2019 ACSA Conference Program

Conference Emcee: J’lyn Nye, Radio Host and Journalist

Monday, April 1

7:30 - 8:30 am

Breakfast & Registration
Hall C, Assembly Level

8:45 - 9:00 am

Opening Remarks
Hall C, Assembly Level

J’lyn Nye, Conference Emcee
Dan MacLennan, CEO, Alberta Construction Safety Association

9:00 - 10:00 am

Keynote: The 0 to 100 Effect: How to Navigate through Disruption
Shawn Kanungo, Disruption Strategist
Hall C, Assembly Level

Since the dawn of civilization, when converging technologies go from scarcity to abundance, the world fundamentally changes. We always see an explosion in new challenges, new behaviours and new opportunities. The only difference is that today, technologies are on an exponential scale. From doctors to AI-assisted health, banks to blockchain, retail to Amazon’s Alexa, we will see the most chaotic era of commerce era. To navigate through disruptive time, we need relentless leaders to make digital part of their core business.

In this session, you will:

  • Understand how the convergence of exponential technologies are disrupting every industry.

  • Learn why timing is the most critical aspect when it comes to dealing with disruption.

  • Learn the secrets of how game-changing organizations exploit new problems.

  • Learn how organizations successfully experiment with technologies and business models at the edges.

Shawn Kanungo, Disruption Strategist

Shawn Kanungo is a strategist who operates at the intersection of creativity, business and technology. He has been recognized nationally and globally for his work in the innovation space after 12 years at Deloitte. Shawn’s mandate at the firm was to help corporate executives to better understand and plan for the opportunities and threats associated with disruptive innovation.

Now, as General Partner of Queen & Rook Capital, he is focused on helping private and public sector organizations adopt new technologies and business models for the digital age.

Shawn has been recognized as Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, and in 2018,, he was named one of Inc’s 100 most Innovative Leadership Speakers. He has been featured in Forbes, The Globe & Mail, The Guardian, CBC and CTV.

10:00 - 10:30 am

Refreshment Break
Hall C, Assembly Level

10:30 - 11:30 am

Plenary: What’s New in Construction? Meet the Leaders
Hall C, Assembly Level

Get the pulse on what some of Alberta’s industry leaders have to say about the current state of construction and construction safety today. What they are seeing in refineries and pipelines, their workplaces, in related industries, the effects of legislative requirements, barriers and opportunities to progress – these are just a sampling of the topics for this interactive discussion with our audience.

Ian MacGregor, CEO, North West Refining
Dan MacLennan, CEO, Alberta Construction Safety Association
Mark Plamondon, Executive Director, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association
Terri Dorn, Managing Partner, Dynacor - learning evolved

Moderator: Carmen Wyton, CEO, BILD Alberta

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch with Exhibitors
Salons 8 - 12, Meeting Room Level

1:00 - 2:30 pm

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Refreshment Break with the Exhibitors
Salons 8 - 12, Meeting Room Level

3:00 - 4:30 pm

4:30 - 6:30 pm

Conference Reception
Salons 8 - 12, Meeting Room Level

Tuesday, April 2

7:30 - 8:15 am


8:15 - 8:30 am

Conference Opening & Update on Bill 30
Hall C, Assembly Level

Tammy Hawkins, Chief Operations Office, Alberta Construction Safety Association
Boris Makale, Account Manager, Worker’s Compensation Board - Alberta

Malarchuk, who was born in Grand Prairie, Alberta, and raised in Edmonton, played junior hockey in the Western Hockey League. he went on to play professionally in the NHL for the Quebec Nordiques, the Washington Capitals, and the Buffalo Sabres, and in the IHL for the Las Vegas Thunder. He compiled a career record of 141 wins, 130 losses, 45 ties, 12 shutouts, and an .885 save percentage.

After leaving the NHL as a player, he served as head coach of the IHL Las Vegas Thunder and the Idaho Steelheads. He was then a goaltending coach for the NHL Florida Panthers and the Columbus Blue Jackets. He became the goaltending consultant for the Atlanta Thrashers in 2010, going from there to the Calgary Flames, and retiring from the team in 2014.

His memoir, The Crazy Game: How I Survived in the Crease and Beyond, was published in 2014.

8:30 - 9:30 am

The Crazy Game: How I survived in the Crease and Beyond

Keynote: Clint Malarchuk, Former NHL Goaltender | Mental Health Advocate | Motivational Speaker

No job in the world of sports is as intimidating, exhilarating and as stress-ridden as that of a hockey goaltender. Now imagine doing that job while suffering high anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and depression, and having your career nearly literally cut short when a skate sliced across your neck.

Clint Malarchuk, the famed former NHL goaltender, shares his extraordinary and heart wrenching life story—which includes his long battle with alcoholism and almost ending his life by a gunshot to the head—in his relentless effort to help end the stigma of mental illness and to help others who may suffer as well.

9:30 - 10:00 am

Refreshment Break with the Exhibitors
Salons 8 - 12, Meeting Room Level

10:00 - 11:30 am

11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch with the Exhibitors
Salons 8 - 12, Meeting Room Level

1:00 - 2:30 pm

2:30 - 3:00 pm

Break / Room Change

3:00 - 4:00 pm

Closing Plenary: Alberta’s Political Scene: A Panel Discussion
Hall C, Assembly Level

A provincial election, a federal election, legislative changes, a challenged economy, and disruptive technologies on our doorstep. What could make for a more robust discussion on the political climate in Alberta and Canada, and its effect on the economy?

Ryan Jespersen, The Ryan Jespersen Show, CHED Radio
Duane Bratt, Professor, Mount Royal University
Kim Trynacity, Long Time Provincial Affairs Reporter for CBC Alberta

4:00 - 4:15 pm

Closing Remarks
Hall C, Assembly Level

Dan MacLennan, CEO, Alberta Construction Safety Association


Conference emcee:

J’lyn Nye, Global Edmonton

J’lyn Nye is an award winning journalist who worked in television and radio for almost 3 decades. She currently co-hosts the 630 CHED Afternoon News in Edmonton.

J’lyn is a published author, having co-authored Peter Pocklington’s biography “I’d Trade Him Again”. She has been named on of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 and twice nominated as a Woman of Distinction.

She is honoured to serve as Honorary Colonel of 408 Tactical Helicopter Squadron with the Royal Canadian Air Force and as Patron of the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre.