56th Annual TIAC Conference

September 7 – 10, 2018
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
405 Spray Avenue
Banff, Alberta

ProgramConference OverviewRegistrationPresentationsSpousal/Family ProgramSponsorsTravelling to BanffInsulation Energy Appraisal Program


Friday, September 7, 2018
9:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration Desk Open
Curio Foyer
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Outgoing Board Meeting (Private)
Angus Room
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm Manufacturer & Distributor Reception
Cascade Ballroom
Saturday, September 8, 2018
7:30 am – 2:00 pm Registration Desk Open
Curio Foyer
7:30 am – 8:30 am Breakfast
Riverview Lounge
8:30 am – 8:45 am Welcoming Remarks
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
8:45 am – 9:00 am Welcoming Address
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
9:00 am – 9:30 am Keynote Address
Jebb Fink, Comedian
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
9:30 am – 10:15 am Keynote Address
Edward Struzik, Fellow, Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy Queen’s University
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
10:15 am – 10:30 am Refreshment Break
Riverview Lounge
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Spousal/Family Program
10:30 am – 11:30 am Keynote Address
Steve Clayman, Thermal Insulation Association of Canada
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
Geza R. Banfai, C.S. Counsel, McMillan LLC
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch
Riverview Lounge
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Distributors Breakout Session
Ivor Petrak Room
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Contractor Breakout Session
Oak Room
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Manufacturers Breakout Session
Norquay Room
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Presidents and Managers Meeting
Angus Room
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm Dinner
TIAC’s BBQ Hoedown at Mount View BBQ
Sunday, September 9, 2018
7:00 am – 12:00 pm Registration Desk Open
Curio Foyer
7:00 am – 8:00 am Breakfast
Riverview Lounge
8:00 am – 8:45 am Keynote Address
Dan Bofinger, President, National Insulation Association
Michele M. Jones, Executive Vice President/CEO, National Insulation Association

Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
8:45 am – 9:45 am Keynote Address
Mike Fursier, MEng (Hons), MRICS, Branch Manager, Revay and Associates Limited

Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
9:45 am – 10:15 am CAN/AM Meeting
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
10:30 am – 6:00 pm Optional program
Golf at the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course
Monday, September 10, 2018
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
Riverview Lounge
9:00 am – 10:00 am Annual General Meeting (TIAC members only)
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
10:00 am – 10:15 am Refreshment Break
Riverview Lounge
10:00 am – 12:00 pm Spousal/Family Program
10:15 am – 11:15 am Keynote Address
Cynthia C. Paul, Managing Director, FMI
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
11:15 am – 11:30 am 2019 Conference Presentation
Alberta/New Brunswick Rooms
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Incoming Board Meeting (Private)
Angus Room
4:30 pm – 5:30 pm President’s Reception (Private)
Oak Room
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Reception
Riverview Lounge
6:30 pm – 12:00 am President’s Dinner and Dance
Cascade Ballroom

Conference Overview

The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel is known world-wide as the Castle in the Rockies. From it’s opening in 1888, to the fire of 1926, from the 70’s when it became a winter destination to today, the Banff Springs Hotel has been a Canadian icon in hospitality. Banff National Park is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The 2018 Conference program will feature timely presentations by industry experts and leaders, business meetings where you can engage in sector-specific discussions and networking opportunities to connect with friends new and old.

The Conference will kick-off on the Friday evening with the Manufacturers and Distributors Reception in the Banff Spring’s historic Cascades Ballroom. “Fairmont Banff Springs’s original ballroom has hosted such illustrious guests as Marilyn Monroe and Fred Astaire. The ballrooms, decorated in hues of blue, burgundy and gold features eight breathtaking chandeliers and hardwood floors. The Cascade Ballroom is located at the north end of the Castle with a stunning panoramic view of the Bow Valley from the adjacent Conservatory.”

Saturday’s program will feature several invited speakers, as well as the contractor, manufacturer and distributor breakout sessions. The spousal/family program will also be running this day. This day will wrap up with TIAC’s BBQ Hoedown at Mount View BBQ. Don’t miss this taste of Alberta!

