Since the global recession in 2008-09, Canada’s stock on the world stage has risen in many ways, but suffered in others. Our financial sector, which weathered the credit crisis so commendably, has won increasing respect. Lackluster commodity prices, however, have held back investments by owners of resource properties. In crucial energy production and distribution, including the Oil Sands, shale gas deposits, LNG export terminals and major pipeline expansions, difficult dealings with aboriginal leaders and environmental advocates are clouding the outlook.
Be among the attendees at CanaData’s 4th Annual Construction Industry Forecast Conference and receive informed commentary, expert analysis and forecasts to help guide your business.
Uniting business leadership with high-profile, engaging speakers, this is the premiere construction forecast event in Canada. CanaData is Canada’s leading barometer of future economic activity within the construction sector – and this event provides rich insights and analysis of construction industry trends.
Past speakers have included leaders in the construction and business community.
From economists, to CEOs and heads of government agencies, CanaData has combined a rich pool of expertise into a day of thought leadership that is a mandatory event for leadership within Canada’s diverse construction industry.
I have attended several CanaData Conferences and have always found them to be informative and timely. The conference is a great way to get important insights as to what is happening in BC’s construction sector.
Deputy Chief Economist
British Columbia Economy Overview
BRYAN YU is deputy chief economist for Central 1 Credit Union, the umbrella organization for the credit union system in B.C. and Ontario. He provides economic analysis and forecast services to support the credit unions and frequently comments on the B.C. and national economies for major media outlets.
Bryan was an economist with the B.C. Real Estate Association and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. He is a director for the Canadian Association of Business Economists. Bryan holds degrees in Economics from Simon Fraser University and the University of Manitoba
vice president, public affairs, insights west
Construction Survey |The Barometer of Construction Confidence in British Columbia
Mario is responsible for designing and managing research projects for clients in the public sector, non-profit organizations and associations, and education. Mario is also the company’s spokesperson for political and sociological issues and surveys, and writes every month for the Business Section of The Vancouver Sun.
Before joining Insights West in 2013, Mario coordinated research teams for a now-defunct public opinion firm that operated in Canada, the United States and Britain, worked as an editorial researcher for Peter C. Newman’s books “The Secret Mulroney Tapes” and “Here Be Dragons”; as a research and communications specialist for the Liu Institute for Global Issues at UBC; and in various journalistic roles in Canada, Mexico and Spain.
Mario holds a BA in Communication from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, and a Masters in Journalism from UBC.
Vice President of Marketing & Business Development at ConstructConnect
Digital Revolution: Facilitating Construction Processes and Dictating Shifts in Construction Activity
Craig Roberts leads the marketing and business development team at ConstructConnect, Canada’s market leader for non-residential construction data, news, and analysis. An industry “veteran” at the age of 43, Craig has held leadership roles in the construction data industry back to 1999, working both the U.S. and Canadian markets. Craig led the efforts on behalf of ConstructConnect (formerly CMD Group) collaborating with construction associations, resulting in unprecedented and enduring strategic alliances across Canada. For six years, Craig was an independent Director on the Board of International Barrier Technologies Inc. (IBTGF, IBH), a publicly traded building product manufacturer listed in the U.S. and Canada.
Craig earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Environment Sciences from Queen’s University at Kingston and has graduate degrees from Queen’s University and Cornell University. In 2007 Craig became a Certified Professional Accountant through CMA-BC (now CPA BC). Craig is a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade and lives with his wife and two daughters in Vancouver.
Overview: Construction Forecast
Alex Carrick obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada) in 1969. His M.A. in Economics was earned at the University of Toronto (U of T) in 1971.
After finishing the courses for a doctorate while living at U of T’s Massey College, the lure of the job market proved too great and Mr. Carrick was hired by the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), a trade association representing structural steel fabricators. He eventually became the CISC’s Secretary-Treasurer.
In 1985, Mr. Carrick became employed as Chief Economist with CanaData, the leading supplier of statistics and forecasting information for the Canadian construction industry. CanaData is a product line of CMD Group LLC, based in Atlanta.
Mr. Carrick is traditionally the closing speaker at CanaData’s Annual Construction Industry Forecasts Conference, which will be marking its 30th anniversary in 2015.
During the last decade-plus, Mr. Carrick’s endeavors have become much broader in scope. He has delivered presentations throughout the continent on the Canadian, United States and world construction markets. The number of articles he’s written for the company’s various websites has climbed into the thousands.
