Jim Bottomley, Consultant and Futurist
One of Canada’s foremost futurists, Jim Bottomley is also a management consultant and successful entrepreneur. A consultant for more than 25 years, Jim has helped industries, government and associations find future direction, identify opportunities, improve customer satisfaction, and cope with the stress of rallying change.
Previously, Jim graduated with the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario. He managed marketing programs for Quaker Oats and helped launch new products such as Kibbles ‘n Bits ‘n Bits and specialized agri-products. Jim specializes in helping clients across sectors develop strategic solutions to build future success and is consistently rated at the highest level, serving to motivate, excite and inspire. Jim will offer practical knowledge and advice to help you get fired up about the future!
Mark Casaletto, Vice-President & General Manager, Reed Construction Data
Mark Casaletto has over 15 years of leadership experience in the industry. In 2005, he joined Reed Construction Data as General Manager, completed the Strategic Leadership Program at Harvard University and has since steered this 90-year old authoritative voice of Canada’s construction industry into the digital age by enhancing their web presence to a respected and popular Canadian source for construction news, project data, and building product information.
Jason Choo, Manager, Channel Sales, Deltek
As Manager, Channel Sales, Jason Choo works with Deltek customers and partners across North America and speaks regularly on managing Project Based businesses. Jason’s career includes tenures in Canada, the US and Europe and, prior to Deltek, he worked at Microsoft, KPMG Consulting and Siebel Systems.
John Dickinson, Partner, Advanced BIM Solutions Inc.
As a Consulting Partner and President of Advanced BIM Solutions Inc., John Dickinson, Ph.D., P. Eng., works to migrate construction practitioners to more integrated and digital processes and practices to mitigate risks, minimise costs and find benefits.
John’s recent contributions have been fundamental to the creation of key industry guides including the Institute of BIM in Canada’s (IBC) BIM Project Execution Planning Toolkits and the first volume of its practice manual BIM: A Primer. He maintains ties to the academic and educational side of BIM through his ongoing Adjunct Professor role at Western University and continues to present and write articles on BIM.
He has a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering, a Master's in Computer Science and 13 years’ experience at the National Research Council of Canada in both the Manufacturing and Construction sectors.
He devotes his leisure time to the local and National Science Fair Committees, his wife and two boys, and dreaming about travelling and dingy sailing.
Hilary Esmonde-White, Director – BBM, Sustainable Technologies, Infrastructure and Life Sciences, Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada
In September 2013, Ms. Esmonde-White joined the Global Opportunities Bureau as Director – Sustainable Technologies, Infrastructure and Life Sciences Sector Practices. Ms. Esmonde-White and her team develop and support the implementation of integrated global sector strategies and initiatives, with the advice of the private sector and in collaboration with partners, to guide our Trade Commissioner Service network in Canada and abroad and to match Canadian industry capacity, know-how and interests with international opportunities in trade, investment and science, technology & innovation. Recently, Ocean Technologies has been added to her Team’s portfolio.
Ms. Esmonde-White joined the Canadian Government in April 2004. Her first assignment was with the Invest in Canada Bureau of Foreign Affairs & International Trade Canada where she worked with Canada’s missions abroad and partners to attract foreign investment from Latin America – in particular from priority markets Brazil and Mexico.
In 2006, she joined the Brazil team of the Latin America & Caribbean Commercial Relations Division as Deputy Director responsible for bilateral commercial relations between Canada and Brazil.
In May 2010, she became Deputy Director for Brazil in the South America Relations Division responsible for managing and coordinating the overall political and commercial dimensions of the bilateral relationship between Canada and Brazil.
Prior to joining DFATD, she worked in Ottawa as a consultant performing market research for DFATD and the U.S. Commercial Service. She also worked with the Australian High Commission as Research Officer.
Prior to moving to Canada in 1994, Ms. Esmonde-White was employed in the commercial section of the Brazilian Embassy in Washington D.C. where she was responsible for investment attraction and technology transfer to Brazil. Ms. Esmonde-White also worked with law firms in Washington D.C. in various capacities, including as an international trade analyst representing Brazilian interests in the U.S and on a major regulatory case on behalf of the State of Alaska concerning the costs to construct the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.
