2019 Conference Program

39th Annual Conference of the
Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society

September 22 – 24, 2019
Saskatoon Arts & Convention Centre, TCU Place, Saskatoon SK

“The “HUB” that enables resiliency in healthcare”

Final Program PDF       Business Meeting Schedule



This conference has been assessed for 4.5 MOC II credits by the Canadian College of Health Leaders/Collège canadien des leaders en santé

08:00-14:00 The Great CHES Golf Game (Bus time to be determined)
18:30-20:30 Opening Reception
07:00-08:30 Breakfast
08:30-08:45 Opening Ceremonies

Sponsored by Honeywell
The Resilience Roadmap


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What if living a meaningful life was never meant to be easy? AND
What if, whether you realize it or not, that’s actually a good thing?

If your people are struggling to cope with the fast page of change, the Resilience RoadMap is the program you need.

In this presentation Mark provides the strategic framework your organization needs to develop Radical Resilience in your people. This program will help you:

  • Decrease employee absenteeism
  • Eliminate excuses and whining
  • Increase productivity
  • Improve morale
  • Enhance company culture
  • Black 100x142Mark BlackBorn with a life-threatening heart defect, Mark underwent two open-heart surgeries before the age of one. His parents were told to expect more surgeries before he started school. Mark was not expected to live a long life.He battled his condition and it’s limitations successfully for twenty-two years before having to face the biggest challenge of his life. Mark’s doctor informed him that his heart was failing badly and that without a rare and dangerous heart and double-lung transplant, he would not likely see his 25th birthday.In October 2001, Mark moved thousands of kilometres from home and was put on the transplant waiting list. After just four months on the list, Mark’s condition grew worse and he was placed in the hospital where he lived on the precipice of life and death, for 6 months.

    Finally, by the grace of God, on September 7th, 2002, after almost a year on the list, Mark received a second chance at life: a life-saving Heart & Double-Lung Transplant.

    The average lifespan of someone with his transplant is 5-10 years. It’s been 16 years since Mark’s transplant. He is in his 40s. It is very unlikely Mark will live to see his 50’s. This is what makes his message so powerful. He lives the strategies and principles he teaches and he is filled with passion and purpose for his work precisely because he doesn’t know how much more time he’ll be afforded to do it.

    Since receiving his second chance at life Mark hasn’t wasted a moment. After meeting the love of his life, Marise, the two married, and they have 3 healthy children. Mark has travelled the globe speaking to more than 150,000 people.

    Mark lives in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada where he spends as much time as possible with the most important people in his life; his wife Marise and their three children Emma, Matteo, and Caleb



TRACK 1:    Forging a Path to Resiliency: Usi Disturbances
 Steve McEwan,  Director, Plant and Maintenance Services, Interior Health BC

Robert Barss, CET, CCHFM, CHFM, Manager, Environmental Stewardship, Nova Scotia Health Authority, NS

CCHFM Core Competency:
Maintenance & Operations

Safe and effective health care delivery depends on well-designed, maintained, and operational health care facilities (HCF). HCFs provide the backbone to deliver the best standard of treatment.  Presenters will describe how the new edition of Z8002 addresses risk management, the continuity of operations, and emergency preparedness plans that enable infrastructure improvements for HCFs. The new edition of Z8002 also addresses technological advances in building, monitoring, energy optimization, and measures to increase sustainability and performance.

10:30-11:00 Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
11:00-12:00 CONCURRENT TRACKS 2A & 2B


TRACK 2A: Benefits of Using RETScreen Clean Energy Management Software in Health Care

Kevin Bourque,  Project Engineer, RETScreen International, Natural Resources Canada CanmetENERGY Research Centre, Varennes QC

JJ Knott,               CET, CCHFM,CEM, CDSM, Project Lead, Healthcare Energy Leaders Ontario, Simcoe

CCHFM Core Competency:
Finance Management

Developed in Canada, RETScreen Software is relatively new to the health sector but is recognized for its potential to empower energy professionals and decision-makers rapidly identify, assess and optimize the technical/financial viability of potential clean energy projects, and assist in improving a facility’s climate change impact resiliency. RETScreen also allows managers to easily measure and verify the actual energy performance of their facilities and help find additional energy savings opportunities.

TRACK 2B:  The Building Envelope: Keeping the Water Out 

12:00-13:00 CONCURRENT TRACKS 3A & 3B

TRACK 3A: CSA Healthcare Standards: How Compliant Are You?

