiting professorships at McGill, Carleton and Copenhagen’s Danish Royal Academy of Art. He has lectured and exhibited internationally, including the Iceland School of Design, the Tate Gallery, La Sapienza University in Rome, New York University, the Design Exchange and the Walter Philips Gallery.

Siva Vimalachandran was elected to the York University Student Centre Board of Directors in 2009 and subsequently elected as chair until 2013. He led the New Student Centre project from its embryonic stage into a formal agreement between York and YUSC. From 2011 to 2012, Siva was elected as Vice President Equity. In October 2013, Siva executed the referendum campaign to authorize the collection of the student levy to fund the design, construction, financing and operation of the New Student Centre. In 2014, he was appointed as chair of the User Committee of design direction, and he currently oversees the strategic planning and execution of human resources, public relations, communications, stakeholder management, and organizational development for YUSC.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

11CE

Growing Up: Planning for Children in Vertical Communities

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

This session will be presented by Urban Design staff from City Planning, City of Toronto. Can families with children thrive in dense urban environments? How can buildings evolve to places where parents want to raise their children? Families in Toronto and other rapidly growing cities are facing the choice of moving to the suburbs and facing long commutes or carving out a lifestyle meets their needs in the city. The City of Toronto has developed new draft urban design guidelines, “Growing Up: Planning for Children in Vertical Communities.”

In a city where the average price of a single-family home is unaffordable to most households and 83 per cent of new development is in tall buildings, vertical communities are becoming the only choice for families that wish to remain in the city’s central neighbourhoods. The “Growing Up” guidelines focus on design interventions at the neighbourhood, building and unit scale. Recommendations on building massing, flexibility and construction as well as access to rooftop outdoor space have been put forward to address the needs of children. Learn from the study’s innovative consultation and experience vertical communities through the eyes of youth in a short film.

Learning Objectives

    1. See the benefits of innovative consultation.
    2. Receive guideline training.
    3. Understand bold design ideas for buildings that can allow children to thrive.
    4. Learn City of Toronto policy and demographics on where families live.

Speakers

Julie Bogdanowicz, OAA, and Annely Zonena

Julie Bogdanowicz is a senior urban designer with the City of Toronto’s City Planning Division. She also a registered architect and a member of the OAA with over 12 years of professional experience in private practice. She has a Master of Architecture from the University of British Columbia. 

In her current role, she develops urban design and planning policies and guidelines, undertakes local area and city-wide studies and evaluates development applications to ensure new development meets the intent of the City’s policy framework. She was involved in the review of over 100 development applications, including many complex building proposals that included new public streets and new parks. She has also reviewed projects at a range of scales, including low-rise, mid-rise and tall buildings. She has contributed to the creation of the Mimico Judson Secondary Plan and authored the “Mimico Judson Urban Design Guidelines,” and has co-led the City-wide Planning for Children in Vertical Communities initiatives, which resulted in Draft Urban Design Guidelines. Prior to joining the City, she was a practising architect working in Vancouver, New York, Abu Dhabi and Toronto. During that time, she was responsible for contributing to large-scale building design and urban design master plans in various countries around the world. Since 2015, she has also been appointed as an Architect Member of the Design Review Panel in the City of London, Ontario. Julia is a sessional instructor of architecture at the University of Toronto.

Annely Zonena is a professional planner with over 10 years of experience in the private and public sectors. She has worked on master planning and urban design projects in municipalities across Canada. In Toronto, Annely played a central role in the planning and development of the early phases of the Regent Park Revitalization and developed innovative the community consultation approaches for the project. Annely managed the approvals and design for the Regent Park Arts and Cultural Centre (Daniels Spectrum) on behalf of Toronto Community Housing, and was a member of the Board of Directors for the building. At the City of Toronto, Annely has led major growth studies involving the repositioning of a key office employment district and the review of the City’s Alternative Parkland Dedication Rate, and is one of the leads in implementing the ‘Growing Up Urban Design Guidelines.’ With a focus on youth engagement and development, she has led numerous workshops about urban planning for young people across the GTA.