He is frequently quoted by major news outlets. His online video analyses are a popular feature with the Daily Commercial News and Journal of Commerce.
Thanks in large measure to his heightened social media presence, Mr. Carrick has recently become CMD Group’s North American Chief Economist.
Alex is also an award-winning short story writer. He has twice received Honorable Mention in the international Lorian Hemingway Competition. In the summer of 2012, his personal blog was chosen Writing Website of the Week by Writer’s Digest.
Carrick Publications, which Alex manages jointly with his wife Donna, has published nearly 100 anthologies, fiction and non-fiction works by a variety of talented authors.
Award-winning journalist, Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist
Topsy Turvey Days on the BC Economic and Political Scene
Vaughn Palmer’s hard-hitting columns have seen him cover the feats and follies of B.C.’s premiers for 30 years. An award-winning journalist, Palmer is the Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist, based in Victoria. He also hosts the weekly program Voice of BC on Shaw TV and is a regular commentator on radio station CKNW in Vancouver and on KUOW, the National Public Radio station in Seattle.
Palmer is the recipient of the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jack Webster foundation, a co-winner of the Jack Webster award for reporting, and a recipient of the Hyman Solomon award for excellence in public policy journalism from the Canadian Public Policy Forum. Since 1984, Palmer has examined an extensive range of issues, personalities and scandals that have come to define B.C.’s political scene.
Corporate Director & Economist/Commodity Market Specialist
Commodity Prices on Road to Recovery in 2017— Implications for British Columbia
Patricia Mohr is the former Vice-President, Economics & Commodity Market Specialist at Scotiabank’s Executive Offices in Toronto. Ms. Mohr worked closely with Corporate and Investment Banking – including the Mining, Oil & Gas and Forest Products teams – and with Global Risk Management, preparing the commodity price forecasts for credit adjudication at The Bank.
Ms. Mohr developed the ‘Scotiabank Commodity Price Index’ – the first index designed to measure price trends for Canadian commodities in export markets. Pat is a frequent speaker at international conferences such as ‘China Mining 2015’ in Tianjin, the International ‘Gold & Silver Symposium’ in Lima, Peru, PDAC in Toronto and the Platts’ ‘Crude Oil Markets Conference’ in Houston. Pat has spoken many times to the annual forest products conventions of COFI and the Maritime Lumber Bureau.
Pat holds an Honours B.A. Degree and an M.A. Degree in Economics from the University of British Columbia and is a Director of Alumni UBC.
Ms. Mohr has a passionate interest in furthering Canada’s international trade, as a Director on the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Pat has also recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Avalon Advanced Materials, a Canadian mining company aiming to serve high-tech industrial clients with lithium, tin and specialty metals. Ms. Mohr is a Director of Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) – channelling public funds into leading-edge R&D for GHG mitigation. Reducing the carbon footprint of the Alberta oil sands, and securing Alberta’s economic success in a lower carbon world are key objectives.
Prior to joining Scotiabank, Ms. Mohr spent a number of years with Alberta Energy Co. Ltd. (now EnCana Corp.) in Calgary and with CP Ships and Canadian Pacific Bermuda in London, England as Corporate Economist. Ms. Mohr began her career as a mineral economist with Natural Resources Canada in Ottawa.
Terminal City Club - October 11, 2017
7:30 A.M. - Breakfast and Registration
8:45 A.M. - Opening Remarks
8:55 A.M. - British Columbia Economy Overview
Bryan Yu, Deputy Chief Economist, Central 1
9:40 A.M. - Construction Survey : The Barometer of Construction Confidence in British Columbia
10:25 A.M. - Networking Break
10:45 A.M. - Digital Revolution: Facilitating Construction Processes and Dictating Shifts in Construction Activity
Craig Roberts, Vice President, Marketing & Business Development at ConstructConnect
11:15 A.M. - Overview: Construction Forecast
Alex Carrick, Chief Economist, CanaData, ConstructConnect
11:50 A.M. - Commodity Prices on Road to Recovery in 2017: Implications for British Columbia
Patricia Mohr, Corporate Director & Economist/Commodity Market Specialist
12:15 P.M. - Lunch (Meal included with registration)
12:35 P.M. - Luncheon Address: Keynote Speaker,
Topsy Turvey Days on the BC Economic and Political Scene
Vaughn Palmer, Award-winning journalist, Vancouver Sun’s provincial political columnist
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