Sponsored by Abatement Technologies

George Pankiw, PEng, CCHFM, SASHE, CHFM, Site Manager, Facilities Management, Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton

CCHFM Core Competency:
Code Compliance

At Hamilton Health Sciences, the Facilities Management department has created a scorecard based on the CSA standards applicable to healthcare operations and maintenance. The scorecard allows you to get an overall view of your compliance ratings against each standard. In this presentation we will look at the development of the scorecard, review some of the ratings, review our plans for improvement and discuss progress to date.

At the end of this session, participants will be able to
1. Identify O&M requirements of the CSA standards applicable to Healthcare
2. Carry out an assessment of compliance to the CSA standards applicable to Healthcare
3. Visualize the assessment to see where their strengths and weaknesses are

TRACK 3B: Deciphering Electric Lighting Technology

Alison White, Asspc. IALD. MIES, LC, Certified Lighting Consultant, SMP Lighting Group

CCHFM Core Competency:
Planning Design & Construction

The presentation will offer guidelines to evaluate lighting and control systems for healthcare applications and clarify some common misnomers including an overview of future trends.  We will look at lighting and controls design and what make sense for the application. It will review budgets restraints, product life cycle and a case study of a 144 bed senior residence lighting upgrade.

Session Objectives:
1. Demystify lighting and to understand how lighting effects occupants of the built environment.
2. To provide the attendees with tools to ask the right questions to ensure lighting systems they asked or are what they get.
3. To identify resolve lighting challenges faced when designing for both new construction and retrofit.

13:00-14:00 Lunch in the Exhibit Hall
14:00- 15:00 Exhibit Hall
15:00-16:00 CONCURRENT TRACKS 4A & 4B

TRACK 4A     CSA Z7396.1-17 Medical Gas Pipeline Systems: A need to know discussion

Sponsored by RWC

Roger Holliss, MEng, Director of Engineering & Biomedical Services, St. Mary’s Hospital, Kitchener
Alan Pinkerton, President, PMG Systems Ltd., East York, ON

CCHFM Core Competency:
Code Compliance

The fourth edition (2017) of CSA Z7396.1 is a foundation standard and installation code for medical gas systems within health care facilities, and is substantially changed/improved from the withdrawn 2012 edition. Best practice always suggests following the latest standard, regardless of the AHJ adoption status. From our technical sub-committee perspective, including incident knowledge, we’ll focus on the new Clause 15 Maintenance and Ongoing Verification section. Of significance are new ‘appointed’ Qualified Operator designations. ‘Need to know’ material for all operators, and anyone touching the system that’s ever wondered or questioned whether/what they can. Learn how to become qualified. Lives depend on actions, and an understanding of daily responsibilities.

TRACK 4B:  Finding the Sweet Spot in Long Term Care 

Jerold Peters, Architect, AAA, AIBC, MAA, OAA, SAA, FRAIC, LEED AP, Principal, ft3 Architecture Landscape Interior Design
Chris Ott, PEng, Principal, Senior Mechanical Engineer, SMS Engineering, Winnipeg
Chris Hewitt, BEng (Hons), PEng, CEng (UK), MIET, LEED AP, President, Senior Electrical Engineer, SMS Engineering, Winnipeg

CCHFM Core Competency:
Planning Design & Construction

Long term care is neither hospital nor seniors housing. In our efforts to de-institutionalize long term care environments and reduce capital costs are we appropriately addressing infection control, levels of care required, performance of systems and robust infrastructure? What is that sweet spot? This session will explore codes and standards in current design thinking to create home-like environments, ultimately improving outcomes for residents.

16:00-17:00 “Happy Hour” in Exhibit Hall
19:00-23:00 GALA BANQUET
07:00-08:30 Breakfast
08:30-09:30 CONCURRENT TRACKS 5A & 5B

TRACK 5A   Fire Safety Evaluation Systems and Their Role in Asset Management 

Sponsored by CHES Ontario

Ben Coles, MScE, MBA, PEng, PE, Fire Protection Engineer, RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd., Fredericton NB

CCHFM Core Competency:
Code Compliance

Application of contemporary building code requirements within existing Healthcare facilities is not always practical. The Canadian Hospital Fire Safety Evaluation System (CHFSES) is a quantitative method for ranking fire and life safety that enables cost effective and prioritized upgrades, and is central to the realm of asset management.

TRACK 5B:    Disrupting the Building and Infrastructure Industry 

Sunny Ghataurah, PEng, PE, CLD, CTS, LEED AP BD+C, President, AES Engineering Ltd., Vancouver BC

CCHFM Core Competency:
Planning Design & Construction

“If you don’t understand technology, you will be replaced by it.”

