Registration open: Fifth annual BEAT Forum, Saturday November 4

The upcoming BEAT Forum will take place on November 4, 2023, at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU).

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The fifth annual BEAT Forum, which will take place on November 4, 2023, at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), will focus on construction site behaviours and dynamics.

BEAT is a volunteer-run organization that consists of architects, designers, leaders, and entrepreneurs who create opportunities for community-building, advocacy, networking, and mentorship. These annual forums are dedicated to exploring questions related to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), led by experts in the EDI field and within the design, architecture, and construction profession.

The upcoming forum will be geared toward those who work at or visit construction sites, including architects, clients, contractors, trades, and consultants. It will also explore different perspectives on how to create a collaborative and productive work environment for all stakeholders throughout the construction process.

The forum will be divided into two parts; a panel discussion in the morning and a workshop in the afternoon after lunch.

The morning will kick off with a panel discussion that will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. It will feature short presentations from panelists followed by a moderated discussion and question period. The panelists will offer insight from the perspectives of practice, advocacy, and policy-making.

The panel will feature experts from the architecture and construction industry including Jennifer Hancock, vice president of collaborative construction, Chandos Construction, Carol Philips, partner, Moriyama Teshima Architects, Lisa Laronde, president at RSG International, Canadian Association of Women in Construction and Gayle Meeks, associate/technical director, Perkins&Will.

A lunch and networking opportunity will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00p.m. and a workshop led by Jennifer Hancock, VP of Collaborative Construction, Chandos Construction, will follow.

The hands-on interactive workshop in the optional afternoon session will focus on aligning values among stakeholders that work on construction sites. It will feature breakout groups and discussion presentations.

Attendees are reminded that the afternoon session is optional. Seat will be allocated on a first-come, first-serve basis, with sign up available starting at 9:30 a.m. at the event.

This BEAT Forum will qualify for 2 OAA Structured Learning hours.

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