Sunday morning will include more presentations, followed by TIAC’s traditional golf tournament at the the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course. “The hallowed fairways of one of the world’s most scenic golf courses are a sanctuary for the privileged few who are members of the Banff Springs Golf Club and for travelling golfers fortunate enough to experience the combination of natural beauty and tradition that the Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course provides.”

Sunday evening is a night off and delegates are encouraged to explore the Banff and Lake Louise area!

As we reach Monday, the final day of the Conference, join us for the final morning of presentations, including a sneak-peak at the 2019 Conference program scheduled for August 24-27 in Montreal.

The Conference will be wrapped up at the President’s Dinner and Dance.

Visit www.banfflakelouise.com to learn more about the 2018 TIAC Conference host city! Bringing your family? Discover family-friendly activities at https://www.banfflakelouise.com/families.

REMINDER: It is always tourist season in Banff so the city will be busy. We highly recommend that you book your hotel room early to ensure that you get a room and receive the conference rate. Non-Conference rooms are currently booking at over $700 per night.

IT’S BACK! Register by June 1, 2018 and be entered into the early bird draw for a FREE registration for the 2019 TIAC Conference in Montreal.

Download the sponsorship participation form. To confirm your sponsorship, please complete and return the participation form to info@tiac.ca. Prices exclude tax. Payment is due before the Conference.





Register Online Download the PDF Registration Form

Registration fees include: Presentations and Meetings; Manufacturer and Distributor Reception; Off-site Dinner; Delegates and Spouses Breakfasts/Lunches; and, the President’s Dinner and Dance.

IT’S BACK! Register by June 1, 2018 and be entered into a draw for a FREE registration to the 2019 TIAC Conference in Montreal, QC.

Member Rates
With spouse
Family (10 and over)
Children (Under 10)
Life Member
$480 per family member
$100 per youth
Non-Member Rates
With spouse
Family (10 and over)
Youth (Under 10)
$500 per family member
$150 per youth



The Conference Planning Committee is confirming speakers who will speak to both industry and general business strategies to provide you with insights to improve your day-to-day operations. Updated speaker information will be posted here so be sure to check regularly.


Saturday, September 8, 2018
  9:00 am – 9:30 am
Jebb Fink, Comedian
Jebb Fink has more than 30 years’ experience in television, radio and live entertainment. He has built and maintained a successful career in entertainment and has become a popular local celebrity in Calgary, best known for his eight years on City TV’s “The Big Breakfast” and “Your City”.He is easily recognized from his many appearances on CBC’s “Just for Laugh’s”, “The Winnipeg Comedy Festival”, the “Halifax Comedy Festival” and “Comedy Now”. He is a Gemini Award winner for the CBC sitcom, “The American in Canada”, a project he co-created, wrote and performed about his life experiences moving from Los Angeles to Calgary.
  9:30 am – 10:15 am
On May 3, 2016, a rapidly spreading wildfire near Fort McMurray in northern Alberta sent 88,000 people fleeing their homes, offices, hospitals, schools, and seniors’ residences. Residents left so quickly that they were gone before the government declared a provincial state of emergency. Thick smoke turned day into night. Embers rained down on cars and trucks as people headed south to the city of Edmonton or north to the safety of oil sands camps and First Nations communities. In the days that followed, world leaders such as the Pope, the Queen and the president of Russia offered their prayers, their condolences and their support.By the time rains and cooler temperatures helped firefighters contain the inferno, 2,800 homes and buildings were destroyed. Nearly 1.5 million acres burned. Insurance losses were expected to amount to $3.77 billion. The total cost of the fire, including financial, physical, and social factors, is likely to be $8.86 billion. The fire ended up being the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history.Firefighters named the fire “the Beast,” because it acted like a mythical animal, alive with destructive energy and unpredictable in the way it attacked forest stands and buildings. They hoped never to see anything like it again. In light of all that has happened since then, it’s not a stretch to imagine we will all soon live in a world in which fires like this are commonplace. There is too much fuel on the ground, too many people and assets to protect, and no realistic plan to deal with the challenges.The Beast was unquestionably a devastating fire. But many other fires have had a bigger, longer lasting impact on cities and towns, on public health, on industry and forest ecology. There is still a lot that we do not know about wildfire. Some wildfires have the potential to release toxic substances such as asbestos and arsenic that have been emitted by mines operating in times when environmental regulators were unaware of the risks. Others have the potential to knock out water treatment plants with soot and ash that choke rivers and lakes. Smoke from wildfires in the remotest parts of northern Canada can exacerbate air quality in southern cities such as Houston.In this presentation, author Edward Struzik will identify and describe the twelve wildfires that he believes have had the biggest impact on how we perceive and deal with wildfires in a world where fires are now burning bigger, hotter, faster and more often. He will talk what communities that can do to make themselves more resilient to devastating impacts of fire. And he will end the presentation with predictions about where the next big fires are likely to burn.
Edward Struzik, Fellow, Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy, Queen’s University
  10:30 am – 11:30 am
Raising the Awareness of Mechanical Insulation
Steve Clayman, TIAC’s Director of Energy Initiatives, will provide an update on the activities of the Insulation Awareness Committee since the 2018 Toronto Conference.
Steve Clayman, Director of Energy Initiatives, Thermal Insulation Association of Canada
11:30 am – 12:15 pm
Geza R. Banfai, C.S. Counsel, McMillan LLC
Sunday, September 9, 2018

