buildingSMART Canada Affiliate Events Calendar

Carbon Neutrality in Ottawa Workshop

March 8, 2023

As the world continues to move towards an energy transition, the facility industry’s ability to participate and adapt is crucial in mitigating the impact of ongoing carbon emissions. Responsible for approximately 40% of all emissions, reducing emissions from building operations is of significant importance to global emissions. But, how do we get there in the National Capital Region?

This one-day hybrid workshop will bring together experts from the City, the federal government, utilities, developers, contractors, owners, operators, and design consultants to share their successes and challenges in implementing low-carbon projects required to drastically reduce emissions from building operations. The session will review strategies applied by both the public and private sectors as well as tackle the challenging topics of funding, capital cost control, and lifecycle costing.

The session will include presentations from various sectors as well as multidisciplinary breakout discussions to address the larger issues the various stakeholders face.

The transition is occurring, join us to add your voice to solving the problem and finding practical solutions to the challenges.

Only 40 spots are available in person, but online registration is unlimited! Parking near the VSIM building is available in P1 on the Carleton Campus.

For online registration please register in advance for this workshop:

AEE Canada East members are eligible for PDH credits

Open Source Software in AECO

February 16, 2023

We're kicking off 2023 with an in-person hybrid event, sponsored by Architecture49 Inc.!

Join us February 16th at CIMS to learn about the use of Open Source Software in the AECO industry.

We have four amazing presentations from:

Claudia Cozzitorto

Greg Schleusner AIA

Antonio González Viegas

Julie Ivanoff

Nicolas Arellano

Following the presentations, there will be a panel discussion, tour of CIMS, and drinks.

In-person spots are limited, so make sure to register soon!

In-person registration:

Online Registration:

buildingSMART National Conference

October  18-21

Join us in Montreal for the buildingSMART Canada National Conference! 

How Technology will Enable the New Hybrid Environment

June  15

Dear members of the community,

The new post-Covid work paradigm has resulted in a change to both where we work and how we work. We are looking at ways technology could shape our built environment, and different ways we can interact with technology. 

Digital Built National Capital Region in partnership with ULI Ottawa is happy to be presenting How Technology will Enable the New Hybrid Environment virtual event. Join us 𝗪𝗲𝗱𝗻𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟭𝟱𝘁𝗵 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟭𝟭 𝗮.𝗺. 𝘁𝗼 𝟭 𝗽.𝗺.as we hear from Kaylin McNamara on how new conference technologies from Owl Labs will streamline the new hybrid model and from Bill MacGowan on how Cisco will leverage Smart Connected Real-estate for our benefits.

The presenters will then engage in a panel discussion, hosted by Omar Zuberi (dbNCR) and include Ross Farris (ULI) and David Rekker (Bluebeam).



Owl Labs Presentation

Cisco Presentation

Panel Discussion


This event is free but you must register in advance to obtain the zoom link, please click on the button below:

ISO 19650 in Canada

October  28

Dear members of the community,

With the series of Standards ISO 19650 rapidly gaining worldwide adoption. Digital Built National Capital Region in partnership with toronto BIM community is happy to be presenting this event.


We will discuss the efforts being put in the Canadian industry to align with ISO 19650. Our panelists will be bringing unique outlooks from both the private and public sectors on ISO 19650 adoption in Canada.

Event schedule :

11h00 - Introduction

15 min - ISO 19650 Introduction and UK lessons learned - Mervyn Richards 

15 min ISO 19650 Implementation at AECON - Ben Feltham

15 minISO 19650 alignment efforts at Science and Parliamentary Infrastructure Branch (Government of Canada) - Len Vaisanen 

30 min  – Roundtable Discussion with Speakers lead by - Chetna Chauhan 

12h30 – The end


To participate in our event, please click on the button below:

Digital uses to master data management

June 9

Dear members of the community,

As we all know, mastering information management is key to deliver quality projects efficiently. This bilingual event is presented in partnership with Groupe BIM du Québec and Digital Built National Capital Region.

Two professionals will talk about how to get there and what initiatives are underway to make it possible :

John Hale - Vice-president of buildingSMART Canada and Chief CAD/BIM for Department of National Defence.

John Hale will be speaking to us about National Defence BIM practices and projects in a presentation entitled: ‘Information is the backbone of BIM’

A professional from Groupe BIM du Québec will present one of the best-documented major digital transformation projects taking place right here in Canada: Initiative Québécoise pour la Construction 4.0. He will talk about current practices in the industry in a presentation entitled: 'Towards mastering information in construction'.

We will discuss unpublished information on our industry taken from this large-scale project conducted by the Groupe BIM du Québec among more than 200 companies. This initiative is one of the most ambitious in the world in terms of size, level of detail, and quality of data compiled. IQC4.0 is funded by the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation.

Event schedule :

12h00 - Introduction

12h05 - Information is the backbone of BIM - John Hale (in English)

12h30 Towards mastering information in construction – By a professional at Groupe BIM du Québec

13h00 – Roundtable with speakers

13h30 – The end

To participate in our event, please click on the button below:

The event is free for our paying members and partners, a fee of $25 + taxes is required for non-members.

Energy Modeling for Sustainable Cities

April 29

Learn from two experts in Energy Modeling who will be sharing their experiences in Passive House Energy Modeling workflow and Digitizing the Building Industry for a Sustainable Future.

Kelly Fisher and Nilesh Jadhav will be bringing unique outlooks from their respective countries on opposite sides of the globe. 

Digitizing the Built Environment - The Digital Campus

April 23

The university and college campus is composed of housing, services, infrastructure and multiple communities articulated through a dynamic space, similar to a city. Digitizing large-scale multi-model districts is a current field of study in search of more resilient and sustainable communities. Universities are natural hubs for these explorations. 

Please join this virtual event to hear from the top institutions in the National Capital Region and how they are adopting the digital campus. This event will feature presentations from Algonquin College, Carleton University, Collège La Cité, and the University of Ottawa as well as a panel discussion with interactive audience questions. 

Africa - Canada Partner Session 2020

September 23

The future of the Building and Infrastructure Industry will face many challenges, from affordability to sustainability. To design and build a future that improves upon these aspects, new skills, technology and methodologies will need to be developed by members of our industry.

CanBIM, BIM Africa and dbNCR present: Preparing for the Future of Work in the Building and Infrastructure Industry. Join our expert presenters and panelists as we explore what it means to work in a rapidly changing industry, and how you can prepare to excel in this transformation. 

CanBIM Ottawa Regional Session

April 22-23

The pressure to create a better built environment could not be more significant and urgent than today. Global forces such as climate change driving the need for resilient infrastructure, population growth driving the need for affordable housing, environmental impact driving the need for net zero waste targets and thinning margins and global competition driving the need for productivity and innovation.

The Ottawa Executive Speaker Series will offer innovative and informative sessions about the increasingly important subject of Digital Twins. Initiatives across the globe are emerging to define and develop digital twins to help improve productivity and create efficiencies within the built environment. The CanBIM Ottawa session will explore the unique challenges and opportunities for digital twins in the context of the Canadian building and infrastructure industry. The session will examine diverse scales of digital twins – from asset fabrication to creating a digital twin for buildings, to examining how to develop a digital twin at the national scale and how simulations and monitoring with IoT and artificial intelligence can be utilized to improve our built environment.

Thank you for your support of dbNCR! Please use this partner code for $10 off registration: PARTNEROTT20