She obtained her Masters Degree in International Economics and Latin American Studies, with a focus on Brazil, from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), The Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. in 1985. While at SAIS she also obtained proficiency in Portuguese and was awarded an internship to work with a Brazilian company in Sao Paulo by the Center of Brazilian Studies. She also worked as an intern in the Energy program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and for Washington Post foreign affairs columnist Philip Geyelin. She did her undergraduate studies in International Relations at Vassar College in New York.
She currently lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Bruce Good, Executive Director, Centre for Business Innovation, The Conference Board of Canada
Bruce Good is an innovative, high-energy executive who brings top leadership skills and creativity to the Conference Board. He joined the Conference Board of Canada in January 2012.
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Prior to the Conference Board, Bruce resided in Montreal and worked with IMS Health, the world’s health authority on data analysis and disease states, where he was the President and General Manager for Canada for 5 years.
His leadership credentials are truly impressive, with 20 years of executive level experience in sales, service and communications, contributing to several well-known companies, including Rogers, IBM Canada, Nortel, Bell Canada and Canada’s Research-Based Pharmaceutical Companies (Rx&D).
In addition to his extensive private sector background, Bruce has also been involved with several not-for-profit Boards including the United Way, The Arthritis Society – Quebec Region, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Ottawa Heart Institute. He earned a bachelor's degree from McMaster University and is also a Lakefield College School Alumni.
Catherine Karakatsanis, P.Eng., M.E.Sc., FEC, FCAE, Chief Operating Officer, Morrison Hershfield Group Inc.
Catherine Karakatsanis is currently the Chief Operating Officer and is on the Board of Directors and Secretary at Morrison Hershfield Group Inc., an employee-owned (Top 100 North American Engineering firm) consulting engineering and management firm with offices across North America.
Catherine has had a progressive career at Morrison Hershfield successfully moving through a series of roles with extensive engineering and management experience. As COO she is responsible for the domestic and international operations of Morrison Hershfield providing business leadership and overseeing 800 professionals. In recognition of her experience and her contributions to engineering management, Catherine was awarded the Engineering Medal of Management in 2012.
Catherine has also had professional leadership volunteer and public service roles. She has served as President of Engineers Canada, representing the 250,000 Professional Engineers in Canada; President and Chair of both of Ontario’s licensure and advocacy engineering bodies. She also sits on the boards of Engineers Without Boarders, Hydro One, the Hellenic Heritage Foundation and chairs the University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Engineering Advisory Council.
She has received recognition for her contributions including induction in to the Canadian Academy of Engineering as a Fellow and was recently awarded Ontario Women’s Directorate – Leading Women Building Communities Award, among others. Ms. Karakatsanis has a bachelors and a master’s degree in engineering science from Western University.
Randy McGee, P.Eng., GSC – Vice-President, Operations, Defence Construction Canada
Originally with Defence Construction Canada from 1984 to 1998, Mr. McGee rejoined DCC in 2001 as the Western Area Engineer, after three years in the private sector running his own project management firm.
He has extensive experience in managing construction and consultant projects as well as design-build and construction management projects. Mr. McGee earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Civil) degree from the University of Manitoba, and is a Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Certified Project Manager.
David Nagy, Design Manager, International Facilities Project, AECOM
David Nagy is a structural Engineer with AECOM and currently the Design Manager for the International Facilities Project at the Calgary International Airport. After graduating university in 2004, David moved to Calgary and joined UMA Engineering (now AECOM). He has worked on a range of large projects including Stoney Trail and Anthony Henday Ring Road Projects, CNRL Horizon Oil Sands and YYC Runway Development Project. He is also the founder of the southern Alberta young professional group at AECOM. David holds a B.Eng in Civil Engineering from McGill University and an MBA from the University of Calgary.
Stephen Panciuk, Vice-President, Architects & Engineers, ENCON
Stephen Panciuk joined ENCON as a claims analyst for the Architects & Engineers program in 1997. His previous five years' experience in heavy civil construction, coupled with a civil engineering degree from Queen's University, brought a solid construction background well suited to a diversified claims team. In 2004, Stephen moved to the underwriting team and is now a Vice-President, managing the Architects and Engineers department.
Michael Schaefer, Executive Vice President, EllisDon Corporation
With over 30 years of industry experience, Michael Schaefer's career has continuously evolved. Michael began his career at EllisDon as an Estimator and over the years took on expanded roles which included: Chief Estimator responsible for all tendering and budgeting requirements for the Toronto Area; Vice President, Estimating managing the procurement efforts and estimating requirements both across Canada and in the United States.
