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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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