8:00 am – 8:45 am
The National Insulation Association Program Update
Join the NIA President, Dan Bofinger, and NIA Executive Vice President/CEO, Michele M. Jones for a presentation on the current active programs impacting the NIA including: education and networking events; awareness and outreach activities; and, legislative initiatives. They will also be sharing information on NIA’s Thermal Insulation Training ProgramTM.
Dan Bofinger, President, National Insulation Association and Regional Vice President–East, FBM-SPI
Michele M. Jones, Executive Vice President/CEO, National Insulation Association
8 h 45 à 9 h 45
Managing the Contract
Mike Fursier, MEng (Hons), MRICS, Branch Manager, Revay and Associates Limited
Monday, September 10, 2018
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Reading the Tea Leaves – Adjust, Adapt, Act
Market trends tend to come as surprises but they do not have to be. In this session, we will peak into the future to see what the next two to five years hold for the Canadian construction industry and its key organizations. We will look at the macro drivers impacting the markets and what contractors can do to get ready for an impending market changes. Why react when you can step back and find the right path forward to be profitable and grow regardless of market conditions?

  • Investigate the current and emerging construction trends and forecasts for key markets
  • Discover what the future holds – growth or decline – by market segment
  • See how the emerging talent market is changing how the industry does business
  • Get a jump start on your competition by knowing the geographic regions projecting the best long- term growth
  • Build a company fit for the next challenge

Cynthia C. Paul, Managing Director, FMI

Spousal/Family Program

The Banff Committee is working on confirming a unique selection of activities as part of the spousal/family program. Details to be announced shortly.

Date Time Activity Cost
Saturday, September 8, 2018
9:00 am – 12:00 pm Discover Banff and its Wildlife  $68
Sunday, September 9, 2018
10:30 am – 5:00 pm

9:15 am – 12:00 pm

Golf: Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course

Yamnuska Wolfdog Sanctuary



Monday, September 10, 2018
8:00 am – 12:00 pm Discover Lake Louise and Moraine Lake $80


Travel Alberta – Banff

Banff/Lake Louise Tourism

Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Course:

“Renowned for its panoramic beauty, the Banff Springs Golf Course is situated in Banff National Park, a mile high in the Canadian Rockies. With a breathtaking view in every direction, it is a captivating and challenging course. Amateurs and professionals alike are constantly amazed by its sense of difficulty. The optical illusions created by the mountains towering overhead can deceive the eye of even the most skilled player.

