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DCN/JOC session selections for Buildings Week

Russell Hixson
DCN/JOC session selections for Buildings Week
PROVINCE OF ALBERTA — Masked Keystone XL pipeline workers listen as Alberta Premier Jason Kenney visits their site. The economic plight of provinces like Alberta and COVID-19’s impacts are just some of the many topics that will be covered at Buildings Week, an online construction exhibition and conference, this month.

The first-ever Buildings Week, which features five days of online networking, programming and vendor browsing, is set to kickoff this month, taking place Nov. 30 to Dec. 4. With more than 120 educational seminars, virtual panels, technical presentations, keynote sessions and professional development workshops to choose from, here are some of the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce’s top 10 recommendations.

For more information and a sneak preview of some of the upcoming sessions at Buildings Week, check out our podcast on Friday, Nov. 13 at


The Role of Leaders, Managers and Peers in Tackling Racism and Oppression 

Nov. 30 from 3 to 4 p.m. 

With the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement and a string of racist incidents in the Canadian construction industry, the issue of racism and prejudice is on the forefront of culture. This session aims to provide a discussion on the challenges the construction industry faces and the role leaders, managers and workers can play in combating the oppression of minorities on the jobsite.


Facing the Future: Challenges and Opportunities for the Affordable Housing Sector

Dec. 2 from 1 to 2 p.m. 

Long before COVID-19 hit the Canadian economy, the issue of affordable housing was critical in most major urban areas. Alberta also faced an oil price collapse, making needs even greater. This session will explore how the affordable housing sector aims to outline the need for homes in the province and some of the challenges and opportunities in the affordable housing sector.


Revisiting Restroom Hygiene and Planning After COVID-19

Dec. 2 from 10 to 11 a.m.

Is it time the construction industry had a frank conversation about the bathroom? Experts at Bobrick Washroom Equipment think so. This session will dive into research concerning COVID-19 transmission and high transmission spaces as well as design considerations to keep people safe during and after the pandemic.


Construction Law Update: Legal Aspects of Construction Projects during Challenging Times

Dec. 2 from 9 to 11 a.m.

COVID-19 has thrown a lot of new legal issues at the construction industry. Legal experts plan to shed some light on how to approach design issues, the procurement of contracts, and the pursuit of claims in unprecedented circumstances.


Scaling up Deep Energy Retrofits through Prefabrication

Dec. 2 from 1 to 2:00 p.m.

To meet ambitious greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, Canada is going to have to significantly improve building performance, including increasing retrofit projects. This session will dive into the rare practice of deep retrofits for building enclosures. The presenters believe that prefabrication off-site could reduce disruptions and increase scaling to boost the energy retrofit sector to where it needs to be. But fear not if you miss this as there are many other sessions during the week that explore the potential of retrofit projects.


BUILDEX Construction Keynote: How Can Procurement Change and Modernize to Better Serve the Building Industry?

Dec. 1 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A panel of industry experts will meet to chat about how the industry can improve the procurement process. The panel will talk about practices that could provide sustainable, socio-economic and fiscal benefits across the value chain. The session will also identify who change agents are in procurement and how can industry peers learn and change as well.


Economic and Construction Outlook: A Canadian and Global Perspective

Nov. 30 from 2 to 3 p.m.

While we can’t gaze into a crystal ball to know what the future will bring, we can at least hear from experts about how COVID-19 is beginning to change Canada and the world. Alex Carrick, chief Economist at ConstructConnect, will give his thoughts on how the virus has impacted work, housing, markets, technology, debt, government and more.


The Future of the Workplace, Exploring the Office in a Post-COVID-19 World

Dec. 1 from 3 to 4 p.m.

With many working from home or under modified conditions, COVID-19 has demolished traditional ideas about the office. Workplace strategy and innovation experts with Colliers will discuss how workers and employers are beginning to develop new ways to work and how the pandemic has disrupted how companies think about workspaces. They believe the pandemic is an opportunity for change.


Alternative Construction Delivery Models for Alternative Times

Dec. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.

With an uncharted economic crisis looming over Alberta, construction companies and groups are being forced to adapt at a rapid pace. At this session, experts will discuss how investing in alternative delivery and contracting models can shatter the traditional model that often pits one party against another. When deployed correctly, they can shorten construction schedules, improve cost predictability, increase profits and create more collaborative working environments.


Intelligent Buildings and COVID-19: Leverage Technology for Safer and Healthier Environments

Dec. 3 from 3 to 4 p.m.

The brains of buildings are now being used to help companies work safer and smarter. Ron Zimmer, president and CEO at Continental Automated Buildings Association, will discuss how building technologies can be refocused during the pandemic to create healthier work environments.


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