January 2014

APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch VP Dinner & AGM

Status: Online registration is now closed. For space availability please contact Hamid Ghanbari, [email protected] Thank you.
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM-9:00 PM: AGM & Vice President's Dinner W/ Guest Speakers
Location: The Buffet @ River Rock Casino 8811 River Road Richmond, BC
Presenter: See full description below...
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $35.00

Non-Member Price: $35.00

Student Member Price: $25.00
APEGBC Richmond/Delta Branch AGM & Vice-President's Dinner w/ Guest Speakers.

Join us for an evening with APEGBC Vice President and Guest presenters.

Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

6:00 – 6:45 pm – Registration and networking
6:45 – 7:15 pm – Buffet Dinner
7:15 – 7:30 pm -  AGM
7:30 – 7:45 pm  VP Presentation
7:45 – 9:00 pm – Presentation

Location: The Buffet @ River Rock Casino
8811 River Road
Richmond, BC V6X 3P8

  1. “What Can We Learn From the Christchurch Earthquakes?”
Communities are becoming more and more reliant on key components of infrastructure as society becomes more complex and interconnected.  The location of many of our major cities and development is within areas of known geological instability.  Infrastructure must be constructed with the necessary resiliency to enable early recovery from disaster.  On October 30 in Victoria, and November 1, 2012 in Vancouver, Opus DaytonKnight held a Infrastructure Resilience Seminar with visitors from Christchurch, NZ to share the lessons learned from their earthquake experiences.  The City was able to rebound from disaster in no small part due to the resilience planning and foresight of its government. The visitors from NZ were all deeply involved in the resiliency planning and rebuilding of Christchurch.
Following the seminars, the attendees answered a questionnaire about the opinion of the state of readiness of their various participating organizations.  The questions touched on the topics of how well the organization was prepared; what they have done to prepare; what are the gaps in the organizations resilience; what are the three top actions considered necessary to improve the organizations resilience.  If we define Resiliency in terms of the organization’s ability to Withstand Hazards + Contain Damage + Bounce Back (i.e. recover), we found participating organizations to be relatively strong on the first, weak on the second, and poor on the third component. Learning from this experience, the presentation will also discuss the resiliency as applied to the Lower Mainland.
  1. AGM
AGM - Election of Richmond/Delta Branch Executive for 2014
The following members have expressed interest in the following positions. Nominations from the floor will be accepted and a vote will be held if necessary.

Chair:                                          Ron McOuat, MASc, P.Eng.
Vice Chair:                                  (1) Hamid Ghanbari, PhD, EIT (2) Ryan Allen, EIT
Treasurer:                                   Edward Cheung, P.Eng.
Communications Coordinator:    Open
Secretary:                                   (1) Jessica Leung, EIT (2) Fardin Barekat, EIT

  1. Update on Council and the Association

APEGBC Vice President, John Clague, P.Geo., PhD, FGC will speak to us and take your questions regarding current APEGBC affairs including an update on Council initiatives and the Association.

John Clague, P.Geo., PhD, FGC
Vice President, APEGBC

Dr. Clague holds a PhD in Geology from the University of British Columbia. He is the Shrum Professor of Science at Simon Fraser University and acts as a consultant for private sector firms and government agencies. Dr. Clague brings over 35 years of background in earth science, working with government and academia and maintaining close ties to private sector engineers and geoscientists. He is a director of the SFU Centre for Natural Hazard Research and author of two popular geological books and a textbook on natural hazards. Dr. Clague was the recipient of APEGBC’s C.J. Westerman Memorial Award in 1999. This is his third term on Council.

Yariv Ben-Shooshan, MBA, P.Eng.
Yariv Ben-Shooshan is a Service Excellence Leader and Senior Project Manager with Opus DaytonKnight.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in British Columbia, and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Engineering from the Technion, The Israel Institute of Technology and a Masters in Business Administration from Tel-Aviv University, Israel.  Yariv has over 12 years of experience in design and construction management of water works and water treatment, wastewater collection and treatment projects.  He has completed engineering projects from the initial concept, through to design, cost estimating, testing and commissioning.  Yariv was the moderator at the Resilience Seminars in Victoria and Vancouver.
Kelvin Carey, MBA, P.Eng.
Kelvin is Vice President – Municipal Infrastructure and Asset Management at Opus DaytonKnight.  He has over 30 years of municipal-related experience, mostly in the consulting engineering industry. He graduated from university in Johannesburg, South Africa, and has resided in the Lower Mainland since 1994. He has a focus on all levels of asset management, including strategic planning, level of service development, condition assessment and rehabilitation strategy, financial modeling and rate development, and more recently, resilience engineering.  

$35 for members and guests who pre-register on-line at APEGBC.
$40 for late registrations at the door (cash only).
$30 for EIT/GIT’s.
$25 MAPS (student members)
Note: The cost covers the Buffet Dinner as well.
APEGBC members and non-members are also welcome!
If you have questions, please contact Dr. Hamid  Ghanbari, by email.

Registration: Please click the Register button below.
To help us predict our catering needs, please register by, January 8, 2014. 

Credit: 1.5 Professional Development Hour (PDH)

Maximum # of attendees. Due to space limitations, registrations will be limited to the first 35 online responses.


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