Offering 27 holes of golf on two courses, the original 18-hole course was designed by world-renowned golf architect Stanley Thompson in 1928. It was later complemented with the construction of an adjoining 9 holes, designed by Cornish and Robinson and opened in 1989; thereby completing this championship layout. Holes gently roll along the Bow River under the snow-capped peaks of Sulphur Mountain, Mount Rundle and Tunnel Mountain.

The Course features a driving range, a complete short game practice facility and The Fairmont Banff Springs Golf Academy, offering a wide range of instructional programs.

Discover Banff & Its Wildlife
The perfect Introduction to Banff National Park

The Town of Banff is an island of culture and history, surrounded by a sea of untamed wilderness. This tour enriches your visit with stories of 11,000 years of history, hidden in these rugged hills.

Navigate a half-day journey to some of the most important landmarks in the area. You’ll stop at the iconic Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Bow Falls, Lake Minnewanka and the “oh wow!” view at Surprise Corner.

Venture down peaceful pine-scented trails and learn about wildlife habitat and behaviour. Ask as many questions as you like, as our guides are experts and love to share their knowledge.  Don’t forget your camera – we spot wildlife on 95% of these tours.

Wolfdog Sanctuary – Interactive
Up close and personal experience with wolfdogs

Gain a better understanding about wolf behaviour through the wolfdogs at the sanctuary and how this behaviour fundamentally differs from domestic dogs. This is also a great opportunity to learn about the importance of wolves in our ecosystem, and why it’s so important to preserve them in the natural environment.

You will also have plenty of photo opportunities and ample time to speak with a sanctuary team member leading the tour.

This exclusive tour has limited availability and restricted numbers per tour to ensure the wolfdogs stay inquisitive and close during your visit, and is the only sanctuary tour that offers an up-close and personal experience with wolfdogs.

NOTE: Guests must be 15 years of age or older to participate in the interactive wolfdog tour.

Lake Louise & Moraine Lake
The Jewel Of The Canadian Rockies

These stunning alpine lakes look too beautiful to be real. On this sightseeing tour you will visit the “Jewel of the Canadian Rockies”, Lake Louise, and the world renowned Moraine Lake, both of which are part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of their priceless natural beauty. They’ll stop you in your tracks in awe.

Wander the shoreline at Lake Louise and see the Victoria Glacier and the famous Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise Hotel, and then snap some shots of Moraine Lake in the beautiful Valley Of The Ten Peaks. Join your guide for a short walk up the Rockpile at Moraine Lake, where you’ll find the iconic view that was once on the back of the Canadian $20 bill.

During the tour your guide will weave tales of the early mountaineers, who also fell in love with this spot in the 1890s.



Download the 2018 sponsorship kit.

Download the sponsorship participation form. To confirm your sponsorship, please complete and return the participation form to info@tiac.ca. Prices exclude tax. Payment is due before the Conference.


  • Corporate profile on TIAC website with links
  • Logo and recognition on TIAC Social Media
  • Recognition in Conference program
  • On-site recognition throughout Conference, through verbal announcements, signage and sponsor slides
TIAC’s BBQ Hoedown at Mount View BBQ – SOLD


Program – $1,500

Keynote Introduction/Motivational Speaker – SOLD




Name Badge – SOLD


Hotel Key Cards – SOLD


Convention Hats – SOLD


Registration Desk – SOLD


Audio Visual – $750


Translation – SOLD

Manufacturer and Distributor Reception – $550 (UNLIMITED OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE)


    Breakfast – $500 each (3 AVAILABLE)


    Lunch – $500 each (2 AVAILABLE)


    Delegate Bag – $500


    Golf Tournament Hole in One (Men) – $500 (1 AVAILABLE)


    Golf Tournament Hole in One (Women) – $500 (1 AVAILABLE)


    Golf Tournament Longest Drive (Men) – $500 (1 AVAILABLE)


    Golf Tournament Longest Drive (Women) – $500 (1 AVAILABLE)


    Golf Tournament Closest to the Pin (Men) – $500 (1 AVAILABLE)


    Golf Tournament Closest to the Pin (Women) – $500 (1 AVAILABLE)

    Refreshment Break – $250 (2 AVAILABLE)


    Golf Tournament Players Gift Bag – $250


    Golf Hole – $150 (14 AVAILABLE)


    In-Kind Sponsorship Opportunities (I.e., Note pads, pens or related supplies)

    *Print-ready artwork must be provided July 16, 2018.
    **All sponsorship fees exclude tax.

