21:31:41 CSCeXpo2019

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Montage video recap of the 41st annual CSC Building Expo (21:31) shot live off the floor on February 27th, 2019.

I suited up and slew snowmaggedon on the Kitchener line GoTrain to Union Station, complete with all ten poster boards from last year’s design challenge safely in tow.

While frantically rummaging through pockets for my presto card, I caught a glimpse of Regional Councillor/City of Waterloo Mayor David Jaworsky waiting to board the train.Ā  Reflecting on his 2018 year-end interview with Craig Norris on The Morning Edition (*1) put a smile on my face despite an undertone of grumpiness for neglecting to make time for morning java.

20 sec markšŸ”– “Construction in Today’s Connected World” was the keynote address from Dr. Rick Huijbreigts, the VP of Strategy and Innovation at George Brown College.Ā  Dr. Huijbreights expands on the convergence of IoT devices in building automation systems with low-voltage PoE, smart lighting, cloud management and analytics, all protected by emerging cybersecurity operational standards (*2) Yep, caught myself smiling again even before the aroma of coffee reached the table.

It was refreshing to see so many student volunteers from the college engaged at the expo; serving the industry, asking questions and making connections. The train has indeed left the station

 

2m30s markšŸ”– Next stop on the tour we hear from Charles W. Skipper, partner at Foglar, Rubinoff LLP and no stranger to the Toronto Construction Association. The Queen’s University alumni cut his teeth articling with the Ministry of Attorney General before practicing commercial litigation at a major Toronto law firm.Ā  At Fogler, Rubinoff LLP since 1996, his expertise in the dynamics of construction and commercial disputes is highly sought after. Charles obtained his Master’s Degree in Law (LL.M) (Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution) from Osgoode Hall, York University in 1998, specializing in construction litigation. He is a Harvard Law School trained negotiator, a lover of ancient history, and a surprisingly funny guy with a decent throwing arm (not captured in this video) (*3)

āš– this is justice and I think it’s great, but I must say that I never had any idea in my life that you could ask so many questions for so long about so littleĀ āš–

 

6m06s markšŸ”–A sobering overview of changes to the Construction Lien Act including lien registration/perfection, holdback, trust fund obligations, prompt payment rules and interim adjudication (*4)

18m01s markšŸ”–Ā CSC Student Design Challenge: the top five entries of the 2018 design competition on display in the winner’s loungešŸ„‚

Cathie Schneider, Co-Chair of the CSC student design competition committee shares her enthusiasm with Michael Vervena as he demonstrates the use of iGuide’s 3D virtual tour of the 2019 Design Challenge site at 1655 Dupont Street in Toronto.

*1) Things that matter to Mayor Dave Jaworsky
*2) US legislation to improve IoT security
*3)Ā Bell Canada v. Olympia & York Developments Ltd., 1994 CanLII 239 (ON CA)
*4) Changes to the Construction ActĀ Ā 

IoT Jiggidy Jig

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home again home again

for the IoT Mind to Market Seminar

at Catalyst137

Presentations from Steven Fyke, Creative Director atĀ SnapPea Design, Mike Brown, Senior Director, Sales and Business Development atĀ Swift Labs, Joel Dart, Manager of Sales and Business Development for Bell – IoT Solutions,Ā  Robert Rodriques for Sigma Point Technologies, Greg Dashwood, Product Lead,Ā  Internet of Things & Advanced Analytics at Microsoft and Alexander Fesiak, IoT Business Development Manager at Arrow Global.Ā  Opening remarks by Jean-Pierre Bhavnani of Miovision

Links:
snappeadesign.com/
swiftlabs.com/about-2/
iot.bell.ca/en/
sigmapoint.com/about-us/
azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/iot/
arrow.com/en/iot

24 for 48 Ontario

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Congratulations Winners!

Awards Night on May 16th held in the Atrium at Catalyst 137 – The site of last year’s design competition.Ā  Gorgeous space – thank-you Frank, PM Riley & the Building Team – a pleasure!

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Shout out to our esteemed judges who made it possible to narrow down from 24 inspiring and noteworthy entries.Ā  Well done students!

