CIQS Congress 2019 – Quebec City, Quebec – July 25-28, 2019

Congress 2019 – Quebec City, Quebec

July 25–28, 2019

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Thank you for attending Congress 2019 and for helping us celebrate CIQS’s 60th Anniversary in beautiful Quebec City!

With 90 delegates in attendance, Congress 2019 was a tremendous success! We hope that you enjoyed our new education schedule and that you found our tremendous speakers of interest. Attending Congress is one of the best ways to earn your CPD credits as you can combine networking with learning!

Congress 2019 was a special year, not only as we celebrated your organization’s 60th Anniversary, but also because it was the first Congress held under our umbrella as one unified organization since all regions ratified their votes to become chapters managed by National. This new organizational structure enables us to keep the pulse of the local grassroots needs while sharing a strong branding identity across the country and offering a more solid connection on a national platform for members from every region.

This year also saw a new format for our AGM, which offers a platform for our stakeholders to learn how the organization is doing and ask questions, as well as where our members in good standing are invited to vote on various national matters. We heard the concerns raised from the floor about this new format. We take feedback we receive seriously, so we are looking at ways to continuously improve the AGM experience for all stakeholders in attendance.

If you have not yet responded to our Congress 2019 survey that was distributed after the event, please take a few moments to do so as this feedback will help our Congress committee as they start planning for Congress 2020 in Winnipeg later this fall.

We hope you enjoyed our conference, met friends old and new and had a chance to experience all that Quebec City has to offer! We hope you will join us in Winnipeg on July 9-12, 2020.

Below are a few photos from this year’s event.

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Educational Program

According to Wikipedia, professional development is the learning to earn or maintain professional credentials such as academic degrees or designations through formal course work, attending conferences and informal learning opportunities situated in practice.

In order to maintain the PQS and CEC designations, CIQS members must earn 50 CPD’s per year. CIQS’s annual Congress offers the perfect opportunity to gain CPD points while increasing ones professional network.

Technical Sessions

Antoine Aurelis, MSc, PQS, MRICS, MCIArb

Technical Session Ⅰ

TOPIC: “Prompt Payment & Adjudication Sweeping Reforms Gather Momentum — Prompt Payment – reforms across Canada | A Global Perspective to Prompt Payment and Interim Dispute Resolution | Implications of Prompt Payment for the Construction Industry | The fundamentals of Statutory Adjudication | Potential Challenges for Adjudication | Industry prepares for Prompt Payment & Interim Dispute Resolution.

SPEAKER: Antoine Aurelis, MSc, PQS, MRICS, MCIArb, Director, Contracts & Commercial at Lakeland Consulting Inc. Mr. Aurelis has over 25 years of international experience during the pre-contract and delivery phases of complex projects in the public/private sectors. In his role, he has provided advisory services on high profile projects across Canada. He holds a Diploma in Building Technology, a Graduate Diploma in Quantity Surveying and a Master of Science Degree in Construction Law.

Michael Zegarelli, Director, BTY Group

Technical Session Ⅱ

TOPIC: “Analytical Approach to Problem Solving” — Using optimal methodologies in our analysis, processing and interpretation of information for the purpose of problem solving that can be applied to workplace and everyday situational tasks, in addition to mitigating risks while not falling victim to cognitive biases.

SPEAKER: Michael Zegarelli joined BTY in 2016 and has 10 years of industry experience. He is responsible for providing Technical Advisory and Lenders Services for BTY’s clients in developing real estate and infrastructure. His project portfolio comprises transportation, energy, healthcare, commercial and residential projects in Canada and the USA.

Roy Howes, PQS(F)

Technical Session Ⅲ

TOPIC: “International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) — 2nd Edition” — This presentation will offer some background on how ICMS evolved, why it was adopted and the accomplishments to date. It will also offer insight from stakeholders and the industry on a global scale.

SPEAKER: Roy Howes, PQS(F) is the Director Estimating at Fluor, Mining & Metals where he is the Functional Estimating Lead and Project Controls & Estimating Department Manager in Vancouver, where he ensures consistency and quality in all capital cost estimates produced, benchmarking and working on developing Fluor’s global mining capabilities from a project controls and estimating perspective. He has served on several board and committees, including the ICMS Standard Setting Committee 2016/2018.

Catherine Privé, M.A.P., CRHA

Technical Session Ⅳ

TOPIC: “Promoting collective intelligence by developing people” — This presentation will give business leaders the tools and strategies that can help them nurture and leverage the varied talent on their team in order to achieve healthy productivity. — This presentation will be in French.

SPEAKER: Catherine Privé, M.A.P., CRHA is the President and CEO of Alia Consulting which is a leader in organizational development in Quebec. She is a social psychologist specialized in organizational analysis and development and is always looking for new trends and best practices that can be applied.

