The Agenda

DESIGN AIBC ARCHITECTURAL CONFERENCE Starting with a film about Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, under construction in Barcelona since 1882, the Architectural Institute of British Columbia presents a mix of trends, tips and thoughts for the future including the esthetics of time, why a human-powered mega city could have the fastest commutes, automatic buildings (design at the push of a button) and post-disaster safety assessment training. Vancouver Convention Centre; October 28 to 30 Full package $975 members, $490 interns/students, $1,100 non-members; one-day and single-session rates also available; IMPROVE ORGANIZATIONAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS SUMMIT Exploring new frontiers of workplace health promotion and prevention, summit speakers demonstrate how reducing absenteeism, presenteeism and disability costs will improve productivity and the corporate bottom line. Contributing to attendees’ wellness, a reception and dinner at Summerhill Winery will feature chef Jonas Stadtländer and award-winning organic wines. Four Points by Sheraton Hotel, Kelowna; October 22 and 23 $695; EXTRACT INTERNATIONAL LNG IN BC CONFERENCE More than 1,400 delegates flocked to last year’s conference. This year’s event, titled “Clean Energy. Reliable Partner,” will feature more than 300 energy sector businesses, and the speakers lineup includes Premier Christy Clark, B.C. ministers Rich Coleman and Shirley Bond, Pacific NorthWest LNG president/CEO Michael Culbert and BC Hydro president/CEO Jessica McDonald. For an extra $800, you can visit an LNG extraction site in Northeast B.C. on October 13. Vancouver Convention Centre; October 14 to 16 $1,850; ACT B.C. ECONOMIC FORUM: WOMEN AS A CATALYST FOR GROWTH Last year’s forum led to an action plan that recommended promoting diversity, championing women, fostering positive mindsets, incorporating a diversity focus in early education and activating men. Now it’s time to take action on the action plan. At this year’s forum, sponsored by Deloitte, you will discuss and commit to your plan of action while seated at industry-specific tables and engage with men, women, government and corporations to commit to advancing women in senior leadership. Fairmont Waterfront Hotel Vancouver; October 23 Members $189, non-members $259; READ BUSINESS IS ART Over his 30-year career as a corporate executive, Jon Umstead came to the conclusion that while there is a science to business, there is also an art–and an ART: Articulate, Revise, Track. Starting with a quote from Andy Warhol (“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art”), Umstead’s book and accompanying software provide templates, examples and real-life stories to help small and medium-size business owners paint a picture of their vision and create their own masterpiece. Figure 1 Publishing; released September 2015 $21; ■