Keynote Speakers 2011
Please note: program agenda, topics and speakers are subject to change.
Monday, May 9, 2011 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am
Train Your Brain
Brian Thwaites, Brainspeaker Inc.
This provocative and enlightening presentation will give that three-pound organ inside your head an adjustment you'll never forget. It's a memorable and entertaining performance that demonstrates how learning to use your brain better will significantly enhance the way you think, learn and communicate. And it will have an immediate and powerful impact on just about everything you do – both personally and professionally!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 8:30 am – 9:30 am
From Facilities Management to Asset Management: Are We There Yet?
Andrew C. Lemer, Ph.D., The Matrix Group, LLC
"Asset management," as a matter of principles and practices applied to making decisions about physical infrastructure in the public sector, is a recent phenomenon and still evolving in response to regulatory and financial changes, public expectations, and experience. Dr. Lemer will consider how this evolution is progressing, particularly within the United States, and what new technology, global climate change, the quest for sustainability, and other such forces may mean for the future.
Andrew C. Lemer, Ph. D., has spent over three decades as an international consultant, university faculty member, and researcher developing and applying infrastructure asset management principles and practices. An engineer-economist and planner, Andy has devised asset-management decision-support systems, conducted feasibility studies and market analyses; and led multi-disciplinary teams for development of large scale urban and regional development and transport investment programs throughout North America and in Asia, Africa, Australia, the Middle East, and Latin America, often working with senior corporate and government officials.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 | 9:30 am – 11:00 am
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Asset Management
Ian Greenwood, Opus International Consultants
Dr. Ian Greenwood is a global leader in infrastructure asset management. As a partner within Opus International Consultants, he has a global company role to impart best practice in the management of infrastructure. Based in New Zealand, Ian's extensive experience throughout Asia, Australia, the UK, Canada and the Caribbean, combined with his university lecturing capability, make him an experienced presenter who brings a variety of experiences to the podium. He has a strong affinity for Canada with nearly two years spent here, spread over assignments, across seven provinces. Ian promises to deliver thought provoking insight into where asset management is now, where the challenges are for the future, and what we can all do to improve the way asset management contributes to society.