Most recently, Michael was appointed Executive Vice President responsible for managing all procurement efforts across EllisDon. Michael's interest in new technology and innovation continues to fuel his excitement for the construction industry.
EllisDon is a global construction services company that not only offers construction and project management services, but also a growing range of expert services in risk management, sustainability, and technology.
Carl Weatherell, Director & CEO, Canada Mining Innovation Council
Carl Weatherell joined the Canada Mining Innovation Council (CMIC) on March 1, 2013. Carl is a change agent known for challenging the status quo, discovering new ways of doing things and taking ideas to execution. He is a natural connector often bringing together disparate and seemingly unrelated people, groups and organizations to create new partnerships. Carl has been described as a rebel and a heretic.
He has over 27 years’ experience working at the interface of business, government and postsecondary institutions nationally and internationally. Carl has helped position organizations for success and has established, managed or facilitated the development of strategies with a number of organizations and over 13 different consortia comprised of 200 businesses, 30 government organizations and at least 180 different academic institutions.
Carl obtained graduate and undergraduate degrees in chemistry from Carleton University and the University of Waterloo respectively. He holds one patent and has publications in five different technical domains: hydrometallurgical engineering, organometallic chemistry, analytical chemistry, environmental engineering and project management.
Lin Watt, EIT, Dillon Consulting Limited
Lin Watt is the Chair of ACEC MB's Young Professionals Committee and a Water/Wastewater Engineer-in-Training at Dillon Consulting's Winnipeg office. Before joining Dillon, she co-founded and ran a start-up venture with the goal of revolutionizing the water quality testing industry by providing environmental consultants with innovative water quality testing devices that would reduce wait-times for results from weeks to minutes.
Leah White, CA, CIA, CISA, CRMA, Partner, Business Risk Services, Grant Thornton LLP
Leah White is the Partner responsible for Grant Thornton LLP’s Business Risk Services within the Maritime region, and resides in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She facilitates enterprise and business-level risk assessments, evaluates information technology strategies and controls, and has extensive experience in conducting risk and control advisory services for a wide variety of organizations in both the private and public sectors.
Leah has assisted numerous organizations with evaluating key elements of performance, developing performance measures, and benchmarking processes against relevant peer groups and best practices. A Chartered Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor, Certified Information Systems Auditor, and possessing a Certification in Risk Management Assurance, Leah has also served as the President of the Maritime Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA) for five consecutive years.
Paul Zofnass, President, Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)
Paul Zofnass is President of EFCG (Environmental Financial Consulting Group), which he founded in 1990. EFCG is generally regarded as the leading strategic, financial, valuation and merger and acquisition advisor to the engineering/consulting (“e/c”) industry. He and his firm’s views and comments on the e/c industry have been quoted over 500 times in e/c industry publications.
- EFCG serves as a retained advisor to over 40 e/c firms in the US and Canada.
- EFCG has helped large, medium and small e/c firms complete over 120 M&A assignments.
- EFCG provides annual valuations for roughly 25 employee-owned e/c firms.
- EFCG assists firms with internal ownership transitions (IOT) strategy, capitalization and facilitation.
- EFCG’s primary diagnostic tool to help e/c firms improve efficiency, profitability and value is its Peer Benchmarking Analysis (PBA), which compares an e/c firm to 30-40 of its most comparable peer firms over roughly 100 key financial and operating metrics.
For the past 25 years, EFCG has hosted the annual EFCG CEO Conference, which brings together 230 CEOs of the leading e/c firms to discuss trends, issues, and changes taking place in this industry. The Conference, limited to CEOs, requires each participant to complete a detailed financial and operating survey on their firms, including their outlook and issues for the industry. The results of their most recent survey will be presented by Paul at the upcoming ACEC-Canada conference.
Paul is an alumnus of Harvard College, Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He spent 17 years at Citibank and Oppenheimer, where he was Managing Director in Investment Banking. In 2008, he established the Zofnass Sustainable Infrastructure Program at Harvard to develop a sustainability rating system for major civil infrastructure projects (much as LEED does for buildings). Over the past five years, this program has brought together professors and graduate students from Harvard to work with sustainability directors of the major e/c firms (including firms with a strong Canadian presence such as Stantec, Golder, exp and CH2M HILL) and over 50 government sustainability directors to develop the system. It is now available to the public as the Envision Rating System, in partnership with the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure (ISI), a joint venture of the US ACEC, ASCE and APWA.
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