August 2018
VAC 2018 Symposium Keynote Speakers

Martyn has been conducting value improvement studies worldwide, for both the public and private sectors, for over 25 years. He is a pioneer in the field of value assurance and agile value management. He was recently elected as the Director of Global Affairs for SAVE International. Martyn’s leadership of group problem-solving situations, innovative enhancements and organizational effectiveness assignments has resulted in significant functionality enhancements and better managed risk, together with substantial savings of time and cost for a number of high profile programs, projects and services. 

Renee L. Hoekstra, CVS – Managing Partner, RHA, LLC
Renee is a Certified Value Specialist and the Managing Partner of RHA, with offices in Phoenix, Portland and Seattle. Renee is responsible for providing facilitation and training for Partnering, Value Engineering, Constructability, and Risk Analysis workshops, including alternative delivery methods throughout the U.S.A and abroad. She has led more than 3000 teams over 26 years, and is currently the Executive Vice President of SAVE International and the past President of the Arizona SAVE Chapter.  

Dr. Simaan AbouRizk, Ph.D., P.Eng, FRSC, FCSCE, FNAC, FCA
Dr. AbouRizk is an award-winning pioneer in construction simulation and risk management. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds the prestigious Canada Research Chair in Operation Simulation at the University of Alberta. Dr. AbouRizk founded SMA Consulting Ltd. in 1995 with a focus on maximizing value and minimizing risk for clients on every project, providing high-quality support for construction front-end planning and delivering specialty consulting and advisory services based on cutting-edge research. Dr. AbouRizk has led some of Edmonton’s most complex projects, including every LRT project in the last 15 years, along with bridges, highways, tunnels, drainage, airports, and more. 


Registration is open for the 2018 VAC Value Symposium at, and more information can also be found at 
The Symposium will be held at Edmonton’s Sutton Place Hotel. Sutton Place will hold a bloc of rooms for attendees. To book one of the reserved rooms, use the Group Code “VAC2018” when booking your room. Reservations must be made prior to October 3, 2018. The Sutton Place hotel can be contacted at 1-866-378-8866 or