BIABC + IDA Pacific Northwest

Regional Conference 2018


Keynote Speakers

Closing Keynote: The Brave New World

Paul Sullivan

Senior Partner, Burgess, Crawley, Sullivan & Associates, Ltd.

In the 80’s and 90’s it was the big bad mall and the threat of big box stores‚Äč that brought BIAs into existence‚Äč. In 2018 the price of land values and the opportunities of air space and residential density are the new threat to our commercial neighbourhoods. Paul will explore the topics of neighbourhood plans, property valuation, 'highest and best use', taxation, and the impacts these factors have on our current retail mix.


Paul Sullivan joined Burgess, Cawley, Sullivan and Associates (BCS)in 1992, and became a partner in 2004. On graduation from the University of British Columbia, he approached Geoff Burgess, who persuaded Paul to join the firm. He began learning the appraisal side of the business, but soon found his passion in the tax appeal aspects of BCS.

Mr. Sullivan is not only head of the property tax division here at BCS, he is the most renowned property tax specialists in British Columbia. Every year, Paul and his team save clients millions of dollars in annual property taxes. He not only negotiates on clients’ behalf; he appears as an advocate during BC Assessment appeals process.

Paul spends his leisure time playing polo, cycling, windsurfing and skiing. He enjoys spending time with his wife and daughters and their equestrian pursuits.



Wednesday 9:30am Keynote Session: Transportation Disruption

Rod Schebesch

Transportation Leader, Stantec's Urban Places

Join Rod as he talks automated vehicles, transit rideshare, technology, driverless shuttles and smart cities planning. Currently, he is serving as Stantec’s program manager for ACTIVE-AURORA, Canada’s largest connected automated vehicles test bed, and is leading the creation of Canada’s first smart corridor in Edmonton.

Rod has spent his career designing and building transportation infrastructure. As a regional business leader in western Canada, he builds teams to pursue and deliver transportation infrastructure projects. Whether that’s a traditionally delivered arterial for a local municipality or a billion dollar P3 on a multimodal corridor, he recognizes that our people are our most valued resources.

Rod is leveraging the experience he’s gained through involvement with projects like Active Aurora, Canada’s largest CAV test bed, to design and construct tomorrow’s intelligent transportation systems today. With a focus on building smarter cities, Rod is always striving to find greater infrastructure efficiencies that positively impact the built environment.  


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Tuesday: Media Training Session

Chris Olsen

Vice President, Peak Communicators (formerly of CKNW and CTV)

Public relations and media strategist specializing in:

• Crisis Management
• Crisis Communications planning
• Issues Management
• Media Training
• Positive PR

Creating the right message and getting it to the right people at the right time for maximum impact.



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Monday Opening Keynote: Space Innovation

Emily Salsbury-Deveaux

Join Emily as she talks about the retail shift and how to create engaging spaces/streets moving forward. She will talk about different companies that are innovating in the sector and some of their success stories. 

What 2017 attendees had to say about Emily:

“Emily was brilliant. A transformative presentation!”

“Emily was innovative and mind blowing.”



Emily Salsbury-Deveaux is an Award Winning Retail Strategist and President of EMMYDEVEAUX Industries Corp. She has been working alongside retailers, real estate and shopping centres for over 18 years.

She is also a business owner with her clothing store at West Edmonton Mall and a franchise owner with UPS Store and Wetzel Pretzel.

She is passionate about customer experience and capitalizing on business through her use of market research, strategy and best practice.

She has recently spent the past 5 years growing the School of Retailing at the University of Alberta where she implemented a student consulting company that is now the largest in North America. She also started RETAILWEEK which is now the largest event in Canada focused on careers in retailing & real estate. In 2018, there will be events in 6 different cities. This March, Emily will host the first ever Retail Conference at the largest mall in North America, West Edmonton Mall. 

Emily has built a reputation for her ability to grow business and to innovate the industry.

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