Conference Summary

Excellent 2013 conference

The annual CSVA conference took place on November 25th and 26th, in Montreal, after 3 years of absence in this city. The venue was the Marriott Château Champlain which fulfilled our needs very nicely for this event. The theme of the event was: “Do more with less, 20 years of VA in Canada.”

Four keynote speakers charmed the audience speaking of current subjects:

·         Michel Thiry from Valense Ltd spoke about Value management;

·         Bernard Buteau, from the  Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor du Québec, spoke about the next guideline for big projects, which includes value analysis;

·         Keppel Bharrat, from Pratt & Whitney Canada, spoke about an engine program and how to create value;

·         Mary Ann Lewis, VP SAVE International, spoke about the OMB circular A-131 which makes it mandatory for US government agencies to use value analysis.

Furthermore, 22 speakers shared the 2 days of the event. Also, there were four 3-hour training sessions:

·         Introduction to value analysis,

·         Facilitation workshop (in French and in English).

·         Management of value.

On average, the level of satisfaction for speakers was 88%, which is very good. More specifically, speakers were seen as competent at 93%.

Eleven sponsors helped achieve success for the conference. In alphabetic order, they are: AECOM, ByTown Engineering, Faithful+Gould , Genivar, HDR Corporation, Martin-Parrot Inc., McGill University, MMM Group Limited, NCE VE, RCGT, VMS. We thank them deeply.

We had 106 participants, including 89 from Canada, 14 from the USA, 2 from Europe and 1 from Australia. Also, we invited all the past presidents and the founding members, to celebrate this 20th anniversary. Twenty –eight people came from this invitation. We thus had 134 persons on site. We also had 30 students from McGillUniversity who came to present the results of their Value Engineering project, with their sponsors who supplied real industrial projects from the industry. This activity is always very successful. This year, the CSVA chose 2 teams to receive the Pfeiffer award for the best project, in presence of Prof. David Pfeiffer himself! We kept both teams for the gala dinner. At this dinner, we were well entertained by the Jazz Trio, The Velvet Ladies, who set a great ambiance for this evening where we also presented our usual awards.

Generally speaking, the conference received a mark of 9/10 from all the attendees. We hope you will be able to be with us in Toronto, in 2014, if you were not able to be there in 2013. Visit our web site for more details.

Lucie Parrot, ing,, CVS-Life

VP Communications