Speaker Profiles

Dirk Beveridge – Founder, UnleashWD
DISRUPTIVE TIMES AND TECHNOLOGY REQUIRES BREAKTHROUGH IN MINDSET

Noticing that innovation was bypassing wholesalers and distributors, Dirk Beveridge founded UnleashWD in 2012 which is setting a bold agenda for the 300,000 distributors in the country.  The UnleashWD Innovation Summit is an essential annual industry event.  This one-of-a-kind summit delivers an outstanding immersive experience through amazing speakers, inspired networking and relevant application.

Dirk’s latest book INNOVATE! How Successful Distributors Lead Change In Disruptive Times was published September 2015 by the NAW’s Institute for Distribution Excellence.  Writing about INNOVATE! former Supreme Allied Commander at NATO Admiral James Stavridis (Ret) observed: “At the heart of any healthy industry is innovation — the ability to change as circumstances dictate with agility and intelligence.  In INNOVATE! Dirk Beveridge provides a roadmap for creating innovation.  This is an instant classic, and has wide applicability not only in the complex world of distribution, but in the widest sense.”

For over 30 years as a consultant to a wide range of companies, Beveridge has helped leading firms align, focus, and strengthen their sales and leadership strategies to remain relevant, outperform the market, and provide deeper value to customers.

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David Bowcott – Global Director, Growth, Innovation and Insight, Aon Risk Solutions
DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION AND RISK IN THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

David oversees growth strategy for Aon GCIG worldwide. To fuel global growth David has been given jurisdiction over generating innovation and insights for Aon’s clients using the market-leading volume of business Aon transacts within the construction and infrastructure sector. David’s primary focus is utilizing his position to develop industry leading tools and methodologies to allow clients to achieve optimal risk profiles for their projects and their assets. These tools and methodologies are housed within four areas: i) contractual advisory, ii) operational advisory, iii) technology advisory, and iv) risk finance advisory and brokerage.  In the technology space David is a member of the Builtworld’s Adoption Leaders 50, serves as advisor to many construction and asset management technology companies, venture capital companies, and has published several articles related to contractual, operational, technology and risk finance topics.

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Corey Diamond – Executive Director, Efficiency Canada
ENERGY EFFICIENCY – WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS

Corey has more than two decades of experience leading social change organizations focused on engaging people to take action on critical environmental and social issues.

Corey also spent 10 years helping to lead Summerhill, a national firm focused on engaging the public on energy efficiency behaviours. Holding various positions, including President/Chief Transformer, U.S. expansion lead and Executive Director of the non-for-profit arm, Corey worked with utilities, government agencies and the private sector to drive significant energy savings across Canada.

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Troy Galvin – Manager, PCL Agile
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION AND BIM – WHAT THEY MEAN FOR THE INDUSTRY

As manager of PCL Agile, Troy has ultimate accountability for the overall operation of the manufacturing facility and the day-to-day management of Agile. He is passionate about innovation and leading change and fosters a culture of collaboration and continuous improvement to enhance PCL’s service offering.

Troy has more than 15 years of construction experience. He joined PCL’s industrial operations in Edmonton in 2006 where offsite solutions are paramount, before being relocated to Toronto in 2014 to bring additional strength to the district’s offsite offerings. Troy’s journey has taken him through estimating, project coordination, project management, and business development primarily through the self-perform districts of PCL. Troy is a professional engineer, holds a degree in electrical engineering and a diploma in telecommunications engineering.

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Susan Keenliside, House of Commons, Real Property Branch
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION AND BIM – WHAT THEY MEAN FOR THE INDUSTRY

Susan Keenliside is a subject matter expert in Building Information Modelling and the Digital Built Environment. She works for the House of Commons Administration as the acting Senior Program Manager, Facilities within the Digital Services & Real Property directorate. Susan is a buildingSMART International Fellow and sits on the Board of Directors for buildingSMART Canada. She is also the Academic Coordinator for the ‘Building Information Modelling – Lifecycle Management’ graduate certificate program at Algonquin College.

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Branden Kotyk, Regional Manager, British Columbia, Victaulic
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION AND BIM – WHAT THEY MEAN FOR THE INDUSTRY

Branden Kotyk has been disrupting the construction industry’s status-quo for over 12 years to bring the efficiencies of leading-edge technology and innovative fabrication processes to key project stakeholders.

Drawing on insights gained through positions in Canada, Australia, and the USA, Branden has a history of facilitating a collaborative interface between owners, builders, trade contractors, and suppliers across the ICI and natural resources construction industries.

By leveraging BIM technology, modularization, and lean manufacturing principles Branden has helped lead the successful delivery of innovative mechanical solutions for construction projects ranging from $1M to $9.2Billion, on four continents.

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Brent Mauti, Global Director, Design Technology, IBI Group
MODULAR CONSTRUCTION AND BIM – WHAT THEY MEAN FOR THE INDUSTRY

Brent Mauti is currently the Global Director for Design Technology at IBI Group. He is a licensed architect in Ontario and Alberta who has focused on BIM throughout his career. He has been involved with major projects such as the London 2012 Olympic, the Paralympic Games and the Panama Canal Widening. He has also been a member of the Canada BIM Council’s Board of Directors since 2016. Brent is responsible for improving the delivery of design services, business strategies, implementation and maintenance of firm wide design technology solutions. Brent’s passion focuses on consultation for lifecycle BIM interoperability and cross-platform synergy.

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Rob McKinney, Business Development, Rhumbix
DID YOU KNOW THESE TECHNOLOGIES ARE AVAILABLE TO YOU?

Rob McKinney, a self taught construction technologist, first developed a love for technology with his first Atari game machine. He began his career in construction as the Safety Director for J.M. Wilkerson, a construction general contractor based in Marietta, Georgia. Rob furthered his construction and risk management experience at companies like New South Construction and XL Catlin Insurance.

Rob is currently serving as the Chairman of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Georgia Technology Committee and is a member of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America IT Forum Steering Committee. This committee meets regularly to develop quarterly roundtable programs focusing on new apps to use on project sites. Rob also has an online blog dedicated to educating construction industry professionals on new uses for technology integrations on projects.

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Peter Van Beek, Professor, University of Waterloo
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

Peter van Beek is a Professor in the Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. His research interests span the field of Artificial Intelligence with a focus on representation and reasoning, constraint programming, and applied machine learning. He has co-authored seven research papers which have won awards, and he has served on the program committees of many conferences and on the editorial boards of several journals. Peter van Beek is a Co-Director of the Waterloo AI Institute and a Fellow of the Association for Artificial Intelligence.

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