 

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

12CE

ASTC Ratings 2019 OBC: Component to System Design

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Sound transfer from unit to unit has been shown to have negative impacts on occupant health. With municipalities across Ontario trending developments toward intensification as opposed to urban sprawl, the issues of excessive sound transfer and occupant complaints will only continue to increase. This course explores the difference between laboratory acoustic testing and in-field testing, defines the code requirements to achieve compliance with Apparent Sound Transmission Class (ASTC) ratings and provides designers with three levels of assemblies that will meet 2019 code and the next two code cycles beyond.

Learning Objectives

    1. Learn the limitations of lab acoustical tests and how results translate to in-field performance.
    2. Understand three modes of sound transfer: airborne, impact and flanking.
    3. Know how to meet objectives of ASTC ratings in 2019 Ontario Building Code.
    4. Define acoustical systems to meet 2019, 2024 and 2029 editions of the Ontario Building Code.

Speakers

Tyler Simpson, B.Tech., and Matthew Schiedel, B.Eng.

Tyler Simpson is the technical manager for Ontario with Owens Corning Canada LP. Involved in the residential and commercial construction industry for nine years, his educational background includes a diploma in Architectural Technology from Mohawk College and a degree in Civil Engineering from McMaster University. Tyler also represents Owens Corning on the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) Technical Committee, Ontario Home Builders Association (OHBA) Technical Committee and various national and provincial code committees. His passion lies with helping to drive energy-efficient buildings that ensure healthier buildings for occupants, and supporting education on acoustics and fire assemblies to ensure safer buildings.

Matthew Schiedel holds a B.Eng. in mechanical engineering with experience in construction, research, energy modelling and consulting focused on heat transfer and residential zero-energy buildings. A designer of over a half-dozen Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) Net Zero Energy homes, he has 10 years of experience in the construction industry; as the technical manager for Owens Corning Thermafiber, Matthew is focused on efficiency, durability and comfort of our built environment.

 This session is sponsored by Interactive Technical Software.

 

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

13CE

Data-Driven Design

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Whether to validate code compliance, optimize a façade design or build an AI engine, many predict big data will be a driving design force in the decades to come. With a growing number of incentives and voluntary and mandatory standards in place to reduce emissions from proposed buildings, energy modelling has become a mainstream design exercise for hundreds of projects annually in Ontario. Unfortunately, energy simulation data has not been leveraged either for broad analysis of performance trends or to benchmark similar buildings to improve energy performance.

To remedy this, RWDI, in partnership with the OAA and Toronto’s Architecture 2030 District, is developing a tool that will automate the harvesting, reporting and aggregation of information available in energy model files. This cloud-hosted tool, COMPASS, will automate reporting to six of the major energy reporting programs in Ontario. Data visualization that will accompany the tool will be aimed at enhancing energy literacy in the design community.

The development team is currently on track for a public launch of the tool in the spring of 2018 and looks forward to previewing the tool for Conference attendees. 

Learning Objectives

    1. Obtain key metrics to manage when striving for low to zero energy levels of performance.
    2. Learn how the COMPASS tool can be used as a target finder when looking to establish energy or carbon performance targets for your project.
    3. Understand plans for the COMPASS tool, including engaging building officials and third-party reviewers.
    4. See key features of the COMPASS tool, such as automated program reporting and data analytics that will simplify and add value to existing energy modelling and reporting processes.

Speakers

Mike Williams, P.Eng., LEED AP, Sheena Sharp, B.E.S., M.Arch., OAA, FRAIC, and Jeff Ranson, MBA

As a professional engineer and principal at RWDI, Mike Williams passionately supports clients with the creation of sustainable buildings. RWDI’s definition of a sustainable building is a building that is designed, built and operated to mitigate environmental impacts, adapt to new climate realities and create enhanced spaces for people. Mike’s recent experience includes creating a net-zero carbon campus roadmap, leading the completion of over 75 resiliency assessments and developing COMPASS, an energy modelling benchmarking and reporting portal.

Sheena Sharp is the principal of Coolearth Architecture inc., a firm specializing in low-carbon design for new buildings and retrofits. The firm also provides energy related consulting. She has been on OAA Council for 12 years, serving on the Sustainable Built Environment Committee (SBEC), acting as the OAA representative to the 2030 District, and serving as the Building Committee Chair for the Headquarters Renewal Project. As a member of SBEC, Sheena has been instrumental in identifying the gap in energy modelling knowledge and in promoting this benchmarking tool.

