Future Ready®: Building blocks, barriers and incentives – Anna Robak

The difficulty is less about predicting the future, and more about preparing for it. In her talk, Anna will share her research on the trends that will have the most significant economic impacts on Canada, and the smart solutions that will be available to leverage or reverse these trends. The research found that even when people know what is coming, they often don’t adequately prepare. This is even more true where smart solutions are involved. To many people, smart feels mystical and complicated – “too hard”.
Anna and her team interviewed developers, utilities and municipalities across Canada to understand the policies, institutional arrangements, infrastructure, operational arrangements, and public perception factors that act as barriers and incentives to implementing smart solutions that would better prepare the country for trends in technology, society, climate and resources. The most striking finding was the fact that to be truly Future Ready®, policies, institutional arrangements, infrastructure, operational arrangements, and public perception factors would all need to change concurrently – emphasising the importance of connectedness for the future.

Anna is the Research Manager, Innovation and Future Ready® at WSP Canada. She is responsible for research into trends in society, climate, technology and resources, and understanding how our designs and advice could change to better prepare us for the future. She is also responsible for embedding these insights into the work of 8500 engineers, scientists and planners.
Anna is a professional engineer with a PhD in economics, and was previously Global Director of Whole of Life Asset Management at Opus NZ (WSP). In 2016, Anna returned to Canada, where she supported her hometown in applying for Infrastructure Canada’s inaugural Smart Cities Challenge. The city won $250k to further develop their Smart City plan.
Anna is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of New Brunswick and a member of the University of Toronto Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering’s Industry Advisory Board.
Anna misses sunset surfs and is also strangely nostalgic about the Air New Zealand lounge and flight experience. 

Data, helping from all angles. Paul Stone

Paul is the New Zealand Open Government Data Programme Leader. He has over 20 years’ experience in IT for a variety of organisations including Knight Frank (NZ) Limited, Ministry of Defence, Charities Commission, and was CIO at the Ministry for Culture and Heritage.

Paul was responsible for delivering the New Zealand Charities Register as open data in 2011. He worked one day a week the New Zealand Open Government Data Programme for three years, and has been full time on it for the last 5 years. He is a member of the Global Open Data Leaders Network and the OECD Open Data Expert Group and is chair of the International Open Data Charter’s Implementation Working Group. His passion is connecting people, data and ideas, and watching the value of data multiply through reuse.

How to Stop a Robot taking my job. Diane Edwards

The Future of Work has become a hot topic, which has gained new significance since the world has experienced the pandemic.  Forced more quickly than we planned, technology and automation is rapidly becoming the new face of the workplace. Diane Edwards will challenge you to think about what the future of work may look like and what might be needed to thrive in a world of work that is hard to imagine. She’ll share her experiences preparing organisations to be fit for the future and discuss the skills and attributes staff need to be successful in the new world of work.  She’ll also touch be touching on the importance of diverse thought, inclusive cultures and the ethical challenges that often accompany innovative thinking.

Diane has had an eclectic career in a wide range of roles spanning teaching, corporate training, Finance, IT, HR and Futures.  She has lived and worked in the UK, USA, India, Tanzania and Australia as well as NZ.  Diane was a member of the Ports of Auckland Executive Team for 9 years during which time she oversaw People, Learning and Development, Safety and Wellbeing, Process Analysis, ICT, Sustainability and Innovation.  Stepping down in March 2020 she now assists organisations with their Future of Work initiatives and consults as a Future Foresight Strategist.  Diane has held numerous Directorships, sits on the Global Futures Advisory Council of the Futures School in Orlando Florida, is a sought after speaker  and has appeared on both TVNZ and National Radio talking about preparing NZ for the Future.

New Zealand’s low emissions future – Rod Carr, Chair, Climate Change Commission

Climate change is one of the biggest challenges we will face during our generation. Challenges bring with them opportunities that often spur innovation and change. Rod will speak about the work the Commission has been doing to mitigate climate change, adapt to its effects and use the challenge as an opportunity. He will also address what climate change means for New Zealand and how we will need to work together to reach the 2050 target set by the Climate Change Response (Zero Carbon) Amendment Act.

Dr Carr has extensive experience in both public and private sector governance and leadership. He served as Chair and non-executive director of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand and served as Deputy Governor and for a time Acting Governor of the Bank. Dr Carr was the founding Chair of the National Infrastructure Advisory Board and for over a decade was a non-executive director of the Canterbury Employers’ Chamber of Commerce. He led the University of Canterbury as Vice Chancellor for ten years before retiring in February 2019 having completed the recovery from the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.
Rod holds a PhD in Insurance and Risk Management, an MA in Applied Economics and Managerial Science, an MBA in Money and Finance and honours degrees in law and economics. His real-world experience, academic training and breadth of experience provide an excellent background for the critical task in taking a leadership position in leading climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Built assets: your data and information management framework. Sarah Davidson

How can we be better informed about the construction of our assets and then the operation of them? The construction of an asset is notoriously unpredictable and then the operation of it can be more so.  It can be fraught with unexpected issues leading to costs and inconvenience (and sometimes regulatory breaches) that we just aren’t prepared for.  In her presentation Sarah will explore how the adoption of the ISO 19650 series (information management using building information modelling) coupled with collaborative working unlocks the door for the generation of reliable and comprehensive data and information about the buildings and facilities that are fundamental to our everyday lives.  Sarah will also consider the potential for an increasingly data driven way of working, the need for interoperability and the challenges and benefits that this may bring.

Sarah is an Associate Professor at the University of Nottingham (UK), a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a member of the UK BIM Alliance executive team.  Before joining the University she spent 20+ years in the construction industry working for many different clients and on a whole range of projects.  She has held a number of directorships and before moving to academia was Head of Research for international consultancy Gleeds.  Her primary focus is on information management and modelling and the adoption of the ISO 19650 series.  She is an authoring co-editor of UK BIM Framework guidance for ISO 19650-2 and she will be extending this role to cover ISO 19650-3 on its release.  Sarah works closely with the Centre for Digital Built Britain and has co-authored guidance about soft landings and is a technical author for the Interoperability Report commissioned by the Construction Innovation Hub.

AMIS upgrade lessons: Breakfast discussion on upgrading your asset database

Facilitator: Glen McIntosh
Cost $25 – includes  a light breakfast
Time:  0800 – 0900

Sign up for a facilitated conversation on lessons learnt by organisations reviewing and/or upgrading their asset management information system (AMIS). This will be a principles focused discussion (i.e. we will discourage naming vendors and focus on organisational lessons from the journey) based on recent projects for a range of organisations, followed by a chance to make connections with other attendees.