CCW Speed Mentoring 2016

When: 2016-09-27 at 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Where: Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Vancouver 1110 Howe Street, Vancouver, British Columbia, V6Z 1R2

Following the success of last year's speed mentoring event, we are playing host to a new group of fabulous mentors! Our speed mentoring event will give you a unique opportunity to meet with a successful and diverse group of women working across the Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry. The 2016 mentors include women with experience in project management, architecture, interior design, engineering, law and as superintendents.

Join us at the Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Vancouver on Tuesday September 27th, 2016 for dynamic discussions driven by attendees, covering a wide range of topics such as: philosophy, career path recommendations, work-life balance, career moves, or education opportunities, to name a few. The aim of the event is to learn from established, professional women and to network amongst your peers.

We are delighted to announce our mentors for this event! They include:

Lindsey Dru, Healthcare Sales Manager, Herman Miller

 In my life I have had the opportunity to wear many hats: Herman Miller Healthcare Sales Manager,  Interior Designer, Graphic Designer, Strategic Planner, Accounting Student, Bartender, Director and  President…oh, and golf-ball picker.  That’s where it all started.  I have taken on projects and teams,  large and small, complex, sustainable, technical and elegant; each in their own way. 

 I have to say, the journey has neither been straight, nor easy.  But, it’s the lessons that I’ve learned at  the bends in the road that have really shaped who I am, given me an inner strength, empathy, and  hopefully taught me a bit about leadership, and understanding.  I say leadership, instead of  management, as those are two different paths – one neither better than the other.

 Each of these roles (plus many more), have taught me small and large lessons along the way, and now  gives the chance to give back to others (which I only hope to do better at).  I have the joy of being  involved with CCW, sit on judging panels for Interior Design, participate in mental health events, teach brewing Kombucha classes, coach a marathon team, and mentor others in our industry (because it’s  tough out there!).

Writing bio’s is a challenge, as we are all terrible at being our own cheerleaders, but I hope this serves to give an impression of who I am, there are always lessons to learn, and there are no silly questions.  Looking forward to seeing you all for honest and inspiring conversations at our speed-mentorship event.


Regina Marklund, Manager of Business Development, Turner Construction

Regina Marklund is the Business Development Manager for the Turner Vancouver office. She started her career with Turner 12 years ago in New York City after graduating from Hofstra University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Her first project was for the United Nations on a large estate on the Gold Coast of Long Island NY.  At that point, Regina realized quickly that a career in construction management was the right fit versus working for an engineering firm.  Her passion to collaborate and problem solve with the various project stakeholders proved effective throughout her career to deliver results that the entire team could be proud of.


Regina worked in the NYC office from 2004 to 2008 in the interiors division, managing estimating and project management for a variety of clients, including Tiffany & Co.’s flagship store on 5th Ave and a $60M fit out for Morgan Stanley. At this point in her career, she decided she wanted to move to her home State of Pennsylvania and transfer to the Philadelphia office where she worked from 2008 through 2015. Here, she worked on large ground up projects which included a 315,700sf Hospital for Cooper University and a 690,000sf replacement hospital for Virtua Health. In 2012, Regina took on business development for Philadelphia’s interiors group and helped grow the division from $30M to $100M in 3 years while also managing various projects. Regina moved to Vancouver in January 2016 with her then 7Mo daughter, 2yr old son, husband, and black lab. In her leadership role, she is responsible for developing the talent and expanding the market share in healthcare, education, DB, retail, aviation and commercial. 


Kirsten Reite, Owner, KRA Kirsten Reite Architects Inc.


 During her 20 years of work in the field of Architecture in BC, Kirsten has gained a  wide  variety of experience in all facets of design with experience that totals at more  than 100  projects valued from $5,000 to $400 million of new, renovated and  programmed space.

 Kirsten has successfully delivered these projects using a variety of methods with  specialized  expertise in Design Build and Public Private Partnerships. Kirsten  enjoys highly complex,  strategic and challenging projects. One of her key strengths  is user group facilitation where  she has had experience with large groups of up to  200 people representing over 20 different program types in a single project. Kirsten  prides herself in her skill of bringing the often competing interests of clients, users, consultants, contractors and culturally diverse communities together to facilitate a participatory atmosphere and creating an enjoyable and enriching experience for all who are involved.


Marie-Eve Clayton, Senior Associate, Operational Lead, Stantec Consulting

 Ms. Marie-Eve Clayton is a fully bilingual engineer with over 16 years of experience  in the consulting industry. She holds an environmental engineering degree from  Carleton University (Ottawa) and an MBA from HEC Montréal.

 Marie-Eve’s environmental engineering consulting experience extends to projects  from Coast to Coast and internationally (France and Morocco). Marie-Eve has  managed various projects associated with environmental site assessments,  remediation, spill response, hazardous materials, environmental compliance &  permitting, building design coordination, and the management of construction  activities.

 She has also managed numerous acquisition/divestment environmental due  diligence projects for real estate clients as well as for numerous downstream oil and gas clients. Her strengths lie in managing client portfolios and acting as a strategic advisor to key clients. At Stantec, she manages a team of over 40 professionals and values one on one mentoring moments to provide custom growth opportunities for each team member


Marie-France Venneri, Project Manager, AME Group

 Marie graduated from Mechanical engineering at University of Toronto in 2004 where she  started her career in engineering sales in Montreal and then moved to Consulting when  she moved to Vancouver in 2006. She is a registered professional engineer in the  provinces of Ontario and British Columbia since 2011.

 Marie is currently a Project Manager with the AME Group, which is a full service  mechanical consulting firm. She has worked on new and renovation projects throughout  British Columbia starting in the concept stage and finishing after hand over to the owners.  Some projects Marie has worked on are:

 -          UBC Centre for Brain Health,

 -          Anvil Civic Centre and Merchant Square in New Westminster BC

 -          Lower Similkameen community Building, Keremeos BC

 -          Surrey Central City general renovations

 During all phases of the project, Marie ensures that she monitors and communicates the project progress with all key stakeholders. The design phases include identifying the Clients needs, providing options for types of mechanical systems, technical guidance, mechanical drawings and specifications for tender and then support throughout the construction phase including commissioning. Her role allows her to communicate with building owners, architects, engineers, facility maintenance personnel, equipment suppliers, user groups and trades. Her goal for every project is to surpass the client’s expectations by providing innovative and quality designs.

 Outside of work, Marie was an active board member of CCW from 2008 to 2014 and continues to be a member and attends events.


Vanessa Werden, Civil Litigation Lawyer, SHK Law Corporation

 Vanessa is construction litigation counsel with SHK Law Corporation.  She is called  to the bar in both British Columbia and Alberta and has successfully advocated on  behalf of clients, including owners, developers, contractors, trades, corporate clients  and small businesses at trial, arbitration and mediation.  Outside of the office,  Vanessa volunteers her time as a mentor to law students through the Canadian Bar  Association, supervises pro bono student-run legal clinics, is on the executive of the  Canadian Bar Association (BC) Construction Law Section and is Secretary on the  board of directors of CCW.






5:30-6:00 Registration at the Holiday Inn and Suites Downtown Vancouver, 1110 Howe Street. 

6:00-6:10 Introductions

6:10-7:00 Dinner

7:00-8:30 Speed Mentoring Event


*Please note: Due to the high demand of our events and the necessity to confirm numbers with the venue we require a minimum of 3 business days should you need to cancel in order to offer a refund.

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