As the GTA Regional Director for the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), Jeff Ranson leads green building market transformation in Southern Ontario through the CaGBC’s Greater Toronto Chapter. Previously, he served as the founding Executive Director of the Toronto 2030 District and Manager of Education for Sustainable Buildings Canada. As lead facilitator for Enbridge’s Savings By Design energy conservation program, he delivered sustainable design workshops for over 100 major developments across Ontario. Jeff has consulted for numerous private- and public-sector organizations in Canada and internationally, with a focus on capacity building and strategic planning for sustainable development, climate change mitigation and resilience outcomes.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

14CE

Community Wellbeing: Toward a New Framework

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Across disciplines, the notions of happiness, sustainability, resilience and health have all attributed to the perceptions of a community’s wellbeing. This notion begs for the examination of the relationship architecture or urban projects at large have in influencing the wellbeing of communities. How do we define wellbeing? How can it be measured?

In recent months, DIALOG and the Conference Board of Canada have partnered to study community wellbeing in relation to city building projects. Recognizing the limitations of other building-centric evaluation, a methodological analysis was undertaken to review past literature as well as collect new data to study. The primary objective of this work has been to develop a framework and set of indicators that allow one to identify and measure community wellbeing.

Learning Objectives

    1. Gain a high level understanding of community wellbeing.
    2. Develop a critical outlook on design standards.
    3. Recognize the indicators of community wellbeing.
    4. Measure the wellbeing an urban project contributed to the community.

Speaker

Antonio Gomez-Palacio, Arq. MES, RPP, MCIP, MRAIC

As a founding partner of DIALOG, Antonio Gomez-Palacio is committed to creating healthy places, where people thrive through dialogue. Trained as an architect and an urban planner, Antonio’s work is characterized by an engaging and collaborative process, which delivers healthier, flourishing, complete communities. By collaborating across sectors and through the broad engagement of developers, residents, community and political leaders and other stakeholders, Antonio’s plans, designs and policies have a unique track record of generating buy-in and being successfully implemented.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

15CE

New Private Corporation Tax Planning Rules

This session is also being offered on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM.

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

The Federal Government has issued proposals for changes in the taxation of private corporations. We will explain the new tax rules and how will they affect the owners of private corporations.

Learning Objectives

    1. Understand the new tax rules and how you and your firm may be impacted.
    2. Consider options for annual tax and owner remuneration planning under the new rules.
    3. Review your firm’s ownership succession strategy and consider options for planning under the new rules.
    4. Consider the impact on longer-term retirement and estate planning for you and your family.

Speakers

Mark McGinnis', CPA, CA, and Andrew Bernstein, CPA, CA, ShimmermanPenn LLP

Mark McGinnis(Partner) practice is focused on corporate and personal taxation matters for owner-managed businesses, private corporate groups and small public companies. He advises on tax planning and minimization strategies, international taxation, foreign affiliate issues, corporate reorganizations and estate planning for a wide range of clients. Mark has spoken at conferences and the firm’s annual Tax Breakfast on a variety of Canadian and international tax issues and has provided tax workshops for small and mid-sized firms. He is a member of the Canadian Tax Foundation.

Andrew Bernstein’s (Tax Manager) primary areas of expertise include tax compliance matters for individuals, corporations, trusts and partnerships; GST/HST consulting; estate planning and corporate structuring in an owner-managed and private corporation group setting; and advising on international/cross-border taxation issues. Andrew has broad experience with Voluntary Disclosure & Taxpayer Relief submissions, as well as providing support and guidance to taxpayer’s undergoing CRA audits. He also provides guidance to a wide variety of charities and not-for-profit organizations on specialty tax compliance issues. Andrew teaches courses to other CPAs on personal taxes, tax planning, and specialty tax issues for their professional development.

