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.

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.

See you there? Register in Zoom.

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.

Generously sponsored by: Binnie

The people behind your infrastructure

Thursday, September 17, 12:00 PDT online (1 hour)

Learn about the New St Paul’s project, which is currently in the closing stages of procurement. Understand the project itself (background; aims and objectives; delivery model) and opportunities beyond the core hospital on the new Station Street site.

Catch you there? Register here.

About Your Presenter

Dave is a VP with PHSA. He has had leadership responsibility for more than $3.5bn of healthcare capital projects, including the BC Children’s and BC Women’s Redevelopment Project and the New St Paul’s. (PHSA = Provincial Health Services Authority)

Understanding your needs.

Thursday, July 30, 12:00 PDT online (1 hour)

Using building analytic systems can improve your bottom line. These systems can continuously monitor your building’s energy performance and alert you when a fault arises or system performance falters. Offices, health care facilities, and schools use these powerful tools to shift from reacting to acting with preventive maintenance.

Analytic systems can

  • Leverage building automation systems data for deriving actionable information
  • Reduce energy use from 5 to 30%
  • Prolong equipment lifespans
  • Reduce inspection time
  • Monitor for building faults for the full building life
  • Improve occupant comfort

Immediately after construction, building analytics software can identify faults and opportunities during the warranty phase as well as the operating lifespan of your building. Building analytics software can also protect general contractors monitoring the building during the warranty phase: finding the root cause for issues and pointing the way toward remedial actions.

Also, during these current challenging times, building analytics systems can help you take care of unoccupied buildings. Are your unoccupied buildings running efficiently? Did you shut down systems correctly to limit energy waste and equipment wear? How can we bring building HVAC systems back online in the most effective and safe way possible? Buildings using analytics systems can improve how well you remove potentially harmful stagnant air and circulate fresh air for occupants.

About Your Presenter

Mr. Sunny Sandhu, B.Ap.Sc. (Mechatronics Systems)
Director of Customer Experience at
CopperTree Analytics

Sunny Sandhu, Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechatronic Systems Engineering from SFU, is CopperTree’s Director of Customer Experience. He focuses on working with organizations to understand what advanced analytics software can do and showcasing how you can improve energy efficiency, occupant comfort and facility operations.

Event generously sponsored by Tormax

Presented by CopperTree Analytics

CopperTree developed KAIZEN, a data and energy analytics platform for building owners, facility managers and sustainability professionals. Using machine learning and advanced algorithms, KAIZEN turns building automation and mechanical system data into insights for your decisions. KAIZEN continuously measures, compares and evaluates the data. Armed with predictions and recommendations from KAIZEN, building managers reduce energy use, increase energy efficiency, and target maintenance efforts.

Partnering with PCL Construction in New Brunswick, KAIZEN reduced fan speeds in the building to save Miramichi Regional Hospital $75,000 annually. PCL used KAIZEN’s building analytics system to reveal hidden areas for improving mechanical system performance. The hospital significantly reduced fan speeds while still delivering required airflow to zones. Reducing fan speeds reduced the building’s total annual energy use 5%, or $75,000.

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