Keynote Speakers / Sessions

Achieving Balance March 4-6, 2020
Achieving Balance: Inspiring Design, Educational Functionality and Operational Efficiency
Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge
Old Lodge Road
Jasper, Alberta, Canada T0E 1E0

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 | 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Opening Keynote: Our Green Energy Future

David Dodge

Producer, Green Energy Futures

Take a peak into our energy future with David Dodge, the producer of 230 Green Energy Futures documentaries on the clean energy revolution in Canada.

The pace of change and level of innovation and investment in the green energy sector is stunning and will change the way we live, get around and work. Solar and wind are now the cheapest new sources of electricity money can buy and this will have a profound effect on the buildings we live and work in and on the vehicles we use for transportation.

Clean energy technologies have grown faster than anyone predicted and this is creating a much more decentralized energy system.

Alberta is a national leader in the development of super energy efficient and affordable net-zero homes and is leading the way to a future where we will all produce our own energy right on our homes and businesses. Contrary to what some say energy transition is not an either-or scenario. Alberta can benefit from its conventional energy industry while leading the way to a sustainable and more renewable future economy. It’s our best shot at diversification and this is where future jobs and opportunities will come from.

David will discuss cleantech innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy, buildings and transportation and discuss how this will affect our homes, jobs and economy in the future.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
21st Century Learning Environments: Lessons Learned from Post Occupancy Evaluations
Lesley Woodland, C.E.T., B.A., Dip. Arch. Tech.
Architectural Technologist Post Occupancy Evaluation Coordinator, Alberta Infrastructure

Can designs be improved to better meet the needs of users? If a design element is successful in some schools, but not others, why? What elements are frequently incorporated into designs but are unpopular with users? Post Occupancy Evaluations seek to answer these questions, and others, so we may improve future designs and better meet the needs of those that use them – students, teachers, parents, administrators and facilities staff.

This presentation discusses some of the most common design elements used in 21st Century Learning Environments and provides designers and owners information to make informed choices based on user perspective.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Student-Centered Classroom
Gladys Hrabec
Business Development Professional, CDI Spaces

We walk you through what it is, the theory behind it, and how you can employ Student Centered Classrooms. It’s a relatively new concept that has been developed over the last few years, and it’s gaining great popularity, particularly among top educational institutions. It is a trend that’s growing.

How do students learn and what’s the best teaching method? Educators are always struggling with this complex topic. Also, what types of learners are there? We will be reviewing passive and active learning in the classroom so that we can understand that the Student Centered Classroom changes the student’s role in the learning process. The Student Centered classroom is truly designed for collaborative learning, as opposed to being centered upon authority. In essence, this is a shift in how education is being delivered today.

The differences between the education factory - rows and columns approach where the teacher led authority vs. the Student Centered Classroom – actively engaged, next generation of today’s digital learners to take a willing role in their own education.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 | 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Mamaweyatitan Centre; Redefining Shared
James J. Youck, B.A., B.Arch, SAA, MAA, RAIC, AIA
Principal, Architect, P3Architecture Partnership

A shared facility was completed for less than $300/sf ($3100/sm) and faced significant challenges. It was a 10 year development process, but once the project began in design and construction was completed on time and budget.

This project was feature in Canadian Architect in September 2019. Click here to read the story.

THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 2020 | 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Video Presentation: Most Likely To Succeed
A feature-length documentary produced by Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner and directed by Greg Whiteley.

The current educational system in the United States was developed a century ago during the rise of the industrial age and was once the envy of the world. However, the world economy has since transformed profoundly, but the US education system has not. Schools are attempting to teach and test skills, when mastered, that still leave graduates woefully unprepared for the 21st Century. After presenting this problem, the documentary focuses on the story of a school in San Diego that is completely rethinking what the experience of going to school looks like. As we follow students, parents and teachers through a truly unorthodox school experience, the audience is forced to consider what sort of educational environment is most likely to succeed in the 21st century?

The film follows students into the classrooms of High Tech High, a public charter school in San Diego, California. The film combines commentary by a variety of people and follows two groups of ninth graders over the course of a year. The director's experiences with his daughter's school shape the opening to the film and inform his approach to the content and pedagogy of High Tech High. The film takes a closer look at the experiences of several individual students enrolled at the school.

FRIDAY | MARCH 6, 2020 | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Closing Keynote: A School is More Than a Place

Dr. Phil Butterfield

Principal, Connect Charter School

Dr. Butterfield is the Principal at Connect Charter School which is one of Calgary’s more unique and innovative public schools. Formerly known as the Calgary Science School, it was founded almost two decades ago to provide science-focused education for grades 4 to 9. Since then the school has gone through a couple of name changes and expanded its focus. For much of that time, Dr. Phil Butterfield has been a member of Connect’s faculty and staff, first as a school counsellor and then as assistant principal.

Inquiry-based learning is a central part of the curriculum and it is taking theoretical learning and making it applicable in developing skills they can use throughout their lives. We do that by providing as many field experiences as possible so they can make direct connections between learning in the classroom and what goes on outside the walls of the school.

When the school was first founded in 1998, it was called Science Alberta School, but very quickly the school’s focus evolved from the study of science to project-and problem-based learning. And eventually it focused on inquiry-based learning. It was this focus that prompted the name change from Science Alberta School to Calgary Science School. Over time, that whole notion around inquiry-based learning expanded beyond science to humanities, the integration of social studies and language arts, as well. That led the school to ultimately change from the Calgary Science School to Connect Charter School in 2014 to better reflect the school’s evolving nature.

Students are encouraged to drill down into subjects and topics within the curriculum to gain deeper understanding of their world. They’re not just trying to learn a surface amount of content, checking off a list of what they need to learn to satisfy the requirements of the program of study. They’re doing independent research and group research for a better understanding of their role within the community and the world.

FRIDAY | MARCH 6, 2020 | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
What Is a Green School and How to Continue Forward Post-Construction
Leanne Conrad, P.Eng, MaSc, LEED AP BD+C, LEED AP ND
3 Point Environmental, Project Manager, Sustainable Building Specialist

An interactive question based learning session with a short presentation, participant activities, and conclude with a question/answer session.

Educational professionals will walk away with the framework for a lesson plan to continually use the green building features as educational materials. Design professionals will develop content to ensure their design leaves a legacy for the future.

We will demonstrate sustainable programs and principles of various schools by presenting their LEED Scorecard and Green Building Education signage. This will then be developed into a conversation around how to use this information into lesson plans. Additionally, we will discuss strategies for overcoming challenges in achieving the LEED credits with an eye for future re-certification as an Existing Building under LEED v4 O&M.