Innovation Conference Sessions and Speakers

THE INNOVATION MINDSET: CONVERTING OPPORTUNITIES INTO REALITIES

APRIL 16, 2019, BEANFIELD CENTRE, TORONTO ON

7:30AM-8:15AM CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST AND REGISTRATION
8:15AM WELCOMING REMARKS

–          Jack Bavis, MCAC President

8:30AM-9:30AM DISRUPTIVE TIMES AND TECHNOLOGY REQUIRES BREAKTHROUGH IN MINDSET 

Embarking on an innovation journey is no easy task. If it were, everyone would be doing it. Determining whether you have an innovative mindset—and if not, what you need to do to get there—is the first step. Through Dirk’s research of some of the world’s most innovative large and mid-market businesses, he has identified eight mindsets that innovative businesses and their leaders share and that have driven their success. In this inspiring and motivational presentation Dirk will detail the eight mindsets and the philosophy behind them, along with case studies you’ll immediately learn from.

–          Dirk Beveridge, Founder, UnleashWD

9:30AM NETWORKING BREAK
9:45AM-10:45AM DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND RISK IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

The way assets are design, constructed and operated is changing through the convergence of asset management, technology and data.  This transformation is having a material impact on risk and could ultimately transform the procurement and operations models that the construction sector helps to build and operate.  Learn more about what is driving these trends and the technology shaping these trends.

–            David Bowcott, Aon Risk Solutions

11:00AM-12:00PM DATA ANALYTICS THROUGH ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

The world of artificial intelligence (AI) is no longer something out of the movies. Companies around the world are exploring how AI can improve their products and services to make themselves more profitable and productive.

In construction, AI can play an important role to not only enhance productivity and profitability, but also create more predictability. Find out how this revolutionary field may revolutionize an age-old industry.

–          Peter Van Beek, University of Waterloo

12:00PM-1:30PM LUNCH SERVICE
12:30PM-1:15PM KEYNOTE ADDRESS: ENERGY EFFICIENCY – WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

As energy efficiency becomes increasingly important to governments at all level, the construction industry, and specifically mechanical contracting industry, will have an increasingly important role to play.

This keynote address from Efficiency Canada will look at the field of energy efficiency and where it is heading, while providing insight into how the mechanical contracting industry can become an industry of choice to address the challenges we will face.

–          Corey Diamond, Efficiency Canada

1:15PM-1:30PM NETWORKING BREAK
1:30PM-2:30PM DID YOU KNOW THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

Explore new tools and solutions that have the potential to modernize the industry.

2:30PM-3:30PM INNOVATION SHOWCASE

 

4:00PM-5:00PM MODULAR CONSTRUCTION AND BIM – WHAT THEY MEAN FOR THE INDUSTRY

Modular construction and BIM are two proven technologies that serve to enhance productivity and provide greater value to all project stakeholders.

This panel discussion and presentation will provide insights from Owners, Contractors, and Suppliers on how these practices may well shape the construction industry, and what might actually be in store in the very near future.

–          Panel Presentation (PCL, Victaulic, & House of Commons, Real Property Directorate, Facilities Management)

5:15PM-6:30PM COCKTAIL AND NETWORKING RECEPTION