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Past Conferences

2019 Fall Chapter Conference

Little Bud to Strong Tree   November 7 & 8, 2019
Little Bud to Strong Tree: Foundations for Positive Early Childhood Education
Sutton Place Hotel
845 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2K6

2019 Spring Chapter Conference

Fresh Ingredients for Educational Planning   April 25-26, 2019
Fresh Ingredients for Educational Planning
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Spa Resort
1155 Resort Drive, Parksville, Canada V9P 2E3

2018 Fall Chapter Conference

The Business of Schools: Planting the Seeds   October 18-19, 2018
The Business of Schools: Planting the Seeds
Harrison Hot Springs Resort
100 Esplanade Avenue, Harrison Hot Springs, BC V0M 1K0

2018 Spring Chapter Conference

April 19 & 20, 2018
New Horizons in Modern Learning
Civic Hotel, Surrey, BC

Delta Hotel Grand Okanagan Resort

2017 Fall Chapter Conference

October 12 & 13, 2017
Bridging the Gaps
Delta Hotel Grand Okanagan Resort, Kelowna, BC

Distinctive Schools

2017 Spring Chapter Conference

Thursday & Friday, April 20 & 21, 2017
Distinctive Schools
Delta Hotels Marriott Vancouver Downtown Suites, Vancouver, BC

Past Events

Holiday Season Social

Holiday Season Social

Wednesday, December 15, 2021
4:30 – 7:30 PM

In-Person Wine & Cheese Event
DIRTT/Innovior Construction
341 West 6th Avenue
Vancouver BC

Please note that this will be an "in-person" event. The attendance will be limited and vaccine passports will be checked upon entry.

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20 CDN

Fall Mini-Conference

Wednesday, December 1, 2021
8:00 am – 11:45 am Pacific

First Peoples Principles of Learning
First Peoples Principles of Learning

Please join us for ... a virtual session featuring four (4) speakers who will share their knowledge and experience in the development of First Peoples Principles of Learning and the Learning Environments that support them.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Understand critical success factors of First Peoples learning principles;
  2. Apply these principles through the planning of a new secondary school; and
  3. Explore design considerations in the development of various K-12 learning environments.

8:00 – 8:15 am Meet & Greet
8:15 – 8:30 am Welcome & Introductions
8:30 – 11:00 am
Shannon Leddy
Shannon Leddy
  • Shannon Leddy PhD, UBC Faculty of Education
  • Robyn Gray, SD79 & Matthew Emerson, HDR
  • Peter Hildebrand, Iredale
11:00 – 11:05 am Wind Up and Upcoming Sessions
11:05 – 11:45 am Social Time

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20 CDN

Link to join will be sent the night before.

In-Person School Tours

The British Columbia Chapter and Wood WORKS! BC present:

Bayview Elementary
Bayview Elementary – Mass Timber
Understanding advantages of using mass timber in schools
Tour leader Pedram Faghani, MASc, P.Eng., CP is the Technical Manager at Wood WORKS! BC

The learning objectives of each tour:
  1. Understanding the advantages of using mass timber in schools
  2. New school design within the urban context
  3. Learning what the early design considerations should be
  4. What situations to avoid with mass timber and learning from challenges during construction
  5. How to take the next steps in design of a mass timber building

For further information on Bayview Elementary Replacement project, please visit the Naturally Wood website.

Bayview Elementary is under construction. Please bring your own Personal Protective Equipment.

Please note that each tour is free of charge and limited to 10 persons.

Friday, 8 October 2021
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PDT

Bayview Elementary School
2251 Collingwood St
Vancouver, BC V6R 3L1 Canada
Friday, 15 October 2021
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PDT

Bayview Elementary School
2251 Collingwood St
Vancouver, BC V6R 3L1 Canada

Chapter Lunch & Learn / AGM

June 24, 2021
11:30 am – 2:15 pm
Via Airmeet – View Recorded Presentation »

Drive into the Future
Drive into the Future

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Social Time
12:00 pm – 12:15 pm Annual General Meeting
12:00 pm – 1:15 pm Robert Murray
1.0 non-core LU
1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Social Time & Door Prizes

Robert Murray
Robert Murray
“These are very interesting times we are ‘living’ in for sure. As a very good friend once said to me; “I don’t think about ‘Why is this happening to me’. I choose to ask myself ‘Why is this happening for me?”