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

16CE

Indigenous Architecture in Toronto: Current Case Studies

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours
1.5 AIA CES LU

Buttressed by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action and a heightened awareness of the natural history of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), more and more institutional clients in Toronto are striving for appropriate ways to honour and celebrate Indigenous culture as well as inspire Indigenous and mainstream persons alike. Two Row Architect continues to have the distinct privilege to act as the architect and Indigenous advisor for a number of recent projects for Toronto-based post-secondary institutions, as well as the Toronto District School Board. This session will provide an opportunity for a number of case studies to be presented. The content for each project will include their specific approaches to community consultation, design, and the physical outcomes of how Indigenous culture is being incorporated in an appropriate and authentic manner.

Learning Objectives

    1. Increase awareness of the natural history of the GTA, including those First Nations that consider Toronto to lie within their traditional territories.
    2. Gain a better understanding for how the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action can be manifested in contemporary architecture.
    3. Gain an appreciation for the importance that community consultation plays for Indigenous projects that serve the GTA.
    4. Increase understanding of how construction can be executed in alignment with the Indigenous goals and aspirations of GTA client.

Speaker

Matthew Hickey, OAA, MRAIC, LEED AP

Matthew Hickey is a principal at Two Row Architect. He received his Master’s of Architecture from the University of Calgary and his Bachelor’s of Design from the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD). His focus is on regenerative and restorative design, encompassing ecological, cultural and economic principles. His research includes Indigenous history in architecture of Northern & Middle America and the adaptation of sustainable technologies to the North American climate. He currently teaches at OCAD U and for the OAA, and is also working with the Canada Green Building Council (CaGBC), teaching LEED as well as developing online webinars for continuing education

2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

01T

Art & Performance Tour (TSA) - Walking Tour

2.0 ConEd Learning Hours

Some of Toronto's most exciting contemporary buildings are related to art, theatre and cinema. The Toronto Society of Architects outdoor walking architecture tour features dynamic and controversial structures designed by top international and Canadian architects. You'll see some of the results of Toronto's Cultural Renaissance, an exciting program of buildings that solidified our city's reputation as an arts centre. Highlights of the tour include the TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) Bell Lightbox, Sharp Centre at Ontario College of Art & Design University, and the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Please wear comfortable footwear and weather appropriate clothing.

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

2:00 PM - 5:30 PM

03T

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Immerse yourself in a world of 16,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure.  Toronto's newest attraction, the Aquarium features North America's longest underwater viewing tunnel, more than 5.7 million litres of water and has over 100 interactive opportunities including three touch pools featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks and rays.  Experience a special behind the scene's tour where one of the Ripley's staff will lead you through a behind-the-scenes view of the aquarium through "Staff Only" doors.  See several life support rooms and the control centre where all the water quality is monitored.  You will see where and how much food is prepared for the animals as well as what it takes to keep the animals healthy and happy.

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

3:15 PM - 5:30 PM

02T

Harbour Cruise of Toronto

You will be transported away from the hustle and bustle of the busy city into the relaxing world of life on the water, providing wonderful views of the city and lake. The tour will begin with a leisurely cruise along the Toronto waterfront. Following that you will glide into the calming waters of the Centre Island Lagoons, then sail along the shoreline of the Toronto Islands and proceed out into Lake Ontario.  Once on the lake you will witness the true beauty of the Toronto skyline, providing images and memories that will last a lifetime.

All tours will depart from the MTCC, South Building lobby. Please gather at least 15 minutes prior to your tour time.

6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Annual General Meeting and Welcome Reception

Annual General Meeting  6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

All OAA members are invited to attend the Annual General Meeting (AGM). Join us as we recognize our Long Standing and Newly Licensed Architects and Licensed Technologists OAA. The Order of da Vinci and G. Randy Roberts Service Award will also be presented as we celebrate the profession!

OAA Architects and Licensed Technologists OAA are permitted to vote.

2018 AGM - Offical Notice
Synopsis of Minutes of 127th Annual General Meeting
Amendment to OAA By-laws Revised, 2017, Schedule A
Proxy (for OAA Architects and Licensed Technologists OAA members only)

Welcome Reception  8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Don't miss the opportunity to relax and network with your peers at the Welcome Reception hosted by OAA President, John Stephenson and members of Council immediately following the AGM.  Join us in the Lounge of Hall F to kick off the Conference and celebrate our Honorees. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres with wine and beer will be served.

