2024 Conference Program

44th Annual Conference of the
Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society

Enriching Patient Experiences by Optimizing the Environment

September 8-10, 2024
Halifax Convention Centre
Halifax Nova Scotia



0700-1630 The Great CHES Golf Game *must register in advance
0800-1600 Companion Program *must register in advance
1300-1600 Facility Tour *must register in advance
1730-1830 Museum Tour – Pier 21 *must register in advance
1830-2030 Opening Reception – Sponsored by Class 1 Inc.
Reception Entertainment: Pat Wardell – Sponsored by Precise Parklink
Canadian Museum Of Immigration at Pier 21
0700-0830 Breakfast – Sponsored by Falkbuilt
0830-0845 Opening Ceremonies
0845-0930 KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Sponsored by Honeywell
Alan Mallory, CSP MA (Psych), BSc, PE, Peng, PMP
Alan is an international speaker, author and performance coach who is passionate about reaching new heights in all that we do. He has a degree in Engineering from Queen’s University and a Masters in Psychology from Adler University giving him a well-balanced approach to the inner and outer challenges we all face. Building experience through a lifestyle of adventure and challenge, Alan embarked on the journey of a lifetime and set a world record on Mount Everest along with three members of his immediate family. He believes in empowering people and embracing an agile mentality focused on relationships and results.
Administration 0.1
This engaging keynote is a visual and educational experience packed with tools, strategies and actionable ideas that can be put into practice to make positive changes in our professional and personal lives. It focuses on agile leadership strategies in adapting and working through volatility as well as making timely adjustments based on immediate feedback and lessons learned. The presentation is built around the two years of planning and two months of climbing that went into making the goal of reaching the summit of Mount Everest a reality for Alan and three members of his immediate family. Considered one of humanity’s greatest feats of physical, mental and emotional endurance, the exciting expedition to the top of the world’s highest peak is a journey filled with unparalleled challenges through some of the roughest, most extreme conditions imaginable.


09:30-10:30  TRACK 1 : PLENARY SESSION


TRACK 1:    At Home in Hospital – Sponsored by Victaulic
 Steve McEwan,  Director, Plant and Maintenance Services, Interior Health BC

Barry Hunt, Prescientx

Code Compliance
0.1 CEU
Hospital patients miss the comfort and convenience of home. They also miss the control they have over their environment. Empowering patients and giving them convenience and control over comfort, privacy, communication, and entertainment is important. Building trust and giving patients peace of mind is critical to improving the patient experience. Patients need to feel safe and be safe. And they need to feel cared for starting with their environment.
• Identify opportunities to improve patient control of their environment – eg – lighting, temperature, privacy.
• Assess the best strategy for building in ease of use and protection from obsolescence for communication and environmental controls from a patient’s perspective.
• List the “must haves” every hospital should provide for patients in future.
1030-1100 Refreshment Break in Exhibit Hall – Sponsored by Belimo Air Controls Inc.



TRACK 2A:Pressurization and HVAC Configuration of Hospital Operating Rooms to Reduce Infectious Disease  Transmission
Reza Daneshazarian, University of Toronto
Jeffrey Siegel, University of Toronto

Operations &
0.1 CEU
Typical hospital operating rooms (OR) are positive-pressure, which can increase the risk of disease transmission within the OR and to adjacent areas. This work focuses on reducing airborne infectious disease transmission by evaluating OR design including HVAC configuration and the inclusion of an anteroom. The results showed that a negative-pressure OR or an adjacent anteroom can prevent the migration of the particles from the OR into clean corridors, reducing healthcare worker exposure to respiratory aerosol.
• List key factors in the HVAC configuration of hospital operating rooms that contribute to reducing the risk of surgical-site infections.
• Identify the impact of positive pressure in hospital operating rooms on the risk of disease transmission to adjacent areas.
• Assess the effectiveness of negative pressure configurations in operating rooms and anterooms in preventing the migration of infectious particles.
• Describe the role of anteroom presence in reducing the risk of disease transmission in hospital operating rooms.

TRACK 2B:  Lessons from Internalizing Continuous Optimization 

Pierre Iachetti, RPP, MCIP, PAq, LEED Green Asssociate, Director of Energy, Environment & Climate Change, Facilities Management, Island Health
Operations &
0.1 CEU
Island Health Authority recently developed and launched an internal continuous optimization program as a pilot project supported by BC Hydro and Fortis. We have internalized the function of identifying, implementing, and verifying energy conservation projects rather than leveraging external consultants for these important services. Our program results speak for themselves. We have achieved greater impact much faster and cheaper than the conventional consultant led model. There are many other values gained, which will also be discussed.
• Report on the results of our program
• List the values associated with internalizing continuous optimization
• Describe why internalizing this function leads to these improved results
• Identify how others can develop and launch their own programs

TRACK 3A: From Plan to Product: Navigating the Nuances of Delivering a Master Facilities Plan

Jamie Cook, Colliers Project Leaders

Planning, Design &
0.1 CEU
Leveraging This session will be a panel discussion about master facility planning – where to start, common challenges that arise, and how challenges evolve during each stage of the project lifecycle. Attendees will hear first-hand perspectives and lessons learned from Build Nova Scotia, The Government of PEI, and Shared Health Winnipeg.
• Describe essential prerequisites and the critical initial steps that lay the foundation for a successful master facility plan.
• Share the various nuances of master facilities planning and common pitfalls teams experience when developing and implementing a master plan.
• Describe how challenges vary at different stages of the planning process, how some might be interrelated, and how to spot warning signs that indicate potential issues.
• Identify guidelines to support teams navigating a master facility planning process and best practices on how to overcome challenges at any stage.