Adjudication Website Screenshot

Teams from Ryerson University, OCAD, UWaterloo, Conestoga College participated and five challengers rose to the top:

Fifth Place:Ā  “Statera” – Conestoga College Team:Ā Mashael Alharbi, Chelsea Hummel & Amber MacPherson

Fourth Place: “Blues & Brews” – UWaterloo Team: Marius Hexan, Alexandra Siu, Hayley Sykes & Emmeily Zhang:IMG_5690.JPG

Third Place: “The Dark Room Hotel” – OCAD Team:Ā  Tori Wang, Lily Ni & Feeleng Leng:Third Place Winners.JPG

Second Place: “The Four-Eight” – UWaterloo Team: Teresa Tran, Azadeh Shayanfar, Anisha Sankar & Parisa Hassanzadegan:IMG_5703.JPG

First Place: “House of Tech & Blues” – UWaterloo Team: Lauren Kyle, Jeremy Jeong, Justyna Maleszyk, Michelle Piotrowski & Keegan Steeper:IMG_5695.JPG

Just AWEsome…for more about the Student Design Competition, visit the official website at cscdesignchallenge.ca

 

Waterloo Region In The Making

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Professor Rick Haldenby delivers an insightful and entertaining address to an audience of real estate enthusiasts at a breakfast event hosted by the KW Association of Realtors on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at Bingemans Marshall Hall.

It is always a pleasure to hear Professor Haldenby speak. His passion for the industrial architecture of Waterloo Region is infectious, inspired by the wisdom of post war city builders whose economic development strategy enabled significant investment in training and education; building, as if with secret foreknowledge, the urban stage we see today. Act One of the Illustrious Industrious City was only a first draft, with the Second Act well into production with (seemingly) weekly funding announcements and new Scenes crafted in the presence of tech giants, plant expansions, and flourishing start-ups.

The Proverb ” A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…” comes to mind as I reflect on Rick’s message summoned by the conviction that the “Waterloo Phenomena” has been made possible by inheritance. What really surprises me is that it remains unabashed throughout the panel discussion. We heard from four of the Region’s largest and most progressive developers: Craig Beattie (Perimeter Development Corporation), Scott Higgins (Hip Developments), Mike Maxwell (Momentum Developments), and Anne Marchildon (Andrin Ltd). Each one shared their perspective, back stories and vision with the civic pride and sincerity that comes with a personal commitment to the Region and a lot of skin in the game.

Yep, I’m going to listen to the tape again, to be sure it wasn’t just the chocolate chip pastries, but somehow I know they get inheritance…hmmm…stay tuned.

Brent Davis covers the event at The Record

More from Rick Haldenby…a series of thirteen video shorts recorded in 2016 atĀ CSC & The Case of the Illustrious Industrious City: Act 1 Scene 1

Scott Higgins, President of Hip Developments Inc. expands on the ROI of “getting a little bit crazy” at Waterloo Region In The Making.Ā  Scott leads his team to be bold, think big and take action focused on building creativity and culture, a guiding principle of their construction projects.

Memories of prepping for the Riverbank Lofts launch party in Hespeler Village…

Links:
Hip Developments
Launch Waterloo
Waterloo Chronicle
Day In The District
Cambridge Times

Official Opening of the FHM

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Capturing the warmth and tremendous support from the City of Cambridge and many other visionary community leaders including Waterloo Regional Council during the ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the Fashion History Museum in the village of Hespeler, Cambridge, Ontario

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“Stepping Out”

A 8 minuteĀ (gorilla) video of the proceedingsĀ here

Shot during the ribbon cutting ceremony and official opening of the Fashion History Museum on Thursday, March 10th, 2016. Features the (unedited) opening remarks by Kenn Norman, CEO and an inspiring message delivered by City of Cambridge Mayor, Doug Craig. A demonstration of authentic community building in action. Nicely done!

Kathryn McGarry

Shines!

Museums & Musings in Winnipeg

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A mindful and memorable experience

A walking tour of downtown Winnipeg, the Forks and the Canadian Museum forĀ Human Rights. Ā Fun Night at the historic Metropolitan hosted by the Winnipeg Chapter of Construction Specifications Canada during the 2015 NationalĀ Conference

Thank you CSC Winnipeg! What will the Atlantic Chapter do for an encore in 2016?
Check out their pitchĀ here

Soundtrack by Dan Walsh recorded live on Beaver Street in Preston

 

links:
The Forks
The Metropolitan

milling about Hespeler

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the illustrious Mill Girls of Hespeler

while employed at Dominion Woollens and Worsteds

Soundtrack recorded at the Hespeler Heritage Centre

11 Tannery St., East in Cambridge, ON

Gramophone playback of Bing Crosby singing "Swinging On A Star" 
by songwriters Johnny Burke & James Van Heusen

more about the history of Hespeler Village at:
Visit Cambridge Ontario
The Company of Neighbours
Hespeler Heritage Centre facebook page
Jonathan Walford’s blog
The Star Nov 26, 2011

uwaterloo library archives

Lary in the News

Talkin’ it up! – The Mill Girls of Hespeler

LYRICS:
Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a mule?