Looking through the lens of technology, Sunny will explore the evolution of the design and construction industry, demonstrating how emerging technologies have and continue to trigger revolutions in the way that we live, work, and heal people in modern healthcare facilities..

Technologies discussed will range from the switchboard to quantum computing, pinsetting to automated transportation, coal-fired electricity to electric vehicles, and manual drawing production to Building Master Systems Integration.

09:30-1015 CHES National Annual General Meeting
CHES 2020 Presentation
10:15-1045 CHES Saskatchewan Chapter Annual General Meeting
1015:10:45 Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall
10:45-12:00 Exhibit Hall
12:00-13:15 Lunch in Exhibit Hall / Draw Prizes
13:15-14:15 CONCURRENT TRACKS 6A & 6B

TRACK 6A:  Co-generation as a Resiliency Measure

John Karman, CTech, PMP, RSW, LEED AP, BD+C, Senior Project Director, SMP Engineering, Edmonton AB

CCHFM Core Competency:
Planning Design & Construction / Finance Management

The presentation will present a case study in electrical system resiliency for the Edmonton Lab Hub. It will present the various resiliency options that were considered, and discuss the various solutions, and in particular the co-generation option that is being implemented and the reduced operating costs and carbon foot print for this 47,000 square meter.

TRACK 6B:  The “Heart” of Hospital Comfort – Improving Resiliency by Understanding Flow

Sponsored by CHES Ontario

Yves Lemoine, BASc. PEng, Director, Energy Upgrades Canada, Armstrong Fluid Technology, Toronto ON

CCHFM Core Competency:
Finance Management / Planning Design & Construction

Patient and staff comfort, building resilience, operating risk and return on investment are at odds when managing operating requirements, deferred maintenance and capital upgrades. This presentation will demonstrate that by starting with the pumps, the “heart” of the hospital, that these objectives can be aligned and result in deep improvements in comfort, reduced risk, and enhanced energy performance of up to 40%. It empowers the HVAC system to be resilient to changing functionality of the hospital.

14:15-15:15 CONCURRENT TRACKS 7A & 7B

TRACK 7A:  The Importance of Building an IPAC Culture to Improve Patient Care and Outcomes 

Sponsored by Abatement Technologies

Craig Yee, BSc, MSc (OEH), CRSP, AHERA,  Master Trainer, Infection Control Training Group, Vancouver BC

CCHFM Core Competency:
Operations & Maintenance / Administration

Many organizations talk about the importance of establishing and maintaining a “culture.” But why is this necessary in a healthcare environment regarding infection control? This session will describe some of the operational challenges and breakdowns in keeping patients safe, and why building and sustaining an IPAC culture – incorporating values such as collaboration, transparency, and positive interaction – is critical in maintaining, and even improving, patient safety and outcomes.

This session will enable attendees to:
1. Understand and know the importance and critical aspects of an infection control culture.
2. Identify and assess the challenges, obstacles and breakdowns that lead to culture differences.
3. Provide practical, real world solutions in addressing culture issues and mitigating communication problems.

TRACK  7B:  Developing an Effective Scope of Work (SOW) for Operations and Service Contracts

Sponsored by Acklands Grainger

Dr. Jake Smithwick,  PhD, MPA, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Mgmt., The William States Lee College of Engineering, UNC Charlotte

CCHFM Core Competency:

Developing a clear Scope of Work (SOW) can be challenging. Some SOWs may be vague or lack critical details. Others have requirements that are overly prescriptive and can limit vendor innovation. Results from twenty years of procurement research will showcase how poor SOWs create a “tumbling dominoes” effect that brings risk to the owner. This presentation will identify the (surprisingly simple!) elements of an effective SOW. Templates for developing SOWs will be provided, along with discussion of how to increase vendor innovation during the bidding process. Tangible examples from a variety of facility contracts and construction projects will be shared (e.g., custodial, maintenance, design/construction, waste management, business services, and more).

15:15-15:45 Refreshment Break

The National Trend Toward Prompt Payment – How Will This Impact Consultants?

Misty Alexandre, BA (Hons), Juris Doctor, Lawyer/Partner, Robertson Stromberg LLP, Saskatoon SK
Jared Epp, BA (Psych), Great Distinction, Juris Doctor, Lawyer/Partner, Robertson Stromberg LLP, Saskatoon SK

CCHFM Core Competency:
Finance Management

A presentation outlining the requirements of the recent prompt payment legislation introduced in Saskatchewan in the fall of 2018. Similar to the prompt payment legislation introduced in Ontario, this legislation will have major impacts on consultants in the healthcare industry when administrating construction contracts for new or renovated facilities.

16:45-17:00 Closing Remarks


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