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20 CAD


Chapter Lunch & Learn

May 6, 2021
12:00 – 2:00 pm
Via Airmeet – View Recorded Session »

Learning Units: 2.0 Core

BC Ministry of Education Update
View presentation »

  • Greenhouse gas reduction targets for new schools and renovations
  • Mass timber and wood first initiatives
  • Updated Capital Project approval process
  • Updated policy for Neighbourhood Learning Centres (NLC)

SD #43 Seismic Case Study: Montgomery Middle School
A compelling and detailed presentation on the reasons why a school replacement can be a better option than a seismic upgrade. This presentation will delve into the complexities of structural, architectural, mechanical, electrical, code, logistics as well as the educational impacts.

Montgomery MS

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm Ministry Update
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm Seismic Case Study

Members: FREE | Non-members: $20 CAD

To receive the link to join, you must RSVP by May 5, 2021 at 9:00 am Pacific

Chapter Lunch & Learn

April 1, 2021 (No Fooling!!)
11:30 am – 1:30 pm Pacific
Virtual Airmeet – View Recorded Session »
Learning Units: 1.0 Core

Lessons From the 49th Parallel
A case study for modified repeat school design by Lee Blanchard Architect, AIBC Thinkspace.

49th Parallel

Chapter Lunch & Learn

March 4, 2021
12:00 Noon to 1:30 pm Pacific
Color Your World audio presentation »

Learning Units: 1.5 Core

Sarah Bjornson, Architect AIBC
Diana Studer, Intern Architect AIBC

COLOUR Your World

Colour Your World A discussion about how we perceive colour, how it impacts us, affects our mood, well-being and even our ability to learn. We will explore how these impacts change as we age. We will consider how to intentionally apply colour to various spaces as we design learning environments.
  • What is colour
  • How do we perceive colour and how does it affect us?
  • What are the impacts of each colour on our cognitive, psychological and physiological health and well being?
  • How do gradients of hue and shade impact the effect colour has on us?
  • How does colour impact our learning?
  • How does the way colour impact us change as we age?
  • How to intentionally apply colour to various spaces and environments in the design of learning environments

Free to Attend
MUST RSVP by March 3, 2021 at 5:00 pm Pacific to get Zoom link

Lunch & Learn Virtual Meeting

November 25, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Learning Units: 1.5 LUs

Design Responses to COVID-19
View presentation »


Free to attend: please RSVP. You must register by COB November 24, 2020.

Indoor Air Quality in Educational Facilities Webinar

November 18, 2020
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM MST

Learning Labs

School reopening during the COVID pandemic has become a debate in the past few months and both K-12 and post secondary facilities are being challenged to mitigate the risks. Heightened awareness around the risk of airborne diseases matched with climate-induced seasonal wildfire smoke reinforces the importance of indoor air quality when designing learning spaces for student health and success.

Join Mary On and Samson Tam as they explore the reason why indoor air quality has become an important topic for schools in recent years and discuss potential solutions, passive and active strategies that bring long term health effects in schools.

This session will include a 20-minute presentation followed by a 15-minute Q+A and 20-minute guided breakout discussion for networking, sharing of ideas and challenges.

Please register for this free event. Once you have registered, you will be sent a link to access the webinar.

Mary On Mary On, PEng, LEED AP, CPHD, Associate
With over 18 years of extensive experience in building design industry, Mary specializes in education facilities including K-12 schools, universities, laboratories and design-build projects. Mary is well versed in all aspects of sustainable building design and detailed mechanical systems design. Some of her notable educational projects include Sir Sanford Fleming Elementary and Lord Tennyson Elementary School Replacement as well as UBC Quantum Matter Institute and SFU Shrum Chemistry Renovation.

Samson Tam Samson Tam, PEng, BASc, LEED AP, CPHD, Associate
Samson has been practicing mechanical engineering design and project management in the buildings industry since 2010, with a broad experience portfolio across North America as well as internationally. His work in education, recreation, transit and other project types allows him to think outside the box and apply best practices from different angles to all his projects. With a passion in sustainable building design, he strives to bring a holistic, coordinated design to support buildings that are balanced in form and function. Some of his notable education projects include UBC Pacific Residence, UBC Life Student Centre and Capilano University Student Success Centre.

About Integral Group
Integral Group is an interactive global network of design professionals collaborating under a single deep green engineering umbrella. We provide a full range of building system design and energy analysis services, with a staff widely regarded as innovative leaders in their fields. Located in offices across North America, the United Kingdom, and Australia, our passion for sustainable design runs deep.

Beyond the Net-Zero School Presentation

August 20, 2020

Presenters: Ray Wolfe, Thinkspace Architecture, Patrick Stewart, AME Group and Monte Paulsen, RDH Building Science Inc.

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