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In 2012 the Canadian Society of Value Analysis (CSVA) hosted the first Value Management conference in western Canada, in Calgary, Alberta.  The theme of the conference was: “Delivering Value: Project, Asset and Risk Management in Fiscally Challenging Times”. The target audience was primarily the public sector and consultants who work on public sector projects. The conference was held on October 24-25, 2012 at Radisson Hotel Calgary Airport, 8 km northeast of downtown Calgary.


The program tracks were focused on: 

  • Facilities and Buildings
  • Program, Project and Risk Management
  • Water, Wastewater and Waste Management
  • Transportation and Transit

There were 35 presentations including 5 keynotes over two days.  Altogether 33 speakers came from across Canada, the United States and the UK. A breakdown of speakers by country of origin:

·         Canada – 21 (64%)

·         United States – 11 (33%)

·         UK – 1 (3%)


In addition to the conference sessions two separate training sessions were offered. First training was on the day before the conference and the second training on the day after the conference. On October 23, 2012 Steve Holmes and Ted Lane jointly taught MTO’s “Value Analysis in Action”. Twelve people attended this training. On October 26, 2012 Gregory Brink of Value Management Strategies Inc. offered “Risk Analysis for Infrastructure Projects”. Sixteen people participated in this training.


The first day of the conference started with an opening keynote by Terry Martin, Director, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU), City of Seattle. SPU has a relatively young program and Mr. Martin pointed out that in the last three years they have obtained significant success by using VA in their projects with major savings in fiscally challenged organization that is trying to deliver best value to the citizens of Seattle.

The Tuesday afternoon keynote was by Steven Taylor, President, Bytown Engineering, Ottawa with a brief historical evolution of practice of value methodology in Canada and the evolution of the Canadian Society of Value Analysis.

The dinner keynote speech was by Michael Dallas of the APM Group, the UK. During his dynamic keynote remarks, Mr Dallas highlighted some significant benefits of MoV, which can provide the best value service through increased stakeholder commitment, more effective use of resources and better control over delivery.

The second day opened with the keynote address from Jill Woller, Director, Value Management program, New York City. In the afternoon, Steve Holmes shared MTO’s experience with a successful Value Engineering program and where this program has been used effectively.