CSC Conference in Winnipeg: Specifiers from across Canada gather for education, networking


Canadian Design and Construction Report Staff writer

Several hundred specifications writers, technical representatives, architects and engineers gathered in Winnipeg for the annual Construction Specifications Canada (CSC) conference from May 27 to 31.

The annual event – held in a different Canadian city each year – provides a meeting-point for industry leaders relating to construction documentation and specifications.

Specifiers, although sometimes relegated to second-class status within architectural and engineering practices, have significant responsibility and influence – and this is reflected by building products manufacturers, who exhibit and sponsor the event.

CSC’s objectives are:

  • To foster the interests of those engaged in or who are affected by the compilation or use of any forms of specifications or related documentation for the construction industry.
  • To publish literature pertaining to the construction industry.
  • To engage in activities to improve procedures and techniques related to the construction industry.

CSC provides a certification program and recognizes long-term contributions to the specifications community with rewards and other honors.

The convention included networking sessions, a trade show (with a special enhanced Connections Cafe evening), and plenty of social time, as the Winnipeg chapter celebrated its fiftieth anniversary.

There are chapters in most major Canadian cities.

The 2015-2016 CSC National executive includes:

President: Keith Robinson, DIALOG, Edmonton

First vice-president: Peter S. Emmett: WHW Architects Inc., Halifax

Second vice-president: Peter Hiebert, C/S Construction Specialities inc., Calgary

Third vice-president: David Boyle, W.R. Meadows of Canada, Brantford

Fourth vice-president: Paul Gerber, DIALOG, Toronto

Immediate past-president: Mike Garlinski, Ceratec, Winnipeg

Secretary-treasurer: Sandro Ubaldino, NORR Limited Architects and Engineers, Toronto

Registrar:  Brian Colgan, WHV Architects Inc., Halifax

Executive director (staff): Nick Franjic, Toronto

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