    Traveling to Banff

    The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
    A block of rooms has been reserved at The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel at a special Conference rate of $289 plus a $12 resort fee per night. Online booking can be done at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/tiacthermalinsulation. You can also call The Fairmont Banff Springs at 1.866.540.4489 to make your reservation and state that you are with the 2018 TIAC Annual Conference.

    The room block will be available until August 6, 2018. After that time we cannot guarantee that you will be able to get a room or the conference rate.

    REMINDER: It is tourist season all year round in Banff so we recommend that you book your room at the Fairmont as early as possible. Non-Conference rooms are currently booking at over $700 per night.

    WestJet will offer Conference attendees 10% off Econo and 15% off Plus base fares* for travel between Calgary, Alberta and anywhere WestJet flies in North America. To take advantage of this offer, reference the coupon code TEOGQQ6 (online booking) or YYC02 (call-in booking). If you have questions about how to complete a booking with your discount codes, please check out their frequently asked questions.

    For flight schedule information, please visit www.westjet.com.

    To make a reservation call WestJet’s Convention line at 1.877.952.4696.

    Brewster Express Airport Shuttle
    Brewster will offer Conference attendees a 15% discount on airport shuttle tickets.

    Book on-line at Brewster Express Airport Shuttle and enter the promo code TIAC2018 when at the checkout. Book by phone toll-free at 1-877-625-4372 and identify yourself as being with TIAC2018.

    The promo code is valid to start booking from today until September 13, 2018 for service between September 4, 2018 and September 13, 2018.

    Take advantage of the convenient daily departure schedule and Brewster Airport Desk conveniently located in both the International and Domestic terminals at Calgary Airport. Please note that Brewster does not guarantee tour departures and there is potential that a tour can sell out on any given date.

    TIAC is once again offering the Insulation Energy Appraisal Program!

    September 6 and 7, 2018
    Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel
    Banff, Alberta

    Register Online Download the PDF Registration Form


    Insulation Energy Appraisal Program
    The Insulation Energy Appraisal Program (IEAP) is a 2-day course that teaches students how to determine the optimal insulation thickness and corresponding energy and dollar savings for a project. The program was designed to teach students the necessary information to give facility managers a better understanding of the true dollar and performance value of their insulated systems.

    During the course you will learn how to conduct a facility walkthrough, use the 3E Plus® software, utilize infrared cameras during inspections, understand steam efficiencies, analyse and complete an appraisal spreadsheet, and present your customer with a final report that outlines the potential savings and emission reductions that mechanical insulation can provide.

    The IEAP is developed for individuals who have good communication skills, experience in commercial and/or industrial construction, the ability to read construction drawings, understand the fundamentals of insulation systems and products, can recognize basic safety concerns during a facility visit, are mathematically inclined, and have basic computer literacy.

    Course Materials
    Students will receive the following materials: course manual, 3E Plus software, Microsoft Excel custom spreadsheet, and a final report template. Materials required for class participation include: laptop computer (no Macs) with Excel software, Windows operating software (XP, Vista, or version 7 or newer), and 10 MB of available space.

    Exam Details
    The certification exam is 50 questions covering information discussed in the IEAP course and materials. Students must score 70% or higher to pass and become a Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser. Students who do not score at least 70% will be notified by NIA about how to retake the exam.

    Certified Appraisers
    Students who pass the certified course exam will become Certified Insulation Energy Appraisers. The certification will be valid for 3 years, after which the individual must recertify. After passing the exam, students will receive a certificate, lapel pin, and marketing kit. The marketing kit includes the official copyrighted Certified Insulation Energy Appraiser logo to promote their certification to clients.


    Day 1: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
    Day 2: 8:00 am – 3:30 pm


    Champlain Room