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH1

Unilock Pavements for Roof Deck and Amenity Spaces

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Unilock® offers a wide variety of textures and finishes that complement any pedestal paver system or roof deck application. Roof deck hardscape systems act to protect the roof from the elements while providing additional usable space for gathering and entertaining in a unique outdoor setting.

Choose large format slabs such as Umbriano®, Series, Il Campo® or any of our Natural Stone or Porcelain Tile products to improve any rooftop space. Unilock architectural roof deck slabs are produced in six thicknesses and range from 9 lbs/sq. ft. to 46 lbs/sq.ft. to accommodate roof structural weight limits and functions. Whether you are designing a green roof project, large plaza or intimate urban terrace; turn to Unilock to make your design come to life.

 

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH2

Resilience: Managing the Risks of Climate Change

 

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Buildings, and the built environment more broadly, are central considerations in mitigating and managing the risks of climate change. While the role of buildings in reducing GHG emissions has become a policy focus of governments and the architectural community, equally important is rethinking how to adapt our buildings and infrastructure to extreme weather and related climate change impacts. Featuring Dr. Blair Feltmate, Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation, University of Waterloo and Chair of the Government of Canada Expert Panel on Adapting to Climate Change, this session discusses how to reduce the risks of climate change in our built environment; how to integrate climate resilience considerations in lifecycle environmental and cost assessments; and case studies from the concrete industry on the role of materials in the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient built environment.

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH3

Clear Communication for Better Details and Results

 

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

As geometries become more chaotic, so does the design, detailing, fabrication and erection process for structural steel systems, with a focus on Architecturally Exposed Structural Steel. It becomes increasingly important for architects to engage more directly with the steel fabricator to work together on an approach to detailing that works technically, economically and serves the best aesthetic results. This presentation will look at several projects to highlight best practices where the challenge levels are high. Detailing issues surrounding the incorporation of curved, cast and highly customized steel elements will also be addressed.

Presenter:

Terri Meyer Boake B.E.S., B.Arch., M.Arch., LEED AP 

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH4

Durex EIFS: Review of Code Compliance

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Present EIFS represents an integrated cladding system designed to meet the applicable objectives and functional statements of federal and provincial codes with respect to the cladding element of the environmental separation.  Sustainability and climate change policies are helping the continuous development of this cladding market. The design of EIFS has been accompanied by well defined building science principles as well as the development of performance levels having clear objective and functional statements in the applicable codes. 

This presentation will discuss the multiple defence elements incorporated in the design of EIFS, their functions, performance levels and potential impact on other performance aspects.  The presentation will address the characteristics of the substrates, the weather resistive barriers and their potential performance roles as air/vapour barriers, the lamina and its minimum requirements, and the fire performance of these systems.

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH5

All About Snow & Ice on Buildings

 

1.5 ConEd Hours Learning 

Snow is so pervasive for Canadians that we accept the pleasures and the challenges it creates, often without a second thought. Whether we’re clearing snow from our driveways or skiing in serene settings, it is part of our lives. At Gradient Wind, we investigate snow and ice topics with a deeper level of curiosity and understanding. In this presentation, we share our knowledge of snow and ice, how it influences architectural design and building operations, how to protect people, and how to avoid damage to building components. We discuss snow and ice falling off buildings, snow loading on delicate structures and mitigation strategies for some of its worst effects.

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH6

Comfort Meets Beauty: High Induction Diffusers

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours 

High induction air distribution is an innovative technology that challenges the 50 year old model which remains prevalent in the North American market to this day. Developed in Germany, high induction technology seeks to deliver improved comfort and increase design flexibility.

This presentation uses case samples to review how to use high induction technology reduces design limitations imposed by traditional diffusers while more effectively meeting current ASHRAE 55 comfort standards. Specific topics include:

  • Air change effectiveness and resulting energy consumption
  • Air handling equipment sizing and the impact on usable space
  • Limitations of diffuser positioning and spacing
  • The visual impact of air diffusers

Presenter – Malcolm Chorel

 

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH7

IKO Commercial – The Building Envelope

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

An overview of low slope Commercial Roofing and Building Envelope, including both product solutions and the science behind these available choices. We will delve into both Mod-Bit and BUR Roofing Systems as well as Air/Vapour barriers and wall insulation, offering clear technical knowledge and best practice recommendations.