Alain Gregoire, P.Eng., ing., PMP

Technical Session Ⅴ

TOPIC: “Earned Value Management — If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” — Earned Value Management (EVM) integrates scope, schedule and cost to measure project performance. Learn how the three EVM performance metrics – Planned Value, Earned Value and Actual Value – can help you ensure your project is on time and on budget.

SPEAKER: Alain Gregoire, P.Eng., ing., PMP is the Vice President Eastern Canada with Colliers Project Leaders. He is fluently bilingual with 25+ years of experience in project management and municipal engineering, delivering major infrastructure projects in the public and private sectors.

Panel Discussion – Emerging Technologies

“Data, Data Standards, and Analytics to Improve Cost Estimation – Role of ICMS”

This panel will highlight how organizations can enhance the overall estimation process and its accuracy by using historical cost data and analytics. The panel will discuss the role of standards such as the International Construction Measurement Standards (ICMS) in the enhancement process. The panel discussion will debate issues related to harnessing the power of cost data that sits idly in an organization’s estimating systems, cost management systems, and procurement systems. Analytics tools, including artificial intelligence tools, can inform early-stage cost advice for new projects, provide accurate and precise cost estimates, help in monitoring and controlling project costs, and at times, assist in forensic cost analysis. Market conditions and economic factors such as commodity prices can also be brought into the mix to allow estimators to consider an outside view. This, in turn, can help cost professionals conduct important analysis such as value-formoney, life cycle costing, and performance benchmarking.

Panel Members

Susan Neil, PQS(F), MRICS
Executive Vice President,

Scott Wilkinson, MRICS, PMP, PQS
Director, BTY Group

Glenn Hultzer, BSc.(QS), PQS, MRICS
Partner, A.W. Hooker

Roy Howes, PQS(F)
Director Estimating,
Fluor, Mining & Metals


Anil Sawhney, Ph.D. FRICS FHEA
Director of the Infrastructure Sector,

YQS Group 2018David Lai YQS Congress Bursary Program

The David Lai YQS Congress Bursary Program funds one Young Quantity Surveyor (YQS) from each chapter across Canada to attend Congress as a way to allow members who may not otherwise be able to attend, experience our annual conference and to make valuable contacts from all parts of the country.

In order to be eligible, CEC and PQS members and Associates must be under the age of 40 and in good standing with the CIQS. Submissions are reviewed and six applicants (one from each chapter) are invited to attend that year’s Congress, all expenses paid.*

* Expenses covered are the Congress Registration, return economy airfare up to $1000 (within Canada), 3 night’s accommodation, 1 ticket to the Chair’s Dinner, 1 ticket to the invitation only Welcome Reception and Social Activity.

Please find below testimonials from the 2018 YQS Bursary Recipients. To learn more about the 2019 winners, click here.

Anurag Sharma, CEC

Ontario Chapter

Quantity Surveyor at A.W. Hooker Associates Ltd.

The incredible weekend of events - qualitative, quantitative, futuristic information sessions, mega networking, laughter and fellowship with other YQS members will linger in my memory to be cherished forever. In all the experience was wonderful & hope to get to attend the congress next year at Quebec City.

Carl Pedersen, PQS

Prairies & NWT Chapter

Estimator at Bird Construction

Attending Congress was a fantastic opportunity to meet members from across the country, some familiar faces and many new. Everyone was welcoming and immediately began sharing stories of their careers, about the current market, asking about my work and proving their commitment to the industry and to the growth of younger members.

Florian Poix, Associate

Québec Chapter

Construction Manager at Akelius Canada Ltd.

I greatly appreciated the organization around YQS allowing us to know each other and to create relationships more easily. The welcome was immediately warm and relaxed through an exchange of views and dialogue session about our goals and our vision for the YQS.

Shane McKernan, PQS

British Columbia Chapter

Project Manager at Landa Global Properties

The technical sessions put together for this event were all very informative and I was able to take away a lot of ideas that I feel are very relevant to our changing industry. Overall, the Congress was a great success and it was a great experience for me to learn more about evolving technologies and processes within our industry. I look forward to attending the CIQS Congress next year in Quebec!

If you are a YQS, you could win a CIQS Congress YQS Contest package, which includes:

  Congress Registration

  Return economy airfare (within Canada)

  3 night’s accommodation at the Hilton Québec

  1 ticket to the Chair’s Dinner/60th Anniv. Celebration

  YQS Welcome Reception

  YQS Social Activity

There are 6 Congress Packages available,
one recipient per CIQS chapter:

  CIQS – British Columbia

  CIQS – Prairies & NWT

  CIQS – Ontario

  CIQS – Québec

  CIQS – Maritimes

  CIQS – Newfoundland and Labrador

Our Sponsors

Thank you to our sponsors whose generous support helped make this year’s Congress such a great success!