About PSMA Vancouver

In 1975, a group of managers from professional service firms met to discuss the need for a new association devoted exclusively to the management challenges at their firms.  These managers decided that the purpose for the Professional Services Management Association would be “to improve the effectiveness of professional service organizations through the growth and development of business management techniques.” Engineering News Record (ENR) quoted the specific objectives of PSMA to “provide a forum for exchanging ideas and information, establishing guidelines for approaches to common management concerns, increasing the recognition of the value of good business practices, and improving service to clients.” …READ MORE

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We are building-industry professionals committed to strengthening how we deliver Professional Services. We offer seminars, guest speakers, tools, resources and venues for thought-provoking conversations and networking. We foster growth and development of business management techniques. We are committed to highlighting skills and knowledge we need to help the next generation of leaders and managers in our industry.  Our esteemed Members and Board of Directors guide us to provide Vancouver’s building community a way to grow professionally and improve effectiveness.

Thursday, November 26, 5pm (17:00 PT, online, 1 to 2 hours)

Join us for a brief annual general meeting and a trivia game specifically for building professionals.

We’re catching up on a few filings for our societies registration. We’ll keep the annual general meeting lean and be through the elections promptly.

Then, you’ll get to unleash your buildings geek for a half hour. Stick around for the last round! We have a prize for the winner.

Thursday, November 19, 12:00 (online, 1 hour)

Learn from experts in the architectural, construction, and engineering disciplines and ask your questions about how to differentiate your team and deliver a compelling message. Help your client understand you are the best choice.

To develop your business and secure projects, you must hear what this panel has to say. Each panel member has proven success winning proposals of all scales, including those with multi-billion-dollar capital values. Learn practical tips for RFP analysis, creating a winning strategy, delivering your story, and more.

Miss anything? Refer to the recording until our next learning session.

About Your Panel

Moderator: Carlee Groves, CopperTree Analytics

Alicia Cornford, Kasian Architecture
As leader for Kasian’s global marketing and proposal team, Alicia collaborates with the executive leadership team to create short and long term strategies to deliver high quality timely programs and submissions. She guided the Kasian marketing team to build a well-respected local and international brand.

Krystal Smith, Stuart Olson
For Stuart Olson’s BC division, Krystal builds relationships and promotes the brand that builds office towers, educational facilities, shopping centres, hospitals, and recreation centres.

Mike Murphy, Integral Group
For Integral Group’s Canada West region, Mike nurtures and builds relationships with accountability and integrity. He believes that authentic conversation, good humour and storytelling are vital for building lasting business relationships.

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Thursday, October 15, 12:00 PT (online, 1 hour)

This year’s leadership talk ventures into the trials of starting your own professional services company.

Adam will share some of his recent experiences and lessons learned in establishing an architectural practice in Vancouver. This includes the original vision, goal and the implementation of that vision in the Vancouver market place while working collaboratively and exchanging changing ideas with the wider Ryder practice.

Missed something? View the recording on Zoom. (Passcode: 0d@m9pC3)

About Your Presenter

Adam James, Ryder Architecture. 

Adam James, along with Warren Schmidt, opened Ryder Architecture in Vancouver in 2017, following 10 years of collaboration in architectural practice. Ryder was established in Newcastle Upon Tyne in the UK in 1953, and has grown to include offices in Vancouver, London, Liverpool, Glasgow, Hong Kong and Amsterdam.

As a native of Newcastle, Adam has numerous connections with the original Ryder office. The launch of Ryder locally was made possible by these familiar connections, through long-standing personal and professional relationships, and by the ethos of design and collaborative working shared by Adam, Warren, and the wider Ryder partnership.

Before this, Adam worked for a variety of architecture practices and developers in the UK, New Zealand, and Australia, serving in a variety of roles including Project Lead, Project Manager, and Owner’s Representative. Originally from Newcastle, UK, Adam has resided in Canada since 2006. Adam is a long-time advocate of a high performance, Passive House approach to design and construction and is a Certified Passive House Designer.

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