A mule is an animal with long funny ears
Kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny but his brain is weak
He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a pig?

A pig is an animal with dirt on his face
His shoes are a terrible disgrace
He has no manners when he eats his food
He’s fat and lazy and extremely rude
But if you don’t care a feather or a fig
You may grow up to be a pig

Or would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar
And be better off than you are
Or would you rather be a fish?

A fish won’t do anything, but swim in a brook
He can’t write his name or read a book
To fool the people is his only thought
And though he’s slippery, he still gets caught
But then if that sort of life is what you wish
You may grow up to be a fish

A new kind of jumped-up slippery fish
And all the monkeys aren’t in the zoo
Every day you meet quite a few
So, you see it’s all up to you
You can be better than you are
You could be swingin’ on a star

Carnivals, Buskers & Beer in Uptown Waterloo

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2015 Waterloo Buskerfest

Thanks!Ā 

Sponsors, Volunteers & Performers
for your generous hospitality

 

IMG_3364Thursday evening, August 27th, 2015

 

Good Times & Great Beer at Abe Erb’s

 

The Jackets Live at Maxwell’s

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good sound and a fun bunch at Maxwell’s Music House

Paul, was that you wiping the tables?

Nice place!

SJU CAMPUS & The Art of Building Backwards

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We're digging the future of  St. Jerome's University
Breaking Ground in Waterloo Region

A LOOK INSIDE THE BIG ROOM

A Look Inside The Big Room is a link to a Prezi storyboard that captures my experience in the “big room” in February 2014Ā as an observer and complete newbie to Lean Methodology & IPD as a Project Delivery Method. Thanks to Arthur Winslow for opening the door (again) and for the encouragement to keepĀ asking lots of questions. Ā 

“transformative innovation requires the deliberate support of enabling organizational culture, perspectives and processes” Roger Martin

ST. JEROME’S UNIVERSITY IN THE NEWS:

Globe and Mail Report

Diamond Schmitt ArchitectsĀ 

Daily Commercial News

Graham Construction

Lean Construction.org

Construction Canada Magazine

WHAT ISĀ IPD?

a teamwork approach

WHO ELSE IS USING IT?

Town of Oakville

Province of Saskachewan

Daily Commercial News

CSC Design Challenge to #reimaginešŸš‚ 1655 Dupont

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Drop in and visit the CSC Student Design Challenge exhibit in the Winner’s Lounge at Expo 2019, live off the floor at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on February 27th.Ā  Sample the iGuide virtual tour of 1655 Dupont Street in Toronto, site of the 2019 Design Challenge.

šŸ”—Ā meet Michael Vervena at iGuide

šŸ”—meet Cathie Schneider, Co-Chair of the Design Competition Committee
šŸ”—Ā visit cscdesignchallenge.caĀ  šŸ”—Ā like us on facebook

šŸ”—Building Design & Construction at George Brown College

 

Sue & Ryan & Sam – for the love of

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Making Music

The Weber Brothers

For Sue Windover

An unexpected stroll into the heart of an artistĀ to celebrate the release of

Park Your Boots

 

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DiscoverĀ What I Don’t Know

and

Sample the latest CD from Sue Windover

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Special thanks to friend & folk artist Sandy MacDonald – for making the evening complete.Ā  Happy to hear we will be seeing more of you in DTK!!

 

Don’t miss the Weber Brothers live

on Friday June 8th

at theĀ MattW

StarlightĀ 

 

with special guest

Matt Weidinger

And before you arrive

watch

Before We ArriveĀ 

A feature length documentary of the Weber Duo’s musical journey

 

Glenn Smith Digs the Blues

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Glenn SmithĀ shares his memories of ‘the Legion’ at 48 Ontario Street during a live interview withĀ Martin de GrootĀ shot at theĀ Commons Studio.Ā Ā Back in 1986 he began a new venture as a concert promoter, introducing an impressive rotation of blues talent to a receptive local audience.Ā Ā Revisit our walk-about in FebruaryĀ HERE

Legendary performances and Sold-Out shows at the Legion Dance Hall animate the story of Kitchenerā€™s love affair with the Blues

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48 Ontario Street, an unassuming treasure nestled in Kitchener’s downtown technology cluster is the site of the 5th annual CSC Student Design Competition

Press Release Here

The winners of this yearā€™s Design Challenge will be announced during the annual Grand Valley Chapter Connections CafĆ© on Wednesday, May 16th in the Atrium atĀ Catalyst137Ā 

Glenn – so appreciate the interview and your endorsement of the competition, but thank you most of all for the many years of gutsy investment in live music.Ā Ā You’re the real deal.

Hope to see those posters someday!