In addition to this, an update on the most recent building codes and regulations will be included to ensure your compliance when specifying both Roofing and Air/Vapour Barrier systems. This will be related back to the product and system options available in the market to ensure an accurate and practical specification is released. 

 

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH8

Pultruded Fiberglass Windows

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Inline is a world leader in pultrusion technology, which is providing leading edge window and door systems. With its headquarters and main production facilities located in Toronto, Inline products are sold around the world. Inline Fiberglass “Green” products are environmentally friendly and sustainable.  They offer: Superior energy efficiency and low maintenance demand. Currently found in LEED designated – Platinum, Gold and Silver Projects / USA & Canada

All INLINE Fiberglass products meet or exceed OBC SB10/SB12 Code and are tested in accordance with the latest standards for physical and thermal performance:

NAFS AAMA/WDMA/CSA 101/I.S.2/A440-08 AND A440-11 ANSI/NFRC100 (U-Factor),

ANSI/NRRC200-2014 (SHGC & VT)

 

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

LUNCH9

Livable, Sustainable Balconies

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

The condo balcony is one of the most under-used spaces in a condominium – and yet it is the space with the most potential to improve the quality of life of the resident and contribute to a sustainable, low-maintenance building envelope. This presentation will explore the benefits of balcony glazing systems that create a protected non-thermal space on the balcony without adding to the gross floor area. We will discuss the livability and sustainability of these systems in relation to both new developments and retrofitted buildings, using research data and real-life examples to demonstrate how condo balconies can be transformed comfortable, usable, and low-maintenance outdoor living spaces.

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH10

Bold by Design: U of T’s LEED Gold Lab Building

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

As befits a new building for the study of environmental sciences and chemistry, this facility is strongly rooted in sustainable design solutions and is LEED Gold certified. The project is a showpiece for integrating the programme into a modern and dynamic post-secondary academic campus plan and meets institutional objectives for stringent sustainable design targets. This presentation will address the design and construction challenges associated with creating laboratories and academic offices around a sky-lit forum and crossroads that encourages collaboration and exchange, and designed to celebrate the building’s concrete elements. The building seamlessly integrates sustainable design features such as an earth tube intake air tempering system, green roofs and an advanced building envelope design that includes a custom exterior sunshade system and bird friendly glazing.

Presenter:

Nigel Tai, Senior Associate, Diamond Schmitt Architects

 

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH11

Sustainable Design with Composite Structures

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Composite Structures facilitate the design of sustainable buildings. Our presentation will start with an introduction to composite structures (Deltabeam System), then dive into more detail on the sustainability aspect. Slim floor structure, optimized use of thermal mass and wood slabs are some of the sustainability features that will be discussed. 

This presentation is AIA- HSW certified. 

 

 

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH12

Mineral Based Paints & Stains

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours

Originally developed in Germany, mineral based stains and paints have been used widely in Europe for over 100 years.  

When applied to concrete or masonry, standard paints do not allow the surface to breath.  The resulting trapped moisture will cause the paint to crack, peel or blister leading to expensive maintenance.

Mineral based stains and paints soak into the surface and crystallize within it by chemical reaction.  They leave the surface completely breathable and will never trap moisture.  They are Zero VOC, completely non-toxic and have a lifespan of 30-40 years or more.

Mineral based paints and stains provide a maintenance free, cost effective way to permanently update the look of a building.

 

 

11:30 AM - 1:00PM

LUNCH13

Forward planning: firm ownership and growth strategies

1.5 ConEd Learning Hours 

Join members of Shimmerman Penn’s Architecture, Engineering and Design industry team to hear about strategies we help firms implement to be successful and grow their ownership groups in the current competitive environment, and in light of the 2017 Federal Government Tax Proposals, as well as the range of advisory services we have been offering to clients since our firm started more than 30 years ago.

After a short presentation, we will devote the rest of the time to round table discussions. Sit with one of our partners for an open discussion and to answer questions that you may have about your business.