Innovation Conference Sessions and Speakers

THE INNOVATION MINDSET: CONVERTING OPPORTUNITIES INTO REALITIES

APRIL 15-16, 2019, BEANFIELD CENTRE, TORONTO ON

*Preliminary Program*

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APRIL 15, 2019

5:30PM-7:30PM COCKTAIL AND NETWORKING RECEPTION

 

APRIL 16, 2019

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

–          Jack Bavis, MCAC President

8:30AM-9:30AM SHAPING THE FUTURE OF CONSTRUCTION: A BREAKTHROUGH IN MINDSET AND TECHNOLOGY

With the release of its most recent publications, the World Economic Forum has established how construction must address many of the challenges our world is to face in the coming years. Since that time, the Shaping the Future of Construction Initiative has served as a platform for Forum partner firms, governments, academia, and civil society to shape the industry agenda and to find innovative solutions to support the industry’s transformation into a more productive, sustainable, and profitable industry.

This session will describe how this revealing document is shaping the dialogue around innovation and technology in construction, and what are its implications for the mechanical contracting industry in Canada.

9:30AM NETWORKING BREAK
9:45AM-10:45AM THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

It is expected that by 2021, the digital economy will have created the need for more than 200,000 new jobs in Canada. Across all industries and sectors, digital technology is transforming the way business is done, and the digital transformation is only just beginning.

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-3:00PM 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)

3:00PM-4:00PM DID YOU KNOW THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

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

4:00PM-5:15PM CONFERENCE EXHIBITORS WILL SHOWCASE THEIR INNOVATIONS
5:15PM-5:30PM 15 IDEAS IN 15 MINUTES

 

CLOSING REMARKS

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