Pre-Conference Activities

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Pre-Conference Sessions

Time Session Room
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Opportunities for FM Recognition: IFMA-RICS Suite of Credentials Informational Session Salon B
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Exploring the Internet of Things Confederation 3

Pre-Conference Workshops

Deeper Dive Session: Leading From The Middle – Influencing Without Authority

Terry Lipovski

Executive Coach, Strategic Advisor,
Facilitator, Author

Meredith Thatcher

CFM, IFMA Fellow, Prosci, LEED,
President, Thatcher Workplace Consulting

1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Room: Salon B

Facility Managers face unique challenges, such as responsibility for multiple disciplines, integrating people, places, processes and technologies, getting agreement from diverse stakeholders and securing cooperation, commitment and action from numerous contractors.

To thrive, Facility Managers need to master the art and skill of “Leading From The Middle and Influencing Without Authority”.  This half-day Deeper Dive Session will help you define your leadership direction, maintain balance and influence those that you most need on board.

Terry is the President of Ubiquity. For over a decade he has helped Leaders refine their soft skills and leadership systems to achieve their goals, engage their teams and improve their organizations. Terry has served in leadership roles at Apple, Bell and Rogers, and he is an approved Coach with brand-name organizations like Schlumberger, Union Gas, Government of Canada, APEX, Spectra Energy and Air Canada. Terry has Coached for Dale Carnegie and TEDx and he is a Licensed Facilitator for Leadscape Learning. With a background in Psychology, Terry specializes in Diversity Coaching, Emotional Intelligence & Mindful Leadership. He is registered Executive Coach with the IAC and the Author of “Quotes for Leaders” available on Apple’s iBooks and iTunes stores.

As Founder and President of Thatcher Workplace Consulting, Meredith understands the need for modern-day workplaces to be innovative, agile, sustainable and dynamic. For more than 30 years, Meredith has facilitated dozens of workplace transformation successes across North America—from banks and medical facilities to government buildings and high-tech sector offices.

For Meredith, there is no other option than to get it right the first time, every time. As a highly respected workplace and change management strategist, consultant, trainer and public speaker, Meredith collaborates with businesses and organizations to analyze, envision and plan for the future of the workplace—all while preparing employees to adapt and thrive within it.

Meredith is known for her ability to dig in and really get to know an organization—and its people—inside and out. She is a profound observer, strong listener, skilled communicator and effective facilitator whose focus on providing knowledgeable insights and practical solutions is rooted in expertise.

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Course Member Price Nonmember Price
Deeper Dive Session along with Fusion Full Event Registration $100 $150
Deeper Dive Session ONLY $200 $250

WE Pre-Conference

1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Cisco Innovation Center

In the spirit of driving workplace innovation, please join the Workplace Evolutionaries (WE) on Tuesday, May 16th from 1:00 – 6:00 as WE tours the Cisco’s new Innovation Center.   This is the first of its kind in North America and one of nine Innovation Centers worldwide.  The Cisco Toronto Innovation Centre is the culmination of Cisco Canada’s commitments to drive innovation, productivity, and digital transformation for industry, government, and the country. The Cisco Toronto Innovation Centre is a catalyst for industry, partners, startups, accelerators, governments, universities, researchers, venture capital (VC) firms, and for individuals and organizations that embrace open source and open innovation.  WE will hear first-hand from Bill MacGowan, Director Smart Building Digitization as he shares the details of this important project.

And speaking of innovation….

WE have also asked Scott Varga, Supervisor of Civic Accommodation Planning at the City of Edmonton to share the case study of the highly transformative, Edmonton Tower project.  This is a brand new LEED Gold building located in downtown Edmonton located in the heart of Ice District, Canada’s largest sports mixed-use development. Edmonton Tower is the new home for 2,300 City of Edmonton employees comprising 66% of the total building. The City of Edmonton undertook this major city building project to improve service to citizens and build on our organization’s culture by bringing more staff together in an integrated way while changing the fabric of downtown Edmonton.  This case study was also featured in the newly released, Work on the Move 2.

Following these two amazing case studies, WE will host a kick-off to launch the WE Toronto/Ottawa HUB.  Come join us as we co-create this local community of Workplace Evolutionaries.

We will be meeting at 1:00 at the Cisco Toronto Innovation Centre, located at:

88 Queens Quay West
Suite 2900
Toronto, ON, Canada
M5J 0B8
Phone: (416) 306-7000

Course Member Price Nonmember Price
WE Pre-Conference at Cisco Innovation Center $20 $20