TRACK 3B: Electrifying Hospitals – Is the medicine worse than the disease?

Tariq Amlani, Stantec
Carl Shilling, Stantec
Bernard Ropson, Stantec
Code Compliance;
Operations &
0.1 CEU
Buildings are major contributors to global emissions. New laws, regulations, and tariffs are accelerating the embrace of decarbonization. Across North America and Europe, governments are pushing for emissions reductions to meet 2050 goals. Naturally the health sector is looking to electrification in its next generation and existing facilities. That’s good news. BUT electrifying hospitals is not a simple matter and is it really green? Explore these questions and more as we discuss sensible approaches to electrification.
• Assess if electrification is really green based on regional impacts and timelines for grid capacity.
• Describe the duration curve and how loads follow an exponential growth.
• Understand the ‘sharknado’ event.
• Identify the tradeoffs between patient care and energy improvement.
• Identify design optimization and solutions that go beyond 2050.
1300-1500 EXHIBIT HALL
1300-1400 Lunch in Exhibit Hall – Sponsored by DuBois Chemicals
1400-1500 Free Time in Exhibits

TRACK 4A   Approaching Long-Term Care Builds through Collaboration, Innovation and Lessons Learned (BC Health Authorities Unite)

Sarah Thorn, Manager, Planning and Projects, Facilities Management, Fraser Health
Rick Buksa, Senior Manager, Major Capital Projects – St. Vincent’s Heather, Providence Health
Drew Hart, Project Director, Major Capital Projects – St. Vincent’s Heather, Providence Health
David Neufeld, Director, Facilities Design & Construction and LTC Major Capital Projects | Island Health
Planning, Design &
0.1 CEU
The Facilities Management and Major Capital project teams in the province of BC are working towards the delivery of numerous new Long-Term Care builds in British Columbia. These capital investments provide an opportunity to reflect on our lessons learned, consider innovative ideas, collaborate on procurement methods and share critical information on building systems that support better buildings with consideration for climate resilience.
• Encourage frequent information sharing through collaboration
• Demonstrate United Collaboration with Health Leaders and Project Teams
• Describe and Discuss New Innovations, Systems or Technologies
• Promote Climate Resiliency and Planetary Health

TRACK 4B   Rethinking Healthcare Facilities Management – Implementing technology in the right way

Colin Flock, P.Eng., CPA, CMA, Senior Vice President, EllisDon Facilities Services
Pranjal De, P.Eng. VP, Integrated Building Technology Development, Modern Niagara
Operations &
0.1 CEU
Healthcare FM teams are charged with continuously optimizing patient experience, whole-life asset condition, energy performance against cost and resource constraints. Technology, and a data/condition-based approach to asset management, is changing the way we enable clinical excellence.
• Understand challenges faced by the healthcare sector in creating a safe, functional, and comfortable space for patients and staff within resource, and cost output constraints.
• Learn how to effectively leverage a combination of facilities management methodologies and technology tools to optimize the environment, preserve assets, and enhance patient experiences. e.g. Fault Detection Diagnostics tools
• Understanding the potential of big data and automated diagnostics on the long term energy performance and facility condition index (FCI) rating.
1600-1700 “Happy Hour” in Exhibit Hall – Sponsored by Trane
1800-1900 President’s Reception – Sponsored by On Side Restoration
Convention Hall C5, Halifax Convention Centre
1900-23:00 Gala Banquet– Sponsored by Chem Aqua
Banquet Entertainment – Ian Stewart (Hypnotist) – Sponsored by SDI Canada
Convention Hall C2-C3-C4, Halifax Convention Centre
0700-0830 Breakfast

TRACK 5A   TRACK 5: Alberta Health’s Facility Maintenance and Engineering CSA Z8002.19 journey from assessment to implementation  

Paul Perschon, Alberta Health Services
Operations &
0.1 CEU
Alberta Health’s Facility Maintenance and Engineering CSA Z8002.19 journey from assessment to implementation. This session is focused on how Canada’s largest health authority has implementing this standard into the facilities operations across the province of Alberta at both at a provincial level, and at a site level (HCF Health Care Facility).
• Value of CSA standard for operations.
• Evaluation of current state – Assessment vs Audit – What’s the difference?
• Engagement Strategy – How to involve both frontline and management.
• Operationalization of Plan System – Areas of focus (COMP, SOPs’, Inventory Management, Training, and Safety). Implementation of CSA at a HCF (Pincher Creek, AB).
• Challenges, benefits, and opportunities of work done to date. An overview of the lessons learned along this 5-year journey.

TRACK 5B:    The Role of Mechanical, Electrical and Information Technology (MEIT) Design in the Patient Experience  

Julie Lawson, HH Angus & Associates Ltd
Robyn Munro, HH Angus & Associates Ltd
Planning, Design &
0.1 CEU
In this presentation, we will walk through a ‘day-in-the-life’ of an inpatient journey characterized by a prolonged medical stay, highlighting both challenges and opportunities where improvement could be achieved through the application of technology systems and management of the environment.
• Patient Care Experiences – focusing on patient care departments and patient rooms
• Managing Patient Movement and Overflow
• A Day-in-the Life Journey: from admission through to surgery and inpatient care
• Solutions covered: Automated Guided Vehicles, Pneumatic Tubes, Real-time locating system, bedside controls, patient washrooms, environmental comfort/feedback and infection control.
0930-1015 CHES National Annual General Meeting
1015-1045 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall – Sponsored by Abatement Technologies
1015-1045 CHES Maritime Chapter Annual General Meeting
1015-1415 Exhibit Hall Open
1215-1315 Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

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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