Sustainable Solutions for Housing Construction Waste (Builders’ Breakfast Series)

Event date: October 31, 2019
Showtime: 7:30am - 9:30am
Location: Trev Deeley (1875 Boundary Road Vancouver)
2.0 CPD credits

This seminar will feature a panel of speakers sharing strategies to reduce construction waste in the Metro Vancouver region.  Attendees will learn about current and upcoming waste regulations, cost-comparable removal solutions such as upcycling and deconstruction to responsibly removing demolition materials, and opportunities in the green economy to utilize sustainable products to lessen the impact of construction waste.

Immediately following the October 31 Builders’ Breakfast seminar, Chris Higgins, Green Building Planner with the City of Vancouver, will be hosting a 45-minute presentation to share the draft Vancouver Building Bylaw 2021 updates and invites members to provide feedback/discussion on the proposed changes.

This is an important opportunity to connect with the City before the updates are finalized, so make sure to stay after the Builders’ Breakfast session (9:45 – 10:30 a.m.) and participate in the discussion.

Who Should Attend

Important for contractor in the Greater Vancouver area looking how to responsibly deal with housing construction waste.

Event Agenda

7:00 a.m.               Registration open and breakfast buffet

7:30 a.m.               HAVAN welcome and introductions

7:35 – 8:00 a.m.     Metro Vancouver + City of Vancouver Waste Removal Regulations  (Metro Vancouver + City of Vancouver)

8:00 – 8:20 a.m.     House moving and upcycling (Nickel Bros. Housing Moving)

8:20 – 8:40 a.m.     House deconstruction (Unbuilders)

8:40 – 9:00  a.m.    Removal of construction waste (505-Junk)

9:00 – 9:20 a.m.     Sustainable construction  (Vancouver Economic Commission)

9:20 – 9:30 a.m.     Q&A



  • Scott Foran, COO and Co-Founder, 505 Junk

    Scott Foran is the COO and co-founder of 505 Franchise Holdings. Scott specializes in marketing, and business development. He developed his knowledge while attending the local Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
    With over eight years of experience in operations management, business development, business coaching, and marketing Scott and his business partner Barry have grown their small business into a franchise model.
    A strong believer in the power of innovation, Scott has co-created an industry-changing pay by weight junk removal model. The scales are now used to charge clients in an open and transparent way, measure and track diversion metrics, and to maintain LEED standards on construction projects. One of Scott’s main passions is helping people, you can often find him on sites creating solutions for challenging removals or working closely with contractors to ensure they are diverting as much material as possible.

  • Jim Connelly, Nickel Bros House Moving

    Practically a household name on Vancouver Island and the surrounding Islands, Jim Connelly has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry. As a long-standing member and representative of the British Columbia Structural Moving Association, Jim has spent decades designing and lobbying for new policies to encourage the recycling of buildings. Jim speaks for those that can’t speak for themselves – the houses. For the last 25 years, Jim has worked with Nickel Bros to save homes that are at risk of demolition, and the heritage they represent. Jim has a passion for educating others about the economically and ecologically sustainable housing solutions these homes provide. Jim is an integral part of the building recycling industry, and in developing the opportunities this industry offers for more sustainable resource consumption.

  • Cassidy vander Ros, Nickel Bros House Moving

    Cassidy has worked within the construction and development industry for 12 years. She started off working on-site as a drywaller and interior finisher before moving on to Sales, and finally Marketing and Public Relations. Working as a freelance Marketing Strategist helped her discover her passion for real estate and development, which when paired with her lifelong love of nature made joining Nickel Bros a compelling next step. Cassidy has grown her career during a time when business practices more and more frequently include a commitment to socially and environmentally responsible choices. With these values in mind, she strongly believes that recycled and repurposed homes are a key part of our future in developing environmentally and economically sustainable communities.

  • Adam Corneil, CEO & Founder, Unbuilders

    Adam is a serial entrepreneur with an extensive background in deconstruction, reclaimed woodwork & Passive House construction. Flipping his first house with his father at the age of 16, he was instantly hooked on crafting old, weathered projects into new, fresh and well-built homes and spaces. After founding and running Naturally Crafted Contracting for 6 years, Adam saw a need for major changes in the demolition industry. Validating a deconstruction company through several projects and fine tuning the processes, Unbuilders Deconstruction was launched in January 2018. Passionate about skiing, hiking mountains and spending as much time outdoors, he is committed in providing a sustainable future for generations to enjoy.

  • Maria Lo, Assistant Project Engineer, Solid Waste Planning, Metro Vancouver

    Maria is an engineer-in-training with the Solid Waste Services Department at Metro Vancouver and is currently working on a number of Zero Waste Implementation initiatives including developing updates for the construction and demolition waste management toolkit. The toolkit will serve as a collection of links to local regulations, resources, and considerations for homeowners and contractors to help manage waste materials from construction and demolition projects and direct it to their highest value use. Maria received her Bachelor of Applied Sciences in Chemical Engineering from UBC. Prior to joining Metro Vancouver, Maria worked with the City of Vancouver managing projects such as the implementation of the three stream streetscape recycling receptacles in the downtown core.

  • Lisa Brideau, Senior Sustainability Specialist, City of Vancouver

    Lisa is a Senior Sustainability Specialist in the Sustainability Group at the City of Vancouver. She
    received a bachelor of engineering in aerospace engineering from Carleton University followed by a
    master of science in planning from UBC. Lisa has worked with the City of Vancouver for over 12 years
    and has been involved extensively in the development of City of Vancouver’s Green Demolition
    Bylaw. Lisa is also a certified passive house consultant.